Disclaimers: The characters of Xena: Warrior Princess and all other associated with the television series of the same name are owned by MCA/ Universal Pictures. This is a work of fan fiction and no copyright infringement is intended.
Subtext: I guess with my writing so far we'll just quit calling it subtext and call it maintext. Yes they are in love with each other.
Sex: Well <g>
Other: Part Forty-six in the series "Raising Melosa". Takes place a week after "Behind Every Good Warrior "
It Seemed Like a Good Idea
It was a truly beautiful place. Athena and Artemis were doing their best to keep me happy and occupied, but I missed my mothers and I wanted to go home. Even Mount Olympus could be a really miserable place when you missed the people you loved most.
I knew I should be impressed with the fact that I was staying in the palace of the Gods, but I just couldnt do it. I had everything I wanted simply by wishing for it, everything that is except the one thing I really wanted to go home.
Athena had been helping me with Rilexs training and Artemis gave me a lot of lessons in hunting and tracking but I really just wanted to go back to Athens and be with Mom. I stood staring out the window of my room when the door opened. I turned around to find Athena with Aphrodite.
"Melosa I wanted to come and tell you that your Mom has managed to get your Mother released from jail."
"Great! Now I can go back."
"Not just yet Melosa. We still have Ares to deal with. Artemis and I are going to join your Mothers to put that plan into action. While were gone you will be staying with Aphrodite."
I sighed and nodded. "Yes maam. Will you give them a message for me?"
"Tell them I love them and I miss them and I cant wait to get home."
"Im sure they know that Melosa, but Ill tell them."
Athena gave me a gentle hug before turning to Aphrodite. "Just keep an eye on her and dont do anything silly."
"Like really Sis when was the last time I did something silly?"
"Dite I dont have time to go down the list. Just stay with her and stay out of trouble. Whatever you do, avoid Ares at all costs."
"All right, chill. Little cousin and I will be fine." She placed a reassuring hand on my shoulder as she smiled at Athena. "Now go give that brother of ours something to remember."
Athena smiled a weak smile and left the room.
"So Mel, like whats new?" She placed her hand on her hip and cocked her head as she smiled at me.
"Oh I dont know. Ares is after me. My Mother has been locked up in an Athenian jail for a week. My Mom has been handling everything by herself and Im hiding out on Mount Olympus instead of helping out. All in all not one of my better weeks."
"Oh major bummer. Well, now that Im here lets try to find something fun to do." She paused for a moment and seemed to be thinking, really, really hard. "How old are you?"
"Old enough. Come on little warrior babe, lets go."
She took me by the hand, suddenly we were in a a well Im not too sure where we ended up. Lots of people music wine the strangest lights I have ever seen. "Umm Aphrodite where are we?"
"Just a favorite little hangout of mine. Thought it was time to introduce you to the more interesting side of life."
"I live a pretty interesting life already thanks."
"Yeah but this is the really interesting side of life. You know the thing I do best. Love."
I looked around. There were all kinds of couples, engaged in all kinds of activities. "I dont know if this is love or not but its intriguing."
We took seats at a table in the corner, which gave us a clear view of the entire room. "Its about time you learned about the birds and the bees." She laughed as she motioned with her hand at the occupants of the room
"I know about the birds and the bees Aphrodite. You learn from a very young age when youre raised in an amazon village." I grinned at her and wiggled my eyebrows. "You learn about all kinds of things in an amazon village." I laughed as she waved at someone.
"Yeah I suppose thats true, but you have to admit you dont see too many of these running around in an amazon village." She indicated the man on his way over to our table.
The tall man in short trousers and no shirt came to the table carrying a tray. He looked a little like Uncle Herc only not quiet as well built. "Dite babe how ya doing?" He looked down at me and grinned before turning back to my cousin. "Little young to be in here dont you think?"
"Nah shes a cool little amazon. Besides shes my cousin."
"Amazon? Cousin? Wow Dite your family really does gets around doesnt it?"
"Second cousin actually, Beefcake," I said as I looked at him. "Now why dont you get us something to drink?"
Aphrodite began laughing out loud as she nodded and waved him away. "Ill have wine, bring little miss some juice."
He looked down at me and scowled. "You sure she wouldnt like some ale instead."
"No juice is good." I drummed my fingers on the table. "Apple if you got it." I quirked my brow at him.
He looked to Aphrodite who just shrugged as he moved away.
"Men." I growled.
"Oh yeah waaaay too much time with the amazons." She giggled as she turned to me. "Theyre really not that bad once you get them trained."
"Too much trouble. If Im going to spend the time training something Im gonna make sure it can be useful to me later on down the line."
"Oooo you are soooo much like your Mother."
"Yes I am and Im very proud of that fact."
"No reason you shouldnt be babe shes a very with it woman. Both your Mothers are. Took me forever to get them together." She rolled her eyes as she waved her hand. "Please tell me you dont have a full blown warrior mentality. I dont think I could handle that twice in one lifetime."
"What do you mean?"
"Oh that warrior Mother of yours geeze took me forever to get through her thick head so she could see that your Mom loved her."
Beefcake brought our drinks over and sat them on the table. "Need anything else Dite? Food? Ambrosia?" He looked at me. "A muzzle?"
"Oh yeah keep it up muscles." I stood up. "Ive had a really bad week "
Aphrodite put her hand on my shoulder. "Chill babe dont hurt the cute waiter." She looked up at Beefcake. "Umm not nice to tease the little amazon. Shes got her Mothers temper."
"Oh yeah and who would that be?"
"Ever hear of Xena, genius?" I sat down and sipped my juice.
"Xena is your Mother?" He swallowed hard.
"Un-huh." I smiled behind my cup as the blood drained from his face. I could see how this could be fun a few seasons from now.
Beefcake made a hasty retreat. I looked around the room watching all the people, dancing and getting to know each other. "And I thought the amazons were bad."
"Oh-oh you do have that warrior mentality. Shes teaching you to be all stoic isnt she?"
"Warriors are suppose to be stoic. Its in the contract." I grinned.
"Yeah okay but you can be warm and loving too you know."
"Mother is perfectly warm and loving. Just not in public."
"Theres nothing wrong with a little PDA babe."
"Public display of affection."
"Oh okay. If you say so, Id just rather live by her rules if you dont mind. I think it will increase my life expectancy."
"Cant argue with that. Besides I guess youve got some time before we really have to start thinking about getting you hooked up with someone."
"Aphrodite do you think Ill find my soulmate?"
"You mean like your Moms?"
"I dont know kiddo. It doesnt happen very often. Its really rare that two souls find the other half."
"I was afraid of that." I sighed as I finished my juice.
"Is that what you want? To find your true soulmate?"
"Yeah. I watch them you know and its almost magical."
"It is magic. The most beautiful kind of magic." She sipped her wine as she made eye contact with another hunky man across the room. "But you know theres nothing wrong with just having a little fun while youre looking."
"Hmm I guess." I looked around the room again and tried to picture myself a few seasons from now. "Nope dont foresee any fun in my future."
"That is because no one here holds your attention. One of these days youre going to run into someone who makes your heart beat double time and then youll want to have some fun."
"If you say so."
"Oh you gotta trust me on this one. I am the Goddess of Love you know?"
"That would explain the flimsy outfit. Dont you get cold?"
"Nah, never have the chance. Theres always someone around willing to keep me warm."
"Yeah I guess there would be."
Beefcake came over and sat a couple of more cups down in front of us. "From that gentleman over there."
We both looked up at the same time as we followed Beefcakes finger to the tall dark man in the black leather armor.
"Oh this is like sooo very bad." Aphrodite said as he raised his glass and his eyebrow with a smirk.
"Oh lemme guess Ares?" I dropped my head. "Oh yeah this is the perfect ending to a perfect week."
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