Disclaimers: Xena and company do not belong to me. I wish I had been this creative four years ago, I'd be rich. They belong to MCA/Universal, the lucky dogs…

This is a work of fan fiction and no infringement is intended.

Subtext: I don't know how to write anything but subtext…So if your under age move on. If illegal where you live, move.

Violence: Only if the warrior continues to tease the bard…

This is for those of you who were wondering what Xena and Gabrielle were doing during ATOTM while Tara and her boyfriend were dancing…(If you by chance have the piece available to you, try listening to it while you read this. I've done my best to write in time to the music). It also explains the scene between Gabrielle and Autolycus. When he suggests she needs to get…

Let Your Spirit Move Me…

By T. Novan

Gabrielle cocked her head as the gentle music strained into the night air. "Xena don't you think it's at all odd that they play music in a town where dancing isn't allowed?"

"I did some checking on that. It seems that this is some kind of an offering to Calliope." She said as she listened to the music.

"Seems kind of cruel." The bard offered as she began to sway back and forth, slowly in rhythm with the music.

The warrior watched the bard for a few more seconds and then got to her feet and slowly approached her. Gabrielle had her eyes closed and seemed to be soaking in the music. She sensed the proximity of the warrior and opened her eyes. Xena smiled and offered her hand to the bard.

Gabrielle smiled and took the offered hand. The warrior pulled the bard into her arms and slowly they began swaying together to the music that filled the air. "Aren't you afraid we'll get caught?" Gabrielle whispered as she moved with the warrior staring into her blue eyes.

"I really don't care." Xena whispered back as she tightened her hold on the bard.

Xena's hands moved to the bard's hips and brought her close. She tilted her head to touch her forehead to the bard's and watched her face as they continued to move together. Slowly swaying with the music, body touching body. Gabrielle let out a little gasp as she realized Xena was actually singing to her.

Xena's voice carried to the bard's ears softly at first. "I'm a candle in the wind. My future flickers 'fore my eyes. I'm too restless to be satisfied or silenced. So I'll push further through the night. Say you wanna put me out…"

Gabrielle moaned softly at the words and the fire that was building.

"Though I've heard those lies before." Xena continued singing, a slight smile playing on her lips. "Cause the fire inside, it just keeps burning. Just won't stand it anymore."

Xena turned Gabrielle and wrapped her up in her arms. Standing behinds her. Their movements became more sensual as the rhythm of the music picked up. Gabrielle could feel herself melting into Xena as the warrior's breath played on her neck.

"You came along, you pulled me up, when I was down. The way you made me feel just took me by surprise. You took my hand, you stole my heart, you fed the fire. When you moved with me you gave me back my life."

Xena turned Gabrielle back to face her and looked directly into her eyes as their bodies melted into each other and their hands moved over each other. Xena's words came with more force now to match their tempo.

"Let the spirit move me. Let the spirit move me. Let your spirit move me. Let your spirit me. Let the spirit move me. Let the spirit move me."

Xena's words came to an end as the music died down. Their bodies slowed and Xena leaned in for one, soft, gentle kiss. As their lips parted Gabrielle opened her eyes and Xena smiled. "I guess we'd better get some sleep." She said as she crossed back to her bedroll and laid down.

Gabrielle stood there dumbfounded for a moment and then walked over to where the warrior lay with her eyes close. "You're kidding right? You start to seduce me and then you just…just…stop!"

"Gabrielle, I love you, you know that. And while the thought of being caught dancing with you doesn't bother me. The thought of us getting caught doing anything else does. If these people get this upset about dancing, they'd all explode into flames if they knew about our relationship. So, until we leave here I'm afraid…"

"Don't even say it warrior princess, don't even say it." Gabrielle laid down next to Xena and rolled on her side, away from the warrior. Xena reached out and placed a hand on the bard's shoulder. "Don't touch me." Gabrielle growled.

Xena propped herself up on one elbow and leaned in giving the bard a kiss on the cheek. "You so damned cute when you're mad. I promise just as soon as we're out of here I'm all yours."

"Hurumph." Was the only reply the warrior got, she closed her eyes and relaxed.

Before she fell asleep Xena felt Gabrielle's hand slide into her own. She smiled and fell into a peaceful slumber.


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