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: Umm Yeah there is sex
Spoilers: May contain spoilers for Fallen Angel and Chakram
Other: This takes place right after the 5th season episode Chakram.
Warrior to Warrior
Amarice opened her eyes once again and looked across the campsite, through the campfire she saw them. She watched them. When she first met them, she wondered, but she never asked. It really wasnt any of her business if they were sleeping together. Xena was a great warrior, someone she could learn from. Gabrielle was her Queen and one doesnt not question a Queen about her love life.
Tonight was their first night together since they were both fully restored and tonight she definitely saw the love between them. Gabrielle was laying in Xenas arms sound asleep, Xena was dozing, but her warrior senses had kicked in and she continually lifted her head to look and listen to the sounds of the night that surrounded them.
It was chilly and they had very little gear with them, so Xena has seen to it that Gabrielle was as close to the fire as possible and had them covered with the thin outer coat that she wore. While Xenas head returned to the bare ground each time Gabrielles was pillowed on a strong shoulder so that she might be more comfortable.
The young amazon smiled as she watched them, hoping herself that someday she would be that fortunate.
Joxer moved across the camp to the spot he had chosen for his bed. On his way he stopped to warm his hands by the fire, as he did, he looked over at them. He couldnt help but smile. He had told Gabrielle his heart and he was finally glad to be relieved of that burden.
When he watched them together after their resurrection he knew right away and wondered why he hadnt noticed it before. He chalked it up to two things, youth and his own love for Gabrielle was clouding his vision. Now, however there was no doubt. As he turned away from his sleeping friends he was happy for them both. He knew he could never love Gabrielle like Xena did no matter how hard he might try. He took his spot near the fire and rolled over to offer them some modicum of privacy.
Morning brought the four friends out of their slumber at about the same time. Joxer and Amarice made theyre excuses heading out to hunt and try to find something for the morning meal.
Xena smiled as she still held the groggy bard close to her. She was never going to let her go again. "Cold?"
"A little." Gabrielle offered as she snuggled a little closer. "But I have the best heat source in all of Rome or Greece lying next to me."
"Under you." Xena chuckled as she hugged the bard turned warrior closer.
The blonde finally opened her eyes and looked. She was indeed very nearly lying completely on top of Xena. "I could move."
"You could, but the ground is cold. So why would you want to do that?"
"Cant think of one reason except that I need to make a trip to the woods."
"Ah, well, then go ahead." The warrior released her then sat up herself.
Xena tossed on her coat then tended to the fire before standing and giving a good stretch.
"Still sore?" Gabrielle asked as she returned to her lovers side and rubbed hands up and down Xenas back.
"Un-huh. My body has a thing about being nailed to a Roman cross. It didnt seem to find that to be an all together pleasant experience."
"Well mine wasnt thrilled with it." The bard grinned as she continued to massage the muscles under her hands.
"Then lets make a pact not to do that again."
"One of the best deals we ever made with each other." Xena grinned as she lowered her head for a kiss.
As they parted, Gabrielle traced a finger down Xenas jaw. "Umm you know as soon as we get home and find some privacy I have plans for you."
"Umm-hmm." Came the very hungry answer with a deep green stare, so clouded with desire that Xena knew they wouldnt have to wait for home if they could just find some privacy.
Xena smiled as she drew her knuckles over Gabrielles cheek. "Well be in town tonight. Maybe we wont have to wait for home."
"Oh now that would be heaven." The blonde chuckled as she turned to the fire. "Xena what do you think it all means? I mean all our lives were taught to believe in Tartarus and Elysia and then we end up in places called heaven and hell. What kind of a sick joke is that?"
"Not a joke honey, just another realm commanded by another set of beings."
"Where do you think well end up?"
"Do you want the truth?"
"Please." Gabrielle nodded.
"I dont think were ever going to end up in either. I think that were going to keep being reborn over and over again. I dont think we are ever going to be allowed to rest."
"Well, my old pessimistic self would say its a form of Tartarus that I had been condemned to for my crimes in this life and that unfortunately you would be condemned to it as well because we are soulmates and we cant be separated."
"And now I think its because as a team, together, you and I have something to offer the world that only we can give it."
"What would that be?"
"Dunno havent worked that bit out yet." The warrior explained as she rubbed the bards shoulders.
"When you do ."
"Oh youll be the first to know."
Once they made the seaport, Xena and Joxer went to find a ship to carry them back to Greece. Amarice and Gabrielle scouted the town looking for warm dry accommodations that might at least put a roof over their heads for the night. They hadnt had much success in their efforts when they met back up with Xena and Joxer.
"Did you two manage to buy us a ride home?" Amarice asked as she leaned against a post.
"Yup we sure did." Joxer grinned. "On a pretty nice ship. We even managed to get two cabins for the trip."
"Now how did you manage that?" Gabrielle eyed her partner with her arms crossed.
Xena grinned a little and shrugged.
"Oh Gabrielle its no big deal I just traded him a couple of days of work on the ship for them." Xena shuffled a little. "Really."
"So youre going to spend two days as basically a galley slave so that we can rest in comfortable cabins on the way home?"
"Dont look at it that way Gabrielle." The tall woman offered as she wrapped her arm around small shoulders. "Look at as, well have a nice, warm, comfortable bed."
The word bed was not lost on the blonde woman, but she still gave her partner a look that showed her disapproval. "You know I could do a days worth and then it would only be one day instead of two."
"No Gabrielle, youre going to be fighting that seasickness thing and youre going to rest."
"Gab ri elle ."
"Nope, dont do it, dont say it. We are a team."
"Okay then tell you what. To show my support for you, Ill share your seasickness too."
"Oh now that is a deal." She grinned wishing it could really happen. * Sure we can come back from the dead for each other, but can we be sick for each other, nooooo. *
"So when do we leave?" Amarice tossed a stone in the water.
Joxers smile grew wider, "In about two marks."
"Tonight!?" Gabrielle turned to Xena the surprise clear on her face. "We get to start for home tonight?"
Xena merely nodded as Gabrielle threw her arms around her neck. The warrior just shrugged to her friends as she wrapped her arms around the small woman.
The ship was actually a very nice, Gabrielle was surprised at their accommodations. The cabin was small but clean and the bed took up most of the room, but thats all they were going to need it for anyhow.
They put what few things they did have away in the cabin, taking the time to enjoy a long deep kiss as their bodies really came together. Xenas hands moved up and down Gabrielles bare back. She pulled back from the kiss with a smile.
"You know I rather like this new outfit."
"Is that so?"
"Un-huh. Very umm easy to get out of Ill bet."
"Yeah it is, but right now theres something else I want to do."
"And that would be?"
"I want to go up on deck and watch this place fade off into the distance as we head for home. Can we do that?"
"Oh youd better believe it."
With one last quick kiss, Xena pulled the door open then ushered the bard out. They moved to an observation deck and as Gabrielle leaned back into Xena, who wrapped her arms around the bards waist they watched the shore disappear into the distance. Both of them silently were promising to leave all that happened there on those shores. Caesar was dead and now hopefully they could live their lives without his specter hanging over them.
Xena felt Gabrielle draw a deep and satisfied breath as the only thing before their eyes became the vastness of the open sea that would take them home to Greece.
"Happy?" A dark head dropped down to an ear that was just waiting to be nibbled.
"Un-huh." Gabrielle held up her forearm. "Make me happier." She groaned as she felt the first of the waves and her stomach roll at the same time.
The warrior chuckled as she pressed the point on Gabrielles arm that would ease her discomfort.
"Thanks. Youd think they could have taken the time to fix that little problem too." She grinned as she turned in Xenas arms. "Now I suggest we retire to our cabin so you can further distract me from my current condition."
"Which condition would that be? You know each problem has its own remedy."
"I want the remedy that will cure my of the burning Ive had in the pit of my stomach since we met up with Ares and Kal."
"Why Gabrielle," The warrior smiled. "Youre suffering from battle lust."
"You have no idea. Another night of waiting and I was simply going to have to have you no matter who was around, or where we were."
"You control it very well."
"Yeah, well that season I wasted learning how to meditate wasnt a complete loss then."
Xena threw her head back giving a hearty laugh as they made their way down the stairs and moved toward their cabin. Just as they were about to go below deck, Amarice stopped them Xena chuckled again as she heard Gabrielle groan.
"My Queen, we have some food for the evening meal. Will you join us?"
"No thank you Amarice. Xena and I are going below deck for the evening and unless this tub springs a leak I dont want to be disturbed."
Amarice twisted her lips to hide the smile as she nodded. "Yes My Queen."
Once safely locked in their cabin, Xena watched appreciatively as Gabrielle bent over to remove her sais from her boots. Gabrielle, in turn smiled when she heard a low growl. "See something you like?"
"You know I do."
Gabrielle didnt turn around. She just grinned as she began unlacing her boots, making sure to occasionally flex a thigh muscle or shift her legs just so. When her boots finally came off she ran her hands up and down her calves a couple of times just to hear her partner growl again. "I love it when you do that." She offered quietly as she turned around to find the tall woman lounging back on the bed.
"When youre voice drops and gets all growly. When youre eyes turn deep blue because youre so aroused you can barely think." She reached around to the small of her back untying the cord to her top. Ever so slowly she allowed the material to fall away from her torso. She smiled as she watched Xena, well for lack of a better word, squirm as she lifted it over her head to bare her upper body to the hungry eyes of her lover. "Yeah," A feral grin of her own crossed her lips. "When you act, just like that." She dropped the top to the floor.
Xena was mesmerized as Gabrielle crossed the small distance between them and crawled up the bed and her body, finally coming to rest straddling her hips. Her hands immediately went to the womans bare waist, then began caressing up and down as Gabrielle stared down at her. "So now Warrior ." Gabrielle began working the hooks on Xenas tunic.
"Look whos talking." The tall woman offered as she began unfastening the belt that held the bards armored skirt in place, leaving her only in her short pants. She finally pulled it up and fingered the small metal studs in the strips. "Hmm leather and brass. I rather like this. Very sexy."
"Yeah, yeah Ive been turned on by leather and brass for sometime now." She grinned as she took the skirt form Xena and let it drop to the floor. She arched her back as Xenas hands returned there and began a slow and sensual massage. Finally, she bent over and began exploring the expanse of neck at her lips. "Hmm so nice." The blonde murmured as she felt Xenas pulse quicken. "Love you." She whispered as her hips began rocking slowly. "Love you so much. Have to have you. Now."
They finished undressing each other, slowly, lovingly. With many tender words and tender touches inspired to ignite passion deep within. They lay facing each other, legs intertwined as hands caressed bare skin.
"Gabrielle I love you. I hope you know that."
"I never doubted it Xena."
The smile that crossed Xenas face was priceless. In the bards mind, there was nothing more beautiful in this life or the next. She leaned in and captured those lips in a kiss designed to knock the more experienced warrior on her backside, which to her great delight she did. As she rolled Xena on her back, she felt it as her pulse quicken, heard her heart beat harder and harder, low growls became long and deep moans. Breathing became ragged as Gabrielle used her hands and mouth to explore the body under her.
The smaller woman could feel her battle lust, moving from the dark place in her own soul, where she had so carefully placed it until it could be handled properly. She moved her head up and looked in Xenas eyes. "You are mine Xena!" She growled as she pinned Xenas hands to her side with her own.
"Yes." The warrior nodded as she licked her lips.
"You dont belong to Ares or anyone else. You belong to me!"
"Yours. All yours."
"I will have you and I will have you now. Do you want that Xena?"
All the tall woman could do was nod. Listening to Gabrielle become so commanding, even demanding in their love making was something they hadnt really experienced before, but the tone in her lovers voice told her that trying to deny the little woman could be painful. Her body had no desire to experience pain at the moment. It wanted pleasure and a lot of it.
"Answer me Xena. Do you want it?"
"Yes, Gabrielle yes. Please." Her back arched the moment she felt the strong thigh part her legs and come to rest hard against her. "Unh Gabrielle please."
"Yes my love, but not until Im ready and I say so."
Gabrielle moved so that her own needs could be met by the firm strong thigh of her partner. "Oh thats good." She growled as her hips began moving along that lovely spread of flesh.
"Yes, yes it is." Xena agreed as she felt the slickness of her own passion and that of her partner begin to coat their skin. "Wonderful." She moaned as she captured Gabrielles lips in a deep kiss.
Bodies moved with each other, hands investigated and mapped familiar territory as the lovers passions grew and spread through their bodies, warming them and taking away any remnant of the chill left deep in them by Brutus betrayal and Caesars murder attempt.
They loved until they were soaked and exhausted. Climaxing with each other over and over again until their bodies finally demanded rest. As the last spasm wracked Gabrielles body, she collapsed on top of Xena with a long and very satisfied groan.
"Gods ." She moaned quietly in the ear close to her mouth.
"Unt-huh." Xena wrapped her arms around her partner. "They had nothing to do with it. It was us my love, all us."
The knocking on the door woke them both. Sleepy green eyes met sleepy blue eyes. Xena smiled when Amarice called through the door. "Shes your amazon, you handle it." She said before she closed her eyes again.
"Well gee, partner thanks." Gabrielle grumbled as she untangled herself from her lover, grabbing a blanket and wrapping it around her body as she climbed out of bed, giving a lazy backside a smack on the way.
"Complain, complain, complain." The blonde smirked as she ran her fingers through her hair. "Cover up will ya."
Xena grinned as she took the sheet and pulled it over most of her body as she rolled onto her stomach and spread out completely across the bed.
"Dont get too comfy there Warrior, Im coming back."
The grumble from the bed told Gabrielle that Xena was very nearly asleep again. She always had slept like a log whenever they were aboard a ship. It was so unfair, Xena slept as if she had been drugged and Gabrielle herself needed to be drugged in order to sleep. Most of the time, then there were nights like the one before. She smiled a wicked little smile as she pulled the door open.
The young amazon was a little more than shocked when the Queen, draped only in a blanket pulled the door open.
Gabrielle growled. "I assume were sinking."
"Umm no my Queen." She lifted the tray she held in her hands. "I brought you a morning meal."
Gabrielle stepped aside, allowing Amarice to bring the tray in. The young amazon didnt mean to, but she couldnt take her eyes off the bed. One very naked Warrior Princess covered only by a small, thin sheet was even too much for her to ignore. She swallowed hard as Xena rolled over to face to wall causing the sheet to wrap even tighter around her body and move a little higher, revealing a bit of firm backside.
"Shes a little bit of an exhibitionist." Gabrielle said with a smirk as she watched Amarice take in all of her lovers beautiful attributes. Truth of the matter was the Queen was rather enjoying this chance to show off what was hers. It pleased her that the essence of their passion lingered in the cabin and there was no question to how they had spent their first private night together.
Amaraices eyes darted back to her Queen. Im Im sorry I just ."
Gabrielle held up her hand to quiet the young woman. "Its okay Amarice. Well be up top in a bit."
"Yes My Queen."
Gabrielle closed the door, taking the time to re-lock it before launching herself onto the bed. "Show off!" She smacked the shoulder in front off her. This drew a little laugh from Xena. "You are so bad!"
"Thats not what you said last night Gabrielle."
Xena rolled over and draped an arm over her lovers waist. "As a matter of fact I remember hearing you moan in my ear about how good I was."
"I did not."
"Well then," The warrior leered as she tore the blanket away from Gabrielles body. "Im just gonna have to do something about that." She moved over the small woman pressing their bodies together. "Arent I?"
"Yes please." She agreed very quickly as she pushed the sheet from Xenas body. "Im all yours."
"Good thing Im a greedy woman, because I want all of you." Xena parted the bard legs and place herself firmly between them. "And I will have you."
"Absolutely." Gabrielle affirmed, as she felt the warmth of her lovers body and soul surround and comfort her.
This round of love making was more intense and powerful that the one before it. As their bodies quaked and shuddered together, there were small marks, scratches and bites left behind on both bodies as they surrendered to each other over and over again.
At long last, they lay together, facing each other, legs tangled together with the sheet tangled among them as well. Xenas touch was sweet and tender as she stroked the skin before her.
"Promise me something."
"When we get back to Greece. Promise me that that youll keep writing your scrolls. A talent like yours should not be lost."
"Ill agree to that if you promise me something."
"Youll read them this time."
Xena smiled and nodded as she drew her sweet warrior bard into her arms for a long kiss.
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