These stories were written without the knowledge or consent of MCA/Universal and are not intended to infringe on any copyrights. These stories are for mature readers, over the age of 21 who are not offended by explicit love scenes between two women. If you are not 21, go away please.
Warning: There is a scene regarding nonconsensual sex and a minor amount of violence in Chapter 2. Please be forewarned if this will affect you adversely, do not read this story.
Gabrielle slowly got up rubbing the sleep from her eyes. "X..e...na," she whispered.
The bard awoke to find Xena gone. She quickly jumped up and started to change into her clothes....
"DAMN HER, SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO WAKE ME UP." She slipped on her short green top and adjusted her skirt...
She thought about the events of the previous night, trying to find a reason for Xena's disappearance.
They had gotten to the Inn pretty late that evening. Gabrielle walked into the Tavern to order some food, while Xena looked for an area to leave Argo. Xena came in and sat next to her at the table. She reached for her drink and began to munch on her food, never once looking up at Gabrielle. Xena had been deep in thought all day, which made the bard a little worried.
"Xena, what's wrong? You feeling ok?" the bard asked with a deep concern in her voice.
"Oh nothing Gabrielle, just a little worn out is all."
Gabrielle rubbed the back of her hand against Xena's cheek. Surprisingly, she allowed it to stay there for a few seconds, given the last week she hadn't been able to touch her at all.
"Ephiny is meeting us in the morning right?"
Xena stared up at her light green eyes, "She said she'd come get us at first light," and lowered her head back to the table.
They ate their meal in silence and went upstairs. Xena walked in front with her bard closely behind. They entered into the room and Xena sat at the edge of the bed . She started to take off her boots, while Gabrielle removed her clothes. She wasn't facing Xena but she could feel Xena's close stare on the back of her body. Gabrielle caught herself smiling at Xena's attention. COULD IT BE MY WARRIOR FEELS THE SAME WAY? She suddenly felt herself turn red, with anger... HOW COULD I BE THINKING SUCH THOUGHTS, she scolded herself.
She slipped on her shift, and turned to face Xena. To her surprise Xena had only just begun taking off her right boot. Xena, embarrassed, shot her gawking eyes down to the floor, in fear the young bard had caught her. Blushing, Gabrielle quickly started to slip under the covers as Xena stood up to undress. Gabrielle had seen her warrior naked many times before, but something about her warrior's body tonight left her breathless. She stared closely at her warrior's broad shoulders, slowly moving down her back and down to her strong muscular legs. Naked, Xena turned around noticing the close glare aiming at her body, while she slipped on her shift.
"What are you looking at?" She said, raising one eyebrow.
"Uh, uh, oh nothing" Gabrielle said quickly as she turned her back to the warrior. I LOVE WHEN SHE GIVES ME THAT LOOK. OH STOP IT......she told herself. Xena stood there for a moment.
COULD IT BE SHE FEELS .....NAH OF COURSE NOT. She disregarded her thought and got into bed.
The bard was almost in tears from having been caught staring. How could she feel like this, towards her best friend? I'LL RUIN EVERYTHING, "I can't feel this way," she repeated to herself softly. Not realizing she had spoken out loud.
Gabrielle, still facing the wall, cleverly covered her mistake. "Ah well, um well, Xena....."
"Spit it out Gabrielle."
"Well it's cold..." shivering on purpose to make it more effective. "Could I lay on your shoulder?" she shyly asked.
Xena's body became stiff from the thought of the young bard's body against her own and hesitated in answering.
I ALWAYS WANT YOU NEXT TO ME, I JUST DON'T TRUST MYSELF, she thought silently. Xena's hesitation made the bard uncomfortable.
"Never mind, it's ok" Gabrielle muttered quietly. SHE'S NEVER HESITATED BEFORE, I MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO UPSET HER.
"I'm sorry Gabrielle, of course you can,"
Gabrielle turned herself around, and laid her body close to her warrior. Her head resting on broad shoulders, while her leg tightly snuggled on top of Xena's thighs.
"Mmmm, that's better...." the bard said with a small smile.
Little did the bard know, that night, Xena had closed her eyes and silently cursed,"I LOVE HER SO MUCH, OH CURSE THE GODS FOR MAKING ME FEEL THIS WAY...... I CAN'T AFFORD TO LOSE HER, BUT HER EVERY TOUCH DRIVES ME INSANE.... HOW COULD I BE NEAR HER?"
Xena tried to hold back the tears until her bard fell deeply asleep in her arms, THEN she cried.
Gabrielle quickly came back to reality, still with no explanation of her warrior's disappearance, as she walked through the town towards the Tavern. She thought to herself, WHERE COULD SHE BE? MAYBE XENA'S HAVING AN EARLY DRINK WITH EPHINY. WHY DIDN'T THEY WAKE ME?"
Before entering the tavern, she noticed the local villagers standing around staring at her. She was used to it, considering people usually thought she was crazy for traveling around with the Ex-Warlord. As she walked through the thick doors, she was greeted by a room full of warriors.
"We've been waiting for you, young one." a man's voice said.
Gabrielle stood still, staff in hand, trying not to look afraid. Suddenly, she heard a muttered moan from the corner. She slowly shifted her eyes to find Xena tied up on a table.
"XENA!" Gabrielle yelled.
The bard tried not to let her tears roll down her face, as she observed her warriors terrible condition. Xena was tied down flat on her back, a gag in her mouth. She had blood running down the side of her face, from a gash above her right eye. Ten men stood on the other side of the table with swords pointing down at her.
The guard grabbed at the bard's arms, only to be thrown off balance as her staff struck his ribs.
Gabrielle started towards her warrior when all of a sudden she heard a deep voice in the corner, "Don't harm her, we need her alive" he said laughing.
Gabrielle knew she was trapped. Her only option was to run, but she wouldn't dare leave Xena.
With mighty stokes from her staff she began to force her way through the armed men, tossing them to all sides of the room. Gabrielle felt the strong blows her face was receiving from the attacking men, but continued to move. Thasis reminded his men to leave the young one unharmed.
Her warrior watched in amazement, as the young determined bard ripped through the crowd, directly towards Thasis. Xena tried to struggle her body out of the ropes, but felt her body numb. She realized someone must of put something in her drink.
Gabrielle had blood dripping down her face when she finally reached Thasis. With anger burning deep within her as she raised her staff to his face and screamed. Before she had a chance to speak she collapsed to the floor from a violent blow to the head.
"XENA?," the bard spoke softly.
"I'm right here, Gabrielle,"
The bard turned her head in the direction the voice was coming from.
"Oh Xena! Are you ok?" she exclaimed, as tears ran down her face.
Xena was tied up against the wall, her weight dangling from her bleeding hands, her feet barely touching the ground. Her armor, laid in front of her leaving her wearing only her shift.
"Gabri.....lle," the warrior responded slowly, half unconscious. "Did they hurt you?"
Gabrielle shifted herself so that she could see Xena more clearly, a difficult task since her arms and legs were tied tightly behind her. She realized they were in a dark dungeon with barley enough light to see. Gabrielle felt the cold floor against her naked legs. She rolled gingerly onto her right side trying to avoid any unnecessary pain. She could feel blood trickling down the side of her face. She looked down to learn she had been stripped of all her clothes and was left with only a shirt to cover her.
The bard began to speak, "SHE? What happened? Why.....," but stopped abruptly when she got a better look at Xena.
The bard noticed the large stream of blood running down Xena's leg.
"You're bleeding! Where are you injured?" the bard asked, as she tried to struggle out of her own restraints to help her warrior.
"Xena!" She cried frantically.
"What happened in the Tavern, Xena? Where's Ephiny?" the bard softly asked through her tears, now running uncontrollably.
Xena looked down at her crying bard, trying to hold her own tears away she began to explain what she remembered.
"I, I .....I was....... , Callisto has us here..."
Ephiny escaped while I fought off the attackers. She went to get help. I don't know what happened. Everything was going fine, until I felt myself falling to the ground. I think the drink I ordered had something in it. Hopefully, Ephiny made it out."
Xena looked over to the doors and whispered down to her bard. "Shh.....Someone's coming".
Ephiny made it to just outside the village before she felt her body go numb. A passing stranger, alarmed at the young woman's condition, approached her.
"Can I help you?" he asked.
Ephiny looked up at him through a fog, "Amazon village.... my queen is hurt , please tell Sa........" was all she managed to say.
The old man picked Ephiny up in his arms and took her into his home. He noticed blood dripping from the side of her stomach. He yelled for his wife to come and help. His wife took care of the gash, while the old man gave his son orders to go to the Amazon village to deliver a message.
The young boy quickly got on his horse and sped towards the Amazon Village. Exhausted and hungry he jumped off his horse, only to be greeted by swords all around him.
"Wait! I bring you a message" he pleaded.
A tall woman with a strong muscular build, resembling Xena said "Hand it over then." The boy handed the note over to the closest amazon. She curiously tore the letter open and read it aloud, "Amazons........ I have here, a wounded warrior.......She was only able to tell me a few details. She asks for your help.....The queen is hurt........ Please tell amazons............"
Sarina, the leader of the group, thought about the visit Ephiny had made that day, "Our Queen and Ephiny must be in danger. Gather up the Amazons... Hurry!"
With the order, they quickly spread out as the young boy followed behind. He explained to Sarina, in greater detail, the events that had happened earlier that day.
With both the Queen and the Regent Queen missing, Sarina took it upon herself to lead the warriors. Sarina was worried about her own lover, Ephiny, and of course her Queen Gabrielle. Her only comfort was her belief in Xena's love for their Queen. If needed, she knew Xena would sacrifice herself to spare Gabrielle's life. They gathered up half the women and rode off towards the village with no time to waste.
Half way there, Shae noticed Sarina's laughter and smiled. I WONDER WHAT SHE'S LAUGHING AT, she thought. Not wanting to disturb her, she continued forward.
Sarina had been thinking of the last time, the four of them had seen each other. Gabrielle and Xena, had stopped by for a short visit with the amazons. The four of them sat around the campfire chatting. Ephiny and Xena stood up and headed towards the tent to make plans. Sarina began to inform the queen of the amazon activities that occurred in the past couple of weeks. Suddenly, a young woman came up and stood beside them, "Queen Gabrielle?"
Gabrielle stood as she responded "Yes I'm the queen."
The woman lowered her head "I'm ....."
"Zalis!" Ephiny Cried.... Running towards the young amazon.
Ephiny reached for Zalis taking her into a strong embrace for a few moments before parting.
"Gabrielle! THIS is Zalis, she's been gone many moons visiting her sick mother."
"It is my pleasure to meet you, my queen" she nodded down at Gabrielle.
Xena walked towards the crowd and took a seat, just as Sarina stood up.
"Where are you going Sarina?" Xena asked as she grabbed her arm.
"Nowhere.... Just let me go!"
Xena let her grip go and watched as Sarina walked towards her tent violently kicking at the ground....
"Where's Sarina?" Ephiny asked, finally noticing she was missing.
"She's back at the tent, YOU should go get her." Xena caustically answered.
Ephiny excused herself and headed towards her tent. Moments later, both woman returned to join the circle. Zalis moved closer to Gabrielle in order to make room for the two women. Xena managed to catch Sarina's evil stare towards Zalis. Judging from the glare, Xena concluded that Zalis must have been one of Ephiny's former lovers. Xena smiled at Sarina, in acknowledgment, and gave her a quick look to stop sending nasty facial expressions. Sarina looked down at the fire and frowned.
In the meantime, Xena hadn't noticed that Zalis had moved closer to Gabrielle. She was sitting facing the bard, their knees touching. Xena tried to hold back her anger as she noticed Zalis's romantic stare towards HER Bard. Xena tried to control her thoughts, feeling the jealousy Sarina had felt moments before.
XENA ......YOU NEED TO RELAX, GABRIELLE IS A GROWN WOMAN... SHE'LL BACK AWAY, IF SHE FEELS THE NEED TO.
Xena was trying to hide her anger as she stared at Gabrielle. Ephiny and Sarina stimultaneously looked at each other and smiled. Their assumptions about Xena's feeling towards Gabrielle had just been confirmed by the look on Xena's face. Zalis reached over and placed her hand on the bard's lap, as she glided the outside of her palm against the bard's delicate face.
"ZALIS, give her a little room to breathe, will ya?" Xena exclaimed in more of a statement than a question, as she stormed off towards the tent.
Gabrielle looked at Zalis baffled, and stood to follow her warrior.
"What's wrong Xena? What did I do?"
The bard's questions were left unanswered as Xena laid her head down to sleep.
"We'll talk about it later Gabrielle."
The bard could feel the hurt in Xena's voice, and smiled. She didn't want her warrior to hurt, but it gave her hope that Xena felt the same way about her.
Sarina, startled by Shae, came back to reality when she realized they were arriving into town. To the villagers, it looked as if their town was under attack. The determined young faces of the Amazons caused the villagers to run around panicking, yelling at the men to prepare for battle.
"Over here Amazon!"
An old man's voice rang through the crowd. Sarina jumped off her horse and ran, as six others followed. Sarina ran to the gates as Ephiny came running out, causing them to collide.
" AHHHHH!" a painful cry escaped Ephiny's mouth, as she felt her injury throb with pain..
"OH EPHINY , I'm sorry..."
Ephiny looked up at Sarina while clucthing her side, "I'm ok...... Listen, Gabrielle and Xena were taken to Callisto's castle. I don't know the details, but I do know how to get there. We need to hurry!"
"Hello, ladies, so glad you could join me." Callisto said as she laughed.
Xena raised her eyes towards her old enemy. "Callisto! If you dare harm her, I will kill you!"
Callisto walked over to Xena , "Be quiet Xena, you've had your turn", then she punched her knocking her unconscious... Callisto turned to face the bard, still lying on her side...
Callisto stared at her victims for a brief moment, before walking towards Gabrielle. Xena slowly regained consciousness and yelled,
"Don't touch her, Callisto!"
"Or what, Xena? I only want to play with her a little..."
Callisto reached down and grabbed the bard's hair, pulling her up on her knees. She knelt behind the young bard, placing one hand around the bard's strong waist. She pulled down on her now bleeding wrists, exposing the young bard's neck.
"Callisto, please!, It's me you want" Xena cried.
"Oh no, warrior, you're wrong...... I've had you, now I want something pure, and innocent.
When I've made her mine, I'll kill her, so you could never have her..." She laughed hysterically.
Callisto whispered into Gabrielle's ear. The bard could hardly make out what was being said over Xena's cries.
"Callisto, if you harm her, I will spend the rest of my days hunting you down!" Callisto just smirked at the warrior and laughed.
"Gabrielle, do you love Xena?" Callisto whispered, while tightening her grip on the bard's wrists.
The bard felt her hands clench beneath her as pain jolted up her arms. "Ye....s, yes I love her."
"Good, counting on it." Callisto yelled, knocking the bard down to the floor.
She walked over to Xena and stood in front of her. "Oh Xena, how weak this little one has made you. Look, I'm not forcing myself on anyone. I promise I won't do anything to Gabrielle without her consent. I know how long you've lusted over her body and now I'm going to have her."
She laughed at the enraged glare coming from Xena. She could see the pain she was causing the strong warrior. "This will make you pay, for all you've done to me," she muttered under her breath.
Xena looked straight down at the floor, anger running all through her body. She looked up to focus on Gabrielle's eyes....
"Gabrielle, don't let her near you, no matter what happens to me."
She felt Callisto's fist forcefully strike her stomach, as she gritted her teeth, to hold back the cry.
"Callisto no! Please stop," the young bard protested.
Callisto turned to her and said, "not until you say I have permission Gabri..."
"Gabrielle NO!" Xena screamed, before the next hit took her breath away. Xena could feel her ribs had been broken, and her body started to go numb from the loss of blood. Callisto repeated the act several times, as she listened to the young bard's cries.
I CAN'T LET HER DO THIS, I CAN MAKE IT STOP..........IT'S JUST MY BODY, A SMALL SACRIFICE FOR THE WOMAN I LOVE................ THE WOMAN I LOVE... Baffled by her last thought, Gabrielle raised her head to speak. "Callist......"
There was a knocking at the door.
"Callisto, we need you out here, NOW," a voice screamed from outside the door.
"Ahh, just when I was beginning to have fun." Callisto laughed as she untied the unconscious warrior, allowing her to fall onto her shoulders. She laid her next to Gabrielle before walking out the door. Callisto was halfway down the hall when she stopped and yelled back into the dungeon. "Enjoy your last time together."
It was shocking to see the amount of blood flowing down the warrior's face, from such a small gash. The area around the gash began to turn yellow with infection, and was spreading quickly. Her lips swollen from the punches she had proudly taken for her bard.
Gabrielle laid her head down on Xena's chest to feel the movement of her breath. It was obvious Xena had suffered some damage to her lungs from the rhythm of her breathing. "Xena, please be strong for me, please hold on!"
She lowered her eyes to the ground and silently asked her Goddess for help. OH ARTEMIS, PLEASE HELP US...... PLEASE GUIDE THE AMAZONS..... PLEASE HURRY.
Xena jumped to her feet, her adrenaline being the only thing keeping her upright.
"Xena, I'm right here."
Xena felt the dizziness in her head and lowered her hands to the ground. She knew that the loss of blood was preventing her from balancing. She let herself collapse onto her side, so that she faced Gabrielle.
"Turn around Gabrielle, so I could take off your binds."
Xena began to untie them while she attempted to speak.
"Gabrielle. Last week when I was by the river gathering up the fish, I had a visit from Ares. I didn't understand why he would be giving me such information, but I listened anyhow. He told me about Callisto's new army and her plan.
"Why didn't you tell me before?" Gabrielle asked.
"When we visited the Amazons I told Ephiny. We decided, it would be best to hide you for awhile. We were going to discuss it in the morning, but..."
"Xena, why would she be after me? Is she after the Amazons? What Plan?"
"Her plan is to hurt me in the best way she knows how. She knows how much I love you. If harm were to come to you, It would kill me. I couldn't survive without you by my side."
"Xena, why now? Why is this all happening now?"
"Listen carefully Gabrielle, I wish I had time to explain, but I can't. I want you to promise me that you won't give in to Callisto..... no matter what harm comes to me.
"Xena no, I can't."
"Gabrielle YOU HAVE TO!" The thought of Callisto's hands on her bard's body struck her. She tried to control herself from her anger as she continued, "Gabrielle, I haven't been honest with you. In the last two summers, I have grown to admire the woman you've become. I've watched you change from an innocent young girl to the powerful woman you are today. I've wanted to hold you in my arms forever and never let go, but I was scared. I know that this might be overwhelming but I feel I must........."
The bard wanted nothing more than to hear Xena's confession, but under the circumstances she couldn't. She wanted to hear her words, but not there and not that way. She couldn't believe that the moment she had dreamt about, was happening in the dungeon of Callisto.
Gabrielle moved her lips to Xena's mouth and whispered, "I love you too." She placed a delicate kiss on the warrior's lips, then embraced her into her arms.
"Xena. It's my body she desires not my soul. YOU own my soul, as I do yours. This isn't your fault."
Gabrielle wanted nothing more than to hold her for eternity, but she knew Callisto would be back soon. She lowered Xena to the floor, kissing her softly as she moved away.
"Gabrielle wait.... Promise me!"
"I told you, I can't..... Just relax, let me take care of you."
The bard tore the bottom half of her shirt and began to make thin, long strips. The pounding from her head injury was strong, but she ignored it while she covered Xena's gash.
"As long as you don't move, it shouldn't reopen," she stated, even though she knew asking her not to move was unrealistic. She felt around Xena's waist, trying to figure out the extent of damage. It was obvious to Gabrielle that a few ribs were broken. However, there was nothing she could do at the moment to ease the pain.
She moved towards the blood on Xena's legs, lifting her shift to find the cause. Gabrielle froze, as she saw long deep gashes running up her thigh, almost as if fingernails had ripped her skin open.
"Xena, what did she do to you?"
Xena didn't reply to the question, instead she closed her eyes and calmly let herself fall back into sleep. Xena was still under the effects of her drink, causing her to come in and out of reality. Gabrielle cried on her shoulder for a period of time before hearing Callisto's voice through the door.
"So, I see you've made no progress!" she said with a smirk on her face. "I was hoping I'd have more fun with Xena, but oh well. You'll do....." She walked over to the bard and sat down next to her.
Gabrielle swung her arm at her face, sticking Callisto in the mouth. Callisto licked the blood off her lips as she grabbed the young bard's body, slaming it to the ground. Callisto straddled her back, while she gripped both of the bard's arms.
"Gabrielle...... want to play a game?"
Gabrielle struggled underneath Callisto, but the harder she struggled the harder Callisto smashed her face into the cold dungeon floor. Gabrielle breathed out slowly, tasting the blood in her mouth. Callisto grabbed the bloody rope still lying near the bard, and began to re-tie the bard's wrists.
Gabrielle could hardly bare the pain, the ropes were causing, and let out a small cry. She was having a hard time hearing and understanding Callisto, due to the additional blows to the head. She laid still, not wanting to upset her attacker any further.
Suddenly, she heard a loud groan coming from Xena. She looked up to find Callisto's foot against Xena's neck.
"O.K!!!!!! Please Callisto stop, I'll do whatever you ask, I promise..... Just stop!"
Callisto stopped, looked down at the green eyes full of rage, and smiled. She laughed hysterically, as she lunged her leg towards the bard's body. Gabrielle felt a sharp pain run through her chest and everything went black.
Gabrielle opened her eyes to find Callisto above her. She started to move, but realized her hands and legs had been tied down to the floor. She looked around for Xena, spotting her at the other side of the dungeon.
Callisto had positioned herself on top of the bard, with one arm on each side of the bard's face, while her thighs straddled the bard's hips. Gabrielle's body was shaking uncontrollably with fear of what was to come.
"Do not talk unless I say so Gabrielle."
Callisto ripped off her leather top and tossed it against the wall causing a loud crashing sound as her armor hit the floor. She reached for the sword lying beside the bard's body, and raised it up to her. Gabrielle watched speechless, as Callisto slid the sword under Gabrielle's shirt, causing small trembles across her body. Callisto raised the sword up, splitting the bard's shirt in two, revealing her bare breasts. She drew a deep lustful breath, at the image of the naked bard below her.
"Gabrielle tell me, did Perdicus do this to you before I killed him?" Gabrielle began to frantically cry, trying to control her anger. The anger running through her body was enough to drive her insane. She had so much hatred for Callisto after the death of her husband. How could Callisto have the audacity to bring it up? She only got to experience one night with Perdicus after they were married. Unfortunatley, that night was spent talking in each others arms rather than having sexual intercourse. Gabrielle was still pure in body. She closed her eyes and listened to her thoughts as Callisto began exploring her body. I should have told Xena the truth about Perdicus and I. WHY DIDN'T I TELL HER HOW I TRUELY FELT BEFORE? NOW I MUST LIE HERE AND TAKE THIS TORTURE, FROM THE WOMAN I HATE THE MOST.
"Callisto, Please slow down!"
In a panicked state, Gabrielle's only thoughts were on stalling the anxious warrior, in hope that help would arrive soon.
Callisto noticed the tears running down Gabrielle's face and felt her center ache with anticipation. She swiftly raised her body up, taking off her skirt, before lowering down on the naked bard. She placed two fingers in her mouth to moist them before laying them on the bard's soft nipple, making it instantly erect. Callisto rubbed her fingers in a circular motion against the bard's nipple while she cupped her own breast with her left hand. She moaned loudly as she felt the wetness building between her legs, while watching the fear in the young bard's face. Gabrielle started to pant with anger as she gritted her teeth. Gabrielle closed her eyes and tried to imagine that the woman above her was Xena. She knew that the only thing that was going to get her through this, was for her to block Callisto out. Callisto remained straddled above the bard's thighs as she leaned over and brushed her lips against the bards own. Gabrielle swallowed, trying not to make a sound as her body ached with sensation. "Mmmmm." Escaped Callisto's throat.
Callisto bit at the bar's swollen lip causing her to moan in pain. A tingle spread through Callsito's body at the sound.
She passionately licked her way up and down the bards neck, making Gabrielle tremble. The sensations overtaking the bard's body were unfamiliar to her. She had only felt this way on cold nights when she got to lay her head down on Xena's breast. XENA!!! ARTEMIS HELP ME, DON'T LET HER DO THIS!!!
She softly bit below the bard's ear causing a soft moan to escape the bard's mouth. Callisto sucked at her neck while she moaned uncontrollably from the burning she felt within.
She looked deeply into the bard's green eyes before lowering her tongue to lick down Gabrielle chest.
She replaced the two fingers on the bard's nipple with her mouth. She moved her tongue up and down the hard nipple, as she pinched at her own. She could feel her excitement building, as she began to rock her hips against the bard's center.
She thrusted back and forth moaning louder with every movement, while Gabrielle let out a soft groan, pleading silently for it to continue. She couldn't understand the excitement she felt. She had dreamt of Xena performing this act with her. But this wasn't XENA! She came back to reality, opening her eyes to find Callisto on top of her.
The bard's body went into shock in a matter of minutes, making her face go pale and her body temperature cold. Her body was going numb and she could hardly speak. Callisto noticed the silent change and looked up at her. She raised her body, placing her hand on the bard's stomach and grinding in closer to the bard's hips. She could feel herself coming close to climax with every thrust.
"Callisto, please don't."
Callisto stopped her rocking and laid flat on the bard's body placing her knee against Gabrielle center, straddling only the right thigh. Callisto responded with a loud groan from the sensation of their breasts rubbing against each other, ignoring the bard's cries.
"Oh NO little one, we're not quite through yet."
Callisto slapped the bard's face forcefully, causing the bard, to gasp for air, and look up. She could hardly make out what Callisto was telling her, but could see Callisto lunging down to her.
Callisto positioned her body so that her center lay on the bard's strong thigh, letting her wetness run onto Gabrielle's body. She lowered her breast to the bard's mouth, As she wickedly smiled.
She warned the bard, "Now Gabrielle, if you cause me any pain, your warrior princess will get another beating."
She lowered her nipple to Gabrielle's mouth and waited for the bard to open her mouth. Gabrielle hesitated for a second but quickly obeyed with the thought of Xena's battered body.
She placed her mouth around the erect nipple and bit down softly, mimicking what Callisto had done earlier, to her own body. She rubbed her tongue over the nipple repeatedly, hearing the loud moans fill the room. Callisto rubbed her center against the bard's thigh and felt her body slowly going over the edge.
"Uh don't stop yet!" Callisto screamed.
The bard felt the tears rolling down her face, and closed her eyes. She felt Callisto slowly climax against her stomach, and felt the wetness running down the inside of her thigh.
"MMMmmmm Gabrielle! Now it's your turn.... Ah, don't be scared little one."
Gabrielle felt the weight of Callisto's body being lifted off her chest, as she prepared herself for what was to come.
"CALLISTO, GET OFF OF HER!"
Xena was on one knee, rocking back and forth trying to maintain her balance. Xena's hand was wrapped powerfully around Callisto's throat causing her to slowly move off the bard.
Callisto pulled out her left fist slamming it into Xena's ribs, causing her to be thrown back. Xena lost her balance and fell, taking Callisto with her.
"Xena No!!!" The young bard cried.
Xena gasped for air, then punched Callisto forcefully striking her in the jaw. Naked, Callisto was now straddling Xena's body, trying to keep her under her. However, Xena thrusted her hips forward, causing Callisto to fall to her side. She quickly tossed her body on top of Callisto's and screamed...
"You will pay for this Callisto!"
Xena gasped, as she aggressively punched Callisto in the face, while she held her by the neck.
"Xena..." Gabrielle whispered silently.
The rage in her warrior's heart was something she never liked to see. However, under the circumstances she saw no reason to stop her.
She wasn't about to release the pressure in Callisto's throat. She turned her head to look at Gabrielle, when she felt the cold swords at her back. She was so involved with Callisto that she hadn't noticed the guards sneaking up on her.
"Release her!!!! ... NOW" a guard's voice rang loudly through the room.
Xena thought for a second to sacrifice herself, but couldn't leave her bard alone. Never again would she do that. She reached down and released her hold, causing Callisto to gasp for air as her bare body crawled away from her. The guards grabbed Callisto's arm and dragged her out the door.
Xena gasped and fell to the floor before crawling over to Gabrielle. She paused as she saw the bard's condition below her. Gabrielle whimpered through her tears.
"Xena, untie me. Please untie me!" she couldn't handle being restrained any longer. She wanted only to hold her injured warrior. Xena's body froze as she looked down at her bard's body.
"Oh Gabrielle, I'm sorry!" was muttered over and over for a few moments in different variations.
Gabrielle screamed to get her warrior out of the daze.
"XENA!! Please, untie me, NOW!"
Xena baffled by the bard's screams, quickly regained herself and reached for the bard's wrists, releasing them. The bard rose up into her warrior's strong arms letting her embrace her. Xena cupped the back of Gabrielle's head bringing her closer to her.
"It's ok...shh.. I'm here."
"Xena, Just hold me please!"
Xena heard the low weeping cries coming from her bard, as she silently lost herself in thought. I WISH I COULD MAKE THE PAIN GO AWAY, MY LOVE, BUT I CAN'T, I'M SO SORRY!
"Gabriele, I'll hold you forever is necessary.. Shh.... Just try to relax."
She held her embrace for several moments before making her way down to the bard's ankles, releasing them. Xena cradled Gabrielle in her arms and lowered herself to the ground. Xena could feel the bard's body trembling, as she tried to calm her.
"Oh Gabrielle, I'll never let you go again, I promise." She lowered her head down giving her a soft kiss on the forehead. "I promise my love, I'll get us out of here!... Gabrielle where are you hurting, tell me?" Gabrielle's heart tore as she realized the hurt in Xena's voice.
"Xena, I'm ok really. I just thought, I had lost you for a second. I never want you to ever leave my side." She held her embrace tighter.
Xena softly groaned from pain the bard was causing against her ribs, but tried to ignore it. She wanted nothing more than to hold her, close to her body, protecting her against all danger.
"Xena, are you ok?"
"Yes Gabrielle I'll be fine as soon as we get out of here."
Xena looked for something to wrap her bard in as she scanned the room for possible escapes. She was having some problems focusing and started to feel herself getting weaker. She decided to reposition her body laying against the wall. She used her strong legs to slide herself and her bard against the wall. Gabrielle panicked, at the sudden change, and cried, "Please Xena, Don't leave."
"Gabrielle, I'll never leave you. Please believe me....Shh it's ok."
Xena stared into the emptiness of the walls surrounding them, as she held Gabrielle tightly in her arms. Xena could feel the tears running down her face, trying with all her strength to deny them.
The bard placed her head on her shoulder, with her arms wrapped tightly around her warrior's neck. There was silence for a long period until the young bard spoke.
"Xena? I need you to know something in case we don't get out."
Xena lifted the bard's head slowly and stared deeply into her light green eyes, "I'm listening, but we WILL get out."
Gabrielle voice was calmer now as she spoke. "Xena, when I left to marry Perdicus, I know I hurt you. I'm sorry. I just couldn't bare to be near you with all the feelings I was having."
She took a long breath and continued.
"I've loved you since the day I saw you and every morning waking up in your arms, made my heart sink further into your soul. I couldn't bare to lose you as a friend. If you had known how I felt, and didn't feel the same. I...I...." The bard's body shook from crying which overtook her once again. "Xena, I love you more than life itself."
They both fell into a deep silence. Moments later, the bard uncurled from her arms and positioned herself in front of Xena. She raised her right hand up to her gash.
"Xena? It's bleeding again!"
Xena opened her eyes and placed two fingers on the bard's mouth.
"Shh listen, don't worry about me. I'll be just fine."
Xena cupped the back of the bard's neck and brought it up to her own. There faces only inches away from each other.
"Gabrielle, I love you."
They stared at each other for a few minutes before they were interrupted. Xena jumped up to her feet as she leaned against the wall for balance.
"Wait Gabrielle, don't say a word!" was slowly whispered before Xena staggered over to the steel doors placing her ear against the cracks. She could hear voices coming from the other side, but could hardly make out the light whispers. She turned back towards Gabrielle and silently signaled her to the corner of the room.
Gabrielle rose to her feet slowly and crept over to the corner, shivering from the light breeze on her naked body. The doors swung open and a warrior peeked in, not having been informed of the recent events with Callisto. However, he did know she was back in her room and decided to take her up on her offer. Callisto had promised him he could have a turn with the young bard when she was through. He saw the naked woman in the corner and smirked, before looking around for the sleeping warrior he had seen earlier. Little did he realize, Xena stood behind the wooden door waiting for just the right moment to attack.
"Where's the warrior who lay here just a while ago?" He asked the young bard.
"Callisto took her....." Gabrielle replied, her face flushed with embarrassment and fear.
Xena kicked the door slamming it straight into his back causing him to fall to the floor, than she grabbed the second man's neck, braking it. She kicked the man to the ground forcing him over to his back. She reached over him and applied the pinch to his neck. He grasped his hands around his throat in pain.
"I have just one question and then I'll release you." Xena explained.
"Anything, please." he muttered in agony.
"Tell me the quickest way out of here, and if you lie to me," she laughed " well you just don't want to lie to me."
She released the pinch allowing him to speak,
"Through the door, left down the hall to last room make a right past Callisto's quarters."
"Callisto's quarters huh? Thank you." Xena exclaimed, as she punched him roughly in the face, putting him into a deep sleep.
She held out her arms, "Come on Gabrielle."
She positioned her body at the entrance of the dungeon as she listened for further noises. Gabrielle ran to her side and stood besides her. She reached for Xena forearm capturing it in her small hands.
"Xena you're in no condition for this. Please, you'll be hurt."
Xena caught her bards glare, I CAN'T ALLOW CALLISTO NEAR YOU AGAIN, she thought to herself.
"Gabrielle,we have to try." She lowered her face to place a small delicate kiss on the bard's lips before she continued, "Please trust me..... Stay behind me ok?"
With a wave of her hand, Ephiny ordered her Amazons to halt. They huddled in a circle as Ephiny, gave them their orders.
"Natalie, take ten Amazons, and head towards the trees over there." the Regent exclaimed. "When you see we've made it in, move towards the back and keep guard. Kill any enemy, that tries to escape. Be ready! Our Queen and Xena will be exiting through the back window."
The Amazons nodded at the Regent and headed off.
Ephiny stopped for a second, thought about her remark, then looked over to Sarina.
"How do you know there's a window?" Sarina asked.
"It's hard to explain, I just know. It's like I know where to find them."
"Look, I just know Sarina, you have to trust me on this one."
Ephiny focused her eyes away from Sarina, looking around for the remaining leaders of the Amazons.
"Castera, head in towards the doors, have Kidimah cover the outsides while you drive through the middle. Clear the way for those Amazons to enter." she said as she pointed over to the Amazons on her left.
Castera looked up at Ephiny and nodded. She gathered up the Amazons and they rode off towards the castle. Ephiny signaled at the Amazons still huddled behind her and looked straight at Shae.
"Shae, take your Amazons through that entrance, and don't spare any time. The main goal is to get in. Once inside, help clear a path for Sarina. Keep the men busy while she searches for Xena and Gabrielle."
Ephiny gripped Sarina's arms gently, while she looked into her eyes, "Go with Shae. Try to guide the Queen, and Xena, to the back window."
"Are you sure?"
"Yes! Positive. Now go! Please take care of yourself."
Ephiny watched as Sarina swiftly ran towards the group. She closed her eyes, asking her goddess for help. ARTEMIS, PLEASE! WATCH OVER SARINA, SHE IS MY HEART. Ephiny refocused then turned to the remaining Amazons. "Follow me!" she yelled.
Ephiny reached for her sword, as she observed her Amazons disburse to their designated areas. Castera and her Amazon's rushed the castle, only to be counter attacked by Callisto's waiting army.
Shae could hear the sounds of swords striking, warriors grunting, and cries of pain. She felt herself reverting back to her old warlord days as she tried to focus on the orders at hand. Her smiled widened with every kill, as her eyes burned with passion. She kept a close eye on Sarina as she tried to clear a path for her.
Shae screamed as she positioned herself in front of the Amazon.
"Sarina!! I'll cover, Go!"
Shae felt a deep gash across her back, as she fought off two warriors with her sword. She kicked her foot back, aggressively striking her attacker at the knee, causing him to fall. She turned quickly, running her sword though his chest before returning to the attackers in front of her.
Sarina swung her heavy staff as she snuck her way through the fighting warriors, hitting anything that she met. She was fighting off three warriors when she felt Castera's mighty arms pulling her aside. Castera kept up her fight while Sarina managed to sneak behind them, into the castle.
At the same time, the Amazons by the trees, waited for the others to enter the door. Natalie watched in disbelief as she witnessed the hostile fighting taking place in front of her. They saw both Amazons and warriors falling dead to the ground.They wanted to join the fight but were under stick orders to wait. They watched as Shae cleared the way for Sarina while fighting off many enemies at once. Castera, fell to her knees from a violent hit to her stomach. She recovered, tossing the warrior off his feet, as she killed him. Then Natalie saw Sarina, make her way in.
"She's in, go........now......!"
Natalie signaled over to the Amazons to continue forward, towards the back of the castle.
Sarina rushed in to find, a large group of men with swords in hand. They were standing there ready to strike her. She panicked for a brief moment, until she heard the sounds of Amazons rushing through the doors. Their swords, held high in the air while battle cries filled the room. Sarina felt herself being pulled towards someone's body. She lifted her staff to strike but it was stopped by Shae's powerful hand. Shae grabbed the staff,and pulled her closer.
Shae pushed Sarina towards the side wall and raised her sword. It slid swiftly through the chest of the raging warrior rushing towards them. She looked over to Sarina and yelled.
"Sarina go! We'll take care of them."
The fight continued violently around Sarina while she slid against the walls, towards the hall. She held her staff close, prepared to strike at any attacker that came near. Dead warriors were falling to the ground around her. She was forced to step over a few, to get by. Once reaching the hall, she found herself alone.. THAT'S WEIRD, she thought to herself. MAYBE IT'S A TRAP? REGARDLESS, I HAVE TO FIND THE QUEEN! She disregarded her reasoning and continued. Luckily, she made it most of the way, with confrontations she could handle. At the end of the hall, she found two men racing towards her. She positioned her staff parallel to her shoulders, hitting the men in the face. As they fell, one gripped at her clothes, taking her to the ground.She quickly recovered and stood to find them once again in front of her. She shot two sharp stabs with her staff at their waists, sending flying against the end of the hall. She could hear someone approaching from the corner and got ready. She rushed to the corner and yelled. "AHAHAHAHAHAH!!"
Just moments earlier, Xena and Gabrielle turned out of the dungeon, moving slowly down the hall. Gabrielle placed her arm around the warriors waist to keep balance, while Xena held onto the wall. They got to the end safely,then stopped as two men fell in front of them. They heard the Amazon battle cry, then Sarina jumped out with her staff aiming it towards them. Xena reached up, stopping the staff before it hit.
Sarina's smile quickly faded when she felt the strong blow struck her in the back. Xena reached over her, grabbing the warriors heads...hitting them together. They fell to the floor immediately.
"Are you ok?" Sarina asked.
Xena was covered in blood, in only a shift to cover her. While, Gabrielle's naked body hid behind hers. Sarina kicked opened the door behind them, searching for anything to cover her queen. She picked up a long bed sheet and handed it to Xena. Xena turned and placed the sheet over the bard's body. Then she turned her attention back to Sarina, and signaled down the hall.
"No! Not that way!" Sarina screeched.
She signaled at the women to turn back towards the dungeon doors. Sarina and Shae could hear the battle occuring down the hall. Xena knew it would be to risky, and complied.
They past the dungeon doors once again causing Gabrielle's grip, on Xena, to tighten. Xena noticed the pressure on her arm, as she tried to reassure her bard.
"We're almost there, don't be scared... I'm here."
They walked along the dark hallway searching for the window. OH, I HOPE SHE WAS RIGHT, Sarina thought silently to herself.
"Look!" Gabrielle pointed to what seemed to be a small window just above their heads. Sarina looked over to Xena, asking her if she could hold her weight, so she could break the glass. Knowing the weakened state her warrior was in Gabrielle bent over and offered her back.
"Here. Go on Sarina." Sarina looked unsure, but with no time to spare, she stood on Gabrielle's back while Xena kept Sarina's balance.
She smashed her hand through the glass and called out for her guards. "NATALIE!"
The Amazons stood outside the window waiting for their precious cargo to be handed to them. Xena tried to pick up her bard but stumbled, getting weaker from the loss of blood. Sarina reached over to pick up the Queen herself, but was stopped.
"No! Sarina, I'll do it." She picked her up in her arms and lifted her to the waiting hands that took her.
"Xena , come on."
"Gabrielle, I'll be right there, go ahead of me."
"XENA NO!, I can't leave without you."
Xena started towards the hall, but was stopped by Sarina hand.
"My weapons! CALLISTO!"
"Xena no, we can't.. We have to leave them. Worry about her later."
"Come on Xena!" Gabrielle yelled from above.
Sarina and Xena heard the yells and looked up.
"Sarina, I'm taking the queen. Hurry, the guards are coming!!!!
Xena looked up at the Amazons, then back at Sarina.
"But Sarina, how will you get out?"
"Don't worry about me... I'll see you soon."
Sarina bent down allowing Xena to use her back to step on. Xena grasped the arms that succeeded to pull her up, whimpering in pain from the hurt in her wrists.
At the same time, Ephiny headed towards the back of the castle while calling out the retreat signal. Ephiny saw Natalie and her followers heading out towards the village. She looked over to the window and noticed Xena. She ordered the ramaining Amazon to go, while she went to pick up Xena.
Xena gripped Ephiny's arm and jumped up. She let out a small cry of pain as she straddled the horse. They started off towards the other Amazons, escaping seconds before the warriors arrived.
"Where's Gabrielle? Who has her?"
"It's ok Xena, she's safe, I saw her riding ahead with Natalie."
Ephiny dared to ask, "Xena what happened? Where's Sarina."
"Ephiny I can't talk about it now, I'm sorry. Sarina is still in the castle, helping the others. How did you know where we were?"
Ephiny's only explanation for knowing the exact location of her Queen was that Artemis must have led her there.
"With the help of Artemis, Xena."
After her reply she remained quiet, thinking only of Sarina. Ephiny felt Xena's head resting on her back. She stopped the horse, and slid off, to repositon herself behind Xena. She wasn't sure the condition Xena was in and didn't want to risk having her lose her balance. She held her tightly around her lower waist, trying not to cause her any pain.
They arrived at the Amazon village by nightfall. "Get the healer!" she cried out.
Ephiny heard a soft moan below her and looked down to find Xena on her knees. Ephiny jumped off her horse quickly, pleading with Xena, "Wait! Slow down Xena.... Gabrielle's fine."
She signaled over to some Amazons to come help. Ephiny helped Xena up to her feet as she tried to reason with her.
"Take me to Gabrielle, Ephiny!"
"Xena we must go to the healer first. Then you can see Gabrielle."
"Ephiny I'm fine. I just need to see her."
The Amazons ran up to the Regent Queen and waited for their orders. She signaled to the youngest Amazon and said, "Go get the Queen, bring her to my tent. And you. Go get the healer, bring her to my tent"
"Of course, right away," said one of the Amazons, as she ran towards the tents.
Ephiny put her arm around the tall warrior as they began to walk. She cradled the back of Xena's neck,
"Xena, thank you for protecting our queen."
The statement, though thoughtful, ran a knife through Xena's heart. "Your welcome." she softly muttered.
The Amazon's voice rang loudly through the village. They turned to find Sarina running towards them.
"Callisto...She, I mean they..."
Ephiny held her hand up, to her frantic lover, "Slow down Sarina, tell me what happened."
Confused, by the panicked state of Sarina, Xena looked towards the woods. She listened for oncoming warriors but heard only silence. THANK THE GODS, SHE'S NOT UNDER ATTACK? She thought. She focused back at the rambling Amazon.
"I saw Callisto as I escaped from the castle. She was standing in front, by the entrance."
"ARE you hurt?" Ephiny exclaimed with deep concern, while she patted her lover's body looking for any marks of injury.
"No, she didn't touch me. She told me that if I delivered Gabrielle a message she would let me go, and take Xena's things with me."
Xena raised her eyes towards Sarina and growled,
"What's the message, Sarina?"
"I think the message is her army is going to attack the amazons!"
The now frustrated warrior questioned her again, "What did she say EXACTLY."
She was now confused and nervous at the warrior's attitude towards her. She tried to calm herself to think of the exact words.
"She said to tell my queen not to go far. She wasn't done with her yet? That she wouldn't stop until she had her."
Xena's facial expression left both Ephiny and Sarina speechless. Xena's body trembled in anger, her eye's full of hatred and disgust. She gritted her teeth as she turned around and headed towards the tent.
The two warriors followed behind in silence from fear of what Xena might do to them if they spoke.
She released the grip on Ephiny's arm, as she quickly reacted, blocking the hit coming straight towards her. She took in some deep breaths before speaking.
"Ephiny, I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt you."
She looked down into the Regent's eyes and apologized for her actions, while Sarina moved in front of Ephiny to protect her.
The warrior continued to take deep breaths, trying to shake off the dizziness that had just re-emerged. She could feel her body weakening, but insisted on finding the Queen before she would rest.
They turned towards the tent, when Ephiny noticed Xena was having difficulty walking. She signaled to Sarina to come over, so they could each embrace an arm, in order to keep the warrior from falling.
The Queen's guards gathered by the entrance of the healers tent. Ephiny opened her mouth to order the Amazons to move, but Xena barged her way in, tossing the Amazons to the side.
She looked over to the healer's table where Gabrielle lay. She started to approach when she heard her bard's command.
"XENA! Close your eyes!"
Gabrielle frantically looked around for her blanket, while the healer stood there patient, medicine in hand.
"OK, now Xena." The bard spoke in more of a order than a statement.
Xena turned her head and watched as her bard, wrapped herself tightly in the blanket, then rushed over and took a seat beside her.
"Gabrielle, what's wrong?"
"Nothing Xena. I was startled, you scared me."
Xena could tell something was wrong, but decided to wait until they were alone to discuss it. She knew she couldn't push the bard over any limits. She knew that things would never be the same, and didn't want Gabrielle to react to her in fear. She had already decided to do whatever her bard asked of her. She would not argue.
The healer allowed them to stare in each others eyes for a few moments before commenting on the warriors rude behavior.
"Xena. You must move so that I can help her. Your not doing her any good by coming here. Why don't you have someone help you to your tent. You don't look so well yourself. I will attend to you soon."
Xena rose her hand to Gabrielle's face, softly caressing it.
"Do you want me to stay, Gabrielle?"
"No Xena. Please, just do as she asks."
Xena glared up at the healer and nodded, before stumbling off the pallet, towards the exit. Ephiny and Sarina waited patiently outside until Xena's departure. They took her by the arms and walked her slowly to her tent.
"Xena, you have to take care of your injuries. You won't be any good protecting her if you're injured. You need..."
Xena dazed off into her own thoughts, completely ignoring Ephiny's words.
SHE DOESN'T WANT ME TO LOOK AT HER? I DON'T BLAME HER. I WAS SO WEAK IN PROTECTING HER? I FAILED! HOW CAN I TELL HER IT'S NOT OVER?
Xena suddenly jumped back into reality when she realized they were at her tent. She walked over and sat down on the floor, positioning herself on the side of the bed. She lowered her head into her hands, fighting the tears of frustration overtaking her.
"Xena? Tell me what happened. What does Callisto mean by finishing the job?"
Xena shook in anger, muttering a few unrecognizable words at them. Ephiny signaled for Sarina to leave them alone, before she sat herself next to the warrior. She rested her arm around Xena's shoulders, and stared at the floor. They both had so much to say to each other, but both remained speechless.
Moments later, the healer walked in to find the two women sitting oddly on the floor, their eyes staring directly at the ground. Xena wasn't about to let anyone see her hurt, so she decided to continue staring at the floor while she dared to ask about Gabrielle's condition.
"How is she?"
"She'll be fine, no internal injuries, just flesh injuries. She will heal in time, no worries young woman."
Xena raised her face up towards the healer.
"Can I see her?"
The healer smiled, "Of course you can, but only after I've looked you over."
Ephiny quickly excused herself, as Xena got off the floor and onto the pallet. The healer looked down at her and frowned,
"Well I see you're a mess," she exclaimed.
Xena didn't bother to answer the healer's remark, instead she closed her eyes and gritted her teeth, while she waited for the healer to attend to her injuries.
First, the healer worked on the obvious injury, the gash above her eye. She began to clean the wound, shaking lightly from fear of this patient. It wasn't every day she worked on such an angry warrior. She tried to remain calm by starting conversation, but was ignored.
"Now, young warrior, we must take this shift off so I can continue."
Xena grunted cries of pain as she helped the healer remove her shift. She lay back down, shivering from the sensation of the cold pallet against her skin. The healer noticed the gashes running down the warriors legs and asked, "What happened here, dear?"
Xena opened her eyes for a brief moment to remark, "I thank you for helping my friend and I, but I don't feel like talking right now. I feel very weak, and would like to rest." She closed her eyes and raised her arms over her head, allowing the healer, a better view of the injuries.
Xena kept her eyes closed, trying desperately to block out the images that danced in her head. She could see Callisto's body on top of her bard's, and felt a stream of warlord anger she had long forgotten. She wanted nothing more then revenge, even if she had to die for it.
Ephiny disrupted the warrior's daze as she rushed in towards them. Xena started to rise from the pallet but was stopped by the healers hand.
"Oh no, young one, you can't move right now! Lay back down."
"Ephiny, what's wrong?"
"I can't wake up Gabrielle! Something's wrong!"
"WHAT!" Xena Screamed.
See Part 1 for the disclaimers.
Xena attempted to jump off the pallet but felt the pain overcome her, from the quick movement.
"No. Wait. It's just the sleeping powder!"
Xena's face, now directly in front of the healers, expressed the look of an angry warlord's before a kill. The healer stuttered, as she spoke to the young warrior.
"Well, the Queen was shaken up. But I don't know why exactly. I gave her some sleeping powder, so she could get some rest. I didn't mean any harm, really."
Xena looked up at Ephiny and sighed, before lowering down to the pallet. Soon after, she fell into a deep sleep, to dream about the next confrontation she would have with Callisto.
Xena's hand came out from under her covers, gripping Shae by the neck.
Xena opened her eyes, only to find the grip of her palm on the Amazons neck.
"Oh Shae! You know better then to sneak up on me. What are you doing here?"
"Xena, being as hurt as you are, you still have a mighty grip."
Xena chucked, then winced in pain as she grinned at the young Amazon.
"Help me up, will ya?" Xena asked as she started to raise her head.
She looked around the room for her clothes, smiling when she saw them lying neatly on the table. Gabrielle would fold them in the same manner, every morning. MUST BE AMAZON HABIT, she thought silently, as she smiled.
"So, what are you doing here?"
"I was told by the Queen to watch over you. I was just about to wake you when you grabbed me."
Xena dropped her eyes from the Amazon's face, attempting to walk towards the table. Shae grabbed the warrior's arm trying to convince her to lay back down. She told Xena she had strict orders from the Queen. She was to watch over her, to make sure, she didn't move from the pallet.
Xena nodded in acknowledgment but insisted she had to see the Queen. With a day wasted they had less time to prepare for battle. She began to dress herself slowly, but realized the armor was too heavy on her waist. Wearing Sarina's shift, she strolled out of the tent and towards Gabrielle.
In the meantime, Amazons were by the fighting grounds, sparring against each other. Shae smiled as she noticed them working on the new techniques she had taught them. Moments later, she noticed Castera, her top fighter, glaring intensely at Xena's body. All of a sudden, Castera fell to the ground.
Shae laughed hysterically, while silently thinking to herself. SO I SEE I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO LIKES TO GLARE AT XENA. MY QUEEN DID WELL IN SELECTING HER.
Xena turned her head towards Shae wondering what the laughter was about, but decided to let it go. They were just outside the Queen's Quarters when Ephiny came running to her side.
"Xena, I've been looking for you. I think I have a way to distract Callisto."
Xena nodded down at the Amazon, now gasping for air.
"I have a plan also Ephiny. Let's first check on Gabrielle, then we'll discuss it."
Ephiny ordered the guards to move, as she restrained the warrior from barging in, *again*.
Gabrielle was standing by the table talking to Sarina when the two women entered. Xena's facial expressions froze, as her eyes met the vision in front of her. It looked like Gabrielle had just gotten out of her bath. Her hair was wet and running down the sides of her neck. Her shift was tightly snuggled around her body, exposing her nipples through the thin fabric. When Gabrielle raised her head towards Xena, her face looked like an angel's. Her eyes, full of joy, lit up from seeing her strong warrior. Her voice was the most beautiful sound the warrior had ever heard.
"Xena, what are you doing up?" Gabrielle asked, walking over to Xena.
The bard observed Xena, wearing only the shift and giggled. She could only imagine what the Amazons were thinking, watching her walk in.
"Xena, you should lay down. I talked to the healer and she said you shouldn't be moving."
"I'm a fast healer." Xena said sarcastically.
Gabrielle grabbed her by the arm and walked her over to the bed, positioning herself between the warrior's legs. The bard reached over, placing her arms around the warrior, in a strong embrace.
"Did Sarina tell you, Gabrielle?"
The small smile on the bard's face quickly faded as she heard the question.
"Yes, I know."
"We need to talk about what happened Gabrielle." Xena muttered.
Gabrielle tore away from her arms, while nodding her head.
"No Xena, I have to worry about the Amazons right now. Put this blanket around you and lets go eat." The bard turned to undress but hesitated. "Xena, could you please wait for me outside?"
Xena obeyed her bard, placing a blanket around her as she strolled out. She found it strange that Gabrielle didn't allow her to watch her change, but decided not to worry about it, at the moment.
In the meantime, Ephiny and Sarina stood, watching Shae and the others train. They noticed as Xena walked towards the campfire, her eyes lost in a daze, and followed... Ephiny ordered the Amazons to stop for the night, as she headed over to the warrior.
"Everything ok, Xena?" Ephiny asked.
"It will be soon." Xena replied under her breath.
Sarina and the queen came over moments later and sat down next to their loved ones.
They discussed the plan for several hours before deciding to go to bed.
"Good night, my Queen," Sarina said while lowering her head.
Gabrielle giggled. She still wasn't use to being called a Queen.
"Good night, Sarina" the Queen replied.
Gabrielle helped her warrior to her feet, as she watched Ephiny and Sarina stroll into the same tent. Gabrielle chuckled, "Well I see, they're not sleeping tonight." Xena smiled at the remark but remained quiet.
They walked over to the bard's tent slowly, taking in the breeze that surrounded them.
"I'll see you in the morning ,Gabrielle."
"No, wait Xena. Please don't leave me alone."
Xena looked at those beautiful green eyes, now staring at her, and placed her arm around her waist. They walked over to the bed and sat down.
"We need to talk, Xena. This is hard for me to say. So I need you to be patient and quiet until I finish. Ok?"
Xena nodded and laid her body down on the bed, while she waited patiently for her bard to collect her thoughts.
Gabrielle closed her eyes and sighed. She laid herself next to her warrior and stared at the ceiling.
"I haven't been completely honest with you. The night Perdicus and I had was beautiful, touching, and memorable. However, I never... Well, we never actually..." She closed her eyes and began to cry.
Xena was now on her side, her head propped up by her arm, so that she could see the bard as she spoke. Xena remained quiet, she wasn't sure what the bard was trying to say. She wanted to comfort her and hold her in her arms, but decided to leave physical contact out. Xena avoided causing the bard more distress, especially after Callisto's traumatization.
"Shh... It's ok Gabrielle. Take your time. " Xena said, in a whisper.
"That night, when I laid there next to him, all I could think about was you. He could tell something was wrong, and so we decided to talked about it. I told him how I felt.... about YOU."
Xena tried to stay quiet but it crept out, "You did what!"
"Shh... I'm not done. He wasn't mad, just confused. He decided that I needed time to think, so we stayed up all night talking. JUST talking! Do you understand?"
Xena moved the bard's face towards her, wiping her tears. "Are you telling me that you weren't with him that night.....Sexually?"
The bard lowered her eyes away from her warriors.
"Yes," she grumbled.
Xena panicked for a second, realizing the significance of the bard's story. She could feel the anger coming on again as she thought of Callisto. Her mouth opened in shock and she began to shake. Gabrielle raised her eyes to see tears rolling down her warrior's face.
"Xena, that night with Callisto....."
Xena covered the bard's mouth, as she pulled her close to her. She didn't want to hear what was coming next. She didn't want to acknowledge what she thought happened. She knew it was important for her bard to talk about it, but wasn1t sure she could handle the details.
Moments later, Xena composed herself, asking her bard to continue.
"I don't know exactly what occurred. It's a blur. The parts I remember I don't want to talk about. I just wanted to clear your mind by telling you that I am, still, pure in body. I don't want you to feel guilty on my behalf, so I needed to tell you."
Xena pulled away quickly, lifting her hand to the bard's cheek.
"Gabrielle, are you telling me, nothing happened?" She stalled for a brief moment before continuing. "from what I saw......"
"No Xena, what you saw was the beginning of Callisto's plan. I'm sure if she knew I was a virgin Um,it would of been different, but luckily...."
Xena interrupted her words as she sighed.
"I understand Gabrielle."
Gabrielle cuddled against her warrior's strong arms, giving her warrior soft kisses, before falling off to sleep.
The next morning, Xena awoke to find her bard missing. She jumped up, searching for Gabrielle.
"I'm *here* Xena, sit down."
Xena sat back on the bed, while Gabrielle finished the scroll she had been writing. The bard rolled it up and placed it neatly in her bag. She walked up to her warrior and positioned herself between her legs.
"Xena, we need to change the bandages, before dressing. Raise your shift up, just a little. I'll take care of these first," as she pointed to the injuries on her inner thighs.
Xena complied with the bard's order, moving her shift up to her waist. She flushed a bit from embarrassment but maintained her serious demeanor.
Gabrielle started to undo the bandages slowly, feeling every bit of sensation she could from touching her warrior. The bandages fell to the floor, and Gabrielle frowned at the awful cuts. How could she have done this to her? I HOPE SHE DOESN'T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED, I DON'T WANT TO KNOW, she thought silently. In a difference of character, Gabrielle felt like what she didn't know wouldn't hurt her, whereas Xena had to know *everything*.
Xena tilted the bard's eyes up to her own.
"It's ok love, it doesn't hurt."
Gabrielle sighed, as she grabbed for the new bandages behind her. When she turned, she placed a soft kiss on her warrior's lips. She caressed her warrior's thigh, as she whispered into her ear.
"I love you Xena. I always have."
Xena grabbed the bard around the waist and brought her closer. She could feel the bard's waist against her womanhood, sending electricity through her body.
Gabrielle saw the reaction her words and actions were having in the warriors eyes. They stared at each other awkwardly, not sure what to do next. Gabrielle could fell Xena's mind wandering, possibly about Callisto, and decided to distract her.
The bard flashed her a wicked smile, before lowering to her knees. Her intentions at first, were to give soft kisses to all the injured areas of the warrior. Her rationality was that Xena would think of her instead of Callisto, when she saw the scars on her thighs. However, once she began, she felt her passion rising and couldn't stop. She licked every inch of her thigh savoring every taste, every moment.
Xena, speechless from the bard's actions, tried several times to call her name and failed. She had dreamt so long to be touched this way, and now that it was here, she didn't know quite how to react. She was overwhelmed by the sensations and shocked by the actions. She let herself fall into Gabrielle's tongue, causing her body to shake. She let out soft moans of pleasure unconsciously.
Just then, Shae walked in to find Gabrielle's face between the warrior's legs and slowly sneaked out without being noticed. Embarrassed from what she had seen, she decided to keep guard outside, so they would not be interrupted.
Gabrielle stood, placing one hand on the warrior's womanhood, while the other slid up and down her left thigh.
Xena closed her eyes as she grabbed a tighter hold on the bard.
Gabrielle kissed her again, forcefully, sliding her tongue into her mouth. She was astonished by her actions, but couldn't stop her. The bard wasn't sure what she was doing, but continued. It felt good to good to stop.
As she kissed her warrior, she slipped two fingers into Xena's undergarment, catching Xena off guard.
"Gabrielle!!!!!!" she wailed.
Shae stood outside the tent blushing in embarrassment when Ephiny and Sarina approached her.
"Just give them a moment" Shae stuttered out, as she smiled.
The three woman looked at each other and smirked.
"It's about time!" Sarina whispered, as she gripped her lover's hand.
Soon after, they heard the cries of passion coming from the room. Loud enough to hear from the outside, and clear enough to make out whose moans they were.
They broke out in laughter, nodding their heads simultaneously, as they heard their Queen's name screamed, repeatedly.
Later, Xena walked out fully dressed, sword in hand. She looked up at the faces staring back and her and smirked. Xena started to walk away as she motioned for Shae to follow.
"Let's go Shae.... we need to train."
Shae followed closely behind the warrior, glancing back once to see the smiles still radiating on the couple's face.
"XENA!...... Ephiny!" the young woman's voice rang clear, from the woods.
Ephiny and Xena ran towards the frantic cry.
They found the woman covered in blood, struggling to walk towards them.
"Oh my gods, Jeanine? What happened?" The regent asked with deep concern.
Xena carried the young Amazon in her arms, as they walked to the healers tent.
"Callisto's coming! She's after the Queen!" She said, before slipping out of consciousness.
To be continued...Part 7
Return to The Bard's Corner