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: Implied. VERY IMPLIED.
Other: Part Seventy-nine in the series "Raising Melosa". Takes place about a week after "The Search Begins."
Divorce Amazon Style
I take a deep breath as I leave council chambers. I know Im going to see her and Im not looking forward to this. I cant believe this is happening.
Eph puts her hand on my shoulder as we exit. "Are you sure you want to be alone with her?"
"No Im not sure, but she asked to talk with me and I am still her wife."
Various council members try not to look uncomfortable, but they are failing miserably. Almost as miserably as I am Im sure.
"If you need me just yell."
"Oh I will."
As I walk toward the house my stomach absolutely turns in knots. I hate every moment of this. I approach the porch, Xe steps outside and closes the door behind her. "Lets take a walk." She says softly as she steps off the porch.
I glance past her to the door. "Is she in there?"
"Ri dont be ridiculous. It happened once. I havent seen her since."
"Un-huh." I cross my arms, not believing her for one moment and refusing to move. "Then lets go inside and talk. Just like you asked."
"Ri honey please ." She reaches for me but I turn away.
"Dont. Dont touch me. You know Xena you never had to tell me. I never would have known, but as it stands right, now being near you makes me sick."
I turn and walk away from her. Tears sting my eyes as I move back across the village to the food hut. I wipe them away as I go in a take my seat.
Mel is right behind me taking her seat next to me. "You okay?" She whispers as she takes my hand. All I can do it nod. "Will you please do me a favor and not take off from me like that again? Unfortunately, Im really caught in the middle here and if she thinks Im not doing my job ."
I nod as I try and hold back the tears. "I know Mel and Im sorry."
"No Im sorry. What she did was wrong. Very wrong and I have to admit I never thought it was possible. Its just that I still have to answer to her."
"Maybe not for much longer."
"Im thinking about divorcing her."
"Youre kidding!" She pulls back totally shocked.
"No Mel, Im not kidding and if I do, then I can ask her to leave the village."
"What about Kai, Kessa and Rosa? I mean Im old enough to deal with it but ."
"Oh I know her Mel. She wont go far. Shell end up with Solan or with the centaurs. She wont leave you guys."
Mel places her hand over her mouth as what Ive said sinks in. "I cant believe youre thinking about divorcing her."
"Mel she cheated on me. She betrayed me in the most personal way possible. Not to mention at the worst possible time." A young woman brings our meals over. I sit there patiently as Mel takes the time to try my food. "This is insane."
She nods. "Yeah everything around here lately is insane. Have you tried talking to her?"
"Why? She told me. Sat right there in our home and told me what she did."
"Doesnt that count for something?"
"There is some part of me Mel that wishes she had just kept it to herself. She actually had the nerve to say that the reason she was telling me was because she loved me too much to hide it."
"You dont believe her?"
"No. I think the reason she told me is because someone saw her with the slut and she was afraid she was going to get told on."
"Mom. You dont really believe that do you?"
"I dont know Mel." I picked through my food. "I just dont know."
I knew immediately when she came into the hut. The place went completely quiet. I looked up as she came to the table. "Can I join you?"
"Mel do you mind?"
"No. Not if Mom doesnt."
"Thanks." She takes a seat and pours a mug of tea. "Can we talk now?"
I turn and glare at her, losing my temper. "Why? What do you want to do Xena? Tell me how good she was in bed." I stand, turning away leaving the hut.
"Ri! Ri! Please." I could hear her get up to follow me. When I know she was behind me I turn around to face her.
"Dont Xena just dont! Dont you have any idea how much this hurts me? You betrayed everything. Everything that we had. Twenty seasons washed away because you had to have some young slut. Well, Im sorry Im not twenty anymore Xena! Im sorry the Gods didnt make me ten seasons younger so I could have kept you happy in bed!"
I turn and storm away.
I watch her walk away from me and I feel as if my heart is breaking. "Im sorry Ri. Gods I AM SORRY!" I yell after her. I sigh hard as she continues to walk away from me. Oh I hate this.
"Xena?" I turn to find Ep. She shrugs a bit as she lays a friendly hand to my shoulder.
"No Im not okay Ep."
"Lets go down to the training grounds. We can spar, you can thump on me if itll make you feel better." She grins at me again as we start walking.
"So why are you still talking to me? No one else is."
"You are my friend too. We all make mistakes. You made a mistake, you owned up to it and youre paying the price for it. You dont need to lose everything."
"People may talk you know. Everybody seems to think I bed everyone I talk to now."
"Let em talk. As long as we know differently thats all that matters."
We end up on the training grounds, instead of sparring we just take seat to watch everyone else.
"I didnt mean for it to happen." I admit quietly as I drop my head.
"I mean Im not even really sure how it happened. I was just ."
As we sat there talking several younger warriors walked by us. I looked up and the looks I was getting would condemn me to Tartarus without a second thought.
"Shes thinking about divorcing you, you know."
"I know. Its not like I can contest it if she does."
"You mean you wont fight it?"
"Why? What I did was wrong. I betrayed everything. The nation, the Queen," I paused as I swallowed hard. "My wife. She wont even talk to me. She wont accept my apology."
"Well, whatever happens Xena, Im your friend and Im here for you."
"Thanks Ep I appreciate that."
"If she divorces you, will you leave?"
"No. Actually if shell let me stay Ill just stay here in the village. I cant stand the thoughts of being away from the kids."
"She may demand you leave. It would be her right."
"I know. Im hoping shell see past her own pain and not put the kids through that. I know her, I dont think shell take me away from the kids."
"I dont know Xena. I know its not normally Gabrielles style to be vengeful, but she just might force you away from them to hurt you."
"Im hoping she wont want to hurt them." A couple of warriors stop, standing in front of me. I lookup from my seat on the ground. "Yeah?"
"Dont give our Queen any more trouble Xena ."
Ep was on her feet. "Now wait just a moment!"
I got up and grabbing Eps arm. "No Ep its okay they are entitled to their opinion." I look to them, "I have no intention of hurting Ri. If you dont mind I would ask you to keep your noses out of our business. This is a personal matter. Well work it out."
"If she is half the woman I believe her to be, shell divorce your cheating ass and get on with her life." The taller of the two sneers at me before adding, "I would be more than happy to take your place in her bed."
Okay that did it! I snapped, I admit I snapped. Then I hit her. Sending her sprawling back. Then I charge her grabbing her around the waist and taking her to the ground where I proceed to hit her several more times until Ep and the other woman pull me off of her. I struggle with them and am just about free when I hear Eps voice.
"Xena stop! Come on now stop! This wont help you with Gabrielle."
I shake them off and take several deep breaths. I watch as the woman gets to her feet. "You!" I growl as I step closer to her. "Stay away from my wife!"
"Well see Xena." She spits blood to the ground as she wipes it away from her mouth. "Well see."
I jerk toward her again, only to have Ep catch my arm. "Dont my friend, just dont."
I sit in council chambers with my Regent Council. All the regents from all the tribes have gathered for the fall festival and our regular meeting. It has just about wound down and we are more or less relaxing when Leland, the regent from one of the southern tribes speaks up.
"I was umm just wondering if you have had any luck tracking down the person who tried to do you harm?"
"You mean did we find the person responsible for my poisoning?"
She smiles at me as she nods slightly. "Yes Your Majesty."
"No we havent. The investigation is still going on."
"May I offer a suggestion?"
"Have you considered that Xena might be responsible for it?"
"Yes Your Majesty." She shifts nervously in her chair. "Im sorry for feeling the need to say it, but it does make sense. I mean your current relationship and problems with your Consort are not well hidden. Is it possible that she tried to ."
"No!" I get to my feet and move the to window. "Yes its true, Xena and I are having our problems right now, but she would not go as far as to try and murder me."
"Your Majesty I meant no disrespect I was just offering another possibility. Xena did have the time, the access and," She clears her throat nervously. "Apparently the motive."
"She wouldnt," I turned to face Eph who was crossing the chamber to me. "Would she?" I ask my friend as her hands come to rest on my shoulders.
"No Gabrielle. No. Xena is not the one."
Leland gets to her feet as she clips her cloak around her shoulders. "I wouldnt over look any possibility Regent Ephiny." She turns and makes her way out of the hall.
The rest of the regents quietly get up and follow her out.
I lean over to unlace my boots when I hear the door open and close. The door to the sleeping chamber is slightly ajar and it slowly swings in to stand fully open, I glance over and grin.
"Well now Your Majesty. What brings you into the forbidden land? Im your wicked, evil, cheating Consort, remember?"
"Uh-huh." She purrs at me as she strolls across the room. "But hey were trying to work it out now arent we?" She slowly begins unfastening the belt to her skirt.
I sit up and move back on the bed with my back against the wall as I watch her stride across the room with one of the most mischievous smiles I have ever seen in my life. "Yeah I guess we probably are ." Suddenly my mouth is very dry.
"Cant just give up on twenty seasons now can we?" She asks as her skirt hits the floor. She places one knee on the bed then proceeds to crawl up to me. "We do have children to think of." She comes to rest over my waist facing me, looking down at me.
"Yes we do." I tell her as my hands travel up her thighs
"I hate this." She offers as her palm caresses my cheek.
"So do I Ri, but we gotta go through with it if were going to flush out the traitor."
She nods as her eye lids slip shut. "I know, but if anyone says anything about tonight," She leans over and places her lips to my neck. "We were trying to work everything out."
I love make up sex.
TBC .Waiting Not So Patiently
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