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WARNING: (Alternative fan fiction. Rated NC17) There are explicit scenes of passionate love between two consenting adult women that I, deeply, enjoyed writing and I hope you enjoy reading. However, if you are under age or material of this type is illegal in your neck of the woods, THEN .................... SCAT.
Something awoke her. She couldn't quite recognize what it was.
Careful not to disturb her soulmate, she crawled out of their bed to the family
room. "Toris, what in tartarus are you doing at this hour? What is all that
Toris smiled up at a groggy Gabrielle. "Go get me Xena's chamber
"What? Have you lost your mind?" Gabrielle thought she must
be having some weird dream.
"Just go get it….., cleaned, please." Gabrielle did as she was
bid. Looking at her exhausted brother-in-law in amazement, she watched him slip
the chamber pot into a hole he had made in the seat of a wide chair.
"Perfect fit. Let's see her try to tip over on this." Toris
beamed with pride at his creation. It was a chair Xena could sit in and hold
onto the sides of while using the chamber pot, no assistance necessary.
"Oh, Toris, she will appreciate this more than you know. And
I appreciate it even more." Gabrielle said, a look of awe on her sleepy features.
"It's all yours. I'm going to bed." With that he handed the
potty chair to Gabrielle and kissed her cheek. "You get some sleep too, half-pint."
"Gabrielle? Gabrielle, wake up. Come on, I need to use the pot
really bad." Gabrielle groaned and turned away from the irritating noise. "Gabrielle,
I need you to help me to the pot!" Xena said with much frustration at having
to ask for help. But Gabrielle and her mother made her promise that, from now
on, she'd ask for assistance before falling on her buttocks.
"No you don't." Was Gabrielle's shocking response.
"What?" Xena was flabbergasted.
"Look to your left. Toris made you a potty chair. I'm gonna
help you to use it this time, but after that you're on your own." Xena looked
at her brother's creation like it just might bite her.
"Ok, now, sit up slowly." Xena followed her bard's instructions
and slowly sat up on the side of the pallet with both hands holding on tightly
to her partner's. "Now, slowly turn toward the window and place your hands on
the sill to pull yourself up." Xena was surprised at the thrill of accomplishment
she felt when standing on her own two feet. She took slow deep breaths to ward
off some dizziness.
"You OK?" Gabrielle kept a steadying hand against her partner's
"Yea, I'll be even better after you teach me how to sit down."
Xena grimaced with the strain.
"Good. Now I'm going to push the potty chair so it is right
behind you. Bend your knees and reach back with your right hand, grab the seat
of the chair and sit."
Following Gabrielle's instructions to the letter, her weakened
Consort crashed down onto the seat with a resounding thud. "Mission accomplished."
"By the gods, Xe, are you alright?" Gabrielle was alarmed.
Xena took deep breaths and closed her eyes trying to curb the
onslaught of dizziness and nausea. Her sex was aching like Tartarus, but she
was very content. "Yea, I'm a little sore and the room is spinning a bit. But
I'm OK. How's about a little privacy? I promise I won't try to get up without
you." Xena gave her best innocent look and Gabrielle relented.
"I'll be right outside. Just call me when you're through."
Xena was true to her word and, after returning to bed, with
Gabrielle's guidance, was sure she'd be able to perform the potty transfer on
her own next time. "I have to thank that brother of mine. This was a great idea."
Several days passed in the same manner. With Xena learning how
to do more for her self as she healed.
The healer was sent for to remove the warrior's myriad of stitches.
And, when Xena anxiously inquired about the special herbs, informed her that
they had not yet arrived. "I want you to bring them to me the moment they come."
Alena nodded her assurance.
In two weeks time, Xena was walking around the farmhouse, sitting
without assistance, albeit gingerly, and passing the time with cleaning and
polishing her armor. The third week was spent tooling her leathers and sharpening
her sword. She avoided any conversation about what had happened to her and preferred
to concentrate on the upcoming harvest and the need to hire some of the village's
young people to help out.
"You could do the bard thing at Mom's tavern for a few evenings
a week to raise the dinars to pay them." Xena looked over to Gabrielle with
a smile that never reached her eyes. Gabrielle nodded, but was suspicious. Something
was going on behind those ice blues and she was gonna find out what.
"When do you want me to start." Gabrielle asked nonchalantly.
"Oh, next week will be soon enough and, then maybe the following
two weeks. That should bring enough dinars to pay two or three field hands."
Xena avoided her soulmate's penetrating gaze, knowing she'd recognize the ruse.
Gabrielle knew her too well.
"I'm tired. I think I'll turn in." Xena had been going to bed
before Gabrielle since she was able to traverse their farm on her own. Gabrielle
realized her stoic partner had effectively avoided having a private conversation
with her by falling asleep before Gabrielle crawled into bed every single night.
'Well not this night.' The younger woman decided.
"I think I'll join you. I'm pretty bushed myself." Gabrielle
walked up to Xena and took her hand. "Goodnight all." Gabrielle said to the
rest of their family, talking around the dining table. Cyrene still spent several
nights at her children's home hoping her stubborn daughter would decide to share
some of the burden she was so obviously carrying.
"Xena, can we talk?" Gabrielle softly implored. Xena just walked
to the basin and washed up for bed. "Come on, talk to me. Something is eating
at you. All of us see it. You avoid talking about what happened like the plague.
You just sit in front of that fireplace and polish your armor or sharpen your
sword like you are going into battle. You even go to bed early so you can avoid
me and now you're sending me away. That hurts, Xe. Cause I love you more than
my life and you are hurting and won't let me in".....<<< Tears brimming
in her sad green eyes >>>….. "You blame me. Don't you?" With that Xena
spun around, dumfounded..... "You do. It was my fault. If I hadn't been so damned
lazy, I'd have been there to cover your back and none of this nightmare would
have happened." Gabrielle stifled a sob.
"No! By the gods, is that what you really think?" Xena crossed
the room and took her lover into her arms. Gabrielle was sobbing so that she
could not respond except to nod her short blond head. "None of this was your
fault. Do you hear me? None of it. This is all on Ares' head. I don't know why
he orchestrated it. But, I do know for certain that he did and, by the gods,
I won't let him hurt us again."
Xena placed her cheek on her lover's head and took a deep breath
of her intoxicating scent. It had been nearly a moon since she touched her partner,
since she was able to show her just how much she loved her.
Taking Gabrielle's face gently in her hands, Xena gazed longingly
into gentle green eyes. "Gabrielle, please believe me. None of this was your
fault. Nor was it mine. It's part of some sick plan of Ares'. Now come on to
bed love and let me hold you." Xena took Gabrielle's hand and led her to their
pallet. They cuddled up with Gabrielle's head nestled on her warrior's shoulder,
the familiarity a balm to both women's pain.
Rubbing her hand in gentle circles across Xena's abdomen then
down to her pubic mound, Gabrielle subtly let her lover know that she was interested
in more than a cuddle. Xena's breath caught at the delicious warmth building
in her core.
"Xena?" Gabrielle whispered.
"Hmmm?" Xena responded contentedly.
"I want to make love with you." Gabrielle tilted her head so
she could look into her lover's eyes. "But, I don't want to hurt you. Do you
think you are ready?" Gabrielle asked hopefully.
"I don't know, but I guess it's as good a time as any to find
out." With that said, Xena rolled onto her side, almost covering the smaller
bard. Gazing longingly into green pools full of passion, she gently touched
the face she loved. Then, ever so tenderly, like the wings of a butterfly, Xena
traced the bard's jaw line, ears, neck, throat, down between her full breasts,
then, untying her tunic, spread it open to feast upon what she soon would lavish
with loving kisses.
Cupping Gabrielle's left breast, Xena licked the nipple, then blew on it, enjoying the way the areola shriveled and the nipple came to attention. Gabrielle gave out a deep groan, further inflaming her warrior. Taking the nipple into her warm mouth, Xena suckled as if for nourishment, sending Gabrielle into a frenzy of desire denied too long.Gabrielle cupped Xena's right breast through the fabric of her tunic and squeezed the erect nipple, causing an electric current from the nipple to Xena's clit. The aroused warrior bit down harder than she had intended on Gabrielle's sensitive nipple, causing the bard to moan loudly and raise her left knee to stimulate her lover's sex. "Oh, gods, Gabrielle." Xena moaned as she began to pump her sex against her lover. Xena completely mounted the smaller woman pressing her thigh against Gabrielle's steaming core. Gabrielle bit Xena's shoulder to stifle a scream at the jolt of pleasure her lover gave her. Caressing both buttocks, lovingly in her small, but powerful, hands, Gabrielle pushed Xena harder into her sex as Xena massaged her lover's firm breasts and kissed Gabrielle deeply.
"I need to taste you, Gabrielle, let me love you with my mouth."
Gabrielle let go of Xena's buns and let her lover lavish her
with kisses and licks down her body to her sex.
"You smell so good." Xena moaned as she breathed deeply of her
lover's musk, making her mouth water and her clitoris throb. Xena placed gentle
kisses in Gabrielle's golden curls and along her upper thighs, then spreading
her lips with long elegant fingers she licked along her opening, enjoying the
tangy taste of her arousal.
"Oh, gods, Xena, please don't stop."
The warrior princess grinned at the absurdity of that plea.
'Like I could possibly stop now. I can't get enough of this sweet woman. My
soul belongs to you, my love. Let me pleasure you.' With that thought Xena gently
entered her lover's sex with two long fingers and sucked the engorged clit into
her hungry mouth.
In ecstasy, the smaller woman clamped her lover's head between
her quivering thighs. Xena reached up to grasp her lover's hand in her free
hand as Gabrielle arched her back and screamed out her orgasm to the heavens.
Scooting up to lay beside her sated lover, Xena watched the
rise and fall of Gabrielle's breasts as she tried to catch her breath. Her unquenched
desire burning in her belly, she licked her lover's essence from her fingers
slowly, savoring each finger as if it were the finest venison.
Watching her lover slowly licking her digits, which had just
sent her to the heavens, roused the bard to action. Pushing Xena back on the
bed, she mounted her hips and proceeded to strip her of her tunic. The sight
of Xena's soft, round breasts and dark aroused nipples covered with yellowing
bruises brought tears to the gentle bard's eyes.
Seeing the distress on her lover's face, Xena took small hands
and placed them gently upon her bruised bosom. "The bruises don't hurt anymore.
Honest Gabrielle. Touch me, please, I need to feel you still desire me. I need
you, Gabrielle. I need you to love me. Please, don't be afraid to."
"If I do something that hurts you, you'll tell me won't you?"
Gabrielle asked, wiping her tears away.
"I will tell you. I promise." Xena said as she reached up and
gently rubbed her lover's erect nipples against her palms. Gabrielle closed
her eyes relishing the sensation.
Locking her gaze with her lover's, Gabrielle slowly leaned into
a gentle, yet passionate, kiss. She licked first Xena's upper lip, then the
lower, then perused her teeth and gums, as if she were trying to memorize the
terrain. Xena let out a small squeak as she struggled to control her desire
and enjoy the slow, painstaking advances of her lover. Just when she thought
Gabrielle was going to ravish her mouth in a deep kiss, she felt her nipple
being sucked deeply into said cavity and melted at the sensation of the bards
gifted tongue lavishing the sensitive flesh. Her mouth was not left unattended
for long, though as Gabrielle attached her warm mouth to Xena's other breast,
her fingers were offered to pacify the warrior's oral fixation. The bard's other
hand found purchase in the slick, wet folds of Xena's overheated sex, causing
the warrior to nearly suck in her lover's fingers moaning loudly. 'By the gods,
that feels so good.'
Gabrielle gently rubbed her lover's clit, sending her to new
heights of arousal. Xena's trembling and her uneven breathing told her lover
she was on the brink of ecstasy. As was Xena's usual desire, Gabrielle shoved
three fingers into her dripping sex. Xena let loose a scream of pleasure and
pain. 'By the gods, that feels so incredible. Oh Hera, but that hurts like Tartarus,
but it feels so good.'
"Oh, gods, YES!..…OH, GODS….. STOP!!..... STOP!!!….. GABRIELLE!!!!!"
Gabrielle jumped off Xena as her lover curled into a ball, rocking herself,
trying to control the pain.
"By the gods, Xena, are you alright? Did I hurt you? Of course,
I hurt you." Gabrielle sat on her heels, waiting for her lover to regain the
power of speech.
"Woh Zeus….., I have never had a painful orgasm before….. but,
if I don't pass out….., it was pretty incredible….." Xena gasped out trying
to breathe through the pain.
"Gabrielle, sweetheart, make me a cup of that herb tea, please."
Xena panted more into the linens then to her lover.
Gabrielle jumped up off the bed to fetch the tea. Xena gingerly
stretched her body out on the pallet and checked for bleeding. There was no
blood, but the swollen, puffy and bruised flesh of her sex was definitely not
ready for the likes of her lover.
The aching warrior struggled to the wash basin and dampened
a rag in the cool water. Laying back down she gently pressed it against her
painfully throbbing sex. Reaching for her discarded tunic, Xena wiped away the
beads of sweat that had popped out on her brow and breasts.
Gabrielle came back with the tea. "Here, Xe. Are you OK? I am
so sorry. I knew I shouldn't have forced you to have sex this soon after your
injuries. Are you bleeding? Do we need to call the healer?" Gabrielle rattled
on terribly upset by the whole thing.
"Gabrielle, calm down. I'm fine." Then Xena started to giggle
and then laugh so hard she could hardly catch her breath. Gabrielle found herself
caught up in the contagious laughter. "That was the most intense orgasm I have
ever experienced." Xena was able to blurt out in between guffaws.
"You mean, that was an orgasm?" Gabrielle said in astonishment,
wiping the tears from her eyes.
"Yea, well, not just an orgasm. There was a large dose of intense
pain too. What a combination! I do think we will need to wait a few more days
before trying that again. Come here." Xena pulled her soulmate into her arms
and rubbed her back soothingly. "I'm sorry I frightened you. I'm really OK."
Gabrielle reached down for the blanket and covered their bare skin. "And you
did not force me to have sex with you. That, my love, has been and always will
be my pleasure." Xena kissed the top of her bard's blonde head, reached over
and doused the candle's flame. "Sweet dreams, my love.
Xena was more attentive for the next few days, but still avoided
talking about what was bothering her. After five weeks had passed with no sign
of her moonly cycle, Xena sent Toris for the healer. While helping her brother
to saddle his horse, careful to be out of ear shot of her partner, Xena said,
"Toris, tell Alena not to forget the herbs we had discussed. She'll know which
one's I mean." Toris nodded at his sister and headed toward town.
"Good morning, love." Gabrielle said as she wrapped her soul
mate in her arms. "Where's your brother off to this early?" Running her hand
soothingly over her lover's back and rubbing her cheek against the soft skin
of her shoulder.
Xena admitted in a resigned voice, "To get the healer."
Gabrielle looked up into Xena's pained eyes and felt her stomach
clench. "Why? Xe, are you feeling poorly?"
"No. No. I feel alright." Xena responded and looked away from
her bard, not wanting to see the look on her face when she told her the truth.
"Gabrielle, I have skipped by moonly cycle. I think I may be with-child."
Gabrielle stood staring at her lover's back. A whirlwind of
emotions raced through her being. Fetching her staff, she took Xena's hand,
"Xena, let's take a walk. We need to discuss this. We may have a decision to
make and we are going to make it together." Xena allowed herself to be led to
a patch of lush green grass at the top of a peaceful little knoll. Directing
Xena to sit against a large rock, Gabrielle crawled between her legs and rested
her shoulders against the warrior's soft breasts.
Taking her partners hands, she wrapped them tightly around her
waist and sighed, "Talk to me. Tell me how you feel about carrying this child."
Xena tried to pull her hands away, but Gabrielle held them firmly
against her bare midriff.
"Please don't shut me out. Whatever happens to you, happens
to us both. I have been your partner, your lover and your best friend for the
past 12 winters and will be until I draw my last breath. A child shouldn't be
made to pay for the sins of its father. I can accept this child as our own,
if you can." Gabrielle stated softly but with all the conviction she could muster.
Xena sat dumfounded. It had never occurred to her to keep the
child. She had concentrated all her energies on facing the task of ridding her
body of the interloper. She'd never even thought of it as an innocent life.
"I don't know if I can do that, Gabrielle. I'm afraid every
time I look upon that child, I'd think of the act that brought it into the world."
Xena rested her cheek on her lover's head.
"We have both lost a child, Xena. We both know what the pain
of that loss did to us, what we did to each other. Here we have a second chance.
This nightmare could become our greatest blessing, if we let it. I know how
much you love Lycea. I watch you watching her sleep and see the longing in your
eyes. You missed the opportunity to be a mother to Solan. Just think about it,
before you miss that chance again."
Gabrielle felt Xena's head nod and felt the tear that dropped
upon her ear. Turning in her soul mate's arms, she pulled the sobbing woman
to her breast and, cooing words of love and encouragement, rocked her til she
fell into an exhausted sleep.
"Well, you were right. I'd say six weeks on." Xena released
the breath she was holding as Alena removed her hand from the warrior's still
tender sex. Gabrielle took Xena's trembling hand in her own.
"Did you bring the herb I asked for?" Xena inquired of the healer.
Looking at the gentle bard and back to the warrior, the healer
nodded in affirmation.
"Do you know how to use this?" The healer tentatively asked.
"Yes. I do." Xena took the herb pouch without looking at it,
her sad eyes locked with her soulmate's.
"Xena, think long and hard before you do this. But, if you must,"
the healer turned her attention to Gabrielle, "don't do it alone. This will
make you very ill. You will need someone to care for you for a few days." Gabrielle
nodded and the healer left them alone.
Xena was the first to speak. "Gabrielle, I am leaving in the
morning. There is something I need to do. You can keep the herbs here. I promise
I won't make any decisions without you."
The bard stared at her dumfounded. "What do you mean you are
leaving? Where are you going and, why now? For Zeus' sake, Xena, we have a family
crisis here and you want to just take off to parts unknown." The bard's face
was red with exasperation.
Xena pulled her soulmate onto the pallet with her and held her
gently, making shushing noises and kissing her hands. "Sweetheart, I have to
do something in order to make my decision about rearing this child. I have been
remembering bits and pieces about that day."
"What have you remembered?" Gabrielle got up on her elbow so
she could look into Xena's eyes and rubbed her arm gently, offering her support.
Xena let out a puff of air, lying on her back she stared up
at the ceiling.
"I remember bathing in the stream with Lycea and getting soap in every orifice of my body." Xena chuckled and smiled at the memory. "While I was rinsing the soap out of my eyes, I heard or sensed Lycea's screams. I saw the scum that had been at Mom's tavern the night before, and one was holding Lycea. He had a dagger and he made sure I saw it. They said they had a gift for me, a gift from Ares and they would release Lycea unharmed if I cooperated..... (Xena took a shaky breath and tried to keep her chin from quivering.) I had no choice, Gabrielle..... They would have killed her right there in front of my eyes, if I didn't..... let them..... I'm so sorry." Tears slid down into the sad woman's ears.
Gabrielle brought Xena's hand to her lips and softly kissed
it with her own tears. "You have nothing to be sorry for. You did nothing wrong.
Go on, love, what happened next?" Gabrielle encouraged Xena to continue her
"They shackled me to that tree. When I realized what they intended
to do, I asked that they blindfold Lycea. They showed me that one kindness,
before they….., but, there was something else I remember. Something I couldn't
quite figure out til you held me as I slept this morning."
Wiping at her own tears, Gabrielle kissed Xena's hand again
and squeezed it gently. "What was that, love?"
"Not one of them planted their seed in me. It was as if that
"But, Xena, you must be mistaken. When I bathed you in the stream,
after I found you, I washed away a very large amount of semen. And, you are
"I know. That's what I couldn't understand. I remember something
really strange. I remember their leader saying he had to give me Ares' gift
as he reached behind his back, then seeing the sun shine off of something, like
the glint of the sun on metal, then intense pain and everything went black."
Xena shuddered with the memory. Xena looked at her lover, searching her eyes
for some hint of what she was thinking.
"So, you think the semen was in the metal object." Gabrielle
"Yes, in fact, I am sure of it now. I remember something else
that the head scumbag said to me. It was something about Ares wanting a part
of me to lead his army, to be his legacy..... Gabrielle, I believe I am carrying
the child of the God of War."
Gabrielle got up and paced the room as Xena remained lying on
her back, one arm draped over her blood shot eyes. "But why? Xena, why would
he go through all that trouble to impregnate you and then let those scumbags
beat you to death?"
"I don't think that was part of the plan. The leader of his
welcoming committee didn't like me very much. He actually seemed to resent me.
Like being Ares' Chosen is some great honor. Jeez, I'd bestow that noose around
his dirty neck in a heartbeat if I could." Xena grinned at her vain attempt
"So, let me guess, you are going to confront the God of War
and tell him what?" Gabrielle said, incredulously.
"I am going to tell him that we intend to keep this child and
raise it as our own. That if he interferes in any way ever in this child's life,
his father will be told the entire story of its conception and of how he broke
his Olympian oath to not interfere in our lives and not to harm you in any way."
Gabrielle burst into joyful tears at this admission and dived
on top of Xena, showering her with tears and kisses. "Do you mean it, Xe? We
really are going to have a baby?"
"Yes, your majesty, we are going to have a little princess,
or prince I suppose, for the Amazon Nation." Xena laughed out loud. "Won't the
Amazon's have a grand time trying to figure this one out. They already think
you can accomplish anything." Gabrielle swatted her Consort's arm, then pulled
her into a passionate kiss. An hour later the Warrior Princess and the Amazon
Queen emerged from the bed chamber smiling and completely sated.
"Xena, we need to tell the family what is going on before we
leave tomorrow." Gabrielle said.
"You can tell the family at your leisure, cause you are not
going." Xena avoided her lover's glare as she busied herself packing her saddle
bags for the journey.
"Oh, no, Warrior Princess, this is my kid too, so where you
go, I go. You got that?" The little Amazon Queen squared her shoulders at the
much larger warrior.
Xena raised her left eyebrow, giving Gabrielle "the look". Realizing
it wasn't having the desired effect, she blew a lung full of hot air out of
her pursed lips. "There isn't anything I can say or do to convince you to wait
here, is there?" Xena stated resignedly.
"Not a thing." Gabrielle smiled, enjoying her victory.
"Then, lets go tell Mom and Toris. And I'd like to spend some
time with Lycea before we leave. I haven't really been comfortable around her
since this happened and I want her to know that none of this was her fault and"
Xena hesitated, clearing the emotion from her throat, "that I still love her,
very much." Gabrielle gently rubbed Xena's cheek with her warm hand, brushing
away the errant tear that escaped from her ice blue eyes.
"I think that's a great idea, love. Everyone is at the Inn.
Why don't we take Argo out for a spin. We'll eat with our family and maybe I'll
tell a story or two. We can always use the extra dinars on the road."
Arriving at her mother's tavern, Xena told Gabrielle to join
the family while she stabled Argo and fed her some oats and hay. Gabrielle could
see the signs of stress and apprehension in Xena's speech and the slump of her
strong shoulders. Instead of proceeding into the tavern, she followed her soulmate
into the barn.
"Um, Xe, if you don't mind, I think it might be better if I
tell everyone about Ares and the baby and all that. Why don't you take Lycea
upstairs and spend some time with her. She shouldn't hear what I have to tell
the family. It would only frighten and confuse her. If that's alright with you,
of course." Gabrielle laid the sincerity on thick. 'After all, I do the sensitive
chats.' She thought.
"If you think it would be best." Xena smiled shyly, feigning
a deep fascination in Argo's oats, so Gabrielle couldn't see the great relief
on her face.
"Good. Now, I'm starving. Let's go eat." Gabrielle took Xena's
hand and led her toward the inn.
The change in the ex-warlord's demeanor upon entering the tavern
was stark. Xena stepped in front of her partner, shoulders squared, a look of
intense alertness in her eyes, searching the patrons for anyone who might pose
a threat. Understanding her soulmate's caution, Gabrielle patiently waited for
Xena to proceed to the table where their family gathered for the evening meal.
"Hello, everyone." Gabrielle said, sitting in a vacant chair.
"Well, hello. I am so glad you were feeling up to joining us."
Cyrene approached her daughter, who had made no effort to sit with them.
Xena gave her mother a wan smile and a little hug. "It's good
to be out, Mother." Then looking at her partner for direction.
"Has Lycea eaten yet? I know it's almost her bed time." Gabrielle
asked, quietly, of her sister.
"Yes, I fed her about a candle mark ago. Why do you ask?"
"Xena would like to spend some time with her." Gabrielle said.
"Oh, she'd really love that." Lilla responded.
"Good. Where would I find the scamp?" Xena asked.
"Terrorizing a kitten in my room." Cyrene smiled remembering
the excitement and fascination in her granddaughter's blue eyes, when she surprised
her with the little bundle of fur.
"A kitten?" Xena asked.
"Yes. The poor little fellow just walked into the tavern this
morning and made himself to home. I figured he'd keep the mice away from the
food cellar and give Lycea a playmate." Cyrene explained.
Xena smiled at her mother and retorted under her breath, "You
With Xena gone to play with her niece and a certain kitten,
Gabrielle proceeded to explain to their family about her partner's pregnancy
and Ares' probable paternity.
Xena's mother brought her hand to her mouth, eyes wide in shock.
"Oh, my poor little one. What will she do? I know that there are herbs to terminate
pregnancy. Has she thought about that, yet? Oh my, a child of Ares'. Hasn't
she been through enough? Why? Why would he do this?" Gabrielle sat next to her
mother-in-law and put a comforting arm around her shoulders.
"Mom, Xena and I have decided we want to keep the child and
raise it as our own." Gabrielle stated, smiling hopefully, awaiting the older
woman's reaction. Toris and Lilla looked at each other but thought it best not
to get involved.
"You mean it. You really want to, I mean, well, uh, she really
wants to, have the baby?" Cyrene asked, her heart full of joy.
"Yes. But first we must confront Ares. He must never be allowed
to interfere in our lives again or the life of our child. Xena and I are going
to pay him a call and make him an offer he can't refuse. We'll be leaving in
the morning." Gabrielle held Cyrene's trembling hand in her own.
"You will protect each other, won't you?" Cyrene pleaded, quietly.
"Don't we always. Now, don't worry about us. We'll only be gone
a couple of weeks. I don't think Ares will dare try to harm us." Gabrielle smiled
at Cyrene and patted her hand reassuringly.
"I'll go fix you up a bit of food for your journey. I have some
dried meat, olives, green onions and parsley. You can put it in a stew." Cyrene
left to busy herself in the kitchen.
"Wow, Gab, you're gonna be a ....uh....father?" Lilla looked
at her sister puzzled as to what her role in the child's life would be.
"We haven't discussed what the child will call me, but I am
not a man and therefore not a father. This situation occurs quite often with
the Amazons and both parents are referred to as the child's mothers. Usually
one will be called mother and the other mom or something like that. We'll work
out the details later. But I guess you could say I am going to be a mommy."
Gabrielle grinned broadly and let out a contented sigh.
"Gabrielle?" Xena called from a safe distance.
"You can come out now. I've told them everything and Mom is
fixing us a to go package for the road."
"How did she take it?" Xena sat next to her partner, taking
her small hand in her own larger one.
"She is worried for us. About Ares, that is. About the baby,
she is thrilled at the prospect of being a grandma again. I think you should
go talk to her Xe, she's in the kitchen." Gabrielle encouraged.
"Yea, I will. Excuse me." Xena nodded to her brother and sister-in-law.
Xena entered the kitchen, closing the door silently behind her.
"Oh, daughter, I didn't hear you come in. I'm almost done putting
a few things together for you and Gabrielle to take on your trip." Cyrene's
hands were shaking again as she tried to keep a tight reign on her emotions.
Xena pulled her mother into her arms and kissed her graying
head. "Mom, please try not to worry. I hold all the cards in this game. I'm
just going to tell Ares that, if he tries to take my child away from us or hurt
my family in any way, his father and all Olympia will know that he broke his
vow and he will suffer the consequences."
"What were the consequences to be?" Cyrene asked.
"The permanent loss of his godhood. And, to be replaced as the
God of War for eternity." The women looked into each other's blue eyes.
"So, you see, we will be fine. And, as a little insurance, Gabrielle
and I will pay a visit to the Amazons and inform Artemis of our plans."
"I am relieved. Gabrielle is Artemis' Chosen. I am sure she
will protect her and you." Cyrene hugged her daughter one last time and handed
her the parcel of treats.
"I love you, Mom. You know that, don't you?" Xena asked.
"I know. And I love you, little one. Now you'd better take Gabrielle home and get some rest." Cyrene shooed her daughter out of the kitchen, turned around and offered a prayer of her own to Artemis.
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