Home Part 2
When Xena and Diana appeared back in Xenas bedchamber, Xena was surprised,
but happy to see Gabrielle lying asleep on hers and Dianas bed. Xena laid
Diana down under the covers and then she unpacked everything that she had
packed and removing her armor and weapons, she then went back to the bed and
she kissed Gabrielle on the forehead, Gabrielle slowly opened her eyes and
slowly she focused on who had awoken her.
XENA?!..... XENA YOUR BACK?!!! GODDESSES AM I DREAMING?! IS....IS is it
Yes Gabrielle WERE back.
We....Were....Diana? Shes.....with you?! Where?! Where is she?!
Well if you give me a hug maybe Ill tell you?
Xena said with a half smile. Xena did not have long to wait for an answer from
Gabrielle, before Xena had time to think about it, Gabrielle flew into her
arms and hugged her with all the strength that her small frame had. Xena
wrapped her arms around Gabrielle and she held her tightly absorbing the feel
of Gabrielle, and the fact of being back home.
Later that same night Xena had told Gabrielle what had happened during hers
and Dianas absence. Gabrielle cried and laughed and then finally sat numb and
dumbstruck as Xena told her the final thing that had happened that landed
Diana in the state where she currently was, which was unconscious.
Gabrielle walked over to the bed and she sat down, and taking Dianas hands
in hers she became ovverwhelmed at the thought of losing Diana again,only this
time it would be permanently,and because of that she crawled up onto the bed
and laid next to Diana with her arm lying across Dianas abdomen and she cried
herself to sleep. Xena let Gabrielle sleep like that holding Diana until the
In the meantime, Xena went into the sitting room and sitting heavily onto the
large couch she put her head in her hands and cried, after a bit she wiped her
eyes and composed herself, she then called Aphrodite, once again.
Aphrodite? I want to see you.
Xena stood and walked over to where Aphrodite had appeared.
Aphrodite, I need to know if there is anything you can do for Diana to heal
her, or speed up her recovery or anything?
Aphrodite said, and finished before Xena could yell at her.
Rah was a God and because it was he who wounded Diana there is nothing I or
any of the other Gods can do, Im sorry.
Xena cursed to herself and then she said through clenched teeth.
I thought he was just a man...an alien man?
No, he was a God, but he never let Diana know that.
So is he dead?
So theres nothing?
No, Im sorry.
Aphrodite knew it was her cue to leave and so she did. Xena paced the floor
trying to think of a way to help Diana, but , atlas she had to admit that only
time could heal Diana. Xena looked around the room and saw some of the things
that Diana had made for her and given her as gifts, as well as Dianas many
Xena went into thinking about what she felt everytime she heard Diana laugh or
cry, or tease her. She thought about the way Diana seduced her hoping to
either appease her or coax her into taking her.
Xena sat back on the couch and leaning back she thought about what her life
was like before Diana came into it, and she had to admit an emptiness when she
thought about those times, she then thought about the first time she met Diana
and how she thought she was just and insolent little girl, who just happened
to be beautiful, Xena even laughed to herself when she thought about how Diana
taunted her even when she was at the point of Xenas sword, and how she was
willing to face death with a brave albeit dangerous ploy.
Xena remembered how she had actually for that moment thought about killing the
young pup, but as fate would have it she changed her mind and instead held
Diana to her word of becoming her slave, even though that never really
Xena then stretched out on the couch with her head resting on one of the
pillows on the couch, and her arms behind her head. Xena remembered the first
time she tasted Dianas succulent breast and nipples. She smirked at the
thought of how Diana kept stopping their encounters, and how frustrated she
felt after each one.
She even recalled how she would pleasure herself to soothe some of her pent-up
Consort you were definitely frustrating back then, to say the least .
Xena thought out loud to herself. Xena went to sleep thinking about Diana and
how she and her blended, so well together, and yet were so different in their
The next day Xena explained what needed to be done before Diana awoke from her
unconscious state and why. Gabrielle immediately sent word to her parents and
they sent word back that her room would be ready, and they were overjoyed that
The Conqueror trusted them to look after her Consort, even though Diana was
like a daughter to Gabrielles family.
After everything was done, Xena gave Gabrielle and Diana a final kiss and
rather than have them escorted to Gabrielles parents home, Xena dressed in
a hooded cloak and lifting Diana into her arms she and Gabrielle stepped
through the travel apparatus that took them to the front door of Gabrielles
parents home. They were Quickly escorted into the house and into the room
where Diana would recoup .
Gabrielle had thought maybe Diana should be dressed in her warrior clothing
when she was up and around , but Xena was adamant as she had always been about
Diana wearing anything that was warrior style. She told Gabrielle that she
should not wear her Amazon clothing while with Diana until Diana was
Gabrielle you are to let me know instantly if any problems develop with
Diana, do you understand?
Yes, I will.
Xena nodded her head and then turned to look at the peaceful sleeping love of
her life. She then went to the bedside and sitting on the side of the bed she
leaned forward and whispered into Diana ear.
Consort, Im ordering you to come back to me. I need you and you promised
you would never leave, Im holding you to that, Goddess forbid something
should happen and you cross over, Im telling you now, I will come to where
you are and redden that round behind of yours for leaving me. Please come
back, I love you soo...much.
Xena then wiped her eyes and then placed a tender kiss upon Dianas lips.
Turning back to Gabrielle, Xena placed her hands on Gabrielles shoulders and
said in a tension filled voice.
Shell be ok, just watch out for her.
I will, dont worry, Im glad your both home, Ive missed you both so much.
weve missed you.
Xena then gave Gabrielle a big hug and taking a last look at Diana she turned
and walked out of the room and back down the stairs to the front door. Before
she exited she turned to Gabrielles parents and said.
If you need anything for them or yourselves I expect you to let me know.
We will My Lord, well take good care of Diana, she is family to us.
I know you will, I appreciate that. I have to go, but I will have some of my
Royal guards around indiscreetly if there is a problem.
The parents both bowed and Xena The Conqueror tossed the apparatus and then
placing her hooded cloak over her head she went through rapidly, so as not to
be seen. Once Xena was back at her palace she strided into the council room
and calling one of her Guards to her she told him to have Advisor Draco sent
After a little, the guard stepped into the room and announced Advisor Draco.
Send him in.
Lord Xena! Welcome home! I trust your trip was successful?
Draco....good to see you. Yes it was successful, but Diana was injured and
has to recover.
I hope not critically?
Yes, almost fatally, but I believe she will pull through.
Im sorry to hear that she was hurt, but Im sure she will be just fine.
Draco said trying to be confident. Xena smiled to herself at his attempt, and
then she went into her Conqueror mode.
So Advisor Draco?
She said motioning for him to take a seat.
How has my Realm been behaving ?
Its been behaving for the most part just fine My Lord....
But it seems there is one part of your Realm to the west that seems to be
having some behaviorial problems.
what type of problem?
Xena asked narrowing her gaze, and Draco shifted uncomfortably in his chair at
well it seems that the Magistrates of that Province seem to think that there
are some legal problems between that province and one of the others of your
Realm. They also have told the Regent of the Province that they thought it
would be within her right to hand down any and all judgements against any in
How can they possibly think That? It is I who make the law of this Realm.
I told them that but they said that they needed some clarification on the
agreement made to them about what would be the Role of your advisors when they
came to that Province and who had the last word in any governmental issues or
legal issues when your advisors and their own advisors were present in the
Province. They seem to be taking the agreement and trying to pick it apart,
trying to find all of the loop holes in it. The Regent of the Province is not
one of your Royal house, she is from one of the Kingdoms that was allowed to
She is very stubborn and seems to like to argue, she has sent many of your
advisors back here cursing to themselves about how its like talking with the
God of war about Love. hahah...... she is quite a looker also, but she can be
mean, I heard she has had many people in her Province punished for speaking
out against her. They say she wants to be like You, feared and Respected at
the same time.
Shes having My people punished without coming here for their day in court?
Xena said with the start of flames burning in her eyes at the thought that
anyone would dare punish anyone in her Realm without a verdict from the Royal
She is not only punishing them, she has told them that she will not tolerate
anyone who tries to fight against her soldiers.
Are you telling me she is putting people to death Draco?
No matter what we do she continues to do what she wants.
Xena now was visually angry.
And Advisor Draco...exactly what have you done. to show her the errors of
Lord Xena we have tried to negotiate with her and then told her that the
Royal House does not approve of any punishments and especially killing of any
persons of the Realm without the Royal households say so. But she argues
that she must keep order in her Province otherwise there would be uprisings
and insurrections, among the people.
Xena said amazed at what she was hearing.
And knowing how important that Province is to the trade with some of the
other Provinces in the Realm, it was a delicate matter to handle for sure, we
tried everything short of threat.
I see, How long has this been going on?
about six months.
Six months and there has been no resolution of this problem?
My Lord I remember how long it took to get this Province under your rule,
the army was fierce in battle, and I know you were angry at the number of
losses we took during that battle to gain the Control, so I thought you would
not be pleased if we went in there and did battle with them again?
That army holds no worry for Me, it is nothing compared to My army now. But
, your right I would rather settle this without having to kill her whole
army.....but I will if she forces my hand.
Xena finished through clenched teeth. Draco sat admiring The Conquerors
ability to go into her Warrior mode without a second thought.
Leave me, I need to think about some things, also make the proclamation that
I am back and once again the Rule of the Realm is now back in the Hands Of The
Conqueror, and have those who have any grievouses, presented at court to be
heard and responded to in a timely matter by The Conqueror.
Yes My Lord , and again It is good to have you Back.
Thank you Draco, its good to be back. OH! Draco make sure that the
grievouses are not frivolous, I have no patiences for such things as it is,
and I will not sit and listen to some petty little thing, is that clear?
Very clear Lord Xena.
Xena then dismissed Draco with a wave of her hand. Over the next few weeks,
Xena had gotten well into running her Realm once again, She also received
updates on how Diana was doing since waking up from her unconscious state. To
which she was elated to hear. The day Xena the Conqueror received word that
Diana had woke up and appeared to be none the worse except for the amnesia,
there was a proclamation that , that day would be recognized as a holiday from
that time on.
Meanwhile, back in Potiediaa, Diana and Gabrielle were fast becoming close
Gabrielle I cant believe you think you can beat me in this?
Well I almost won the last time.
hmmm.... you seem to have conveniently forgotten how that happened, I was
just up for the 2nd day, I was a little weak then, but now I am a lot
I know, but who knows? I may get lucky.
I dont think so, but if you want to do this ok, ready?
Ok...on your mark..... get set.....
Gabrielle took off running before Diana could say go.
Go....Thats cheating Gabrielle.
Diana called as she took off after Gabrielle, of course she caught her and
surpassed her within moments, and Gabrielle stopped and watched as Diana made
it not only to the finishing point but had stripped out of her clothes down to
her swimming suit and running and jumping off of a fallen log doing a couple
of flips and diving with no splash into the clear blue lake had Gabrielle
grouching about how much of a show off Diana was being.
Well, you cheated so I thought I should teach you a lesson about that.
Gabrielle looked at Diana and saw she had a smile on her face and she found
she could not argue the point, she had cheated everytime she and Diana raced,
she use to do it with Xena and Terais also, but the only one she ever beat was
Terais, and that was by luck Gabrielle firmly believed.
Gabrielle then broke out into a big grin and she then stripped to a swimsuit
that Diana had made for her. The two girls swam and played in the water for
hours, and finally when they wanted to rest, the two made a nice resting spot
out of a shaded area of the waters edge, far enough back from the water to not
be bothered by bugs, but close enough to see the activity of the lake.
have you remembered anything else?
A little more, it comes in flashes, and I find that I keep having those same
visions? what visions? You never said you were having dreams?
Oh, well I guess I figured they were just that, therefore nothing
well it might be, I mean if you are having the same vision over and over
Well thats just it, their not the same, thats why I just put them to the
back of my mind.
How long have you been having these visions?
hm...Ive been up for about 2 and a half weeks now?
I guess its been a week since the first dream.
So tell me what they are.
Diana moved a stray strand of hair from her eyes and she pursed her lips as
she thought about where to start.
Well, the first one was of a figure in a mist of some type, I couldnt tell
if it was man or woman because the figure was wearing a cloak that covered the
Were they tall or short or what?
I couldnt tell in that vision, but the next one I could tell the person was
tall with long hair, but still couldnt tell if it was a man or woman, I think
its a man, but I dont know. Anyway, so far these are the two visions I have
been having. So what do you think?
Diana asked Gabrielle hoping she had more insight into the possible meaning.
Gabrielle knew exactly who the visions were of, but she was told not to
mention anything that Diana herself had not figured out.
Xena had warned Gabrielle that if Diana saw or heard anything that would cause
her fear she could change from the loving Diana they both know and love. So
because Xena didnt want to take a chance she made sure she had her soldiers
scouting the surrounding area just to make sure there was no threats to the
No I dont know what it means, but Im sure eventually it will reveal what
it means, anyway, Im hungry.
hahahaha, so whats new about that? you are a bottomless pit , ok lets go
get something to eat. We can go to the inn if you want? My treat.
Great lets go.
The two went to the inn and settled down towards the back of the inn, where
they ordered their food. While the two sat talking and waiting for their food
a commotion sounded outside, it sounded like people were gathering to see
someone. Gabrielle got up from her chair and went to the window to see who it
was that was causing the commotion, she saw people gathering as an entourage
of people came into view.
When the carriage pulled in front of the Inn Gabrielle saw that it was not
Xenas, to which she was relieved that Xena would not endanger Diana in such a
way. She visibly relaxed, and when she saw the woman who got out of the
Carriage Gabrielle thought she was very Good looking, no where near Xenas or
Dianas but still a very good looking woman, about Xenas age.
When the woman came into the Inn Gabrielle returned to her seat to tell Diana
what was going on.
So what was the noise?
Its just some Dignitary.
Oh, anyway I am actually getting quite hungry waiting for our food.
Just then the Dignitary walked into the dining hall and after looking around
she found where she wanted to sit and she headed for the table. She came to
stop at a table just to the left of where Diana and Gabrielles table was
located. She took her seat and glancing over at Diana she rendered her a
slight tilt of her head. Gabrielle saw the exchange and she looked back at
Diana to see what her response to the acknowledgement would be.
Diana was looking over the rim of her glass when the acknowledgement came,
Diana removed her glass and after swallowing she tilted her head slightly, and
returned the rendered acknowledgement. The two looked at each other for a few
moments and then Diana turned her gaze back to Gabrielle who was watching her.
Nothing I was just wondering what that was all about?
Nothing she bowed so I returned it, I was only being polite.
You seemed to be thinking about something as you were looking at her?
Gabrielle said somewhat suspiciously.
Hmm...your too observant.
So there was more too it than just courteousness?
Well she is very nice looking.
Diana forget about it.
following up on that thought.
Gabrielle....please? I have no intention of following up that thought with
anyone, especially some woman.
yes! really. Gabrielle I appreciate beauty in any form, whether its
physical or inner, you should know that by now...sis?
Yes I know bu.....sis? did you just say sis?
Thats Great!!! Then you remember who I am?!!!
Gabrielle went to give Diana a big hug and she let her tears roll freely down
face as she embraced Diana. Diana smiled at Gabrielle and held her for as long
as she wanted, despite the raised brow she received from the woman at the next
Diana simply smiled more and hugged Gabrielle closer.After a bit Gabrielle
dried her eyes and went to sit back in her chair.
Are you ok?
Fine...now, Im just so happy your memory is coming back.
Me too Gabrielle. You know your friend at the next table was wondering what
we were to each other?
really? Good, maybe shell get the hint that your not interested.
Gabrielle Ive already told you where I stand on that.
I know, but she doesnt know that, its obvious that she has interest in
Hmmm...maybe, but its not unusual for people to act like that around me,
man or woman, anyway, lets eat Im starved.
Gabrielle smiled and then the two of them proceeded to eat, talking
intermittently between bites. They laughed and taunted one another about
different things and finally when their meal was over they sat and just talked
about the town and hers and Gabrielles relationship.
The woman at the next table heard small bits of the conversation, but was
able to hear that Diana and Gabrielle were sisters and not mates of any type,
and from what she could gather Diana was not involved with anyone. Although if
she knew how wrong she was she would probably not go anywhere near the two
girls.But as it was she did not know and so she decided to make a discrete
move. She wrote a brief note and had the servant girl take it over to Diana.
The sevant girl took the note and went to the table where Diana and Gabrielle
were talking and when Gabrielle turned her head to look at something the
servant girl slipped the note into Dianas hand. Diana looked up at the girl
in confusion and then at the parchment that was slipped into her hand. The
servant girl then asked if Diana would like anything else to drink just as
Gabrielle turned back around.
Diana looked at the girl and finally said,
No, were fine thank you.
The girl bowed and then turned and walked away from the table. Diana figured
that the girl did not want Gabrielle to see, but she wasnt interested in
holding anything back from Gabrielle, so she brought the parchment up so that
she could read what was on it.
Hello, I would like to know if I may speak to you after your sister goes
home for the evening, if that would be ok?
Diana knitted her brow together at the thought of the servant girl wanting to
talk to her, but she didnt have any problem with it , she just found it
strange the way it was given to her.
Hm...? Oh, its just a note from the servant girl, she wants to talk to me
after you go home.
I dont know, but I dont see a problem with it, you?
Ok then I will see you at the house in a bit?
Ok, be careful.
Gabrielle, please? Its not like Potiediaa is a crime central, I think the
worse that has happen here was Mr Serrass chicken showing up at one of his
Ok, its true, a whole lot doesnt happen here, but still you never know,
and plus you are still recovering, remember that.
Ok, mother, Ill see you at home.
Gabrielle then got up and went and gave Diana a kiss on the cheeks and then
sparing a glance at the next table she then turned and headed out the dining
hall and out the Inn heading home.
Meanwhile Diana sat and waited for the servant girl to come back, and when
she did she offered Diana something to drink and Diana requested tea, when the
girl returned with the tea Diana asked her what she wanted to talk to her
Oh, the note was not from me, it was from Regent Sahi.
Regent Sahi? Whos that?
Diana looked around to see the woman from the next table standing behind The
Oh, Im sorry I didnt realize it was from you.
Would it have made a difference in whether you would have stayed and spoke
I dont know probably not. Anyway what did you want to talk to me about?
The Regent dismissed the servant girl and her entourage and took a seat at
I wanted to let you know that I have never seen anyone as beautiful as you
are in this area, or anywhere.
Thank you, but I am not from here.
Obviously, I couldnt help but hear that you have no attachments to anyone?
Diana asked with one brow raising. The woman smiled and then said,
Well...Im not much for beating around the bush so I will say it as it is. I
am looking for a Consort, and seeing you I think you would make a perfect
Is that right?
The woman moved her chair around to where she was now sitting next to Diana.
Diana watched the woman move her chair, but she did not move hers, she didnt
feel any threat coming form the woman, she was just curious as to how far the
woman would go.
Hmm...I see your serious?
Very, I am the legal Regent of a province west of here and I find that I am
quite alone at night, I dont like the feel of that so I started looking for a
Consort, I have rejected many offers and I have seen hundreds of people who
wanted to be my Consort, but I find that they have not caught my eye the way I
find that you have.
Diana took a sip of her tea and looking over the rim of the cup she removed
it and looked straight at the Woman.
I will be just as honest as you have been with me, while I thank you for
your compliments and offer, I have to tell you, first of all, I have no
interest in being with anyone right now, and especially a woman, there is
nothing a woman can do for me but be a friend.
You would be surprised at what a woman can do for another woman, have you
ever been with a woman?
Well how do you know you wouldnt like being with one?
I dont know from experience, but I do know what I prefer.
how do you know what you prefer if you have never tried any other way?
Diana looked at the woman for a moment thinking about what she had just said,
and then she said in return.
Why try something unknown, when you have something that is known and it
The woman smiled at Dianas logic and then she said,
Well, I see your point, but I hope you will not be offended if I ...try
why try when the outcome is already known?
Call me an optimist?
I think you need to be more of a realist if you ask me.
Well, thats your opinion, but if you have no problem with me trying then I
shall give it my best shot?
ha...your right it is my own opinion, but considering your interest is of me
I think it would be less waste of your time if you take my opinion and run
with it, but if you have a desire to try I cant stop you, just as long as you
dont hurt anyone.
Diana said with somewhat of a warning in her voice.
Great! the woman exclaimed and then she stood and said,
Then I will talk to you tomorrow?
Yes I want you to have lunch with me?
I dont think thats a good idea?
Why you already said you have no interest, the least you can do is let me try
my seduction tricks on you?
Diana smirked and then bit the inside of her cheeks to prevent herself from
laughing at the brazen womans antics.
Fine, My sister and I will meet you for lunch tomorrow.
Your sister and you?
Yes, is that a problem?
The woman looked at Diana and saw she was not going to make it easy for her,
so she decided she would play along, especially if it lead to Diana becoming
Its not a problem at all, I think your sister is quite adorable. By the way
what is your name?
I am Diana, and I understand you are Regent Sahi?
Yes, that is correct, anyway Diana, it has been a pleasure to meet you and I
look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
The woman then surprised Diana by leaning over and kissing her full on the
mouth, and then turning, she walked out the dining hall with Diana sitting
there with her mouth slightly open, and with her brow raised in question as
she thought about what she may have done, by allowing the woman to try and
Diana thought the kiss was fine but nothing to write home about so she got up
and went home, where Gabrielle was waiting for her wide awake.
When Sahi saw Diana come out of the Inn and go around the corner, she went
back to the Inn to ask the Keeper if he knew who the young woman was.
Oh , thats lady Diana, shes The Conquerors Consort, but she doesnt
remember because of an accident that happened to her, shes still recovering
and no one is suppose to know shes here because of the risk that someone may
come along and try something. I really shouldnt be telling you this....but I
think its ok, especially considering your one of The Conquerors Regents.
Yes it is ok, but make sure you tell no one else, matter of fact you
shouldnt tell anyone that you told me..... just in case The Conqueror meant
that no one was to know ?
Yes, your right, I wont say anything to anyone else, thank you.
Sahi then asked for another room in the Inn and then went up to her room and
after a few minutes her Lt came to her room.
I found out some very interesting news.
It seems that The Conquerors prized treasure is right here in this
Really? What is it?
Not what, Who. It seems that The Conquerors Consort is here, but the best
part is that she does not remember who she is or the fact that she is Lord
Ok, but I dont see where this is going.
Im going to seduce The Conquerors Consort away from her and make her my
own, and if The Conqueror wants her back...which I KNOW she will, I mean this
Consort is a rare beauty, there is none that compare, except maybe The
Conqueor herself. Anyway, I want her and I am going to have her, imagine
having such a beauty to walk by my side, and especially warm my bed....ooooo,
the thought is absolutely carnal.
But isnt it dangerous to mess with Anything of The Conquerors, especially
Life is dangerous, but if you want to have any power you have to be willing
to take risk. Besides, I dont plan on giving up on ruling My Province, and
the People in it!
So thats what this is all about? You want The Conqueror to grant you the
right to impose the death sentence on those you choose to impose it on?
Yes, can you think of a better reason, I mean to get rid of all of those
people who have any opposition to my imposing these judgements as well as any
other people who I want to?
Your so devious, Regent Sahi.
Like The Conqueror?
These days more than the Conqueror, but I do have one more question?
what happens when and if the Consort gets her memory back?
It wont matter, because by then I will have a plan in place to place them
at odds with each other and hopefully make Diana want to stay with me verses
returning to The Conqueror.
I dont know, it would have to be something extraordinary, I mean Ive heard
that the two of them are linked by their souls,and there could never be anyone
else for either one of them.
even better, for The Conqueror to see her Consort in the arms of another,
will be the most wounding and rage producing emotion to come from The
Conqueror, and if the things Ive heard are true she has ways of punishing,
that boggles the mind, and so she may end up punishing her Consort, or should
I say My Consort, and thereby putting an even further gap between them.
Sounds like you have this all planned?
It just came to me when I found out who she was and how I could use her. Of
course I plan on having my taste of Diana. Before I give her up.
But what if she doesnt want you to have her?
Then Ill take her.
Drug her with one of the ecstasy herds.
Oh, ok is there anything you need done ?
Yes send word to The Conqueror that I will not see any more of her Advisors,
that I am requesting an audience with her at my resident in the western
What if she says no?
well to make sure she doesnt , tell her that I am cutting off all trade to
the surrounding Provinces until a meeting can be setup.
I think that will work, although I dont think The Conqueror will appreciate
what Im sure she will interpret as defiance.
Maybe not, but I do know The Conqueror does appreciate smart people who are
brave enough to stand up for what they want.
Yes that is what they say, but they also say that she has destroyed many of
those type of people because they chose to defy HER.
Hmm...well I guess well have to make sure this works?
Your right about that.
Thatll be all for now Miki, just make sure you get everything done in the
next week or so.
I will Regent Sahi, you can be sure, I will carry out my duties.
Good Miki, Ill expect a progress update.
Lt. Miki then left the Regents room and went to carry out her duties.
Meanwhile Diana arrived back at the house, and was greeted By an irritated
Took you long enough.
Why are you still up? and why are you dressed?
I was just about to come and find you!
Why? you knew where I was?
Yes, but I didnt know if something had happened since I left you.
No Gabrielle, nothing happened to me, as you can see, besides I am quite
capable of taking care of myself.
Ok, so tell me what the servant girl wanted to talk to you about?
Nothing, she offered me tea and then she left.
Diana wasnt sure if she should tell Gabrielle about what had happened but she
would not lie to her either.
Really? is that all she wanted?
Gabrielle said incredulous.
I thought for sure the lady at the other table would come over and talk to
Diana did not respond and Gabrielle looked over her and with knitted brows,
she asked point blank.
Did she come over and talk to you?
Diana took a signing breath.
She did? Didnt she?
Yes Gabrielle she came over to talk to me.
What did she wont ? Tell me everything?
Gabrielle was not only asking out of just curiosity she had to be able to tell
Xena what was going on.
Gabrielle you were right she is interested in me.
I knew it! What did she say?
She wants me as her Consort.
Diana said flatly. Gabrielles mouth dropped open and Diana had to close it
for fear Gaabrielle would never close it.
And.... she said she was going to try and win me over.
Really? But you told her you werent interested right?
Yes, in no uncertain terms, but she wants to try.
You cant let her .
Gabrielle, you dont have to worry, I have no intentions or desire to be
anything to her.
Im glad to hear that.
You know it will be fun to see what all she comes up with, dont you
Gabrielle said as she turned and headed for her night clothes, and she
thought about what Xena would say about all of this new development.
Oh Gabrielle, I forgot to tell you, she kissed me, full on the lips.
She kissed you?!
Yes, but it was nothing to write home about, obviously, considering I
forgot about it?
Gabrielle said as she felt her heart restart, and then beat rapidly against
her chest as she thought about Xenas reaction when she found out. But that
was one thing Gabrielle could have put out of her mind, because Xena had
already been told a few hours after it happened.
Meanwhile back in the Palace Xena was going ballistic.
What in the Hell do You Mean My Consort was seen kissing another woman?!!
Xena seethe at the messager, who happened to be one of her Royal guards, who
was suppose to be looking out for Diana.
I...I.....we...saw it happen and the moment it did I was sent back to tell
you My Lord....
The man said as he was lifted off the floor by his neck. Xena had murder in
her eyes and the longer she looked at the guard the more certain he was that
he would be the first casuality of this message.
How long were they together at the table before it happened?
Xena said in a calmer yet more ominous voice.
on...one...candlemark or so My Lord.
Did they embrace?
Xena asked as she turned her head to pick up a grape while still holding the
man by his neck as he begun to see spots before his eyes, a sure sign he was
about to pass out if Xena did not let him go very soon.
N....no..no My lord.
Xenas adrenalin was racing, and she felt like going to get Diana despite the
consequences, but then she thought better of it and figured if she could stale
the other womans seduction for a week then Diana would remember and then she
could go and get her. the struggling young man was now barely able to breath
and was about to past out doing Xenas planning, until she heard him cough and
she turned to see that she was still holding the man by the neck.
She dropped him and he went to the floor gasping for air, as Xena turned on
her heels and went to a writing desk in the library, she penned a letter to
Gabrielle, and told Gabrielle what she wanted.
Oh my Goddess!
Gabrielle exclaimed as she read the delivered parchment with the Royal seal on
What is it Gabrielle?
Diana asked as she and Gabrielle were just about to leave to meet the Regent
Oh, nothing, Diana do you mind if I dont go with you to lunch today?
No I dont mind, I mean Im a little disappointed, I was looking forward to
you and her meeting?
I know, Im sorry, I was looking forward to meeting her also, but I have to
go somewhere, you understand dont you?
Diana studied Gabrielle for a moment and then she said out of concern.
Gabrielle is there something wrong?
Oh, no, nothing like that, I had just forgot that today I had told someone
that I would help them with some things.
Oh, ok, then yes I do understand, but you know where I will be, ok?
Yes, but I dont know what time I will be back, it might be pretty late.
Ok, then I will see you later sis, be careful?
I will, and you dont let her seduce you.
Diana said rolling her eyes. She then gave Gabrielle a kiss on the cheeks and
turned to head for the Inn. Gabrielle waited until Diana was out of sight and
then she tossed out the apparatus and stepped through, coming out at the
front door of the Palace.
Gabrielle looked up at the Palace and at that moment she felt like she was the
smallest person on the planet. She took many deep breaths and prayed as she
walked up and into the palace and down the corridor to the counsel room where
Xena told her to come to when she arrived at the Palace.
When Gabrielle came to the door of the counsel room The sentry greeted her
with a curt nod and then she said,
Lo...Lord Xena sent for me?
What type of mood is she in?
Gabrielle asked hoping the note she had received was just written quickly
rather than angrily.
She has been like a harpy caged and starving.
Ha...harpy caged and starving huh? Great, and I have to go in there and
Im sorry, but I have to admit, I am glad it isnt me.
I understand, will you announce me please?
Yes Princess Gabrielle.
The sentry stepped into the room and cleared his throat and announced.
My Lord, Princess Gabrielle has arrived and awaits audience with you.
Send her in NOW ! And then I dont want to be disturbed for any reason is
Yes My Lord .
The Sentry said as he bowed many times as he backed out the room.
Lord Xena will see you now.
I heard. Thanks?
Gabrielle took a few more deep breaths trying to calm down when she heard.
GABRIELLE!!! GET IN HERE NOW!!!!
Gabrielles breath caught in her throat and she wasnt sure if she was going
to survive Xenas wrath. Gabrielle flushed deeply and ran into the room and
the Sentry closed the door behind her.
My Lord You sent for me?
Gabrielle managed to say before she lost her powers of speech due to the fear
she was feeling.
Xena was sitting partly on the table that she used for her writing and
planning. Xena The Conqueror was glaring at Gabrielle as she presented herself
before her. She held a leather strap in her hands and was hitting it against
her hand and then sliding it out and repeating it again. Gabrielle swallowed
hard and thought she would pass out from her fear.
What happen Gabrielle? why was my Consort seen kissing another person,
especially... another woman? Can you explain why I heard from my soldiers and
I....I...I had just found out that there was a kiss.
Xena cocked her head and raising a brow at Gabrielle who was trembling
visibly, Xena stood and walked to where Gabrielle stood and she asked in a
somewhat surprised voice.
What do you mean, you just found out about it?
We....well...I wasnt there when it happened.
Xenas lip visibly went to a scowl, as she got right into Gabrielles face and
said only inches away from Gabrielles nose.
What do you mean you were not there when it happen? I know thats not what
you meant to say Gabrielle, especially when I made sure that it was clear to
you that I did not want you away from Diana at ANYTIME? That is.... what I
told you, wasnt it Gabrielle?
Tears were now rolling down Gabrielles flushed cheeks. As Xena s piercing
blue eyes bore into her hazel eyes.
Im waiting Gabrielle, I wont wait long... you know that?
Gabrielle nodded her head and tried many times to speak before she finally
made a sound.
w....we....we had finished eating....when the servant girl gave Diana a
piece of parchment.
What EXACTLY did it say Gabrielle?
Xena said in an ominously calm voice as she continued to bore into Gabrielles
eyes still standing a few inches away from her face, with her hands clasped
behind her back. Gabrielle didnt dare move from where she was standing.
So..so..something like I wanted to know if I may speak to you after your
sister goes home for the evening, if that is ok ? Something like that.
Gabrielle said hoping that she said it exactly how it read, not knowing
whether Xena already knew what it said or if she just wanted to know. Tears
were constantly rolling down Gabrielles face. As she started breathing
rapidly at the growing scowl that was taking over Xenas face.
How is it that you left Diana there, knowing this woman was interested in
her? Can you tell me that Gabrielle?
I ...I didnt know it was her who wrote the note, when I asked Diana who it
was from she said it was from the servant girl.
Yo....you believed that a servant girl wanted to Talk to My Consort?!
Xena shouted in disbelief.
My...My Lord I.... I didnt know, thats what Diana believed although
neither one of us could figure out what she wanted, but Diana thought it
would be polite to find out.
You couldnt wait for her to talk to the suppose servant girl, and then the
two of you return to your Parents home?
Gabrielle was now near hyperventilating, Xena saw it, and out of her concern
that Gabrielle would pass out , she turned on her heels and grabbing an empty
pouchbag off the table, she went back and grabbed Gabrielle by her wrist and
twirling her and sitting her firmly on one of the chairs she put the punch to
Gabrielless face covering her mouth and nose .
Hold this here and breath into it until I tell you to stop, concentrate on
slowing your breathing down.
Xena then went and sat back on the table as she watched Gabrielle try to calm
down. After a few minutes Xena noticed Gabrielles breathing was back to its
Ok, now anytime you think your going to hyperventilate put that to you face
and breath into it.
ok, thank you.
Gabrielle said in a small voice.
Your welcome, now answer my question.
I didnt think there was any reason to be concerned, Diana said she would
talk to her and be right home.
How long was it before Diana showed up?
a candlemark or so.
And didnt you think something was wrong?
yes, but by that time , I had gotten dressed and was about to go and find
her, she walked in the door.
And I asked Diana where she had been and thats when she told me what had
happened, My Lord I swear I was going to tell you, I didnt know how, but I
was going to tell you, you have to believe that?
Xena took a few deep breaths though her nose and then she said,
Gabrielle I do believe you had planned on telling me, I trust you to be
honest and I have no reason to doubt that trust. Im just angry that some
other person has put their lips on what is mine, and I cant do anything
about it at the moment, it is so damn frustrating, I not only had to rein in
my hormones and try not to tear someone apart during the process of dealing
with the day to day running of My Realm. But now I have to hear this and I am
not pleased at all. Gabrielle I meant what I said, I expect for you to find a
way to keep Diana away from that woman, if you fail Gabrielle I wont be in a
very good mood. You understand what Im saying? Gabrielle I wont lose Diana
to anyone, If you fail I will come and get her and deal with the
ramifications of that decision later. Gabrielle I give you my oath I will do
it. Please dont make me.
Gabrielle wiped her eyes multiple times as she listened to the anguish in
Xenas voice and saw the pain in her eyes at the thought of causing Diana to
lose her light because of her determination to not lose Diana to anyone,
especially after all she went through to get Diana back, and nearly losing her
My Lord Xena I will do whatever I have to, to make sure that Diana does not
fall for any other person, Xena she says that she has no interest in anyone
right now especially a woman.
Thats what she said?
Yes. She said the woman wants to try and seduce her , and she told her she
could try but she was wasting her time.
MY CONSORT told some other person they could try to seduce her?!
Xenas temper was making a reappearance and Gabrielles fear was once again
making its appearance.
Yes. But she had no intentions of taking her serious, I think shes just
curious what a woman would do to seduce another woman.
Diana is not a woman, she is a child! And she already knows what a woman
Gabrielle blushed at the memory of how Xena seduced Diana .
Xena, its true she is a child to YOU, almost anyone is....but to other
people they see her as a golden apple. They want her for, first of all how
she looks, and then who she is, and how she makes them feel when their
around her, She is all woman to them.
Xena studied Gabrielle as she thought about what Gabrielle had said.
Gabrielle just make sure that you keep Diana away from that woman, otherwise
I may end up ....taking care of that threat.
Xena said with danger registering in her voice. Gabrielle heard it and
realized what Xena meant, She would kill the other woman if she felt Diana was
getting too close to her. As Gabrielle was thinking about what Xena was saying
a flash of Diana came into her head.
OH My GODESS!
Gabrielle exclaimed as she jump up from the chair she was sitting on.
What is it Gabrielle?!
Xena said with anger as she noticed the distress in Gabrielles eyes.
My Lord I ....I can handle it.
Gabrielle flushed and then she took a deep breath and said.
Diana is with her right now, having lunch.
WHAT?!!! G.A.B.R.I.E.L.L.E.....What are you telling me? That My Consort is
alone, once again with that woman?! is that what your telling me?
MY Lord I received your message to get here . I figured you would be pissed
if I didnt show up.
Xena was now taking audibly deep breath as she leaned on the table with her
hands trying to calm her rage.
Get back there.NOW!
Gabrielle jumped from Xenas tone and turned and ran out the room, and
throwing the apparatus she ran through it with tears streaming down her face.
She appeared at the back of the Inn and after taking a few minutes to compose
herself, she saw the water barrel and turning she splashed her face with the
She then went around to the front of the Inn and after a few breaths she
walked into the inn and headed for the dining hall. When she got to the door
she stopped dead in her tracks and would have past out if the wall had not
What she saw was the woman being allowed to put food into Dianas mouth.
Gabrielle became angry at what she was seeing and so she stormed into the
dining hall and went to stand in front of the table. She then said in an
I thought you said you had no interest in this...person?
Oh...Gabrielle, I glad your here.
Really ? it looks like Im interrupting?
Gabrielle...what are you talking about?
Never mind, we have to go.
Gabrielle said reaching for Diana. Diana moved her arm and with knitted brows
Gabrielle whats going on?
Ill tell you when we get home.
Tell me now.
No, I want to tell you in private.
Can it wait?
Sahi Im sorry, you understand dont you?
Yes, I understand, But before you go, I have to tell you that I have to go
back to my Province next week for a VERY important meeting, I dont dare miss
this one. But maybe you can come and see me there?
Yes, that would be fun, this has been.
So do you think I have a chance?
Dont get carried away, Ill see you later.
Had to ask, but ok, hope to see you later.
Sahi then started to lean over and kiss Diana once again, but Gabrielle pulled
Diana out of the seat just before her lips touched Diana.
We have to go, now.
Gabrielle then pulled Diana out of the dining hall and would have probably
half dragged Diana had Diana not been stronger than she was.
Stop pulling on me Gabrielle.
Gabrielle let go of Diana and Diana pulled her arm to herself.
Thank you. Now tell me whats going on? you were extremely rude to Sahi.
Diana you have to stay away from her.
Gabrielle decided to be direct.
You have to trust me, I cant tell you why, but youll understand later.
Gabrielle your not making any sense. Sahi is very nice, shes a Regent from
the Western Province.
I dont care who she is, you have to trust what Im telling you, you have to
stay away from her.
Because your still recouping from your injuries.
Gabrielle Im perfectly fine.
No your not, you dont have your memory back yet, and no telling what you
may discover when you do get it back.
Gabrielle your trying not to tell me something, what is it?
I cant say, but you have to stay away from that woman until your full
memory comes back.
Gabrielle irregardless of how much time I spend with Sahi, I am not going to
get involved with her, I told you I have no interest in that life.
Then what was the feeding you food thingy then?
She wanted me to taste a special delicacy I had never heard of, so before I
could pick it up, she picked it up and told me to open up, I told her I could
feed myself and she said dont look at it like that , she said she just wanted
me to taste something she had specially made for me. So I let her put it in my
Oh, thank goodness, I was about to faint at that sight.
Why would you do that? matter of fact why is it so important that I not get
involved with someone?
I cant say, but just know it a good reason.
Well Gabrielle I am not going to be rude to someone who has been nice, just
because of some unknown memory, Unless this woman has done something to hurt
me or you or someone we know for some evil reason, then I see no reason not to
continue to talk with her, and now I will leave it at that.
Gabrielle drop it.
The next week found Diana and Sahi and Gabrielle spending a lot of time
together, but Gabrielle kept having people interrupt them about different
things, so much so that Diana actually lost her temper and told the people in
the market place that unless she asked them for something she did not want
anyone to bother her or Sahi, or Gabrielle. Sahi smiled to herself a wick
smile at the thought that Diana was apparently giving her, her trust.
Gabrielle stood behind Diana and Sahi and shook her head to certain people
that they were not to stop. They nodded their understanding and then Diana
turned and headed out of the market.
That night Diana had one of the visions that she had had for weeks, but this
time the vision came into focus, it started out with the person in the shadows
of the mist, and then the figure with the hooded cloak started moving towards
her, as it got closer, Diana saw piercing Sapphire eyes shining out of the
Diana watched the figure come closer, and closer, as it did she saw raven
color strands of hair under the hood. She watched and her heartbeat increased
as the figure got closer. The figure came to tower over her as she reclined
looking up at the figure. The figure brought their hands up to remove the hood
and when it was thrown back away from the hidden face, Dianas body went tight
and she awoke with a shreik!
Gabrielle startled awake and saw Diana looking around the room as if she was
expecting to see someone. She was holding her abdomen as if something was
hurting and her eyes had gone Sapphire. When her gaze fell on Gabrielle,
Gabrille immediately noticed the color of them, and she smiled to
herself.Diana knitted her brows, and seeing the confusion in Dianas eyes,
Gabrielle immediately put her hand on Dianas shoulder, to help comfort her.
Diana its ok, your alright, your here with me at home in Potiediaa.
Gabrielle said soothing hair away from Dianas wild looking eyes.
Wh..wh..where is Xena?
Diana asked still confused.
Shes not here.
What do you mean shes not here? where is she?
Shes at the Palace.
Diana thought about what Gabrielle said and then she visibly begun to relax.
Oh, she had to go back and handle something at the Palace?
Gabrielle.....? Can you come here, I really need some help, I..I cant seem
to get my arm out?
Lilas voice rang in.
Ill be right there.
Diana Ill be right back ok?
Diana watched Gabrielle leave the room and she got up and cleaned up and got
dressed and went downstairs. When she got there, she heard Gabrielles
parents talking, she didnt want to interrupt a private conversation so she
waited to hear if indeed it was private.
You know , I dont understand why The Conqueror never came to visit Diana, I
thought she loved her?
I know, I find that strange too, but whenever I ask Gabrielle about it ,she
says she cant say because we could accidently say something that Diana is not
suppose to know, otherwise it could cause unnecessary pain,and that it was
better to let Diana discover what happened on her own, it would possibly be
less painful for her.
Diana listened to the conversation and all color drained from her face, had
she been white she would look like a ghost at that moment. Diana had
misunderstood the whole conversation and with what information she had from
Gabrielle as to Xena not being there, and hearing the parents saying Xena had
not once come to visit her, since bringing her here, over a month ago, Diana
was stunned to say the least.
Diana staggered back up to the room and laying down on the bed she cried, when
she heard Gabrielle coming back she got off the bed and drying her eyes she
acted as if she was fine and had not heard the conversation.
So where were we?
Gabrielle asked after returning to the room. Diana looked at Gabrielle and
then she answered.
You were telling me about Xena, and why she was back at the Palace.
Oh, yes, she had a lot of work to do and she knew you would be fine here.
So...when was the last time she was here? Or has she been staying here and
then going back to the Palace during the day?
Gabrielle chewed her lip at the thought of telling Diana that Xena had not
been there to see her since she was brought there. Diana saw the hesitation
and misread it , assuming it was all apart of the same conversation that
Gabrielles parents had just had.
She hasnt been here since she brought you here a month ago.
Diana didnt react the way Gabrielle thought she would have.
Oh I see,
Really? Your ok?
Yes Im fine.
Diana said in a tight voice, trying to hold down her temper that was rising
Gabrielle said trying to read Diana, but not being able to, she figured it was
because Diana had learned how to mask her feelings the same way Xena did.Diana
in the meantime was thinking about what she would do about the fact that Xena
had not visited her once she had been back. Diana then decided she would wait
to see how long it would be before Xena came for her, once she knew she had
her memory back.
the end of part 2
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