Just The Beginning
This story is number three in the Ares' Gift Series and takes place immediately
after "Three Weeks Does Not a Lifetime Make.....Oh Yeah?" To the great relief
of the protagonists. It would certainly help if you started with Ares' Gift
and worked your way through. Just a suggestion.
Disclaimers: The character of Arielle belongs to me. The characters of Xena,
Gabrielle, Cyrene, Toris, Lilla and Argo are the property of Universal, MCA,
and Renaissance Pictures and, unfortunately, do not belong to me. This story
does, however, belong exclusively to me. Please refrain from plagiarizing. I
have not nor do I expect to receive any dinars from the writing of this story.
Rating: NC17 for graphic sexual content. There are scenes of physical and emotional intimacy between two consenting adult females, which I thoroughly enjoyed writing and hope you enjoy reading. However, If you are under 18 years of age or this type of material is illegal in your neck of the woods ..................SCAT.
Gabrielle slid from their warm pallet to use the chamber pot, careful not to
awaken Xena. After washing up, she noticed the cooing coming from the crib.
"Good morning, little princess. You hungry again? What do you say, you and
I let your mother sleep a little while longer. I'm sure I can warm you up some
fresh goat's milk to tide you over. Come on." She gently lifted her gurgling
daughter into her arms and headed out to the hearth. "Now you lay right here
while I go milk old Hera, and be quiet. Mommy will be right back." Gabrielle
laid Arielle in the crib Toris had made for their new arrival, then bundled
up and ran out to the barn to complete her task.
"I think your mother was right, you do have my appetite." Gabrielle mused as
she watched the infant in her arms suckle enthusiastically on the clean rag
she had soaked in warm goat's milk.
Two candle marks later, the well rested new mother opened up ice blue eyes
to see her lover and child no longer by her side. The raven haired beauty arose
and stretched out her feline body, padded to the wash basin and scrubbed her
face and trunk clean. After drying herself off, she proceeded to wash the rest
of her, paying close attention to her sex in hope she may get to use that particular
area in the near future. "Gods, I can't believe I fell asleep on her last night.
Some lover I turned out to be." The warrior talked to herself as she shook her
head in disbelief. Then threw on her warmest tunic and woolen booties then went
in pursuit of her family.
"Hey, Gabrielle, I'm so sorry about last night. I must have dozed off." The raven haired beauty looked her mate in the eye, full of contrition.
"What's that you're feeding her?" Xena bent down to kiss her lover's lips and
her daughter's head.
"It's goat's milk. I thought it would do until you woke up. You needed some
sleep and, anyway, she seems to like it." Gabrielle looked up and smiled, proud
of her success.
Xena looked upon the scene not knowing quite what to make of it. "Well, I'm
here now, so let me take her." Taking the baby away, the tall warrior walked
to her favorite chair by the fire and situated herself and the baby for nursing.
"Xena,..... you mad at me?"
Xena gazed lovingly upon her daughter suckling at her breast, never looking
up or in any way acknowledging her partner's presence.
Gabrielle wasn't sure if she was angry or hurt, but she was having a definite
visceral response to Xena's actions. "She was doing just fine. I don't see anything
wrong with her having a little variety in her diet, especially if it allows
you to get more rest. The healer did say to add water, some watered down fruit
juice and goat's milk as she accepts it. So, what did I do wrong." The little
Amazon couldn't prevent the lilt of anger in her voice.
"You should have asked me first, Gabrielle. She's only 6 weeks old. She needs
her mother, not some animal." Xena retorted sharply.
"Fine! She's your daughter, after all, right..... You do what you want." Gabrielle
fought back her tears as she threw on her heavy cape, grabbed her staff and
stomped out into the cold morning.
"I didn't mean it that way and you know it. Gabrielle. Gabrielle don't....."
Xena's words were cut off by the slamming of the door. "Aw.....shit!" The frustrated
warrior flopped back in her chair then looked down lovingly at her little daughter.
"I hurt her, little one. It seems I do that a lot." Xena stroked the softy downy
hair of her voracious daughter and watched her eat as she worried about her
lover out somewhere in the cold.
"Ok, my little Amazon Princess, if you are quite done, I'm going to get dressed
and go apologize, yet again, to your Mommy." Xena stuck her finger in the baby's
mouth releasing the suction on her nipple. Lying her bundle over her left shoulder,
she rubbed her cheek against her baby's as she gently patted it's back eliciting
a boisterous burp. "You're so soft and delicate. How did something like you
come out of Ares and me?" She just sat there for a moment in awe of her child.
"I hate to leave you, but your mommy's out there freezing because of me and
my big mouth, so I need to go find her and, maybe she'll feed you some more
of that good goat's milk later. Would you like that?" The baby cooed as she
was laid in her crib.
"Gabrielle?....What are you doing back here already? Where's your family?"
Cyrene smiled inquisitively.
"Um.....uh.....Mom, I need to collect a few supplies. Just enough for a couple
"Supplies for what? Where are you going?" Cyrene was becoming concerned.
"I thought I'd go visit the Amazons for a few days. Xena is back on her feet
and they don't really need me for anything" Gabrielle avoided her Mother-in-law's
"What happened? Did you two have a fight or something?"
"Or something..... Look I'm just gonna grab a few things and be on my way.
If you see Xena, tell her I'll get Argo back to her as soon as I can." Gabrielle
busied herself collecting her supplies as Cyrene went to the kitchen to gather
some food for her journey.
"Here take this. You must eat." Cyrene handed her daughter-in-law the bundle
and gently took her hand. "Is there anything I can say to change your mind?"
"No. I'm sorry. I have to go." With that the little Amazon Queen turned on
her heel and ran out into the cold.
"This can't be good." Cyrene ran up the stairs, calling to her son and daughter-in-law
as she packed a few things in a quilted sack.
"Toris, I have to go to the farm. Can you and Lilla take care of things here
"Sure. What's going on? Are Xena and the baby Ok?" Toris voiced his concern.
"That's what I intend to find out. Now, go saddle my horse for me and I'll
be down in a moment." Cyrene whipped off her apron and changed into her heaviest
traveling clothes, then headed out to see her daughter.
Xena had walked down to the stream in search of her partner, but found no sign
of her. Concerned for her infant's well being, she returned to their home and
waited, impatiently, for her return.
"Where can she be out in this weather?" The worried warrior paced back and forth and from window to window, praying to any god that would listen that her love would return to her unharmed. "I don't know what to do. I can't just leave you here to go looking for her. And, it's too cold out there for a little one like you." Xena spoke to Arielle, asleep in her crib.
It was nearly three candle marks later when the warrior's keen hearing caught
the sound of approaching horse's hooves.
"She must have taken off on Argo." The warrior mused. "It never even occurred
to me to check the barn. She must have ridden for a while to blow off steam."
Xena walked to open the door for Gabrielle.
"Where have you been? I've been worried sick about you." Xena exclaimed as
she pulled open the door.
"Mother!?! What are you doing here?" The warrior stood dumfounded in the doorway.
"Well, I'd say freezing unless you get out of my way so that I may come in
and get warm." Cyrene swept passed her statuelike daughter toward the fire blazing
in the hearth.
"Xena, what in tartarus happened between you and Gabrielle?" Cyrene stood with
hands on hips, facing her child.
"You've seen her?" Xena approached her mother in earnest. "Where is she? Mom,
I really need to apologize to her. I don't know what's wrong with me. I said
some things I didn't mean and I hurt her."
"Daughter, I don't know what you said, but I do know that she is on her way
to the Amazons as we speak. She asked me not to tell you. To just say that she'd
return Argo to you as soon as she could."
"She took Argo? Mom, this is really serious. I've got to find her before something
terrible happens to her." Xena began running about the farm house gathering
supplies and stuffing them into her saddle bags.
"Could you stay here and care for Arielle while I'm gone? There's some goat's
milk right outside the door in the snow you can feed her with a little water.
Just make sure you warm it up, but not too hot......"
"Daugher, I did raise three children. I do believe I can handle the situation.
Don't worry about Arielle, I'll take good care of her. You just be careful out
there and bring your bard back home safe and sound."
"I will Mom. Can I take your horse?"
"Of course, little one."
"Thanks, I'll be back as soon as I can." Xena quickly kissed her baby's head
and her Mother's cheek. "Thanks, Mom."
"Xena, whatever it is that happened. Just think what your life would be like
without your little bard." Cyrene reached up and pat her daughter's cheek.
"That's all I've thought about for the past three candle marks. I don't ever
intend to find out first hand. I'll be back as soon as I find her." With that
Xena turned on her heel and ran out into the cold to search for her soul mate.
The frigid air bit into Xena's face as she pushed the mare as hard as she dared
towards a group of caves where they'd frequently sought shelter in their travels
to visit the Amazons. She felt sure her partner would stop there to rest Argo
and build a fire before starting out again in the morning.
Darkness was falling and the cold wind was fierce. Xena knew that if her soul
mate hadn't made camp in the caves, she'd be in trouble. The thought made the
warrior's heart pound in her chest and sweat bead on the nape of her neck in
spite of the cold.
The caves became visible off in the distance and Xena started looking for any
signs of a camp fire inside as she dismounted, allowing her horse to catch her
breath and cool down as they walked single file up the cliff face.
Xena brought her horse into one of the taller caves and started a small fire
to warm her mount, then went to search the rest of the caves for partner and
The smell of smoke caught the warrior's senses and she followed it to the source.
"Gabrielle?" Xena called out to no response. "Gabrielle, are you in here.....?
Come on, answer me." Xena's eyes were adjusting to the darkness and she was
able to make out the smoldering cinders of a quickly doused fire. "Argo, come
here girl." At her mistress's command the large palomino appeared from the far
reaches of the cave. "Good girl. Now, where's my wife?" Xena pet her horse's
soft nose and was rewarded with a nudge.
"I'm here, Xena." Gabrielle called out, her tone completely void of expression.
"Are you alright?" Xena asked sharply as she quickly examined her bard for
any signs of injury. Then felt her tenuous hold on her emotions release. "Have
you lost your mind, running off like that in this weather? If you wanted to
punish me, then you've succeeded. Now, let's just get some sleep and go home."
Xena was tired and didn't know how to deal with the fear she'd been consumed
by for most of the day. And, when she thought about it, most of every waking
moment since she'd given birth to their daughter.
The warrior busied herself collecting wood for the fire and feeding it til
it blazed bright and warm.
"I'm not going with you, Xena." Gabrielle hadn't moved from her spot.
"What in tartarus are you talking about, Gabrielle? Of course you're going
home with me." This wasn't going as Xena had planned. She was going to beg her
bard's forgiveness but her anger and fear got in the way.
"Xena, you're not listening. I am not going with you. I am going "home" to
the Amazons. You can take Argo in the morning. I'll walk. Your mother gave me
enough food for another couple of days, plenty enough for my journey."
"Your "home" is with me and our daughter, not with the Amazons." The frustrated
warrior hissed through clenched teeth.
"She's not "OUR DAUGHTER", Xena. You made that perfectly clear." Gabrielle
was yelling now and trying hard not to cry.
"Gods! Why is this happening to us?" The frustrated warrior clenched her fists
to her forehead and walked around in a circle trying to think of what to say.
"I don't know why I said those things, honest. I didn't mean that you are any
less her parent than I am. If it weren't for you, Arielle would never have been
Xena looked beseechingly into her soul mate's eyes. Sitting upon a large boulder,
the warrior reached her hands out toward Gabrielle in supplication. "Gabrielle,
I need you to help me say the words that will make you understand how I feel.
Cause I don't know how." Xena felt tears burn her eyes and wiped at her wet
cheeks in frustration.
"Xena, I'm not putting words in your mouth. You had little trouble with words
this morning." Gabrielle walked around the distraught warrior and sat across
from the fire.
"I'm scared." The words were barely audible to the little bard's ears.
"Scared of what?" Gabrielle blurted as she spread out her bed roll across the
campfire from Xena.
"Motherhood. Of the responsibility of raising a child. What if I screw up?
What if she grows up to hate me?" Xena stared at her boots as the tears fell
down upon them washing the dust of the road away.
"She's not going to hate you." The bard's voice sounded irritated.
The raven haired beauty took a deep breath and finally stated her deepest fear.
"I'm afraid she'll be taken away from me just like Solon. That she'll fall victim
to my enemies. Ever since I first held her in my arms, I knew I had to do everything
in my power to protect her, to keep her safe. I don't deserve her, Gabrielle.
I know that and sooner or later the gods will figure that out too and take her
away from me." Xena paused to wipe her eyes and clear her throat of the emotion
that had developed a painful knot there.
"Gabrielle, you're the only reason I have such a precious gift. If it wasn't
for your love and belief in me, I'd have done away with the pregnancy without
a second thought. Gods! I'm a terrible mother. But I do love our daughter and
I do love you. We belong together, the three of us. It's gonna be a big adjustment
and I'm sure I will continue to mess up. But, believe me, I never wanted to
hurt you. I know that I did and I'm so sorry." Xena stopped for a moment to
collect herself then, taking a deep breath, continued in earnest. "Please try
to understand. Please ..... forgive me. You can't leave me, Gabrielle. I need
you. Our daughter needs you." Xena's sobs cut off her ability to speak.
The tender hearted queen instantly crossed the fire and embraced her Consort.
"Sh..., sh..., sh..., Xena, I'm here, love, and I think I understand. I'd never
try to take her away from you. And, I'd never allow anyone else to either, not
even the gods. She is our baby, always has been and always will be. But you
have to trust me with her Xena."
"I do trust you, Gabrielle." The warrior sniffled. "I'd trust you with my life
and hers. Always." Xena looked up into gentle sea green eyes full of love and
compassion. "I love you." A long elegant hand reached up to tenderly cup Gabrielle's
damp cheek and wipe away her tears.
"I love you, too." The little bard whispered against her Consort's skin. Xena's
breath caught in her throat as she felt soft lips kiss the palm of her trembling
hand. Gabrielle bent slowly to kiss her lover's full lips. The warrior moaned
as she felt a soft tongue beg entry into her mouth. Scooting back on the stone
she'd been sitting upon, Xena guided her bard to straddle her lap.
Tossing the warm cape aside, the warrior kissed down a succulent neck and let
her large hands run up and down the little bard's taut body then cup her firm
"Xena wait." Gabrielle demanded as she felt the gooseflesh rise from her lover's
ministrations combined with the freezing air whipping through their shelter.
"Mmmmm, No." Xena sucked and licked at the bard's pulse point as she rubbed
the bard's sex through her bottoms.
"Xena, wait, just a moment." The aroused warrior moved her mouth down to kiss
her partner's chest, then raised both hands to cup the tempting breasts .
"I've waited over two moons. I want you.....now." Large strong hands reached
behind the little blonde and loosened the ties of her top exposing her creamy
white breasts to the warriors lustful gaze and causing a shiver to run through
the bard's chilled body.
"Xena, I'm freezing. Just let's move over by the fire."
"You've already built a blazing inferno in my belly."
"Xena, I love you, but LET ME GO!!!!!" The shivering little bard scooted out
of her lover's passionate embrace and ran to quickly lay their sleeping furs
near the campfire.
As her aroused lover looked on, Gabrielle seductively removed her clothing
and slithered under the blanket holding her hand out beckoning the warrior to
Xena's mouth went dry as she watched the show her lover gave her, then stood
on shaky legs and began removing her own clothing as she slowly approached,
devouring every curve offered her with her eyes.
Gabrielle held open the blanket and her legs to welcome her lover and moaned
loudly when their mounds met. The intensity of emotion was overwhelming for
both women, frozen in time, relishing their connection as they stared into each
other's eyes filled with love and desire. This was home. This was total acceptance.
This is where their souls and their bodies joined.
Xena placed most of her weight on her forearms laying on either side of her
lover's shoulders and gently pumped her curly black hair into Gabrielle's softer
golden mons. They held each other's souls as their pupils dilated with the increase
in their mutual arousal. No words were necessary. The tears they shed said so
much more than words ever could.
Gabrielle reached up to cup Xena's heaving breast, running her thumb across
her erect nipple. The warrior lifted her upper body just enough to allow her
breast access to her lover's warm wet mouth. "Drink from me." Xena's eyes rolled
back and her eyelids closed as she was sent into sensory overload at the feel
of her lover suckling at her breasts, alternating one to the other.
Gabrielle knew by the trembling of her partner's limbs that she was close to her climax, so she tilted her pelvis and began to pump her sex into Xena's, giving her more constant stimulation. She locked her gaze with her lover's as she returned the warrior's nipple to her mouth and rhythmically suckled the sweet warm milk into her mouth as she pinched Xena's other nipple and rubbed it between her fingers.
Gabrielle felt her release building in the pit of her belly, but tried to maintain
control until her partner climaxed.
"Oh gods....., Oh gods.....,OH........, GODS..........., GABRIIIIEEEEEELLLLLLEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The sound of Xena calling out her name in ecstasy pushed Gabrielle's passion
beyond her control as she pumped her sex powerfully into her lover's slickened
The sated warrior rolled onto her back pulling her lover with her, causing
the golden head to rest upon her shoulder. "I love you, wife."
"And I love you, my Consort..... Always."
"Always." Xena covered herself and her lover with the blanket and both drifted
into peaceful slumber.
"By the gods, I'm cold.....and.....wet? Xena? Xena, wake up.....you're leaking."
Gabrielle nudged her partner then quickly threw on her warm tunic and got up
to tend the dying embers of their campfire. Having fetched enough wood to feed
the flames, she ran out into the snow and filled their frying pan, then quickly
returned to place it by the fire to melt and warm for bathing.
Xena slowly became aware of the activity around her and the sticky wetness
under her engorged breasts and belly. Mumbling profanities under her breath,
the highly uncomfortable beauty called out to her partner for assistance. "Gabrielle,
I need a wash rag and warm water. My breasts have sprung a leak all over me."
"And me. Thank you very much." Gabrielle complained as she tossed a warm wash
rag to Xena.
"I'm sorry. I can't help it I've missed two feedings since you so graciously
relieved me of my milk last night. I just need to get home to our daughter and
get into a regular feeding schedule." Xena diligently cleaned herself of the
sticky mess. "Yuck, Gabrielle, I hate being all sticky." Xena went to the fire
and proceeded to complete her bath as did her partner.
"Well, partner, then you have a problem cause It will be several candle marks
before we get back to the farm. You'll be miserable by then." Gabrielle looked
at Xena, her concerned features turning into a lascivious grin, she tilted her
head down just a touch, her sea green eyes glinting with the first sparks of
hunger as she slowly approached her prey.
Xena reached out her arms and gently pulled her love into her embrace. She
released an audible gasp as warm lips enveloped her nipple and sucked deeply,
drinking from her breast. The gentle warrior slowly ran her finger's through
soft blond hair, moaning her relief as her partner groaned her arousal. "Gabrielle,
you just don't know how good that feels."
The busy bard looked up at her lover and smiled. "Xena, you don't know what
feeding upon your breast does to me, love. I've never felt such desire. Does
that make me a pervert?"
"No. That makes you my Gabrielle." Xena gave her lover a gentle smile and the
bard returned to her task as she felt warm hands begin massaging her buttocks
and a muscled thigh slip between her own.
The very aroused bard found it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand
with her sex sliding tantalizingly over her lover's powerful appendage. "Oh
gods, Xena, I need to lie down before I fall down." Gabrielle panted releasing
a pliant nipple.
The relieved warrior gently lowered her lover to the furs. Xena took a pert
pink nipple into her warm mouth as she rolled upon her lover, lifting her thigh
again into warm slick folds. "Xena, I've missed this so much. I need to kiss
you. Come up here." The petite bard wrapped her hands in black tresses and gently
coaxed her partner to accept a gentle, soulful kiss. Tongues explored each other
as if for the first time and gentle hands soothed eyebrows, cheek bones and
the slope of a jaw. Xena withdrew from the kiss ever so slowly to place feather
soft kisses upon the chin, eyelids and forehead of the woman who was her life,
her reason for being. The bard's breath hitched as a tear escaped her sea green
"Gabrielle? What's wrong, love?" Xena lifted her weight onto an elbow, looking
down upon her partner with deep concern in her beautiful blue eyes.
"Absolutely nothing is wrong, my heart. I'd just forgotten how gentle you can
be and how very loved you make me feel."
"I do love you. I'm not good with flowery words, but, if you'll let me continue,
I'll try to show you just how very much." With that the raven haired beauty
latched upon her lover's soft neck, sucking over the pulse point and eliciting
a moan of pleasure from the quivering woman below her when a large warm hand
pinched a pink nipple.
Gabrielle tilted her pelvis up to meet her lover's thigh as she pushed her
thigh harder against Xena's own slick folds. "Oh gods, Gabrielle, what you do
to me." The aroused warrior slowly ran her warm, wet tongue over her partner's
breast, lapping at a taut nipple before giving it a soft nip with her perfect
teeth and then sucking it hard into warm depths. This caused the bard to pump
her pelvis faster and harder, sending a clear message to her partner that her
time was close at hand.
"Oh, no, my love. I'm not finished with you yet." Xena said as she separated
herself from her partner's arousal eliciting a groan of disappointment.
"Xena!?! Where are you going?" Gabrielle complained.
"Sh, sh, my love, I'm going to worship you. I've thought of little else for
the past three moons. I need to taste you and smell you and love you till you
scream my name in ecstacy." Xena said as she slowly slid down her lover's taut
abdomen, meeting her eyes with hot blue desire.
The bard reached down to run her fingers through soft black tresses as a deep
guttural moan of pleasure escaped her throat.
"Mmmmmmm." Xena purred as she licked and kissed and tasted her lover to her
heart's content. Realizing, by her partner's trembling thighs and swollen sex,
that her time was at hand, the warrior woman plunged two long fingers into her
vagina as she suckled hard at her clitoris.
"Oh gods! Oh gods!!! XEEEEEEENAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Upon sensing the pinnacle of her lover's orgasm, Xena slid the tip of her tongue
under the hood of Gabrielle's throbbing clit, prolonging her partner's pleasure
and allowing herself to watch her climax, full of pride and joy in the knowledge
that she caused her lover such bliss.
"Oh, Xena!" The emotional bard sobbed out her lover's name as tears of joy
streamed down her face.
"I'm here, my love. Don't cry. I've got you. Sh, sh, I've got you." The gentle
warrior woman glided up her lover's body and pulled her into a warm, safe embrace,
placing gentle kisses upon her temple and murmuring words of love and comfort.
"I'm sorry, Xe. I've never felt anything that wonderful before. I felt like we were one soul soaring into the heavens." Gabrielle sniffled and took deep breaths trying to compose herself. Then looked into her lover's eyes that were full of love and unquenched desire. "Oh Xena, what can I do to pleasure you? Tell me what you want."
Xena was trembling uncontrollably at her lover's offer. Taking her soul mate's
face in her hands she gently kissed the sides of her mouth and her chin, "Just
touch me, please, now." With that Xena plunged her tongue into the warmth of
her lover's mouth, kissing her deeply and passionately as Gabrielle slid her
tiny hand into her lovers wet folds, rubbing her palm against Xena's erect clit,
making certain the tips of her fingers entered and stretched open her sex with
each pump of her partner's hips. Xena threw her head back to avoid biting her
lover as a shattering climax spread like hot lava through her loins. Gabrielle
watched her lover's pleasure in awe at the intensity of her beauty.
Xena let her head drop to Gabrielle's shoulder waiting for the darkness that
had enveloped her mind to recede as her bard stroked her sweat dampened hair
and murmured words of love in her ear.
"I love you, wife." Xena whispered
"I know. I love you, my Consort." Gabrielle rubbed her partner's
strong back and shoulders, knowing her warrior needed comforting too. "Rest
now. I'll warm up some of your mother's stew. You need to eat something before
we start back. We need to get home to Arielle. You know, I really miss the
little noise maker."
"Yeah, me too." Xena rolled over to face her partner as she snuggled deeper into the furs. "I'm sure Mom is taking good care of her." There was a long pause as Gabrielle went about preparing their meal and packing up their belongings. Xena knew they needed to discuss the rearing of their daughter, setting each other's roles out clearly. But she was just too tired and blissfully sated to concentrate as sleep took her to the land of Morpheus.
Gabrielle looked over at the woman who owned her heart and sighed, knowing the road ahead of them would be bumpy at best, but was confident that their love would find a way. "Always." She smiled and went back to her chores.