It (Finally) Happened One Night

by JJ Bard in Waiting (For Gabrielle)



The characters of Xena and Gabrielle are owned by MCA/Universal and no copyright infringement
is intended. Also - this story contains scenes of a sexual nature between two adult women. If that
offends you, or you are not 18, please don't read on. Thanks. This is my first try at fanfic, so be
gentle if you have comments. P.S. Many thanks to my great friend Demeter, who was an enormous
help with her knowledge of the Xenaverse. I couldn't have done it without you! Note: If a sentence is between brackets {}, it is a thought – not spoken out loud.


Nighttime in the forest. The fire is almost out. Xena and Gabrielle are sleeping. Or at least trying to.
Xena is closest to the dying embers.

"By the Gods, Xena. I'm freezing. Can we stoke up the fire a little?" Gabrielle asks.

"I don't want to risk it in case there are any undesirables around," Xena answers. This statement is
true, but she also has an ulterior motive for not fueling the flames.

"Then trade places with me so I can be closer to what remains of the fire." Gabrielle starts to get up,
but Xena pushes her back down.


"Why not?"

"I just got comfortable and I don't want to move." Gabrielle makes an exasperated noise. "Besides, I thought you didn't like sleeping next to the fire." Egging her on.

"Normally, I don't, but tonight I'm really cold."

"I'll help you get warm." Xena throws her blanket aside, revealing that she is wearing only her cotton shift. She gets under Gabrielle's blanket, forming a spoon with her stomach fitting nicely into
Gabrielle's back. "How's that?"

"Mmm." She didn't realize Xena had taken her leathers off and she loves feeling Xena's breasts up
against her back through the thin material of the shift. {This is much better than the fire.} "Better,
thanks. Goodnight, Xena."

Xena relishes having Gabrielle's body this near. "Goodnight, Gabrielle." Gabrielle shivers. "I thought
you were getting warm?" Gabrielle shivers again.

"I'm getting there." {But you keep breathing into my ear sending chills up my spine. Which isn't
necessarily a bad thing.} Xena snuggles even closer to Gabrielle and buries her face in Gabrielle's
luxurious strawberry blond tresses.


"Yes. Much." She sighs contentedly. {I could melt in your arms.} "Goodnight, Xena."


Gabrielle is nearly asleep. Suddenly, her eyes pop open.

"Xena?" Gabrielle accuses.

"Yeeesss?" Two syllables. Smiling lasciviously.

"Get your hand off my butt."

"I have to put it somewhere."

"Well, find somewhere else." Her tone is serious, but she can't keep a grin from creeping onto her

"OK. How about here?" She puts her arms around Gabrielle's stomach.

"I guess that's OK."

"Goodnight, Gabrielle."

"'Night, Xena."

This time Xena sighs happily. A very short time later, Gabrielle's eyes fly open again.


"What is it now?" Leers knowingly.

"Get your hands off my breasts." She takes Xena's hands and pulls them away from her chest.
Somewhat reluctantly.

"Come on, Gabrielle. I'm just trying to keep you warm."

"I am warm, thank you very much. {Hot, in fact.} Now just keep your hands to yourself." Secretly

"Fine!" Finally almost irritated.


Xena turns over so that she and Gabrielle are back to back. Gabrielle enjoys Xena's taut butt next to hers. But Xena can't stand being so close to Gabrielle without really touching her, so only seconds later, she turns around and combs her fingers through Gabrielle's silken hair. Xena decides to be blunt.

"Gabrielle, can't you see that I want you?"

"To do what?" Deliberately misunderstanding. "It's the middle of the night, Xena. I'm attempting to
get some sleep because we have a long day of traveling ahead of us tomorrow. But you keep
waking me up and won't leave me alone. I know if I were doing that to you, I'd be bound and
gagged by now."

{No you wouldn't. I'd gladly let you do anything you wanted to me.} Then Xena envisions
Gabrielle tied up and likes what she sees. "Hm..."

"Don't get any ideas. Since I am less of a barbarian than you, I'm asking nicely rather than using
force, which I'm sure..." She's interrupted by Xena's hand over her mouth.

"Gabrielle." Gabrielle pries Xena's hand away from her mouth and turns to face her.


"Shut up and kiss me."

Xena tentatively puts her lips to Gabrielle's, worried that Gabrielle will protest, but is pleasantly
surprised when she meets with no resistance. It's a short kiss and Gabrielle pulls away first.

"I thought you'd never ask," Gabrielle says.

"But - you told me to get my hand off your butt!"

"Can't have you thinking I'm easy, now can I?"

"Believe me, I would never think that." {Not after three years of trying to get under your skirt.}
They kiss again more passionately. Xena thinks to herself that Gabrielle's kisses are just as sweet as
she imagined they would be. Gabrielle is thinking how much she loves tasting Xena's lips.

"You don't know how long I've wanted to do this," Gabrielle tells Xena profoundly.

"Why didn't you tell me? I felt the same way!"

"I didn't want to ruin our friendship. I couldn't stand the thought of living without you and I didn't
know what you'd do if I told you and you didn't feel like I did."

"But I do! I have for ages. I even wished I was Terreis."

"She's dead, for Zeus' sake! Why in Tartarus would you want to be Terreis?"

"Because before she died, you threw yourself on top of her and I've always wanted to know what
that feels like."

"Oh, Xena. I have, too. I wished I could have been awake when you tried to breathe air into my
lungs in Thessaly. Or that I wasn't under a spell when you kept diving into the lake wearing only your shift. I'm sorry I spit water in your face."

"That's OK. Didn't you notice how I dragged you out of the lake?"

It dawns on Gabrielle what Xena is talking about. "By the Gods!"

"All those times we bathed together, I yearned so much to touch you and feel your body next to
mine, but I was afraid."

"That's ironic. Brave Xena, afraid of me!"

"I didn't want to scare you away."

"Think of all the time we've wasted not telling each other how we felt."

"Let's not waste any more. I love you so much, Gabrielle."

"Not any more than I love you."

They stare into each other's eyes, seeing the powerful love reflected there. Xena takes possession of Gabrielle's mouth, slipping her tongue past Gabrielle's lips. Gabrielle parts her lips even more, inviting Xena's tongue to slide all the way in. Xena does the same so that Gabrielle's hungry tongue can explore her eager mouth. The unneeded blanket is rapidly discarded as they meld their bodies as close together as possible. They wrap their arms and legs around each other and whimper as their tongues probe deeper and deeper, twisting a frenzied dance until the ardent couple has to come up for air. Practically panting, Gabrielle looks adoringly at Xena and sees that her eyes are brimming with tears. This is a very unexpected show of emotion from her usually stoic partner.

"What is it, my wonderful warrior?" She brushes away the wetness from Xena's cheeks.

"I'm just so incredibly happy."

"Oh, Xena. So am I. I've never been happier!" She grabs Xena in a fierce hug. Xena holds on for
dear life. They can feel the love flowing from each other. Neither can believe this is finally happening.

"I just want to hold you and never let you go," Xena confesses.

"I know what you mean. I feel so safe in your arms. But I can think of something else to do." Her
eyes twinkle. Gabrielle's desire overcomes her. She snares Xena's hand, wetly kissing the palm, then the inside of her sinewy wrist. Gabrielle moves her lips to Xena's inner elbow and licks the jagged line there. A sensual sound escapes from her partner. She seizes both of Xena's hands, interlacing their fingers and forcing them to the ground over Xena's head. Next she plants her hot mouth on the velvet hollow of Xena's neck. She can feel Xena's pulse beating fast against her lips. Gabrielle leaves a path of kisses under Xena's chin. She meanders her way down to the heaving cleavage. She must see all of Xena. "This has to come off."

"Anything you say, lover." They struggle to get Xena out of her shift.

Gabrielle takes a long moment to inventory Xena's ample attributes. "You are breathtaking."

"It's not like you haven't seen me without clothes on before."

"I know, but this is different. You're mine now and I can get as up close and personal as I want."
Gabrielle is ready to renew her examination of Xena's stunning body.

"Wait just a minute."


"I get to help you off with yours, too." She sits up and raises her hands to untie Gabrielle's top.

"No!" She snatches Xena's hands away. "I get to go first." Xena is startled at Gabrielle's
aggressiveness, but she likes it. "You just relax and let me do the work."

She shoves Xena to her back and with feathery touches traces her fingertips all over Xena's
voluptuous torso. Xena trembles at each touch. Gabrielle begins running her active tongue down
Xena's chest, between her perfectly proportioned breasts, then under each, and at last leisurely
circling first one erect nipple and then the other. Xena moans throatily in pleasure.

"Where in Goddess' name did you learn to do that?"

Gabrielle grins lewdly. "I have many skills." Xena laughs and then emits a guttural cry as Gabrielle's
ever busy tongue finds its way along her flat belly and into Xena's moist mound. "I think we could
cook with your juices, Xena." She chuckles at her own naughty quip, then gets back to the business
at hand. Or at tongue. Xena is breathing harder.

"Gods, Gabrielle. I knew your tongue was talented, but I had no idea."

Gabrielle looks at her. "I'll do anything to make you happy, Xena."

"Then, please don't stop."

"Yes!! At last I have the mighty warrior princess begging!"

"Gabrielle." She's becoming slightly annoyed, but the bard's gifted tongue returns to its job and Xena closes her eyes in rapture. "Gabrielle..." Xena murmurs again with undisguised lust. Her head
thrashes from side to side.

Much later, both their bodies glistening with sweat, Xena looks searchingly into Gabrielle's gorgeous green eyes. Gabrielle reciprocates the torrid gaze, staring into Xena's electric blue eyes. Gabrielle breaks the silence.

"I can't even begin to explain the depth of my love for you. I've never felt this way about anyone
before in my life."

"Not even Perdicas?" Xena is scared to hear the answer because she loves Gabrielle more than she
could have ever thought possible.

"Not even Perdicas." Xena breathes a sigh of relief. "What I felt for him doesn't compare at all to
what I feel for you. This is totally different. Much stronger. Much deeper."

"I've never loved anyone the way I love you, Gabrielle. Everything you do touches my heart. I am so completely in love with you that I can hardly stand to be away from you. If I'm not close to you, I don't feel whole."

Gabrielle is amazed at this impassioned speech from her ordinarily closemouthed champion. "You're
more the bard tonight than I am." Tears well up in her eyes. Xena lovingly kisses them away when
they trickle down Gabrielle's captivating face. Xena gathers Gabrielle in her arms and whispers in her ear.

"Now it's my turn to make you happy."

"You've already done that a hundred ways."

"But not this way."

She gracefully lays Gabrielle down, sweeping an errant strand of golden fleece out of her eyes. Xena nuzzles Gabrielle's neck.

"Are you giving me a hickey? What will Joxer think?" She's curious what Xena's reaction will be if
she mentions the inept soldier.

"I don't give a flying f..."


"Fig what Joxer thinks." Gabrielle is pleased with the result of her experiment. Xena is moderately
miffed that Gabrielle would think of Joxer at a time like this. {This will get her mind off him.} Xena
flicks her tongue in and out of Gabrielle's ear. Gabrielle squirms. All thoughts of Joxer are long gone.

"By the Gods! Do you know how crazy you're making me?"

"I can only hope." Xena places both hands on Gab's fabulous abs and gropes the sculpted muscles.
"I don't think I could've kept my mitts off your seductive midriff much longer. I love these find blond
hairs." She kisses them. "Especially when they glow in the sunlight." Xena then kisses every inch of
Gabrielle's aforementioned rock hard gut, making the object of her affection shudder. She prepares
to untie the bilious green sports bra, but stops to ask permission. "Is it alright?"

"Of course." Gabrielle is astounded at the thoughtfulness of her sometimes less than polite
companion. Xena hurriedly finishes her task and tosses the last barrier to Gabrielle's bosom away.
She admires the view.

"You are lovely, Gabrielle."

"Thank you. But it's nothing new. They've always been there."

"Yes, but as much as I wanted to, I couldn't touch these nice round breasts before." She smiles
mischievously and Gabrielle turns a little red. Xena desperately wants to fondle those breasts, but
first she must do something it seems she's been waiting forever to do. She kisses Gabrielle tenderly
on her tempting lips, savoring the flavor of her mouth, and at the same time slowly lowers herself
onto Gabrielle, so their bare breasts are touching. Both women gasp at the sensation of skin against
skin. "I've always wondered how you would feel under me."

"And how do I feel, Xena?"

"Even more exquisite and perfect than in my fantasies." Xena lightly caresses the contours of
Gabrielle's shapely breasts, barely grazing her fingers across the satiny smooth skin. Gabrielle shuts
her eyes in bliss. Each time Xena's hands touch her, Gabrielle could swear she hears her skin sizzle.
Xena captures a breast in each hand and gently squeezes - kneading them. "Just like making

Gabrielle giggles and then catches her breath as Xena puts her mouth over a breast and begins
sucking. "Oh, Gods. How did you know I'd love that?"

"I didn't. I just knew I'd love doing it." She swiftly switches breasts and Gabrielle groans softly. Xena is working on one breast with her tongue and the other with her hand. She gradually walks her free hand toward Gabrielle's skirt and lifts her lips from the breast. "Shall I go on?"

Gabrielle opens her eyes and glares at Xena. "Don't you dare stop!"

Xena grins. "OK. OK. I won't. Just checking." Together they rip the skirt off and Xena cups her
large hands over Gabrielle's tight buttocks. "Gabrielle, you have such a firm young..." Gabrielle slaps
her hand over Xena's mouth.

"Xena!" Xena snickers and positions her hand between Gabrielle's legs.

"For the love of Aphrodite, you are sopping wet!"

"(Weakly) And whose fault do you think that is?" Smiling, Xena moves her mouth to Gabrielle's
soggy muff. "Xena...." Gabrielle has never felt such ecstasy. Her mind can focus on nothing but
responding to Xena's tongue as it laps her into oblivion.

Much later, when the last of the silvery stars are blinking out and early purple rays of daybreak
appear on the horizon, the two lovers lay spent - sleeping entwined with each other. Gabrielle's right
arm and leg are draped over Xena's body and her head rests on the warrior's exposed chest. Both
of Xena's sturdy arms surround her beautiful bard. Gabrielle awakens with a yawn to find Xena
gazing at her with an expression of pure love.

"Good morning, sleepyhead. You looked so peaceful, I didn't want to disturb you." Gabrielle takes
in both of their nude figures and beams broadly, fondly remembering the night's activities. Abruptly
her smile disappears and a look of intense disappointment replaces it. Xena notices. "What is it,
Gabrielle?" Xena is frightened that she did something dreadfully wrong.

"Please tell me this isn't a dream." She's hoping with all her heart that it isn't.

Relieved that nothing she did prompted that awful look, Xena strokes Gabrielle's striking face. "No,
Gabrielle. Everything really happened."

"Thank the Gods! I've dreamed about this so many times, I just assumed it wasn't real."

"Haven't I ever told you that you should never assume? It makes an ass out of u and me."

Gabrielle laughs. "I love it when you're like this."

"Like what? Naked?"

"No, silly. Well, yes...." She blushes. "What I mean is I love it when you loosen up and are easy
going like this. Not so serious. It doesn't happen often enough."

"The only reason it happens at all is because of you, Gabrielle." She pulls Gabrielle closer in a
heartfelt embrace. "I love you, my sexy storyteller."

Gabrielle's eyes are wet again, among other things. "Oh, Xena. I love you, too." Both are radiant
with joy.

"Thank you, Gabrielle."

"For what?"

"For teaching me how to let down my warrior's shield. For showing me that I can conquer my dark
side and be happy." Whispers. "For loving me."

"I couldn't help myself, Xena. You're very irresistible. Thank you for loving me."

"How could I not?"

"I guess we're both pretty helpless, aren't we?"

"Yep. It's the one time I don't mind feeling that way at all."

"Me neither."

"I love you," Xena and Gabrielle say together. They share another intimate look and a potent kiss.


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