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Story - The Cloak
Winner of the Second Xenite Bard Contest in 1997, this story features Artemis, Goddess of the Moon and protector of the Amazons, losing her godly powers after violating a sacred rule. Now mortal, the former deity is forced to depend on Xena and Gabrielle to help her solve the three mysteries and recover her godhood before time runs out... for all of them.
Xena and Gabrielle are kidnapped and tortured by an old enemy of the Warrior Princess. After being rescued by Hercules and Iolaus, the pair are left alone in a private mountain cabin to recover. Their time alone is the catalyst to the opening of their hearts and feelings, but just when they think that happiness is theirs, Gabrielle's duties as Amazon Queen threaten to separate them forever.
One of BL's 'naughty little romps' (see also The Show and The Cloak) about Gabrielle and Xena admitting their feelings. A cave, a rainstorm, a deck of cards, and nothing to bet with except their clothes. This story earned Lunacy's famed "Do not read at work" warning.
Sysiphus throws Charon, keeper of the ferry that transports the dead over the River Styx, out of the underworld. Hades asks Xena and Gabrielle to help him find his missing ferryman while at the same time they're being forced to deal with souls released from Tartarus back to the Overlord. The problem? They're all people who died at the hands of one Warrior Princess and it's her blood that they want now. Even after finding Charon, it proves to be difficult to keep him out of trouble, especially in places where dancing girls and gambling may be found. As if this wasn't enough, Gabrielle gets injured and Xena has to care for her. A combination of humor, hurt/comfort, and action that has proven to be a popular story.
A short little story (I'm sure it'll remind you of Cards Anyone? and The Show) that pays tribute to that old saying "Some women look great in anything". A cool evening finds Gabrielle in her cloak and Xena discovering why sometimes less is more.
Set after the events in the episode 'Fins, Femmes, & Gems', this story gives the ladies a chance to relax and recuperate after foiling Aphrodite's plans. The go to the local town, not expecting to run into a relative of Gabrielle's...or the secret she's kept hidden for so long. A secret that will forever change the relationship between Xena and her bard.
Guilt, Love And Forgiveness
Set after the events in the episode 'Bitter Suite', this tale makes Xena deal with the consequences of her actions when an injury failed to be healed by the waters of Illusia threatens to leave Gabrielle permanently blinded.
Thanks to the petty games of the gods, Xena loses all memory of her time with Gabrielle and believes herself to still be the ruthless "Destroyer of Nations" that once terrorized Greece. Now she has the Queen of the Amazons as a hostage in her bid to rebuild her army. Only Gabrielle's love and bardic tongue can keep Xena alive after the Amazons demand justice. Side note: The fanfic indexes consider it a novella. Don't try to read it all in one sitting.
A Lazy Loving Morning
Think of The Show, Cards Anyone? and The Cloak. The title says it all. Be sure to order your Amazon Ice BEFORE you read. BL's last XWP fanfic story.
A Queen's Sacrifice
This story was the first alt story on the web to deal with rape and the character of Gabrielle. Please be certain to read the disclaimers carefully before choosing to read this story. From BL: When I wrote this story, the goal was to take the characters past the trauma to the healing then to the living and learning to love again. I never expected the reactions I've received about this story, an in truth had been reluctant to post it. Now I'm glad I did. It truly is a wonderful feeling to know that a story that I've written has touched so many women in the past two years. This story earned an Eddie award on Tom's Xena Fan Fiction page and has been recommended reading by a women's sexual abuse survivor's mailing list.
Not too much to say about this story except that Gabrielle certainly got to see a Tartarus of a floor show. This story earned Lunacy's famed "Do not read at work" warning.
The Silent Bard
Written at the same time as The Cabin and The Show. When Ares tricks the great Muse Calliope into agreeing to a bet, it is Gabrielle and Xena who suffer as the bard is thrown into a world of silence. While she struggles the great depression that threatens to engulf her, Gabrielle is also forced to deal with the feelings that are awakening within her. Only Xena's love can save both of them from being losers in Ares' little game.
It's a change of roles as Gabrielle is forced to rescue the Warrior Princess after Xena is drugged and kidnapped by renegade Amazons in their bid to keep the young queen from signing a controversial treaty. Argo lovers will enjoy some of the humor in this one.
My answer to that annoying episode. Gabrielle, unable to handle denying her feelings any longer, decides that leaving is the answer after seeing Xena's actions with Ulysses.