Academy Author Index


Last Updated: 6/22/2011

2010 Hall of Fame

Anybody's Girl

Meg recounts the highlights of her checkered journey from lowlife to midlife.

As I Am

Based on her near-fatal experiences in the third episode DREAMWORKER, Gabrielle questions which has more value ? her “blood innocence” or the weapons Xena warned her against wielding..

The Best in Me

In the Season 3 Solstice story “Raindrops on Roses,” Gabrielle and Xena try to make the best of their near-death experiences in THE BITTER SUITE and ONE AGAINST AN ARMY. This continuation explores different ways others take the heroic partners' presumed demise as a gift.

Classified    [Academy Personals 2008]

Credit Deux

Xena and Gabrielle work through some post-obsession issues following Aphrodite’s mischief in the third season episode FINS, FEMMES AND GEMS.

Dark Bird

Shortly after they begin traveling together, Gabrielle's innocent questions force Xena to reexamine her nightmares as the dark side of her dreams.

Echoes of A Battling Bard


Xena faces hurdles from the past and present as she tries to adjust to the life Gabrielle created before the warrior’s resurrection in Japa.

Two Breaths of Wind

Some 15 years or so after they settle down in the story Enough, Xena and Gabrielle weather internal and external turbulence in their relatively peaceful co-existence.

Once a Warrior

Middle-aged Gabrielle and Xena weathered knowing each other too well in Two Breaths of Wind, but must suffer through the opposite after a stormy voyage forces them to drift apart. For ma soeur.

A Family Affair

Gabrielle and Xena aren’t the only ones dealing with the aftermath of the fourth season’s A FAMILY AFFAIR.

Fifty Winters Ago

A middle-aged Xena and Gabrielle find themselves reprising roles from their past, after receiving a mysterious invitation from Cleades, the baby-to-man monarch of season four's KEY TO THE KINGDOM.

Two-Thousand Winters Ahead

A detour on the journey home from their 25th anniversary adventure in IseQween's Fifty Winters Ago offers Gabrielle and Xena an extraordinary chance to rediscover themselves.

Not Yet

Still headed home after an unscheduled 25th anniversary trip they embarked on in Fifty Winters Ago and continued in Two-Thousand Winters Ahead, our Golden Girls get the most out of their maturity when they run into trouble that underestimates the Grandma Brigade.

Something New, Something Old

Shortly after events in IseQween's story Not Yet, Gabrielle questions Xena’s perturbing response to perceptions the legendary duo are too dead or too old to aid a village in distress.

Done There, Been That

In this follow-up to Two-Thousand Winters Ahead and set after Something New, Something Old, a middle-aged Gabrielle finds herself threatened by the immature Xena destined to become Destroyer of Nations. Based heavily on events in the ADVENTURES IN THE SIN TRADE eps.


Various generations offer clues to Gabrielle’s concerns about the long-term impact of her scrolls.

A Scroll in Time

As Season Two's THE XENA SCROLLS concludes, Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas find themselves continuing a different saga, begun in the stories Two Thousand Winters Ahead and Done There, Been That.

Extra Credit

After Something New, Something Old, Gabrielle and Xena reconsider their notion of semi-retirement, given the succession of adventures that began interrupting their attempts to celebrate 25 years together in Fifty Winters Ago.

First Solstice, Second Thoughts

Their experiences early on in DREAMWORKER and CRADLE OF HOPE inspire Xena and Gabrielle to appreciate what they might miss without the other’s eye for a good bargain.

The First Stone

Long after Xena’s first steps on her path towards atonement, she and Gabrielle discover the dust has settled on someone who reminds them “old history” can feel like yesterday.

Free to Die, Bound to Live

In the aftermath of LOCKED UP, TIED DOWN, Xena and Gabrielle sail away from Shark Island Prison on troubled waters the two must navigate as an inescapable element of their journey together.

The Ghost Inside

The Ghost of a Smile

The first of a three-story arc that refers to and builds on A FRIEND IN NEED and explores Gabrielle’s coming to terms with Xena’s promise never to leave her soulmate.

A Fly In the Ointnment

Gabrielle seems to be living the life Xena dreamed for her in “The Ghost of A Smile,” but with some problems and possibilities neither of them expected.

Suns of the Passed

Gabrielle returns to Japa, where she and Xena face uncertain consequences of the love and honor that melded their legendary partnership in defense of the greater good.

God Backwards

Horace gives his canine perspective on the 6th season’s OLD ARES HAD A FARM, in which the former God of War must adjust to the mortal state he chose to save Xena in MOTHERHOOD.

Gone Today Hair Tomorrow

Argo recalls her first experiences with the intriguing warrior she carries into SINS

Greener Pastures - A Horse Tail

Argo recalls her first experiences with the intriguing warrior she carries into SINS OF THE PAST and her efforts to understand the smaller human who begins traveling with them.

Greener Pastures - A Horse's Tale End

Argo reviews the highs and lows of her life with the humans she adopted in Greener Pastures: A Horse’s Tale.

Heart Rules, Sole Matters

A moment of faith before she perishes ironically lets Xena’s most notorious victim exact posthumous revenge.

An Honorable Death

A couple months or so into her new life of adventure, Gabrielle chafes at sitting on the sidelines and determines to keep her “help” from rubbing Xena the wrong way.

I Could Sing

Set between and after the second season’s first two episodes ORPHAN OF WAR and REMEMBER NOTHING, this story was inspired by Lucy Lawless during her participation in Celebrity Duets.

It Could Be Worse

Xena and Gabrielle weather a few ripples in their new friendship immediately following their experiences in the second episode, CHARIOTS OF WAR.

Just Be Ready

This story fills the gap between Xena’s emergence from the dungeon in the Sixth Season's WHO’S GURKHAN? and her agreement at the palace pool that Gabrielle can have her vengeance, concluding with Xena's, “Don’t thank me, just be ready.”

Maybe It Was the Rooster

When Gabrielle accepts a mission Xena hates, they learn how quickly a middle-aged hero can slide to the level of a 10 year old.

Mirror Mine

Minya reflects on the lessons she received about the benefits and perils of hero worship during the episode A DAY IN THE LIFE.


Xena's return to life "pure" at the end of the Season Five opener FALLEN ANGEL forces her and others to grapple with personal issues beyond their mission to prevent the war gods Ares and Kal from getting their hands on the "light" chakram in the follow-up episode. This story also makes reference to the later SEEDS OF FAITH

My Dance With the Devil

Reflections based on a pivotal scene from the sixth season’s HEART OF DARKNES, with reference to events throughout the series.

My Mother's Eyes

Solan reflects on his lineage, beginning with ORPHAN OF WAR, through MATERNAL INSTINCTS and at the end of THE BITTER SUITE.

My Gift

Senticles recounts his reluctant transformation from harbinger of bad news into herald of cheer and generosity during the second season's A SOLSTICE CAROL.

No Good Deed

Our heroines process an unsettling new trend in their journeys, after Xena survives a poison dart in Season One’s THE GREATER GOOD, just before discovering the possible source at the beginning of CALLISTO.

No I'm Xena

Xena’s disappearance between Season Three’s ending episode SACRIFICE 2 and the early Season Four A FAMILY AFFAIR inspires new heroes to carry on in her image

One Woman Too Much

In her eagerness to tackle the trouble Xena hinted at a few days earlier, when they began traveling together at the end of SINS OF THE PAST, Gabrielle reminds them why they needn't look far beyond each other to find it.


This vignette delves into the minds of a warrior and peasant girl who change the course of each other’s lives during the “teaser” for SINS OF THE PAST..

Soul Food

Xena cautiously accepts an unexpected traveling companion as she prepares to journey away from SINS OF THE PAST.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Cyrene has sensitive chats with Xena and Gabrielle near the end of SINS OF THE PAST, after she’s forgiven her warrior daughter and before Gabrielle appears unbidden at Xena’s camp.

Opportunity Knocks

Early in their journeys, Gabrielle bumps into reminders of the life she left behind, as had Xena during the second episode CHARIOTS OF WAR.


WA few months after Season 2’s THE QUEST, an injured Gabrielle brings out a surprisingly different Warrior Princess.

Proud Warrioress

A master at merchandising frauds, Salmoneus discovers benefits of the real thing from his encounters with a warlord who isn't quite the 'knock-off' she seems.

Raindrops On Roses

In this third season Solstice story set immediately after ONE AGAINST AN ARMY, Xena and Gabrielle seek to reclaim some of the joy and innocence lost since their encounter with Senticles a year earlier.


Our girls explore a more traditional version of 'normal' after helping Xena's childhood friend Flora defeat a tyrant in the Season One episode THE BLACK WOLF.

Reflections: So Close, So Far

Three companion pieces that imagine 'in the moment' responses of Xena and Gabrielle to strains on their relationship as depicted in MATERNAL INSTINCTS, CRUSADER and IDES OF MARCH

Riding the Tide

On a leisurely trip home, a middle-aged Xena and Gabrielle confront reminders of their distant past, in the process acknowledging questions that might always intrigue them. This story refers to episodes from Season Six, as well as some events introduced in my post-finale stories A Fly in The Ointment and Suns of The Passed.


Early in the fourth season, Gabrielle and Xena encounter a market that leads each to wonder if the other has taken browsing a little too far.

Scrrritch Scratch

Imagines Xena and Gabrielle in their “golden years,” wondering what might be missing or worth preserving in their lives.

Everywhere One and Eternal

This sequel records from a variety of viewpoints the adventure a semi-retired Xena and Gabrielle prepared to embark on at the end of Scrrritch Scratch.

Shadow in the Sun

Shortly after Season One’s THE PATH NOT TAKEN, Xena becomes the topic of conversation in a tavern where she’s waiting for Gabrielle.

Show Me

M’Lila bears witness to events that turn Xena toward becoming the Destroyer of Nations, as revealed in the episode DESTINY.

Snow and Tell

Early in their relationship, concerned about how life at her side may change Gabrielle, Xena suggests a getaway that isn’t quite as relaxing as she’d hoped.


The spirit Tataka gets more than she bargained for when she takes possession of Gabrielle in the fourth season episode DEVI.

Some Kind of Hero

Prior to the episode that introduces her, Callisto puzzles over what to do about the warlord who “made” her and has suddenly switched to performing good deeds. The story also makes particular reference to THE RECKONING, TIES THAT BIND and THE GREATER GOOD.

Still: My Will, My Way, My Warrior

Lao Ma reminisces about experiences that led her to rescue and seek partnership with the physically and emotionally crippled young female warlord portrayed in the episodes DEBT I and II, whom Caesar helped create in DESTINY..

The Strongest Tree

In this first-season story, which takes place shortly after the episode HOOVES AND HARLOTS, Xena and Gabrielle meet two girls who help the companions deal with the recently crowned Amazon Princess new fighting skills.


Shortly after the Season One episode A FISTFUL OF DINARS, Gabrielle meets a man from Xena’s past who teaches the companions a lesson about keeping secrets from each other.

Sweet Thing

In the alternate life the Fates rewarded Xena during the early second season episode REMEMBER NOTHING, Gabrielle also gets the chance to experience life without a Warrior Princess and to change her destiny.

Ties that Blind

At the conclusion of Season One's TIES THAT BIND, Xena and Gabrielle ponder personal questions left over from their previous encounter with Ares in THE RECKONING.

Trying Fun

Xena and Gabrielle deal with 'growing pains' that surface in their relationship after THE PRICE and will later develop into the full-blown "rift" of season three.

Under Other Circumstances

Initially trying to relax and solve a mystery, Xena and Gabrielle end up discovering more than they wanted to know about the meaning of justice, sacrifice and friendship in this pre-Season Three adventure.

Until We Meet Again

A brief encounter between two young people possibly influences the destinies of a warrior and bard whose partnership changed the world.

The Molting

When Xena goes over the top to show she’s not too over the hill, Gabrielle provokes an examination of what’s important about re-creating themselves at this later stage in their lives.


Their more active years behind them, Xena and Gabrielle spend some quality time enjoying what they have and preparing for the future.

War's Surrender

Ares and Aphrodite debate the meaning of Xena’s actions in A FRIEND IN NEED.

Love's Therapy

Gabrielle and Xena seek Aphrodite’s help with a "personal" problem shortly after events depicted in my post-finale story Suns of the Passed. This could also be considered a companion piece to "War’s Surrender." It refers to several episodes, particularly PUNCH LINES, THE GOD YOU KNOW and YOU ARE THERE.

Well, Lyceus

Emotions provoked at the end of the Season One episode DEATH IN CHAINS lead Xena to reflect on what she?s lost, discovered and gained.

What She Sees

After almost winning her back near the end of Season One in TIES THAT BIND, Ares ponders why Xena continues to resist him, confident she’ll eventually accept the ridiculousness of her budding partnership with Gabrielle.

What Stories are For

Gabrielle reminisces about key scenes we didn't see in A FRIEND IN NEED. This is a companion piece to Xena’s thoughts in “What Stories Are For Too.”

What Stories are For Too

This companion piece to Gabrielle’s reflections in What Stories Are For is from Xena’s perspective, after she’s sent her soulmate away from the battlefield in Japa and prepares to face the enemy alone.

When Xena Was Callisto

When the Warrior Princess remains trapped in the body of her worst nemesis, Gabrielle must prove to herself, angry villagers and Xena that the killer on trial is actually a different person. This story offers an alternate version of what happened between the end of INTIMATE STRANGER and the beginning of TEN LITTLE WARLORDS.

When Xena Was More Than Herself

Gabrielle's wry “inside view” of what it was really like traveling with a pregnant Warrior Princess during the first half of season five.

When Xena Was Not Quite Herself

In this Season Four story, Gabrielle finds mixed results and an old enemy when she seeks help from the Amazons in dealing with a Warrior Princess who seems to be living her past and future in unexpected way.


Xena experiences life without Gabrielle, who freezes during a melee and decides to return to her home village in the first season episode THE PRODIGAL

Will You Still Love Me Yesterday

The following vignette puts a different spin on the opening scene of DEBT 1 and the ending to the Sixth Season's WHEN FATES COLLIDE.

Witch Way to Paradise

As Solstice approaches in Season Four, Xena considers unsettling parallels between the fairy tale she contributed to in IF THE SHOE FITS and Alti's vision of Gabrielle's death, which continues to haunt them in the subsequent PARADISE FOUND and India arc, culminating in IDES OF MARCH.

Worth The Pain

Xena’s obsession with Alti’s fourth-season vision of Gabrielle’s death severely tests the soulmates’ bond during CRUSADER, PAST IMPERFECT and PARADISE FOUND.

Worth The Trouble

Early in their friendship, before HOOVES AND HARLOTS, Gabrielle worries her time with Xena might be running out.

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