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Violence: There is some violence! Duh! It is a Xena story!
Subtext: It is a little Alt. Just live with it!
Language: Cuss words? You betcha!
Notes: This is my second attempt at a story!
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"Because You Loved Me," by the wonderful Trish Shields (ArdentTly).
"THUD" Scene courtesy of LJ Maas!
and I had a wonderful visit with my mother.
Then we traveled a few hours to visit Gabrielle's parents.
Well, I should say I camped outside Poteidaia while she visited.
We have been married for a year now.
My mother has been supportive of us. Gabrielle's parents? Well, lets
just say that they hate me even more. Its
just for a day, but I am just not in the mood to have daggers thrown at me, by
her parents stares.
was innocently brushing Argo; had the camp set up, fire roaring, when I got a
strange feeling. All of a sudden, the world went black.
woke up some time later, with one Tartarus of a headache, chained in a dungeon.
Giving myself a second to focus, I noticed whose dungeon this was. Tacky
statues, everything in black, oh, I smell a rat!!
I yelled, "Where are you? You son
of a bacchae!!" Oh shit, that
made my head hurt worse. I called
for him several more times... nothing. Whatever
the bastard had planned, I was sure I would find out soon enough.
I let Morpheus claim me.
was just hanging around for a bit (that gave me a chuckle), when a flash of
light burst from within the dungeon next to me, and a person was thrown to the
floor. Trying to make out the
figure in the next cell, I shrugged. It was just too dark to tell. I tried to
make it out... it was... Then, I
had that feeling that I get when the rats are around.
Just then, two more flashes occurred outside my dungeon bars.
There stood Ares and Strife.
rat!" He turned to me.
Xena, it's not nice to call the God of War a rat," he said in a hurt
am I doing here, Ares? Im so
sick of your games!"
find out soon enough, Xena." Just
as Ares was going to say more, Strife interrupted.
I tell her, Uncle?"
you cannot tell her, Strife!"
not, Uncle? Im the one that caught the great Warrior Princess and Bard."
With that said, Strife went flying across the room.
it registered, what he just said. Warrior Princess and Bard!! The person in the
next cell was Gabrielle. "Gabrielle?"
No answer! "GABRIELLE??"
I panicked! "Ares? If you
or that little twit harm her in any way, so help me..."
Xena," Ares said. "She has a
little bump on the head. She'll be
good as new in no time. And since
my nephew had to open his mouth about some of my surprise..." Ares turned
around and glared at Strife. "I
might as well just tell you all of it. You
see, we Gods get bored easily, and once a moon we pick a mortals name to
fight in a competition. If the
mortal passes the challenges, they fight against the champion and live another
day. No one has made it so far. Hopefully my new champion will fare
better." He chuckled.
my eye off the limp form in the other cell, I looked at him standing there in
front of me, all smug, and I told him: "Shove it, Ares. Im not fighting
for you or any other God just so you can get your rocks off."
Xena. I gave up on you a long time
ago. You are not fighting. Your
pretty wife is. Her name is the one
that was picked; youre just here as incentive.
Im the lucky God to have picked her.
She has great potential, trained by the Warrior Princess herself.
This sort of makes me, what word would you use Strife?"
laughing stock of all the Gods," Strife said.
Strife was flying through the air once again from one of Ares lightening bolts,
I was busy trying to figure out how to get us out of this.
Once again, I looked at my wife lying on the ground.
Oh Brie, when will they just leave us alone? I thought to myself.
I was so deep in my own thoughts that I did not feel Ares touch my face
until it was too late. I head
butted him and he went down.
a War God you are such a wimp." The
last thing I thought before I hit the wall was, "I need a vacation."
a dream I was having, being unconscious has some benefits.
I was dreaming of our first time together. Who would have guessed that a
certain bard could make the Great Warrior Princess scream so much?
How was I to know she was studying Amazon mating scrolls?
All the sweating, grunting, bedroll grabbing, and shed only just
begun!! Arghhhhh. I was getting
into my dream when something was pulling me out.
My name, she was calling my name. I woke up, groggy, to the sound of her
voice. I turned my head some to see the prettiest green eyes looking at me with
Gabrielle said. "Are you all right?"
had to smile. I was bruised,
chained to a wall in a dreary dungeon, and I had to pee really bad, and she
wanted to know if I was all right.
dandy, dear. How are you?" I
asked. I could not help being
smart; which was not a good thing with the wife, because the pretty green eyes
were now pissed. She really hates
it when Im smart with her.
you dont have to be smart about it," spat one angry bard.
As I watched my wife walk around the cell, muttering a variety of swear
words, all I could think of was: I really needed to pee.
finally calmed down. The guards
came and took care of our needs. I
could not make a move. Ares was smart. Five
guards came to unlock my chains, while two others had crossbows aimed at my
wifes heart. Without my chakram,
there was nothing I could do. I
emptied my bladder quickly, so I could get back to my wife.
This time around, I was put in my cell with only a long chain hooked to
my left ankle. They took my wife so
she could tend to things. This time
I had the two guards with the crossbows aimed at my heart.
To my shock, when she returned, I could not believe what she was wearing.
Rather, I should say, not wearing.
the Gods," I said. "What are
you wearing?" She had only
enough cloth to wrap around her chest, barely covering her breasts. She had on
breeches, cloth going around each wrist, and her hair was tied back with some
cloth. All white. Her feet were
bare. Needless to say, if she
sweats, all the known world will see what the Gods graced my wife with.
I was one very pissed off warrior.
was told to put this on. They said
if I didnt, they would shoot you. Xena,
whats going on? Why are we here?
Last thing I remember I was at home, missing you.
I was sitting with Lila listening to her ramble on about another boy she
fell for. Next thing I knew, I woke up here.
Who did this?"
could tell by the look in Gabrielle's eyes that she was very concerned.
She had every right to be. Hercules
told me one time about the challenges the Gods had on Olympus.
It made him even angrier with Zeus.
As his father explained it, "I cannot go against the other Gods
wishes." Some king of the Gods, I thought, rolling my eyes.
Now my wifes name is picked.
answer for you Xena," Ares said. "You
see Gabrielle, you are in what we call the Gods Games.
It keeps you mortals on your toes."
He said with a sickening smile, "I had the good fortune of picking your
name. Now, you will be my champion. Ah,
before you say no. You have no
choice. Fight or Xena dies."
The two men with the crossbows made their point by cocking and aiming, ready for
Gabrielle screamed. "Ill
fight! Tell me what I need to
do." The entire time Ive spent with Gabrielle, I have never seen her so
you need to do is win," the War God said.
"You will have to compete in two fights.
You must win both to get to the champion round where you will face Bula.
Shes undefeated so far. Shes
a great warrior." Hearing
Bula's name made the blood drain from my face.
Think Xena think! Then it
dawned on me.
you forget that Gabrielle is the Queen of the Amazons and Artemis' chosen?
She will not allow you to use Gabrielle like this!"
I said while grinding my teeth.
you see Xena," he said smugly. "I made sure Artemis was busy for a while.
Seems shes missing a lot of her Amazons and is having a hard time
locating them. Yep, she will be
busy for a loooooooong time. Now, back to business."
He turned towards Gabrielle. "Your
first fight will be in a candle mark. I
suggest you eat and rest up; this warrior will not be easy.
They will get harder down the road, also, IF you make it." With that
said, he laughed that awfully arrogant laugh and, with a blue flash, he was
I was pacing back and forth like a trapped animal.
My wife will not survive this. Fuck,
fuck, fuck! I bend down and with
all my might pull on the damn chain around my ankle.
It did not budge! FUCK!
I turned to look at my wife. She
knows I am afraid. I will have to
prepare her. It is the only way for
I yelled. I look away from my wife
and ask this dung, "Who is her first opponent?"
A man named Lee, he said. I
knew of Lee! I met him while I was in Chin. I smiled because his weapon of
choice is the staff, my bards choice. Something
in our favor! I turned back to my wife.
I know about your first opponent. His
name is Lee. He is a staff master,
and he is very good, but he does have some weaknesses.
I need you to listen, we only have less then a candle mark to
prepare." I walked over as far
as my chain would reach, sat down on the ground, and started to train her as
best I could. In the mean time, the
guards brought us our meal, if you can call it that. While we both tried to
choke it down, I explained about Lee.
is tall and thin, but is very fast. He
has great skill. His most popular
move is that he fakes and tries to go for your knees.
Then, when you go to block, he goes for the deathblow to the head.
What you need to do is, when he goes for your knees, block, then move to
strike at his ribs. That will make him hunch over and you can do a strike to his
back. His biggest downfall is that he is too over confident. Do you think you
can do this?" I was trying
hard not to let Gabrielle see my concern, but I cannot hide it. Gods, I hope he
hasnt changed too much over the years, for my wifes sake.
can do it Xena," she said. "Dont
be afraid, well get out of this. We
always do." Then she smiles, a
weak one. It is still enough to
melt my heart. I wished I could go over there and hug her, damn chain. She
reaches through the bars as far as she can until I am able to hold her hand.
you bard," I say, with too much emotion. "I will find a way." We sat
there the rest of the time in silence.
both looked up when the guard came into my cell. "The God of War wants you
moved," he said.
again, the guards moved around me, while two have their crossbows aimed at
Gabrielle. I looked over at my bard and I mouth, "I love you!!"
As I was being led away, I heard them in the background telling her it is
time. If this is a dream, By the
Gods let me wake up now!!
the guards lead me down the hallway, I heard the crowd, and the closer we got to
the arena, the louder they sounded. Louder and louder, cheering for blood.
It was hard for me to accept that Gabrielle could kill.
She does not take pleasure from it, unlike me.
Even now, there are times when I find it arousing, that dark side of
myself takes over. I have never
seen that with Gabrielle. She
mourns the people. I have sat and
watched her. When the battle is over, she goes to the person she had to defend
her life against, stares, and closes her eyes.
Either she is praying or trying to make sure she never forgets.
Then with tears, she helps me with the wounded.
That is why I love her so much.
finally reached the main part of the arena.
There is a cage on the side of the stone chair overlooking the arena.
I can see it all from here. With
a final shove, I was put in the damn cage.
Looking around I saw Strife, Hades, Discord, and Hephaestus, each in
their own chairs. Ares was nowhere
in sight, but I could feel him. There
were about a thousand or better spectators waiting for the show.
Xena," he said.
that voice. I turn to see him smiling. I want to do nothing more than wipe it
off his face or see how far his testicles can stretch up to his neck.
that is not a nice thing to think. You forget that I am a God; I can read your
thoughts. Sort of funny, you here
and your little wifey doing the fighting."
is nice enough to walk around my little cage while talking to me, now between
him going in circles and eating that swill of a meal, my stomach was not in the
best shape. Add the fact that my wife is fighting to the death. I gave Ares the
only reply I could at the moment. It was perfect timing. He got to the point
where he was right in front of me. Yep, spat up, right in the face of the War
God. Score one for the Warrior Princess! I stood there feeling better, while the
War God stared at me, very wide eyed.
am the GOD OF WAR," he says. Then in a flash he was gone. Ahhh, could life
get any better than this?
started to check out the place. Looking around, seeing the people place their
bets, acting like this is a day at the theater. To the right of me are the Gods,
sitting in their stone chairs. I have an overwhelming need to hit something.
Where is Joxer when you need him? I
glance down into the pit portion, where the fighters are to battle. I can see a
variety of weapons, staffs, swords, daggers, spears, maces, and clubs.
A warriors wet dream! Only, it is my nightmare today.
then I heard the announcer. First up, is Discord's fighter against Strife's.
Now, I did not know where these two Gods found these, chuckle, warriors! They
are fat, bald, have no teeth, and fewer brains. To make matters worse, both men
are in white loincloths. It is not a pretty sight. This fight is boring.
They are just basically clubbing one another. The booing from the crowd
is loud. I have more excitement
picking my battle dress out of my behind after riding Argo too long. It is
somewhat hypnotic if you stare for a while. The way their flab sort moves around
like a wave. Shaking my head, I came out of the trance just to see Discord's
champion win. I think Strife's just
died from too much movement. I watched the guards drag the dead man out.
glanced to my right to see Discord take her victory bow and say something that
Strife didnt like. Great!! Lighting bolts everywhere. I continued to watch
them pummel one another until a blue flash and Discord and Strife went flying,
while Ares appears to take his seat. Gods! I have a bad feeling about this. I
hear the announcer again.
challenge, Lee verses Ares' bard." The crowd laughs.
that made me mad, I glared over at Ares, to see him smile and wave at me. Just
as I was cursing Ares parentage, I saw the guard lead Gabrielle and Lee into
the arena. Lee was dressed in a white loincloth and matching headband.
Now the crowd was really laughing. I heard their snickers. That little
blonde is a warrior. What was worse yet, was the men were whistling and saying
obscene things to Gabrielle. Mental
note for when I get out of here: kick spectators asses!
sat in the cage, my back against the bars, feeling them press into my skin. My
eyes stayed pinned on my bard in the middle of the arena. She leaned against her
staff, in a stance that showed she didn't care. That caused a grin to spread
across my lips, because my wife knows how to play with her opponent's emotions.
Shed picked up my style of fighting, as the days had passed.
saw Lee come ambling up to Gabrielle, his staff in his right hand. He moved
directly in front of Gabrielle, lifting his staff and settling in to a battle
stance. He said something to my lover, but I was never sure just what. However,
I did see Gabrielle's reaction, shed only smirked and kept leaning against
her staff, cocky as ever.
was a bellow of a cry for the challenge to begin and I crossed my arms over my
chest. In the back of my mind, I knew who would come out on the top in this
fight. Still, what price would my bard pay, to win this challenge? That is what
tugged strongly at me. But then again...Gabrielle is very bright and very
creative with her fighting these days.
watched Lee take a swing at Gabrielle, but clearly missed because she ducked out
of the way. So, Lee tried again at
the stomach and my bard jumped back with her same grin. She was getting a feel
for what Lee's brains were fighting with. I had to question Lee, he must of been
sitting on his duff in Chin, if he's this weak with the staff now.
swung again at my bard. In a blur of motion, Gabrielle had her staff moving and
parrying each of Lee's moves. She then tried her own swing and was stopped each
time, although I clearly saw a huge grin on her lips. She was toying with Lee,
mentally just as much as physically. She was getting quite smart with her
a huge sigh, my eyes flickered over to Ares, seeing the biggest shit-eating grin
on his lips. The bastard! He knew Gabrielle's potential and that enflamed my
anger even more. If I get the chance to rip that shit grin from his lips, Ill
take it; but currently my attention is back on Gabrielle, in time to see a blow
connect to my bard's right arm.
simply jumped back and shifted her shoulder back. She twirled her staff, acting
as if it didn't affect her. I knew it did. My wife went on the attack, with all
her strength. She'd lost her grin.
managed to break the Amazon Queen's defenses and only because she lost focus.
Gabrielle soon found a staff in her stomach and it sent me standing in the cage,
my hands curling tightly around the bars. My eyes narrowed at Lee's back and I
only wished I had my chakram to hurl at his head. However, my bard recovered
quickly and spun her staff again to give her time to collect herself. I saw my
partner take a deep breath and I knew she was planning something. Gabrielle
followed through with her plan by taking another step back, while giving a
fearful look, but her eyes told a different story, they were lit with danger.
must have been grinning, for he took a menacing step towards my lover, his staff
up. He swung at Gabrielle and she reacted by jumping back in false fear. The
crowd roared with laughter at my partner. I only smirked because I knew her
Amazon Queen took another step in reverse and soon found her back against the
wall of the arena.
yelled and charged with a fast attack, but ended up with a hurting stomach.
simply drove him back with two strong blows to the stomach. I almost laughed,
seeing my wife's actions. She was good, very good, but what was even better, was
when she came running towards Lee and planted the butt end of her staff in the
ground. I soon saw her lifting herself and sending a direct kick to Lee's chest.
went flying to his back, his staff hardly in his grasp. I wanted to shout to
Gabrielle to tell her to take it from him, but I knew she'd never hear me over
the cheering of the crowd.
bard was now walking away from Lee with her staff still up. She stepped back and
came into the center of the arena again. However, her back was facing me now.
stood up with an angry look and faced his enemy again. He spun his staff and
stepped up near Gabrielle. He yelled out something, spitting blood to the sandy
ground. I couldn't hear my lover's response, but it did piss Lee off. He came
charging at Gabrielle with a raised staff and narrowed eyes.
squatted down and slid my hands down the bar, while watching Lee charge
Gabrielle, but his attempt was in vain. My wife simply stepped out of the way
and planted her staff off to her side. Her enemy never saw it and went tripping
over it. Lee went skidding to the ground on his face. I chuckled while shaking
my head. "Lee...you lost your touch."
glanced over to my right, to see Ares with his shit grin. It lit up his eyes as
well. "Luckily, for your sake Ares." I said his name in anger.
do you figure, Xena?" He gave an innocent look.
eyes narrowed and I replied with, "If she gets killed Ares...it'll be your
death as well." I paused for effect. "No matter the godhood."
seemed to have an effect on Ares because his eyes went to slits and he turned
his head away. I gazed over to Gabrielle to see her still fighting Lee.
was now down to his bare hands. My wife easily put distance between him and his
staff. Between the warrior and his staff, was the Amazon Queen.
lover gave a huge smirk to Lee. She listened to something the man said and
answered with laughter. Gabrielle went on attack against Lee, easily taking him
down. This left me sitting in the cage with a content sigh and a smug look.
She'd learned from the best and the best only leaves their enemies begging for
their life. That was exactly what Lee was doing by the end. Gabrielle simply
left him with her mercy; she always left people with mercy.
crowd was not happy. They wanted death. Gabrielle just walked away. The bad
thing was that she turned her back on Lee to look up towards me. By the time I
noticed the glimmer of metal, he was charging. Gabrielle must have seen the fear
in my face! Before I could utter the words, "WATCH OUT!" Gabrielle
swung around with all her might and struck a deadly blow to his temple. He went
down hard and the crowd went wild, as I felt my wife's heart break. She turned
back to me. I could see the sorrow in her eyes.
announcer declared: Ares' Bard, the victor.
watched the guards lead her away, my heart breaking along with hers. Then I
turned to see that bastard of a War God wave to the crowd. Oh, when I get a hold
start to pace in my cage. I hope they give me some time with her before the next
match. She will be going against Discord's warrior. The man had height, tons of
weight, and strength. He is slow
though, no skill. He just stands there and clubs.
he says as I shudder. "Didn't my little bard do well?" I rushed to
cage just trying to get a hold of his throat.
temper, temper Xena." He said with that damn shit grin. "You know Xena
all this time I wasted on you, when I could of focused on her."
The look in his eyes was one of lust. I closed my eyes tight, balled my fists up
while he kept talking and tormenting me. I was thinking: testicles to neck,
testicles to neck. I keep chanting that over and over until I noticed he stopped
open my eyes to see him standing there in front of me, looking pale.
turn to have the shit grin! "You were saying Ares?" I have a huge
smile now. Ha, take that War God!!
yeah," clearing his throat. "Her next opponent is Discord's warrior.
Duncan is not much of a warrior. He can club well."
cross my eyes on that comment.
do you think the little bard will do with this one?" He says while stroking
is smart, shell use her head with this match." I say trying to sound
want to see my wife. She will need my help." Okay, I was scared, but I
wasn't going to let him know I was.
you know I cant have my champion distracted before a fight." He gave me
thing that came to my mind was prick. Boy did that smirk fade fast.
Xena, the little wife will have to go this one alone." He said sternly and
he was getting bitchy in his old age.
I sat, defeated, in my cell I couldnt help but wonder what she was going
through. Knowing her, she had a good cry, tried to loosen her sore muscles, and
was scared out of her mind. I was, of course, stuck here. ARGH!
a half of candlemark went by when I heard the announcer say the match would
start soon. My heart was racing. I needed to calm myself. Gabrielle is smart.
She can do this. She has handled many men and women who where bigger then she
was. Yeah warrior, keep telling yourself that, maybe you will believe it.
is so damn frustrating! I stand up and start to pace again, when I hear the
announcer call for the fighters to come out.
Discord's Duncan verses Ares' Bard. I move to the front of the cell and
grip the bars.
I have to admit. It looked too funny to see the tiny little woman, and then look
over to see this wall of flesh that is supposed to be a man. The crowd was
laughing so loud at this. Glancing over to Ares, he looked a little embarrassed.
Asshole! I turned back to my wife, she and Duncan moved forward for battle. The
guards hand the choice of weapon. A club!! Just great! I banged my head against
Gabrielle took hold of the weapon, and then turned and glanced up to me, looking
at me like, what am I supposed to do with
this? I cannot hear a damn
thing. I wished this crowd would shut up. Before I could mouth anything to her,
Duncan started to speak. I couldnt make out all the words, but I swear to you
that I saw the hackles rising on one pissed off little bard. Oh boy, he was in
for a hurting.
what happened next baffled me like the rest. Gabrielle said something to make
him laugh then she tossed the club away and just stood there. Now I was
screaming at the top of my lungs. "Gabrielle, have you lost your
mind?" Her back still to me, the crowd is going nuts. All I could do was
clutch the bars tighter and hope she knew what in Tartarus she was doing. I sure
as Hades didn't! I was too involved in what was going on to notice Ares coming
towards me. He looked more confused than me!
does she think shes doing?" he asked, in a perturbed voice. "She
better not make a fool out of me." He said briefly and turned to walk back
to his chair.
did manage to get out. "Too late, you were born that way." That time I
did manage to duck out of the path of the lighting bolt, the guard behind me not
fairing as well. I looked over at
Ares and did the only adult thing I could do. I stuck my tongue out at him.
heard the announcer call for the match to begin. I look down and Gabrielle was
still standing there, without her weapon. She had better know what she is doing
or shell be eating my cooking for a week.
started to circle. They seemed to
be talking to each other. The crowd did not like this. The booing was very loud.
I was trying to read their lips. With
them circling like that I only got bits and pieces.
said something about making her into a woman. I rolled my eyes, yeah a flat one.
she was facing me. She said something about an awfully large shelf for such a
small tool. Chuckle! Oho, that made him mad. He took a swing at her, but she
all my life as a warrior, I have never ever seen the likes of what happened
next. The crowd was quiet for a minute, just from the shock. Gabrielle, my wife,
bard and soul mate, turned her back towards him still looking at him from the
side and shaking her ass at the man, and from what I saw by reading her lips
was, Nah, nah, you can't catch me tubby.
is yelling at the top of his lungs at Gabrielle, but it doesn't seem to faze
her. She has something up her sleeve. Now the blubbery man was swinging his club
at her, trying to catch her, saying something like, " I will kill you
I picked my chin up off the floor, I have to laugh. Here was this heavy man
chasing this little woman. Duncan raises his club several times above his head
as he is chasing her and each time he brings it down, he misses his target. This
goes on for several minutes. I shake my head; Im seeing a different side of
the big man continues in his attack, I can see him progressively slowing his
pace. When I look at Gabrielle, I see a broad grin spread across her face. This
is what I get when I under estimate her. I look at poor Duncan, the way his legs
rubbed together, and I was surprised they hadnt caught fire. I looked up to
notice that almost everyone, including the Gods, were all slack-jawed. I focused
again on the fight. After about ten laps around the area, my wife was smiling,
and Duncan was clutching his chest and breathing heavily.
turned to see Duncan leaning against the wall, his club on the ground, breathing
very hard. She had a huge smile on her face. She picked her club up and walked
over to him. He tried to punch her but, she just moved out of the way. I saw
blazing green eyes. Oh ho, he is toast!
says, "rape this," flips him off, and brings the club between his legs with
all her might.
the crowd, and I say in sympathy. Yes, the eggs in that basket are now broken. I
never heard a man hit such a high note. Well he can always start a new career as
an Opera singer. Gabrielle threw the club down and the man attempted to crawl
into the fetal position. She looks up to me as the announcer, in a cracking
voice, tells everyone that Ares' Bard is the winner. The crowd, Gods and all,
were dead silent. She looked up at me, as she was led away, fire in those eyes.
shiver. If we survive this, with the battle lust she has, I will not be able to
walk for a week. I lick my lips on that thought.
of the silence, I hear Ares laughing in the background. Soon the crowd joins in.
Discord is not a happy God. The laughter was halted by a screaming Discord.
failed me you worthless piece of dung!"
she sent a lighting bolt at Duncan, who is still in the fetal position on the
ground. He was turned into powder in a matter of seconds. Ares starts to laugh
again and so does the crowd. Now I know Discord will not challenge Ares, so she
does the next best thing and send Strife flying through the air. She turns and
walks off in a huff towards me. I could not help the smile I had on my face.
Gabrielle shocked me like she did everyone else. Discord did not like my smile.
it up warrior. Lets see how the little blonde does against Bula. My bet is she
will be dead in a matter of seconds." She stands there taunting me.
better hope not Discord, because as my history has shown, you dont want to
make me angry! If something happens to me wife, everyone here, including Gods,
will lay dead at my feet." I growled at her, gripping the bars of the cell
steps closer to me in challenge. "Funny, being threatened by someone in a
cell." She growls back, stepping even closer.
more time passes in my life, I am learning that more than half the Gods are not
have something to tell you Discord?" I say with a smile.
then folds her arms in front of herself and steps even closer. "Whats
that Warrior Princess?" she asks mockingly
have long arms stupid." With that said, I got a perfect punch to her jaw
sending her flying into the pit. Then something registers to my brain, ah yes
pain! Ouch! I stand there shaking my hand hoping it is only bruised and not
broken. I feel Ares come towards me; I turn to look, holding my hand.
has a huge smile and is still chuckling. His smile fades and he says without
turning around, "Dont even think about it Discord." He turns with a
bolt ready in his hand. She was ready to turn me into toast. "Go have your
tantrum, be calm for the next fight! You lost fair and square so deal with
it." He said strictly.
left in a huff of light and he turned back to me. "That was some stunt the
wife played, the next match she wont be so cocky." He said with a cold
will have the guards escort you back to the dungeon so you can counsel her. I
know youve had run ins with Bula, so you can teach the bard some moves. No
funny business Xena, or youll both end up dead, and Ill make sure you
watch her die first." Then he walks over to the guard, whispers something,
and is gone before I have a chance to blink.
guards approach me. One unlocks the cell, while two hold swords on me, as
another has a crossbow pointed at my heart. Nice to be popular!!
I am walking back to the dungeon, I am thinking how to tell Gabrielle about my
past with Bula. I cannot tell her the whole truth; its too painful for even
me to remember. I need to just be with my wife, to tell her how much she means
to me. I have an aching in my heart that she will not make it. No, No! She will!
I wipe the tears from my eyes as we near the dungeon door. I walk in to see her
pacing the floor.
stops and looks at me. I thought for sure that Ares would chain me in the cell
next to her again, but to my surprise, they open her cell and push me in. She
runs right into my arms and I hold her tight to me. Gods, it is the best
feeling. I feel the wetness on my neck and she is shaking. I pull her tighter to
me and try to comfort her. After a few minutes, the shaking lessens and she is
we dont have much time. My--"
was stopped in mid sentence by a kiss that made me turn into jelly. Mmmm, I do
not want this to stop. A tapping sound on the bars brought me back.
are to train, not kiss," The guard said, and then walks away.
growl, but he is right. Her lips try to take mine again, but I stop her.
"Gabrielle we need to talk." I move her back with my hands on
her shoulders. "There is nothing more I would rather do than to kiss and
hold you, but we need to talk about Bula, shes your next opponent."
looks at me, and can tell that Im scared. She raises her hand up and gently
caresses my cheek. I try to stop it, but a tear slides down my face. She wipes
love you Xena," she said to me in a calm manner. "We have been through
so much in our time together. This is just another test that well come
through standing tall, so no sadness. Tell me what I need to do."
am older. I am a warrior. I have seen so much destruction and terror that it
would make the hardest of men fall to their knees. My heart and my soul are in
sit here holding this woman in total awe. Many believe that I am the strong one.
They are so wrong.
spend the time talking and I try to coach her as much as I can. If I tell her my
true past with Bula, Gabrielle would not be able to think. Just thinking of her
and my past is too much for my heart to handle. Now the person I love more then
life is going against that evil bitch.
makes Callisto look like a Hestian Virgin. I try to explain to Gabrielle that
she must take this fight very seriously; Bula is very smart, with a short fuse.
I sigh heavily.
can we just spend this time together." She looks at me. She is so tired.
I tell her. "Why don't you put your head in my lap and try to rest," I
say as I stroke her hair. "How are you feeling? How's the shoulder?" I take
a peek at her should to see a bruise forming.
fine Xe, just tired," she says as she lays her head in my lap.
stroke her hair praying to whoever will listen not to take her from me. All we
want is to have a life. Is that too much to ask for? Then she grabs my hand and
gives it a kiss.
will make it through this Xena. I will be moody probably bloody and all banged
up, but nothing a little of your loving care wont take care of. So just hold
me and relax." She said peacefully. I smile at this.
know how to make me smile, my bard." I get a smile from her at that.
not good with words like you are." Gee, thats an understatement, I
think, rolling my eyes. "While I was waiting for your next fight, I sort of
came up with this poem. Its not as good as something you would write,
but..." I am stuttering like a fool. I feel her shift in my lap. She is now
lying on her back looking at me.
would you just tell me." She says, a little short, but I will let it slide.
I had to chuckle.
here goes." I caress her face and look her right in the eyes.
all those times when I was alone
lost, needing to atone
were there right from the start
tightly to my heart
I didn't know it then
need that closeness once again
all the things I know you are
are my life, you are my bard
you loved me.
there and being strong
that we both belonged
what you knew was right
giving up the fight
you could trust in me
was you love that set me free
the love, that fills my heart
swear that we shall never part
you loved me.
both have tears in our eyes, she sits up, and we hold each other tight.
She pulls back and gives me another wonderful toe curling kiss.
know warrior, you are turning into a real mush ball."
She has such love in those eyes. Before I could answer the smart-ass
bard, she gives me another kiss. Gods!! Is it getting hot in here???
my leathers were getting tighter on my body, the guard taps the bars again.
Before he utters a word, I say while grinding my teeth. "If you do that one
more time, you will be wearing my Chakram up your ass!!!"
guard knew I was serious and I watched him back away.
is almost time for the fight to begin." He said, while a yellow streak went
down the front of his pant leg.
when it is time you come for us, other wise FUCK OFF!" I feel Gabrielle
touch my cheek. I look down to her. In the background, I hear the guard walk
know what warrior?" She said, sitting in my lap facing me and wrapping her
legs around me. She bends her head and puts her lips to my ear nipping it
that?" I managed to squeak out.
should save your strength my love, because after all this is over," she
emphasized by sucking on my ear, "this little bard will want to play ride
the warrior for hours." She gave me a little bite there.
Gods!!" Very hot, very hot warrior here.
I need my energy now." She gives me a peck on my cheek, stands up, and
starts to stretch. I stand quickly and give her a swat on the butt.
I say, still very flushed. She chuckles at me and starts to stretch more. In
that outfit! I growl and start for her when I hear Ares.
Son of a Bacchae!!!
sent you to help my champion out, not to get laid." There's that damn smile
again. I pull Gabrielle to me. Press her back to my chest tightly as Ares walks
through the bars to us. He steps closer looking Gabrielle up and down, smiling.
I place my arm around her waist as a signal to him; MINE!
you happy to see me Gabrielle or just cold?"
He is staring at her chest.
fly out from behind her and am met by a lightning bolt, sending me into the
is by my side helping my to sit up.
push me Xena, its time for the match."
Then he was gone in a blue flash.
helps me to stand up and stays there until I get my balance. Gods, I am getting
too old for this. I move my neck around to crack the vertebrae back into place,
when the guards open the cell. I turn to her and pull her to me, kissing the top
of her head.
love you, you better win this, because I cant go on without you." My
voice is shaky, but this time I hold the tears.
love you, too, and I am not going anywhere warrior, youre stuck with
me." She pulls back to look at me, stands up on her tiptoes, and kisses me.
By the time she pulls away, the guards are in position to take me back to the
cage in the arena. One last kiss and I go with them. I try to keep my eyes on
her as long as I can. When she is out of sight, I hear her yell.
youre stuck with me."
I walk through the door to the arena muttering, "smart ass bard."
I swear I hear her chuckling.
my head and rubbing my nose, we finally step out, and I hear the roar of the
crowd. Once I am placed in my cage, I feel that I can panic now. I pace around
until I hear the announcer say that the fight will begin. Hades undefeated
champion Bula, the crowd goes wild with that, verses Ares Bard. Theres the
laughter. Gabrielle will never get a break.
move to the front of the cage and grip the bars tight. I have to keep telling
myself to breathe, and then I see her. All my nightmares come back. I am
shaking. I was young, so young.
steps out to the roar of the crowd. Raising her arms in the air, wanting more
cheers. She turns and notices me. She smiles and my heart stops. She is about my
height, slender with muscles. Her brown hair and very dark eyes stand out with
the outfit she is wearing. Guess the Gods pick white for an effect, makes the
blood show up better.
and I grew up together; we sort of had a hate/hate relationship. Anything I did,
she had to do better, or try to. We were the only tall girls in our village.
Now, all my nightmares from Amphipolis and the Cortese attack came flooding back
all at once. This is one story not
even the Gods themselves know. I have spent all my life trying hard to forget
it. Now it is staring me right in the face.
blows me a kiss and turns to wait for Gabrielle to appear. I am not sweating and
shaking very hard. People do not think I am human, or at least they do not treat
me like I am. I hate to break it to everyone, I am. Behind this cold, heartless
bitch exterior, lays a woman with feelings. I feel like I am sixteen all over
was a time where I was an innocent girl, full of hopes and dreams. My biggest
worry was not letting my mother find out what kind of trouble I got into that
day. Fishing with Lyceus is what I spent most of my day at. It all came crashing
down in a blink of an eye. Even then, I had a tiny bit of light. Once I met
Caesar, my soul died.
this loud mouth, beautiful, blonde, green eyed, with one hell of a temper woman,
came into my life and gave me back something I thought was gone for sure. My
soul. I look down to see Gabrielle
appear. My light. She looks up to give me a brief smile. Gods!!!
notices the smile and turns to me, then back to Gabrielle. Breathe, Xena,
breathe. Gabrielle moves into place. If I remember right, Bula's choice of
weapon was always the spear. I watch as she walks around looking at the weapons.
She looks over at Gabrielle, then turns to look at me. She smirks, and then
waves her hand to say she chooses no weapon. The crowd goes wild. She walks back
to her spot. It is Gabrielle's turn to choose. Is it too much to pray for a
catapult to be handy? Come on, my bard.
bard chooses nothing. Smacking my head into the bars cursing up a storm, I look
back down as they start to circle. The crowd is going wild, and my heart is
pounding in my chest so loud, it sounds like it is coming through my ears.
they circle, they are talking. When I get a glimpse of Gabrielle's face, I see
that she is upset. Bula is just smirking at her.
does a quick punch to Gabrielle's face and her head snaps back from the force.
Then she does a roundhouse kick to the right side of Gabrielle's head. My bard
goes down hard. If I clench the bars any tighter, my hands will go through them.
The crowd is going wild, with Bula, prancing around enjoying the cheers.
watch as Gabrielle tries to get up on all fours, she is very wobbly but makes
it. She shakes her head and spits on the ground. It is bloody. She looks up and
has blood running out of her nose and there is a small cut on the right side of
her head above her eyebrow.
can tell she is still dazed, but being the stubborn bard she is, she sits up
still kneeling with a smile on her face. She wipes the blood from her face with
one of the cloths that are around her wrists.
turns towards Gabrielle, grabs her by the hair, and whispers something to her.
Whatever she said made Gabrielle's eyes wide and she looks up to me in dismay.
All I can do is hold on to these damn bars and growl. Then Bula brings a knee to
her face and she is down once more trying to crawl away, the crowd cheering
loudly. Then everything freezes in
I turn to see Ares approach me. "You had relations with that woman? Why
didn't you prepare Gabrielle for that?"
is a little mad at me right now. I have no words to tell him. I do not even move
my eyes from Gabrielle. Ares then faces me and grabs both my hands that are
wrapped around the bars. He begins to talk again through gritted teeth.
words she speaks to Gabrielle are killing her! She cant concentrate." We
are looking eye to eye. "What? Was it your warriors pride that you
couldnt tell your wife the truth? Didnt you want the wife to know how much
of a slut you were?"
that did it. I pull one of my hands free from his grasp; grab a hand full of War
God hair, and slam is head as hard as I can into the bars. I did not let him go,
I kept his head to the bars and growled at him.
listen to me you self centered bastard! I did not sleep with her! She raped me!
I was sixteen!" My voice was cracking from way too much emotion. The War
Gods mouth went open. "It was a day before Cortese attack my village. She
was Corteses lover and my greatest rival. They caught me while I was working
in the fields. I woke up tied to a post and at her mercy." I am shaking. I
guess Ares must be in shock, because all he can do it look at me. See, told you
I was human at one time.
when I heard about his plans to attack Amphipolis." A tear rolled down my
cheek. "If it wasn't for Lyceus she would have killed me. Thats why
Cortese killed him, because he saved me you bastard!" With that statement,
I let Ares go, falling back onto my knees, crying.
Lyceus saved me, I did not have time to think about my attack, my first
experience. I had to save my people. We didnt have time to really plan for
the attack, thats why we lost so many. I lost my best friend and hero, Lyceus.
After all of that, I was numb and just did everything I could, not to remember.
Thats when the Warrior Princess was born and most of my soul died.
could you keep this from the Gods?" His voice was full of amazement.
looked up through teary eyes. "I have many skills." I say with a very
is just looking at me oddly. "You could of told me before--"
interrupted him there.
what you jackass?" I scrambled to my feet and walked towards him. I poked
him in the chest. "Before you
kidnapped me, then my wife?" I poked him again. "Make her your
champion against her will?" Double poke.
He backs away rubbing his chest.
I shout, inside my head.
looks at me and snarls. "Lets see how smart you get when she rips your
wife apart!" Then he was gone.
The cheering of the crowd brings me back. I look down to see Gabrielle crawling
away trying to get some distance so she can regroup.
looks up to me again. She lifts her arms in the air to silence the crowd. Once
they are fairly quiet, she walks toward me looking up. She is very cocky; she
doesnt feel threatened by Gabrielle at all. Big mistake...huge mistake!
Bula gets closer, I look to see Gabrielle trying to get her head straight. Then
I hear Bula speak.
I want to vomit. I glance to Gabrielle, that statement brought her head up fast.
She looks at both of us, in shock.
been a long time. How is Cyrene doing?"
look at her with an expression of pure disgust. "Fuck you! You, she beast
from Tartarus!" I spit at the ground and she just laughs.
thats not a nice way to speak to an old friend." She looks at me with
those dark eyes of death. "I haven't seen you since poor Lyceus was stuck
with an arrow." I went insane when she said that. I gripped the bars and
bitch! You killed him! You and that bastard killed him." I can feel the
darkness within me struggling to come out. My rage. Just when it is about to
consume me, my light fills my vision. I glance to see Gabrielle stand. She is
looking up at me with tears. I fall down to me knees again and weep, still
holding the bars. Gods, I am getting pathetic!
this is your little bard from Poteidaia?" She half turns to point at
our family, a few close friends, and the Gods know that she and I are joined.
The rest of the world knows us as the Warrior Princess and her Bard. Bula looks
over to the Gods.
mock me by this so called challenge." She snarls at them, and then turns
her attention back to me. Cocky bitch.
see that your little friend doesnt know the truth."
all this talking the crowd is getting restless for some action. One spectator
was foolish enough to boo. Bula walks over to the weapons and grabs a dagger.
then throws the dagger and it embeds itself perfectly in the spectators
heart. Lets just say, after that, you could hear a fly fart in that arena.
She half turns again so she can converse with Gabrielle and I. She focuses on
bard balls up her hands into a fist and nods. Please do not let her find out
want to tell you a story. I am no bard like yourself, but this will hold your
interest." She says smugly.
see I grew up in Amphipolis, also. I knew Xena since we were children. Hated her
from the first moment I laid eyes on her." Bula turns fully to Gabrielle
and circles her.
and I competed at everything, she was always better." She glances at me
raises her eyes towards me and I mouth, "I'm
so sorry," and I let the tears flow. We keep eye contact as Bula continues
to circle and speak.
one day, when we were sixteen summers old, I was able to get my revenge."
caused Gabrielle pull her eyes from mine to watching Bula. My bard is clenching
her fists tighter.
was being courted by a man named Cortese. He was a great warlord, had such great
plans to take over many towns. One was my home town."
She stops circling and leans toward one of Gabrielle's ears.
"Amphipolis!" Still standing at Gabrielles side, Bula looks up at
told Cortese I would help him, on one condition, that I could have Xena."
and I make eye contact again, now we both have tears in our eyes. Some warrior I
am, stuck in a cage on my knees, balling like a baby. If it werent so
heartbreaking, I would laugh at myself. Bula's
words are sinking in. Gabrielle's chin is quivering, those pretty green eyes
full of tears. Bula begins to speak again.
granted me my condition. We waited until Xena went into the field to work. She
was captured before she knew it. Back then, her skills werent as good as they
are now." Bula circles Gabrielle once more.
had her tied up before she came to. I taught Xena who was better, over and over
until I was too tired to continue."
looked up at me and I dropped my head in shame. She starts to laugh. I can hear
Gabrielle weeping now.
want to know what else sweet bard? Lyceus, the bastard, freed my prize, so I got
even by putting an arrow in his heart!"
I had a chance to look up, I heard the most gut wrenching scream come from
Gabrielle. Bula stood back in
amusement, but this was no joke. I have never seen Gabrielle with such a look of
pure rage, in all this time we have been together. She lets out a few more good
yells then takes a deep breath and brings her fist up to her eyes. She pulls her
fists away and looks right at Bula.
have something to tell you." She says to Bula with a very shaky voice but
an eerily calm tone. Bula stood there with her arms across her chest, as
Gabrielle slowly walked up to her, my bards chest heaving.
she backhands Bula across the face, but she didnt stop there. Gabrielle was a
blur of punching kicking, head butting fury, to a very stunned Bula. Bula
didnt have a chance to even breathe. One last kick to the face and the
undefeated champion was on the ground. What happened next, terrified me.
Gabrielle went to the weapons rack and grabbed a sword, and then she turned to
stand over the dazed Bula. The crowd is still too scared to make a sound.
dont have the guts," Bula says, still a cocky bitch.
wrong Gabrielle? Cant get the picture out of your mind of me taking Xena,
over and over while shes screaming no?"
hesitates too long and Bula throws a handful of sand in her eyes. She smacks the
sword from Gabrielle's hand and kicks her in the stomach to send her backwards,
hunched over and gasping for air. I taught Gabrielle that if you get sand or
dirt in you eyes, cry...do not rub. Rubbing only makes it worse.
gets up and kicks her in the stomach again, sending Gabrielle into the weapons
rack. Oh Gods, Gabrielle is not moving. I start to yell her name when Bula steps
in my line of sight.
little whore you have here, Xena. Never figured you for the marrying type."
watch as she bends over my wife.
touch her, you die!" I grit my teeth and glare at her.
stands and grins at me. She moves toward me with Gabrielle behind her.
I can have some fun with her huh? Just like I did with you," she taunts me.
"Bet I can make her scream more then you ever did."
she and I were so busy threatening each other that neither of us noticed
Gabrielle move. I was so wrapped up in my hatred of this woman that I
underestimated Gabrielle once again. Damn this will be another thing to make up
for to the wife. What happened next, took us both by surprise. The crowd was
still too scared to make a peep
receives a tap on the shoulder; she turns her head right into one hard swinging,
bard fist to the jaw. Bula goes down like a sack of dried fruit.
Standing was one bloody faced, pissed off bard with a sword.
Once again, I stand in my little cage with my chin to the floor in shock,
dark green blazing eyes boring holes through the fallen bitch.
is laying on her back as Gabrielle step forward.
I dont know if it was her cockiness or just sheer fear, Bula didnt
move, as Gabrielle stood above her, with the sword ready.
Bula looks at her and has the nerve to utter Mercy.
Anyone who knows Gabrielle and the kind of person she is, well, that hit
her right in the heart.
starts to shake with her eyes welling up with tears.
She takes a step back, her chest starts to heave up and down hard, and
she looks up to me. Well needless
to say, I start tearing up also.
after all she has been through, she still makes me smile. She mouths, "Mushball."
break out into a crying giggle. She
drops her gaze from me to Bula, takes a deep breath and turns.
am yelling, "NOOOOOO!"
hear Gabrielle speak.
you show Xena mercy? Lyceus? Or any other victim of yours over the years?"
Gabrielle still has the sword in her hands with her back to us.
takes this opportunity to reach for a dagger that fell when the bard went
sailing into the weapons rack. She
stands and smiles, figuring weakness. She
is very wrong. Many have fallen to
my bard because in their arrogance, they mistook her compassion for life, as a
sign of weakness. Fools! I was one
of them at one time. Now I see her
as the strongest person I have ever met, it just took me a long time to see it.
knew you were weak!" Then she
charges Gabrielle with the dagger ready to kill.
am livid now! I am screaming as
loud as I can. Gabrielle turns around and buries the sword in Bula's gut, all
the way through, until it can be seen coming out her back. Bula drops the
dagger, as blood pours from her mouth. Gabrielles chin began to tremble as
she stands, holding the sword.
hear her say, "This is for Xena, my wife."
She lifts the sword up higher in Bula.
"This is for Lyceus," raising the weapon even higher.
Bula is screaming as my wife slices through her. "This is for all of
your victims!" One last jerk
of the sword, and Bula lets out one final scream, and falls to the ground.
stands there for a moment sword in hand covered in blood.
She looks up to me, opens her trembling mouth, but cannot make the words.
She falls to her knees and weeps. The
crowd just sits quietly. Some are
crying with her. The announcer
declares Ares Bard the victor and new champion.
the smug bastard, stands, wanting cheers from the crowd.
They comply with his wishes, with roaring applause. Gabrielle is still
kneeling and rocking herself, weeping. All
I want to do is hold my wife. I am alarmed to see a sudden flash next to her; it
is Aphrodite. Wonderful! Another
friggin God! I cant hear a
damn thing over the crowd.
lifts her head up and they talk. Aphrodite
says something, then bends and touches Gabrielle, making her glow.
I watch as the glimmering fades. She is healed, but is looking at
herself, checking to make sure all her stuff is in place.
With Aphrodite's powers, you just never know what will happen.
I turn to see Ares glaring at her. The
crowd quiets down, so we can hear. "What do you think youre doing, this
is none of your concern," he growls.
the brick out of your butt big brother, I just saved your pitiful, War God,
ass." Then she folds her arms
in front of her in an, I am not impressed
Artie find her little Queeny, looking like a wagon rolled over her, you are so
dead." She disappears from the
pit area and appears next to Ares.
and Ares? Artie found her Amazons
in Apollo's temple. She mentioned
something about seeing if she can fit a staff up your ass," she said with a
Ares did was roll his eyes. Strife and Discord started to laugh and went flying
through the arena. The other two just cleared their throats and left in Godly
flashes. Aphrodite then turns, and
walks toward me.
warrior babe, bars just do not suit you."
She snaps her fingers and the cage opens. "Go to the little wifey.
Shes like, really bummed."
step out, saying thank you to her, and flip down into the pit.
We flew into one anothers arms and held tight. I started to cry,
telling her that I was sorry, only to have her silence me with a finger on my
its all right, Xena," she says to calm me. "We have plenty time to
talk about this when youre ready. Just
know that I love you and we will work through it."
Then she kisses me.
dont know how she does it. She
manages to make me fall more in love with her everyday.
Were so busy talking and comforting one another, that we missed
Artemis arriving with Zeus.
you slimy slug of a God." Ares
goes flying through the air, into the wall. Ohhh, she is pissed.
"How dare you touch my Amazons?"
He goes flying again and lands in the pit.
appears in front of him and picks him up by the front of his vest. "You
even have the balls to touch my Chosen, my Queen!"
She pulls back her arm ready to deck his wimpy ass and I stop her.
smiles and says, "By all means."
hands him to me. I deck him, hard, and he goes flying.
The crowd applauded. I
quickly move toward him. "Hey, Ares, remember what I wanted to do with your
testicles?" I smile and continue
to walk in his direction, "Lets see if those babies can stretch."
turns pale, squeals like a little girl, and disappears in a blue flash.
Damn! I never get to have
any fun. I turn back to my wife and
Artemis, who are laughing and applauding. I
am polite, if nothing else. I bow to them.
wrap my arm around my wife, and ask Artemis if she can get us the Tartarus out
of here. She said we could have the
use of her main temple, where we could relax and have the necessary time to heal
some of our emotional wounds. She
also informed us that Ares went too far, and with Zeus' permission, these Godly
Games would be put to an end. We
gave her our thanks and were in the temple in a Godly flash.
look down at my wife, an expression of love and devotion fixed on my face, but I
notice an all too familiar gleam in her eye. No, it is more than a gleam. It is
an all out, I cant wait to get you naked, somewhat brazen look. "Oh,
Gods," I think, as I feel a sharp jolt of desire land directly between my
legs. Now I have to deal with one battle lust-ridden bard. A big smile forms on
my lips, with that thought. Hmmm, a win/win situation if ever I saw one. I
grinned down at her, in unspoken acknowledgment of her desire. I silently agree
with her undeclared request and my smile grows larger.
you handle this, Xena? Will it bother you?" Gabrielle rasped, in a throat
already husky with passion.
yea, I thought, having my beautiful wife, who just happens to be insane with
desire, ravish me about eighty different ways...yea, I can see how that might
bother me. Then again, could I handle it? That was another story altogether.
However, I am the Warrior Princess.
Never let it be said that I didnt give my all for the greater good...and I
could just tell, this was going to be great and
opened my mouth to speak, just as Gabrielle looked my body up and down, licking
her lips in anticipation. Oh, Gods...I could be in trouble here, huh? I
possessed a sudden inability to speak.
Gabrielle stood there, straining at the proverbial bit, waiting for an answer.
swallowed hard. I could do no more than nod.
must have had Aphrodite in to decorate for us, because Gabrielle was suddenly
pulling me toward a huge sunken tub, the steam, and the scent of lilacs rising
into the air around us. I looked to my right and there was the largest, softest
bed I have ever seen. Oh yea, I can see where this could be quite bothersome.
was deep in the throes of a very intense form of battle lust, but I had to hand
it to her, she was tense and in control. Me? I would have been bending her over
the table, fucking her like crazy by now, but not my bard. She only spoke in
monosyllabic words, but she was definitely in control.
pushed me back into the table and dropped to her knees.
She ordered and I felt my breeches pulled from my raised hips.
spread my legs, thinking we were finally getting to the good part. She bent down
to quickly remove my boots, and then rose up again, simply smirking at my
obvious look of disappointment. She removed every piece of my armor, and then
reached around me to loosen the laces of my leathers. She was going so slow it
was driving me crazy; this woman had obviously not experienced enough battle
lust! I mean, shouldnt she be taking me now or something?! By the Gods, she
was even carefully folding everything up and placing it in a pile on the table.
the time Gabrielle was finally removing my leathers, I was feeling rather warm.
The light sheen of sweat that began to form on my body caused my shift to stick
to my skin, the leathers adhering to the cotton. My bard had to literally, peel
the leathers off me. Of course, this meant her hands slid down my skin in a most
delicious manner, so I wasnt about to complain...much. I still felt Gabrielle
was moving way too slow to satisfy me, so once she moved to place my leathers on
the growing pile on the table, I reached out to help by starting to pull my
reached over, fast as lightning, and sharply slapped my hands away from my body.
Gabrielle said at the same time.
looked up at her, rubbing my sore hand. Note to self...make sure you make the
wife pay later for that knuckle rap thing.
mine tonight," she growled fiercely, "and there are rules."
I answered weakly. I might be a little out of my depth here, and with my own
yes," Gabrielle purred, and then in complete contrast to the gentleness of her
tone, she clenched the front of my shift, just above my breasts, in both hands,
ripping the material from my body.
Gods!" I moaned, as the cool air hit my fully exposed body.
felt my nipples harden immediately. I watched as Gabrielle took in the same
sight. Again, the picture of my wife, licking her lips and staring at my breasts
just about undid me. I swear those dark nubs grew harder and longer, simply from
Gabrielles stare. It was as if they were extending out, trying to reach her.
I bet thats what she thought too, as she growled again, and attacked my
wasnt one damn thing that was tender about it. She sucked like a starving
newborn, and I loved it. The sucking soon gave way to small nips, and finally,
Gods!" seemed to be the only phrase I was capable of uttering. I think I must
have been subconsciously thanking Artemis and Aphrodite.
pulled away with what seemed like a great effort, backing up a step, and taking
a few deep breaths. I was half sitting, half lying on the table, my hands behind
me, holding me up, as Gabrielle took control of herself again. Gods, she was
in the bath." She ordered.
some reason I felt like this would be a good time to just obey and not to
question the why of it all. I went to stand and I had to reach back out to the
table, it seemed as if someone stole my kneecaps. I slunk into the steaming
water, which did absolutely nothing to stop my raging libido; neither did the
fact that Gabrielle was now removing what little clothes she had on, standing
before me completely naked.
yea." I groaned softly.
smiled at that, but it wasnt one of her Im
filled with the light smiles. This one was more like; I
could be Najaras evil twin, kind of smile.
something you like, Xena?" she asked, stepping down into the marble bath.
reached for her immediately. Bad move. Gabrielles hand came at me again,
striking me atop already sore knuckles.
Damnit. Why do you keep doing that?" My frustration level was beginning to
I told you before...there are rules."
would you mind letting me in on some of these friggin rules?" I questioned,
with that smile. I was quickly losing some of my ire as she stepped toward me.
exist only for my pleasure tonight." She began.
grinned up at her as she moved closer with every word. Her pleasure...oh yea; I
could live with that.
will not touch me unless I command
you to, and then it will be exactly as you are instructed, or your punishment
will be swift."
I thought, raising an eyebrow...this could be interesting. Suddenly, though, the
thought of punishment sent a very tiny shock of fear running through my body.
will touch you whenever and wherever
it pleases me to do so. I will take you in any fashion that strikes me."
swallowed and it made an audible gulp. By this time, Gabrielle was still
standing, straddling my seated body, the soft curly hairs of her mound within
striking distance of my tongue. I closed my eyes to the temptation. I felt my
head jerked back and up, Gabrielles strong fingers entangled in my hair.
you handle that? Will you obey the rules, Xena?" she asked. Najara...definitely
a crazed Najara smile.
was actually thinking about it, wondering, not if I wanted to. Gods that was a
given, but if I could. Could I let Gabrielle be in complete control? She decided
to sway me with my one weakness...pleasure. She jerked my head to the right and
my line of sight was immediately focused in on the small table that sat beside
the bed. How was she able to see that and not me? The table held an assortment
of toys that made my mouth, along with another part of my body, water.
leaned down to speak into my ear, her breasts very nearly brushing against my
cheek. "Would you like me to use those on you?" she asked.
nodded my head enthusiastically, my tongue unable to form the words.
you wont obey, and you wont accept your punishment, Xena, then Ill use
them on myself tonight, and you can become close friends with your hand. Do you
understand, my Warrior?" she asked, licking all along the edge of my ear. I
lost it when I heard her final command whispered in my ear.
will be no safe word tonight, Princess." Nope,
not Najara, more like Hope...yea, definitely Hope.
yes...yes..." I kept moaning, as Gabrielle sat down in the bath, straddling my
went about washing both our bodies. My hands clenched into fists under the
water, so as not to give in to the temptation of touch. I was amazed at
Gabrielle. I was reduced to a blabbering idiot, and she was the one with the
raging case of battle lust. I couldnt understand it, until I felt the play of
her leg muscles against me. Gabrielle was trembling all over, her muscles tense,
and bowstring tight over her entire body. She was shaking with the attempt at
I finally found the words to say in a raspy voice. "Something is going to
explode if you dont expend some of that energy, and Id rather it not be
the top of your head."
looked up at me and I saw something new there...fear.
afraid of being so out of control. Im afraid that Ill be too...too rough,
that Ill hurt you." She finished, lowering her eyes.
what a time to have to explain the pleasure/pain concept. "Gabrielle...dont
you know that every once in a while...well, I...I like it a little rough."
There, I said it. Now shell think Im some insane sex pervert. I didnt
have too much time to think like that, though.
I could barely take a deep breath, Gabrielles hands were entwined in my hair
and she was taking my mouth in a kiss that was downright amazing. By the Gods,
where did she learn that? I gave in to the intense pleasure, feeling a rush of
wetness between my legs that had nothing to do with the bath water.
us out of this tub." Gabrielle commanded.
certainly didnt have to be asked twice. My wife wrapped her legs around my
waist and I stood up, lifting us both. I had her lying on the bed in record
time, but suddenly I was the one looking up at the ceiling. My wife was all over
me, but there wasnt one part of my body that wanted to complain. Well, maybe
my hands. It was killing me, not being able to touch her the way I wanted.
Nevertheless, Gabrielle was in charge, and she more than rewarded me for
it began. Candlemarks passed; while I experienced pleasures that dont often
come to a warrior like me, well, not without shelling out some pretty heavy
dinars in an upscale brothel in Corinth! When Gabrielle reached for the first
toy, I moaned loudly, and she hadnt even touched me with it yet. That girl
took me, about every way I ever fantasized about, and a few Id never dreamed
of. On my back, stomach, all fours, you name it. I didnt even know what half
the items on the small table were for; but once I felt them in action, I thanked
the Gods that Gabrielle knew. Another note to self, find out how your wife knows
about all of these things!
every orgasm, and I lost count a long ways back, I felt a little more sapped of
my natural reserves of strength. Gabrielle, on the other hand, seemed more
energized with every climax she experienced. Oh, I am so in over my head with
after giving me a few precious moments to renew myself, began grinding her mound
into me. I became addicted to the pleasure of it all and spread my legs further
apart, wrapping them around her thighs to encourage more contact. She rose up on
her hands and stared down at me, raising an eyebrow in caution, but still
allowing me this small bit of retaliation. Thats when I made my big mistake.
groaned as she swirled her hips into me, but it wasnt enough and I wanted to
come again. I reached out and grabbed her ass with both of my hands, pressing
our bodies together. Gabrielle wanted to groan in pleasure. I could tell by the
look in her eyes, but she quickly took back her control. She froze and I knew I
was in trouble.
my wrists, she brought them over my head and held them there. "You know the
rules," she said with that evil smile.
that expression on her face, it was almost as if she couldnt wait for this to
you ready to be punished?"
was still breathing hard when she released my wrists and rose from the bed. I
watched as she crossed the room to one of the draperies that were pulled open,
separating this room from the bath. Gabrielle tugged hard and ripped the silken
cord from the cloth, the curtain falling closed. I felt my eyes widen when I saw
my wife walking toward me with the cord in her hand and that, Hi
Im Hope leer on her face.
drawled, partly out of warning, partly out of something that felt a lot like
you trust me?" she asked.
how do I answer that? "Of course, I do, its just that--"
you trust me not to hurt you?" she smiled after she asked that. "More than
youd like, anyway?"
could I say? I loved her with all of my being. She was the only person I would
ever allow to love me this way. I trusted her with my life, but could I do
this...not be without some small measure of control? I thought about that, and
realized that Gabrielle would do it for me. Hades, she had
done it for me.
leaned back on the bed and raised my arms over my head, in about as submissive a
posture as Ive ever been. She saw the willing surrender and for a brief
moment, my Gabrielles smile shone through. It was very brief, though!
lay on top of me once more and began wrapping the cord around both my wrists.
She then tied the cord to the end of the bed and I tugged experimentally.
Gabrielle sat back on her heels, between my open legs and watched as my eyes
went round. I cursed myself for teaching her how to tie those knots. She had me
in a choker knot, one that tightened up if I struggled against it, but instantly
loosened once I relaxed. I pulled again, just to be sure, and felt the cord
binding my wrists tighten. Two things happened then. One, I admit, I panicked a
small bit. Secondly, and this one surprised even me, I felt extremely aroused.
Nerve endings that were dull instantly sparked to life, skin that was cool and
dry from fatigue, immediately became heated and sweaty. Nipples were brought to
attention, the flesh surrounding the tips, pebbling, and growing hard.
was still kneeling between my legs and I tried to bring my own long legs around
her and draw her to my need. She raised an eyebrow at my actions.
make me tie your legs, too." She said in a low, seductive tone, running her
hands along the taut muscles in my thighs.
groaned aloud, equal parts pleasure and frustration.
just what youd like, isnt it Xena?" Gabrielle questioned, knowingly.
vision popped into my mind, just then. Me, spread eagle and tied to the bed,
completely and utterly helpless before Gabrielle. I had to admit that it was a
fantasy that I kept locked deep inside. I never thought I would ever be able to
give up enough control to ever make it a reality, but here was the opportunity.
I began to rock my hips as the little fantasy played to life in my minds eye.
My body gave me away. No matter how I might deny it, Gabrielle could see the
truth. I looked at her, my wifes eyes fixed between my legs, as I felt my
juices flowing from me in a spasm of intense arousal.
reached out her fingers and let them slide along the wet length of my sex,
causing my hips to shoot up from the bed. She sucked on those fingers as she
rose, and made her way around the room, collecting two more of the red, silken
cords. I was whimpering in a combination of delight and fear by the time I was
tied up. Gabrielle left slack in the cords at my legs. They were tied to the
outside legs of the massive bed, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldnt
bring my legs anywhere close to closing.
when Gabrielle dove in, her warm tongue plunging straight into me. I cried out
and thrust my hips at her face, encouraging her to continue. She lapped up the
wetness, but I only produced more, and she finally began sucking on my enlarged
clit, bringing me so close. All at once, she pulled away and I practically
screamed. I felt like crying at this point, I was so ready. She had me so close
to my climax, I could have reached out and touched it.
I cried out in disappointment as she jumped up from the bed and grabbed the last
item on the table. Oh, Gods! I should have known she would save this for last.
My wife finished strapping the leather harness to her body, the long phallus
covered in seamless soft leather. At the last minute, I saw her grab a small
device and place it up under the harness, against her. She rolled her fingers,
moving the wooden piece around obviously looking for the right spot. She moaned
in pleasure and I knew she found the spot.
wife positioned herself between my legs and began a most heartless teasing
motion with the object against my drenched sex. I moaned, groaned, and bucked my
hips, but Gabrielle wouldnt go any further than right inside my entrance. She
reached down and the torture began on my breasts. Sucking, licking, biting,
Gabrielle had me torn between thrusting with my pelvis and arching my back.
I panted, tears squeezing out from the corners of my eyes.
looked down at me and smiled, in obvious pleasure herself.
you have to do is ask, Xena." She said.
Gods, yessss!" I exclaimed as she penetrated me fully. Only problem was that
she wasnt moving.
cant read your mind you know. Talk to me, my Warrior."
Now, she wants to talk? It dawned on me just what Gabrielle was doing. This was
her control...words. Her domain to control was the words I would speak.
and out." I gasped and immediately she set a seductive pace, her hips
thrusting into me. "Ohhhhhh!"
Gabrielle, faster." I moaned and she complied.
could see my climax from where I lay, it was there, building inside me, and I
knew it would be one Tartarus of an explosion. Without warning, Gabrielle
stopped all motion. I really was going to cry this time.
bad do you want to come for me, Xena?"
Gods, very bad!" I cried out, trying to move my hips to get some motion going.
I could see Gabrielles glazed over eyes; she wanted release as badly as I
me again, Xena...how bad do you want it."
finally got through to me what she was asking, Gods, what a time to play mind
games. Gabrielle was going for the ultimate control...she wanted me to beg. I
knew it and she knew it, but I wasnt about to give in all that easily...I
still had some pride left. It was being slightly overpowered by my libido right
about now. It was just really small, and buried really deep but dammit, it was
dont want to beg me, do you Xena?" she asked, leaning forward, causing the
phallus to slide deeper, the harness pressing in against my clit.
I clenched my teeth and shook my head back and forth.
reached out and ran her tongue across my nipple, then pulled the flesh between
was no way I was going to beg. I am the Warrior Princess, I do not beg for sex,
even from my wife. Okay she is gorgeous and hot, and, Oh Gods, why is she
pressing into me that way. I will not beg. I have pride. I have never had to beg
for sex in my life and I am not about to start now...just let her try to outlast
want to fuck you until you scream, Xena." She whispered in my ear.
Gods, yes...please, baby...yes, fuck me, Gods above, please do me,
Gabrielle...please...Im begging you, please, baby!"
so much for the old warrior control. Hey, anybody who thinks they can do better,
has not been tied to a bed and screwed for twelve hours by an Amazon Queen!
the time these thoughts were spinning around in my head, Gabrielle was making
her promise come true. That woman, bard, Queen, warrior...well, she made me
scream, all right. The only satisfaction I got in regards to my pride, was
hearing Gabrielle scream even louder than me...right before I passed out.
asleep, I hear her call my name. Gulp!!!
Oh Gods!! She cannot not possibly want more, okay warrior, think! I will let her
think Im still sleeping. Yeah! Okay! Here we go, snoring louder!
Slap. "You are not fooling me warrior! Remember I am your wife," she was
nice enough to remind me.
I yelped after she pegged me on my ass. I turn to her a glare.
have been hitting a little too much lately!" I respond.
I feel like a heel. She is crying. I turn to pull her close to me. She told me
about a dream she had about me, what Bula did to me. For the first time in my
whole life, I allowed myself to feel something about that. She and I talked for
hours. Laughed and cried. After Gabrielle and I finished talking, she fell
asleep again and I was left to my thoughts.
was one time in my life when I just wanted to give it all up and die. I am so
glad I didnt follow through with that. Look at all that I would have missed.
Sometimes people are so caught up in their own pain, they forget that there is
always a light; you just have to look. I thank the Gods everyday for mine.
decided to send a message to Gabrielles parents to let them know that she is
okay. We now wanted to head to the Amazons for a visit first. I look down at the
woman I love and think, PAYBACKS, BARD!! Life cannot get any better than this.
With that peaceful thought I snuggled closer and let Morpheus claim me.
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