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All You Need Is Love
Copyright June 18, 1998
me again, why did I do this?"
rolled her eyes and sighed with exasperation. "You can be sooo slow
sometimes, Hephie." The goddess shook her head at her husband and then
studied the petite woman cradled in his powerful arms. "There is no way
that I'm going to let Ares get away with that stunt he pulled. This little babe
didn't have to die. That big jerk thought that with her out of the way that he
could just seduce Xena back to him, but it won't happen. The warrior babe is
made of sterner stuff." The goddess' brow puckered in thought. "But it
wouldn't hurt to return the little Amazon to her."
I thought that you were angry with them," Hephaestus asked as he walked
alongside the love goddess, a slight limp making his gait awkward compared to
her liquid grace.
hand through the air as if to ward off a pesky fly, the goddess smiled.
"What's a little plan busted here and there? Besides, I'm a lover, not a
fighter," she smirked, winking suggestively to the smith god, "most of
chuckle reverberated up through the powerful god's barrel-like chest. With a
grunt of surprise, Hephaestus stared at the golden woman who was beginning to
stir. "Uh, 'Dite, honey, I think she's waking up."
the bard's eyelids begin to flutter, Aphrodite smoothed a gentle hand over the
young bard's brow. "So beautiful," she murmured.
IS part of the family," her husband reminded her.
the love goddess replied absently. "Daughter of the sun. Chosen of the
blessed by love."
snorted delicately. "Yeah, as if. I work my fingers to the bone trying to
pair those two, and what does it get me? A few hot looks and a lot of wet
tried to console his wife, to assure her that the mortals were just too blind to
see the truth in each other's eyes, but an uttered curse silenced his words.
of a bacchae, what in Tartarus happened to me?" Gabrielle opened her eyes
and squinted them, trying to make out the large fuzzy form that loomed over her.
She began to struggle when the rugged face of a strange man came into focus.
there, little one," Hephaestus crooned low, as if he were soothing a
skittish horse, "we mean you no harm."
resonance of the stranger's voice reached deep within her, and she calmed enough
to study her surroundings. She was in a forge of some sort, its heat reminded
her of...with a gasp, she slipped from the man's arms. "Where am I?"
babe." Before the love goddess could utter another sound, the bard turned
goddess shrugged and grinned sensually. "Do you know anyone else that could
wear this gown as well as I do?"
eyes widened even further in surprise. "But the lava...Hope...."
baby," the goddess replied without mirth. "She was strong, but Hephie
made sure that she won't be bothering you or anyone else."
rolled her eyes and winked at her husband. "For a bard, you sure do have a
problem talking, doll."
with indignation, the petite woman took a deep breath and willed her heart to
slow. "How did I escape the lava?"
that." Aphrodite grinned mischievously and waved her hands in mock
surprise. She crossed the short distance to Hephaestus and wrapped an
appreciating hand around a bulging arm. "I knew I could trust him. He
caught me the first time I fell," she answered as circled behind her
husband and rubbed her breasts against the smith god's back. "So
strong," she whispered.
cleared his throat and resisted the urge to lean back into his wife's sultry
touch. Grateful that his blush was hidden under his swarthy skin, he caught his
wife around the shoulders as she ended the caress at his left side. When he
caught her eyes with his, he cocked his head in the young woman's direction.
stretched and nuzzled her husband's ear with her moist lips. "Think she'd
like to watch?" The goddess smiled in wicked glee at the power she held
over the man as she pulled away abruptly and crossed to Gabrielle.
a brow, the bard considered her savior and gave him a bright smile of gratitude.
"Thank you, Hephaestus," she said as she lowered her eyes in thought.
"But I still don't understand. Why did you do it?"
her hands to dismiss the bard's question, the goddess sighed. "Hon, there
were so many reasons. Love, passion, love, sex...you have great potential if
you'd ever get with that warrior babe of yours. Really, I would think that
someone of your blood would be just a bit more lusty. I thought you were a total
square until that romp with Bacchus. Now that was one way hot bite you gave
there," she growled with mock ferocity as she bared her teeth.
cocked her head as she tried to interpret the quirky goddess' speech, blushing
with the memory of her short time as a bacchae. "What do you mean, my
with it, Gabs. I'm surprised you haven't figured it out by now. Blessed with the
gifts of Apollo, chosen by Artemis. Babe, you're one of us."
shook her head in fierce denial. "No way. Uh-uh. I don't think so."
bet your toned abs you are. Straight from the loins of Apollo himself. Why do ya
think you never fit in back in Potatoeville?"
implications of the goddesses words were reverberating through her mind.
"What's a potatoe? Is it something like a tomato?"
whatever." Aphrodite laid a comforting arm across the small woman's
shoulders. "Look, Gab, Goddess of Golden Skin and Changing Hair Color, you
gotta follow me here for a moment."
quirked a brow in amusement and then consternation at the titled bestowed upon
her. Needing to hear the rest of the story, however, she held her objections
silent and nodded for Aphrodite to continue.
not going to give you the gory, sweaty details of it all, but you are Apollo's.
You'll have to drag the story out of him. But since you are half-god, you are
immortal. And as such, you would have suffered in that lava for eternity. Now,
I'm sure you remember the company that you'd have been keeping...don't
you?" When Gabrielle winced with fear at the last memory of Velaska, the
goddess continued. "Yeah, exactamundo. So, anyway, I thought that maybe,
like, I'd do a good deed. Actually, I'm trying to work my magic here, but if it
keeps you out of trouble, then, hey, I'm in."
that she now owed the love goddess a favor, Gabrielle narrowed her eyes in
suspicion. "What do you want from me?"
goddess grinned with anticipation. "All right, now were gettin' down to the
nitty gritty." With a wave of her arm, she and the bard disappeared.
only felt a moment's queasiness before she opened her eyes and found that they
were now in a small cave that looked like it had once been a temple of some
sort. A large alter dominated the small room, and candles burned on ledges along
the walls. Incense filled the air with a heady, seductive aroma. "Aren't
you being a little confident here, thinking that I'll agree?"
PULLEEASE," the goddess drawled dramatically. "Trust me on this one,
you're gonna love it."
what do I have to do?"
goddess shrugged as she waved her arm and the altar was covered with a luxuriant
pelt of soft black fur. "Just lie right there."
nibbled on her bottom lip in thought, trying to find the hidden angles and
traps. "Just lie there? What's going to happen to me?"
eyes took on a glow of passion. "I'll just make it so that your Xena
stumbles on this little love nest, and when she sees you, she'll fall to her
knees and declare her undying love for you."
as that, huh?"
in exasperation, the goddess narrowed her eyes. "She's right, you know. You
can be such a cynic."
took her own stubborn stance and quirked her brow. "Aphrodite, I've
traveled with her for three years. She is not one to share her feelings. And she
certainly does not love me like that."
goddess snorted. "Uh, hell-lllo! She nearly fell all over you, ga-ga and
hot when the two of you were spoiling my little plans for the North Star. You
were just so stuck on yourself, you wouldn't have seen it if she popped you over
the head with her drooling tongue."
whose fault was that," the bard nearly shouted as she took a step forward.
her hands in surrender, Aphrodite sighed. "Ok, all right. We can forget
about the past, can't we? I mean, let bygones be bygones, and all? Besides, you
feel the same way about her, admit it."
spun on her heel and began to pace in the tiny cavern, her hands cradling her
head. "I guess you would know. You are the Goddess of Love."
smiled and then laughed. "And we ain't talkin' agape or philos here."
spread over Gabrielle's face as she remembered some of the graphic dreams she
had regarding the warrior that was her companion.
definitely not," the goddess repeated. "So, you in or what?"
you do with me if I refuse," Gabrielle asked, unsure that she wanted to
hear the answer.
goddess' jaw hardened. "Look, Gab, I know you want to hear it. You're one
of those people that has to share their feelings. And it's been killing you
holding this doozy in, hasn't it?" Aphrodite allowed no time for the bard
to reply. "You want it, she needs it, I mean, she REALLY needs it, if you
know what I mean," she hinted with a lewd wink. "Do you have any idea
of how long it's been for her?"
I don't want to hear this," the young woman groaned as her face flamed even
hotter. "I promised her that I wouldn't betray her or use her anymore.
I...I can't do it."
come on, hon. You aren't going to do a thing. She's the one that has to do all
the work. And I promise, the end result is going to be abso-freakin'-lutely
incredible," the goddess replied with a giddy bounce. "Please say
you'll do it, please?"
in it for you?"
goddess shrugged and folded her arms. "I finally get to stick it to Ar?
With you in the warrior babe's heart and soul, there's no way she'll ever go
back to him."
stopped pacing and went pale in shock. "She'll hate me," she cried in
a strained whisper. "She doesn't like the gods...and I'm...well, part
grabbed her niece by the shoulders and spun her around. "Hey, babe, I got
some news for you. She's got it, too."
the bard said as a question was finally answered.
hit the nail on the head during her trial with the Furies," the goddess
confirmed. "But in that light, makes him the big pervert, doesn't it?"
The goddess squeezed Gabrielle's shoulders in comfort. "But hey, none of
that'll matter once you two profess your love."
have to tell each other," the bard mumbled to herself.
And show each other."
gasped in embarrassment. "But I...I've...never...."
in practice, maybe. Doll, you've had dreams that made me wet, so
go with it. Do what feels good." When Gabrielle eyes misted with
uncertainty, the goddess chucked her under the chin. "Buck up, little
pardner, she's had a few wild ones herself. I'd love to stick around and watch,
but I don't think either of you are into the voyeur scene just yet."
please, I'm about to bust a vein here," the bard implored as she covered
her crimson face with her trembling hands.
do it. Do it for Xena and the love you have for her."
raised her face to catch the goddess pouting. She heaved a sigh of resignation.
"Well, you did save me...and I guess it can't hurt anything."
goddess winked and smiled. "It only hurts if you're rough on the little
clamshell, but then, who knows...leather, whips, you might just be into that
thing. Hmm...kinky. I like that picture. I can always tie you to the altar if
you'd like," she offered with all seriousness.
choked on a retort at the picture the goddess' words conjured. "Heh, I
don't think I'm ready for that one, myself. How about just some straight, good
old-fashioned passion, huh?"
brightly, Aphrodite gave the bard a nudge towards the altar. "You're really
getting into this now, huh? Just think, all that scroll reading you did on your
last visit to the Amazons is gonna pay off real soon."
whole body flushed at the thought of consummating her love for Xena. "I
guess being a hero has its perks," she muttered as she felt the warm fur
tickle the backs of her legs.
goddess eyed her bait with a contemplative eye. "Speaking of
hands reached up to cover her breasts instinctively. "What the...why'd
gratuitous on my part," Aphrodite explained as she dropped the bard's
clothes in a corner. "Now, be a good little girl, and lay down for me.
Trust me, this won't hurt."
Gabrielle ordered with a raised hand. "I'm doing a lot of trusting here.
How do I know that you aren't going to double-cross me here?"
goddess smirked. "Like, that's Ares' stage, not mine. So chill, will you?
You're blocking all the lusty vibes of this place."
are we anyway," Gabrielle asked as she laid down and got comfortable.
this place is ancient. They used to sacrifice virgins here before Zeus came to
Gabrielle gulped audibly and the goddess laid a firm hand on her chest.
"I'm not a virgin."
sculpted brows wrinkled in thought. "I could make you a virgin, if that's
what you want."
thought fluttered quickly in and out of Gabrielle's mind. "No, I don't
think I want you messing with my body."
right. We want to save that for Xena." Aphrodite adjusted a few candles and
cocked her head as if listening to something. "Well, you're up, babe. You
it," the bard ground out through a clenched jaw before her world went
sudden storm was not unusual for the time of year, but Xena felt a sliver of
suspicion crawl up her back as she focused her attention on her surroundings.
Her concentration was broken when Argo began to shy and chew at her bit.
"All right, girl, we'll find some shelter," she soothed as the horse
pranced with the thunder that rumbled overhead.
the warrior hurried through the sparse trees to a rock-face that would surely
have some sort of crevice or cave that would shelter the both of them. She would
rather have gone on, to never stop until she dropped from exhaustion where a
dreamless sleep would take her into the next day, but Argo was spooked, and she
couldn't afford to lose another friend.
shoulders slumped and tears began to mix with the drops of rain that were
falling heedlessly down her face. She was so lost and lonely without her bard,
and all attempts get her back were proving fruitless. She was on her way to find
Hercules to see if he could help when the storm had urged them off the road.
With a silent vow, she promised herself that as soon as the skies let up, she
would be on the road again. Corinth was only two-days travel to the east, and
she was determined to make it in a day and a half.
we go, girl," Xena crooned as she found an overhand big enough to keep her
warhorse out of the brunt of the storm's fury. Let me get these bags off of you,
and we'll take a break. Spying a small crevice to their right, Xena gathered the
saddlebags and Gabrielle's staff and stepped once more out into the rain.
of surprise was barely audible over a charge of thunder that shook the very
ground. She looked quickly to Argo to see that the mare seemed almost at peace
out of the downpour. Sure that the horse would be fine now, Xena sucked in her
chest and squeezed between the sheer rock that opened into a small cavern.
dropped the bags quietly and searched the deepest corners of the room before her
eyes found the woman on the altar. "Gabrielle?" With halting steps,
the warrior crossed to the naked woman and fell to her knees, as if worshipping
a divinity. "Gabrielle?" Tears that had begun to fall rapidly were
wiped away hastily as Xena stood and unsheathed her sword.
backed up and held her breath as the two and half feet of menacing steel pressed
against her breast. "Chill, babe."
you do this to her?"
Xena. I kept her from becoming charbroiled. Show some gratitude, huh?"
lowered her sword, but her predatory stance remained as rigid as ever. "If
you saved her, why is she like that," the warrior asked with a toss of her
head towards the unconscious woman.
fine. Nothing you can't fix."
do you mean?"
like this," the goddess sighed, tired of talking when she could just draw a
picture and get it over with, "love took her out of the world, so love has
to bring her back into it. Got it?"
pondered over the words, unraveling the enigmatic clues the goddess had given
smile when she saw the understanding in the warrior's blue eyes. "You got
it, all right. Be honest with her and with yourself, and let things happen as
they will. She'll be all yours, then."
forgotten that the goddess was even there, Xena spun and returned to the
sleeping bard's side. She had never been good with words or feelings, but three
years with a chatty and nosy bard had taught her how to open up, if just a
little. Still, however, she tripped over the words in her mind, willing them to
find their own way out of her mouth. She lowered herself to her knees by
Gabrielle's head and buried her face in the young woman's fragrant hair. Her
hand trembled as it wrapped around her shoulders to tangle in the golden
please, come back to me. I can't lose you, not after I saw how much I mean to
you, how much you love me." Tears began to fall freely once more, and the
warrior's words were muffled for the tightness that constricted her throat.
"I've...I've needed you for so long, Gabrielle. You are my source, my
light. You are my heart and soul, and without you, I am dead any way. I can't
live without you. I can't love without you. You are the one that has captured my
heart, my bard."
warrior started when she felt the tentative caress on her arm. She sniffled and
wiped her eyes as she raised her head. Sparkling green eyes captured hers in an
embrace that told more than any words could. But the sound of the bard's voice
was sweet nonetheless.
love you, too, Xena."
reached around to clasp her head and the warrior was pulled down into a kiss
that smoldered with awakened passion and need. Her hands wandered and stilled.
With a low moan, she pulled away and realized that the bard was without clothes.
Her loins flooded and her heart beat out a thunderous rhythm. She watched
bewildered when a small hand captured one of hers and guided it low to a secret
haven of golden love soaked with desire. Her gasp was cut short by the bard's
tender lips finding her own once again for a quick kiss.
I don't want to wait any longer for this," she whispered seductively as her
hand urged the warrior's to motion. "Take me, Xena. Make my love
yours," she hissed when the warrior complied by finding a sensitive bundle
yes, Gabrielle, my love, my heart," Xena groaned as her free hand began to
undo buckles and clasps.
by the two women, Aphrodite took one last look and raised a fist in victory.
"Bitchin'!" Blowing a kiss to the immortal couple, she left to find
her husband so that he could get some of her juices flowing.
her most clever debate, Gabrielle ended up atop Argo as she and Xena headed for
Amazon territory. The only, and biggest, consolation, was that she was riding in
front and the warrior's loving heat was wrapped around her, holding her secure
in place. She closed her eyes and considered their reasons for returning to
Amazonia. First, they wanted to try and beat any rumors of her demise that might
reach the village, and second, they wanted to make their relationship official.
A soft tickle of lips against her throat pulled her out of her thoughts.
don't you tell me a story to pass the time?"
craned her head around and studied her partner. With a quirked brow, she
considered and sent a silent prayer to Aphrodite. "Have I got one for
you," she warned with an unreadable look on her face.
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