Oh, Xena, this is the happiest moment of my life." Gabrielle
clasped the warrior's hand tightly within her palms. "I've known
for so long that I loved you, I just . . . ." She shook her head at
the realization of what she had just said, at what they had both said.
"Wow." She almost seemed surprised. "I love you."
Xena smiled, and brought Gabrielle's hand to her lips. "I'm glad
we've finally admitted it to ourselves. I just wish it hadn't taken
another near-death experience."
The bard's face clouded over at the recent memory. "Are you sure
you're all right? That was an incredible fight--eighteen of them at
Xena stirred. "Yeah, that was kind of a rousing little
skirmish." The blue in her eyes deepened. "It's really nice
that we can express our feelings for each other now."
Gabrielle rose from her knees and paced around the camp excitedly.
"I am in love with Xena, the Warrior Princess!" she shouted.
"And I am in love with Gabrielle, the Amazon Bard," Xena
finished, with a little less volume. Her eyes ran down Gabrielle's trim
"You know, Xena, we are so lucky," Gabrielle gushed.
"We realized the nature of our love before we ruined it with
Xena blinked. "What?"
The bard sighed. "It's so romantic. Our friendship knows no
bounds. Its depth cannot be measured. It's beyond sex."
Gabrielle rolled her eyes. "I heard all about it while I was at
the Amazons. So many women who are in love waste their time caressing
each other . . . kissing . . . ."
Xena wiped her forehead with the back of a hand.
". . . .fondling each other's breasts, and doing all sorts of
things with their tongues . . . ."
Xena bit down on a clenched knuckle.
". . . moaning, and gasping . . . ."
Xena's eyes rolled backward in her head.
". . . biting and clawing . . . "
Xena rose to her feet, and brought her fingers to the clasps on her
"I mean, can you imagine how cheapened our relationship would be
if I ran around screaming, 'Take me, Xena! Take me!'"
Gabrielle turned around to seek confirmation from her friend, only to
discover Xena standing before her without a stitch of clothing on.
"What were you saying, Gabrielle?"
"Hm? Oh, nothing." Gabrielle leapt on the warrior and
dragged her to the bedroll.
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