Disclaimer: I donít own any of these characters except for the few that I have made up.
Authorís Note: This story takes place during Season 3, pretending that Gabrielle never got pregnant with Hope.
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by Ashley Jenkins
The thunder roared through the heavens and the rain showered the land with a new flood of water. The rivers rose quickly and the banks flooded and washed away the sand. Lightning brightened the sky every few moments and the sound of hooves beating the ground with fury echoed through the wind.
Xena rode furiously atop her trusty Argo and Gabrielle held on tightly to her friend as they rode. The storm was harsh and the gods were really mixing the elements together.
Lightening struck a nearby tree and a fire started. Argo snorted as she ran and toward the darkness of a thick forest.
"Whoa, Argo!" Xena exclaimed, realizing that her horse was heading for trees in the middle of the storm. She redirected the mare and they continued their journey for shelter.
"Xena!" Gabrielle exclaimed. "We have to get to shelter now!" Xena nodded quickly as the storm sent a fresh new heavy wind from the direction the small company was heading. Argo ran quickly and Xena spotted a cave nearby that looked like itíd be safe from the storm. She started the horse in that direction and they were soon surrounded by darkness so silent that they could hear the mice walking around on the cave floor.
Xena quickly felt around for a place to start a fire. She got a small one started by cracking two stones together and letting the spark hit some twigs. The light was enough to let the warrior princess and the amazon queen/bard see their way.
Xena tethered Argo to a protruding rock and she unsaddled her. The horse snorted appreciation and Xena patted her. Gabrielle ran her fingers through her long blonde hair and Xena looked over at her.
"Itís going to take forever to get these tangles out," Gabrielle grumbled. She continued her work as Xena sat the bedrolls over some boulders to dry.
"By the Gods, itís a cold one tonight," Xena stated.
"Tell me about it. Itís going to be impossible to stay warm tonight," Gabrielle scowled.
"Hey," Xena said with a smile. "Donít think like that. Weíve got each other to stay warm."
"Yeah," Gabrielle said, her expression softening. "I know. I just wish we werenít stuck in the middle of no where with a storm passing by us.
"The Gods are probably just quarreling and trying to show off their talents to each other. Itíll pass," Xena assured the bard.
"I hope so. I want to get some sleep in a nice, dry bedroll," Gabrielle replied. Xena smiled.
"Come here," she said as she put her arm around the rain soaked bard. She pulled her close and kissed the top of her head. Gabrielle sighed.
"This is nice," she said softly. "I just wish we could do this more often."
"We can, Gabrielle," Xena said. "Weíre just busy all of the time."
"I know," the bard replied.
"I love the quiet we have when weíre alone," Xena said with a grin.
"I hope thatís not all you love," replied Gabrielle with a devilish grin.
"Of course not," Xena said as she placed a kiss on her loverís cheek. Gabrielle leaned closer into Xena and soon, their playful kisses turned into a romantic rendezvous by the fire.
Up on Olympus, Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love stormed into her chambers. She was so angry with her family. They said she was nothing but a bimbo who flaunted her stuff around to all of the men in the world.
"That is so not true!" Aphrodite exclaimed. She scowled. "Doesnít anybody respect me anymore?" She sighed and decided to look in on all of the lovers of the world. She knew she was spying, but it encouraged her that she was doing a great job in keeping love in the world.
As the goddess looked, she saw Xena and Gabrielle together. She smiled and watched, her face actually flushing, knowing that her two friends were happy and in love and definitely proving that to each other. She smiled and decided to do something to make them very happy. She knew that it was against all of the rules of nature, but she didnít care. She wanted her friends to be happy. She grinned and giggled.
"Oh, I am so good!" she exclaimed. With one last giggle, she disappeared into a shower of hearts and glitter.
Back in the cave, a flash of bright light, mistaken by the two lovers as lightning, spread through the cave and disappeared as quickly as it had came. The chuckle of the goddess was heard and the lovers finished their lovemaking.
Just minutes later, Xena laid sprawled out across the bard. She smiled at her and they laughed happily.
"I love you Xena," Gabrielle said with a pleased smile on her face.
"I love you too, my bard," Xena replied. She kissed her atop the head and moved over, wrapping her arms around her.
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