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DAMAGE CONTROL by Della Street
Set after the death of Perdicus this story has Xena returning Gabrielle to Poteidaia, convinced that the bard will be better off without her...but two souls meant to be together are not so easily parted. This is a sweet, nicely written story. - 13 pgs., 5/1/97 (originally written 11/4/96)
http://members.aol.com /QMelosa/XR2/damage.htm

A traditional hurt/comfort tale that has an old enemy of Xena's choosing to take his revenge by hurting what the warrior love's most. Features some very tender exchanges in a nice depiction of the relationship. - 21 pgs., 12/7/98

DANCE (THE) by Pamela Turner
A symbolic peace that has the warrior and bard first dancing around an issue close to their hearts - then reaching a new awareness while dancing in each others arms. Very nice. - 4 pgs., 2/26/98

DANCE (THE) by Shalon
Intriguing little story that has a misterious young man aiding the cause of true love. Nicely written debut for this new bard. - 3 pgs., 6/26/99

DANCING DAY by Catherine M. Wilson
Written from Gabby's perspective, this is a very sensual offering that looks at the bard's thought processes as she prepares to reveal the passion she feels for the Warrior Princess. - 6 pgs., 4/8/97
http://xenite.simple net.com/fanfic/dancing.html

DARING GAMES by Xenrielle
Wicked little vignette that has a decidedly playful Warrior Princess inviting the bard to play a game of truth or dare...- 3 pgs., 2/2/98

This is a follow-up to Mil's excellent DOWN TO THE DARKNESS which continues that story's exploration of Xena's darker side - this time by contrasting who the warrior is now with what she once was. The tale has a now happy Xena and Gabrielle being hunted by a very dangerous enemy - an enemy who was once the victim of the Warrior Princess - an enemy who has been obsessed with her since the fiery destruction of a village called...Cirrah. Very well-written and passionate, the story is partly told through a series of flashbacks which paint a chilling characterization of the Warrior Princess and give insight into the psyche of the one now hunting her. - 53 pgs., 9/1/97
http://xwp-altfic.simpl enet.com/mil-dark.txt

Here we go again folks on another spectacular ride into what is undoubtedly the most-loved vision of Xena and Gabrielle in this fandom as Missy picks up the story of the warrior and bard almost a year after the events in CIRCLE OF LIFE. Enjoying the new addition to their family, Xena and Gabrielle are happy seeing their daughter grow and spending time with friends and family but there's a restlessness stirring within them also as the bard finds herself craving those quiet times she used to spend with the warrior on the road, and Xena works to keep her active mind challenged. It's a restlessness that soon finds an outlet when refugees begin to arrive in Amphipolis from neighboring areas prompting Xena and her partner to go do a little investigating in a decision that will herald the return of a terrible darkness into their lives. There's a level of understanding, love and devotion in Missy's versions of these characters that adds a terrific sense of warmth and intimacy to their every interaction. Already in part one this story presents a captivating combination of gentle humor, poignant drama and suspenseful intrigue certain to intensify in the chapters ahead under the guidance of this master storyteller. Make this one a regular stop in the weeks ahead. It gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [part of the JOURNEY OF SOULMATES SERIES] - 553 pgs., 3/7/99

"Ares, Warrior Wolf" montage by Carla
Calli Story Cover
"Cobra" montage by Carla
"Dark Comes The Morning" montage by Carla
"Dark Comes The Morning - Pt.8" montage by Carla
"Dori And Ares" by Barbara Maclay
"Family Portrait" by Barbara Maclay
"Ice Cold Blue Eyes Turned To Gillen" by Carla
"A Letter To Dori" by Carla
"That Would Have Really Hurt" by Carla
"Xena - Warrior Backpack" by Carla
"Xena - Warrior Horsetrainer" montage by Carla
"You Are My Hero" montage by Carla
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

DARK PROMISE by Katrina and Sharon Bowers
This latest entry in Katrina's BLOOD AND ROSES SERIES promises to be one wild, fun ride. A crossover tale featuring the characters from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, this story has Buffy getting quite a surprise when she meets Willow's aunts who aside from having the same names as a couple of popular TV characters, also keep setting off the slayer's hypersensitive senses. Katrina and Sharon's characterizations are on the money and will delight fans of both series although this is entertaining even if you only watch one of them. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 3/8/98

DARK SWORD (THE) by Allyson Heisey
Intense tale that has Xena once again revisiting all the dark emotions that drove her as a warlord when Ares secretly gifts her with an enchanted sword. Desperate, a seemingly helpless Gabrielle becomes determined to try to save her Warrior Princess...only Xena may not want to be saved. A suspenseful tale about the seductive allure of power pitted against the strength of pure love. - 32 pgs., 4/14/98

DARKFALL by XeniteSupreme
Rousing adventure tale that has Xena and the bard going up against fanatical and VERY dangerous followers of Ares determined to replace the Warrior Princess as the Chosen of the God of War. Nice romantic moments and terrific action sequences in an entertaining story. - 35 pgs., 4/8/98

**DARKNESS FALLS by Melissa Good
This is THE story every fanfic aficionado out there has been waiting for - Missy tackles "the rift", and folks it is indeed another incredible experience courtesy of one of the most consistent talents in our Xenaverse. This tale is particularly intense in that while set after the episode BITTER SUITE, it also CONTINUES the storyline Missy has been following throughout her novels. Indeed DARKNESS FALLS takes place after REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST which Missy just finished. Given the incredible love, tenderness and commitment which has increasingly characterized the relationship between warrior and bard throughout Missy's novels, it is especially heart-wrenching to see that relationship in pieces at the beginning of this latest story as Xena and Gabrielle struggle to try to deal with what has happened to them and what they've done to one another. Missy changes the events which we saw on TV just a bit but other than that she plunges headlong into the trauma of the rift chronicling a much more realistic emotional journey for Xena and Gabrielle as they start on the path back to one another. This story is on the surface very different from what we're used to from this bard but beneath that surface and making its way to the top is the same magic, the same sense of gentle passion and fierce love that in Xena fanfic is classic Melissa Good. This story gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [Do not miss the sequel LEAP OF FAITH, part of the JOURNEY OF SOULMATES SERIES] - 239 pgs., 2/25/98
FANFIC ART: Barron Story Cover
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

CJ continues her Conqueror saga in this sequel to the THE ANTONIUS SITUATION which has the reality of who the Conqueror is and what her life is like testing the blossoming relationship between her and Gabrielle as never before. Aware that the Conqueror almost killed her friend Bahri and sensing that Xena's life will forever be immersed in darkness while she continues to revel in violence and revenge, Gabrielle tries to change the warrior without any initial success but in the process she embarks on a new life for herself that may ultimately motivate the Conqueror to reevaluate her own life. CJ does a good job here of bringing in an important part of Xena canon with the introduction of the Amazons into the equation. She also develops the characters further as Gabrielle finds a new sense of confidence and Xena confronts a will almost as stubborn as her own. Another entertaining entry in the series. - 29 pgs., 3/26/00

DAY AFTER (THE) by Anima
This piece features dueling vignettes of sorts as first Gabrielle then Xena reflect on what they mean to one another in the hours after the events in the episode CRUSADER. A thoughtful look into the hearts of these characters. - 2 pgs., 12/7/98

DAY AT THE BEACH (A) by Siona West  Save Alert
A very cute little story involving a warrior, a bard, a sunny day at the beach...and raging hormones. ;-) - 4 pgs., 8/12/97

With the bard away, the warrior wonders whether she should play ;-) Fun read that has Xena dealing with the usual challenges at an inn while she misses a certain blonde. - 5 pgs., 1/17/99

The second tale in Silk's new APPARITIONS OF LOVE SERIES and a wonderful companion piece for VISION, DAYDREAM is about longing, passion, need. It is about the fire in one soul, calling another. Very nice. DO NOT MISS! - 5 pgs., 2/16/98

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