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Part 63 of the RAISING MELOSA SERIES finds the warrior and her eldest in need of a thief when they realize that in order to complete their mission they're gonna have to get past an enchanted lock. Fortunately there's a very predictable thief whose location is not hard to guess... Some cute moments here as Mel learns more about the world and the world learns about Mel :) - 6 pgs., 8/3/99
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

Very much in keeping with the spirit of ancient Greek myths, this clever new uber tale is set in the modern world where an immortal warrior continues to struggle against the curse that has kept her from an eternity with her beloved even as it has brought them together again countless times through the ages. T. Novan imbues the story with a combined sense of urgency, desperation and passion that is appropriate for the meeting of two souls always fighting to be together. Original and nicely written. [See the sequel WARRIOR SPIRIT] - 22 pgs., 3/30/99
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**WEDDING (THE) by Joanna - [See the COMING OUT SERIES]

WEDDING (THE) by Marion D Tuttle
A sequel to ARES' CHALLENGE which has the warrior and bard returning to the Amazons anxious to share some news only the Amazons have some news of their own. A tenderly romantic little tale. - 9 pgs., 4/5/98

WEDDING GIFT (THE) by Bongo Bear
This story finds Xena and Gabrielle on their honeymoon, very much in love and happy until the bard starts getting "performance anxiety". Not to fear, a certain goddess soon comes to the rescue with an...unusual gift. This tale is funny but may be somewhat of an acquired taste. Oh and be warned...it made me blush. ;-) - 8 pgs., 8/19/97

WEDDING NIGHT by Catherine M. Wilson
This story deals with the darker passions of the human soul, the attraction that dark side sometimes holds for us and the irony of pain born out of love. It explores from an alternative viewpoint the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle in the days after the deaths of Perdicus and Callisto. This is a very well written and thought out story but it is NOT for everyone. There is sexual violence in it and the themes explored may be disturbing. If you read it make sure to also take a look at the fascinating dissertation the author offers via e-mail after the story in which she further discusses the themes involved, the motivations of the characters and her own in writing this piece. [See also the companion piece GABRIELLE'S ANSWER] - 4 pgs., 4/97

**WELCOME HOME by L.N. James
In the world of XWP alt. romances stories by L.N. James are known for taking the reader's breath away. Beyond writing about love or passion, L.N. depicts a connection between our heroines that reaches to the depth of their very souls - a connection that is the essence of all things romantic. In this latest story, L.N. explores that connection as Xena and Gabrielle return to Amphipolis to help the warrior's mother move from the house Xena grew up in. It is an opportunity for the Warrior Princess to share some of her childhood memories with Gabrielle, to remember a time of innocence before the darkness that engulfed her for so many years, but it is that darkness that still plagues her and that will challenge the love between warrior and bard as nothing has before. This latest is among L.N.'s best - rich in humor, sensually passionate, a love story NOT to be missed! It received my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! - 23 pgs., 8/15/97
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**WELL OF SIGHS by Ella Quince
This story is absolutely FANTASTIC!! One of the best alt. tales I've read to date. Exceedingly well-written with a very well-crafted plot and a structure incorporating contrasting view-points that really adds to the narrative. The story has Xena and Gabrielle finding an abandoned well just as the bard is trying to remember an old tale about the Well of Sighs. Recalling a crucial part of that story she calls out a desperate warning but it is to late as she sees the warrior's lips already wet from the water just taken. A moment later Gabrielle finds herself alone not with her best friend of two years but with a very dangerous warlord - the Warrior Princess reborn who cannot remember her, cannot remember the good she's done, and wants only to rebuild her lost army. Determined to somehow retrieve Xena's memory, the bard steadfastly remains with the warlord, ignoring the abuse, ignoring the cruelty that is Xena fully immersed in darkness but one thing Gabrielle cannot ignore - the calling in her heart to what this new, sensual warrior offers. It is a vulnerability the Warrior Princess knows she can exploit - a truth which will make the bard waver in her quest to return things to what they were, wondering if she could ever once again bury the feelings awakened in her heart. An exceptional piece of storytelling, this gets my HIGHEST RECOMMEDATION! - 30 pgs., 7/4/97
AWARDS: "Getting Serious" Swollen Bud Award (June 15, 2000)

Barron Story Cover
"Prelude to Ella Quince's Story 'Well of Sighs' - Panel 1" by Jeri Peterson
"Prelude to Ella Quince's Story 'Well of Sighs' - Panel 2" by Jeri Peterson
"Prelude to Ella Quince's Story 'Well of Sighs' - Panel 3" by Jeri Peterson
[Spanish version: EL POZO DE LOS SUSPIROS at http://www.la-concha.com/ xena/encarna4.htm]
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

Well written new offering that has Xena and the bard coming upon a band of Amazons previously unknown to them. Soon enough the two are helping the women warriors against some mutual enemies while Xena watches her partner, wondering whether Gabrielle would indeed be better off with the stability her own Amazons can offer. Nice depiction of the relationship with a strong supporting cast. - 42 pgs., 9/28/98, re-released 1/5/99
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**WET DREAMS by Friction
One of my favorites returns with a novel that has instantly become...one of my favorites :-) Hard to categorize, this latest gem from Friction is set in the classic XWP period...though it's also somewhat uberish. It's a romance, a mystery, and a coming-out story all wrapped up in a wonderful, touching, memorable package certain to enhance Friction's already WELL-deserved reputation as the author of some fanfic's most passionate moments. Friction aficionados will be particularly amused by the opening of this tale which is classic Friction in how it leads us one way only to pull us in a completely different direction later on. On their way to Poteidaia for Lila's wedding, Xena and Gabrielle are feeling restless - both distressed by dreams neither is willing to discuss. Uncomfortable with the bard's family and with her growing feelings for the young woman, Xena heads for Amphipolis, initiating a separation between the two that will eventually bring to ahead the emotional turmoil they're both in. In the weeks to come, as the warrior tackles a mysterious curse that seems to be plaguing the couples in her home town, Gabrielle struggles to understand the dreams that have taken over her nights and seem to haunt her every waking moment. Lost without her warrior and sensing, as in her childhood days, a keen difference between herself and others in her home village, the young bard embarks on a self-journey that will demand the greatest of courage as at long last she faces a very personal truth and reunited with Xena reaches for the one thing she knows will ever bring her real happiness. Together warrior and bard will fight a battle unlike any they've ever fought before, not against weapons but against misconceptions and prejudice. Friction delivers here a classic XWP story with all those elements that made us XWP fanfic addicts long ago - the angst of a relationship meant to be, the anguish of two hearts yearning for one another yet afraid, the excitement and humor of those first days in a romance. Exceptionally clever in how it throws a touch of the uber into the classic scenario, WET DREAMS is a beautifully written tale guaranteed to entertain you and stir...ALL sorts of feelings ;-) Grab some Amazon Ice, clear a couple of hours on your schedule and go ENJOY this fine story that gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - 248 pgs., 4/24/01

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