FRIDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 10/10/97
[Previous report was for 10/9/97]
SEASON OF CHANGE by Hobbes
The conclusion of this story is now available. Set soon after the events shown in the episode THE PRICE, this tale has Xena and Gabrielle struggling with the emotional aftermath of their encounter with the Horde. Xena is dismayed at how easily she reverted to the warlord of old and at her cruel treatment of the bard, while Gabrielle is troubled by the fear she felt seeing Xena in her element - a fear that remains deep inside the young woman. There is a distance between them both want to close but which fate may soon make it difficult to do so as events spiral out of their control plunging the two into a horror even more traumatic than what they experience with the Horde. In these final chapters, Xena and Gabrielle reaffirm the bond between them as they join in a fight to save innocent lives. This is one of Hobbes BEST stories, excelling in the depiction of a friendship for the ages. NOTE: The story DOES include violence. Please read the author's disclaimer on this. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! First reviewed 6/6/97.
PENITENCE by Attica
Revealing more about Xena's past, this story reads very much like an actual Greek myth. It has Xena and the bard hurrying to try to save a school trapped between advancing enemy armies - a school run by a former mentor of Xena's with some surprising connections to the gods. A nicely written debut from a new bard.
PRELUDE TO A DIG by L. Graham
A *MUST READ* for all of you out there who enjoyed Bat Morda's story IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE DIG, this little tale acts as a prologue to Bat's now classic piece of fan fiction. Featuring Mel prior to the Mediterranean trip which would change her life forever, Graham's story depicts a southerner who is lonely, who is searching for something - or someone that can make her feel complete. Here at last we get to see the first instance in which a love from the Ancient past touched the ancestors of Xena and Gabrielle. VERY nice! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabby, depicting them as more than just friends.