WEDNESDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 10/14/98
[Previous report was for 10/13/98]
I'm including a special section tonight for STRANGERS IN PARADISE fans - the new issue is out!!
RETALIATION by Barry Marshall
The conclusion is now available. Intriguing story that has the Warrior Princess racing against time to try to save her loved ones from a deadly enemy. This final part pits Xena against both an old nemesis and her own darkness in a potentially fatal duel. Suspenseful, with some well-written action sequences. - 7 pgs.
SINFUL ADVENTURES by Mil Toro
The Warrior Princess has a little explaining to do when Gabrielle demands to know exactly what she was doing during their recent separation. Some great one-liners in this! - 4 pgs.
SURPRISE by My OSage
My Osage continues her apparent quest to make sure Xenites stay nice and warm during the coming Winter months with another sizzler of a tale - this one featuring a flirtatious barmaid, a jealous bard and a very happily surprised Warrior Princess ;-) Strong sense of love and devotion beneath the passion in this. [Due to technical difficulties this story may not be visible in some Web browsers. If you only get a colorful background when you go to the site try saving the HTML file and then viewing that file using a text editor or word processor - you'll see the story in there. The Netscape browser in particular has problems displaying the site so if you have Internet Explorer available on your system try that.] - 6 pgs.
BEYOND MELOSA'S SHADOW by My OSage
Xena and Gabrielle meet Kierra - partner of Melosa at the time of the Queen's death who despite still grieving Gabrielle's predecessor, finds herself hoping a certain Warrior Princess might fill the emptiness in her heart. One slight catch though - there's a little bard who has her own plans for the warrior. Lots of drama in a nicely written offering. [Due to technical difficulties this story may not be visible in some Web browsers. If you only get a colorful background when you go to the site try saving the HTML file and then viewing that file using a text editor or word processor - you'll see the story in there. The Netscape browser in particular has problems displaying the site so if you have Internet Explorer available on your system try that.] - 25 pgs.
IN HER EYES by JL Peterson
Fantasy merges with reality in this erotic little piece that has warrior and bard living their dreams. Romantic tale that keeps you guessing. - 4 pgs.
THE AMAZONS OF DAHOMEY by Susan Smith
Chapters 9-11 are now available. A sequel to Susan's outstanding THE CHARIOTEER, this story continues where that one left off, following Xena and Gabrielle as they join a caravan on their way out of the Kingdom of Har back toward Greece. The two are reveling in the new freedom of their relationship unaware that fate is about to interfere once again throwing Gabrielle and a young Amazon initiate into the midst of deadly power play and leaving a desperate Xena looking for her soulmate in a land full of strangers all with agendas of their own. In these latest chapters the warrior and bard meet the Amazons of Dahomey as a stranger discovers in the unlikely bond between the two soulmates a deeper meaning than he'd ever suspected. This story already shows terrific potential once again displaying Susan's impressive ability to develop suspenseful, engrossing plots around an equally well-crafted Xena/Gab relationship. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 28 pgs.
SPECIAL SECTION - STRANGERS IN PARADISE:
STRANGERS IN PARADISE Vol. 3, issue #18 by Terry Moore
The latest installment in the series continues the story Terry began in issue #17, looking at Katchoo and Francine's life ten years in the future. We see the two friends at a time when they were still close. It is a time Francine remembers dearly and which she is thinking back on when she awakens one morning desperately wishing she could see that ornery blonde again. [Note: The issue costs $2.75 and can be purchased from your local comics store or directly from Abstract Studio, P.O. Box 271487, Houston, TX 77277, USA - include $3.00 for postage and handling.]
If any of you would like to learn more about Terry's FANTASTIC comic series STRANGERS IN PARADISE take a look at my at my SPECIAL REPORTS page. The series is about the very special friendship between two soulmates and features a lot of the same elements that have made XWP such a hit.
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 Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.