WEDNESDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 10/8/97
[Previous report was for 10/2/97]
Well, I'm back from Valley Forge. This was my first convention and it was an experience I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND to all Xenites out there. Meeting the celebrities was GREAT! Meeting fellow fans was EXTRAORDINARY - and meeting the bards had me in HEAVEN!! There were SO many bards there TOO!!! Nothing beats spending time with others who share the obsession.
Several new XWP fan fiction sites were made available over the weekend:
SAPPHIC VOICES FAN FICTION PAGE
WARRIOR BARD'S SCROLLS (GENERAL FICTION only)
SKYA'S XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS PAGE
EMARTIN'S FAN FICTION PAGE (GENERAL FICTION only)
Also, the stories and poems have now been posted at the HALLOWEEN BARD CONTEST. Do make sure to stop by and *VOTE*! The URL is:
LOTS of new stories and updates were released while I was away so this is a long one folks! I alphabetized it for easier retrieval :)
CLEVER TOO by Wakar
An epilogue to the episode THE FURIES which has Xena talking things out with her mother and then a very clever bard showing just how well she knows the Warrior Princess.
HEART TO HEART by Marie E. Costa
A very tender vignette set after the events in the episode DEATH IN CHAINS as Xena tries to comfort a grieving bard and learns something about herself in the process. Very nice.
THE LIGHTER BURDEN by EMartin
New story, as yet unfinished, set immediately after Xena's conversion to good and her separation from Hercules at the end of UNCHAINED HEART. In chapter one the Warrior Princess is on her way to Amphipolis.
POWERS THAT BIND by Marie E. Costa
Well-written story in which the warrior and bard try to help a couple of men whose blood links them to the Lykoi - a mysterious tribe with characteristics that make many fear them as werewolves.
THE PUZZLE by Tim Boothby
Intriguing story by a promising new bard that has Xena and Gabrielle meeting a strange old man with an uncanny talent for the healing arts. Despite his gift, the man is a tortured soul who shares something in common with the Warrior Princess - an overwhelming guilt for the darkness in his past and a certainty that redemption will always remain beyond his grasp. Nice treatment of the Xena/Gab relationship.
REFLECTIONS BY ARGO by Anita Louise
The mighty steed remembers her past with Xena and the days since a little irritating blonde joined them.
THE RIVER by Aslan
The conclusion of this story is now available. This is an action-packed sequel to Aslan's FORGIVENESS which has Xena and Gabrielle joining forces with the warrior's former enemy Arianna - this time to track down a mutual foe - the warlord Talinares. What they don't suspect is that Talinares has formed an alliance of his own with an evil determined to bring the Warrior Princess to her knees. In this concluding part a friendship is tested and blood is shed.
STAR-CROSSED LOVERS by Marie E. Costa
Another of Marie's wonderful vignettes, this one is set during the events in the episode THE PATH NOT TAKEN. It depicts a scene in the dungeons of the castle where Gabrielle and the prince are held until Xena arrives to get them out.
THE SWEETEST DREAMS by L. Graham
An absolutely DELIGHTFUL story featuring a truly beautiful, tenderly poignant interpretation of the relationship between warrior and bard. Fulfilling an old promise, Xena surprises her best friend with a trip to Thessaloniki to attend the reknown play festival held there every autumn. For the young bard it's a dream come true but for the warrior a nightmare in the making as she anticipates loosing the most precious thing in her life. Graham skillfully captures the sweetness, the fun and the frustration of the Xena/Gab exchanges. Her characterizations of both women is on the money in a story that will leave a warm spot in your heart. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
THE TASTE OF LOSS by Marie E. Costa
This vignette features Xena and Gabrielle's thoughts during the episode ATHENS CITY: ACADEMY OF THE PERFORMING BARDS as they miss one another desperately.
TIME TO KILL by Sarah Mangene
This is the *PERFECT* story to read during Halloween month! Prepare for chills galore as Xena and the Gabster arrive at a mysterious abandoned castle where they have been summoned to a meeting with Hercules and Iolus. With the two men still not expected for a few days, the warrior and bard decide to wait in the castle never suspecting the evil they are about to uncover. Well-written and CREEPY! Make sure to read this with most of the lights turned off, preferably on some rainy night when you're ALL by your lonesome! BWAHAHAHAHHA!!! >:)
XENA'S FEARS REALIZED by Marie E. Costa
Set during the episode RETURN OF CALLISTO after Gabrielle accepts Perdicus' marriage proposal, this vignette is a look at Xena's reaction to that turn of events.
WHEN YOU CARE ENOUGH by Marie E. Costa
Set during and after the episode TIES THAT BIND, this vignette shows how the warrior and bard became closer during that trial.
DIFFERENCES by Willow
A very different story featuring a poignant lesson in love which may at last prod the Warrior Princess and her bard to be honest with one another.
THE ENCHANTMENT by Friction
A fantastic debut for a new bard, this story begins with Xena and Gabrielle visiting the Amazons where Ephiny soon finds herself in the role of matchmaker - trying to get the warrior and the young Amazon queen to admit what seems very obvious to everyone else. Her efforts, however, are soon thwarted by a vengeful god obsessed with the Warrior Princess and more determined than ever to keep her from discovering the love a gentle bard holds for her. This is well-written, with some very tender moments, lots of emotion, a little angst and a ton of passion! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
GET YOUR KICKS...ON ROUTE 66 by Miss and Aisa
Part three of this story is now available. This is an alternate timeline XWP story based in the present day. Meet Zina, a tall raven-haired beauty on a Harley who is at the right place and the right time to save a young strawberry blonde when she's attacked on a lonely Arizona road. On her way to L.A., a grateful Bree finds herself fascinated with the leather-clad biker but soon realizes she may not get a chance to learn more about the stranger. Clever and promising tale.
GREECE by Wishes
This should particularly be a thrill for those Xenites who've seen Lucy in GREASE - a somewhat "different" version of the musical. Cute!
IDYLLS by de Bonheur
A lustful little tale set in Athens during a grand festival in which an interesting game is played - participants exchange necklaces for favors with the most necklaces signaling the victor at the end. In town with their "best friends", Gabrielle and Iolus soon are competing against one another.
THE PLAY by CN Winters
Amusing offering by another new bard that has the warrior and bard agreeing to help Salmoneous put on a play for royalty, never suspecting that their "acting" would reveal more than they intended...
SLEEPYHEAD by Dana Corner
One of Gabrielle's spicier dreams becomes reality ;-)
SOLITUDE'S GUARDIAN by de Bonheur
A beautifully romantic and soulful look at the relationship between warrior and bard. Resting in Amphipolis with the bard, Xena thinks back on their first time together and on the magic they have shared ever since. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
THERE'S PROFIT IN HISTORY by Psyche
This is a crossover story involving the characters of XWP and a short- lived show called PROFIT. Although I never watched PROFIT myself, I didn't have problems following this story and I found a lot of it quite funny. The tale basically has the characters of Gabrielle and Gail changing places so Gail ends up in Ancient Greece while the bard experiences the modern world. It should particularly appeal to fans of both shows but give it a try regardless. Note: the story does include some subtext but nothing explicit.
THE WARRIOR'S JOURNAL by WordWarior
This gifted bard is back with a short, thought-provoking and very nicely written tale of Xena just prior to her army's betrayal and the gauntlet she was forced to endure. The story is told by a scribe who follows her around, recording her actions on the night before a battle as she visits her men, comforting the sick, encouraging the warriors and exacting punishment on any who dare disobey her orders. The portrait that emerges is of a Warrior Princess with a very definite if sometimes ruthless code of honor and of a woman engulfed in darkness but beginning to reach out for the light that will find her in the months and years to come. Original look at a Xena in transition. Note: This story is not explicit. 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.