SATURDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 1/10/98
[Previous report was for 1/8/98]
One new one, one update tonight :)
THE SEA AND THE SPRING LEAVES by Jill
This is a follow-up to Jill's first story CAVES which very nicely maintains the mythical feel of that earlier effort. The tale has Xena and Gabrielle visiting a village where for a change it is the bard and not the warrior that awakens the people's animosity. Jill cleverly interlaces the main tale with an older legend producing a story which carries a great message about the ignorance of hatred based solely on people being different. DO NOT MISS!
WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS MADE OFF? by DJWP
Parts 15-16 of this story are now available. The talented bard who brought us the already classic A BARD DAY'S NIGHT returns with a FANTASTIC new story complete with all the elements that have made her tales among the most entertaining in XWP fan fiction. Visiting the city of Chalcis to replenish their supplies, Xena and the Gabster stop by an apothecary where the warrior hopes to find some of the medicinal herbs and potions used in healing. Unbeknownst to them both, their shopping trip will eventually give way to a nightmare as Xena soon finds her effectiveness as a warrior somewhat...reduced. In this latest section the warrior, the bard and their friends try to find a solution to the little problem confronting them - all the while the enemy is closing in. DJ's characterizations of Xena and the bard are among the best in the business - very playful, sexy and sweet. She is adept also at creating a strong supporting cast as anyone can attest to who was enchanted with her unforgettable Sappho and the poet's fun-loving followers in A BARD DAY'S NIGHT. As yet unfinished, this new story already features a number of colorful characters including a rather uncoordinated barmaid whose mishaps are going to leave you and a certain bard grinning :) This tale is EASILY one of the most original I've read to date in XWP fan fiction - a marvelous combination of humor, suspense, romance and drama that will satisfy the finickiest of readers. NOT TO BE MISSED folks! This receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!
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.