WEDNESDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 2/4/98
[Previous report was for 2/2/98]
The PINK RABBIT CONSORTIUM page has changed addresses again. The new URL is http://www.altfic.com/
Lots of updates tonight in an all alt. report.
THIS LITTLE DARE by Zzelami
Break out the good wine and get a nice blaze going in that fireplace because Zzelami's latest is one for the romantic in us all. A WONDERFUL, sweet, funny, at times heart-wrenching but ultimately hopeful tale that begins simply enough with a certain bard hearing about one of Xena's many skills and extending...a little dare ;-) Before long the Warrior Princess is immersed in meeting the challenge, and then some...never suspecting the deep hidden truths Gabrielle's dare could uncover. This is a very special read that will leave you screaming SEQUEL! - but don't despair, Zzelami has been warned that many of us will be stocking up on the tar and feathers unless we eventually see MORE from her >:) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
TO BE A WOMAN by DelShannon
Chapter 7 of this story is now available. This bard's first XWP offering is a promising hurt/comfort story that has Gabrielle thinking about her feelings for Xena just as an attack intensifies these, reminding her of just how much she loves the warrior. In this latest chapter Xena worries as Gabrielle seems to grow more and more distant.
REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST by Melissa Good
Part 2 of this story is now available. Already responsible for six of the most popular, most loved XWP stories on the Net, Missy latest is a combination uber-Xena/clip show story which already looks like it will easily match the outstanding body of work bearing this writer's name. As the story begins Xena and her bard are still hibernating in Amphipolis, enjoying the peace of their home and the simple comfort of just being with one another. They decide to work on translating the ancient scrolls they found while visiting Jessan's people in BOUND. Before long they are uncovering an emotional tale, almost as passionate and poignant as their own, involving a village girl named Ardwyn and the enigmatic Viking warrior who captures her heart. All the while the story revealed in those scrolls is awakening memories in Xena and Gabrielle, memories of the times they've shared and the long road they've traveled to get to the happiness they're now blessed with. In this latest part, as warrior and bard remember times of sorrow and of mirth, they read of Ardwyn's arrival in a strange land. Missy's flashbacks continue to be among the best in the business, giving us insights into scenes from the TV show and filling in the time in between episodes like no other fan fiction has ever done. The uber sections in this story are also particularly well written - done in a style that is different from the rest of the novel and adds tremendously to the atmosphere of the more ancient story. In a rather angst-filled third season, this newest Missy offering is a godsend folks! What are you still doing reading this review???? GO READ THE STORY!!! It gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [Do not miss THE LONGEST NIGHT which preceeds this story.]
PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY by Paul Seely and Jennifer Garza
Part two of this story is now available. This is the highly anticipated sequel to one of the best uber-Xena stories available on the Net, SURFACING. Part one is now available and I have to tell you folks - it does NOT disappoint! Already this looks like it's going to rival Paul and Jennifer's first story as one wildly exiting ride! Featuring one VERY deadly encounter between a trained killer and the men assigned to protect its quarry, the opening sequence is a gripping combination of suspense, action, intrigue and pathos - set in sharp contrast to the scenes which follow as we see Diana and Charlie enjoying domestic life. The months of tranquillity, however, have not affected the ex-agent's razor-sharp senses which soon enough are warning her that the peace she's been enjoying may just be coming to an end. In this latest part, a very serious message is delivered. As in SURFACING, Paul and Jennifer do here an outstanding job of imbuing their writing with a very contemporary "feel". The relationship between Diana and Charlie is characterized by an easiness between them - a level of comfort that reveals their love even in the smallest of gestures. Excellent writing and excellent storytelling. DO NOT MISS!! VERY 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.