THURSDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 4/16/98
[Previous report was for 4/15/98]
Short one tonight (ran out of Visine ;-) - an all alt. report featuring the works of a favorite writing team.
ROYAL COLORS by Pink Rabbit Productions
This talented bardic duo brings us another EXCEPTIONAL story to join the already impressive body of work their keyboard has delivered. Set after the events in BETRAYAL-THE DEBT II, the story begins in a forest where Xena and Gabrielle have camped for the night on their journey back from Chin. It marks the first time since the horrific events in Britannia that the two lovers share their passion again but it is a bittersweet joining which leaves them more aware than ever of just how much has changed between them. It is an awareness they have little time to even consider before suddenly the two are trust into the middle of a desperate fight for survival as they struggle to help a young boy hunted by the very person who should want to protect him the most - a boy whose fate strangely parallels that of a child Gabrielle cannot forget - another apparent innocent whose only chance may rest in a bard with a frail exterior but the inner strength to humble gods. This is a beautifully written, carefully executed effort which presents two poignant stories at once - the suspenseful fight to try to save a child who may not be what he appears, and the even more heart-wrenching tale of two souls desperately trying to hold on to the love still binding them together even as doubts now threaten to never again let them recapture what they once had. This is the type of story you will be thinking about long after you've finished it and one I think will thoroughly involve fans regardless of their stand on the Third Season. A classic in the making that receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
AFTERMATH by Pink Rabbit Productions
A vignette set immediately after the events in DELIVERER which has Xena guiltily pondering what has happened while Gabrielle struggles with nightmares. This little snippet is accompanied by one of the many EXCEPTIONAL digital art images at the Pink Rabbits site. [Check out the link at the end of the vignette for other digital art]
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.