NOTE: I do not update these reports after they are posted so some of the links may not work after a while. If you find a broken link check the title in the alphabetical lists of alternative or general reviews at the end of this report.

THURSDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 4/22/99
[Previous report was for 4/19/99]

Hi guys,

RHIANNON SILVERFLAME'S ALTERNATIVE FAN FICTION page has changed addresses. The new address is: http://silverflame.simplenet.com/

Also, the FIRST TIME STORIES index at the FADE TO BLACK: XENA FAN FICTION site now has available a nifty new search engine allowing you to search by category, title or author. Very nice. Check it out at: http://fadetoblack.simplenet.com/first/

Meanwhile, there's a new site now available featuring uber-Xena fanfic called UBER-XENA CENTRAL. The site categorizes the stories based on their setting in either the past, present or future. Stop by this new fanfic archive ahttp://www.angelfire.com/or/UBERCENTRAL/index.htmlt http://www.angelfire.com/or/UBERCENTRAL/index.html

GENERAL FICTION

PILLOW TALK by Verrath
Another charming new entry in the TELL ME SERIES which has Sina and Gabby pondering the meaning of good and evil during a sleep-over. Deceptively innocent, the conversation is telling of the girls' mindsets and their tremendous devotion to one another. Sweet. - 4 pgs.
http://verrath.de/tellme/pillow.htm

ALTERNATIVE FICTION

HEART OF WINTER by Psyk
Psyk joins the ranks of Xenite bards with a very entertaining, nicely written tale set in Amphipolis to which Xena has returned after learning that a very deadly and very twisted former acquaintance of hers has amassed an army with the intent of sacking the town. With Gabrielle by her side she begins calling up forces of her own, preparing for a battle even as she finds herself surrendering at long last to the bard's gentle attack on her heart. Featuring a solid mixture of action, humor and romance, Psyk's story gives the Xena/Gab partnership a very appealing intensity and dedication as they take the first steps from friendship into something more. Excellent first effort. DO NOT MISS! - 43 pgs.
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/psyk_how.hts

WHATEVER BROUGHT US TO THIS MOMENT by My Warrior
A follow-up to My Warrior's NOW I REMEMBER, this new entry has the warrior and her bard still in Amphipolis while Gabrielle recuperates from her recent injury. It's a peaceful time that allows both women to reflect on their years together and their love for one another while Cyrene herself reflects on the course her daughter's life has taken. Nice reaffirmation of the Xena/Gab relationship. - 7 pgs.
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/my_warrior_wbuttm.hts

BURNING TIME by Sandakat
Combining several uber tales into one Sandakat sets her story in modern-day Los Angeles where a chance meeting at a hospital between Doctor Rene Covington and firefighter Dina Pakadios sets in motion a reunion of soulmates that has taken place many times before - in Ancient Greece, then again centuries later on the streets of London and most recently amidst the drama of a world at war. Drawn by a connection neither quite understands but both feel very strongly, the two start to unravel a puzzle centuries old. Sandakat presents a satisfying depiction of the relationship while cleverly linking the different uber incarnations of our heroines. - 81 pgs.
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/sandakat_bt.hts

GOING HOME by Soulafloat
Poignant tale about a love so powerful it has survived even the curse of an angry god. This one reads like an actual Greek myth. - 4 pgs.
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/soulafloat_gh.hts

CONQUERING THE CONQUEROR by Seana James
Chapter 6 is now available. Set in the world of Xena the Conqueror, this VERY promising new story revisits the scene from the Hercules episode ARMAGEDDON NOW that marked the first-ever confrontation between the infamous empress and the courageous insurrectionist, Gabrielle of Poteidaia. Impressed by the young woman's bravery but determined to show the people how pointless any efforts at opposing her will be, Xena does not hesitate to order the insurrectionist's crucifixion, instructing the soldiers to break her legs in the process. The cruel empress stands by stoically as her victim's screams flood the courtyard but once her eyes are captured by the anguished ones starring back at her from that cross suddenly another vision floods her mind - a vision from another time and place on a snowy mountain where she is herself on a cross and on another one right beside her those same green eyes are shinning back at her with nothing but love. It is a vision that shakes the Conqueror to the depths of her souls making her realize that she may have just made the most horrible mistake of her life... In this latest chapter an assassin breaches castle security even as Gabrielle continues breaching the walls around the Conqueror's heart. Seana sets up a terrific premise here and does a great job of maintaining the characterizations from that ARMAGEDDON NOW episode. Her Gabrielle is courageous, smart and very human while her Xena is remarkably likeable despite the rough and deadly exterior - sympathetic and yet frightening in her determination to keep the gentleness in her heart from surfacing. Definitely one to monitor in the weeks ahead, this one comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 10 pgs.
http://xenafiction.net/scrolls/seana_james_ctc.hts

A LITTLE PIECE OF PARADISE by Midgit
Part 9 is now available. Promising new uber tale set in modern day Bath, England which has real estate agent Eden Gallagher getting a very welcomed assignment when a stunning brunette walks into her office looking for a place to rent. Intrigued by the lovely stranger and encouraged by her roommate, Eden decides to try her luck with Victoria Conrad never suspecting that a friend is precisely what her mysterious client might need. In this latest part, Victoria stops fighting against what she's been feeling. Nice writing and an intriguing scenario in this one. [unfinished] - 6 pgs.

HEART'S COURAGE by LZClotho
Chapters 13-14 are now available. Riveting new story that finds Gabrielle in dire straits on her way to the Roman slave markets praying the Warrior Princess will reach her soon, only the warrior Gabrielle knows is no more, replaced by a stranger living ten years in the past and aided now once again by the same mysterious figure that was her right hand back then. In these latest parts an emperor is betrayed while a god lies dying and a new one is born. Clotho does a nice job with the pacing of the story creating a great sense of suspense and impending danger. DO NOT MISS! [unfinished] - 16 pgs.
http://merwolf.com/academy/fanfic/l/lzclotho_courage.html

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.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)