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[Previous report was for 6/23/97]

Hello everyone,

Two nice new alt. stories tonight.


BRIDGES II by S. Derkins
Starting where BRIDGES left off - the first chapter of this sequel maintains the sweet quality of the original following Xena and Gabrielle on the first day of a new life for them - a life in which they are suddenly much more comfortable expressing their feelings.

COMRADES IN ARMS by Roc-it Scientist
In trying to explain the Xena/Gab TV relationship, this story sets out to do the impossible but surprisingly ends up presenting a rather realistic view that is sweet and funny and very much based on the love these characters have for one another. COMRADES IN ARMS basically follows our two heroines through their adventures and travels after the deaths of Perdicus and Callisto to the time just after they part ways with Cecrops. The story doesn't dwell on what we saw on the TV episodes but rather - what we didn't - the days in between adventures, the nights by the campfires, the traveling on the road. We see Xena and Gabrielle first turning to one another almost by accident, while missing past loves in fact. The initial explorations are playful and curious with Xena thinking she is simply a temporary solution for the bard. It is at the thought of loosing her that Xena begins to realize just what her companion means to her. The only question is...does Gabrielle feel the same? This is well-written and VERY well plotted to synchronize with the TV series. Some of the exchanges between Xena and Gab are simply priceless. Be aware, however that in depicting a different type of relationship between the warrior and bard, this story is an acquired taste. Fun and definitely worth reading though.

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.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)