SATURDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 7/5/97
[Previous report was for 7/4/97]
SEASON OF CHANGE by Hobbes
Chapters 3-4 of this story are now available. Set soon after the events shown in the episode THE PRICE, this tale has Xena and Gabrielle struggling with the emotional aftermath of their encounter with the Horde. Xena is dismayed at how easily she reverted to the warlord of old and at her cruel treatment of the bard, while Gabrielle is troubled by the fear she felt seeing Xena in her element - a fear that remains deep inside the young woman. There is a distance between them both want to close but which fate may soon make it difficult to do so as events spiral out of their control plunging the two into a horror even more traumatic than what they experience with the Horde. In these latest chapters Xena tries to help a traumatized Gabrielle deal with the aftermath of a vicious attack while a friend from their past offers to assist with the mission Xena was supposed to be on. Very well-written story which is turning out to be Hobbes best to date.
SHADOWS IMAGE by Hobbes
Xena and Gabrielle are summoned by Princess Diana, the warrior's royal look alike, who needs the bard to help her in negotiations with neighboring Amazons. Meanwhile, the two run into Meg and learn that Joxer's last visit to the kingdom has resulted in some unexpected developments - a little matter which has been developing quite nicely in fact...for the past nine months ;-) As usual with Hobbes stories, this has lots of funny moments and depicts a very warm, caring friendship between Xena and the Gabster.
THE BLACK WOLF by Xenia
Xena and Gabrielle try to help a village fight a deadly predator. Frightened by the possibility of loosing one another, they begin to admit the feelings they've been hiding.
THE QUESTION by Moonwarrior
Sweet first-time story that has Xena saving Gabrielle from certain death after which the two go stay with the Amazons so Xena can recover from her injuries.
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.