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[Previous report was for 8/20/97]

Hey all!

Some really FUN stories tonight! August must be warlord/slave month too ;-) All are alt. tales.


Coming from the keyboard of Bat Morda it should be no surprise that this is one of the BEST Warlord/Slave stories written to date in XWP fan fiction and an absolute MUST READ! To help a monarch who once offered her army shelter, Xena agrees to try to intimidate a neighboring kingdom into abandoning any expansionist plans they may have. In order to do so, however, she must first convince the king there that she is still the feared warlord of old - an image which really doesn't allow for a bard as a companion. For Xena the solution seems simple - to go alone. For Gabrielle another solution is MUCH more rational - to go along as Xena's slave. Guess who wins ;-) Exceptionally well-written and edited, this is a romance that explores the attraction to things dark and dangerous. Words that come to mind - hot, sizzling, burning! DO NOT READ AT WORK (unless your co-workers are used to seeing you flushed and wearing a silly grin). Bat offers a few more warnings herself at the beginning of her story - make SURE to read those. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

In an unusual treat we get BOTH the original story and its sequel with this latest by the Xenaverse's favorite flying mammal :) Bat tried a very unique approach in this sequel - basically giving us the same story as the original but from a different perspective - this time as seen through Xena's eyes. The technique works really well enhancing the characteri-
zations set forth in the first tale and revealing to an even greater degree the love beneath the passion. The same words come to mind as in the first story by the way - HOT, SIZZLING, BURNING - so this one gets the DO NOT READ AT WORK warning as well as a reminder to read Bat's disclaimers (they're too funny to miss anyway). VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

WHAT IF by Bat Morda
Bat's third new one and yeap - another solid hit! Set during the events in the episode COMEDY OF EROS, this is basically a "what if" tale that looks at what could have happened had Joxer NOT made his way in between a certain warrior and Gabrielle when the bard was hit by one of Cupid's arrow. Clever and funny.

Due to popular demand Katrina decided to continue this story so she now has part 5 available! This is a somewhat different warlord/slave story that will likely get that pulse ;-) With Xena back in warlord mode, a determined Gabrielle enlists the aid of friends to help her get back to the warrior's side. One slight glitch though - Xena doesn't seem to remember her so to stay near Gabrielle is going to have to convince the Warrior Princess that she's her personal slave...attentive in every way. Well-written and very intriguing. Note: this story contains light S&M.

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-)