SUNDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 5/17/98
[Previous report was for 5/16/98]
Short one tonight.
HOMECOMINGS by L. Graham
In this terrific sequel to THE SWEETEST DREAMS Xena and Gabrielle return to Poteidaia to spend time with the bard's family. It is an enlightening experience for both of them as the warrior gets a glimpse of the life that led Gabrielle to her and the bard, in coming to terms with her past, feels more certain than ever about her choices in the present. L. Graham does a wonderful job here of fleshing out Gabrielle's life in Poteidaia prior to Xena, giving us an insightful look at the experiences that combined to produce the young woman who would change the life of an ex- warlord. Meanwhile, she's also telling Xena's story - showing the insecurities beneath the tough exterior, showing the vulnerabilities that only a bard is ever made privy too - showing how much these two women have come to mean to one another and how devoted they remain in spite of what they've recently survived. This is a story full of heart with outstanding depictions of our two heroines and the very real, solid bond that glues them together. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [Note: aspects of the story can be considered subtext]
AS IT SHOULD BE by CN Winters
A sensual new vignette that has the Amazon Queen very much in need of her warrior ;-) This one will leave you in need of that air conditioner >:)
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.