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Xena: Choose Your own Adventure #2


H = 33, X = 28

Xena stomped off, kicking up some dirt.

Darius looked back at the Warrior Princess. He knew that he had just destroyed his relationship with her.

Xena walked over to Argo. Then she thought about Gabrielle. As Xena untied Argo to go graze in the field, she thought about her adventures that she would miss, and thought about the bard that she would miss.

"Hey!" a voice called out from behind her. A young man dismounted a horse and handed Xena a scroll. "Youíre Xena, right?" he asked.

"Yes," she said hesitantly.

"This is from Gabrielle of Potedia," the man said.

"Thank you," Xena nodded as the man got back on his horse and rode away. Xena opened the scroll. It said:

"No, Gabrielle, youíre wrong," Xena gave a small smile to the scroll.

"Youíre not my best friend. Youíre my sister."

Xena got on Argo and headed back to the barn. She got off the horse, gathered her things together, and went into the house.

"Thank you, Darius," she said to the man who sat on a chair, looking down at his feet.

"Thank me? For what?" he asked, looking sadly up at the woman.

"For what we have," Xena held his hand.

"Then whyó"

"Because it has to be this way. I love you, but I canít leave Gabrielle hanging like this. I have to make sure sheís all right before I decide to give you a definite marriage answer."

Darius nodded. "Send word, then, all right?" he said, letting the warrior hold his hand. Xena nodded.

The Warrior Princess went back into the barn and got ready to leave. As she left, she thought about Augolis, Lykus, and Sarita. Should she say goodbye? She didnít want to because the decision was so sudden. Besides, she would see them again soon.

Traveling to Potedia was an easy road. It went straight through Corinth and onto the small village. Once Xena entered the village, she looked around. It was like her own village. The people were mainly farmers, not warriors, and the people were friendly to visitors.

Xena dismounted Argo as one woman greeted her. Xena wished her a good afternoon back, and the warrior looked for Gabrielleís house.

She didnít have to look long.

"Xena," Gabrielle said, surprised. Xena swallowed. Gabrielle was in a long dress, the kind of dress that she meet the bard in. The girl had two buckets of water.

"How was the wedding?" Gabrielle asked. Xena was surprised that she knew.

"We didnít have it," the warrior replied.

"Oh." It was silent for a few seconds. "Where are you going now?"

"I saw some people in Corinth that are re-building their houses. I was going to drop in," Xena said quietly.

"Good, let me get changed," the bard grinned. She set the buckets down and ran back to her nearby house.

It was five minutes later when Xena and Gabrielle left the gates. Gabrielle spun her staff around in a circle.

"I gotta practice, Iím a little rusty," the bard giggled. Xena smiled.

"What did you tell Darius. Did you just come out and say Ďnoí when he asked you to marry him?" Gabrielle asked as they walked along the path.

Xena was quiet.

"Am I right? Did you?" Gabrielle prompted.

Xena made eye contact with the bard. "Yeah, youíre right."