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Xena: Choose Your own Adventure #2
|CHAPTER #51 ----- GUILT
H = 26, X = 14
"No, I wasnít going to say anything," Gabrielle said defensively. Sphaerus eyed the young bard carefully.
They sat there for a while in silence, waiting for Xena to meet them at the small overhang. Gabrielle knew that her best friend was alright...
"Gabrielle?" a voice called out from the side of the cavern.
Gabrielle perked up. "Xena!" she said loudly. She was happy her best friend had come through.
"Letís go before the Horde realizes Iím missing. Long story," Xena said, answering Gabrielleís question before it was even asked.
Gabrielle and Sphaerus followed the Warrior Princess through the woods, their path open and perfect to know when there was about to be an ambush.
Xena hopped on Argo eventually and hoisted Gabrielle up. Sphaerus looked up at the two.
Xena offered her arm.
"Itís all right, Iíll walk," the man said.
"Get ready to run," Xena chuckled. She pushed Argo to a gallop, with Sphaerus falling behind. Gabrielle looked at her quizzically from behind. Xena felt the eyes on her and answered the unasked question.
"I want away from these woods as fast as we can. The Horde captured me and I made them angry," Xena grinned.
"Shouldnít we go back and get him?" Gabrielle asked against the wind. She worried about Sphaerus.
"Heíll be alright," Xena said, intent on getting to a very large opening in the woods. She reached it and dismounted Argo.
"Xena, I feel really guilty about something," Gabrielle confessed. A look of fear flickered on Xenaís face.
"What is it?" Xena asked, straightening the saddle on her horse. Gabrielle explained the conversation she had with Sphaerus. Xena listened carefully the entire time.
"What should I do? Should I tell him now?" Gabrielle asked.
"No. Then you would have been lying. You know that expression Ďwhat they donít know wonít hurt themí? Well, itís like tható" Xena started. Gabrielle interrupted.
"No, Xena. Iím not like that," Gabrielle sighed hopelessly. "Iím gonna tell him."
"Why? To hurt him?" Xena asked slowly and quietly, trying hard to change Gabrielleís mind.
"Why not? I donít want himó"
"He wonít! What are you so scared about? He wonít kill you over it! Heíll be able to deal with his anger alone if he finds out on his own!"
Gabrielle thought about Xenaís words. The bard opened her mouth to come back with a response.
"Thanks for waiting," they heard a voice call out. Sphaerus approached them from behind a tree. "What do you have to tell me?" he pursed his lips, ready for the worst. His breathing was heavy and fast.
Xena looked at Gabrielle.
Gabrielle looked at Xena.
"Gabrielle has something to tell you. Iíll be ahead if you need me," Xena sad hastily.
"Gabrielle, is this about what you were going to tell me back in that cave?" Sphaerus asked, still breathless.
"Sort of..." Gabrielle started the story, and prepared herself for an unusual reaction. At the end of her explanation, Sphaerus was silent. He was silent until he left the other two at a fork in the road. No one said goodbye, no thanked anyone, but Gabrielle still felt guilty.