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VIOLENCE WARNING/DISCLAIMER: This story depicts scenes of violence and/or their aftermath. Readers who are disturbed by or sensitive to this type of depiction may wish to read something other than this story.

HURT/COMFORT WARNING/DISCLAIMER: This story may be best classified as a Hurt/Comfort Story involving the charactes Xena: Warrior Princess and Gabrielle. Readers who are disturbed by or sensitive to this type of issue may wish to read something other than this story.



By: Vanessa Pentico


Gabrielle and Xena were just getting ready for bed when all the sudden there was a knock at the door. Gabrielle opened the door to see who it was but nothing was there except for a note. The note read.


Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I hope you catch me,
Before I get you.

“Who would write such a thing?” Gabrielle asked as Xena ran out to see who left the note.

“I do not know,” Xena answered as she returned with the look of curiosity in her eyes “Maybe it’s a prank that someone is trying to pull.”

“I don’t think so Xena. Someone wouldn’t joke about something like this.” Gabrielle said. Xena could tell Gabrielle was worried.

“Don’t worry, I’ll be fine,” Xena replied. Besides we don’t know weather or not it’s true. They both paused in silence. “Lets go to sleep now. OK?”

“I think I’ll stay up a little longer. If that’s all right with you?” Gabrielle asked.

“Yeah that’s fine, but try to get some sleep.” Xena answered

“Okay, good night” Gabrielle told Xena. Then she went to the window of the hut that the people gave them to sleep in and stood guard. With her staff in her hand, she stood there until she drifted off. She heard a noise and woke up, and caught a glance of someone’s shadow going on the other side of the hut. “Xena” Gabrielle whispered. “Xena wake up.” Gabrielle repeated.

Xena jumped, “What?”

“I saw someone go on the other side of our hut.” Maybe it’s the same person who left this note.”

“Wait right here,” Xena said as she got up to leave then she turned back and said, “no matter what you hear I want you to stay right here.” She then went out the door.

All the sudden Gabrielle heard sword fighting then Xena was thrown right through the hut’s wall. Xena didn’t get up. She didn’t even move. Gabrielle got up as the person who did it came closer to Xena. “Stop,” Gabrielle commanded. “I won’t let you get away with this.” Then Gabrielle took Xena’s sword and began to fight. The person slashed Gabrielle’s arm, then laughed about it.

Right about then Xena was moving again and opened her eyes in time to see the man stab Gabrielle. “Noooooo!” Xena shrieked. The person looked at her and then ran away as fast as he could. Xena saw Gabrielle move so she went over to see how badly she was hurt. “Oh my Zeus.” The sword had gone all the way through her body. Xena knew there was nothing she could do to help her. “Gabrielle.”

“Xena, what happened? It hurts.” Gabrielle said as she looked up at Xena.

“The man you fought stabbed you with his sword.” Xena replied.

“Am I going to be fine? Are you all right?”

“Yes, I’m fine thanks to you.”

“What about me how am I?”

“I’m sorry Gabrielle, I can’t do anything, the wound is too deep.” At this point Xena was crying.

“I can feel myself letting go Xena. I cannot hang on. Good bye. I want you to know you are the bestest friend I ever... right then Gabrielle died.

“Nooooo” Xena screamed as she held Gabrielle in her arms. “Noooo! First my mother, now you. I have no one.” Xena said as tears ran down her face.

Xena decided that Gabrielle wanted to be buried in Podadea, her hometown. So she made her a casket, and began to head westward toward Gabrielle hometown. When all a sudden a band of thugs came out and started to fight Xena for Gabrielle’s body.

“The people in town will give 10,000 denars for proof that she’s dead.” One of the men said. Xena fought them and scared them all off.

She began to walk onward. After traveling it was almost dark and she needed to get some sleep. So she set camp there. She didn’t think that she would beable to fall asleep, but she managed to drift off. Then she heard a loud noise that woke her up. It was Gabrielle looking down at her.

“Am I seeing things?” Xena asked as she looked at Gabrielle and rubbed her eyes.

“Xena, Xena, it’s me Gabrielle. I have come back to tell you something.” Gabrielle’s ghost said. “It’s all your fault that I am dead. You let me die.”

“It’s not my fault Gabrielle. I did all that I could. The wound was too deep. I couldn’t do much.” Xena said.

“You could have stopped him from killing me, but you didn’t. You just watched me die.” Gabrielle said. “I hate you, I hate you, I hate you....”

Xena woke up and then stood up and saw Gabrielle lying on the ground as if she were sleeping. Xena went over to her and turned her over and then saw Gabrielle’s wound again. Xena jumped back and then had a sword in her hand covered in blood. Xena then looked down at her hand and Gabrielle’s blood was all over her hand. Xena then woke up again, and then saw Gabrielle by her in her casket.

Xena got up and put her hand on the casket, and said, “Gabrielle it was all my fault. I let you die. Don’t worry I’ll find the guy who did this. That next morning she hid the casket so no one will find it except for her. Then she left to see if she could find the murderer.

Xena decided that maybe if she went to an inn and got a room, that maybe the murderer will try to come after her and then she could catch him. So that’s what she did. By the time she got to the inn, it was dark. So she decided to try to get some sleep. She couldn’t, so she decided to look out the window. As she stood there she began to think about Gabrielle. Where she was and if she will ever see her again. After a while she managed to drift off.

“Xena, it’s me Gabrielle,” Gabrielle said. “Can you see me?”

“Yes, am I dreaming again? Xena asked as tears ran down her face.

“Yes, but this is really me. I have to get back in my body. Hades said all I have to do is enter my body. But I have to beable to get out of here, but I don’t think I can.”

“Enter my body, Gabrielle.” Xena said.

“What,” Gabrielle was confused at this point.

“Just do it.” Xena then woke up by a noise outside. She saw the person who killed Gabrielle sneaking out of the inn. She looked on the floor and saw a note. The note read


Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Hope you got a chance,
To say good bye to you know who.

“Gabrielle!” Xena said. “He took Gabrielle’s body, he must have saw me hide her body.” Right then Xena heard someone. “Who’s there?”

“Xena can you hear me?” Gabrielle said.

“Gabrielle, is that you? Where are you?” Xena asked as she looked all around the room.

“In your body remember?” Gabrielle asked.

“Your in here with me?” Xena asked. “Then it worked?”

“Yes, it worked.” Gabrielle said, “But when I see my body I do not know how I’m going to get out.”

“Did you hear me read the note?” Xena asked.

“Yes, I heard. How are we going to get my body back?” Gabrielle asked.

“I don’t know, but he just left this building.” Xena said. Then she did a flip out the window, and ran after him. She could not find him. “He must have a hideout somewhere near by. We’ll have to look in the morning.” So then they went back into their room to go to sleep, but they found themselves talking to each other and staying up.

“Gabrielle, do you think I killed you?” Xena asked as she polished her sword.

“No, it was me who decided to fight him.” Gabrielle said.

“Why did you decided to fight him anyways? Especially with my sword. You don’t even know how to use it.” Xena asked, as she polished her chakrom.

“I had dreams that I killed you and you were blaming me too.” Xena said as tears formed in her eyes.

“I’m the one who made you feel guilty. I had to so that you could go to the under world. People who feel guilty can dream that they are in the under world, but they really end up in the under world. If you have help you can make them dream that way. I didn’t really mean any of the stuff I said. I just needed you to see me again so that I could tell you that I have a chance to come back.” Gabrielle said.

“It’s almost dawn. We’ll head on out there now.” Xena said out loud so that Gabrielle would know where Xena was going.

They then got their stuff together. Then they went on outside and began to search. They looked everywhere. Then Gabrielle noticed something. “Hey Xena turn back around and look at those bushes over there. Don’t they look kind of odd?” Gabrielle asked.

Xena turned and looked at the bushes. They did look a little odd to them. One seemed to be taller than the other one. Xena went over there and then noticed that one of the bushes was loose. So Xena lifted it up and noticed a tunnel under it. Xena jumped in and followed the tunnel. It led into this big room with treasure everywhere. “He’s a murderer and a thief.” Xena said as she looked all over the room.

Right then the man who killed Gabrielle said, “I am Meatos. Welcome to my kingdom.”

“Your a king?” Xena asked.

“No, but I’m as rich as one. How did you get in here anyways?” Meatos asked.

“I want Gabrielle’s body back.” Xena demanded as she pulled her sword out.

“Who?” Meatos asked.

“Gabrielle the girl you killed.” Xena repeated.

“I don’t know what your talking about. I didn’t take no one’s body.” Meatos said.

Xena decided that she would have to force him to tell her the truth. So she put the pinch on him. “I’ve cut the flow of blood to your brain. You only have 30 seconds before your dead. So tell me the truth.”

“I’m telling the truth I killed her, but I didn’t steal her body.” Meatos said.

Xena released the pinch and then ran back out of the hideaway and put the murderer in jail for a trial. When she did that she said to Gabrielle, “He didn’t take your body. That means that it’s still where I hide it.” Xena told Gabrielle. So Xena got on Argo, and took off towards the woods. She hid Gabrielle’s body in a cave out in the middle of nowhere. When they finally reached the cave, Xena got off Argo and went inside.

“There it is, Gabrielle.” Xena said in relief. “I’m going to open it now.” Xena opened the casket and waited. “Gabrielle, Gabrielle, are you all right?” Xena asked as she looked in the casket at Gabrielle.

“Xena,” Gabrielle said in a soft voice. Xena looked inside and saw that the wound was gone. It looked as if it had never even been there before.

“Gabrielle are you all right?” Xena asked worriedly.

“Xena I’m alive again.” Gabrielle told her as she gave Xena a big hug. “Are you all right too?”

“Yes, I’m fine.” Xena said as she helped Gabrielle out of the casket. “What did it feel like to be inside of my body?

“Safe, comforting. It’s like I know how you feel all the time.” Gabrielle said. “I’m just glad I’m back.”

“Me too, me too.” Xena said as they walked onward.

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