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Searching for Swollen Buds by Pallas
Recommended by: Ogami - 09.29.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt/Callisto
Length: Short Story - complete

While there are a lot of Callisto stories out there, few of them make you laugh. This one will, in spades. Set vaguely in the second season, this story has Callisto finding Gabrielle in the marketplace. Rather than taking vengeance, Callisto decides to be far crueler, and helps Gabrielle shop. The resulting chaos, as well as a showdown between Xena and Callisto (over Gabrielle, of course), is a delight to read. This is one of those stories that will have you dreaming it was an episode!

Shards by Charmer
Recommended by: Anima - 08.07.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Short Story - complete

Charmer gives us an ending to the IDES OF MARCH that has some very intriguing consequences. I hesitate to give away too much because it's a real joy to try and figure out what the hell's going on in that first scene! Why the heck are Gabrielle and Callisto so chummy? And why does Callisto seem ....well.... likeable? All I can reveal is that Gabrielle finds herself unable to sleep due to some vivid, intense dreaming and she's desperate for some answers. Within moments, you'll find yourself plunged into a world that is both heart breaking and thought provoking. This little treasure is unlike anything else I've read of Charmer's. Unlike the humor and sexiness of her past stories (of which I'm a big fan), this is a thoughtful, poignant piece. It hits all the right notes and then some. Truly, it's been some time since I've enjoyed a classic XWP short story as much as I did this one.

Solitaire by Temora
Recommended by: Advocate - 06.23.00
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt/PG-13
Length: Short Story - complete

Attackers stalk Xena, Gabrielle, and a baby Eve as the family sleeps. Roused by the intruders, the warrior moves to protect her lover and child, transforming the predators into prey. In this thought provoking, very short story, Temora gives us a glimpse at the heavy emotional burdens and well-earned rewards that go along with being a protector in a dangerous world.

(The) Stars Fell Down by Vivian Darkbloom
Recommended by: Yernod - 08.18.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Short Story - complete

Despite a short introduction by Mel and Janice, "The Stars Fell Down" is really a classic X&G first time story -- albeit with a few twists (remember, this is Vivian Darkbloom we're talking about). Told from Gabrielle's point of view, the story is beautifully written and presented as a scroll Mel has translated for Janice's birthday. "Stars" begins with the warrior and bard taking a few days off from their travels to keep Autolycus company on his "vacation" -- or to be more exact, to keep an eye on the King of Thieves who has profitable plans for a village festival. Before their stay is over, Gabrielle instigates a bar fight, Autolycus gives the "sensitive chat," and Xena ... well, Xena is just Xena. Further information will only spoil the fun.

Anyone familiar with Darkbloom's stories knows the author can be excruciatingly funny (The Trailer Park Series is one example) and that she has also written some of the most beautiful prose out there (run, don't walk, to read her vignette "Venezia"). What makes "Stars" special is the combination of those talents: even as you laugh at Gabrielle's predicament, you can't help but be moved by the story of her love.

Stolen Moments by Brigid Doyle
Recommended by: Kamouraskan - 10.26.01
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Gen
Length: Short Story, 11 pages - complete

There are many bards who write with their hearts on the page. There are even a few who write intelligently and with great skill. One the very few that does both well at the same time is Bridget Doyle. Unlike many whose pieces produce tears by being manipulative through technique, her stories always seem far too personal to be simply about the placement of the words. At the same time there is usually depth and character to each story.

Stolen Moments is a wonderful example of this. A tear jerker by anyone’s standards, it doesn’t accomplish this by pushing buttons. In fact it seems like a very personal piece, and unlike most fanfic, I felt as if I were intruding on the writer by reading it.

The story is set in Potadaia after the 25 year deep freeze, after ‘Who’s Ghurkan?’. Gabrielle is helping Lila and Sarah pack up the old homestead and wondering how her mother dealt with her disappearance, after the long absence. In a resolution we all might wish to have with lost family members, Xena stumbles across a series of long lost and much loved letters, and Gabrielle discovers what a mother’s love is again.

Stranger Paths by Kandis Glasgow
Recommended by: Rocky - 11.17.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt-Uber/Crossover NC-17
Length: Novel, 314 pages - complete

I enjoy long involved stories with well developed characters. Kandis Glasgow has provided a story that neatly fits the bill. Candace has been having dreams. These dreams tell her she must prepare for a journey. What Candace doesn't know is that this jouney will forever change her life and that she never had any choice about going in the first place. I strongly recomend this story for any romantics out there, complete with a beverage and hankie alert.
See the sequel "Return to Reality".

Strength of Vision by Brigid Doyle
Recommended by: Lariel
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Gen
Length: complete

A young mother struggles to birth her first born, a child that lays languid in her womb. After a battle, a baby is born that is not expected to survive the night. Told from the exhausted and grief stricken mother's perspective, this is an intensely haunting story. Brigid Doyle is always at her most eloquent and sensitive best when writing about children, and in this story, she captures the pain, and loss, and hope and mystery of childbirth.

But the child is fated to survive, and her safekeeping is gifted to the mother until an other comes along to claim her. An intriguing take on Gabrielle's very first moments, and a fascinating forecast of her future role. A beautiful, evocatively written story.

Summer Games or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bard by Rooks
Recommended by: angharad governal - 02.07.00
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Short Story - complete

In the grand old tradition of beginning stories in medias res, Rooks places our warrior and bard in one very interesting situation - Xena catches Gabrielle in a very compromising position with another woman. As the bard hastens to explain (and assure) the warrior that all is not as it seems, she launches into the story of what had occurred days earlier, a story that unfolds through Rooks' clever use of flashback and narrative structure. Readers, along with one distraught warrior, are told the tale of how Xena and Gabrielle encounter the Calydonian Boar and a woman named Atalanta.

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