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Teach Me Everything You Know by Kristien Damon (aka Lawlsfan)
Recommended by: Advocate - 09.10.00
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Vignette - complete

This beautifully written, poignant vignette explores a tender moment between soulmates set after a life well-lived... together. Bring a tissue. Actually, bring the entire box. And chocolate. You'll want them both handy. Kristien Damon’s fluid style and emotion-filled text is a pleasure to read. Believers in enduring love won't be disappointed.

(The) Third Wheel by Jenbob
Recommended by: Angharad Governal - 08.03.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: complete

There's something inherently wonderful about good old fashioned storytelling. It engages that part of your imagination that you swore you left behind in childhood, and woefully thought you would never again regain. The Third Wheel by Jenbob is, simply put, a good old fashioned story. The story begins shortly after the events in the XWP ep, "A Day in the Life". Our two heroines have been spending several uneventful weeks on the road, and decide that they should take a rest at the village of Trezine. As they reach their destination, trouble arises - the village is being raided by "baddies". They rush to help, and discover more than either of them expected. With lots of action, humor, and a few surprises that will keep you reading 'til past your "bed time", The Third Wheel by Jenbob is great fun and a "good ol' read".

This Day by Flynn
Recommended by: P.D. - 08.05.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: complete

Every now and then you come across a story that touches your heart. One that you keep going back to and reading over and over again. A love story that is so simply and beautifully presented that tears mist your eyes and grace your cheeks after every reading. "This Day" is such a tale. Short, sweet, and poignant. You'll remember this story for a long time. You may even find yourself envying Xena and Gabrielle as you share their thoughts and memories. Chances are "This Day" will make you cry. But it will also reaffirm your faith in love, romance and living your life.

Traces of Warmth by Darshann (XluvsG)
Recommended by: Advocate - 05.30.00
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt/PG
Length: Short Story - complete

Set around a campfire in the Egyptian dessert, and immediately following the events depicted in the "Antony and Cleopatra", "Traces of Warmth" explores Xena and Gabrielle's ever-evolving roles in an all too hectic season five. Told from Gabrielle's point of view, our heroines face up to some simple, sometimes heart-wrenching, truths about themselves, each other and their relationship. With a startling economy of words, Darshann beautifully portrays the affection, trust, and vulnerability that drew fans to the characters in the first place. It's skillfully written stories like this one that keep fan fiction alive and well and readers continually impressed.

Transitions by Macavity Cat & XeniteOne
Recommended by: Bedbard - 01.20.01
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Short Story - complete

When Gabrielle's nightmares take a strange twist, the Warrior Princess finds herself troubled both by what this is doing to her friend and what this is doing to their relationship.

Triptych Home by Anima
Recommended by: Angharad Governal - 09.15.99
Genre: Classic & Uber
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Short Story - complete

*This story may also be found under "Uber"* I love the idea of concept stories - stories that make you want to smack your forehead with the palm of your hand and say, "Damn! That's a great idea!" What makes it even better is when the said concept is executed in a simple and beautifully elegant manner that belies the complexity of the creation. Triptych Home (and for that matter, its predecessor, Triptych Sex) is such a creation. As the title suggests, Anima takes the concept of "home" and explores it in three very different stories; it is this common thread that both binds and differentiates each separate tale. It's difficult to summarize (much less coalesce) what happens within the framework of this tripartite short story into a single sentence that will cover the numerous threads each part explores. However, each "section" - a World War II Uber, a classic X&G story, and a modern day Uber - is a complete entity in and of itself, but taken together, it becomes magnified into something quite unique and simply, well, "cool".

Turning the Wheel by Mary Morgan
Recommended by: Kamouraskan - 09.28.01
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Gen
Length: Short Story, 18 pages - complete

I don't think that it is any secret that I am a huge fan of Mary Morgan's, and that I consider her one of the touchstones to the true character of the classic Gabrielle. So it should be no surprise to find that when she decided to try the Post FIN genre, that it would be both original and enlightening. This is a Gabrielle of many years past the events of Japa; a colder and focussed warrior.

"She was coal being burnt, and the ash flame left after. She was water warped into ice and locked in her coldness. She was darkness with no hope of light, for she was the heart of the rock. She knew all this, and knew why she knew it."

How Gabrielle finds her soul and confronts a very real destroyer of self is not the happy creation of most bards within this universe, but it is a resolution that will uplift the heart. Along the way are insights into the relationship and the familiar characters that will resonate within the soul of any fan. Hard to read sometimes and yet emotionally and intellectually satisfying, this is a wonderful piece of writing that I must recommend.

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