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Verse & Vignette by Ogami
Recommended by: Yernod - 10.31.99
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Alt
Length: Short Story - complete

In the wonderful tradition of "A Day in the Life" comes Ogami's "Verse & Vignette," an appealing mixture of ... well, verse and vignette (plus some well-chosen images). Alternately funny and whimsical, and then romantic and thoughtful, Ogami expertly captures the spirit of that much-loved episode, but adds his own special touch -- a rather earthy and realistic look at the warrior and bard's relationship, complete with discussions about everything from varicose veins to the merits of leg-shaving.

Casting Xena and Gabrielle in a less-mythic role than most doesn't detract from the romance of their relationship, it only enhances it. The earthy treatment, complete with the sort of everyday fears and securities that even legendary warriors and bards can't avoid, only makes the tender moments in the story that much sweeter. A perfect example is the wonderful exchange between warrior and bard, as Gabrielle shares a particularly personal scroll with Xena. Though not at all explicit, it ranks as one of my all-time favorite romantic scenes. And it's just one of many equally well-written vignettes in this charming story.

Victor, Invictus by Imagine
Recommended by: Temora - 05.12.01
Genre: Classic
Sex/Violence Content: Gen
Length: Short Story - complete

Only the second story from this talented bard, the first half of Victor/Invictus is an insightful look into the mind and ambitions of Julius Caesar as we met him in the episode 'Destiny'. Original and startlingly vivid, this story forces us to review the events of that episode through very different eyes indeed. We are afforded a glimpse of Caesar's vision, his startling perception, and his chilling lack of empathy. Imagine is an eloquent and literary writer, and this paves the way for the second half of the tale, Xena's story. She grieves for everything that she has lost, everything she has become, and everything she lacks, both physical and spiritual, in the savage and unforgiving way that only our warrior can. Don't miss this one, it's as close to perfect as they get.

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