Author: Kat Lee
Fandom: Xena, Warrior Princess
Challenge/Prompt: femslash100 565: Travel
Warning(s): Cannon Character Death
Word Count: 250
Date Written: 19 September 2017
Disclaimer: All characters within belong to their rightful owners, not the author, and are used without permission.
“You’ve been so many places. Which is your favorite?”
Gabrielle looks at the latest girl in a long line to ask the inevitable question. “I always get asked that. I used to struggle with the answer. I wasn’t sure. We’ve travelled to so many wonderful places! I found peace in India and both learned so much and later enjoyed teaching at the Athens Academy of Performing Bards. Greece was beautiful, but so were many of the other places we went.”
“But the answer really is quite simple. My favorite place to be was with Xena. It didn’t matter where we were. It didn’t even much matter what we were doing. All that mattered was that we were together.”
Whispers run throughout her audience. In the back, a tall woman smiles. “That’s all for today. We’ll resume our lessons tomorrow.” She leaves among grumbling and meets the woman by the shore.
“I can’t stay here much longer.”
“No.” The back of her hand almost touches Gabby’s.
“Did you really mean what you said?”
Gabrielle smiles through her tears. “Yes.” Even Tartarus had not been that bad, as long as they were together. She knows she can not stay here much longer, not in this place or this world. She looks forward to death and finally feeling all of Xena’s body, from her hair to her toes, against hers again. She sighs, wishing she could lay her lips on hers, or at least her head on her breast, but waits with patience.