Epilogue: A Final Request
An hour or so later the three
siblings were standing by the roadway once again. The air between them was
clear of any anger or mistrust. They were full of love and admiration for one
“Earlier you said that giving us
this map was only one of the reasons why you came here today. Was the
redemption of Xena the other or was that just an added bonus?” Gabrielle asked
as delicately as she could. Even at that Xena was giving her a sideways look
that spoke volumes.
“Father was right… you are a
perceptive one aren’t you Gabrielle?” Jesus smiled while Gabrielle blushed.
“No, there is one more thing that I came here for today. I have a request.” For
the first time Jesus seemed a bit embarrassed.
“A request… for whom?” Gabrielle
asked while unconsciously intertwining both of her hands into one of Xena’s,
sandwiching Xena’s hand between her own.
The movement did not escape his
notice. “For you both… you see I have an army. It is the largest army that the
world has ever seen. It is made up of every person that has ever believed in
our Father. It is broken up into two sections; one section is comprised of the
children of Abraham and those that lived before I was born that
believed in Him. The other section is comprised of those that believe in Him
and are His children because of what I did. I have mixed a group of people
together that would feel very comfortable following either of you into battle.
I would ask you, as the Supreme Commander over this army if the two of you
would consent to be Generals and lead this small group of people under my
command in the last battle.”
Xena crinkled her brow. “The last
battle… with who?”
Jesus smiled mischievously.
“That’s with whom…”
Xena cocked her head to the side
in confusion while Gabrielle stifled a giggle. That’s when Xena got it. “Very
funny.” She said in a disgusted tone.
Jesus smiled and blushed a
little. “I’m sorry Xena. My mother was constantly correcting my grammar.” He
shook his head recriminating himself. “You’ll like the last battle. That’s when
we get to fight evil in all of its manifestations… including Alti and those
souls that are like her.”
“Hhhmm sounds good. What happens
after the fight?” Xena sounded excited.
“After the fight we have a party
and then after that… it’s a secret. But believe me it will be good.” Jesus was
just as excited as Xena. “So what do you say, will you lead these battalions
Both Xena and Gabrielle smiled.
They stole a quick look at one another and in their unspoken language they
“We would be honored to accept
your offer, my Lord.” Xena said, then she bowed her head and Gabrielle mimicked
“Wonderful, I will pencil you in
so to speak. Now I must take my leave of you and you need to prepare to travel
once again.” He smiled and began to back away from them only to stop himself.
He turned to look Gabrielle in the eyes. “I understand that you would like to
Gabrielle’s eyes lit up at the
prospect. “Yes, yes I would!”
“I have marked his homestead on
your map. Go and visit him. He loves to tell stories.” Jesus started to walk
away, waving behind him as he walked.
“May I ask who we will be leading
when the time comes?” Gabrielle called out to him as he walked away.
He smiled mischievously to
himself and said, “Who else Gabrielle, Greeks and Amazons! Greeks and Amazons.”
“But what of the Martians?”
Gabrielle could not help herself she felt responsible for them.
Jesus turned back and shook his
head in dismay. “Do you not think that there are perhaps one or two leaders
among all of your offspring that could lead the Martians?” He was still shaking
his head. “You can’t do everything Gabrielle. Leave something for someone
else.” He smiled and turned to walk away. “You’ll have your hands full with the
Greeks and Amazons.”