Life’s Little Moments
that all about dear?” Xena asked her partner when their party had stopped
thanking them for killing Alti and for staying with them. She was certain that
their little conversation with Michael and Ephiny would become legend within a
week or two and she was even more certain that pictures of the two of them and
the four of them and every combination would be made into posters in less time.
“Oh, by the way you look good with wings. I had forgotten how good you look as
an actual Angel. You’re always my angel but its different when you have wings…
and I’m not trying to kidnap you or kill you.”
couldn’t help but smile at her silly but beautiful partner in crime and love.
“I figured that since we’re here we might as well visit some friends. And for
the record sweetie you look amazing with Angel wings. That was the first time
that I’ve seen them.” She had snuggled up to Xena.
were landing just beyond the hill. Most were Martian but a couple of them were
Earth Force, Ares was not with them. They started walking up the hill. Their
fellow Martians were all around them and walking up the hill as well.
“That was the first time wasn’t it? Huh, I had
forgotten.” They got to the top of the little hill and Xena turned around to
look at the circle of rocks below. “I
guess I finally corrected that last thing that I could correct from my past.”
She said quietly so that only Gabrielle could hear her. “Now you can rest in
peace Cyane.” She said even quieter.
squeezed Xena’s hand slightly. She had heard her final comment. Xena smiled and
together they turned back towards the shuttles. They had already predetermined
what would happen if they won the battle so there was no need to give any
orders to the Marines or the Amazons. The only people that they needed to
concern themselves with were the Guardians and their friends.
walking abruptly and Gabrielle was startled by the stop. She looked up at Xena
with the question on her face. “Gabrielle, before we get to the ship… I need to
know… where are we going from here… you and me?”
“I’m not sure.” Gabrielle was
surprised by the question.
“Once a long time ago you asked
me to settle down with you. These Amazons could benefit from your leadership
just as much as those other ones could.”
“Is that what you want Xena… to
settle down?” She kind of thought that they were
settled but she suddenly realized that they were no longer children. Sometime
during the battle the child had been expended and what was left was the woman
that had followed Xena across the world and back again. Xena probably felt the
same way. There was very little child left in them now. It was time to make
adult decisions about their lives.
Xena put her hand on Gabrielle’s
cheek. “I want to be with you. I don’t care where it is or what we’re doing. I don’t
want to spend one minute from your side. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned
in all of this is that moments are precious. You never know when the moment
will end and you’ll be left alone. I don’t want to miss one moment of my life
with you… not a single solitary moment. So you choose my love… wherever you go,
I go. Honestly Gabrielle… you’re my home. You have been for a really long time
now.” She sounded sad.
put her arms around her lover’s waist. “Xena… you’re my home too and I don’t care
where we go. We can get on a ship and travel beyond the stars for all I care.
Just be with me… forever.” Gabrielle understood now, Xena was worried that all
of this Family stuff had somehow seduced part of her away from the unity that
they had shared when it was just them on the road against all odds.
want to get in a ship and leave… at least not right now.” Xena was smiling. It
was a smile that confirmed Gabrielle’s suspicion. “I would kind of like to know
if you plan on calling Earth home or Mars home. Just so I know where to point
the ship during the holidays.”
“Well, if I
must choose… I like Mars now. Earth doesn’t smell right and the air is too
thick and I feel heavy here. What kind of woman wants to feel heavy?” She
stretched up and kissed her lightly on the lips.
“If we go
back to Mars they’re gonna want you to do something.” Xena sounded like she
didn’t like the idea.
care. I don’t want to be the Queen of the Amazons; Faith is perfectly capable
of handling that job. I don’t want to be the Commander in Chief of the Marines
or the President of the Empire or anything else. I want to be… with you.” She
had changed what she was going to say and Xena hadn’t missed the slip but she
didn’t pursue it.
sure?” Gabrielle kissed her as an answer. “Good I just want to spend whatever
moments that I have with you. I want every moment to be filled with sharing and
love and happiness. I’ll go wherever you ask me to go and I’ll do whatever you
ask me to do Gabrielle. Just be there beside me when I wake in the morning,
spend part of your day with me and lie down beside me when I go to bed at
night. That’s what I’m asking from you.”
It was really quite a bit to ask
for. Gabrielle remembered the last time that she had asked Xena to actually settle
down. She had been Queen of an Amazon tribe at the time and Xena had been the
odd man out. Gabrielle as Queen had little time to spend with her beloved and
Xena had not been an Amazon so she had been excluded from many activities. The
separation had been difficult for them both. That memory came in a flash so no
real time had passed, Xena was not kept waiting for long. “I would like nothing
more than to spend all of my life’s moments with you my love. I would like to
take a stab at being a good… partner to you… and share all of my life’s moments
with the woman that I love.” Something was obviously on Gabrielle’s mind but
she wasn’t sharing yet.
been smiling while Gabrielle spoke. “Then I guess after we do some visiting
we’ll be going home to Mars.”
“And we get to graduate in a couple of
weeks!” Gabrielle said excitedly.
“Oh for the
love of Zeus! Are you kidding?” Xena threw her hands up in the air.
I’m not kidding. Aren’t you excited?” Clearly Xena was not excited. “Well I’m
excited.” Gabrielle sounded a little deflated. “You better look excited when
the day comes. We have to be a good example.” She was teasing but Xena looked
like she was going to sick up.
needs to have pity on me.” She said as if she really were going to be sick.
kissed her again. “Chin up love, remember that I can make decrees… and I’m
going to decree that you and I have already completed our mission in life and
we don’t need to attend any more school. We had already chosen our vocations
many lifetimes ago and we are now officially retired… or we will be once we
Xena kissed Gabrielle. “Even Cadence can’t argue with that logic. She couldn’t
argue even if she wanted to at this point but it’s nice of you to give her an
out so to speak.” They turned to resume their walk to the shuttles. “So now the
big question is what do we do after graduation… really.”
laid her head against Xena’s shoulder. “I don’t care as long as I’m with you…
I’ve earned that much.”
Gabrielle’s head and thought, ‘She has earned that much and more.’ She had been
mulling some things about for many years and finally those things looked like
they could actually happen. But now was not the time to be mentioning any of
travelled to Amphipolis and took a room at a motel that catered to Martian
guests. The Motel had an entire tower that was for Martians. Every room had an
anti gravity field so that the Martians could be more comfortable. It was one
thing to fight the gravity that was almost three times that of Mars when you
were awake, it was a whole other matter to try and sleep while fighting it.
Gabrielle made a note to herself to prod whomever she needed to prod to get
these units modified so that they could be worn.
was lounging in a hot tub when Aphrodite popped in. After her initial surprise
Gabrielle jumped out of the water and barely got a towel wrapped around her
before she was hugging her old friend. Xena was more reserved but she was happy
to see the Goddess as well.
couldn’t believe it when I heard that you were in town. It is really you isn’t
it?” Aphrodite put a finger to her mouth and stepped back and looked at Xena
and Gabrielle up and down.
us Aphrodite.” Xena said in an exasperated tone.
gave Xena a look and Xena shook her head and sat on the bed. “It really is us Aphrodite.” She said gently.
what happened this time? I know Are didn’t put you in the deep freeze again so
what gives?” She plopped down on the bed and leaned on the headboard and patted
the spot beside her inviting Gabrielle to join her. Xena relocated to one of
the chairs in the room.
put on a bath robe and put her hair up in the towel. Then she sat down next to
Aphrodite. “Well… we’ve kind of been doing a job for the God of Eli.” She said
For a moment
Aphrodite just stared at her. But soon a light seemed to go on for her and she
squealed. “Oh you mean Jehovah! Yeah He’s cool but He likes to keep you busy.”
Him?” They were both a little surprised.
how do you think I got to keep my powers and Are didn’t? I got a gig working
for the new God on the block.” She said in her patented matter of fact airhead
“I take it
Ares didn’t take the job that he was offered.” Xena said dryly.
“Naw he said
it was demeaning. But if you ask me a God without his powers is more demeaning.
I mean what’s the big deal; we worked for Zeus didn’t we? Zeus was family and
all but he ordered us around like we were red headed step children. This God at
least offers us benefits and a retirement plan.” A nail file appeared in her
hand and she started to file Gabrielle’s fingernails.
“So you got
a job with Jehovah… doing what?” Gabrielle was curious now.
friend, what else? I’m doing what I do best… spreading the love.” She exclaimed
and then blew the dust from one of Gabrielle’s fingertips.
“He has you
doing what you always have done?” Xena was leaning forward on the chair.
stopped filing and put her finger to her chin in thought. “Well… it’s not exactly the same gig. I’m not allowed to
just zap love on someone but I get to kind of orchestrate meetings and
situations that could or should blossom into love or help love along… that kind
of stuff. Cupie and the family got a job doing that stuff too.” She started
filing the nails again.
good job Aphrodite. Does He let you travel?” Gabrielle asked and switched hands
“Oh sure… we
can go anywhere the human race is living. But I’m kind of partial to Earth,
it’s kind of home… you know? Mount Olympus is pretty empty but it’s here.” She
looked thoughtful for a minute and then pronounced Gabrielle’s nails as being
filed correctly. The file disappeared and a bottle of nail polish appeared. Gabrielle
looked at the polish and shook her head. Another color appeared and Gabrielle
examined that one and rejected it. Aphrodite glowered and a tray of various
colors appeared and Gabrielle silently picked the one that she wanted. It was a
peach colored polish. Aphrodite began applying the polish.
still have your godly powers. Couldn’t you zap yourself to Mount Olympus from
anywhere?” Gabrielle asked while admiring the color on her first finger.
Aphrodite had to think about her answer. “I don’t know. I’ve never tried it.
Why are you asking so many strange questions Gab? I haven’t seen you in like
forever and you’re like grilling me… what gives?”
smiled apologetically. “I’m sorry Aphrodite. Xena and I have been bouncing
through time and space for so long that I seem to have forgotten my manners.”
Aphrodite looked at her as if she had just opened a bag of worms and she needed
to know why. Gabrielle could understand the feeling. “We’ve stopped now. We
completed the mission that Jehovah set for us and now we get to live our lives like
“Oh you work
for Him too?” She was excited… really excited. She had completely forgotten
that Gabrielle had already told her as much.
“Yes we do.
But we finished our job and now we get some… free time… and I’ve missed you. So
I was wondering if since you can go from one planet to another much quicker
than we can if you wouldn’t mind coming for a visit once in a while.” That was
a lot of information to throw at the usually air headed Goddess at once and
Gabrielle hoped that she understood.
“Go from one
planet to another… Gabrielle what are you talking about?” Gabrielle’s
explanation could have used a bit more explanation.
“We live on
Mars. We came here to kill Alti and now that she is gone for good we get to
keep the rest of this life to live as we want. Soon we have to go home to Mars
and I want to know if you would come to our high school graduation and the
party afterwards.” She had just thought of it. This would give Aphrodite a set
time to visit. It might help her get over her fear of leaving Earth. Gabrielle
was sure that this was the problem.
how did that happen? Oh, I’m just bursting with questions!” She had finished
the fingernails and was happily blowing on them and waiting for the rest of the
story. Gabrielle started at the beginning… three thousand years ago and brought
Aphrodite up to date.
oohed and ahhed as only she could throughout the entire recitation. Gabrielle
left out some of the less important details and managed to bring Aphrodite up
to date in record time. Once she was done Aphrodite happily accepted her
invitation to their graduation and invited some other Goddesses as well.
Apparently Aphrodite was a member of a very exclusive group of love Goddesses
that had gone to work for Jehovah. Some of them Gabrielle and/or Xena had met
but others they would be meeting for the first time at their graduation.
The three of
them spent the rest of the day together and enjoyed themselves immensely.
Aphrodite took them shopping in one of the few markets on the planet that still
allowed bartering and bickering over price. They left Xena at a café and
shopped until Gabrielle was satisfied that she had wrangled a good deal from at
least three merchants and then they joined Xena for lunch.
Xena was more amiable towards more shopping and actually purchased a few things
of her own when Gabrielle wasn’t looking. She didn’t want her beloved to see
what she had purchased or get any ideas that she actually liked shopping.
shopping was done they went to a theater production halfway around the world.
It was a musical called Grease. The screenplay was ancient but it was very
amusing and entertaining. Although it was ancient it apparently was still quite
popular as it had been sold out. How Aphrodite had managed to get them seats
was beyond them and they really didn’t care to ask.
dinner at a local diner and then Aphrodite took them back across the ocean to
Amphipolis. They said their farewells with lots of cheek kissing and hugs and
then she was gone.
Gabrielle were both exhausted. The heavy gravity of Earth had weighed on them
all day. It was one thing to practice for hours wearing weighted belts and
ankle weights but to spend an entire day experiencing the gravity in every
muscle and tendon on your body was an entirely different experience.
removed their clothing and slid into bed and were asleep within minutes.
The next day
they traveled north to visit with Odin and Grinhelda in Valhalla. They were
met with open arms by the pair and within moments Odin had called the remaining
Norse Gods to dine and visit with the Thracian heroes.
gladly did the Bard thing and told them all of the adventures that she and Xena
had experienced since she had seen them last. They asked questions about Aella
and the Amazon Nation and she in turn asked questions about how they were
getting on with Jehovah. Some of them like Thor, Freyr, Freya and Frigg all had
found jobs with the new God but Odin and his Valkyries had been given no offer
of a job, but neither had they been stripped of their powers or their
immortality. The immortality of the Valkyries was linked to Odin. They
continued as long as he did, but they now had nothing to do. That is partially
why three of them had gone to Mars. It gave them someplace new to explore and
that was better than nothing.
had talked it over with Xena the day before and they had agreed that they both
owed the old God and the Valkyries a debt that could never truly be paid but
they intended to give it a try. They offered to take Odin and the maidens back
to Mars with them. Odin did not decline the offer but he said that he would
discuss it later with the maidens. The move would most likely deprive them of
their powers and most probably of their immortality. They weren’t sure and were
presently unable to contact Michael or Ephiny to ask. So they assumed the worst
and hoped for better. It sounded strange to think that having their powers and
their immortality taken away could be a reward but presently they had nothing
to do with their immortality or their abilities. They needed a purpose and that
is what Xena offered them. She wanted them to work for the Society. Their
knowledge would be of great worth to the historians at the Society.
for most of the day with the Gods but when the literal weight of the world
became too much for them they traveled back to Amphipolis. They slept like
rocks again that night and in the morning they departed Earth for home. A few
days later Odin would contact them and they would send a shuttle for him and
the remaining Valkyrie and their horses.