When Gabrielle awoke the next
morning, Xena was getting ready to slip out the window. She carefully crawled
back onto the bed after dressing and was gently waking Gabrielle.
“Sorry honey but the GEV won’t
accept my voice print. Can you shut off the window alarm?”
Gabrielle mumbled for a moment.
“GEV, deactivate the window alarm and reset it when she has safely left and do
it quietly please. Leave no record of the event.”
clicked lightly and the tiny red light near its base turned green. “Thank you
sweetie.” Xena whispered in Gabrielle’s ear.
groaned and Xena opened the window and started out. “Xena” The sleepy voice
stopped her halfway out the window.
said almost as a grunt. Her not so muscular body was straining over the ledge
that was cutting into her waist.
forget the promise that you made last night.” She said as she scratched her
nose and repositioned her head.
“Me neither, in fact I’m looking forward to it. I’ll see you later Gabrielle.”
She waited for
the half nod and grunt that would be her only response and then slid from the
window. “If you want it shut GEV you’re gonna have to shut it yourself ‘cuz I
can’t reach it.” The window slid silently shut and she heard the tiny click
that told her that it had been armed again. With the knowledge that her love
was secure she headed for home. “This is kind of fun sneaking around like
this.” She said as she strolled through the park that was the center of the Amazon
Amazons patrolling. They would identify her and then make sure that she got to
her destination safely. They would never speak of ever seeing her unless some
security matter arose that would necessitate the breach of confidence. Lovers
snuck around all the time in the compound. This was nothing new to the Amazons.
Occasionally the Amazons would herd people away from each other so that their
secret would not be compromised. It was an unspoken but equitable arrangement.
home as the sun was beginning to peek over the mountain. She found her mother,
Harmony awake drinking a cup of coffee at the kitchen table. There was no
getting past her so Xena poured a cup for herself added a healthy portion of
cream and sugar and sat down.
broken up with Bailey and he wouldn’t be allowed in the compound after dark. So
I must assume that you have either found another lover or you and your friends
are up to something.” Harmony said conversationally. She was accustomed to
speaking to her children in this manner. They seldom kept anything from her for
this woman that was her mother in this time. She loved her as much as she loved
her first mother. It was an odd feeling and at first she felt that perhaps she
was betraying Cyrene. But it was not so. Just as she was not betraying Marcus
by loving Gabrielle she was not betraying Cyrene by loving Harmony. No matter
how much you gave there was always more love to give. Gabrielle had taught her
that. “My friends and I are up to
something and I don’t really have a new lover I have an old one.”
you be any more cryptic or do you want me to guess?” Harmony asked.
I should tell you who it is that you gave birth to… mother.” Xena told her
everything and to her credit Harmony only nodded and waited to ask a question when
Xena was done.
grounded Queen Gabrielle?” She didn’t wait for an answer she just started
laughing and found it hard to stop. Xena joined her in laughter and they both
fell from their chairs as each of them imagined the looks on both Cadences’
face when she found out and Peace’s face when she found out and then they
laughed uproariously when Xena recounted the look on Peace’s face when
Gabrielle popped her in the forehead with her staff. The comments flew back and
forth between them for a good long while. How they didn’t wake Unity or Mable
they had no idea. The part that they both found funniest is how Gabrielle had
“Oh you have
no idea. At this age Gabrielle can pout with the best of them.” Xena said while
wiping tears from her face.
“So you two
are teenagers. But you’re also adults with literally thousands of years of
knowledge and experience… how are you going to reconcile the emotions and the
hormones and the knowledge… and just everything?” Harmony asked when they had
both regained their chairs and had a fresh cup of coffee.
going to be the fun part. We just realized who we were when we woke up
yesterday. Obviously Gabrielle is going to have the hardest part. She’s living
with some really obnoxious sisters and a mother who isn’t exactly the crème of
the crop. She’s always been the emotional one and as a teenager she was really
emotional.” Xena took a sip of her coffee. It wasn’t her favorite drink but for
now it would do.
are going to have to get into shape and change a few things that you have been
doing… or not doing.” She was referring to their overall lack of interest in
figured that out first thing. I have a few ideas that I want to run past Nadia
and the crew… speaking of them… what are your impressions?” She had known the
girls all her life but she was just a child herself. She wanted an adult
good friends Xena. You couldn’t ask for better. You girls, the six of you have
always been loyal and steadfast with one another. Have you told them who you
are yet?” She asked belatedly.
felt it was alright.” Xena was still certain that it was alright.
will be fine. They will keep any secret that you give them.” She took a sip of
coffee. “Don’t be so trusting of their boyfriends or girlfriends. Nadia changes
every couple of months and Rachael isn’t much better. Ediva’s boyfriend is a
good kid and they’ve been together forever so you could probably trust him but
Lacey’s boyfriend is new. I haven’t got an opinion on him yet.” She thought for
a moment and then almost as an afterthought she asked the question that she
probably should have asked first. “You are planning on talking to the matriarchs
aren’t you?” She had just thought of it
and was kicking herself for the delay.
going to talk to Dura, Faith and Solace at the party today. We’re not sure what
we’re doing here yet so we don’t want to make too many waves… yet. I’m sure
that we’ll get to the Sisters before too much time has passed.”
“If you want
my opinion… you’re here to get into shape and to figure out what you did wrong
so you don’t make the same mistake as last time. It sounds like Alti was really
powerful and she can only grow stronger. So you two need to step up your game
or you’ll never win.” She wasn’t being critical she was just speaking the
“We kind of
figured most of that, but we need to get the full story and take some time to
talk and make some decisions, which is why I’m going to ask for your help.” She
finished off her coffee and refused another cup. Harmony bid her to continue.
“Gabrielle and I need to be alone tonight. I kind of promised her and believe
me you never want to go back on a promise to that one… not that I want to
anyway. But Cadence has grounded her for the weekend.”
about that we can fix that little problem. Why don’t we just plan on Gabrielle
spending the night here… you don’t actually have to stay here but I’ll be happy
to cover for you.”
“So do you
have a suggestion on where we should actually stay?” There was a bit of
suspicion in her voice.
“Oh I have
an idea or two. Come home straight away after school. You will need to make a
phone call and prepare a few things to your liking. Then we can all go to the
party together.” There was a sneaky bone or two in Harmony’s body too.
‘this might just work out’ she thought wryly.