Xena and Gabrielle were lying in
bed covered in sweat. Xena was spooned up against Gabrielle’s back and she was
tracing the dragon with her fingertips while occasionally laying gentle kisses
on her wife’s neckline. The dragon always seemed to return. It had been gone
throughout their entire lives on Mars but when they had arrived in heaven once
again the dragon had appeared.
“Gods Xena but your fingers have
lightning in them.” Gabrielle cooed and stretched her neck in pleasure.
“Mmmm huh, I think that it’s your
skin that has the electricity.” She mumbled between kisses.
Gabrielle turned to face Xena. So
Xena’s fingers found something else to touch. Gabrielle smiled at the sensation
and tipped her head back so Xena could kiss her. It was a long and lingering
kiss, the kind that is full of passion and hunger. When finally their lips parted
Xena traced her tongue down Gabrielle’s jaw line to her throat and pulled her
slim muscular body close with a strong hand. Gabrielle responded by digging her
fingers into Xena’s hair and moaning in pleasure.
Slowly Gabrielle pulled Xena over
on top of her which released her other hand from beneath them.
Her newly free hand traced Xena’s
spine from her ass to the middle of her back. A thin white strip of silk that was
tied securely to her wrist trailed across Xena’s ribs causing the Warrior
Princess to flinch.
“Does that tickle, sweetie?”
Xena rose off of her
beloved and looked down on her and smiled mischievously. She pulled the hand
that Gabrielle had entwined in her hair loose and kissed her fingers
sensuously. A white strip of silk dangled from this wrist as well.
Corresponding strips of white silk dangle from the bedposts, clearly they were severed
with something very sharp.
Xena leaned back on her elbow and
held Gabrielle’s hand out for inspection. A distinctive red ring ran around her
wrist giving evidence of how strongly she had pulled on the binds.
“This is going to bruise.” Xena said
just before pulling the injured wrist to her mouth and kissing it wetly.
“A few bruises are sometimes
worth it.” Gabrielle smiled wickedly. She let Xena kiss her wrist for a moment
and then with her fingers she turned Xena’s face towards hers.
Xena could see that something
other than love making was brewing on her wife’s mind. She waited for Gabrielle
to find the words to speak. While she waited she continued to nuzzle
Gabrielle’s hand and visually appreciated the glorious body that lay beneath
Gabrielle sighed, she knew that
Xena had seen that she had something on her mind and she knew that Xena would
wait for her to spit it out. She however, was distracted because she couldn’t
help but admire the beautiful woman that leaned over her. This is her woman, her partner, her wife, her soul mate and by God she was
Xena noticed the frank appraisal
that Gabrielle was giving her, how could she not when Gabrielle’s face split
into a huge smile and her eyes lit up with a loving glow that could melt a
glacier? “What?” Her voice was still thick with desire.
Gabrielle was momentarily at a
loss, the perfection before her had spoken, she had asked a question and
Gabrielle had nothing to say. Gabrielle finally said the only thing that could
possibly be said at this moment. “I love you Xena, God how I love you!” Then
she pulled the beauty to her and kissed her passionately.
It took some time for Gabrielle’s
hunger to be sated… at least momentarily but eventually Xena did come up for
some much needed air. “Wow, I love you too dear.” It was inadequate but she
didn’t know what else to say. Gabrielle was looking at her with smoldering eyes
and for a moment Xena wondered if whatever it was that had been on her lover’s
mind before had been driven from it. But this was not the case; Gabrielle was
clearly struggling with something. “Just say it Gab. If you don’t get it out
now you’ll be like this all afternoon and that would definitely put a damper
on… other things.” She finished with a smile and a single raised eyebrow.
Gabrielle giggled and turned a
bit pink. “You’re right. But I have to admit that I did miss this.” She still
took a moment to look away from her soul mate so that she could collect those
wayward thoughts without more distraction.
“Me too.” After having given that
two word response Xena waited patiently. It was a virtue that she had by
necessity had to learn. Gabrielle was a good teacher. To speed Gabrielle’s mind
on its path she forewent anymore touching and just stayed were she was, perfectly
still except for the rise and fall of her chest and the blinking of her eyes.
After several minutes passed Gabrielle
turned her attention back to her lover’s face and had to smile. “You really
have learned patience dear.”
Xena shrugged minutely. “Necessity,
besides it’s not like we have anywhere that we need to be or anything that we
must do.” She looked around their bedroom and glanced out the patio doors that stood
open to offer a view of the beautiful land in which they live. Her gaze lingered
on the landscape and when she turned back to Gabrielle she saw that her beloved
had followed her gaze.
“I guess that’s what’s on my
mind.” Gabrielle said while still gazing out the open doors. Her tone was just
shy of melancholy and her fingers fidgeted in Xena’s hair; a sure sign that she
was truly troubled.
“What, that we are at peace? Is
that what’s bothering you?” Xena was bewildered.
Gabrielle turned to look into
Xena’s eyes. “Stupid heh? But yes, that’s what’s bothering me.”
“I don’t get it Gabrielle. We
spend countless lives and literally thousands of years earning this reward and
now you don’t want it?” Xena was completely confused.
“It’s not that I don’t want it. I
know that we’ve earned it, I was there remember?” She looked deeply into Xena’s
eyes trying to find understanding in them. Failing that she continued. “It’s
just that… there’s no children to raise, no Empire to get involved with,
there’s no conflict, nobody to save, no bad guys to bring to justice, no
journeys or adventures to experience or write about… there’s nothing to do!”
Xena cocked her head to the side
and looked at Gabrielle as if she has just sprouted horns from the sides of her
head. “Are you insane? Having nothing to do is the point Gabrielle. We’ve done
what was required of us.
We’ve fought the bad guys for centuries! We’ve put
that evil bitch Alti into a permanent grave and earned the right to live in
peace, with each other forever. Isn’t that what you always wanted… for us to
Gabrielle was shaking her head as
if by doing so she can shake the unrest that has invaded her mind. “I know, I
know, I know… and yes that is what I always wanted! But somehow it just seems
Xena rolled her eyes and threw
her head back and then rolled off of Gabrielle.
They lay next to each other for several heartbeats. Xena’s face was
animated; she was clearly having an internal conversation with herself trying
to work through what Gabrielle had said.
Gabrielle pulled the satin sheet
up to ward off the chill that the sudden loss of Xena’s body heat had produced.
She closed her eyes and sighed in exasperation. She knew that she had just said
the wrong thing. But she couldn’t help it. This had been bothering her for
quite some time and it had to come out.
“You know Gabrielle…” Xena began
but Gabrielle had started to say something at the same time.
“Xena I’m sorry…” She stopped as
well when she heard Xena speaking at the same time.
Having been in this situation
probably hundreds if not thousands of times they both prop themselves up on an
elbow to face one another. Xena was confused and it was written all over her
face. Gabrielle was repentant and that was clearly evident as well.
Gabrielle reached up and touched
Xena’s face. Xena’s eyes closed and she sighed with joy and leaned into her
wife’s hand. Gabrielle smiled and knew in her heart that regardless of what her
mind was thinking she wouldn’t trade what she had now for anything.
“Xena, I wouldn’t give this up
for anything. I love you and I love that we are finally together and that we’re
unmolested by all those that wanted to pull us apart. I wouldn’t trade this for anything.” She had been
caressing her beloved’s face and did not stop when she ceased speaking.
Xena did not open her eyes while
Gabrielle spoke. She breathed in deeply and let it out and leaned her head back
a little so Gabrielle’s fingers could caress her throat. A deep purr emanated
from her lips. Slowly she lowered her chin and opened her eyes. She reached up
and took Gabrielle’s hand in her own and lightly kissed Gabrielle’s palm then
placed that palm on her cheek and held it there. “Then what are you saying
Gabrielle?” Xena purred.
Gabrielle looked down at the
sheets between them. “I don’t know. It’s just… I guess after fighting for so
long, through so many lives and so many centuries… I guess I’m just not used
to… peace and quiet and nothing to do. You know? At least on Mars once the
children were grown we had other things to do, people to visit, Empires to
interrupt… stuff to do.” When she looked up she saw mischief in her wife’s eyes
and she cocked her head to the side and got a mischievous grin of her own.
Xena was in a mood and when she
heard Gabrielle’s words she knew exactly what would drive those thoughts from
her lover’s mind. “Well now, if that’s your only problem… I think that I have a
cure for it.” She took the white ribbon in her teeth and she growled deep in
her chest. Gabrielle giggled. “And if you want… later I’ll pretend to be Callisto
and we can wrassle!” She said playfully before lip locking Gabrielle and
pressing her back to the sheets.