Daughter of Xena
The mountain air was crisp and cold. Xena sat atop Argo as Gabrielle walked alongside with Joxer following behind them.
"Xena. Do you think that you'll find Eve?" Joxer asked.
"We'll find her." Xena said coldly. While Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer were in Amphipolis visiting Cyrene, a local warlord kidnapped the baby. This was five years ago. Xena still blames herself for the whole thing. She had asked Ares for help, but he couldn't find Eve. She must've been given a new name.
"I don't know what to do." Gabrielle said. "We've been looking for her for five years Xena. Five years."
"Don't you dare give up hope!" Xena exclaimed. "She is my daughter, and I will find her!"
"I'm sorry Xena." Gabrielle said.
"I know." Xena said regretfully. "I'm sorry too. At least we were told there was a mysterious little girl around these parts."
"Maybe it is Eve." Joxer said hopefully.
"I hope she is." Xena said.
Meanwhile up at the top of the mountain, a warlord named Nexis was sitting by the little girl's bed.
"Father." The child said. "Tell me about my mother."
"Your mother." The warlord said. "She was a village woman. She had the longest blond hair and the prettiest blue eyes. You would've loved her." The man lied.
"Father. I just don't feel like I belong here." She said.
"What do you mean?" he asked.
"I just feel like I belong somewhere else with someone else, father." The child said.
"Destiny." The man said. "You belong here."
"Okay papa. I believe you." The little girl sighed.
"Come on Gabrielle! Look! At the top of that cliff. There's a cottage." Xena said.
"Do you think Eve is there?" Gabrielle asked.
"I do." Xena said.
"What are we waiting for?" Joxer asked.
"Let's go." Xena said. "It'll take us about a day to get up there, but we have to." They proceeded to climb the mountain.
That night, the little girl went to her window. She prayed for the spirit inside of her to speak to her.
"Please. I need to speak to you." She prayed. With a flash Callisto appeared in front of her.
"You came!" the little girl exclaimed in a whisper.
"Yes. I told you I would always be here when you need me. I'm inside of you. I am your spirit." Callisto said.
"I've never asked you this before. Do I belong here?" she asked.
"No." Callisto said. "You are not the daughter of Nexis. You are the daughter of the warrior princess."
"The warrior princess?" the girl asked.
"Yes. Her name is Xena. When you were a baby, you were kidnapped by Nexis." Callisto revealed.
"My real name isn't Destiny is it?" she asked.
"No. Your name is Eve." Callisto said.
"I want to see my mother!" Eve cried.
"She's on her way. She'll be here tomorrow morning." Callisto said.
"Can I see her?" Eve asked.
"Yes." Callisto said. She waved her hand to reveal a window. Eve saw the three travelers.
"Which one is my mother? The one with blond hair, or the one with black?" Eve asked.
"Xena is the one with black hair. She's the warrior princess." Callisto said.
"She's beautiful!" Eve exclaimed. "Do I look like her?"
"Yes. Callisto pointed to a mirror. Xena's image appeared beside Eve's.
"I do! I look like her!" Eve said smiling.
"She's been searching for you all of this time. Those three love you very much." Callisto declared.
"Is that man my father?" Eve asked.
"No." Callisto said smiling. "His name is Joxer. That woman walking with him is Gabrielle. Gabrielle is an Amazon Queen, and a bard. She gave you her right of caste as an amazon princess. You are an amazon sister. Joxer is a friend of Xena and Gabrielle. Your father is a being greater than I."
"I can't wait to meet them! Thank you! Thank you for letting me see them!" Eve said.
"You're welcome Eve. Don't worry. They will get you out of here." Callisto said. She disappeared inside of Eve.
"Come on Xena! I see a light. We should be there in the morning." Gabrielle said.
"Yeah. I see it too." Xena said. "I'm so glad Ares found this place." Ares had found this place and told Xena about it before he started searching for Eve again.
"I have a feeling we'll find Eve." Joxer said.
"Me too." Xena said smiling.
"How will we know it's her?" Gabrielle asked.
"I'm her mother. I'll know."
"Excuse me." Eve said. She had crept out of her room and went to Nexis' room.
"Destiny. What is it?" he asked.
"I need to speak with you." Eve said.
"Come here sweetheart." He said. She walked over to him.
"I know you aren't my father. I know my name isn't Destiny. I know my name is Eve and that Xena the warrior princess is my mother." Eve said.
"What?" Nexis asked. "How did you find that out?"
"The spirit inside of me told me." Eve said.
"Come here." Nexis said. Eve sat on his lap. "The woman I said was your mother was my wife. We had a daughter like you when we were married, but my wife died, and one day my daughter ran away. They found her the next day and she was…." Nexis' voice trailed off
"I am leaving with my mother." Eve said.
"What?" Nexis asked.
"She will be here first thing in the morning. I'm leaving with her and Joxer and Gabrielle." Eve said.
"No. I will not hear of it! You belong to me!" Nexis yelled.
"No. I belong to myself. I am Xena's daughter. She is my mother. I am leaving with her." Eve said calmly. She ran out of Nexis' room and back to her own room. Nexis sat there staring at the doorway. He knew he was about to lose the closest thing he had to a daughter.
At sunrise, Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer reached the top. They were at the small cottage.
"Xena." Gabrielle whispered. She pointed over to a little girl running around outside of the cottage. She had a green dress on, similar to the pattern of the dress Eve had as a baby.
"Is that her?" Joxer asked. Xena swallowed hard.
"That's her." Xena said with tears welling in her eyes. Just then, Ares appeared before them.
"Xena." He said.
"Ares." Xena said. "I found my daughter." She pointed to Eve. Ares saw her.
"I'm happy for you Xena." He hugged her. "I've been searching for her for a long time too. I'm just glad I found this place."
"Thank you. You helped me find my daughter. I'll always be thankful for that, Ares." Xena said. "I have a feeling this is to easy."
"I'll stand guard. You go get your daughter." Ares said.
"Okay. Gabrielle, you and Joxer stay here with Ares."
"Okay." Xena said.
"Go get Eve." Joxer said. Xena smiled at them, and walked over to the little girl who was now sitting on a tree stump. She was holding something in her arms. Xena cleared her throat silently, and held back her tears.
"What's that you got there?" she asked. Without turning around, the little girl spoke.
"My dolly." Eve said. She hesitated, realized who was speaking ot her, then turned around quickly. "Mommy! You came!" she exclaimed running over to her mother and clutching her in a hug.
"Yeah sweetheart. I'm here." Xena said letting her tears flow.
"I knew you'd come for me! My spirit told me last night." She said.
"You're spirit?" Xena asked looking into her daughter's eyes.
"Yes. The lady with the blond hair." Eve said. She hugged her mother again. Xena silently said, "Thank you Callisto."
"Come on. Let's get you out of here." Xena said.
"Watch out for Nexis." Eve whispered.
"Who's Nexis?" Xena asked.
"The man who took me when I was a baby. He's not a very bad man, but he will try to get me back." Eve said. "Just don't kill him mommy."
"I won't." Xena said. "Come on." Eve took Xena's hand and hurried her over to Ares, Gabrielle, and Joxer. Eve ran over to them. She looked at Gabrielle.
"You're my Aunt Gabby?" Eve asked.
"Yeah Eve. I'm Aunt Gabby." Gabrielle said smiling. Eve hugged her. Then she looked at Joxer.
"Uncle Joxer?" Eve asked.
"Yeah." Joxer said. He was touched that someone actually called him Uncle Joxer. Eve looked up at Ares.
"Are you the God of War?" she asked.
"Yeah. That's me." He said. Xena took Eve's hand.
"He helped me find you." Xena said.
"Thank you Ares." Eve said.
"It was my pleasure little lady." Ares said. Eve giggled.
"Not so fast!" a man yelled. Eve gasped.
"Nexis." She whispered.
"Come to me Destiny." Nexis said drawing his sword.
"No! My name is Eve and I'm with my family!" Eve exclaimed.
"No. I'm your father. You belong to me!" Nexis yelled.
"No!" Eve screamed. Xena turned to Ares, Gabrielle, and Joxer.
"Get Eve to safety." Xena exclaimed. Ares took Eve's hand and they disappeared. Gabrielle pulled out her Sais and sprang into action alongside Xena. Joxer pulled his sword. He had actually become a pretty good fighter, but he was still as clumsy as ever.
Nexis charged toward the three, and lunged for Xena who kicked him to the ground. Gabrielle stood behind Xena and Joxer behind her. The man was passed out cold on the ground.
"That was easy." Xena said. They ran out to find Eve and Ares.
"Ares!" Xena called. Ares appeared with a crying Eve in his arms. Xena took her 5-year-old daughter in her arms. "Shhh….Sweetheart. I'm here. You're safe now."
That night, Xena sat up camp as Gabrielle and Joxer told Eve stories. Ares stood watch, and he and Xena walked together in the night.
"I'm just so happy I have my little back." Xena said.
"I'm glad that I helped you. I love you Xena. I love you more than ever." Ares said. Xena sighed.
"Over these five years, I've realized that my feelings for you are deeper than I thought. When you found out that Eve was missing, you were ready to help me look for her. I just thought you were trying to get me to be your warrior queen. But, when you stuck to that, I realized that you really did love me. And I realized that I love you too." Xena said. Ares turned to face Xena. He looked into her eyes, and they kissed softly. Before they knew it, they were enjoying a night of pleasure and bliss.
A few hours later, they walked back to camp. Joxer was asleep, and Gabrielle and Eve were looking through some scrolls.
"Hey Gabrielle. You look tired. Why don't you get some sleep." Xena said. Ares had to leave, and he kissed Xena and disappeared. Eve looked up from the scrolls as Gabrielle drifted off to sleep. Xena sat beside her daughter.
"Mommy, you've done so many wonderful things for people." Eve said.
"I've done some very bad things too." Xena said.
"But, they way Aunt Gabby describes it, you are making up for those bad things." Eve said.
"Yes." Xena said quietly. Eve smiled at Xena.
"She told me I have a brother." Eve said.
"Who?" Xena asked.
"The spirit. I think you called her Callisto. I asked her one day if I had any brothers or sisters, and she told me about Solan. But she didn't tell me about you until last night. I never told Nexis about Solan thought. Mommy, I'm glad you found me." Eve declared.
"Me too sweetheart. Me too." Xena said.
"I love you mother."
"I love you too Eve." She kissed her daughter's forehead. She read Eve scrolls until she fell alseep and then she lay down and before she fell asleep, she whispered, "Thank you Ares. I love you."