Disclaimer & Notices

Copyright: I do not own the Xena concept and certain characters but the plot is all mine.

Notices: The story contains mature content, including violence and sexual content.

Summary: The story opens up in the second season just after Xena has been brought back, Gabrielle is made queen of the Amazons, and Velasca starts her rampage as the Goddess of Chaos. What if Xena never chose Callisto as the necessary evil and instead fought against Velasca? Xena will find the challenge too hard, at least as a mortal, and she sacrifices her mortality to save Gabrielle. When Gabrielle thinks her life will settle down certain repercussions show up after Velasca destroyed the temple to Artemis. Can the godly Warrior Princess protect Gabrielle, help the Amazon Nation, and reclaim her mortality?

Homepage: www . redhope . net

Started: July 10, 2007

Ended: July 22, 2007

Series 3: Putting the Puzzle Together, Story #25


The Bluest Eyes in Greece

by Red Hope

Prologue – An Unnecessary Evil

"I've never been a target before," the bard murmured.

Xena lightly touched her friend's arm. She felt deeply for Gabrielle because nothing has been right for Gabrielle since Xena's recent death and life. Xena understood the bard had suffered enough these past weeks between death, life, the Amazons, and Velasca. Not to mention Velasca was now a god.

"You'll be fine," the warrior promised.

Gabrielle peered up into her partner's confident eyes. The tension slightly eased in her, yet she still wanted more assurance that she would not get right now. She scanned about the cavern and watched her Amazons. "We need to keep Velasca away from them." She returned her attention to Xena. "She's after me, Xena."

The warrior now tightly held onto the bard's closest shoulder. "I know." She glanced about the cave too then back at her friend. "Ephiny will keep her busy until we can make it to the lava pit."

Gabrielle bowed her head and softly questioned, "Don't you think we should get some help?"

Xena had already considered it, and she released a low sigh. "We don't have time."

"What about Hercules?"

The warrior shook her head. "There's no time to track him down. Velasca's powers are growing by every minute."

The Amazon Queen remained still and silent, but then she nodded. "Alright." She raised her head back up.

Xena took in the bard's deep fears. She silently promised the bard that she'd do anything to keep her protected from the insane Velasca. "Come on." She straightened up and led her friend to the mouth of the cave.

To be continued.