AN; This is my first Xena fic, thought I'd give it a try. Please comment. Hope you enjoy this. There is more to come...
I rated this fic M for what is to come.

It was yet another night by the campfire. Gabrielle was working on one of her scrolls while Xena practiced with her sword. It was just an ordinary night, just like so many before, and yet something was different. Neither of them could define what that something was though.

Gabrielle looked up from her scroll, and her gaze got caught on Xena. She took in her smooth movements, how she skilfully waved the sword around her and attacked her imagined enemies, how her perfect balance kept her from falling as she turned around quickly. It looked like she was dancing, she was in total control of her body, and her muscles obeyed her will at any given time. Gabrielle noticed how the tight leather grazed her skin, and how her breasts moved under it…

She shook her head, wondering where that last thought had come from, but unable to tear her gaze off of Xena's body.

"What's on your mind?" Xena asked as she twirled around, attacking yet another imagined enemy.

"Why do you do that?" Gabrielle asked, narrowing her eyes and tilting her head a little to the side.

"Do what?" Xena asked while turning quickly to avoid an imagined sword coming at her.

"Your sword skills are perfect already, why do you still practice?" Gabrielle asked.

Xena stopped fighting and simply looked at her. "Gabrielle, when it comes to fighting and war nothing is ever perfect."

She continued her practicing and Gabrielle pondered for a few minutes about the words Xena had uttered, then returned to her scroll.

The moon stood high in the dark sky when Xena finally sat down by the fire. She started to polish her sword, washing away the dirt from it.

Gabrielle put away her scrolls and watched the other woman, watched her hands and fingers dance skilfully over the sharp blade. There was nothing she wouldn't give to feel those hands against her bare skin.

And there it was again, a thought she didn't where it came from.

"What's on your mind now?" Xena asked, without taking her eyes off the now shining blade.

Gabrielle blushed a little, and looked down so that Xena wouldn't notice. "Nothing." She answered.

Xena looked up at her; her blue eyes shimmered in the light of the fire, so warm, and so full of love. Gabrielle knew though that those piercing blue eyes could radiate just as much coldness as they now radiated warmth.

Those eyes stirred something deep inside her, something she couldn't define and something she wasn't sure of. It was like something she had never felt before.

"Well, I say we get some rest, we have a long journey in front of us." Xena said and moved over to the bedrolls. She took off her breastplate and lay down on her back.

Gabrielle lay down next to her and they fell asleep.

Xena woke up in the middle of the night, wondering what had woken her up. She looked around; Gabrielle stirred and whimpered in her sleep.

"Gabrielle, wake up." Xena said, placing a hand on Gabrielle's shoulder.

Gabrielle woke up with a gasp.

"Hey, it's okay, it was just a nightmare." Xena said soothingly, still keeping her hand on Gabrielle's shoulder.

Gabrielle cuddled up to her, burying her face in Xena's neck, and Xena wrapped her arms around her tender body, letting her palms rest against Gabrielle's back.

They lay like that for a while before Gabrielle pulled back a little and gazed in to Xena's blue orbs. "Sometimes in my dreams I relive the last moments before they crucified us." It was merely a whisper that escaped her lips.

"I'm sorry Gabrielle." Xena said

"For what?" Gabrielle asked.

"I knew what was about to happen, I had seen it in my visions over and over again. I could've changed it, I could've saved you." Xena's voice was full of regret.

"Xena, I knew about your vision, and I chose to stay." Gabrielle whispered. "I'd rather die with you, than live a life without you."

"You are my Northern Star, Gabrielle, you guide me through this life." Xena said.

"I love you Xena."

"I love you too." Xena smiled at her. "Now let's get some rest."

They fell asleep like that, cuddled up to each other.