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"I'm telling you Taya, this is, without a doubt, the best way to keep our daughters in line." Cyrene twirled her wooden spoon as her cousin looked at the new one Cyrene had given her.
"Are you sure about this? I mean, it doesn't seem like much for an Amazon to endure." The dark haired warrior asked.
"It's plenty," Eponin called out.
"Enough Eponin," Cyrene scolded. "You know better than to talk when you're in the corner."
Turning, Cyrene sat down in the rocking chair while her cousin did the same. Watching their daughters shift in their respective corners Cyrene was quiet for a few moments.
"I've enjoyed being back, it's almost like I was never gone," she admitted.
"I still can't believe you are back, after all these years." Blue eyes sparkled as Taya leaned over to grasp Cyrene's hand. "I missed you so much Cyrene."
Cyrene's reply was interrupted by the door being thrown open, "Mom!" Gabrielle's yell was cut off as she stopped, noticing Xena and Eponin in corners of the room. "So it was them?"
Cyrene nodded as Ephiny finally caught up to her queen, "Sheesh Gabrielle, why the rush, I'm telling you the goat and cow will be fine. The chicken, I'm not sure about."
Entering the room fully, she ran her hand over her face, "I don't want to know." She said. "Um, I'm going to… bye." The regent turned and left before any more could be said.
"Chicken," Xena muttered.
"Xena, not one more word," Cyrene admonished.
"Mom?" Gabrielle turned to see Cyrene's blue eyes twinkle.
"I thought you might need a little help with this one dear heart. The minute I saw the cow and pig, I knew who was behind it."
"And that poor chicken," Taya added. "I hope she can still lay eggs, being traumatized like that."
Hearing snickers from the corner, Cyrene and Taya looked at each other and nodded. "Gabrielle, I think it's time for you to go, we need to take care of our daughters."
Seeing two pairs of blazing blue eyes, Gabrielle nodded, "I'll see you later Xena, Ep." She commented before turning tail and running.
"Girls, come here please," Cyrene directed tapping the spoon on her palm.
Two sighs followed as Xena and Eponin walked as slowly as they could to face their impending doom.
I hope all my readers find this a fitting ending to Little Warrior. I truly enjoyed writing this one and as I said, I am currently working on another which I hope to begin posting soon.
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