Title: "Together Forever"
Author: Kat Lee
Rating: G
Summary: They know where they'll spend eternity.
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Author's Note: 244. That's the number of stories that were sitting on my hard drive collecting dust because I lack the energy and time to take care of them as I once did. My betaing pattern has always been to write, then type up if written on paper, the story, read it aloud to my beloved Jack and our children, editing as I go, and then finally format and post. Sadly, this part is simply taking too much of my time and energy, and my beloved Jack and I have too little time together in person these days to be able to keep up with my stories. So what to do? Give up writing? I actually considered it for a while, tried to make excuses to myself other than the large number of stories collecting cyber dust on my computer, as to why I lacked the energy and Muse to write new tales. And then, with the turn of the new year, I decided to stop running and face the problem. The problem is, quite frankly, that once one gets so bogged down in formatting and editing that writing is no longer a pleasure but the actual posting of those writings becomes a hassle and - egad! - work, it's time to cut something out, and that will never be the writing process. So, in short, yes, there will be mistakes in this tale. Yes, it's missing about half of the header information I usually include. But I wrote it for pleasure and am posting it in hopes of sharing that pleasure with others. Do with it as you will.

Theirs had been a long and arduous journey, but now, at last, they were to get the peace she had sometimes craved. Still, she had not wanted the peace to come the way it had. She had wanted to grow old with the woman she loved, perhaps settling down in Greece or India once her heroine was too old to still lift her sword.

She should have known that would never happen, Gabrielle thought with a wry grin as she awoke. Xena would always lift her sword; she did still now, even in the afterlife. Still, Gabby wishes their deaths could have come another way, but that is the only thing she would change about their journey. All the other hardships, and the ways in which they overcame them together, she would keep the same and change nothing else.

Xena yawned loudly, and Gabby's smirk grew into a smile that, though the smirk still lingered in it, also showed her pride in the woman she loved. "So," the Warrior Princess asked, "what do you want to do tonight?"

Gabrielle turned to her as the other spirits shied away. "What I always want to do. Be with you. Are you ready to go to the Elysian Fields?"

"I told you: I may never be ready."

Gabrielle's smile remained bright. "Then we stay right here." She floated over to her love and sank into her, her lips pressing first against and then through hers. "Together," the bard added, "forever where we belong."

The End