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Xena: Choose Your own Adventure #2

CHAPTER #48 ----- THE WATERFALL

H = 10, X = 16


"We donít have much time. I think Iím going to swim for it," Sphaerus said.

"Iím going over the waterfall. The Horde is waiting for us at the shore, so we canít swim to the side," Gabrielle said.

"The Horde is waiting down there, too!" Sphaerus yelled over the rushing water.

"No, thatís not their territory. Theyó"

They both screamed as they fell over the side, plunging down the waterfall. Gabrielle felt like she would fall forever, never hitting the water.

Thatís when she realized that there were rocks below her, along with water. She twisted her body around so that she could cover her head - and then she hit the water.

***

"Gabrielle? Wake up, itís me," a voice called. The bard opened her eyes to find a dark hair woman with blue eyes looking over Gabrielle.

"Xena!" Gabrielle said, propping herself up on her elbows.

Xena smiled. "You alright?"

"Yeah, whereís Sphaerus?" Gabrielle looked around. Xenaís smile faded.

"Gabrielle, heís..." she started.

"No."

"He hit the rocks. He died, Gabrielle," Xena said quietly and slowly.

"But heóIóweójumped over the falls thinking that was the safe way!" Gabrielle started to sob.

"It was... if you had swim for it, you might have died by the Hordeís hands."

"He saved me, Xena, he saved me," Gabrielle repeated over and over.

Xena hugged her friend and then helped her up.

"Xena, how did you find me? How did you know Iíd be down here?" the bard asked, wiping a tear off her cheek.

"I knew," was Xenaís only response. She smiled at Gabrielle.

"Thanks," the bard hugged her best friend.

"Alright, alright, donít get mushy. Letís get out of here before the Horde changes their minds about their living areas," Xena said.

"Wait," Gabrielle stopped.

"What?" Xena asked.

"Thatís a waterfall, and thereís a spring right there," Gabrielle pointed around a boulder. "Thatís fresh water. Itís just what the Horde needs."

Xena nodded. "Well, theyíll have to find it themselves."

THE END