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Xena: The Birth of A Legend
By: Sherry A. Hassler
~ Part IV ~
ABOUT 85 MILES FROM SPARTA
"That crazy Xena is always on my trail. How am I going to get rid of her, before I reach Sparta. Menelaus won't be to happy with Xena in his kingdom. He will have my head cut off."
A disimbodied voice of Ares, "Or he could close his gates and let Xena run you thru with her sword. Or she could slice your throat with her chakram." Ares laughs at the idea of that happening. He could have his old Xena back. He could live with idea of Xena having Hercules brats, but only this one time. Maybe, it could work to his own advantage. Think about it, Hercules own brats killing him.
Ares knew Xena was carrying twins. That scared him sometimes, he knew everything that happens to Xena and Xena knows when he was around.
Calamus interrupted Ares train-of-thought. "Do you think?"
Ares growls and appears while picking Calamus by the scruff. "Get this loser! Don't interrupt my train-of-thought, again. I want you to lure Xena into a seaport called Crossroads. There you will find a small hut on the beach that faces North and I want you to stay there. Don't worry. Xena won't try to kill you there. As soon as I appear, I want you to disappear. Got that...good. Now go."
Calamus didn't even wait for Ares to disappear. He started to run at top speed with the Scales of Justice tucked under his arm. He didn't want to angry Ares. Xena was one thing, but Ares was entirely different. He couldn't believe it was so much trouble to making a fast dinar.
Xena felt the ground rumbling. Hades's chariot stopped next to her. She thought Hades was going to want an update on the capture of Calamus.
"Before you ask Hades, I've got Calamus pinpointed down at Sparta. He's going to try and sell the Scales of Justice to King Menelaus."
"That's why I'm here, Xena. Ares has got something cooked up. He sent Calamus to a little hut facing North on the beach at a seaport called Crossroads. It's just about 45 miles southeast of Sparta. Be careful, Xena. Ares is wanting to use the unborn children you are carrying."
"Thanks, Hades. You'll have your Scales of Justice in couple more days. And this won't be the first time that Ares tries to use someone."
"As soon as you get the scales back, meet me near Corinth. I wish you luck. I know you won't fail me, Xena." Hades puts his helmet on and heads in the general direction of Corinth.
"See you around Hades." Xena turns her horse towards Crossroads. Man, I can't wait to get this over with, thought Xena.
SMALL HUT ON THE BEACH
"Ares, you better protect me from Xena. I could have sold this and been miles away, before Xefna even reached Sparta. No, I'm stuck in some broken down stack waiting for the Warrior Princess to hand deliver my head to Hades." Calamus pasted while grumbling his complains to an empty room or he thought was empty.
Ares would have loved to cut Calamus's head off personally and hand deliver it to Hades, himself, but he had a use for him. He needed Calamus to get Xena back into his services.
Xena came bursting through the door. "Calamus give up and hand over the scales. Hades has a little surprise waiting for you in Tartarus." Her eyes scran the room. "O.K., Ares, you can appear now. I know you are here. It's not going to work. Whatever plan you've got cooked up, it won't work, because Hades has already warn me about your plans."
Ares appears. "How do you do it, Xena?"
Calamus tried to run, but Xena popped him on his crest. Then she stopped the flow of blood to his legs.
"I've stopped the flow of blood to your legs. I'll start the flow back, if you stay put." Xena smiled slightly.
"Yes-s-s. O.K., whatever you say. Please, I can't feel my legs anymore." Calamus's voice trembled.
Xena started the flow to his legs, but she made sure the only door was locked. "O.K. Ares, what do want now."
"I just want you back. Just come back and I'll let you live in peace. That's all I really wanted, the world living in peace under one rule. I would be the supreme ruler and I would have you by myself."
"You know I can't do that, Ares. I've started my new life now. I've actually have more things to worry about then trying to concord the whole world for you, Ares."
Xena turns toward Calamus and picks him up by the scruff. "It's time to go back. It's going to be a long trip back to Corinth and I don't want to be on this journey any longer then I have to be."
SOUTHEAST OF CORINTH
"Thanks, Xena. Calamus is going to be put somewhere that he won't be able to break free from again. If you need help, you can call on me to help you." Hades turned towards Calamus. "You've got a lot to answer for."
Xena had earned some down time. It was a good thing, because she didn't think she would make it. She heard how difficult Alceme had with birthing Hercules.
Xena gave birth to a son first which she named Michael and a daughter which she named Grace. After they were five years old, she lefted them with her mother. She went in search of Hercules to tell him about the children.