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WARNING: This story might be too intense for some readers. It takes Joxer on a horrifying journey of living nightmares. As the lines are torn between memories, fantasies and reality. As he is drawn deeper into confusion on who and what he can trust. The ending may shock you.



by Melissa McMahan


Xena sat as she she sharpens her sword. The sound of the blade rang in the air clear as a bell. Gabrielle sat on the otherside of the campfire writing in her scroll. The sound from both was too much for Joxer, he started to hear a slight beat in their movement. He picked up his lyre and added to it. Xena and Gabrielle stopped and looked at him. Xena rolled up her eyes, Gabrielle giggled a tad.

GABBY: You know that did sound pretty good. I think he's getting better, hum?

JOXER: Thanks Gabby! (Smiles) Xena what do you think?

XENA: I think I've had enough of both of you today, so I'm gonna go to sleep. (Yawns) If either of you wake me... Well...

GABBY: As if you have to tell us.

Xena heads off for her bedroll. Joxer sits as still as he can looking at the pinkish sunset. He suddenly feels the hair on the back of his neck standing on end. He hears Gabrielle's writing has stopped, as he turns he sees her looking right at him and then she writes some more. He catches her taking small glaces up at him, he knows she is writing something about him. He moves his lips to one side of his face and then getting up, he moves closer to her. Gabrielle cocks her eybrow at him, as he starts to smile and her eyes narrow into small slits.

GABBY: Joxer?! (Sighs) What are you doing over here?

JOXER: Why do you keep looking up at me? (Pauses) Hum?

GABBY: Huh?! (Scoffs) You've lost it, Joxer.

JOXER: Nevermind Gabby, I'm going to sleep.

Joxer turns takes two steps and trips over a tree root sticking out of the ground, as Gabrielle laughs. Joxer turns and gives her a look that she had only seen from Xena before, it stopped her laughter and made her shiver.

GABBY: Um, sorry Joxer. (Points) Are you ok? Is there anything I can do to make it up to you?

Joxer pauses as he can only think of one answer for that queston, he chuckles knowingly, then smiles at Gabrielle.

JOXER: Yeah!

GABBY: Well can it wait until sunrise? I want to finsh this scroll, then go to sleep.

JOXER: Uh, sure Gabby. Let me when you feel like doing it.

Joxer beats a hasty retreat before Gabrielle could snap to what he was getting at. Joxer started to fade into slubber as he watches Gabrielle write in her scroll, soon his eyes close and he starts to dream. Gabrielle is dressed in black leather as she walks up to him and gives him a huge kiss. She then pulls into a room and shuts the door behind them. She slinks past him and crawls onto the bed in a cat like fashion, the motions with her finger for him to come to her. Joxer finds himself unable to move, as she licks her lips and starts to underdress. The next thing Joxer knows is he wakes up next to Meg.


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