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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


Joxer felt his head swimming, then everything turned black. He opened his eyes and found himself inside a cave. He heard the faint sound of a woman crying, he looked towards it and found Gabrielle crying with her head in her hands. He sat next to her unsure what to say as aways.

JOXER: Um, Gabby?

GABBY: Joxer, I've been waiting for you. (Laughs) Xena?!

Xena's eyes glowed as she made her way towards Joxer. Gabrielle held him still, he came to the realization they were both Bacchaes now.

JOXER: No! (Trying to pull away) Let me go!

XENA: Why don't you do the honnors Gabrielle, after all he would do anything for the woman he loves. (Joxer screams) Isn't that right, Joxer? So Gabrielle why don't you... Tear him apart, limb from limb.

GABBY: Nah, I'd miss having the little pest around, lets make him our mindless slave. (Picking up a goblet) Yes.

XENA: As if he wasn't yours already.

Joxer rolls away from Xena and Gabrielle. Sees his pack on the ground, he pulled out his lute and started to play it.

XENA: No! (Screams) Not that Joxer the Mighty song again.

Taking Joxer's lute and smashing it, Xena holds him down.

JOXER: Xena? (Trying to break Xena's hold) Stop!

GABBY: Don't be such a bad boy, Joxer. (Kisses Joxer)

JOXER: Gabby?! (Gabrielle bits his neck) Ow!

Joxer passes out, he comes to yelling.

XENA: Joxer, what in Tartarus is wrong with you?!

GABBY: Are you ok? (Unrolling a scroll)

JOXER: Oh gods. (Sighs) I just had the worst dream, well some of it was good. (Chuckles) You two were Bacchaes.

XENA: Joxer? (Raises an Eyebrow) Tell it to Gabrielle I have somewhere to go and I won't be back until sunrise.

GABBY: Yeah, she doesn't need her side kicks.

Xena gives Gabrielle the look and after getting on Argo rides off. Joxer walks over and sits with Gabrielle.

JOXER: Xena held me and you were bitting my neck.

GABBY: So what was the good part of that? (Scoffs)

JOXER: Well you did kiss me first.

GABBY: What?! (Gasping) I kissed you?!


Gabrielle make a few faces and writing in her scroll. Joxer sat and waited for her to say something elses, she didn't. Instead she wrote in her scroll not letting him read it, she then looked right at him.

GABBY: So what do you think that dream means?

JOXER: I don't know, but it was very...

GABBY: Telling? (Sighs) It's that what you really mean?

JOXER: Well I... Um, I... That is...

GABBY: You think I'm too crule to you don't you?

JOXER: Not always, no. (Pauses) It's just that I lo... I lo...

GABBY: That you lose? (Giggles) Joxer, stand up.

JOXER: Ok. (They stand face to face) Now what?

GABBY: Come and get me.

JOXER: Huh?! (Gabrielle hits him) Oh, oh yeah.

Joxer grabs Gabrielle who puts him fast on his behind, holding him down.

GABBY: Uh, huh! (Breathing hard) Gotch!

JOXER: Hey! (Gasping for air) Gabby?

GABBY: So who's really tough now? (Laughing) Joxer the mighty... (Raises an eyebrow) Easy to knock down?

JOXER: Well now what are you gonna do to me?

GABBY: Ah, tie you up of course.

JOXER: You're kidding right?

Gabrielle lets go of Joxer and goes into her bags, she pulls out some very strong rope and a scarf.

JOXER: This is a joke, huh? (Backing away) Gabby?!

GABBY: No I'm sorry, Joxer. (Snickers) I'm not only gonna tie you up, but I'm also gonna gag you.

Gabrielle stuffs Joxer's mouth with the scarf. She then with some fight from him, ties his legs to his arms on his tummy.

GABBY: There. (Giggles) That should hold you. (Sits down with her scroll) That should hold you for a little while.

Joxer grunts and tries to get loose, as Gabrielle snickers. She starts to write, but he rolls over toward her.


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