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by Melissa McMahan



All this was just too much for Joxer who passed out and fell away from Gabrielle. She just looked at him for a moment, before she rested his head in her lap. Xena coming back from taking in the bad guys in, but made a stop along the way. She was met by Lila at the farm house door.

LILA: Xena?!

XENA: I guess you haven't gotten Gabrielle's scroll yet? (Lila cocks her head) No matter.

LILA: How is Gabrielle and Jox...

XENA: That's why I'm here. (Sitting at the table) Look Lila there are a few things I must tell you, but you must keep them to yourself for now. Promise?

LILA: Um, sure.

XENA: Alright. (Dryly) I don't know what Joxer told you nor your sister. However I do know that love can hurt, it's the nature of the beast.

LILA: I know, but...

XENA: Hold on. (Sighs) Joxer he's a big hearted, but awkward. He tries to do the right thing, but...

Xena pauses and taps her hand on the table.

LILA: Yes?!

XENA: The truth is he's in love with your sister.

LILA: Gab... (Gasps) Oh I see.

XENA: I don't think she knows and he hasn't been able to tell her. So you can see how hard this is on everyone? (Smiles)

LILA: I think he should tell her.

XENA: Mmm, so do I.

LILA: We know Gab very well, but there is a part of her nobody can read. (Xena nods) Maybe I could ta...

XENA: No, Joxer has to be the one who tells her.

LILA: Well maybe you should talk to him then.

XENA: Been there, done that, didn't work.

LILA: Oh? (Sighs) Maybe the both of us then?

XENA: I'm not sure that would be a good idea either.

LILA: I want both of them to be happy and it seems to me neither of them are.

XENA: Believe me I know that better than anyone.

Xena and Lila quit talking when they were joined by Lila's father. He gave a half smile to Xena, but she stays for a home cooked meal. Joxer woke up and saw Gabrielle looking down at him.

JOXER: What happened?!

GABBY: Joxer, why do you hafta be such a dork sometimes? (Sighs) Oh gods!

Gabrielle gets up and walks down the path a little way.

JOXER: Hay wait for me?!

Joxer catches up to Gabrielle and they walk together without talking. A bug of some kind land on Joxer's head, the she ficked it away.

JOXER: Thanks.

GABBY: We're almost there.

JOXER: Yeah. (Sighs) Almost.

GABBY: Yeah.

JOXER: If I had of passed out what would of happened?

Joxer eyes Gabrielle as she turns and looks him right in his brown eyes now full of hope.

GABBY: I guess we'll never know. (Smiles)

JOXER: Gabby?!

GABBY: Then again maybe we will or won't. (Giggles)

JOXER: Hey?!

Gabrielle takes off just ahead of Joxer and says nothing else. Later she's looking at a silver brush and mirror set. Joxer a few stands down notices her eyes. He knows she would like it and walks up to her.

JOXER: It's like they were made just for you.

GABBY: Think?

Joxer pays for them before Gabrielle can say anything else. Joxer sees a poor kid and his mother begging for food. He and Gabrielle give them some dinars. Later Xena makes her way to camp and finds them just coming back.

GABBY: That was fast? (Scoffs)

XENA: Yeah I made it in record time. (Sighs) It's very late, what have you two been up to?

GABBY: Shopping.

JOXER: We got a few things for you too, Xena.

XENA: I'll look at them when I wake up.

Xena goes to sleep in her bed roll. Gabrielle writes in her scroll and Joxer has sweet dreams about their kiss.


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