Subtext Reports
Those crazy posts about the episodes originally posted to the nutforum and saved here for posterity in their error riddled entirety (since they were written 'on the fly'). 
Homecoming Series
A series of five (not so short) stories about Xena and Gabrielle building their life together as a couple. 
Magic Series
Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas find love as they uncover more writings of Gabrielle about her warrior princess. 
Conversations by Campfire Series
Set during Season Four, parts of the episodes are worked into chats between Xena and Gab, particularly the subject of Najara and the bard. 
Changes of Heart Series
My take on what happened after Gabby got Chakram'ed upside the head by Xena in the Season Five ender. 
Bonding of Souls Series
This series picks up where 'Changes of Heart' ends with Xena and Gabby back together. Each 'episode' is an expansion of the episodes of Season Six.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
How DID Ares get stuck in that tomb from the Xena Scrolls? This story answers that question. 
The Play
Xena and Gabrielle have to play the leads in a performance for a ruthless king to save Salmoneus' neck. Unexpected consequences and confessions are the result. 
The Queen, the Regent, the Warrior
Xena leaves Gabrielle in the care of the amazons, only to have Ephiny and Gabby fall in love. Xena does return and chaos and secret confessions follow.
The Contest
Ares and Aphrodite battle over Xena's spirit. 
Loss of Virginity
Romantic musings from one of our gals. 
Moment of Truth
Gabrielle does anything it takes to keep Xena out of a battle that's foretold to take the warrior princess' life. 
Thank the Gods For Henbane
At an Amazon festival Gabrielle has one too many henbane brownies, which results in a funny and sexy night for Xena. 
As It Should Be
The Queen gets taken by the Warrior Princess at the Amazon Village.
Family Ties
Xena takes Gabrielle back to home to spend a little time with the 'in-laws'. 
Dueling Cousins
Xena's look-alike cousin, Sappho, has always been competitive but now the Tenth Muse wants the ultimate prize - Gabrielle. 
The End
Alternate 'demise' of Xena and Gabrielle based on the Season Four crucifixion. 
Truth or Dare
Sexy romp between Callisto and Gabrielle set during 'A Necessary Evil' 
November 29th, 1942
A little romance fic between Janice and Mel. 
Inside Outside
Set after the events of 'A Family Affair', it's a scene told through the eyes of four people - Gabrielle's Father, Mother, Gabrielle herself and Xena.
Something To Talk About
Xena and Gabrielle's friends are all surprised that the pair aren't lovers so they consider why not.
Henbane, Horsenappings and Other Obstacles
A 'murphy's law' comedy where everything that can go wrong for Xena and Gabby but, of course, they still end up saving the day.
All That Matters
During Gabrielle's birthday party in' Takes One To Know One', Xena reflects on her love for the bard.  
What if Gabrielle was actually the one behind all the folks who influenced Xena's journey toward good? 
Have Yourself a Merry Little Solstice
A little Winter Solstice tale that's available in general (not lovers) and alternative (lovers). .
Little Moments: A Day in the Desert
A tale told through the eyes of Janice and then Mel while on a dig.  
Candy or Chaos
'Classic Xena' general Halloween story with Xena and Gabby return for the Potiedaia Harvest Festival.
Conquering Heroine
Gabrielle is the Conqueror in this piece. How exactly? Give it a read and find out. 
Watching and Waiting
Set after FIN II, Xena watches from afar as Gabrielle moves on with her life. 
Police Office Carol and Protestor Erin clash but find they're fighting for the same things. A short story based on my novel, 'One Belief Away'. 
March 26, 1943
Sequel to November 29, 1942. This time it's Janice's birthday and Mel has some sexy plans for her lover. 
The 10th Muse
In this traditional subtext story that's part French farce; part musical, Gabrielle has a Doppelganger, the Poetess Sappho. It's up to Gabby, Xena and Sappho's friend Aphrodite to guard Sappho during the 10th Muse Competition...Of course they must also try to repair Sappho's damaged relationship with her lover (a woman, and bandmate, who's the spitting image of Xena).

Title: The 10th Muse

Author: CN Winters

Fandom: Xena Fanfiction, Xena fanfic, Xena fan fiction, Xena and Gabrielle fanfiction, Xena fiction

Rating: PG-13 for naughty language, violence, drug use...the usual.

Disclaimers: Xena and the gang aren’t mine. They belong to MCA/Universal/Studio USA and a bunch of other folks who now own them. If the thought of two ladies in love is unappealing please proceed on to another story.

Author Note: There’s a great out-of-print book called ‘Sappho: A Garland. The Poems & Fragments of Sappho’ Translated by Jim Powell. It’s very short and easy to understand -- it talks about Sappho’s life and works. Some aspects in the book I incorporated directly into this story. Others, well, I used a bit of creative license. For over 10 years, I had this idea rattling around in my head. TPTB were going to do a Sappho ep in Season Four, with Xena having ANOTHER doppelganger, Sappho. They dropped the idea because they said they couldn't figure out how to keep the subtext sub. This 'episode' takes place in Season Six, rather than Season Four, since Sappho is mentioned in S6's 'Many Happy Returns', which is 30 years AFTER Season Four. 

Dedication: This story is dedicated to two of my best friends, Bridget and Norma, who I lost within a year of each other. It was actually through the Xenaverse that I met them so decided as a tribute I’d finally put this story on ‘paper’.

Synopsis:  In this traditional, season six, subtext story that's part French farce; part musical, Gabrielle has a Doppelganger, the Poetess Sappho. It's up to Gabby, Xena and Sappho's friend, the goddess Aphrodite, to guard Sappho during the 10th Muse Competition...Of course they must also try to repair Sappho's damaged relationship with her lover, and bandmate, Anaktoria.

Feedback: Sure, drop me a line at or feel free to contact me via the form on my site at


“I need your help!” Aphrodite said as she suddenly materialized in the forest in front of Xena and Gabrielle.

Instantly, Xena had her sword drawn while Gabrielle had her sais ‘at the ready’. They both dropped their guard simultaneously when they saw it was her.

Aphrodite sighed, “Geeze. Take it down a notch, ladies.”

“You’re lucky you’re immortal,” Xena hissed as she re-sheathed her sword.

“Yeah. Whatever.” The goddess waved her off and looked to Gabrielle. “I need your help to save a friend, Gabby. She’s got some pretty heavy political connections and her family-.”

“Sorry,” Xena interrupted. “I’m not a sword for hire -- especially for politicians.”

“Well, guess what? I didn’t ask you. I asked her,” she said turning back to Gabrielle.

“You want me?” the bard asked as she put her sais back in her boots.

Aphrodite nodded. “I need YOU, for sure,” she added for emphasis. “I guess Xena can tag along too if she wants, but she’s being stubborn.”

“Hey,” Xena said indignant.

“What?” Aphrodite shrugged.

“Where Gabrielle goes, I go.”

“Great, you’re going to Athens if she agrees,” Aphrodite told the warrior. “Truth is, I would like your help too, but I’m not going to twist your arm. I just figured you might feel that one good deed deserves another after all.”

“Oh really? A good deed?”

“Hey,” Aphrodite said as she moved a few steps closer to poke Xena in the breast place with a pointed finger. “I defied the Olympian order to help Gabrielle, and that was AFTER I tried to talk them out of going after Eve. And what did I get in return, Xena? You killed my ENTIRE family!” she squawked.

“Except Ares,” Gabrielle muttered.

“Yes, except pain-in-my-ass, Ares,” she corrected herself. “But hey,” she said with a sarcastic snort, “…if you can’t be bothered to return the favor…” The goddess then let the sentence hang for effect… and guilt.

Xena looked at Gabrielle, who shrugged and told Aphrodite, “She hit me with a Chakram.”

“She killed my husband, my brothers, my sisters, my-.”

“Fine!” Xena sighed not wanting to get into it all. “What’s the job?”

“It’s a muse that needs help, well, not a real muse, just someone who’s super talented. In fact, you’ve met her.”

“I have?” Xena asked.

“Yep, you strong-armed your way into her dressing room and forced her to write a poem for you, well, actually for her.” She pointed in the bard’s direction.

Xena suddenly looked worried as Gabrielle began to grow annoyed.

“What?!” Gabrielle said as she slapped Xena’s arm. “You made Sappho write something for me at sword point?!”

“Nooo,” Xena whined.

Aphrodite muttered, “It was a crossbow.”

“What?!” Gabrielle screeched again.

“No, I didn’t!” Xena argued.

Aphrodite began to chuckle. “Take a chill pill, Gabby. I’m just teasing you. Actually, Xena did strong arm her way in but then she told her the sob story of missing the birthday concert and she took pity on her. It was actually kind of sweet. Xena even begged.”

“You begged,” Gabby asked with a growing smile.

Xena looked way for a moment. “I felt bad. I asked her to do another show, but she said no. She had to get back to Mytilene. So instead, she asked me to describe you. I did and, well, you read what she came up with. She said she’d only hand it over if I made a promise that I wouldn’t read it before I gave it to you.”

“That’s why you looked surprised when I read it,” Gabrielle surmised.

“It was the first time I heard it too. You loved what she wrote for you and my screw up was corrected. So problem solved. End of story.”

“Not really,” Aphrodite added.

“You have something more to add?” Xena asked coolly.

“You never mentioned Sappho’s appearance.” Aphrodite motioned for Xena to continue.

The warrior turned to Gabrielle.

“Alright, I should warn you.... Sappho looks like…”

“What?” Gabrielle asked when Xena didn’t continue.

“Someone in this circle,” she finished.

“Are you kidding me?!” Gabrielle asked. “You mean 30 years later and there’s yet another woman that looks like you?”

“Not me.” She then nodded to Aphrodite and said, “…or her.”


Xena simply nodded.

“Well, how much like me?” Gabrielle wondered.

“You’ll see.” Xena just smiled.

“Yeaaaaaah,” Aphrodite added. “She IS a dead ringer for the bardly one here, but you never met Anaktoria, Xena.”

“Who’s Anaktoria?” Xena and Gabrielle both asked at the same time.

Aphrodite giggled. “Like you just said, you’ll see.”

With that, Aphrodite reached out and grabbed both their arms and the three of them glittered away. When they re-immerged, they were outside the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens at The Odeon Inn, a small venue / tavern next to The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a much larger stone theatre structure.

A large banner hung outside the theater that read, “The 10th Muse Competition Finals.”

Gabrielle began to put everything together.

“Wait. You want me to act like Sappho and recite her poetry?”

“Actually this competition has nothing to do with her poetry.”

“I don’t understand,” the bard answered.

“It’s about her music and I need you to sing.”

“I-I-I don’t sing,” Gabrielle stuttered nervously.

“You do today!” Aphrodite said as she pulled them both inside the theater.

To Act One


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