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After a minute or so, Xena decided to go after Gabrielle. She was afraid she might already have moved, and Xena knew she was the fastest. She had to get to the bottom of this mess. Maybe it was just an honest mistake, and Gabrielle felt embarrassed about the accident. ‘Yeah, that was probably it,’ Xena thought as she moved into the woods. She had to find Gabrielle.
Xena ran as fast as she could, but not for away, she spotted Gabrielle near the riverside. Her face was hidden in her hands, and it looked like she was sobbing. She was whispering something to herself. Xena could barely make out the words through her hands, even with her great hearing.
“Stupid, stupid, stupid!” the words sounded. “How could you? She’ll hate me forever! I have to get away… Maybe Lila will take me? Stupid!”
Throwing her hands down with the last word, she spotted something in the bushes, or rather someone. And as soon as Gabrielle realized it was Xena, she started to step back. First very slowly, but soon she started running. Xena was quicker and she jumped high, rolling in the air, ending right in front of Gabrielle, blocking her way.
“Don’t, Xena,” she said.
Her voice was deep and filled with sorrow. It cut like a knife through Xena’s heart. Couldn’t she see how much she loved her? Couldn’t she see that she had done nothing more? It was Xena that was the coward for not doing anything about her attraction to the blonde any sooner. She couldn’t let this chance skip. Not this time, no, it was time to step up. So when Gabrielle still tried to escape, Xena grabbed her arms and held her tight, so she couldn’t get away. Xena was still the strongest of them.
“NO! NO! Let me go! XENA! Let me go!” But it didn’t matter how hard Gabrielle shouted, Xena was not to rock with.
Slowly, careful to keep the wrenching blonde still, Xena wrapped her arms around Gabrielle, holding her as tight to her body as possible.
“Sshh…” Xena tried to calm her down, kissing her on the top of her head.
“Calm down, it’s alright. It’s alright. You know I love you no matter what, right? Sshh…”