Disclaimers: The characters of Xena: Warrior Princess and all other associated with the television series of the same name are owned by MCA/ Universal Pictures. This is a work of fan fiction and no copyright infringement is intended.
Subtext: I guess with my writing so far we'll just quit calling it subtext and call it maintext. Yes they are in love with each other.
Violence: None. Yet<G>
Other: Part eleven in the series "Legends Legacy". Takes place about six months after "The Deal of a Lifetime"
When in Rome
"Stop smirking!" I give her arm a slap as we watch from the balcony of our room.
"Im not smirking. Im gloating." She laughs, her smile growing wider.
"Its not very becoming Xe."
"Ive earned the right. Look at him," She points to the subject of our current conversation. "Hes an old man."
"Hes only in his early fifties. Might I remind you that in reality, youre nearly sixty-f "
"Dont!" She holds that annoying finger up in my face, which I just grab and pull down. "Dont say it Ri. Part of being a God and an immortal is never having to admit your true age."
"Oh youre gonna be a riot when youre a thousand."
As the procession passes by our window, Xe returns her attention to him. "Too bad hes Roman."
"Excuse me?" I look up at her, not believing what Im hearing.
"I said, its too bad hes Roman. If he were Greek, Id be there when he passes. Id get to send him to Tartarus. Id show him destiny then."
"Youre gloating again."
She crosses her arms, leaning against the wall. She sighs, "Yeah, I guess I am. I guess Ill just have to learn to live with the fact that," she pauses and grins at me. "Im gonna live forever and hes not."
I just shake my head and turn for our room. "You should be ashamed of yourself."
"Nah, I gave up being ashamed of myself a long time ago." She follows me inside, closing the doors to the balcony and shutting out the sounds of the street below. "You taught me that. It was a good lesson."
"I should have taught you gloating isnt nice."
She tosses herself down on the bed and stretches out. "Nice, no. But its fun and very satisfying." She looks to her fingernails and then looks to me and grins. "Not as satisfying as some other things I could suggest." She gives the bed a pat and wiggles her brows at me.
"You brought me to Rome to make love to me?"
"No, I brought you to Rome so we could just get away for a while. I know that being in the Underworld for so much of the time stresses you. Making love is just a suggestion. You have something else youd rather do?"
"Not necessarily." I smile at her, moving to the bed, then settling over her hips. "Why Rome Xe? Of all the places we could have gone. Why Rome and why now?"
"I dont know. Just thought it would be a nice change of pace." She gives me the look.
"You dont lie very well. You know that?"
"I dont lie to you very well." She runs her hands over my back. "I just want to be here when it happens."
"When he dies. Its coming sooner than he thinks."
"Xe thats just mean!"
"Like breaking my legs and spending a great deal of time tormenting us wasnt?"
"I know, but I thought we were past that."
"Ri," she leans up on her elbows, giving me a very serious look. "I can forgive a lot and I can overlook a lot, but Ill never forgive him. Some things just can not be forgiven."
I sigh and nod. She has been very good about not living in the past and always looking to our future. Can I hold this one little grudge against her? No, not really. He did make her life miserable at every given opportunity.
Im amazed when she steps out of the dressing room wearing Roman robes that drape to the floor. She does look magnificent, but then again when doesnt she?
"Well?" She lifts her hands, then turns in a circle apparently awaiting my approval.
"You just want me to tell you how beautiful and gorgeous you are."
"Thatd be nice."
"You know, Zeus made a wise decision when he made you temporary God of the Underworld. You certainly have the ego for it."
She leans against the door frame, crossing her arms. "Thanks. Im very proud of it. Took me a long time to get it just right." She smirks. "Just enough not to annoy you, but big enough to impress everyone else."
"Ah ha! Thats it. Thats what it is about him! His ego is so damn big yours doesnt impress him and that makes you mad."
"Oh please." She rolls her eyes, pushing off the door frame.
"No, no. Thats it. Youre mad because hes not impressed by you."
"Ri did you read a new book on trying to figure out your spouse or something? Youre putting an awful lot of energy into this."
"Its just not like you."
"Ive just waited so long for this. Allow me to enjoy it."
"Like anything I say is going to keep you from that."
"Im sorry to admit it, but thats true." She moves across the room and wraps her arms around me. "Lets not talk about this anymore. Let me take you out of a nice meal instead."
"Now that is a plan I can get behind."
"Good. Glad to hear it." She leans in giving me a sweet, tender kiss. "By the way, have I mentioned lately how much I love you?"
"Not recently. Youve been a little preoccupied."
Caressing my cheek, she looks deeply in my eyes, then smiles. "I love you."
Ooo how can I resist that?
Looking across the table at her, she smiles at me. "What?" I ask, taking a sip of my wine.
"You are beautiful."
"You are biased."
"Hmm could be." She nods. "Maybe I should ask someone else here." She starts to stand, but I grab her wrist and pull her back into her seat.
"Behave." I grin.
She settles back into her seat, leaning over, she brushes her lips past my ear. "I was just going to get a second opinion."
I find myself holding her head in place near my neck, encouraging her to nuzzle in, which she does. "I dont care about second opinions. As long as you think so, thats all that matters." She murmurs something. I cant quite make it out though. Not that I particularly want to Im pretty happy with what shes doing now. "Xe?"
"Lets go back to the room."
She pulls back and grins at me, licking her lips. "Whatcha got in mind my little Bard?"
"All kinds of things and they require us being naked and sweaty."
She lifts a brow. "Naked and sweaty? My, my Ri. Sounds like quite the workout."
"It will be." I lean over, giving her a tender kiss. "Are you up to it?"
"I think I could keep up."
"Ah, a challenge. One of my favorite things."
Looping my arm through hers, we begin a slow walk back to our inn. I feel her hesitate as a Roman officer rides by us. She stops, turns and watches him.
"Not what Ri. Who. Brutus."
"Exactly. Brutus, hes one of Caesars generals. Wonder what hes doing in Rome?"
"Gee Xe, a Roman in Rome, how odd. Kind of like a Greek in Athens. Thats a real head scratcher."
She slowly turns, narrowing her eyes on me. "Caesar tends to keep his generals occupied and away from the city. A strategic move, to keep them from trying to form coups against him."
"You know more than your saying."
"Lets just say a little birdie told me this might be a good thing."
"Un-huh. So you want to stand here all night and try to figure out why hes here, or are you coming back to the room with me? Hot and sweaty, remember?"
Her hand comes up taking mine in a tight grip. "How could I forget? Lets go." We resume our walk back to the inn. "So do I get anymore clues on this?"
"Nah. Lets just say, when in Rome "
Lying in her arms, I find myself trying to get air in my lungs. She pushes hair back from my face and grins.
"Is that what you had in mind?"
I gulp for air. "Oh yeah! That was is."
"Did I keep up with you?"
"Un-huh." I nod, finally managing to get in a badly needed deep breath. "Oh, you kept up just fine."
"Glad to hear it." She laughs a little, planting a kiss to my brow. "You werent saying much there at the end."
"I could talk for Gods sake!"
He entire body shakes with laughter, even as her arms tighten around me. "Thats was the plan, speechless Bards are cute when theyre reduced to moaning, whimpering masses of flesh."
"I must have been just adorable." I push up and look down at her. "You are so rotten."
"Yeah, I know. Dontcha just love me for it?" She teases, pulling me back down.
"I dont know why, but I sure do."
I can feel the evening about to start heating up again, when there is a knock on our door.
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