Disclaimers: The characters of Xena: Warrior Princess and all other associated with the television series of the same name are owned by Studios USA/ 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.
Sex: No, theyre being good this time.
Spoilers: There may be spoilers for various episodes.
Other: Part Seventeen in the series "Legends Legacy". Takes place after
"The Family that Plays Together "
A Time For Good-bye
I watch as Xena cradles the baby in her arms. She always looks so happy when shes holding a baby. And this is the last grandchild that we will see born. Even though we both hate the thought, we know we have to move on and let them live their lives.
We waited until Kess gave birth, so we could meet this addition to our family. Leaving them behind and moving on will be one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. I never expected to be in a position where I would out live my children, but given all the things that Xena and I have endure to this point, I really shouldnt be surprised.
"What are you going to name him?" Xe asks as Kess takes the baby back to feed him.
"Actually," John pipes up from his spot on the bed next to his wife and son. "We thought we would name him Lyceus."
I watch as Xe smiles and nods at their choice. "Id like that."
"Lyceus it is then." Kess runs her hand over the top of her sons head.
I sigh as I watch them. I remember the first time I nursed her. It seems like yesterday, but it has been long enough that she has grown up and had her first child. I wonder if being immortal makes you loose the precious sense of time.
"Hes beautiful, sweetheart." I step closer and John gives me his seat next to my daughter.
"Im glad you were here Mom."
"Wild horses couldnt have kept us away."
Kess looks at me, tears forming in her eyes. "Do you have to leave?"
"Yes, Im afraid we do. Its not that we want to go, but its necessary. Were not aging and eventually someone is going to notice. We just have to go on, so that you can go on."
"I dont know how were going to manage without you."
I smile and caress her face, "Darling, look at the little one in your arms. Youre managing just fine. Its time for us to move on."
She nods and I lean in to kiss her on the cheek. "Im going to miss you Mom."
"Well always be here in spirit. And Ive left all my old scrolls in the village library for you. You can share them with your children and your grandchildren. We will always be there."
I lean over and kiss my grandson and let my hand run over his fine baby hair. "You take care of your Mama, young man. Grow up strong and proud."
Having said good-bye to everyone else, there is only one person left as Ri and I finish tacking up our horses. We turn when we hear her clear her throat. Turning slowly, we both sigh in unison as she stares at her boots.
"Mel?" Ri takes a step forward and holds her hand out. "Come here."
"I have a theory," Melosa looks at us and grins. "If I dont say good-bye, you wont leave."
Shaking my head I join them by the door. "Good theory runt, but it wont work."
"I was afraid of that."
"Come er." I pull her into my arms and hug her for all Im worth. "Im gonna miss you runt."
Very soon I feel Ris arms around the both of us and Im not sure how long we stood like that. But it was long enough for all of us to have tears in our eyes when we stepped back. Reaching up, I wipe a tear from Mels cheek.
"You take care of yourself and the family."
"I will. Will you ever come back?"
"I doubt it."
"Its not safe," Ri runs her fingers through Mels hair and tries to offer a little comfort. "Its not safe for the village or the tribe."
"You know, I understand that, but it doesnt make saying good-bye any easier."
"Youll be fine." I reassure her with a wink.
One final hug and we walk back to our horses. Ri mounts her horse at the same time I get on mine and with on last look at the house where our family is gathered, we turn and ride in the opposite direction.
I toss another log on the fire and listen to her sigh for the thousandth time since we stopped for the night.
She looks up at me and sighs yet again. "Im sorry. I cant help it."
Sitting next to her I wrap my arms around her and let her rest her head on my shoulder. "I know. You have to look at it as a chance to start all over again."
"Oh Gods I dont want to start all over again. Getting here the first time was hard enough."
I laugh and hold her closer. "All right then, think of it as a chance to do new and exciting things."
"There are things we havent done?"
"Youre just doing your best to be impossible arent you?"
"Am I succeeding?"
"Oh, I know why we did it and I understand why it had to be done, but those are my children."
I give her a playful elbow.
"Okay, our children." She laughs and pours two cups of hot cider from the pot on the fire. She hands me on with a wink. "If you insist."
"Thanks." I sip the cider and move to the bedroll, where Im quick to get settled and give it an inviting pat. "Well think of it this way. With us gone, we dont have to worry about the Gods bothering them just because were there."
"Youre right," she slips off her boots and climbs in next to me. "We only have to worry about the Gods bothering them because theyre petty and like to pick on mortals."
"Im sorry I brought it up. I was trying to find an up side." I tease, sipping from my cup again.
"I know, and Im sure Ill get used to it. Its just difficult to know we may never see them again."
"Well, lets look at this as a fresh start. Theyre all grown now Ri. They have their own families and we did a wonderful job of raising them. Now we can relax, and go out into the world again to explore."
She drinks down her cider and curls up in the crook of my arm. "It can be fun cant it?"
"Sure it can. All we have to deicide is where we want to go. You name the place and that where well set off for."
"I dont want to go anywhere weve been before."
"All right then pick a direction and well just go."
"Youre going to make this fun even if I dont want it to be arent you?"
"Im going to try my damnedest."
"I love you."
"I love you too."
Xe waits for me as I look around. She wearing that huge grin she gets when Im making her insane and she doesnt want to admit it. "Well?" She just cant stand it anymore and prods a little.
"How about north?"
"North it is." She picks up the reins to the horse and hands me mine.
"Actually you know," I look at the sky. "Looks like there could be a storm in the north. How about East?"
"How about you just start walking and Ill follow you."
I look at her and smile. "Well, if we really are going to take this as a fresh start I think its appropriate."
"That you follow me."
"Then lead on my love, because I will follow you to the ends of the very earth that we stand on now."
I look at her and smile. "How poetic."
"I can be mushy when I want."
"Will you start writing poetry for me?"
"Not on your immortal life." She grins and wraps her arm around my waist as we start walking.
I shake my head. "I just knew I was asking too much with that one."
I take in a deep breath of fresh morning air as we walk through the dew-covered grass and I wonder what changes we will see in the world that we are destined to be with until it ends.
I realize it doesnt really matter because whatever challenges our life brings, I know well be fine as long as were together.
"What are you thinking about?" she gives me a playful hip check.
"Im thinking what a great story this is going to make."
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