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leara - 08:15am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#255 of 330)

TAD 13 Assination backfires

Nothing is ever simple. I must hurry to get to the stock pile of weapons and get Xwpfan out of here these dogs are itching to try out their cross building skills on anyone. I will go on an inspection of the camp as anyone of my supposed stature is entitled to. Ah, at last the weapons tent, I enter and begin to inspect the flammability of the tent when Whoosh! An arrow comes buzzing in to the tent wall that can only mean one thing and it is not good. Xwpfan has decided to try and end my life and the Roman cache of weapons all at once. This is simply unacceptable.

I exit the tent and call out for water after knocking over the lanterns inside the tent. It should be obvious that the fire was set by the arrows and none will suspect the help and speed that the fire got from me. There is a reason I try and avoid these smelly dogs the fact they have no reasoning ability among them. They actually think I did this when the arrows are still flaming on the side of the tent. They tore my tunic to reveal the X branded into my right shoulder blade. They begin to back off in fear because they have lifted their hand against a Roman Citizen an offense punishable by law.

This is the first time I come to realize that what had happened before was not the mistake I had thought it to be. I still do not fully grasp why all these things keep happening. It amazes me that the Romans do not see my contempt for them. I guess, after years of practice in becoming another person to play a part, to achieve a goal, it is difficult for me to see me any more, much less these stupid beasts to see me.

I take my leave and send for a new tunic a clean one from their stock. I know, I am asking the impossible but I must ask I cannot be expected to parade around in this filthy rag any longer than necessary. The commander offers me his tent and so I accept the center tent in the camp the perfect place to run their demise from. I send Mighty Mute to bring our horses to my new tent. There is nothing like the feel of Egyptian cotton on the skin, the new tunic feels good it has been several days since I’ve had the chance to clean up properly there is no point in wasting the opportunity.

I pull the bed roll from Tactis and hide it inside our new quarters. I am off to find Puella she should be in our company and rest on a cot not the ground. My scout will take the opportunity to wander about collecting details to launch the next phase of the attack.

There was a great commotion in the camp as the Roman cross detachment were bringing in two Amazons. They were cheering and wanting to put them on crosses. It was to my surprise the badly injured Amazon I left when I tied Xwpfan spread like an X and one I had never seen before.

“Good I see you have found me some decent company and an Amazon for my collection of slaves.” I say to the one leading them into camp.

“These are for the crosses!” the commander shouts in defiance.

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leara - 08:21am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#256 of 330)

TAD 14 The Emenies Within

“I do not think that you will be crucifying any Amazon for which Leicester can gain profit. Now bring then to my tent for my amusement and bring Puella there as well she my find some delight in their unfortunate circumstance as it is they who have wronged her as well.” I remind them this time not of my stature but of the cost. None would care of my personal feelings but the displeasure of Leicester the most revered arms and slave broker now that was another matter.

My request is followed by the soldiers; I still have in my hand my sword and the blood lust in my eye. I think there is an element of fear among them as well. They drop the Amazon from the horse into a heap on the ground they are a little gentler with the once wounded warrior. I dismiss the guards with a wave of my sword. The guards reappear gently helping Puella into my new tent and three behind them with Xwpfan who is fighting all the way as she is being drug to the entrance of my tent.

”Can we put this one on the Cross?” the commander asks for my permission.

“Absolutely, but only after I am done with her, you see I still have an unfinished score to settle, this is the one who disfigured my beautiful shoulder.” I answer with an all the contempt I can muster. “Leave us now there is much to do and so little time to get it all in before Leicester arrives.” I add an evil laugh to the end of the order.

“I have a lot of work to do since we have lost around thirty soldiers to desertion and our ships as well.” the commander offers and leaves.

Scout returns and we help the others in to the tent. “I need for you to hear me out which you have no choice since you are not going anywhere. I am asking for you to open your mind and heart and really hear my words. I know what this must appear to look like but right now this is not about us as individuals- it is about the big picture. There are others out there, my army in the East of the valley and the Amazons evidently to the North and probably even the South. The battle plans are much more important than any other concern at the moment. When this camp is destroyed, and if we are still standing to tell the tale then we can sort out the small insignificant details and our petty differences. The way I see it you have two choices. We fight together to help our friends or we fight each other and help no one."



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zena - 09:10am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#257 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

A Day In The Life

"Oh how I wish I had paid attention when they tried to teach us Latin", Zena thought. "These Roman horses will probably only respond to a Latin command. Maybe Evergreen is thinking the same thing." But they were both slung face down over the horses backs and Zena couldn't lift her head and shoulders enough to see Evergreen. "Evergreen. Who in Hades is Leara? Sister? We're all sisters. Evergreen looked well, maybe she wasn't. Maybe she was in a fever from the wound. It was only an hour's ride from the Amazon camp what could have happened in an hour? I'm always the last one ......... ooof."

Zena hit the ground hard after the soldier shoved her from the horse. She shook the dirt from her eyes and hair and got up enraged. With her hands tied behind her back, she used the only weapon she could, and ran full tilt at the soldier. "Ramming speed!" she thought as she slammed him to the ground. Evergreen struggled forward but a guard threw a spear across her chest and prevented her from moving. A centurion stepped up and swiftly cracked the back of Zena's head with his staff. Zena's world went black.

In the forest Vasca and Hippolyta had remained in the bushes close to Zena's position. They would not dare move for they were under orders and would hold their position until told to do otherwise. Solaria joined them and they watched and waited, not knowing Little Gabby and Phalon were about to walk up behind them. Experience is a significant teacher. Having gathered enough wood, the Roman carpenters returned to camp to build a supply of crosses.

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phalon - 10:34am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#258 of 330)

Damn Those Puppy Dog Eyes

"I can't leave her again, Phalon", Little Gabbyfan said. She had a pleading look in her eyes that reminded Phalon of a little lost puppy. Little Dog whimpered next to her as if to second the plea.

"Listen, Little Gabbyfan, we can not possibly go in there by ourselves. It would do absolutely no good to Zena and Evergreen if we were captured also."

"If you won't help me, I will go alone!", Gabbyfan said defiantly. As she turned to go, Phalon grabbed her by the shoulder.

"Oh no you don't, little one. Use your head. You can't rush in there and take on the entire camp by yourself. What exactly do you plan to do? Single-handedly fight off hundreds of soldiers? This is provided of course, that you even get past their sentries. No, it's best to wait for the rest of the Amazons."

"Please, Phalon." The pleading puppy dog eyes again. "She's the only mother I've got now. My whole family is gone. I can not lose one more person that I love. I couldn't stand it." She straightened her shoulders and tossed her head. "I am serious. I will not sit here and wait helplessly while she and Evergreen are in the hands of those dogs!"

Phalon would have laughed if it had not been for the seriousness of the situation. A little peasant girl, dressed in tattered clothing of a day which must seem to her as a lifetime ago, armed with a staff and with Little Dog at her side, ready to take on an entire Roman legion! The thought was ludicrous. Unfortunately, Phalon knew that sometimes the heart overruled the mind, and had no doubt that Gabbyfan would charge in there defenseless if Phalon did not do something. She rolled her eyes and sighed.

"Alright, alright." Phalon looked hard at the young girl, still dressed as a peasant, but with the heart and mind of a budding Amazon warrior. Her look could work to our advantage, she thought and a plan started to formulate in her head. She said out loud, "but we will not charge in there blindly."

She heard in the distance a call from the trees. Amazon. It sounded like Joxcenia's call. Good, she thought. The rest of the Amazons must be near. She hoped and prayed to the gods that what she was about to propose to Little Gabbyfan would not get them both killed and that the Amazons were watching from their own vantage points should something go awry.

Phalon and Little Gabbyfan could not know that Zena and Evergreen were now in the Roman's main tent along with Xwpfan, Puella and Leara. Phalon only knew they had to get freely into the camp without raising suspicion. "Ok, Gabbyfan. Here is the plan..."

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phalon - 11:03am Jun 5, 2002 ET (#259 of 330)

The Mystic, the [sign in to see URL] Their Little Dog, Too.

Phalon had adorned both herself and Gabbyfan with colorful scarfs that she had aquired on her travels which she usually used to tie back her long hair. The end of Gabbyfan's staff had been adorned similarly, along with various colored glass vials and bottles which held herbs and potions, tied to the scarfs with rawhide tethers. On their foreheads she had drawn the shape of a new crescent moon with the end of a stick which she had charred. A little gaudy perhaps, Phalon thought, but what, if not gaudy do gypsy fortunetellers look like? As for her own weapon, she had tucked the sword into her bedroll on Agapanthus' back. They could not go in there armed, or suspicion would be raised.

A Roman sentry approached them as neared the camp. "Who are you, and where do you think you're going?" he asked.

"I am Phalon, the Great Mystic and this is my young apprentice Gabbyfan. We have come to tell of the prophecies of war", Phalon stated spreading her arms wide.



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dscout - 04:43pm Jun 5, 2002 ET (#260 of 330)

Scroll of the Dumb Scout 10

I can barely contain me desire to kill these Amazons along with the Roman dogs the two have turned out to be more alike than different. I pray to the Parthenon that I never come to know which one has scarred and hurt Leara. I am amazed that despite all that has happened is calm and maintains the order not to harm the Amazons. I am pleased to hear her say yes to the Roman commander about putting one of them on the crosses. It seems though that she is going to let them free and even wants us to fight along side them.

As I listen to Leara I get up and head outside there are more visitors to the camp. They are clean, definitely not Roman. I must know what is going on, I creep out and there are two gypsies, fortune tellers. There is something not right with this I know many of the Gypsies almost all of them have at one time or another been through the Amusement Center. We had an active log as well as archives of every know gypsy in the known world and something is not right with these two.

I hurry back to the tent hurriedly waving and telling Leara of this new development. Leara orders, “Alright let us put the Amazons back outside the tent. This could be a bad for all of us. I may not have the power to save all of them if they turn out to be an Amazon rescue party. Did you say Phalon and Gabbyfan?”

I return to motioning with my hands out of the corner of my eye catch Puella paying attention and nodding in understanding. I feel sick that she now will have the power to reveal what I have said but I am at the same time excited to know that someone else understands me.

“Well on your toes Scout, that is who they are if we play this right we might be able to get all of us out of here with them. Now please just sit still think of where you are and that you cannot take down this entire army without causing the deaths of all your friends.” Leara reminds Xwpfan and Zena as we sit them outside the tent. Leara even loosens their ropes and gives them some water.

I stand guard by the Amazons and Leara slips back in to the tent. We wait for the gypsies to join us they will find there way here this is where their sisters are being held. I am going to have a serious talk to Leara about the company she is keeping of late. I will be glad to get out of this Roman camp it makes my skin crawl.

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xwpfan - 08:04pm Jun 5, 2002 ET (#261 of 330)

Center Stage

Puella and I had been discussing our options and how to best utilize Leara when a couple of Roman guards caught us.

Puella reacted quickly, remembering she was supposed to be a wounded Roman slave, she collapsed into one of the guards arms.

Two others guards lunged at me. Wham! I hit the burly one hard in the stomach he was bent over and groaning in agonizing pain, the other guard tried to come straight at me and I flipped him, sending him flying through the air, the third one dropped Puella and drew his sword. he came running at me as if to thrust it right into me, I snared his arm and bent it backwards til he dropped his sword then I began to cut his throat but as I did the other two teamed up and tackled me to the ground.

As the Roman guards laid ontop of me I began to hyperventilate. I could not stand those Roman dogs on top of me- the feel, the smell they sickened me.

I kicked and squirmed for all I was worth-finally I freed myself enough to see one of them leading Puella towards camp. Knowing I could not let her go back in alone, I stopped fighting so I could be captured.

Puella was taken into the camp and I saw her disappear into the center tent. As my Roman guards talked as they dragged me, I could make out fragments of their conversation. They were casting lots to see who would get to be pleasured by me before they crucified me.

Disgusted and sickened by the thought I spat on them and kicked for all I was worth. The commander said, "I like her spirit- too bad it's [sign in to see URL] hope get to break her before we crucify her."

With that he pushed me through the flap of the center tent. There stood Leara with her hand on the hilt of her sword and her Roman Insignia shinning proudly.

I could not say even a word before the Commander asked Leara, " Can we put this one on this cross?

I was not surprised when I heard Leara answer,

"Absolutely, but only after I am done with her, you see I have an unfinished score to settle, This is the one who disfigigured my beautiful shoulder."

I straightened up with pride when she metioned what I had done to her. I couldn't help smiling as I remembered the moment. Strangely, I found solice and comfort in the fact that no matter what she did or who she fought for, she would always have a reminder of me.

As the commander left he unwittingly left abit of information for me. The commander was complaining to Leara how he had lost 30 solider to disertion. That meant 30 less Romans to fight!

As soon as the guard left Leara began her diatribe..."you need to hear me [sign in to see URL] you have no [sign in to see URL]'re not going anywhere. ..Blah blah blah..

I had almost tuned her out until I heard her mention that Amazons were to the North and South and the other(her) army was coming from the East. Leara finally had my undivided attention.



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phalon - 11:08pm Jun 5, 2002 ET (#262 of 330)

Flattery Will Get You Everywhere

"A mystic, eh?", asked the Roman guard, sarcastically. "So tell me, Oh Great One, what do you see in my future?"

Phalon sized him up quickly. Young - very young, and very arrogant. Probably inexperienced but feeling quite invincible. "Phalon," she thought, "you'd better make this convincing". Out loud she said, "Gabbyfan, my staff please."

As she took the staff from Gabbyfan, she once again spread her arms towards the heavens, shaking the staff. The glass vials rattled together. Phalon rolled her eyes back into her head and stared blankly ahead with only the whites of them showing. She began to mummur and sway.

"Uhm, what's she doing?", asked the Roman.

"SHHH!", said Little Gabbyfan. "She is in the spiritual world. She should be back in a [sign in to see URL],...I hope."

Suddenly, Phalon opened her eyes wide, pupils back intact, and said, "I see in your future great wealth and power. A house of untold [sign in to see URL] wait, two houses. One by the sea, the other surrounded by vineyards. As many maidens dripping from your arms as you have gold chains and jewels hanging from your neck and rings on your fingers."

Little Gabbyfan stifled a giggle. Phalon turned to her and said, "You would do right girl, to stick by this fine, brave young soldier. He is definitely going places." Gabbyfan gave him her best flirtatious smile with a nose crinkle.

The Roman straightened his shoulders and beamed, "Well ladies, you may pass. The commander may want to speak with you. The main tent is usually reserved for visitors, but it is currently being occupied. I will take you an empty tent where you may wait. It is much smaller, but it will have to do for now." Then he asked looking down, "By the way, what is a mystic doing travelling with a little dog?"

"Ah, my boy, little dog today, great beast tomorrow, the day following -- who knows? What's a mystic without her familiar?"

The Roman nodded his head knowingly - but with a puzzled expression, and beckoned them on.

Once alone inside the tent, Gabbyfan nearly rolled with laughter. "Come on, Phalon. Couldn't you come up with anything better? Arms dripping with maidens? Honestly!"

"It was short notice. No matter, it got us where we need to be."

Phalon was glad for the commotion outside the tent caused from the soldiers trying to put out a blaze at what appeared to be the ammunition tent. This might make things go a bit easier and make Gabbyfan and Phalon a bit less noticeable. She bent down to Little Dog and said, "Come on, Great Beast, go find Evergreen."

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xwpfan - 11:28pm Jun 5, 2002 ET (#263 of 330)

Center stage continued..

Leara had my undivided attention. Leara's words if to be believed were giving hope to my [sign in to see URL] the Gods,I hated to use Leara as a source for any kind of hope, but I realized if Leara's words about my sisters and her army were true,there might yet be a way to gain the advantage on the Romans.

As I thought how we could use the information, word came that there were two females and a little dog outside the camp. They were claiming to be Gypsies.I closed my eyes not wanting to see the expression on Zena's face... that I knew was there.

Leara appeared a bit unnerved after hearing the news. Leara had her guards move Zena, Evergreen, Puella and I myself outside to the back of the tent.

I couldn't help but wonder why not keep us hidden inside, unless she she was up to no good. No one in their right mind leaves captives outside... unless their using them as bait.

My sisters and I tried to carefully undo our bindings. Every few moments one would look up and look searchingly into the others eyes hoping that the other one had an idea what as to expect next.

Time had hardly passed when Leara and her guards came over to give us water and to loosen our bonds.

Leara returned to her tent to await the arrival of the Gypsies and left a peeping tom of a soldier to guard us.

A Middle aged Soldier was peering into Zena's tunic as he bent over to loosen Zena's bonds. Zena seized the opportunity to distract him and let him get an ample look. I chuckled as I saw he was fully distracted and was able to gently lift a small dagger off his side arm without his knowledge.

Puella further distracted the guard by talking to him and showing him her belly button tattoo.

Zena and Evergreen were bound and seated beside me. From where we sat we could see in the distance a few soldiers still struggling with the Stockpile fire.

I looked around to be sure we weren't being watched by any Romans, then I noddingly directed Zena and Evergreen's eyes to the sand in front of us.

I took the dagger and cut my bindings then I passed the dagger to Evergreen. As soon as I saw she was loose I began to draw in the sand.

I whispered,"Believe it or not, I think we are right where we need to be to win this war."Basically, we are Center stage to our own drama. We are where the action should be and is going to be!We are going to take the fight right to the heart of the Roman army!:

Evergreen looked at me like I was crazy, and there was a good chance she might've been right but I continued on.

I whispered, "First,off let me show you how I figure we are all positioned. With my finger in the sand I drew a huge pointed mountain for Mount Olympus along with a little stick figure, then I drew a squiggly line for the Pinios river.

To the right of the river I drew little mountains signifying the Pindus mountains and then I drew to the further left huge waves signifying the Agean Sea, with several little stick figures. To the further South I drew little stick figures and then in the middle I drew a big circle with an X signifying our position .

I whispered "If Leara is correct we can attack the Romans not only from these three positions but also from the inside out, leaving them only one point of retreat or fall back postion-the Pindus mountains -If they get to the Pindus [sign in to see URL] mountains are rough terrain the Romans would have a rough time surviving there."

Zena spoke up"I think before we do anything more we have to find out if those Gypsies are who we think they are.I want us to be extra careful not to put their lives in any more peril."

We all nodded and sat there pretending to still be bound. There little we could do until we could coordinate our efforts with our sisters on the outside.

However,it did feel quite surreal to be just sitting and waiting in a Roman camp waiting for a war to break out.

I had just turned to tell Puella of a plan when I heard Zena gasp,for there sat little dog with his tail wagging...



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leara - 11:28am Jun 6, 2002 ET (#264 of 330)

TAD 15 Reunion ...

I have spent several hours waiting for the monster gently coaxing it to rise up and claim the victory over me. His reign is cut short by the necessity to fulfill my oath to be sure Puella is free. I hate that the monster but it makes my behaving like a Roman easily convincing I am angry, arrogant, greedy for everything, and fierce. I notice that my sword has not left my hand since I rode in to this camp but it is a natural extension of me.

My mind is cluttered with all the possibilities of ways things could turn out, but my heart is now heavy. I have never been this close to failing at a sworn oath and to Madula no less. I have never had the monster inside me this close to the surface and ready to be out of control. I had to put them all but Puella outside the tent I can not handle the look that they are sending my way like I am a filthy Roman guilty of betraying them. I am caught in this part being everything that I hate but, the monster so far has saved us. A tear escapes from my eye and bounces on my sword I am so glad they are not inside to see this.

This is to be our final chapter for if we survive the victor will promptly carry out our execution. I can only hope that the Amazons are not in to prolonged torture but, my shoulder pains me to remind me differently. I am glad that my last scroll is already complete and I do not have to worry about that any longer.

Scout clangs her sword softly signaling that the guests are about to arrive. I wipe my eye, take a deep breath and get up to greet the rescue party. Have strength! I think to myself this is not yet over.

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zena - 11:39am Jun 6, 2002 ET (#265 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

See No Evil I

"Amazon drums in my head", Zena thought as she struggled to come to full conciousness. "No, Amazon drums ARE my head!" She had been moved twice without her knowing about it: once from the horses where she had successfully crushed a soldiers ribs, and once from the inside of the tent where she had been taken with Evergreen. Now she was seated on the ground with her hands still tied outside somewhere.

Zena opened her eyes slowly, expecting a burst of light to make her wince but to her surprise there was no light. "Is it night?," she thought. No, she could feel the sun and smell the heat. Beside her Evergreen saw Zena lift her head and stare out at something in the trees. "Are you all right? He hit you very hard, that filthy Roman scum," Evergreen whispered. Zena smelled burning fabric and heard water hitting sizzling metal. A large figure bent over the pair and Zena felt the heat from a body that stayed too close for too long. There was other movement, the tiny sound of metal sliding from a leather sheath, and just when Zena thought she might have to kick the figure it was gone. Evergreen cut her bonds and she relaxed a little. Near her she heard two voices, Xwpfan and someone unknown discussing a battle plan and the announcement of two gypsies with a small dog entering the camp. Zena spoke up, "I think before we do anything more we have to find out if those Gypsies are who we think they are. I want us to be extra careful not to put their lives in any more peril."

And then suddenly, she sensed a distinctly canine smell and heard a happy little presence dancing with tail wagging before her.

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zena - 12:30pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#266 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

See No Evil II

Evergreen gave the little dog a scratch and received a good licking in return as he jumped into her arms. Her face changed as she realized that the presence of Little Dog meant that the gypsies were indeed Gabby and Phalon. She turned to Zena and realized that Zena was turned in that direction but her eyes were looking past the scene. "Zena?', Evergreen whispered. "I can't see you," Zena replied. Quickly and instictively Evergreen slid over so that their shoulders were touching and said, "I'm here." "I know," Zena said. "I'm counting on that. I can't run when the time comes and you can't wait for me. Go without me and get Phalon and Gabby free. You must be out before the Queen orders the archers to shoot. Don't argue, just do what I ask."



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EvergreenLM - 01:43pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#267 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

Bells, Baubles, Bangles and Gypsies

Evergreen was scrutinizing Zena’s facial expressions. There was something peculiar about the way she “looked” at things. Something was not quite right.

Just as Evergreen was about to question her, a small whining distracted her thoughts. Evergreen turned away from Zena.

Lying with his chest and paws to the ground with his rump in the air wagging his stump of a tail was a familiar sight. Evergreen gave the little dog a scratch and received a good licking in return as he jumped into her arms.

“Little Dog!”, Evergreen whispered with enthusiasm. “Zena, its…wait a minute, if Little Dog is here then that means…”

Zena’s demeanor quickly changed to panic, “Where is Little Gabby?” “Evergreen, if the dog is here, he would not leave her unless…”

Evergreen placed her hand on the side of Zena’s face and said in a quite, calming manner, “Zena, don’t worry. Believe me, she is alright. I can feel that no harm has come to her.”

Evergreen now could see that Zena heard the words, but had limited sight to see the reassuring look she imparted to her. Evergreen quickly looked at XWPfan and Puella. That look was one of double concern, for Zena and for Little Gabby.

Evergreen’s face changed as she realized that the presence of Little Dog meant that the gypsies were indeed Gabby and Phalon. She turned to smile at Zena thinking that at least Phalon and Little Gabby were alright, albeit that they were on center stage of the Roman encampment as were they.

She looked back at Zena and realized that Zena was turned in that direction but her eyes were looking past the scene.

"Zena?", Evergreen whispered.

"I can't see you," Zena replied.

Quickly and instinctively Evergreen slid over so that their shoulders were touching and said, "I'm here."

"I know," Zena said. "I'm counting on that. I can't run when the time comes and you can't wait for me. Go without me and get Phalon and Gabby free. You must be out before the Queen orders the archers to shoot. Don't argue, just do what I ask."

“By all the gods, what a fine mess we are in”, Evergreen mumbled under her breath not wanting Zena to hear.

XWPfan grabbed Evergreen’s shoulder digging her nail deeply into the muscle.

“Quite…someone is coming! “

“Sit down and put your hands behind your back! Quickly, do as I say!”

Evergreen leaned into Zena’s ear and whispered, “I am not going ANYWHERE without you.”

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EvergreenLM - 01:48pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#268 of 330)
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The tent flap opened, and Little Dog ran straight for one of the three entering the tent. Evergreen looked up and had to stifle the urge to burst out laughing. For standing before them were Phalon with Little Gabby at her side. Directly to their right was a woman of strong bearing and obvious Roman heritage.

Phalon and Little Gabby were dressed in the most flamboyant of clothes, draped with baubles, and bangles. Their eyes, cheeks, and lips were adorned with the most potent of colors! Hanging from Little Gabby’s staff were small silver and brass bells that jingled with every step!

* Ah, Zeus ... they remind me of the women who come into the Tavern offering to sell their pleasures to any Amazon who has had too much mead and been without a companion for too many seasons*, thought Evergreen still fighting the laughter that could erupt at any moment.

Little Gabby turned and saw Zena. Evergreen’s urge to laugh quickly turned to fear at the realization that Little Gabby, seeing Zena, may not be able to maintain her silence.

Evergreen moved, and was quickly rewarded with a sandal kick into her ribs. *leara, my ‘dear’ sister, leara. How nice of you to say ‘hello’ *, thought Evergreen.

It was enough of a diversion to get Little Gabby to look her way. Evergreen’s dark eyes shot Little Gabby a look of *no matter WHAT- stay silent!*

Little Gabby looked around and saw the others. She looked back at Zena. Her eyes glistened with impending tears.

In her mind, Evergreen shouted, *Stay strong! Stay strong little Amazon!*

The bells on Little Gabby’s staff started to jingle.

Little Gabby’s knuckles were white gripping the staff. A look not seen before this time came over her face.

Evergreen’s heart sank and silently pleaded, *Please don’t do it...*



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girlpower - 07:08pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#269 of 330)
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Looking around the tent Puella sees Xwpfan, Evergreen, Zena and Leara. How did this plan get so complicated? I was pummeled by Xwpfan and sent into this Roman camp, and I haven’t even had a chance to give these swine the misinformation about Pompey and Justinian. I did get a chance to send Lares to get Leicester, but that was for selfish reasons. I want him in this battle, for the sheer purpose of being able to look him in the eyes, as I exact my revenge on him.

I look to Xwpfan, as she explains the layout of the impending war. She is right, we are in perfect position to send the Roman’s straight into the awaiting warriors. I watch her every movement and expression. “I learned some interesting information from Lares, the boy who tended my wounds, care to hear?” I whispered to my friend. “Caesar is gathering his troops to attack Pompeii. It seems your parchment got his attention. All it would take is a carrier pigeon to get the soldier’s to pick up camp and head out. Just in case we need a little help in getting these pigs to move.” Xwpfan nodded and said, “It is an option, in case we need it.”

Looking over at Evergreen I can see her concern for Zena. I see how one can care for someone enough to give anything for them, but I can’t forgive her actions towards me. Seeing Leara parading around the tent makes me want to scream. Evergreen your intentions did no good at all. She doesn’t know who she is, any more then I know who I am. Two lives completely displaced because of the actions of a young girl. I will have to talk with her later, but for now I am more concerned with little Gabbyfan.

No sooner had my thoughts focussed on the young warrior, than she suddenly appeared through the tent flap. Phalon was with her and they were dressed very colorfully. Very clever, Gypsies. The look on her face, when she saw Zena, made me want to go over and quiet her fears. Instead I just moved a little closer while Evergreen reached out for her. Her movement resulted in a kick from Leara, but got Gabbyfan’s attention. She stayed very quiet but I can see her knuckles whiten as she clasps her staff.

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gabbyfan4ever - 10:16pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#270 of 330)

Little Gabbyfan had only moments earlier wiped away tears of laughter after hearing Phalons performance as a "gypsy", but was now as serious as she had ever been her entire life. She and Phalon were on their way to find her Amazon sisters, and her mother Zena.

Little dog had already ran ahead of them and lead them to a tent in the center of the Roman camp. As little gabbyfan entered the tent her breath completely left her. At first she saw nothing but her mother zena, tied up and battered. Zena was looking towards her, but little gabbyfan could tell she was not actually seeing her. The little Amazon felt emotions rise in her she had never experienced before, and was barely able to keep her composer.

Little Gabbyfan attention was broken only when she saw Evergreen recieve a swift and brutal kick from the same woman Gabbyfan had used as staff practice earlier that day. The little warrior looked back at her mother, surveyed the rest of her sisters, and gripped her staff until her knuckles were completley white. IT was then that she felt all control leave her, and instinct had won out. She leaped at Leara with all the force her body could muster and knocked her down with her staff. Little gabbyfan looked up to see her sisters and mother staring wide-eyed back her. The sound from the bells on her staff were loud, but the roaring in gabbyfans ears was deafening.

All the commotion in the tent sent the Roman guards bursting in and it took three of them to drag the little Amazon off Leara. Gabbyfan look one last look at her mother as she was being dragged out of the tent and heard the guards say "This little Amazon will be an example for all the rest! She goes on the cross! We will put her up for a few hours for all the Amazons to see before we break her legs."

Little gabbyfan felt fear like she had never felt before. She was going to be put on a cross just like her family had been. All gabbyfan could hope was that it would provide enough distraction to allow Zena and her sisters to escape.

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zena - 10:43pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#271 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

One Against An Army

There is no up or down in darkness. Only one smooth universal plane where eveything is revealed in sound, smell or touch.

The sandaled foot connecting with Evergreen's ribs made her body lurch back against Zena and she heard Evergreen's low snarl in response. Roman smell. Woman. Tiny bells ringing continuously, and then the sound of a staff against a body and Little Gabby's howl. "Gabby!," Zena shouted above the sounds of the Roman woman shrieking and male voices giving orders. There was clearly a fight going on and Gabby was not winning. Finally Zena heard,"This little Amazon will be an example for all the rest! She goes on the cross! We will put her up for a few hours for all the Amazons to see before we break her legs."

Zena got to her knees frantic to follow the sound in her darkness. "The cross. They're taking my child to the cross!," she wailed. She struggled to her feet and ran toward the direction of the receding sounds of the soldiers and their prisoner but several pairs of arms pulled her down. It was a moment before she realized it was friends and not Romans that held her and then she stopped fighting. Sobbing she put out her hand for Evergreen in the emptiness and begged, "Do something Evergreen, all of you, do something! Or by the gods I'll throw myself out there and kill as many as I can before they kill me."

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gabbyfan4ever - 11:06pm Jun 6, 2002 ET (#272 of 330)

Little Gabbyfan had tears streaming down her face from a wild mix of emotions ranging from fear, anger, and hope she would at least be a distraction to allow her fellow Amazons escape. She could barely breath and kept a mental picture of Zena in her mind to keep out the reaccuring image of her family on crosses from returning.

Little Gabbyfan heard the voices to the ROman guards around her but did not comprehend what was said. Her head was still pounding from the deafening roar of anger and fear. The little Amazon felt her legs taken out from under her as she was forced on her knees.

Gabbyfan was now staring directly at the huge cross she was going to be hung from in only moments. The guards barked at her to get up and walk to the cross, but gabbyfan couldn't even have stood if she had tried. She recieved a hard kick to the small of her back by a Roman for disobeying an order. The guards then picked gabbyfan up, and laid her on the cross, holding her arms and legs down to be tied. Little gabbyfan could feel the Roman dog's hands touching her, and when she was securley tied recieved a hard slap to the face.

The Roman's yelled to have the other Amazons brought out to watch. "See what we will happen to the rest of you for defying Rome! We will break her legs at our leasure."

Gabbyfan felt herself being lifted into the air, and had the wind painfully knocked out of her as the cross slid into place. As gabbyfan looked down she saw her sisters looking back up at her. The only thing gabbyfan could do then was seal an image of her mother into her mind, and wait for the Romans to decide to break her legs.



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xwpfan - 12:48am Jun 7, 2002 ET (#273 of 330)

Left to our own devices

I knew that little dog's arrival meant Little Gabby and Phalon were our mystery Gypsies. Little dog wagging is stubby little tail and endless kisses distracted Evergreen and Zena from realizing it right away.

I watched Evergreen's panicked expression as she said .."Zena, if little dog is her then that means"...

I nodded solemnly.

Zena in a high pitched almost panicked voice asked,"Where's little Gabby? Evergreen, if little dog is here... He would never leave her alone."

Evergreen gave her a comforting look but I noticed there was no change in Zena's tone or facial expression. Something wasn't right but I couldn't quite lay my finger on it.

I smiled as I noticed how Evergreen was inching closer to Zena. Soon they were touching shoulder to shoulder. In that moment I envied them for the care and the concern they obviously shared for one another.

Evergreen's face told of her deepening concern, when she looked at Puella it was if she was on the verge of tears.

I was lost in my own thoughts, struggling to find some words of comfort or support for Eg and Zena, when I heard the jingling of bells and the heavy step of a Roman boots.

As I heard the boots come closer I grabbed Evergreen's shoulder and accidently dug my nails into her shoulder as I loudly whispered,"Quiet! Someone is coming! Put your hands behind your back! Zena seemed to hesitate so I whispered,"Quickly, do as I say!"

We no sooner got into position when the tent flap opened and little dog ran straight for the three entering the tent.

There stood Little Gabbyfan and Phalon dressed in the wildest, most colorful garb I had ever seen. They were a sight! I had never seen so many bangles and baubles on two people in my life. Gabby and Phalon had bright colors on their lips, eyes and cheeks .Gabby stood there with a staff adorned with silver and brass bells that jingled with any movement .

I could see that Eg wanted to burst out laughing but fortunately she did not.

I couldn't take my eyes off Gabby she appeared nervous and abit frightened. The kid was in over her head. Gabby looked like she could break down and cry at any moment.

LittleGabby's eyes searched for her mother Zena's eyes but when she found her- their eyes didn't connect, it was if Zena was looking beyond Gabby. A knot twisted in my stomach as the thought of Zena possibly being blind entered my head.

Lear gave a swift kick, to Evergreen's side. Gabby became infuriated and attacked Leara. We tried the best we could to hold her back but to no avail. The Roman guards heard the commotion and came in and dragged her Gabby off of Leara. The guard bellowed," this one's going to the crosses!"

To the crosses... the words felt like daggers going in to my [sign in to see URL] many Amazons had we lost to those horrid crosses? I wondered.

Zena was beside herself with grief and worry. Left to her own devices she'd try to take on the whole Roman camp herself. We of course prevented her from even trying.

Zena was grief stricken and blind and full of rage. I looked at our little group and I realized it was now up to me to do or say something....

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EvergreenLM - 02:36am Jun 7, 2002 ET (#274 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

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The guard bellowed," this one's going to the crosses!"

Evergreen growled,"Not if I can help it", at the same time she grabbed Zena by the arm. "Come on, out the back with me, quickly!"

Zena started to protest as Evergreen was pulling her into nothingness. Evergreen ran supporting Zena as they tripped and stumbled.

"Wait!", Evergreen said as she pulled Zena to the ground.

"Why have we stopped?", whispered Zena"

"My sword,weapons",Evergreen said as she spotted them leaning up against a wooden crate. *This is one sword that will not be returning to Rome*, thought Evergreen as she placed her sword in its scabbard then grabbing two others.

The soldiers were preoccupied with their preparations to nail a young Amazon to the cross. No one saw Evergreen and Zena make their exit and dash to the edge of the forest.

"Stay here! Do NOT move until you hear my voice. Little Gabby will not die this day,but plenty of Romans will."

Evergreen withdrew her sword from its sheath. Zena could not see how it glistened in the sun,but she heard the "swoosh","swoosh" as Evergreen sliced it through the air with the power of Zeus himself.

"I will be back for you", is the last thing Zena heard. She sat alone in the quiet blackness.

Evergreen crouched low,rolled back into the tent, and motioned for the others. She tossed two swords their way.

"Let's go! We have waited long enough!"

Puella and XWPfan looked confused making no movement to take the swords.

" Are you under the influence of the Furies!",XWPfan hissed at Evergreen.

"Do you KNOW how many of THEM are out there,have you counted how many of US are in here!"

"You can either come with me or die where you are sitting. They plan to kill us all anyway. We might as well die like Amazons, and not cowardly old women!",Evergreen snapped back.

Evergreen was so very unsure of Puella. She worried that the Romans were not the only threat to her well being. *I promised to protect her,but it seems that XWPfan has assumed that liability*,thought Evergreen.

Silence over took the three. No one moved. The silence was broken by a "Ca-Cooo", "Ca-Cooo". All three broke into wide smiles. Amazons! Amazons, and nearby at that.

Evergreen could hear the sound of a heavy wooden cross being drug across the ground as it bumped its way to a deep hole into which it will be plunged while its victim's head will be snapped from the force of the action. Evergreen had seen this all before and hated it.

"No, please don't,No, don't do this!", pleaded Little Gabby.

Little Dog was snarling at the legs of the soldier and with a "Yipe" and a "that'll teach you mongrel!",Little Dog whimpered and then was silent.

Evergreen stood up,gave the Amazon sign to the others and charged screaming out the flap of the tent.



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girlpower - 04:11am Jun 7, 2002 ET (#275 of 330)
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Puella watched in horror as the Roman soldiers took little Gabbyfan out of the tent and to a cross. I looked to the others and see Evergreen pulling Zena out of the back of the tent. “I have to do something Xwpfan. Leara you have a couple scouts here with you, get them to release the horses, we will need them to escape.” We headed towards the opening that Evergreen left out of, looking at each other trying to devise a plan. “Solaria is nearby, we must signal to her.”

Suddenly Evergreen rolled back into the tent and threw two swords our way. "Let's go! We have waited long enough!" she said. We stood motionless for a moment. " Are you under the influence of the Furies!" Xwpfan hissed at Evergreen. "Do you KNOW how many of THEM are out there, have you counted how many of US are in here!" Evergreen’s response was, "You can either come with me or die where you are sitting. They plan to kill us all anyway. We might as well die like Amazons, and not cowardly old women!" Xwpfan and I exchanged looks when we heard "Ca-Cooo", "Ca-Cooo", of the awaiting Amazons. Evergreen stood up, gave the Amazon sign to the others and charged screaming out the flap of the tent.

“She can’t save Gabbyfan alone. I can’t let those Roman swine hurt her.” I said. I grabbed one of the swords that Evergreen had delivered. “Xwpfan, Phalon, Leara are you coming?” I yelled as I ran out of the tent to help save Gabbyfan. “To A Strong Amazon Nation!”…

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gabbyfan4ever - 02:44pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#276 of 330)

little gabbyfan pleaded with the guards to change their minds as she was lifted into the air, but recieved only cruel laughter. When the cross slid into place gabby's head snapped back and slammed into the cross. Her whole body was thrown painfully forward, and then slumped back agaisnt the wood with nothing but her arms to support her, making it hard to breathe.

A few minutes later Gabbyfan shook off the light headed feeling she had gotten from knocking her head against the wood. Before, she had resigned herself to her fate, to die on the cross just as her family had. And had gratefully accepted the slight deliruim that took her away from reality and allowed her to see Zena in her mind. Now she had something worth looking at. From her vantage point she could see Evergreen helping Zena out into the woods behind the tent.

Gabbyfan breathed a sigh of relief knowing that at least Zena would have a chance of coming out of this alive. Gabbyfan locked her eyes on the figure of her mother crouching in the distance and cried.

What gabbyfan saw nexted sent her mind reeling much like the force of the cross had doen to her body before. Evergreen had just come bursting out of the tent looking ready to take on the entire ROman army! And there came Puella right after her! Gabbyfan could only watch like a bystander and hope whatever they had planned would work, and that they wouldn't be killed in the process.

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zena - 03:05pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#277 of 330)

"Agere Sequitur Esse"

ZWM I

An Amazon is a ferocious opponent, a warrior can hold her own in battle, and a mother will do anything for the well being of her child. An Amazon Warrior Mother will destroy the Roman Empire.

Zena, Amazon Warrior Mother sat alone in the quiet blackness. Evergreen had said, "Stay here! Do NOT move until you hear my voice" and Zena listened intently to the sound of the skirmish coming from the direction of the Roman camp. She heard, "We might as well die like Amazons, and not cowardly old women!" There was the sound of Evergreen's voice and Zena was up and ready to move, knowing full well that WAS NOT what Evergreen had meant. She called softly, "Solaria, Hippolyta, Vasca!", and the three young warriors flanked her immediately. "Go back to where we were hiding, get my sword, chakram and bow. Vasca, cut a vine from that tree." Solaria ran for the cover of the bushes but Hippolyta hung back thinking, "I'm not her servant, why should she order us? We are the strong ones who will take her place." Zena could sense Hippolyta's hesitation and faced her straight on hoping she was focusing on Hippolyta's eyes convincingly. "What part of those orders are beyond your understanding little warrior?", Zena used her powerful voice to the best advantage. "None Zena", Hippolyta replied and looked down wondering what about the feathers in her hair so interested Zena.

Vasca was left handed and so Zena tied her left hand to Zena's right. "This is a training excercise," Zena lied. "In case you are ever chained together in capture and was must lead the others to escape. Vasca, take me to the battle." And so they entered the battle, Solaria with staff, Hippolta using a spear and Vasca with a sword. As they neared the cross where Gabby hung Zena pulled Vasca to a halt and cut the tie with her chakram. She listened to the sounds coming from above and heard Gabby weakly call, "Mother." For a second she held the chakram at eye level and then threw it toward Gabby's feet. It sliced the rope, ricocheted off a Roman standard, cut the left binding, bounced off a wagon and cut the right rope, all in a matter of seconds. The Little Warrior fell from the cross and Evergreen and Xwpfan caught her.



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zena - 03:23pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#278 of 330)

"Agere Sequitur Esse"

ZWM II

Puella and Phalon were heartily cracking Roman skulls with sword and staff and the three young reinforcements had cut a swath through twenty or so foot soldiers. Suddenly Puella called, "Zena, to your right, behind you." Zena tossed her chakram into her left hand and drew her sword with her right, smoothly reaching back with one long swipe. She cleanly removed the head of Flavius who was coming up behind to stab her with his short sword. It rolled away still in it's helmet.

Months from that day of fighting in the Amazon homeland, a messanger arrived with a scroll at a small vinyard in southern Italy. An aging farmer opened the scroll and a pouch with 10 gold drachmas each with a picture of the Emporer, Julius Caesar stamped on the coin. The scroll read: "Your son, Flavius Gaeus, a loyal son of Rome and soldier for Caesar was killed in battle. He was bravely defending his outpost in Roman territory when the fort was overwhelmed by a cowardly band of twenty gigantic barbarian men. Although he killed many of his attackers, these men eventually prevailed, but it took at least half their number to bring him down. The drachma's are a tribute from a grateful Emporer and nation. (signed) Marcus Aurelius, Centurion, First Legion.

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girlpower - 04:10pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#279 of 330)

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Calling for the horses

Puella runs behind Evergreen, sword drawn. Soldiers came from every direction. Each one dying in their tracks as we pass. Battling closer to the cross Gabbyfan is hanging on. My eyes show the rage that is within me. I slash my sword into the chest of one soldier as another comes up from behind. I turn around to kill this one as well, but no need. Xwpfan and Phalon are right behind me. “Nice to see you joined the party.” My eyes catch Zena tethered to another Amazon. I looked to Xwpfan and Phalon, then nodded in the direction of Zena. “Mothers” I said. Xwpfan moved into position to protect Zena from oncoming soldiers. Phalon and I remained, fighting anyone who dared come into our path.

Zena was now within reach of little Gabbyfan. I watch as Zena threw her chakram releasing her daughter Gabbyfan. It was an amazing feat for someone who is blind, I am in awe of the heart this woman has. Suddenly a soldier breaks through the protective barrier and goes straight for Zena. I shouted, "Zena, to your right, behind you." Zena tossed her chakram into her left hand and drew her sword with her right, smoothly reaching back with one long swipe. She cleanly removed the head of Flavius. Good move. They need out of here fast. I whistled for Amica. I could hear her rear up, she must be locked up. I whistled again. Evergreen knowing I was calling the horses let out a whistle of her own. Suddenly the sound of wood breaking and horses galloping...

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gabbyfan4ever - 04:38pm Jun 7, 2002 ET (#280 of 330)

Little Gabbyfan watched as Evergreen, Puella, and the rest of her Amazons sisters took out any Romans that got their way. Gabbyfan prayed with all her might, and fought to stay concious as it was getting harder and harder to breathe. She had to be ready when her sisters got her off this cross. Something told gabbyfan it was no longer a question of if.

The little Amazons eyes were once again drawn behind the tent to check on her mother, but this time she was no longer there. Gabbyfan looked down and saw Zena right in the middle of the skirmish going on around the cross. She could tell by her mothers eyes that she was not actually seeing anything, and was relying on her other senses. Gabbyfan got as much breath as she could muster and let out a weak cry of "mother!". Only seconds later Zena's chakram had severed the ropes that were beginning to cut into gabbyfans skin. The little Amazon felt herself fall forward into weightlessness, and end up landing on Evergreen and XWPfan.

Gabbyfan took in a huge breath of air, and now cried tears of relief. Evergreen placed gabbyfan gently on the ground, and she tried to regain the use of her legs as her sisters whistled for the horses. They were finally going to get out of this Roman dog-house.



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