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Re: THE ZENA SCROLLS: CHAPTER I



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EvergreenLM - 08:31pm May 6, 2002 ET (#83 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

Ties That Bind

Evergreen watched as Zena was lead away. She knew her friend well, and saw the look of confusion and brief glimpse of betrayal. Evergreen would lay down her life for Zena, or take one to protect her. Be strong Zena.

Evergreen was brought before her father. Looking down, twirling a dagger on the table, he spoke.

"I don't understand you. Your mother was a captive Amazon slave and yet I raised you as a daughter of Rome. Look at you. You are a disgrace to my name. You could have had the power to rule nations and yet, you choose to be a part of your mother's pathetic history."

Evergreen looked at this man,her father. Justinian was a powerful man. A man who advised Caesar, admired by Pompey, feared in the Senate ,and an enemy of Xena.

"Father, I do not care what you do with me,but my friends..."

Justinian stands, the vessels in his face stand out as he leans forward and shouts.

"Silence! I have come to DESTROY your 'friends'. Soon, ALL of this land will be controlled by Rome. You can either bow or die at her feet."

Evergreen stood perfectly still. With a controlled anger, Evergreen whispers,

"I will NEVER bow to Rome!"

Justinian sat down, rocked back in chair with the dagger slowly tapping his chin.

"So be it. From this time on, I have no daughter. You have chosen your own destiny. The next time we meet you will be as a stranger, an Amazon, a dead Amazon. You are free to go. Tell your 'sisters' to pray to their gods for what I will bring down upon their heads."

"I will not leave without my friends."

With unexpected tenderness, Evergreen pleads for her friends.

"Father,please... Let me have the one called Zena and the young Amazon."

Justinian gives counsel to the words from this woman. She could have been the jewel of Rome. He reaches for a small parchment,scribbles on it, and hands it to her. The paper momentarily lingers in the exchange,neither ready to let go.

"Father, it does not have to be this way. I know that since mother died..."

"Get out! Leave me. Take those two and leave my sight forever!"

Evergreeen turns,exits the tent never looking back. She runs to the tent where Zena and Little Gabby are being held. She hands the note to the Sentry. He does not question it.

Zena stands with hands positioned to fight. She blocks Little Gabby from Evergreen's view.

"Zena, I know what you must be thinking. I can understand that. I should have told you long ago,but you MUST trust me now. I have come to take you both away from this place. I know where the others are now."

Zena slowly lowers her hands and steps aside. Little Gabby looks at the two friends.

"Zena, listen to her. If she is not telling the truth, our Queen will hand her a just fate."

Evergreen attempts to touch her friend's shoulder. She recoils,turns, and lifts Little Gabby. Evergreen is surprised to see Little Dog under Little Gabby's blanket. He moves closer to Little Gabby's side.

"Well, well, not even the dog..."

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zena - 10:19pm May 6, 2002 ET (#84 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Sins of the Past
For a moment there was silence as Zena lifted little Gabbyfan from the straw. She drew a deep breath. "Gabbyfan, this is Evergreen, my sister, your sister. We have been together since we were 8 years old when we were found by the Amazons. I hunted for her when she was sick and she did the same for me. We took our training and studies together and I would chose no other to stand at my back in a battle or sing with me at our celebrations. She is part of me," Zena whispered. Turning to Evergreen she continued, "What has been built between us is our common history. Years of trust are not wiped away in a moment, or two if you add in that fake death event earlier. I am the Keeper and I know the code of the Amazons. It says that what is sworn is sworn until our death and then beyond. I believe in you now, and I will no matter what. Evergreen this is your new sister, Gabbyfan." Evergreen smiled slowly and reached out briefly to touch Zena's shoulder and Gabbyfan's head, indicating with her other hand that their exit should be swift.

Puella lingered in the shadows confused at what she witnessed; compassion, forgiveness, courage and loyalty. How good it might be to be a part of this tribe! But what of the power of Rome? Zena shifted Gabbyfan's weight slightly and glanced at Puella. "What is it you wish to do? You can stay or come with us, either way I have business about you with our Queen."

Little dog jumped into Evergreen's arms from the warmth of his place where Gabbyfan had been. "Men", Evergreen laughed, "they are so fickle!"



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girlpower - 02:16am May 7, 2002 ET (#85 of 330)
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Puella's decision

Puella watched from the shadows. Listening to Zena and Evergreen’s conversation, my heart ached to belong. My thoughts interrupted by a question, "What is it you wish to do? You can stay or come with us, either way I have business about you with our Queen." Puella’s mind raced, is this, an offer to leave this place and join them? What do I have here that I fight to the death for? My family has always treated me like a slave. Never offering me the attention I have received from Zena, in just the last moments. True I was always fed and had shelter, but I never had a connection to my family. I have never yearned to belong, only power did I seek. Yet during the little time I have spent with the Amazons I have experienced emotions I never thought I had. I know that Queen Saxy will have issues with me, due to all the trouble I have caused, but if I face her, it will be of my own free will. Mind made up, Puella spoke, “Let’s get out of here.”

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phalon - 03:08am May 7, 2002 ET (#86 of 330)

Phalon watches the Roman encampment from her hiding place on the ridge above. She has seen Evergreen, the one she refers to in her mind as the Wise One, speaking heatedly with a Roman seeming to be of great importance. She cannot hear their conversation from her vantage point, but they appear to know each other, and Evergreen does not seem to be in any imediate danger.

The Roman hands Evergreen a parchment, which Evergreen accepts readily. She hurries with the note and enters a nearby tent. Moments later Evergreen exits with Zena, helping an injured Gabbyfan. Behind them, a woman Phalon had never seen before emerges. The woman appears to be Roman, a peasant or slave perhaps.

Friend or foe? Something strikes Phalon as being oddly familar about her. Not as though she knew her but as if she met her once in a dream long ago. The woman turns and looks up to Phalon's hiding place on the ridge, seeming to stare directly at Phalon with narrowed eyes. Suddenly it hits Phalon. The wounded man she'd brought to Cyrene's Tavern was babbling in and out of consciencence about a girl. A girl whose description fits exactly that of this woman here.

Phalon must save those thoughts for later though. Her friends, along with the Roman woman, appear to be heading out of the camp. Phalon low crawls back to where she left Agapanthus, to follow them and join up with the others.

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zena - 10:09pm May 7, 2002 ET (#87 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Gone But not Forgotten

Puella spoke, “Let’s get out of here.” The three moved quickly from the tent, Zena stopping long enough to tap a soldier on the arm. "Excuse me, that is MY sword you have." "I'm not doing this over again", she thought as Evergreen who held up the safe passage scroll to the soldier helped slide the Limasword back into place.

"All right Gabbyfan we have to run and I need to carry you over my shoulder, so hang on to my tunic. Puella, I expect not to have to worry that my back is in front of you. Evergreen, take the front, you have the scroll but I won't feel safe until I see the faces of our sentries." Evergreen went ahead, saying to the guards as they passed the gate, "Videre est credere." "Where did you get that?", Zena asked. "Oh, I read a lot in my spare time," Evergreen shrugged.

The forest was now in sight.

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gabbyfan4ever - 11:47pm May 7, 2002 ET (#88 of 330)

The Journey home

Little Gabbyfan is wondering how on earth she is going to hold on to Zena's tunic, all the way home, with Zena running. Nonetheless, the little Amazon is ecstatic to be going home to her sisters, no matter how painful each stride may be.

Earlier that evening gabbyfan had doubts about Evergreens intentions, after seeing how freely she moved about the Roman Camp, and the power she seemed to carry with the guards. However, in the end, Zena trusted her and, despite the apparent prior deception, forgave her. In turn, gabbyfan trusted Zena unconditionally, and if she said Evergreen was her sister, then she was. Girlpower, on the other hand, was another story. She could not yet trust the roman slave, and did not like having her back turned to her on the way home. Gabbyfan would be sure to use all her warrior skills to listen for an attack from behind. Yet, through these thoughts, something in the back of Gabbyfan's mind told her that the roman slave could be trusted.

The women made their way through the camp using Evergreen's "get out of jail free" card; however, they would not feel secure until they were out of the camp boundries. Once past the last of the Roman guards, the women ran for the woods, with Gabbyfan holding on for dear life. At last they reached the forests-edge, and found phalon who watched their backs until they were safely in the woods. Phalon told the woman they had much to talk about, but it would wait until they were back at the Amazon camp. As they traveled at an easier pace, Evergreen carried Gabbyfan and gave Zena a break. She no longer doubted Evergreen, and felt safe in her secure arms. Gabbyfan wondered what would happen to the Roman once they got back to camp. Would her past deceptions be forgiven? Would she have a new Amazon sister even? Only time and their Queen's judgement would tell.

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girlpower - 02:16am May 8, 2002 ET (#89 of 330)
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Quickly Evergreen, Zena, little Gabbyfan and I fled to the woods. At the tree line, a woman, strong and confident greets us. I do not know her from the Amazon camp. She acknowledged my presence but said nothing. I could tell, by the direction we were moving the camp has been relocated. I attempt to memorize the path we are taking. Though I have made a choice to go with the Amazon’s, it would be naive of me to totally trust these women. Their tribe has proven to me that they don’t like strangers, let alone known enemies, within their camp or their confidence. Though it means a lot to me that Zena has trusted me at her back again. I can see Gabbyfan watching my every move, whenever her face turns my way. Trying to protect her sisters from me. If she only knew that I am in as much pain as she is, I couldn’t attack even if I wanted to. My strength is no match for the three women. After a while, I begin to remember the terrain. I moved ahead to Zena’s side, getting her attention without words. I pointed to my lips and then to a small clearing in the trees. She seems to understand and motions to Evergreen who sets little Gabbyfan down. Puella whispered to the four women now knelt down by her side, “There is a troop near here, smaller then the bandit camp. One of five Roman camps set up around the territory. Small bases for the incoming troops to meet up and discuss strategy with the already existing bandit troop.” Shrugging my shoulders at their glares. “After all they can’t just meet at the local tavern.” Zena looked me in the eye and realized the truth. The Senator is here to save these poor people from bandits, that the Romans have unleashed on the villages. One look at Evergreen and her theory is confirmed. Puella looked to Zena again “We can either avoid this camp, then return later or we can destroy what we can, while we are here. The decision is yours.”



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zena - 09:00am May 8, 2002 ET (#90 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Many Happy Returns

Phalon joined the group at the tree line and they melted with characteristic Amazon skill into the forest cover. Once hidden they exchanged the Amazon sign of strength, wrist armor brought together. Zena thumped Phalon on her back. "Whose horse is that? Well never mind, our newest sister can use a ride. Phalon this is Little Gabbyfan."

The four looked at the drawing Girlpower had drawn with her finger in the dirt. “We can either avoid this camp, then return later or we can destroy what we can, while we are here. The decision is yours.” Zena studied Gabbyfan intently and then chose. "Our current need is to move Gabbyfan to safety and report to our Queen. We will skirt the camp and return to the others." "No!", Gabbyfan pleaded, "I can fight, give me my staff and prop me up against a tree!" Zena reached over to feel her head and noted with concern that she was beginning to feel warm to the touch. The exertion of the escape was taking it's toll on the little warrior. "Stop your foolish talk. I will be your teacher when we get out of this and your first lesson is to be obedient to orders. We will fight only if no other way is possible, and no one is to be given undue risk." She looked across at Girlpower as she said this, once again counting her injuries. "Put Gabbyfan on the horse and for Ares sake be as quiet as you can. Evergreen, any final words?" Evergreen smiled her slow smile, "Alia iacta est." "I really should have paid more attention in second language class", Zena murmured.

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Joxcenia - 11:19pm May 8, 2002 ET (#91 of 330)
I Came... I Saw... I Went Home! lol

Meanwhile.... Back At Amazon Camp II... The Hospice...

Joxcenia worked her way through the hospice, checking on the status of each patient. Fortunately, most were expected to live, though a few were touch and go.

"Sue," a sister Amazon called out. "We need you over here."

Joxcenia watched as Lurker Sue raced toward where she was needed. Well, she turned out to be quite the little helper. Maybe she can be trusted. Maybe. It’s still way too soon to tell. Amazon code is set up so that no one is initiated into the sisterhood until she’s proven herself beyond all doubt. And helping out at a hospice isn’t enough. No, she’ll have to undergo a more rigid set of tests. Joxcenia glanced about the room, giving each warrior an admiring look. They were her sisters, and she was proud of them.

Just then, more wounded amazons were rushed through the cave opening and placed on various cots. Since each section of the hospice was set up for varying degrees of injuries, the hurt were moved to their own different areas. All in the room knew who needed attention first without being told, and several caregivers rushed to help them as soon as the handlers laid them down.

Where are the others? Joxcenia wondered. Are we winning the battle, or will there be a retreat? It might be a good idea to regroup and come up with a different strategy. She shook her head to clear the cobwebs. I sure hope the others were able to stop Puella before she reached the Roman camp. Not that it matters too much, since the camp's been moved elsewhere. No way she can lead the Romans back to us now.

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EvergreenLM - 01:42am May 9, 2002 ET (#92 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

To Pace and Ponder

"Alea Iacta Est", The Die is Cast...

Evergreen had been walking alone on the edge of the forest. She often retreated when such decisions as the life and death of her friends hang in the balance. Evergreen had to smile when she overheard Zena quoting Julius Caesar. Such a comment was spoken with pride in Rome when the citizens reveled in his decision to cross the Rubicon and never look back. Justinian was Evergreen's Rubicon. The slave girl misread Evergreen's face when she told the others that the Senator had come to be the protector of the villagers. Justinian protects no one. Evergreen knew that all too well. This slave girl... Evergreen noticed an insignia that adorned the cuff on her upper left arm. It was familiar,but yet Evergreen still could not recall its meaning.

Evergreen walked slowly back to where the others were discussing to attack the nearest Roman camp or to press on to meet up with the Queen in the Amazon stronghold. Evergreen doubted that Little Gabby would have the strength to ride another hour let alone take part in an assault. She would try to convince them to rest for the night. Darkness was near and the woods were not entirely familiar. They in the darkness of night could stumble right into another pocket of Romans. Besides, Evergreen would like to sit with her friends and relish the company of those she cared for,although she was not sure they would fully trust this fact.

The pine needles snap under Evergreen's boots. Zena stands with sword drawn.

"Its only me my friend. Put your sword away. You will have plenty of time come tomorrow to put it to its use. I have been thinking and I would like you to hear me out."

"We have pushed hard, Little Gabby is still recovering from her wound, and I am not sure how safe it will be for us to travel after dark. Lets stay for the night."

"You there",pointing to the stranger among them, "gather wood for the fire while I attend to the horses. Zena, you help Little Gabby. Get my blanket from the back of my horse, make her comfortable,and dress her wound."

Evergreen sees the look of conflicting loyalties in Little Dog's face.

"Go on [sign in to see URL] take care of Gabby too."

Without a word of protest, it is agreed that they will say until morning.

Night falls, the fire crackles, and all but one figure sleeps. The moon begins to rise casting etheral shadows on the small group sleeping on the ground. Evergreen walks among them looking at the sleeping faces of Zena and Little Gabby. She worries what fate awaits them with the rising sun and could not bear to think of any one of them gone. The slave girl sleeps a troubled sleep. Who really is this woman that we have brought in among us?

Evergreen walks to the edge of the forest. The wind is soflty blowing, the scent of pine is strong. Little Dog appears from the shadows. Evergreen kneels and scratches his soft fur. He turns his head in the pleasure of the moment. An owl calls from the trees. There is a rustling coming from within the forest floor. Little Dog freezes.

Evergreen remembers Xena's teachings,"Listen not just to the sounds,but what's behind the sounds".

"Quite,boy",whispers Evergreen. In and out of the shadows are figures crouching low,figures heading in the exact direction of the others that are sleeping and not knowing what approaches. Evergreen draws her sais from her boot and silently circles to the back of the two invading the night...



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xwpfan - 01:46pm May 9, 2002 ET (#93 of 330)

"Act Don't React

Queen Saxy's instructions rang in my ears" It is time for us to Act rather than react.. we will take back the element of surprise." The words comforted me and emboldened me as I found myself in the woods alone, looking for a treeline that would lead to the Roman encampment.

I had left camp like an over eager child, I had run off without even taking time to gather supplies.. a move that my stomach was now regretting.

There would be time later for strong mead and good food, but for now I had to get beyond the treeline and into the Roman encampment. I could not believe my eyes there were my sisters coming out of my targets tent.

Evergreen,Zena and Little Gabbyfan were together . .. and that Roman slave scum was with them.

I was momentarily overtaken by confusion, it was too much to take in. First the guard let them pass because of a parchment. Secondly, they seemed to be willingly letting this slave go with them .

As I shook my head in an attempt to clear my thoughts I noticed a somewhat familiar emblem on the Roman slave.. but where did I know it from and what was She doing with it?

As I heard the distinctive sound of a Roman boot I snapped out of my train of thought. It was time to do what I had come to do.

As I crept towards Justinain's tent there were Roman Soldier's everywhere. I guess the site of Amazons in their camp earlier made the decide to post Sentries at every tent. There was no way now that a mere diversion was going to get me where I needed to be...

I straightened up, took a deep breath in an attempt to summon my courage. I looked down and myself and knew what I had to do. I first kicked off my boots.. I hated to lose them they had cost me 50 dinars. I then tore my garments, as to reveal my legs, shoulders and of course my bust. I then uncovered my head and shook loose my auburn hair. I even pinched my cheeks for extra coloring and wetted my lips.

I approached the sentry at Justinain's tent like I belonged there. He acknowledged my presence with a disapproving growl"You must be His entertainment for the evening!" I nodded. The sentry looked me over a time or two and with a "You'll do I guess" gave me entrance to the tent. I couldn't help but smirk as I thought" I'll be his entertainment alright!" There laid Justinain in all his Roman finery. He was in deed expecting to be pleasured, but obviously not by me.

He asked" Where is my usual girl? I said ", I do not know sir I can leave if you like."

Justinain shook his head and then motioned for me to come nearer.

He pulled me next to him and I wanted to vomit as his Filthy Roman hands were all over me. He smiled as I squirmed. He said Hmmm.. you'll do just fine I think I can get a few hours out of you!

He yelled to the guard,"Your relieved of your duties ,come back at dawn." My plan was working I now had a few hours... I turned to him and said coyly,"Aren't you going to have me checked for weapons?" Justinain grinned and said, " I may be a senator but this is a duty I want to perform. I will strip search you myself."

I said, "Go ahead." and held out my arms as if in surrender, but when he drew close, I grabbed his arm and spun him into me. I held against his throat a little dagger that I kept in my bosom. I whispered "If you don't fight me I won't have to kill you".

I quickly tied his hands and gagged his mouth. I needed away to get him out of the camp. I spotted a fly swatter made from a horse's tail, I used that as a makeshift wig. I used the cloth from the bed as a kerchief to put over his head and the canopy from the bed as a dress.

He could pass as an old woman from a distance. Before exiting the tent I did as Saxy had instructed. I left a note that said:

" We have your beloved Senator." signed Pompeii.

I waited til the changing of the guards to make our escape from the tent and the Roman encampment.

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xwpfan - 01:58pm May 9, 2002 ET (#94 of 330)

"Act Don't React continued

Once past the treeline I felt relief. We now had an advantage. Ceasar would think that Pompeii had the Roman Senator kidnapped and if things were going right Pompeii would be thinking this Roman build up of troops was in order to attack him.

This kidnapping would give us the time to regroup and attack if necessary. I just had to get him to camp without getting caught. I pushed him ahead of me as to keep an eye on him. I was filled with emotion a we taried on.. I didn't realize for a moment that he purposely stepped loudly onto a dry twig until I heard it snap. Anyone around us had to be sure to have heard it....



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zena - 12:17am May 11, 2002 ET (#95 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Illusia

The crack of the twig was like an explosion. It was there and then gone so that one might wonder if it had ever actually been heard. Zena had been [sign in to see URL] a long, wide beach. Chased by....."CRACK". She woke and caught her breath, soaked in sweat from the nightmare. In the inky darkness she lay frozen in place, waiting for a second sound or movement. Her fingers were wrapped tightly on her dagger as always, and she did her best to breathe in small soundless breaths. As the seconds ticked by she took stock of the position of her sisters and reached out with her spirit to the reason behind the initial sound. And then she sensed movement. Creeping silently over the grass came.................

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gabbyfan4ever - 03:28am May 11, 2002 ET (#96 of 330)

Little Gabbyfan had been in and out of an uneasy sleep. She is aware that Evergreen is awake, and regards her with growing affection close to that of a child to her mother, and like she already has towards Zena. Gabbyfan's fever had returned on their trip back to the Amazon camp, and she thinks with bitterness that she had been reason they had not attacked the Roman camp, and had stopped for the night. However, she would not disobey orders, and knew in the back of her mind that her weakness might have gotten them killed.

Just as Gabbyfan eased back into sleep through the chills her fever had given her, a twig snapped in the woods. The sound was loud enough to have woken Mount Olympus, and it awoke gabbyfan with a start. She sat up and looked to Zena or Evergreen for confirmation on the cause of the sound. Just then a hand closed around Gabbyfan's mouth and a fear gripped her heart...

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girlpower - 04:37am May 11, 2002 ET (#97 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of [sign in to see URL] the strength to conquer it.

Just then a hand closed around little Gabbyfan’s mouth and a fear gripped her heart. Whispering, Puella or Girlpower said, “Quiet now little Gabbyfan, everyone else heard it too and are looking for the cause.” Puella then removed her hand from Gabbyfan’s mouth. One look to Zena and I was given my orders. Protect the little one. I stood in defense, as Zena and Phalon searched for Evergreen, and the cause of the sound we were all acutely aware of. In seconds Evergreen was back in the camp and she was extinguishing the campfire. “Where is Zena?” Evergreen asked. “Looking for you,” I answered. With that we stood on each end of the camp. Puella, crouched to the south, I see two forms in the shadows. It seems they are too close together to be Zena and Phalon. Obviously one is a hostage. I took Gabbyfan’s staff and waited till they came near. As soon as the two were within reach, Puella used the staff to knock the dagger that held the hostage, out of the aggressors grip, then sweeping the staff towards the legs. Within moments the two were on the ground wrestling for their lives. As Puella rolled on top of the assailant she recognized her face. She is xwpfan, the one who stabbed me at the Roman camp…

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phalon - 06:51pm May 11, 2002 ET (#98 of 330)

The Evil Amongst Us

Phalon lay awake, her mind racing over the evenings events.

Earlier in the evening, she had cleansed little Gabbyfan's wounds with a tea she had steeped made from the leaves of Glechoma hederacea which she found growing readily around the makeshift camp. The wash would act as an antiseptic and healing agent. Little Gabbyfan would heal nicely and should start feeling well enough to travel by morning.

As the tea was brewing over the fire, Phalon paid careful attention to which direction the leaves took in the water. Glechoma hederacea was a medicinal herb, but was used by mystics and seers as well. It was said to have the ability to detect an evil presence. Phalon had seen it done a few times, and there was something about Puella that made Phalon uneasy. She had intended to read the leaves to put her mind at rest. It did anything but that. Evil was here, she had felt it, and now the leaves confirmed it.

The obvious suspect was Puella. A branded Roman slave. The enemy. The similarities to the woman in the mindless rantings of the wounded man back at Cyrene's. An outsider attempting to fit in. Where these attempts at newfound loyalties feigned?

Gabbyfan, full of youthful eagerness and innocence. Did an old soul lay beneath the appearance of youth?

Zena. Her loyalty and friendship to Evergreen was beyond reproach. Loyal, courageous and intelligent. All qualities that she possessed in abundance. Could a deeply hidden evil be there as well?

Evergreen. The Wise One. Kind and calming. The daughter of a Roman Senator, an evil man. Evil breeds evil? Phalon doubted it in this case. But really, what shadows of the soul lurked within her?

Phalon's thoughts were abruptly interrupted by the sharp snapping of a twig. Phalon sprung from her bedroll. She heard the others doing the same. She would have to think about this later. Danger of another kind was present now.

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zena - 08:31pm May 11, 2002 ET (#99 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Liar, Liar!

With Little Gabbyfan in Puella's care Zena felt free to creep from her bed roll and toward the tree line. Phalon took her signal and they raced out and around in a wide circle, soundless in the damp pre dawn air. Nothing. Looking back Zena saw the campfire being put out and her heart and breath seemed to stop with the extinguished light. Phalon saw it too and they covered the ground twice as fast as they had going out. As they closed in they saw that in front of the embers Puella had knocked down one assailant and a second was crawling quickly away. Evergreen stood in front of Gabbyfan to protect her so Zena used the fallen staff to spear the purple cloak of the crawling form and stake him to the ground. With her boot she turned him over. "Well, well. Senator Justinian. Are you breaking your Roman oath to set us free by murdering us in our sleep?" Never taking her eyes from the cowering form Zena called back to Evergreen, "Evergreen, I need you here." Evergreen came quickly to Zena's side sidestepping the scuffle with the other attacker which Phalon now had under control. Her eyes widened and quickly narrowed as Zena whispered in passing, "He's all yours."

All Amazons are trained as leaders as well as warriors. The Queen and her second have supreme authority but each warrior can take command and relinquish it as the situation requires. Phalon was sorting out the wrestling match, Evergreen was handling her family problems and so Zena returned to the littlest warrior who sat still as she had been ordered.

Little Gabbyfan's teeth were chattering as the chills from her fever overtook her. Smiling, Zena said, "You did well but you must control the noise your teeth are making." Gabbyfan looked up chagrined and then realized Zena was joking to relieve the tension. "[sign in to see URL]'[sign in to see URL]," Gabbyfan offered as Zena wrapped her securely in her own blanket. "You are doing just fine little warrior. Not to worry." "Zena?", Gabbyfan whispered. "Yes?", Zena stopped packing her saddlebag. "I think I'm going to be sick," Gabbyfan whimpered. "Well then, in the bushes, not in my bedroll", Zena chuckled as she helped Gabby fan up.



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phalon - 12:46am May 12, 2002 ET (#100 of 330)

Phalon watched Puella across the clearing attack one of the intruders. As Phalon raced across the camp to the scuffle, she saw Zena coming in from the other direction. Zena got there just ahead of Phalon and had stopped the second intruder from escaping.

Phalon turned her attention to Puella and the intruder which she had now had straddled and pinned to the ground. Dagger held high, Puella was about to strike the point home. One quick glance at the intruder, sent a bolt of panic through Phalon. The auburn hair strewn across her face in only the light of the glowing fire embers was still unmistakable. "STOP!!!!", Phalon screamed.

Puella's hand hesitated. "STOP!!!", again Phalon screamed. "Get off her now, woman. She is a friend", Phalon said through clenched teeth, as she pushed Puella off the intruder.

"Xwpfan!" Phalon extended her hand and helped the prone Xwpfan to her feet.

Phalon turned again to Puella, who now lay sprawled in the dirt where Phalon had pushed her. She glared at Puella through narrowed eyes. "[sign in to see URL] didn't know", Puella stuttered, obviously shaken. Her hand went to her throat, fumbling, as if reaching for something out of an old nervous habit. Something that wasn't there anymore. She quickly withdrew it. "I didn't know", she simply stated, recovering her confidence and glaring back at Phalon.

Phalon extended her hand again. This time helping Puella to her feet. Both women stood for a moment, hands locked, staring into each others eyes, trying to see what secrets lay hidden inside. Both women walked away, in separate directions, only sure of the other's malice.

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girlpower - 02:43am May 12, 2002 ET (#101 of 330)
Courage is not the absence of [sign in to see URL] the strength to conquer it.

Something is lost

Puella stared at Xwpfan with eyes of fury, as she straddled her. You should have killed me when you had the chance. Seeing the dagger that inflicted my wound, only a short time ago, I reached for it. You will see how it feels first hand. Raising my arm up, dagger in hand, ready to strike a painful blow, I hear Phalon. “STOP!!! Get off her now, woman. She is a friend.” Phalon said through clenched teeth, as she pushed Puella off Xwpfan. Looking up at Phalon all I could feel was rage. This woman tried to kill me and now Phalon has thwarted my revenge. What kind of society doesn’t allow revenge? I have learned that the only way others will treat you with respect is to demand it, even if that means they must fear you. I have lost that opportunity, and am not sure how to react. I glare at the two women as Phalon extends her arm to Xwpfan. Phalon then turns to me, I said the only thing I could, “I…I didn’t know.” Trying to decide what to do next I reach for my necklace. The one thing I can say is mine and mine alone. It wasn’t there for my hand to grasp. Panic spread through me. Why should a possession effect me this way? I don’t even know where I got it, but I know every little groove it contains. My fingers have rubbed the stone with its emblem of Tauros the bull, many times. So much that the grooves have been worn away in places. I have heard many stories about what the emblem represented, my favorite was Zeus fell in love with Europa, daughter of the king of Tyre. To attract her, Zeus transformed himself into the shape of a beautiful white bull. Europa was so taken away with the beauty and gentility of the white bull that she climbed onto it’s back. Zeus then carried Europa, away. Now, it is gone. I must find it. One of these women may have it and I will get it back. I notice Phalon looking at me, I hope she mistakes my panic for regret at almost killing Xwpfan. Looking into her eyes, I again said, “I didn’t know.” Phalon then extended her arm to me. I took it and allowed her to help me up. Our grips seemed to tighten as we looked at one another. Who is this Phalon and what interest does she have in me? When our hands released I walked away, towards the areas I had been before all the excitement. Maybe it just fell off?

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Lucystar1 - 03:39am May 12, 2002 ET (#102 of 330)

WHERE IS LUCYSTAR?

Lucystar, having let the Roman slave escape, had risen and started off in the direction of the Amazon camp. After a few steps, she falters. Holding her hands to her hand she carefully makes her way to a tree and leaning against it, slips to the ground. The ache in her head now a roar, blurs her vision. She's puzzled at why a glancing blow, one she was sure she had deflected should hurt so bad. "Hades, I've been hit harder sparing with Saxy." Putting her fingers to her temple she feels a bump rising. "Ah, that explains it." Lucystar now realizes that the blow had hit the most vulernable spot. "Damn, just a bit higher or lower and this would only be a headache." She knows the swelling at this particular spot is going to knock her out. With no time to lose, she pulls herself behind the tree and attempts to camouflage herself as best she can. Her last thoughts are of her friends. "I hope they're safe. If anything happens to Queen Saxy or one of my sisters, I'll never forgive myself." With that she sinks into darkness.

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saxgoddess25 - 04:17am May 12, 2002 ET (#103 of 330)
I have the soul of a bard and the heart of a warrior. My vengeance is swift and complete.

Meanwhile, back at the *new* Amazon camp, part 4

After she had given xwpfan all the direction she needed, Saxy ran through the trees to the location she'd picked to for the new amazon camp. As she approached the site she was challenged by three sets of sentries. Very nice. At least one thing is going my way.

The last few days had been a disaster. A quick and simple mission of defeating a group of brigands had turn into an all-out war with Rome and she was soon going to be vastly outnumbered. She remembered a phrase she had once been told by her grandmother, a battle hardened old amazon with a wicked temper and a soft spot for her granddaughter. "Only the foolish or the vain will stay to fight a superior force, and the Gods do not use kindly the foolish or the vain." Saxy liked to think that she was neither. Somehow she was going to have to take out the Romans while they were still a small force. Perhaps if her sisters all managed to get back to the same spot for 5 minutes, they could make plans.

Finally within the camp, Saxy soon found herself in the makeshift infirmary. Spotting Joxcenia speaking with a dark haired young Amazon, Saxy wandered over to them. They both noticed her presence at the same time and hushed respectfully. "My Queen."

Saxy nodded. "Joxcenia, where is everyone? I haven't seen hide nor hair of evergreen or zena, and where's lucystar?"

"I haven't seen them since the camp moved. Perhaps someone else has."

Saxy's brows drew down as she frowned darkly. She didn't even notice when Joxcenia continued to inform her of the status of the new camp. A feeling that all was not right with her second was nagging at her. She should have been back by now. Ah Hades, I shouldn't have told her to let that slave get away. Gods damn me, I'll be the death of her yet. Making a snap decision, Saxy interrupted Joxcenia and told her to keep the camp in order. "If Zena and the others come back before I do, make sure they stay here. I'm going to go find Lucystar."

Without even waiting for Jox to reply, Saxy was sprinting back out of camp toward the last known location of her friend. Let her be alright, please Artemis, let her be alright.



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Lucystar1 - 04:19am May 12, 2002 ET (#104 of 330)

LUCYSTAR (Many candlemarks later)

Slowly one eye opens, then the other. Lucystar blinks a couple of times and looks around,taking in her surroundings. Carefully she touches her temple and finds that the bump is gone. "Thank the gods. Now get yourself up and find your friends." Brushing the leaves off her clothes and out of her hair, she surveys the area and picks her direction. "Now to find our camp. I wonder if they've moved it already?" Lucystar is sure her friends are wondering where she's been. "I better be ready for a tongue lashing from Saxy for not being more careful. Maybe I can pick up some information on the way back that will make her forget how long I've been missing?" Concern crosses her face as it occurs to her that she's not sure how long she's been gone. "Maybe they think I'm dead?" Lucystar thinks about it for a minute. "The info better be good if I'm going to get Saxy to go easy on me. She hates to worry, the big mushball." Lucystar chuckles at that because she knows the Queen would not like that fact be known and Lucystar seems to be the only one to get away with calling her that. "Maybe I can plead injury? Yeah, Right."

Lucystar has traveled only a couple of candlemarks when she hears men's voices. Creeping up through the brush she sees a Roman camp, but not the one she had pulled her pranks in. This one is obviously an outpost and from the looks of the stockpile of food and weapons, it's a camp for hundreds of soldiers. Getting as close as possible, she hears the guards as they talk. "How soon will the others get here?" "They'll get here, when they get here. Don't forget, there are four other outposts just like ours waiting for the rest of the army to arrive and we're the furthest out." He glances around the camp "Just make sure everyone here is ready to move at a moments notice."

Lucystar cautiously moves away from the camp and takes off toward where she thinks the Amazon camp is located. "I've got to find Saxy and fast. damn that slave for taking the horse". She half-runs another candlemark, her head still a little sore, when she enters a clearing. Coming to a halt, a big smile crosses her face. There in the clearing are about 15 Roman horses grazing. "I bet that's part of the bunch Saxy chased off. I've got my info and now a bonus to take back to camp." Thinking this way those who don't have a horse can now have one and it may also give them some fresh horses if needed. Walking slowly among them, talking gently in a low voice, she gathers up the ropes still tied to their halters. At the last horse, with ropes in hand, she jumps aboard and eases them into a walk, then trot as she heads towards camp with her prizes. Quite pleased with herself, she can't help but smile, then laugh "This should save me from a lecture and a butt kicking."

The dark swallows them up as they move away. But a voice floats eeriely through the trees. "Muahahaha"

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saxgoddess25 - 04:30am May 12, 2002 ET (#105 of 330)
I have the soul of a bard and the heart of a warrior. My vengeance is swift and complete.

We've got to stop meeting like this

Saxy ran for what seemed like an eternity. Her lungs felt like they were going to explode. damn I'm out of shape. Far too many nights spent in good mead and good company.

Finally she stopped and looked around her. In her haste to find her friend she had managed to get herself lost. Oh this is just fine and dandy. The Amazon Queen gets lost in the forest. Maybe I should just retire. Suddenly she hears the sound of several horses. Quickly scaling the nearest tree (thank the Gods it had several climbable branches) she saw a mass of horses moving toward her. The strangest thing was that only one was [sign in to see URL] these were Roman horses. As the rider passed beneath, Saxy dropped out of the trees, knocking the rider to the ground.

Saxy rolled the struggling figure over and looked into the rather stunned face of her second.



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Lucystar1 - 05:02am May 12, 2002 ET (#106 of 330)

IT'S JUST NOT MY DAY

Lucystar and her herd are making good time. "Now, I hope the gods I'm headed in the right direction. I can only guess where Saxy moved camp." Knowing her Queen like she does, she knows the camp has been moved. "I only hope my sense of direction and intuition will get me there."

Suddenly, a slight noise above her draws her attention upward. Too Late. Lucystar is knocked from the horse and goes sprawling on the ground. Someone is sitting on her back. She stuggles attempting to get away, but strong hands hold her and then she's rolled over. Trying to bring her fists up ready for a fight, she finds herself staring into the eyes of her Queen.

Lucystar suddenly goes still, then a big smile emerges and she grabs Saxy in a big hug. "Boy am I glad to see you." Letting go quickly, she cocks her head and winks. "Missed me, huh. Ya big mushball." "Now, get off me." Saxy looks at her friend, glares at the mushball comment and then grins. With that, they both break out laughing as the Queen gets up and extends an arm to help her second get up of the ground.

Looking at the horses, then back at Lucystar, "Been busy, haven't you. You've got some explaining to do. And it better be good!" Taking a bg breath, Lucystar begins her tale of woe, praying to any god that's listening that it will save her from, only the gods know what.

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saxgoddess25 - 06:28am May 12, 2002 ET (#107 of 330)
I have the soul of a bard and the heart of a warrior. My vengeance is swift and complete.

Saxy could barely contain her joy at seeing her friend (mostly) unharmed. When Lucystar hugged her, Saxy didn't want to let go. She let the mushball comment pass unremarked, aside from a glare that made them both laugh and then pulled LS to her feet.

Saxy eyed the Roman horses, then turned back to her second. "Been busy, haven't you? You've got some explaining to do, and it better be good!"

Lucystar told her about the blow to her head and how she'd been knocked unconcious for Gods knew how long. Saxy growled to herself. When I catch that slave girl again she'll wish she'd never been born. The news that LS had learned from the Romans jerked Saxy's attention fully back from her nefarious plans for Puella. "Gods," was all she could think to whisper. "We've got to get back to the camp now. You can tell me more on the way."

They split the horses' leads between the two of them and each woman mounted a horse, riding as fast as was possible. Saxy turned back to Lucystar as she rode. "Joxcenia has an infirmary set up at the new camp. I want you to have someone look at your head," she held up a hand to forestall her second's argument, "and then I think you and I should have a nice long talk about what is to come."

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xwpfan - 08:17am May 12, 2002 ET (#108 & 109 of 330)

Plans and designs

My attention had been drawn by the snap of the twig, I never saw or anticipated the blow that fell me. I was forced to the ground, I struggled to gain an advantage against my attacker.

We wrestled back and forth, my attacker was strong and agile much like an Amazon.

My attacker was getting the better of me,I found myself on my back up. I felt feverishly for my dagger. I couldn't find it. Where was it and who was attacking me?

As I looked up I found the answer to both questions. Puella!! Not only was she attacking me but she had my dagger and had it raised against me to strike a fatal blow!! Filled with venomous hate I wrapped my hands around Puellas throat and squeezed for all I was worth.

One of us was not going to walk away this time.

Puella was gasping for air but still determined to stab me, when a voice growled "Stop!! Get off her Now,woman. She is a friend.

Reluctantly, she lowered the dagger. My hands still wrapped around her throat I wasn't ready to let go... until I felt a stone.. and a necklace around her neck.

Sensing it could be important to finding out who this woman really was in one swift move I pulled the necklace from her neck.. she didn't notice me take it , but she obviously seemed aware of it's absence.

As Phalon helped me to my feet I slipped the necklace into Phalon's pouch for safe keeping.

As I stand to my feet I notice that they had kept Justinain from escaping . Thank the Gods!!!

Phalon then helped Puella to her feet, you could tell there was no love lost there, there eyes locking streaming pure hate and mistrust.

Evergreen and little Gabbyfan were intently staring at me. I knew they were awaiting for my explanation of Justinain's presence. I regaled the group with my story of how I got into Justinain's tent and our plan to kidnap Justinain.

Evergreen roared with laughter" You seduced my Father and then you kidnapped him?! Fantastic idea! Wonderful Plan!! I am surprised he hasn't popped a blood vessel yet! My father, the Great Roman senator amongst Amazons- this is Too much!

I struggled for words "Father?? Justianian is YOUR Father?!!! I wondered aloud, "Did Queen Saxy know?"

Evergreen shrugged her shoulders.

This information now complicated my plans. There was no way I could send Evergreen on the mission like I had planned...

I looked at our little group and said , I will need a volunteer for what could be a simple assignment or a very deadly assignment. I need someone to deliver Justinain's signet ring to Caesar as proof that he has been kidnapped... by Pompeii.

I smiled, there was Evergreen the first to step forward. I took her by the arm and I told her "I knew I could depend on you Evergreen to volunteer, but I have other plans for you."

Puella stepped forward, "I'll go." she snarled.

Given our previous history her offer took me off guard. My mind immediately thought " yeah so you can betray us all and have us killed."

Evergreen spoke on Puellas behalf, "Truthfully, Puella is the perfect candidate, being a Roman slave she might be able to get into the camp and maybe even get access to Caesar himself without raising any suspicion."

Everyone nodded in agreement.

Although I had some reservations, I gave her Justianian's signet ring and a parchment with Pompeii's forged signature to give to Caesar. I gave her some further instructions and told her to meet up with us in two moons by the treeline.

After she left the camp, "I told them that I would be taking similar misinformation to Pompeii. Essentially we needed Pompeii to believe that Caesar was amassing troops to attack him."

"Evergreen, have your father sign some offical papers granting large sums of money and arms to Ceasar for his future campaigns against Pompeii and make sure he signs it"! Evergreen nodded, "right away!"

Evergreen dissappeared into the darkness to get her father to write the necssary papers.

I turned to the others and told them "Queen saxy has plans and designs for these Roman scum and she needs everyone of us. So what I need you to do, especially you little Gabbyfan is to eat and to rest. Phalon I need you to Guard Justinain, he is the key to our advantage.. for right now...

At Tommorrow morning's first light, I need you join up with Queen Saxy and Lucystar. Tell them our plan is under way but that we will need a contingency plan. Puella may betray us and we need to be prepared for that possibilty.

Queen Saxy has a plan under way and she needs everybody ready to fight so be careful!

I will see you in two moons at the latest. Be [sign in to see URL] care of one another. Tell Queen Saxy I need to have a private conference with her when I return from Pompeii's encampment...



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EvergreenLM - 10:23am May 12, 2002 ET (#110 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

Evergreen's Rubicon

"Evergreen, have your father sign some official papers granting large sums of money and arms to Caesar for his future campaigns against Pompeii and make sure he signs it"! Evergreen nodded, "right away!"

Sitting bound to a tree and gagged,Justinian looked as any other prisoner. But he was not just any other captive. Justinian was the piece of the mosaic of events that could turn the impending conflict in the favor of the Amazons. Funny, though, thought Evergreen as she approached,he just looks old and tired.

Evergreen reaches the tree and squats down resting her elbows on her knees. The chocolate colored eyes inherited from Evergreen's mother, Hestius,look into the face of this man,searching for something she knows again will not be found. He slowly looks up to his intently staring daughter. She pulls the gag away and quietly,deliberately, speaks as she pulls a sais from her boot.

"I could cut these bonds and set you free. I could kill you, and the others could not stop me. What shall I do with you? Shall I do what you did to my mother,to her tribe?"

Tears fall from Evergreen's dark eyes. The confrontation is bittersweet.

Justinian shifts his weight. His angular chin juts out. He shows no fear.

"You,my daughter, cannot know the sins of my past. You cannot feel the weight of what I have carried. I know of no other life that the one for which I was born. My life was chosen for me, I am a product of Rome. I am Rome this day, I will be Rome tomorrow, and I will be Rome until my death. Nothing can change that. No one can change that. Not even you,my own blood,can move me from that allegiance I will keep my promise to destroy you and all of your mother's kind. I will line the road to Rome with their bodies."

Evergreen contemplates the import of the Justinian's words.

"Father, I am asking that you sign a message that my Sister's have written to Caesar. They wish to convince him that Lord Pompeii is at the heart of an advance to conquer what he believes is his destiny alone. Do this, and I will assure your safety among my Sisters. You will be held until we have "resolved" this situation with Rome. When it is finished, you can return to the only love in your life"

Justinian sits up as in an attempt to rise.

"HERE, is my answer,daughter!" and spits upon her.

And with a voice breaking with sorrow and tears flowing without stop,Evergreen sobs,

"And here is my reply, father",sinking the sias into his heart.

Justinian says not a word,his eyes meet hers as the spirit of the man leaves him,he slumps, and she knows it is over.

"ACTA EST FABULA, my father."- The Drama Has Been Acted Out

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phalon - 05:25pm May 12, 2002 ET (#111 of 330)

"Damn it to Tartarus", Phalon mutters to herself. Her mood has been foul since reading the tea leaves earlier this evening, and is growing more foul with each turn of events. First the business with Puella and now this. "Phalon I need you to guard Justinian. He is the key to our [sign in to see URL] now", Xwpfan had told her. Now he lay there mortally wounded because she had let her guard down.

Evergreen had calmly told her, "I need to talk with my father. Alone." Phalon looked into her eyes and saw a pleading look in them that she could not deny. She quietly walked away and sat by the fire, leaving father and daughter alone.

Through the flames, Phalon could see the conversation between the two was quickly deteriorating. With a sinking in her heart, Phalon then saw the flash of Evergreen's sais. With a heavy sigh, Phalon grabbed her pouch which contained various healing items and headed over to where the Senator lay slumped on the ground, knowing really, there was nothing that could be done.

Reaching into the pouch on her way, her hand closed around something hard and cold. She withdrew her hand from the pouch and stared at the item in her hand. A necklace. A flashback to herself and a wounded man. A wounded man murmuring about a girl. A girl with a necklace, a necklace in the shape of a bull with a green stone. Phalon closed her hand back around the necklace. A girl with red hair, like flames from a fire. Phalon shut her eyes. Flames. Flames, burning buildings. Screams. The necklace in Phalon's hand was getting warmer. Screams and the smell of burning flesh. The necklace was hotter still. Pain, unbearable pain.

Phalon opened her eyes wide with a start. She dropped the necklace back into her pouch, and held her hand up to her face. There, in the fire's light, she could see the red imprint of a bull, the seered flesh of her palm already starting to blister.



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zena - 08:51pm May 12, 2002 ET (#112 of 330)
"Agere Sequitur Esse"

Destiny

Gabbyfan had fallen into an exhausted sleep and Zena was preparing her own bed when she heard the murmer of voices speaking the Roman language. She saw Phalon stride toward the tree where Justinian was tied up and saw the flash of Evergreen's sais. "By Hades, what is going on?", Zena growled. When she reached the three figures Evergreen was crouched beside her silent father with the bloody sais still in her hand. Phalon the mystic seemed to have gone into a trance and was swaying a few feet away.

Zena grabbed Evergreen's bloody hands, tossing the sais to the grass. "What have you done? He was your FATHER for Ares sake!", Zena pleaded. Evergreen pulled away, her face transformed in a way that she had never revealed in all their travels together. Zena pulled her friend back from the body and stepped to the side as Evergreen tore her hands from Zena's grasp. "Let me be", Evergreen hissed looking directly into the eyes of her sister. "I can't," Zena replied, "what is sworn is sworn. You did something that will hurt us all and that will haunt you forever. Tell me so that I can understand. NOW." "Understand THIS," Evergreen snarled and hit Zena across the jaw with a powerful swipe, knocking her to the ground, unconcious.

The beach again. Running. Always running. Who is the dark figure?

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EvergreenLM - 10:49pm May 12, 2002 ET (#113 of 330)
"To Conquer Others is to Know [sign in to see URL] Conquer Yourself is to Know the Way"

A Place Where No One Can Follow

"You did something that will hurt us all and that will haunt you forever. Tell me so that I can understand. NOW." "Understand THIS," Evergreen snarled and hit Zena across the jaw with a powerful swipe, knocking her to the ground, unconscious.

Evergreen recoiled at the sight of her friend laying on the ground. Phalon stood looking on in shock and disbelief. How could it have come to this? This person, who in the depth of winter when little food was to be had, would not harm any creature to satisfy her hunger now had slain her own father. This person who allowed no one but Zena to come near a guarded heart,had now struck a blow that sent her friend to the ground.

Evergreen picked up the Sai,placed it back in her boot.

"Phalon, bring my horse,some rope and a blanket. I will need you to help me place Justinian on Whisperer. He cannot be found in this place."

Evergreen knew that the Queen's judgment would be swift and harsh for what she done. She knew that no one would understand that the action taken, although brutal as it may seem,was done for the greater good of them all. She would not allow her father to bring upon those she cared for the same fate he bestowed on her mother and her people. Not in this place and time.

Zena remained motionless on the ground. Evergreen knelt down beside her friend touching the growing mark of violent indigo on her face.

"I am sorry my friend." I never meant to harm you. You are the only one that has allowed me to be part of a greater goodness. And for that, I am grateful"

Phalon returned with Whisperer. The two lifted the Senator throwing him across the saddle. Evergreen stood silently looking at the lifeless body.

"I am taking him to the edge of the Roman camp. Tell Zena that only I will have to answer to the god of Eli for what I have done.'' Evergreen hoped that the god of Eli finds her long before the Queen does.

Evergreen leads Whisperer into the forest. She never looks back. The blood of her father was on her hands and her heart. She could not wash it from one,but could from the other. Evergreen walks past a meandering stream. The water softly rushes over mossy rocks on its way to joining the larger part of its universe. She stops and sees her reflection in a small pool of clear water. Evergreen looks at the stains on her face and hands. She tethers Whisperer and begins to undress as she walks towards the water. When fully unclothed, she slides into the cool water and submerges her whole body and being. the water soothes the ache from the mark on her back.

After moments of quite introspection, Evergreen rises from the water moving towards the embankment. She is aware that someone is watching from within the trees. There are soft footsteps falling nearby. Evergreen is not afraid. She turns her back and sees Zena's reflection in the water. Evergreen does not move.

Zena looks at the mark and begins to understand.



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