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Warrior Princess Or Slayer?

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This story is No. 1 in the series "Buffy and Xena Crossover Stories - Series #2". You may wish to read the series introduction first.

Summary: When Willow and Tara research ancient scrolls, they think they have discovered a possible Slayer from ancient Greece.

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Television > Xena-Hercules > Buffy-CentereddaviderlFR182524,63905321,88731 Dec 067 Feb 07Yes

Chapter One

{I do not own any of the characters in this story. No copyright infringement is intended. This story is for entertainment purposes only.}

Chapter One

Buffy was doing her usual weekly chore – sorting through the bills and trying to decided which ones needed to be paid first, then second, and so on. Dawn was at school, Xander was at the construction work site, Anya was at the Magic box with Giles, and Willow and Tara were in class at UCSD.

Willow and Tara arrived home first and went into the kitchen with some interesting facts they ran across while doing research for their class on Ancient Greece Language and Culture.

". . . And I couldn't believe what I was reading," Willow was saying.

"I know," Tara agreed. "Of course the text is in the ancient Greek, and our translation is still a bit iffy, but . . . ."

". . . it was just like we were reading about another Slayer!" Willow finished. "If these chronicles are anywhere NEAR accurate, this woman was amazing!"

"Yeah," Tara said. "Her abilities sounded so Slayer-like, it was uncanny."

"Hey, guys, slow down. This all sounds very interesting, sort of, but you know how those stories are – somebody tells one, and when the next guy tells it, he puts his spin on it. And then the next one adds HIS little embellishments, and the next thing you know – Old Mother Hubbard turns into Superwoman."

"But that's the thing!" Willow exclaimed. "These scrolls were written by her companion as they were happening!"

"But even so, you know she probably exaggerated."

"Oh, I'm sure she did," Tara said. "But that doesn't change the basic facts."

"But how do you know this woman – what did you say her name was?"

"Xena! Her name was Xena. And her companion was Gabrielle."

"Xena? Hmm, odd name. Anyway, how do you know this Xena really existed? Maybe it was just a story. People wrote stories back then all the time – Homer, Socrates, Aristotle, Sappho."

"But that's the thing," Willow said. "We cross-referenced her, and found her mentioned in Roman texts, Norse texts, and even Egyptian!"

"She really got around." Tara added.

"Who got around?" Dawn asked as she came into the kitchen.

"Xena." Willow told her. "Tara and I found some old writings from the time of Caesar about a woman named Xena who sounds a LOT like a Slayer."

"So, she killed vamps and demons?"

"Well, no, not any that we read about. Mostly she just fought warlords and other bad guys running around."

"Doesn't sound like a Slayer to me."

"I didn't mean she was actually a Slayer, just that she had these abilities and skills that make her very Slayer-like."

"Such as?" Buffy asked. Now she was getting interested.

"Well, she was VERY strong. Stronger than most men, WAY stronger. She could back flip onto her horse from the ground."

"And run up the trunk of a tree," Tara added.

"Did she use stakes?" Dawn asked.

"No, no stakes. But she did carry a sword, in a scabbard strapped to her back. I guess to keep it out of the way."

"That's not very special."

"But she did have one weapon that was cool. It was called a Chakram. We're not exactly sure what it looked like, but apparently it was some kind of throwing disk. Very efficient, and very deadly according to Gabrielle."

"Any pictures of her?" Buffy asked.

"No, none that we could find," Tara answered. "But there were several descriptions, and they all seemed to match."

"Yeah," Willow said. "She's described as being very tall, so I'm guessing about six feet, with dark hair and blue eyes."

"She was supposed to be very beautiful."

"Well, yeah," Buffy said. "You can't have an ugly superhero running around. I mean, what would people think?"

"A superhero. You know, she probably was. At least to the people she helped."

"According to Gabrielle, they called her a Warrior Princess. But from what we've been able to read so far, there's no mention of her having royal blood running through her veins."

"Of course, we've only translated four or five of Gabrielle's scrolls. And there must be close to two dozen of them."

"They haven't been translated before?"

"Yeah, we read a few them, but they sounded so …."

Tara looked to Willow for help.

"So bogus."

"Yes, so bogus that we decided to try to read the original text."

"And we found that the translations weren't that far off, but flowery."

Buffy was silent for a few seconds.

"I wonder if Giles has heard anything about her. If she really had the powers you say she had, maybe she WAS a Slayer."

"You think Gabrielle was her Watcher?" Dawn asked. "I mean, maybe back then there were women Watchers."

"Only one way to find out. Anyone up for a trip to the Magic Box?"

Everyone was.

TBC
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