Gabrielle and Joxer Chapter 1   Leave a comment

This story is the sequel to Gabrielle and the Three Brothers. It is loosely based on the Brother’s Grimm story Jorinda and Joringle. 

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Gabrielle and Joxer
by Tonee Rhian Rose 

Author’s note: These characters don’t belong to me. Only the characters Solaris and Neona are my creations. 

Chapter 1

Once there was a small cottage with a vineyard in Amphipolis, Greece. It belonged to Hera who had enchanted it. Anyone who came within one hundred paces of the cottage, he was made to stand still until she set them free, and when she did that, she’d set her harpies loose on the poor fellow who would then be torn apart. Any maiden who came close to the cottage would be changed into a bird and then shut up in a gilded cage and placed inside a room in the cottage. She had about five hundred rare birds.

Joxer and Gabrielle were celebrating their engagement with their friends Xena, Hercules, Iolaus, Jason, Iphicles, Amphion, Leah (his wife), Princess Diana and Prince Philemon, Priestess Leah, Salmoneus, Falafel, Autolycus, Minya, Meg, and Gabrielle’s sister Lila at Xena’s mom, Cyrene’s tavern. They decided they needed some alone time to talk about their wedding plans, so they went for a walk in the forest. They had been walking for what seemed like hours when they came upon a fork in the road.

 ‘Which way should we go?’ asked Joxer.

 Gabrielle thought for a moment and said, ‘Let’s go to the left.’

 After a while, Joxer was noticing that it was getting difficult for him to move. ‘What in Tartarus is going on?’ he asked as he tried to pull his legs free. When he looked back up, he discovered that Gabrielle had disappeared and flying in her place was a beautiful bluebird. ‘Gabrielle! Where are you!’ he shouted.

Suddenly, the bird started to sing this little song,

‘I am just a little bird
And you can see me fly.
Though I’m just a little bird,
My love for you will fill the sky.

The enchanted hour, remember love has power, 
So never fear, should you shed a tear,
Remember the red flower.
Your love’s magic
Lies in flower power.’

Hera, who was watching all this transpire, came down from the clouds and shut Gabrielle up in a gilded cage. Then she set Joxer free and called her harpies to chase him down. He took off running back towards the tavern. The harpies threw their stone-like feathers at him, but luckily he was able to avoid them by running in a zigzag pattern. When he looked back to see where the harpies were, he tripped over a large tree root, hit his head, and fell unconscious.

Hearing Joxer’s cries for help, Hercules, Iolaus, and Xena came running out of the tavern. When they saw him lying on the ground about to be attacked by harpies, they took action. Xena drew her sword and threw her chakram. It smashed against several trees and chopped a couple of their heads off before returning to her outstretched hand. Iolaus drew his sword as well and swung it at them cutting off a couple of their wings.

The three remaining harpies flew into the air. They launched their stone-like feathers at them. All three dived behind the trees. Xena threw her chakram one more time. It clipped all of their wings and they fell out of the air. Hercules emerged from his hiding spot and smashed their heads in killing them. Then they gathered Joxer up and carried him back to the tavern.

They placed him on a bed, and a young girl named Solaris, who worked there, tended to his wounds. He’d been clawed badly by the harpies’ sharp talons and he had a large lump on his head from where he had hit it. She had met him a long time ago when she was traveling with Xena and Gabrielle. She used to travel with her cousin Hercules, Iolaus, and her identical half-sister Neona; who was Iolaus’ girlfriend, but she left them shortly after meeting Xena.

She had dated him for several years, even though she knew that he’d loved Gabrielle from the beginning, it didn’t matter to her. However, after Gabrielle had been crucified by Caesar, and then brought back to life by Eli, she encouraged him to tell her how he felt because he might not ever have another chance. Even though it meant that they might no longer be together, Sola; as she was called by everyone; still loved him and would do anything to see him happy, even if that meant that she could no longer be with him.

Sola was a half-goddess. Her father was the god Morpheus; the god of dreams, and her mother was a mortal named Helia after the sun god Helios. She had inherited a power she called dream walking. She could go into a person’s dreams and help them. She asked to be alone with Joxer, and everyone left. She placed a hand on his forehead, and instantaneously she was transported into his dream. What she saw broke her heart.

 Gabrielle was transformed into a bluebird who sang this song,

 ‘I am just a little bird
And you can see me fly.
Though I’m just a little bird,
My love for you will fill the sky.

The enchanted hour, remember love has power, 
So never fear, should you shed a tear,
Remember the red flower.
Your love’s magic
Lies in flower power.’

Joxer was helpless to stop it. ‘GABRIELLE! NOOOOO!’ he shouted.

Then he started running from the harpies. At this point, Sola stepped in and slew them.

Joxer collapsed and started crying, ‘Gabrielle, I’m sorry! I failed you!’

Sola crouched down beside him and said softly, ‘No, my dear friend, you haven’t. There’s still hope to save her. All you have to do now is wake up.’ With that, Joxer opened his eyes. There stood Sola smiling down at him. ‘You gave us quite a scare,’ she said. She called everyone back into the room and left to get more clean cloths and fresh water.

Xena asked, ‘What happened to you out there? Where’s Gabrielle?’

Joxer replied, ‘I’m not exactly sure what happened. I can sort of remember being chased and bumping my head, but not much else.’

Sola said, ‘I can help you with that. When I was in your dream, I saw Gabrielle transform into a bluebird and she was singing this song,

“I am just a little bird
And you can see me fly.
Though I’m just a little bird,
My love for you will fill the sky.

The enchanted hour, remember love has power, 
So never fear, should you shed a tear,
Remember the red flower.
Your love’s magic
Lies in flower power.”

 ‘I’ve heard rumors of a certain part of the forest being enchanted by Hera cause she owns a small vineyard on the edge of it. Any man who comes within one hundred paces of it is made to stand still until she wills him to move, but any maiden who comes too close is transformed into a bird. She then locks the bird in a cage and keeps it in a cottage on the property. What she does with them, I have no idea. After she sets the men free, she calls her harpies to chase them down and rip them to shreds, so it’s a good thing you got there when you did.’

 Hercules said, ‘I’ll go and rescue Gabrielle and these other women.’

 Sola said, ‘No, it has to be Joxer. Only his love for Gabrielle can set them free. However, he isn’t well enough to travel just yet, so I’m afraid that she’ll have to stay there for the time being.’

 ‘Sola, how do you know all this?’ asked Iolaus.

 ‘My father is Morpheus, the god of dreams. He’s why I have the power to “walk” into anyone’s dreams. Gabrielle’s song tells you everything you need to know. Only a blood-red flower with a dew drop the size of a pearl can free these girls,’ she said.

Hercules said, ‘Tell me where I can find such a flower, and I’ll go and save these girls!’

‘My dear cousin, you don’t understand, only Joxer’s love for Gabrielle can produce such a flower. When his tears of love touch the enchanted ground, a flower will appear and that will break the spell. However, as I said, he is in no condition to go anywhere just yet.’

Weeks went by, and Joxer’s dreams were plagued with nightmares of Gabrielle being transformed into a bird and of being chased by Hera’s harpies. One day, he was helping Sola pick strawberries. Suddenly, he got an image of Gabrielle and he leaned over and kissed her, but when he opened his eyes and discovered that it was Sola he had kissed instead of his beloved Gabrielle, he became embarrassed and dropped the basket of strawberries he was holding.

He ran back to the tavern and locked himself in his room. ‘What am I doing?’ he thought as he hung his head in shame. ‘How could I kiss someone else?’

End of Chapter 1.

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