Title: Anything for You
Disclaimer: Nope, still not mine. I sure wouldn’t mind borrowing them for a weekend though! ;)
A/N: For Sofia. I'm pretending Ephiny never died and was there for Gabrielle after FIN. I hate the ending, but that’s what happens when I write at 2AM.
“You don’t know! You have no idea how much it hurts. She was everything to me, Ephiny. My partner, my best friend, my soulmate,” Gabrielle turned away, the tears pouring down her face, “my lover.”
Gabrielle’s Regent grabbed at her arm and spun the blonde around, “Godsdamn it, Gabrielle! Do you think this is what Xena wanted for you? Do you think she would want you sitting in this hut day in and day out crying, refusing to eat, refusing to lead…refusing to… live? She’d never let you wallow in pain over her.”
Gabrielle gripped at the hands that held her arms, fighting the tears that wouldn’t seem to stop. “I don’t know what to do, Eph. My life with her was a kind of maddingly ordered chaos. I never knew what was going to happen, but I always knew she’d be there. She always came back and now she’s not coming back and…and…,” Gabrielle crumpled in a heap at Ephiny’s feet, “I don’t know what to do now.”
Ephiny got on her knees and took Gabrielle’s face in her hands, brushing the tears away with her thumbs, “Xena was a warrior, Gabrielle. She was bound to die the way she lived. I hate to see you like this. I want to help, but I feel so helpless.”
Gabrielle wasn’t sure what compelled her, but suddenly she leaned forward and kissed Ephiny. It was hesitant at first, and she was sure that Ephiny was going to push her away. When she tilted her head though, Gabrielle pushed her to the mat on the floor. Her hands roamed over firm abs and her nails lightly scratched the outside of Ephiny’s thighs, gradually making her skirt ride higher.
Gabrielle broke the kiss to bite the sensitive skin below Ephiny’s ear, causing her to buck her hips into the blonde above her.
“Gabrielle…,” Ephiny gasped out, hissing through her teeth when Gabrielle swiftly found her nipple and pinched it, “Gods!!”
“Don’t say anything. Please. I don’t want to stop. I don’t want to think. I just,” she leaned back to look into the smoldering hazel eyes of her friend, “I need to forget. Help me forget, just for a few minutes.”
Ephiny reached up to tuck a stray blonde strand behind Gabrielle’s ear. The tears were replaced by a blazing fire that she hadn’t seen in nearly two moons, “I’d do anything for you.”
Ephiny wrapped a hand around Gabrielle’s neck and pulled her down into a fierce kiss, “I thought you didn’t want to talk.”
The Regent rolled Gabrielle over and wasted no time undoing the straps of leather holding Gabrielle’s skirt together. She leaned over and ran her tongue along the indention of an ab muscle, feeling it twitch and shift underneath her. Her own body responded to the moans above her and the hand in her hair, pushing her lower. But she wouldn’t be led. She wasn’t sure what kind of lover Xena had been, but she doubted she had been docile.
Ephiny brushed the hand in her hair away and straddled Gabrielle’s hips, allowing herself the brief moment of pleasure of feeling Gabrielle buck against her looking for even the smallest amount of friction. As payback for the nipple tweak earlier, Ephiny pushed the leather bodice up over Gabrielle’s breasts and taking each nipple between her fingers gave them a slight twist. It wasn’t enough to hurt, just enough to get a reaction. Gabrielle, in response, hissed and flung her head from side to side.
When Ephiny took a nipple into her mouth, Gabrielle scraped at the mat underneath her and arched deeper into the warm mouth above her.
“Oh Gods! Ephiny!”
She leaned over her Queen, watching with pleasure as the recognition that she had stopped her slow torture dawned. She ran her fingers through the short blonde hair and around to caress along a soft jawline.
“What do you need?”
Gabrielle was struggling to control her breathing, “You know.”
Ephiny did know. The rage, pain, and anger simmered just below the surface of the green eyes, and there was only one thing that would calm those fires. She sat back and pulled at the cloth around Gabrielle’s waist. Gabrielle then sat up and loosened the straps of her bodice, tossing the leather aside, and laying back completely naked.
Ephiny slid her hands along the shapely calves and firm thighs, gently spreading Gabrielle’s legs. Her eyes closed as slowly Ephiny slipped one and then another finger into her. Gabrielle’s lithe body arched at the sensations, her arms reaching over her head to grab onto a pole behind her.
Ephiny watched in amazement as Gabrielle lost herself in the moment. Much like with her life, when she had given her heart to a ill-fated warrior or when she had taken the reins of the Amazon Nation, Gabrielle gave all of herself during sex too. There were no reservations or hesitations, and Ephiny couldn’t help but wonder if Xena had any idea of the beautiful gift she had left behind.
When Gabrielle’s hips began to move faster, urging her on, Ephiny sent up a small bit of thanks to Xena for doing just that. She propped herself on one hand over Gabrielle, marveling at the changing features, a wonderous mix of ecstasy and agony, as she added a third finger and pumped harder and faster.
“Augh! Oh Gods!!!” Gabrielle growled. It only took a few more thrusts before Gabrielle’s body bowed up tight, and her hips thrust mercilessly against Ephiny’s fingers. Ephiny stayed still for a moment, relishing in the feel of muscles clinching and unclinching around her fingers. When Gabrielle opened her eyes, Ephiny sighed in relief. A familiar twinkle danced on the periphery daring the darkness that had enveloped Gabrielle to show its face. The pain of losing Xena would never completely leave Gabrielle, of this Ephiny was sure, but for the first time in a long time, she knew Gabrielle would be okay.