Just Another Day For Xena
Sitting by the camp fire that night, I finally had a chance to reflect on everything that had happened that day. It seemed that through all the excitement, there hadn't been a chance to actually think about what was happening. My brow furrowed in concentration as I began to think back to early that morning.
"What's wrong?" Xena's flat voice pulled me out of my thoughts. Both she and Gabrielle were looking at me expectantly. I addressed Xena when I spoke.
"Well, I was just thinking about everything we've been through today, and everything you've done – It's amazing! You and Gabrielle imprisoned a powerful warlord, saving me and the other four slave girls; You took on that group of men who have been stealing from travellers along the Southern pass for years; You took on a whole army of Hera's brutes alongside the legendary Hercules-"
"-And Iolaus!" Gabrielle added.
"-And Iolaus," I said. "You were nearly seduced by the god of war, you saved a town from a band of looters, and even as we speak we're almost at my village – After having returned all the other girls to their homes!"
Xena just looked at me with that blank stare, her piercing blue eyes boring into my own hazel ones; it was really quite unnerving…
She looked at me a moment longer and, never one to waste words, simply said, "Yep."
I frowned in confusion and looked over at Gabrielle. A cheeky grin was sliding onto her lips. I looked away.
Yep? Yep?! We'd just had a day filled with adventure, and all she could say was 'Yep'?!
I could feel Xena's eyes on me, and I looked back over to her. Her expression was still blank and unfathomable, but there was something different; A twinkle in her eye, and possibly the smallest hint of a smile at her lips? Yes, I could see the corner of her mouth twitch slightly as she tried to suppress a grin.
"I'm going to bed," she said. "G'night."
She stood up and walked over to her bed-roll on the other side of the fire. I looked at Gabrielle once again, and she anticipated my question.
"It's just another day for Xena," she said simply with a friendly smile.
She too went and lay down by the fire.
"Oh." Just another day? I've never had this much adventure in my life! I thought to myself.
"Oh, Adriana," Xena called out to me. "We should have you back with your family early tomorrow morning."
I nodded in response.
"That is," she continued, "If we don't run into any more trouble – You know, people trying to kill us and stuff."
With that, she rolled over, her back turned towards me and the fire, and went to sleep.
"Huh," I whispered. "People trying to kill us and stuff?"
I found myself a comfy spot by the fire and I lay down.
Yep, I thought. Just another day for Xena.