“Amarice are you coming with us?” Gabrielle asked.
“If it’s okay with Xena. I know about what happened, in my village,” Amarice somberly said. “I saw this woman kill my parents. I ran out of the barn. I kept running. I didn’t know what else to do. That’s when the Amazons took me in. They treated me as if I was one of their own. They talked of Xena. They think of her as a true Amazon. They treat her as if she were Goddess or something.”
“Don’t tell Xena that,” Gabrielle laughed. “I don’t think Xena will object to having you travel with us. She’s different now. More different than she thinks she is. More different than she knows.”
“Are we ready?” Xena asked. “You coming with us Amarice?”
“You sure it’s okay?” Amarice asked.
“Why wouldn’t it be?” Xena asked.
“Nothing.” Amarice walked ahead of Xena and Gabrielle.
“You should tell her,” Gabrielle said looking at Xena.
“I know. I will. I have too,” Xena said. “Eli is going back to his travels?”
Gabrielle nodded. “It’s funny, I missed having this around.” She looked at her staff. She observed the object as it were foreign in her hands, but it wasn’t. It was meant to be in her hands. The comforting feel it gave her, the safeness it gave her, the knowledge of knowing she would be able to defend herself, Xena or anyone else that couldn’t defend themselves. This is what made it right. Her path was the ‘way of friendship’. She finally realized what it was she’d been looking for. It’s too bad that it has taken this long for her to realize her true path. It came at a great cost. She wasn’t the only one either.
“It becomes you,” Xena said with a smile. “It’s a part who you are.”
“Speaking of which, what are you going to do about your chakram?” Gabrielle asked.
“Well, I was thinking about that,” remarked Xena.
“You did say you can get a new one. You’ve never told me where you got it. How you got it, anything about it for that matter.”
“I never told you? Hmm, must of slipped my mind,” Xena said.
“Are you two coming?” Amarice yelled. She was ready for their next adventure together.
“Time for me tell you story,” Xena said.
Gabrielle and Xena caught up with Amarice. The new trio headed off on their next adventure.