Sweet Retribution, Bitter Reward
"We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged." They say karma comes back around to bite those who have bitten others. It may be soon, it may be later. It might not even happen in this lifetime. But it happens. Not a matter of if, but when and what form it takes. Warriors accumulate karma like corpses collect maggots. It's inevitable, even if it's not intentional. People die, people are killed, leaving others behind - the grieving, the heartbroken. The killing might very well have been justified - self-defense, for the greater good, sure, but it still leaves a dark stain of karma. And that's where this story begins, with Xena the Warrior Princess and her lover Borias, both hauling around invisible chains of dark karma like Jacob Marley's ghost dragging his endless chain of burden through Ebenezer Srooge's candle-lit, cold and lonely bedroom on a dark Christmas Eve.
― Heinrich Heine