Sweet Retribution, Bitter Reward (Part 1)
This is our one and only Xena story, which ran for 216 posts during 2017-2019. It starts in Part 1, bounces back and forth between Parts 1 and 2 (sorry about that) and then finishes with an epic battle involving sister Goddesses/Empresses, dragons, and armies of the dead. It’s quite the fun ride and we thank all the role players who participated. Sorry it got deleted, but here it is again in all its glory! It reads from top to bottom.
Sweet Retribution, Bitter Reward
“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged.”
― Heinrich Heine
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 on-again, off-again lover Borias, both hauling around invisible chains of dark karma like Jacob Marley’s ghost dragging his endless chain of burden through Ebenezer Scrooge’s candle-lit, cold and lonely bedroom on a dark Christmas Eve.