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I have five minutes left, and I wanted SO BADLY to get into this scene where Xena finally returns home and finds her mother, Cyrene. But I just know there’s no way.

I MEAN I’M GOING TO BE AT LEAST TWENTY MINUTES ON THIS SHIT ALONE

CYRENE FUCKING TAKES XENA’S OWN SWORD AND THREATENS HER WITH IT

AND XENA LETS HER

Look at all those townspeople huddled in the background, how terrified they are of Xena. She fucking grew up here, this is her home, the place where they should know her best.

But that’s entirely the point. They do.

And that it’s Xena’s mother alone who has the strength (and the anger, let’s not discount that) to stand up to her says so much about Cyrene as well.

BUT THE SCENE’S ONLY STARTING AND THERE’S NO TIME

In a Band AU
  • they call themselves “indigo five alpha.”
  • sameen shaw is the bassist, michael cole is the drummer, and devon grice is the guitarist.  they mostly do local gigs, playing a fair amount of covers but also some original stuff that michael co-wrote.
  • this weird chick who calls herself “root” is their new lead singer after the previous one moved away.  they’d seen her around (singing mostly indie and pop) and decided to offer her the job.  after some ‘auditions’ (not that they had anyone else in mind) they decided it was a good fit.
  • she wears a leather jacket just about ALL THE TIME and paints her nails black.  it seems an odd aesthetic given her perky personality, sameen thinks.
  • any time sameen compliments her performance, root lights up like a christmas tree.  in fact, any interaction with the bassist leaves root wearing heart-eyes.  it’s so annoying.
  • a few weeks later it’s time for ifa’s first gig featuring their new singer.
  • sameen: “don’t make us look bad.”
  • root: “i couldn’t make you look bad if i tried.”
  • sameen: [thousand yard stare]
  • about a week later sameen shows up for practice to find michael and root working on something.  michael starts drumming and root begins singing a song she’s not familiar with.  clearly sameen is meant to be their captive audience.
  • root reaches the bridge (“it’s alright to be mean, it’s alright to be mean”) and starts sauntering over to sameen, one slow step at a time in time with the music.  sameen doesn’t move.
  • just as suddenly she turns heel for the chorus (“i want you to be crazy 'cause you’re boring baby when you’re straight”) but turns and winks at sameen at that last word.  the song’s over soon after and root asks what she thinks.
  • sameen shrugs.  "not my style.  we’re not playing it, are we?“
  • "mmm.  i guess we’ll need to find something more to your liking then.”
  • for their next gig root surprises everyone by wearing a low-cut, royal blue dress.  when it comes time to play their rock cover of “kiss me,” root’s seriously milking it: she’s moving the whole time, dancing on-stage, often throwing sameen a seductive look.
  • for the very end of the song root twirls over to the bassist and breathes the last “so kiss me” into her ear.  normally she’d get a glare, a frown, or nothing at all.  this time she sees a flash of something dangerous in those dark eyes.
  • after everyone else has left, sameen wordlessly shoves root up against a wall and slams her mouth into hers.  sameen in turn expects a triumphant smile or some smug remark, but root just looks… mesmerized.
  • they leave together that night.
  • from that point on root gets a LOT touchier, and the boys know something’s up.  they’re not stupid.
  • in fact, sometimes root flirts and there’s even a hint of amusement in sameen’s eye.  the smile rarely reaches her lips, though.