Gabrielle is definitely not afraid of elevators. She is definitely definitely not, and if she maybe shrieks a little when the one she’s on with a gorgeous woman straight out of an action movie shudders to a definite stop somewhere between the twenty-sixth and twenty-seventh floors, that is a completely rational response to the situation.
The action star sighs in the power-outage dark, and when the emergency lights flicker on, she’s resting her head against the metal door. “Of course.”
“I’m supposed to have a job interview,” Gabrielle says mournfully, sliding down the wall so she can sit on the floor. That’s what people do in movies. It’s probably logical for some reason. Less jostling if the elevator falls down the shaft. Oh God.
“And I’m supposed to have a meeting, but I figure they’ll forgive us.” Action Star sighs and holds her hand out. Gabrielle shakes it, because it sort of seems like the thing to do. Action Star is way too gorgeous to be real. “I’m Xena, I coordinate stunts for The Amazons.”
Gabrielle perks up. “Really? I’m applying for a research job for them, I want to be on the writing team, but they always say you have to pay your dues and the show is great, I’ve loved it since the pilot aired, I was really happy when I saw a position opened up. I’m Gabrielle, by the way.”
“Nice to meet you, Gabrielle.” Xena sighs at the call button. “Shouldn’t be too long before we get power back, they’re always fast with it in this part of the building. Are you new to LA?”
“Very new!” Gabrielle winces, because now she probably sounds like a tourist. “But I’ve wanted to come here for ages, I’ve always wanted to write for television.”
If there’s anything Gabrielle can do, it’s talk, and Xena doesn’t seem inclined to stop her, so she rattles on for a while, about plots she wishes she could do for the show even though she knows she’s just a potential research assistant. It’s a surprise when the elevator shudders to life again and starts going up, and Gabrielle checks her phone and it’s half an hour later.
It’s even more of a surprise when Xena escorts her to her interview, explains why she was late, and then winks at the man she’s supposed to be interviewing with. “Keep an eye on her, Autolycus, she’s got good ideas.”
And then she’s gone, but that’s okay. Gabrielle is pretty sure she’s going to see her again.