"If only I hadn't kept hurting Xena," he said in his hour of weakness. Being this helpless reminded him of the time he was mortal. He could remember how much closer Xena had been to him then, than in a long while.
Suddenly, he could see a white owl in the darkness. It seemed familliar.
"You STILL haven't sorted out your feelings, have you, bro?"
"Artemis," he acknowledged, "Xena is an honorable amazon..."
"Tell me something I do not know..."
"She deserves to be warned! Hades has something planned--"
"DO NOT take your anger out on me, or I will not help you. Tell me, Ares, what is worse: worrying about Xena or not being free?"
"Without Xena at the head of my army--"
"I don't want you to avoid the subject,"
she warned with eyes blazing. This was fruitless, as Ares did not
answer. Like a great diplomat, she took it upon herself to explain:
"While you were unconscious, I went to see Hephestas. He agreed to
free you on certain terms. One of them is that you are to become
a. Have Ares ask Artemis to recap her conversation with Hephestas.
b. Focus on the "become mortal" condition.
c. Reject Artemis's proposal
d. Cupid and Hades find
the medling Artemis
e. Cut to Xena, alone near a lake.
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