Oh, my, dear, god.
Wh sh wuh?
Um. I am going to put this story under the Great Alt Stories category (as opposed to sending it, express, to Hubba-hubba), *only* because the writing and the plot are excellent. Tremendous. Great. With wonderful, believable characterization of not only Gabrielle and Xena, but also of Callisto. Astounding. However with unparalleled pleasure I will also tell you that the ending scene is one of the best culminations of a first-time story Ive ever read. "Dauntingly hot" hardly does it any justice as an apt description. Apt understatement would be more like it.
Ok. Whew. "Callistos Antidote" is one of the first Xena fan fic stories Ive read that I *remember* reading. As in Im sure Ive read plenty stories before this one, but I actually remember sitting at my friends computer in her dorm room a few years back, after Ive read the last paragraph, going - "Jennifer, dear, something cold, and do make it quick, ok?" The squeakiness in my voice alerted her to the seriousness of the situation, so she obliged without a question, and then proceeded to read the story herself.
As you might have noticed, the effect is still pretty much the same. Except, I have to go get my own beer now.
This is by far the best story Friction has written. Its suspensful, wonderfully written, sexy, and shows authors innate understanding of the characters. Not to mention it had me laughing out loud as well (especially a specific quip by Xena at the end youll know which one).
Since this is really not a review site (out of the simple fact that Im lazy and dont like to invest neither time nor effort into such a thing) but a recommendations one I wont tell you about plot intricacies, twists and turns or literary inflections. You are simply going to take my word (if you havent read the story yet) that this read will most definitely be worth your time. Cause I know best.