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The Last Laugh

Title: "The Last Laugh"
Author: Pirate Morph
Summary: Xena, Gabrielle, and Joxer begin an unusual battle around their fire.
Disclaimer: Xena, Gabrielle, Joxer, and Argo are all & TM their respective owners and are used without permission. Everything else is & TM the author, Pirate Morph, who makes absolutely no profit whatsoever off of this story. This story is only intended for entertainment.
Author's Note: If you are a Xena fan who would be interested in reading Xena and Gabrielle alive, together, and in love; their journeys as Piratesses; Joxer's union with his own lady love and his adventures as a bumbling Pirate; and/or Autolycus' union with his lady and his adventures as a Pirate/thief, please check out our on-going series, Love on the High Seas. Their journeys begin in the first book, Bright Promises of Tomorrow, and their roles and loves grow as the series continues. Aphrodite, Ares, and Discord also play important recurring roles. Love on the High Seas also includes such fandoms as Ace Ventura, Angel, BtVS, Charmed, Dawson's Creek, Disney, Elvira, Excalibur, Generation X, Harry Potter, Hook, Labyrinth, Peter Pan, The Pirate Movie, Pirates of the Caribbean, Sabrina (Salem only), Shrek, Smallville, Special Unit 2, Starsky & Hutch, 10th Kingdom, X-Men, and Zoolander, but the series is for ADULTS ONLY!

Gabrielle sat on a log, hungrily eating from a wooden bowl. "Mmm... These beans are delicious!" She looked across the campfire to where Xena sat shining the blade of her sword. "You should try them."

Xena didn't answer, but the bard still stood and headed over to the Warrior Princess. She passed Joxer along the way, and as she did so, she released such a foul odor that Joxer was forced to rapidly wave it away with his hand even as his eyes rolled back into his head.

Xena put down her sword and took the bowl of beans from Gabrielle. She ate several spoonfuls of beans before exclaiming, "You're right, Gabrielle! These beans are delicious!" She continued to eat before finally telling Joxer, "You should try them, Joxer."

The partners walked over to Joxer. Just as Joxer reached for the bowl Xena offered to him, Xena let out such vicious gas that Joxer fell backwards off of his log. He pushed himself up off the ground and dusted off his pants. His eyes flashed. "Okay, that's it," he announced in an angry grumble as he took the bowl from Xena. He swiftly ate the remainder of the beans. Just as soon as his first bites had had time to work their way through his system, he jumped around and lifted his rear end aimed directly at the two women. Just as Xena started to demand what he thought he was doing, Joxer shot at the duo, successfully stunning both women and causing them to fall backwards down on to the ground.

"YYYEEESSSSSS!!! VICTORY IS MINE!!!" Joxer crowed ecstatically, his huge grin spreading from ear to ear.

Two pairs of blue eyes flashed up at him, almost immediately dousing his victory dance. "Uh-oh!" he cried as he hurriedly turned and began to run.

Xena and Gabrielle leapt to their feet and chased after him, but all froze as their six eyes spotted Argo's tail lifting. Until now, Xena's steed had been standing peacefully under a nearby tree, quietly munching the lush grass beneath him. As his long tail raised, a toxic wind escaped that caused all three humans to faint. Argo simply shook his mane, gave the humans a curious look as he wondered what stupidity that had became involved in this time, and then returned to his grass.

The End

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