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Mel & Janice

Fan fiction based on the Xena: Warrior Princess episode, The Xena Scrolls (Season 2, Episode 10).

Premise: Melinda Pappas and Janice Covington, 1940s descendants of Xena and Gabrielle, team up to recover Gabrielle's scrolls amidst the background of World War II.

All stories listed here are copyrighted to the original authors. Before reading any of the stories, be sure to read the posted disclaimers. The Xena Library takes no responsibility for their content.

1959 - Christmas Mel and Janice by Absinthe Angel 777 (M. Guerriere)

Passion & Perfection Link with Alternate Story Title: December 23, 1959

Submitted for the Passion & Perfection Xmas Challenge 2005 

"Mel and Janice entertain a young guest on a special Christmas in their New York apartment during the swank 1950's." -- Passion & Perfection

Accidental Find by Dark Xena


"Janice's daughter Teddy makes a surprising discovery." -- Ultimate Fan Fiction Directory

Adega by Lexx23

Athenaeum | Passion & Perfection

"Janice is sent to Germany to recover art stolen by the Nazis. She is discovered and detained in a prison cell and has been separated from Melinda for several years since their last encounter post "The Xena Scrolls."" -- Athenaeum

"Janice is sent to Germany to recover art stolen by the Nazis. On route to an assignment, she's captured by Nazi soldiers and imprisoned. Recovering from torture, Janice discovers that everything she knew has been transformed by war, including her best friends: Melinda and Jack." -- Passion & Perfection

Adventures In Time by Elfcat255

"Janice and Melinda meet an interesting man..hijinks ensue! On-Going." -- Passion & Perfection

After Midnight by Firefly

Academy of Bards | Dreamworker Magazine (Archived)

"Janice is in a romantic mood." -- Academy of Bards

"The tomb that holds Ares has been secured and as Mel sleeps, Jan thinks about their past and possible future." -- Athenaeum

"A peek into the thoughts of a certain archeologist as she looks after her sleeping partner on a cold Greek winter night, marveling at the stars and the unlikely friendship she's found much like a Warrior Princess of old once did . . ." -- Lunacy

All Our Flowers by Phantom Bard

"This is a series of five vignettes [mostly classic with Mel/Janice] inspired by the lyrics of the Pete Seeger song, 'Where Have All The Flowers Gone', as recorded by The Kingston Trio. I was going through my old 45s after watching a tape of 'A Good Day'." -- Academy of Bards

Amazon Liberties - The Discovery by Cath and Skylark

Amazon Trails | AusXIP | Screaming Xenas

"Set in Ancient Greece, 1947 Macedonia, and now -- this tale presents Mel Pappas and Janice Covington as they discover and read Gabrielle's private scrolls detailing adventures with Xena and the Northern Amazons.  They learn that the Warrior Princess was a poet in her own right.  (Many skills...)" -- Screaming Xenas

The Amazon Scrolls by GabbysHope 

And A Nightingale Series by The Fallen

1. And A Nightingale by The Fallen

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | Athenaeum

"Mel and Janice meet once more in London after losing the Xena Scrolls. Janice desires to learn more about Mel's experiences as Xena, although Mel herself is not comfortable with sharing such personal information." -- The Athenaeum

2.  Who Was Going to Miss an Angel or Two, Anyway? by The Fallen

"Waking up the morning after the night before, both Mel and Janice had a lot to face. Mel has to come to terms with the fact that she slept with Janice (for whatever reason) and Janice still has doubts about her self-worth. And just when you think things couldn't possibly get worse... they do!" -- The Athenaeum

3. Last Night I Dreamt I Slept A Dreamless Sleep by The Fallen

"While making arrangements for Janice's funeral, Mel pays a visit to her rundown lodgings, only to fall apart emotionally once there. She soon discovers that her troubles are not yet over when a vision of Janice appears to her..." -- The Athenaeum

And So It Begins by Cap'n Cat

Part 1 (the only part, so far) of The Gods of War: A Janice and Mel Adventure Series

"Picking up where "The Xena Scrolls" left off, Doctor Janice Covington is faced with a tough decision - should she accept Melinda Pappas' offer of partnership? Maybe Gabrielle can help her decide." -- Academy of Bards

And the Walls Came Down by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"A rather angsty story, Janice has to deal with Mel turning up at the university where she is teaching many months after they have split." -- Archeobard

Anything by Calliope

"Cocky Janice Covington gets the tables turned on her and sees another side of Melinda, one she really likes. PG-13" -- Passion & Perfection

Archeologists, Warriors and Bards, Oh My! by Verda

"Ever wonder what happened to Mel when Xena took over her body in the XENA SCROLLS? Verda answers that one for us in this entertaining little story that finds Mel in a rather compromising position in more ways than one as she gets up close and personal with a certain ancient bard and has to deal with the infamous reputation of her deadly ancestor . . ." -- Lunacy

As Long As Someone Remembers by Tim Wellman

"It's a Mel and Jan story, involving a search for the scrolls that has the spirits of X&G entering M&J periodically as they touch objects owned by the ancient lovers (oh yea, this is an alt story, but nothing more than a kiss). The story jumps between the scroll story about Callisto and Ares, and the present day (Nazi period). Indiana Jones is in this one." -- Tim Wellman

"Hired by a certain well-known archeologist to retrieve more of Gabrielle's scrolls, Mel and Janice soon find themselves battling Nazis who desperately want the secret of the scrolls - a secret known to the Warrior Princess and her bard and which through the ages they'll find a way to share with two other kindred spirits . . ." --  Lunacy

As You Desire Me: A Tale of the Deep South by Pat R.

"Having just returned to the States, Melinda and Janice explore a new facet to their relationship that involves whips and bondage." -- Athenaeum

"Janice introduces Mel to a whole new world of sensations." -- Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Directory

Barfly by ArdenTly 

Bats, Cats and Rats by Idryth

Academy of Bards 6th Annual Halloween Invitational

"A Janice/Mel adventure regarding "The Book of the Dead"." -- Academy of Bards



The Benediction by Pat R.

A touching Mel/Janice vignette about a love so deep it inspires worship. -- Lunacy

Beyond the Xena Scrolls by Nance Gice

"This trilogy will take you on an unforgettable adventure with Melinda Pappas and Dr. Janis Covington after they bring the Xena Scrolls back to America.

Learn about the hidden scroll they find, where it leads them and the amazing discovery they make. Find out why there was only a single chakram left in the scrolls tomb. And what about Ares? How did he escape his 20th century prison?" -- The Xena Scrolls

1. Legend of the Falls by Nance Gice

"The adventure of a lifetime is in store for Melinda Pappas and Janis Covington as Melinda makes an amazing discovery while translating The Xena Scrolls.

6 months have passed since Janis and Melinda discovered the Xena Scrolls. Janis is away on an archeological dig and Melinda has taken a job as an Archives Associate at Harvard University." -- Nance Gice

2. Map Quest by Nance Gice


"Melinda and Janis take a journey that will forever change their lives." -- Nance Gice





3. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner by Nance Gice


"After a tragic turn of events Janis must seek the help of the only people she can trust. " -- Nance Gice





The Blue Scroll Series by Bacchae2

1. The Blue Scrolls by Bacchae2

"Jan & Mel/Xena & Gab walk through each other's dreams across the ages in order to perpetuate the "ineffable mystery" of a love so great it transcends time itself..." -- Academy of Bards

2. The Blue Scrolls 2 by Bacchae2

The Binding of the Soulmates of Time Series by Red Hope

1. The Return by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope | XenaFan

"The Return is a crossover of Janice, Melinda, Xena, and Gabrielle. The story opens with Janice and Melinda on the hunt for Poteidaia that they believe holds Xena and Gabrielle's tomb and they find it. There's a small problem - no tomb. So Janice and Melinda head to the Amazon Nation's ruins to seek out the remains there but only run into more problems. They soon run into Xena and Gabrielle, whom tell a tale from their time that still haunts today. Together Xena, Gabrielle, Janice, and Melinda work together to save the future." -- Red Hope

2. Cross Winds by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice

3. Flying Time Warp by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

"Modern day characters, Lillian and Audra, are caught by lightning bolts and are warped to Xena and Gabrielle's world for a little adventure. Then another bolt strikes them and they are sped to Janice and Melinda's time period. Eventually they make it back home with a secret." -- Red Hope

4. Nightfall Once Again by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

"An all Janice and Melinda story in which they must face Hope, who has been reborn and takes Melinda. Janice goes after her soulmate and Hope then put an end to Dahak. Both Janice and Melinda become caught up in the Hope's web but the modern Amazons come in to put a stop to Hope's plans."  -- Red Hope

5. Entity of the Soul by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice  

6. Time's Changes by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

"Two stories in one starting with Janice and Melinda and including Xena and Gabrielle. Janice and Melinda are both visited by Starling and come to find out hidden history about both of their mothers. This hidden history suddenly changes everything for both Janice and Melinda. Xena and Gabrielle however are captured through the years as certain events and actions only destroy their relationship." -- Red Hope

7. The Dawning by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice  

8. Let's Give Them Something to Talk About by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice  

9. Yours, Mine, and Ours by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice  

10. The Darkness: Protection by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice

The Bodice Ripper Series by Archeobard (Katia Davis) 

"In this send up of the cliched 'bodice ripper' style of Mills & Boon, Janice and Melinda suffer through a series of adventures including new rich snobbery, jealous suitors, high class bitches and the Nazis." -- Archeobard

"This is an unfinished series written in the style of Harlequin/Mills and Boon. Janice and Mel have to deal with bigotted families, jealous suitors, Nazis and plain old bad luck." -- Archeobard

1. Rising by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"Entertaining bodice ripper featuring a rather intense confrontation between our favorite translator and archeologist after Mel inadvertently humiliates her proud partner at a social soiree and must find a way to convince Janice of her true feelings. Fun and rather...stimulating :) . . ." -- Lunacy

2. Falling by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"In a continuation of her bodice ripper RISING, Archaeobard picks up the passionate tale of a spunky little archeologist and her very sultry, high-born Southern lover as Mel and Janice confront hatred and prejudice in the form of a spurned ex-suitor whose injured pride could cost them their careers. Combining lots of angst and lots of sizzle, this is a fitting sequel and another fun read." -- Lunacy

3. A Curse on Both Your Houses by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"The third entry in Archaeobard's BODICE RIPPER SERIES pits Mel and Janice against some very dangerous enemies who see Mel's "perverted" new relationship as a serious threat to their future plans for the Pappas name and money. Some good edge-of-your-seats scenes here along with the requisite moments of pure lust >:)" -- Lunacy

4. Our Love, Our Hope, Our Sorrow by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

5. When Women Love . . . by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

Body and Soul by Kristo

The Brygos Painter Does Xena by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"A rather spurious red figure vase is studied by Janice and Mel..." -- Archeobard

Burning Time by SandaKat

Athenaeum #100 in 2005

By the Gods You Look Like Xena by Zeta

Casablanca by C.N. Winters

A Xenaverse rewrite of the film Casablanca.








The Case of the Hollywood Homicide by Palomine

"This is Janice and Mel a la 1940's pulp novels." -- Athenaeum

Christmas Eve by Wakar

 Academy of Bards | Achaeo-Adventures (Archived)

"Janice and Mel happily celebrate the holiday even though their plans go slightly awry." -- Academy of Bards

Christmas in Costa Rica by J.C. Wilder

"Mel and Janice are summoned by an old family friend of the archeologist's, to a cave in Cost Rica, where traces of Xena have been found." -- Athenaeum

A Christmas to Remember by J. Gardner

"Mel and Janice have their first Christmas." -- J. Gardner

The Circuit by Seana James

"Seana tries her hand at Mel/Janice fiction in a little tale set some months after the discovery of the Xena Scrolls that finds Mel doing the lecture rounds promoting her new book on the subject when a certain archeologist decides to make an appearance . . ." -- Lunacy

Covington's Kid by simahoyo

Academy of Bards | ForevaXena

"A look at the early experiences which molded Janice Covington." -- Academy of Bards

"Powerful story about the brutal life of the teenager that would grow up to become a fearless archeologist - inheriting her father's obsession for the past despite herself always remaining a distance second in importance to that obsession . . ." -- Lunacy

The Curse of the Pharaoh by Fiur & Vlamme


UNFINISHED - Last updated December 29, 2012

"Five years after the hunt for the 'Xena Scrolls', Janice, working for a rich art collector, is trying to solve the riddle of an ancient scroll.

With the help of Melinda she discovers a mysterious amulet in London. Together with Mel's fiancé, they go on an adventure, leading them to Egypt. They soon realize that there is more behind the search for the treasure of the Pharaoh than they thought at first... " -- Academy of Bards What's New December 29th, 2012





Cover and wallpapers by Fiur

Dangerous Role Playing Series by Artemis

1. Dangerous Role Playing: The Covington Journal by Artemis



2. Dangerous Roleplaying: Melinda's Memoirs by Artemis



3. A Day in the Life of Recruiting by Artemis

Darkfall Series by Kirk Baldridge

"An evil stretches across time to touch both Xena and Gabrielle and their descendants. Spoilers for Season two." -- Kirk Baldridge

1. Bloodsword by Kirk Baldridge - Not Mel / Janice

A Light Left On (Archived) | Passion & Perfection

"Xena and Gabrielle go up against fanatical followers of Ares, who will change the world more than they realize."  -- Passion & Perfection

2. Nightstone by Kirk Baldridge

A Light Left On (Archived) | Passion & Perfection

3. Family Ties by Kirk Baldridge

A Light Left On (Archived) | Passion & Perfection

"Time is all screwed up, giving Janice and Mel a chance to see what Xena and Gabrielle's world was really like."  -- Passion & Perfection

Deciphering the Scrolls by Azurenon and Savanna Mac

Decisions by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

Athenaeum | AusXIP | Crosswinds (Archived)


"Mel gets an interesting surprise when Janice turns up on her doorstep." -- Archeobard

"Janice and Mel get into a bit of a bother after Janice turns up destitute on Mel's doorstep." -- Athenaeum

"This is the first FF story I ever wrote, it's a vaguely disguised PWP story, but let's just say the girls have fun after Janice turns up destitute on Mel's doorstep." -- Archeobard


Digging Up the Amazons by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

"Janice and Melinda are met up by Starling Miller and Doctor Emily Leukos. Janice and Melinda are soon asked by Starling and Emily to help bring the Amazons of the 1940s back. The soulmates quickly agree and find themselves traveling to Greece with a pile of feathery friends to dig up the Amazons." -- Red Hope

Dinner and a Memory by Michael Dobler

"A little two piece regarding Janice at the beginning, and some aquaintences that she had. Just a fun little short written as a result of a challenge from friends." -- Academy of Bards

Disturbing Revelations by Elaine Sutherland

AusXIP | Enginerd | PDA Fiction

"When Mel realizes that the Xena scrolls span many centuries, Janice believes she is upset by the realization of the true nature of Xena and Gabrielle's relationship." -- Athenaeum

This story "has Mel and Janice wondering how they're going to explain certain revelations from Gabrielle's scrolls to the scientific community...only the archeologist and her partner are not quite thinking about the same thing ;-) Very cute!" -- Lunacy

Do You Series by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

1. Do You? by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

Athenaeum | AusXIP

"Janice and Mel watch a sunset..." -- Athenaeum

"Another story where Janice deals with her emotions." -- Archeobard

"A Mel/Janice vignette packing QUITE a punch that has the archeologist feeling very depressed about her inability to show her real feelings for the woman she loves when said woman insists on knowing what's wrong . . ." -- Lunacy

2. You Do? by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

Athenaeum | AusXIP

"In this story, Janice gets the answer to the question she's been asking. " -- Archeobard

"The sequel to Do You? Mel and Janice finally answer a lingering question between them." -- Athenaeum

"A sweet little sequel to DO YOU? which finds Mel and Janice expanding on their recent conversation. A poignant reunion of two soulmates . . ." -- Lunacy

Doctor Covington and Lady Croft by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

"A brief crossover story where Lady Lara Croft meets Doctor Gabrielle P. Covington II, who is a professor at the University of South Carolina and is a well-known translator. Lara Croft grows curious about the professor so while getting to know Gabrielle, Lara also does some background research on the professor. Lara quickly realizes that not only her interests are peaked but so are her passions." -- Red Hope

Echoes of Thermopylae by Joseph Anderson

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

"X-Files/Xena crossover. Part 1. Jilly and Langland have a falling out which threatens to end civilization. Alex Krycek, Mulder and Scully get caught in the middle. Xena, Gabrielle, Janice Covington, Callisto, Kimberly and Prince Samuel all pick sides." -- Joseph Anderson

The Emerald of Kalithea Series by Norsebard

1. The Hunt for Cecrops' Emerald by Norsebard

eBooks:  epub | Mobi | PDF

"Action! Adventure! Danger! Excitement! Janice Covington and Mel Pappas explode onto the page with this rip-roaring tale of long lost treasure, of high-jinks and daring-do, of heroics and cowardice, of shady men with hidden agendas, of strange connections to the ancient past - and ultimately of love. Janice Covington and Mel Pappas starring in THE HUNT FOR CECROPS' EMERALD. Now playing in color and stereophonic sound where available. Rated PG." -- Norsebard

2. Adventures On The Orient Express by Norsebard

eBooks: epub | Mobi | PDF

"Action! Humor! Drama! Romance! The return of Janice Covington and Mel Pappas sees the two intrepid adventurers traveling from Greece to England on the legendary Orient Express. Along the way, they find humor and romance, meet new friends and run into old adversaries - and discover that greed can corrupt even the most noble of men... Janice Covington and Mel Pappas starring in ADVENTURES ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Presented in color and the new, revolutionary Rumbleshake(TM) sound system in selected theaters. Rated PG." -- Norsebard

Fall From Grace by Biker Bard

Mel / Janice descendents

Falling for You Thanks to WWII by Jen, the Pasty One

UNFINISHED - Last updated February 6, 1998

"Intriguing new Mel/Janice story that has the two visiting a museum when suddenly Mel becomes uncharacteristically... forward." -- Lunacy

Familiar Faces by The Ashen

"The two friends try to beat the Nazis to Xena's treasure after Janice helps Mel escape from them." -- Athenaeum

The Fangs of Acedeme by Vivian Darkbloom

Academy of Bards | Vivian Darkbloom

Academy of Bards 3rd Annual Halloween Invitational

"Janice is enlisted into vampire hunting duty by an eccentric young man who also mistakenly believes Mel is a vampire." -- Academy of Bards

Farewells and Greetings by Joseph Connell

Academy of Bards | D Jordan Redhawk

Part of the Infinity Series by Redhawk

"This is a bit of fanfic based in Redhawk's 'Infinity' altverse, where Xena is an Immortal in the vein of "Highlander" and Gabrielle died two thousand years ago of old age. This particular encounter takes place approximately nineteen years prior to the canon story "Only One" and twenty-five years after my own story "Tyger, Tyger"." -- Joseph Connell

". . . this new offering is one of the most poignant accounts yet of the continuing saga of Xena the Immortal as fate finds her this time attending a funeral on an April day in 1979 and struggling with regrets as she thinks back on the life of the archeologist with the oh-so-familiar features she never had the courage to meet face to face. It's a mistake she decides to make up for when she meets instead the children of Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas - the eternal connection between them reminding her of a promise made so very long ago and sparking a renewed determination to watch over the descendants of two ancient soulmates just as a new life is brought into that lineage . . ." -- Lunacy

The Favor Series by L. Fox

1. The Favor by L. Fox

Amazon Trails | AusXIP

". . .The tale has the spunky archeologist and her beautiful partner accepting a dangerous mission that will take them into the heart of the South Pacific in search of the truth behind a mysterious legend - a legend that others also are investigating and that could very well determine the fate of the world . . ." -- Lunacy

2. Janice and Mel: The War Years - 1942 Traitors In Our Midst by L. Fox

Amazon Trails | AusXIP

". . . Acting as a sequel to THE FAVOR, the story begins with the spunky archeologist and her beautiful partner home buying in Anapolis where they have decided to stay while awaiting further orders from their new employer - the Office of Strategic Services which in years to come would become known simply as the OSS. They have just begun to settle down when those first orders finally arrive sending them on a mission into the jungles of Central America that will once again pit them against the greatest evil of their day and reawaken the spirit of a warrior centuries old . . ." -- Lunacy

3. Janice and Mel: The War Years - 1945: A Last Little Thing by L. Fox

Amazon Trails | AusXIP

4.Take Two Tablets and Call Me in the Morning by L. Fox

Amazon Trails | AusXIP

"This is a story set in Larissa, Greece. Janice goes in search of a kidnapped Mel and meet Zoe Lambros and Eva Haralambos (my own characters that L. Fox incorporated into his story) that help her find her missing partner. It's an interesting mix and very well written." -- Mary D






The Feast by ArdenTly

Final Rest by Kelly & Darkone

"Gabrielle appears to Janice and asks the archeologist to rescue the final remains of the bard and the warrior from grave robbers and take them to Amphipolis so that the two friends can be together for eternity." -- Athenaeum

"Rejoice Mel/Janice fans!!! The archeologist and her Southern aristocrat are back in this tale which has the two trying to return the last remains of Xena and Gabrielle to their final resting place. The Warrior Princess and her bard are featured in this story as well - in a tale recounting their final days which I must warn you warrants a MAJOR, MAJOR KLEENEX ALERT!! This story-within-a-story is heart-wrenching but beautiful, reaffirming and unforgettable. A very nice read! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" -- Lunacy

The Final Tribute by Rhiannon Silverflame

Finds by Della Street

Obsession (Archived): Part 1   Part 2 | Passion & Perfection

"Janice and Mel's new partnership is disrupted by the arrival of someone from the Southerner's past." -- Passion & Perfection

"Janice, on the verge of confessing her love, is interupted when Mel's fiance comes into their lives*recommended by CN*" -- Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Page

Flu Season by Focus

"Melinda Pappas couldn't help but to have strong feelings for Dr. Covington. Although she had met Janice Covington only once over 20 years, she had never forgotten her. Their fathers were very good friends. Both in the field of archaeology, the men corresponded as often as possible despite Dr. Pappas' responsibilities to the University of South Carolina. Dr. Harry Covington, on the other hand, would always be in the field. Twenty years later, Melinda has the opportunity to attend one of Dr. Covingtons' classes, and touch of the flu is just what the doctor would have ordered." -- Athenaeum

The Fragment by Rhiannon Silverflame

"This is how I envision what should happen following "The Ides of March." The thought of Xena and Gabrielle being brought back to life immediately following the events of that episode doesn't sit too well with me, so this is written from my idea of the timeline as it continues from that point." -- Rhiannon Silverflame

The Further Adventures of Janice and Mel Series by Rachel Staples (Rachel2)

1. The Aegis by Rachel Staples (Rachel2)

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | AusXIP

"Athena gives Xena Zeus' shield to hide as Ares sends Callisto to take it from her. Meanwhile, forward to 1943 where Janice and Mel set out in search of another Xena scroll." -- Athenaeum

". . . the legend of The Aegis is revealed - Zeus' great shield, strong enough to stop even a thunderbolt from the King of the Gods himself and as such coveted by those seeking power...and revenge. In Ancient Greece, Xena and Gabrielle become reluctant pawns in a deadly game between immortals for the right to wield the shield. It is a game that will bring them face to face with an old enemy while forcing them also to confront unresolved issues still between them. Eons later, in a time beset by a terrible war and ripe with danger, Mel and Janice will continue the struggle their ancestors began as they search for the mythical shield and also have to confront unresolved issues between them . . . VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!" -- Lunacy

2. Terror in the Amazon by Rachel Staples (Rachel2)

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | AusXIP

"Mel accompanies Janice as a translator when the archeologist is hired to work a site in the Amazon, unaware that many people have already died during the dig." -- Athenaeum

". . . this story takes the archeologist and her partner to the wilds of the Amazon where a fantastic discovery has been made. Unfortunately, one liiiiiitle problem keeps stalling things at the dig - workers are dying left and right and the natives fear a curse is at work. Amidst those challenges, stand the ones of the heart as Janice struggles against feelings she fears will only leave her broken-hearted and Mel finds herself embracing ones she's never had before . . . VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!" -- Lunacy

3. House on Redmen's Hill by Rachel Staples (Rachel2)

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | AusXIP

Swollen Bud Award July 15, 2000 - "Getting Serious" / Drama

Athenaeum Fan Favorite in the Category of Janice & Mel


"Janice and Mel decide to take a vacation by the sea. Unfortunately, their "cottage" turns out to be a mansion rumored to be haunted." -- Athenaeum

". . . In this new offering the spunky archeologist and her partner are headed for a well-deserved vacation in New England but as usual, with the penchant these two have for finding trouble, it isn't long before the vacation has turned just a taaaaaad more exiting than they were counting on. The warning bells first go off when instead of a quaint New England cottage - the two find themselves lodging in a mansion - a somewhat spooky abode which soon has Janice wondering if she hasn't gotten hit on the head just one too many times ;-) With dangers both real and imagined surrounding them, the two women nevertheless have more immediate concerns as their relationship continues to grow and deepen revealing possibilities neither had dreamed off before . . . VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" -- Lunacy

Art: Mel and Janice Dolls -- Valley of the Uber Dolls

The Further Adventures of Janice and Mel Series by Judy (Wishes)

1. The Gabrielle Stele by Judy (Wishes)

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived - Incomplete to Chapter 13) | AusXIP

"Janice rescues Mel from an amorous Bedouin and finds the professor's daughter has stolen an artifact from the Cairo museum." -- Athenaeum

"Action-packed Mel/Janice story that has the spunky anthropologist and her Southern belle companion running around Egypt, dodging Nazis, the British authorities, and a slew of ruthless sorts in a quest to locate the pieces of a tablet they believe tells a lost tale about the Warrior Princess and the Amazon bard . . ." -- Lunacy

"Mel steals an artifact from the Cairo Museum which might detail a trip by X&G into Egypt and gets captured by a horny Bedouin. Janice to the rescue!" -- Whoosh!

Art: Janice -- Valley of the Uber Dolls
Art: Janice (close up) -- Valley of the Uber Dolls

2. The Xena Kore by Judy (Wishes)

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | AusXIP

"Mel accompanies Janice when the archeologist receives a letter from her estranged mother and decides to return to England." -- Athenaeum

"The spunky archeologist and her devoted Southern belle of a partner are back in this intriguing mystery which begins as a simple effort to reunite a daughter with her long-lost mother. After Janice receives a letter from the mother she hasn't seen in over a decade, Mel puts aside some personal needs of her own to accompany her friend to England intent on encouraging a reconciliation between mother and daughter. Janice's suspicion that she was summoned for more than just a family reunion soon prove correct, however, as the two find themselves right in the middle of a complicated mystery involving photographs, stolen artifacts, extortion and secrets dating back to Janice's painful childhood. Through it all the two women's friendship acts as a source of strength and security much as it did for their ancestors - keeping them steadfastedly by each others' side in the face of both known and unknown dangers . . ." -- Lunacy

3. The Prize by Judy (Wishes)

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | AusXIP

"Janice and Mel are sent on a mission to Romania during the war to gather information about a German weapon." -- Athenaeum

" . . . The story has our intrepid archeologist and her tall, blue-eyed partner accepting a mission, with Janice posing as one of Hitler's deadliest interrogators, that will take them into Nazi-controlled Transylvania where rumors abound of a deadly, new German secret weapon. It is a mission that will bring them face to face with horrors both ancient and new and which once again will reinforce the link between them and a warrior and bard long-dead . . ." -- Lunacy

"J&M go to Romania to gather intelligence on a secret German weapon" -- Whoosh!

The Gamble by Enginerd

Girl's Night Out by NinjaBabe

"Mel and Janice attend Grease." -- Athenaeum

"Mel and Janice enjoy a night out in New York . . ." -- Lunacy

Goddess of Desire Series by J.C. Wilder

1. Goddess of Desire by J.C. Wilder


"Ares offers Mel the chance to become the Goddess of Desire. Janice time-warps to ancient Greece to rescue a kidnapped Mel who has teamed up with Hercules to save the world from a temporal rift." -- Athenaeum

2. Mad Dog's Sacred Treasure by J.C. Wilder


"An old enemy of the Covingtons' returns to confront Janice and take back something he believes is his Meanwhile, Janice and Mel struggle to define their relationship." -- Athenaeum

Going Home Series by Lara Zielinsky (LZClotho)

1. Going Home by Lara Zielinsky (LZClotho)

Academy of Bards | LZ Fiction | PDA Fiction

"Post-'Xena Scrolls' story. Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas brave deceit, duplicity, and love, on their journey to the States from Macedonia." -- Academy of Bards

"Set shortly after the events in the episode THE XENA SCROLLS, LZClotho's first Mel/Janice story finds the new friends collaborating in an effort to get the scrolls, Xena's chakram and themselves out of Greece. With few options available, the two embark on a journey that will take them into a world filled with danger, betrayal, and espionage, strengthening a friendship that began long before either was born and reawakening the courage of an ancient warrior and bard . . ." -- Lunacy

"Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas discover intrigue, danger, and romance on their journey back to the States." -- Whoosh!

"Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas, descendant/ubers of Gabrielle and Xena, journey home from a Macedonian dig with Xena artifacts facing danger, espionage, double-crosses." -- Lara Zielinsky

"Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas brave the world of 1940 Mediterranean to get themselves, and several Xena-era relics home to the United States." -- Lara Zielinsky

2. Home Front by LZClotho

Academy of Bards | LZ Fiction

"Home isn't easy as Janice tries to land a job and Melinda finds she's not fitting in perfectly anymore as a danger from Europe follows them to Raleigh." -- Academy of Bards

"This sequel to LZClotho's GOING HOME finds Mel and Janice stateside at last but faced with a rather tense situation as an unemployed Janice looks for a job and the two try to adjust to the presence of Mel's mother at the Pappas' North Carolina plantation . . ." -- Lunacy

"Back in the States, life doesn't seem to be getting any less complicated as Janice tries to land a job and Melinda struggles to fit back into the society roles she had left." -- Whoosh!

"Sequel to "Going Home". Melinda and Janice try to settle in at Melinda's home in the Carolinas while Nazis and Melinda's disapproving mother complicate matters." -- LZ

"Janice and Melinda are settling in at Melinda's family home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Janice is job hunting, Melinda's mother is being a pain in the rump, and Melinda's struggles to fit back into the society roles she left are more complicated than she had hoped. Not to mention trouble is still following Jan and Mel from Europe." --  Lara Zielinsky

3. Home Fires by  LZClotho


"...picks up about three weeks after "Home Front" left off. April 2000. PG-13. Incomplete." -- Whoosh!

Golden Girls: The Concert by Artemis

A Xena Scrolls parody.

Janice and Mel in 1999. -- Imperial Bath House

Good Night and Sweet Dream, My Love by J.S. Stephens

"Following the shock of losing a second partner, Melinda Pappas returns home, only to be hit with a serious illness." -- Athenaeum

The Great Goddess by Joseph Anderson

"Janice Covington, Melinda Pappas, and Xena see another side of Aphrodite." -- Joseph Anderson

The Grecian Affair Series by ArdenTly

1. The Grecian Affair by ArdenTly

      Academy of Bards | Amazon Trails | AusXIP | ForevaXena | Lubkin/Tripod

"Janice Covington is spending more time at the local bars than she should. Her life is empty and her work meaningless. It's only when her father is killed in an auto accident with a man named Professor Pappas that she pulls herself out of depression. When a bumbling prim and proper Melinda Pappas shows up with information that both men were murdered things begin to really happen. Just what was in the journal Professor Pappas left his daughter and why are mysterious men trying to kill them for it? Life for both Jan and Mel really start to be harrowing when the new Museum director comes to town. No one knows too much about her; was it a coincidence that dreadful things began to happen after she arrived?"  -- Whoosh

"The Grecian Affair takes the reader out of the established cannon and has the two women meet on the island of Cyprus. Miss Pappas has come down to meet the daughter of the infamous Harry Covington. It seems both men had been working on the Xena Scrolls but had been murdered mysteriously. Taking the bit between her teeth, Janice Covington decides to do a bit of sleuthing herself. The more time she spends in the company of a certain tall, dark linguist, the more entranced she becomes. Things come to a boil as both women are kidnapped and find their lives in peril. Just who is stealing Greek antiquities at the museum where Janice works? Who is this mysterious Hudson Callisto and what part does she play in having Janice black balled?" -- Academy of Bards

Cover by Calli's Creations


2. Resistance and Resurrection by ArdenTly

Academy of Bards | Amazon Trails | AusXIP | ForevaXena

"This second story of my Jan/Mel trilogy takes place in the battlefields of war torn Europe. Jan Covington is feeling more than a little restless. Her relationship with Mel is everything she ever wanted but there is still something missing in her life: high adventure. The outbreak of WW2 and Britain's last stand against the Germans is exactly what the doctor ordered. Jan enlists leaving Melinda behind and goes on special training for Special Operations. Her first mission is with the Dutch Underground and undertakes dangerous missions in attempts to stop the German war machine. Meanwhile, Melinda discovers where all the Greek artifacts at the museum are disappearing. Jan discovers just what real heroism is and Melinda discovers the hero within herself, although finding that you have Xena: Warrior Princess rushing through your veins can be somewhat daunting." -- Whoosh

"Resistance and Resurrection is the second in the Jan/Mel series which has Janice being shipped off to Holland after being drafted. After a short stint in Special Ops, it's decided that a woman of her intelligence and skills can best be utilized working with a small cadre in the Dutch Resistance. Things begin to go wrong for Mel as the thefts continue and she finds herself fending off the advances of the museums new curator, Hudson Callisto. A past enemy escapes from prison and sets her sights on both women. Jan limps home from the war, a little worse for wear and finds death and destruction in her very own home." -- Academy of Bards

3. Reflections In A Golden Eye by ArdenTly

Academy of Bards | Amazon Trails: Book 1  Book 2  Book 3 | Lubkin/Tripod: Book 1  Book 2  Book 3 (Not Available)

"As the war in Europe rages on, Jan finds herself battling for her life on more than one occasion. But when the German's attack Greece and the island of Cyprus she knows she has to come home. While friends are trying to hold their own back in a little town in Antwerp, Melinda and Janice are busy taking to the hills in a desperate attempt to show the German troops just how expensive it will be to take possession of the island. This is the last in the war series of Jan and Mel and is not for the weak of heart. Disclaimers of violence/hurt-comfort are listed at the top of the story." -- Whoosh

The Hardest Lesson to Learn by The Visitor

"Short little vignette that has Xena teaching a hard lesson across the eons to her descendant Mel Pappas who like the Warrior Princess before her finds herself fearful of admitting how she feels to the person who means most of all." -- Lunacy

Happiness Is A Warm Gun by Cap'n Cat

Entry #4 in the The Royal Academy of Bards "The Bard Challenge #21: Vacation"

Heatwave by ArdenTly (Trish Shields)

Her Name by Shalon


Her Story in Time by Xena's Girl

UNFINISHED - Last updated September 8, 2007

Herstory by Kris

UNFINISHED - Last updated November 29, 2006

"Janice and Mel get some help from their ancestors." -- Academy of Bards

Home Fires Series by Christine Toups (Roo)

1. Home Fires by Christine Toups (Roo)

Athenaeum  | AusXIP | PDA Fiction | ForevaXena







Cover by Calli's Creations

Cover by D. Kern

Tiggster's Reader's Choice Award

Athenaeum Fan Favorite in the Category of Janice & Mel

"One mile looked very much like another, and yet she had referred to her map only once since leaving the airfield at Birrubi, relying instead on a combination of instinct and luck to bring her into close orbit around Coolinga Station and its current proprietress, Melinda Pappas. She and Janice had not seen one another, or spoken, in more than six months - a fact which both angered and confounded Janice. What had possessed Mel to end up in Australia? She was going to find out." -- Athenaeum

"This story takes place six months after the episode Xena Scrolls. Mel has left Janice with a terse "Dear John" letter and the good Dr. Covington has gone in search of a damned good explanation." -- Academy of Bards "

"Original new Mel/Janice story set in Australia where Mel has begun a new life without a certain archeologist - a life much closer to what family and social expectations demands from her. Only that archeologist isn't about to give up quite so easily..." -- Lunacy

2. Slow Burn by Christie Toups (Roo)


Roo (Archived) : Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8  (Not available at Athenaeum)

UNFINISHED - Last updated January 2003

Athenaeum #92 in 2003

"This, the sequel to 'Home Fires,' takes the original uber girls to a new level of domesticity, living in a brownstone in Georgetown in January of 1941. Janice rubs elbows with FDR, while Mel works as an assistant professor of "somethin' or other" at the university. However, all is not beer and on." -- Athenaeum

by Calli's Creations


The Humanity by Archeobard (Katia Davis)


Archeobard | AusXIP

"Set on the Hindenburg, Janice and Mel meet for the first time in a sultry and slightly different story. The two unite through a common interest, one of Gabrielle's scrolls, and encounter Ares whilst the air ship meets its fate." -- Archeobard

I Never Knew by K.G. MacGregor

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | Athenaeum EBook Links | AusXIP

Athenaeum Fan Favorite In The Category Of Janice & Mel

Athenaeum #74 in 2003

"Mel and Janice iron out the terms of their new partnership and return to New York to show off their find: the Xena Scrolls. Now with their wings clipped by the war in Europe, they find adventure on a different front." -- Academy of Bards

I, Stranger Series by Red Hope 

1. Stranger In A Strange Time by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope


"Janice Covington is kidnapped and awakens in the Amazon Nation to discover it isn't 1940 anymore nor is history as correct as she thought it. She is in disbelief to find out that Xena is the tyrannical Conqueror and Gabrielle, the rebel leader, has been crucified. Now her only way home is to face the ruthless ruler with no help and simply faith behind her." -- Red Hope




2. A Stranger in My Family by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice

3. A Strange Interlude by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice  

4. I Had A Strange Dream by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice  

5. The Stranger of My Heart by Red Hope

Not Mel / Janice 

I'd Rather Ride Around With You by MythBard

"Sweet Mel/Janice piece that chronicles a milestone of sorts in their relationship when the archeologist shows up just as Mel is getting ready to go to her cousin's wedding and convinces her instead to spend a carefree afternoon with her." -- Lunacy

If We Shadows by Lela Kaunitz

AusXIP | Lela K.

"We join Mel a couple of years after the events in "The Xena Scrolls" in New York at the opening of an exhibition where she unexpectedly meets Janice again. Her surprise turns quickly into shock when she learns that the feisty archaeologist is married and expects a child. Have the spirits of their ancestors completely vanished from Janice's new life?" -- Athenaeum

Images by Wakar

Academy of Bards | Archaeo-Adventures

"Janice remembers the first time she saw Mel." -- Academy of Bards

In the Good Old Summertime by Akiela Xal

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum

Entry #5 in the The Royal Academy of Bards "The Bard Challenge #21: Vacation"

"While on vacation, things go from bad to worse. Can Janice and Mel's love withstand the test?" -- Akiela Xal

Irish Eyes by Whitefearn (beaugrnt)

No link for Part 4 (Conclusion)

"In a tale that starts in a landlord run country, ends up as a tale of the human heart as all those involved search the same thing.  A Far and Away Janice/Mel Story.  This is what happens after you've keep watching Far and Away too many times." -- Whitefearn

"An adaption of the movie, 'Far and Away'. Janice, a poor Irish farmer is left alone when her father, the only person who cared for her, dies in a land quarrel with a rich landlord. Janice, determined to avenge her father's death, meets up with Melinda the wealthy daughter of the man responsible for everything. Together they head to America, where they are determined to find a new life in the 'New Eden'." -- Uber-Xena Central

Is There A Doctor on the Dig Series by Bat Morda

* Prelude to A Dig by L. Graham

"A *MUST READ* for all of you out there who enjoyed Bat Morda's story IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE DIG, this little tale acts as a prologue to Bat's now classic piece of fan fiction. Featuring Mel prior to the Mediterranean trip which would change her life forever, Graham's story depicts a southerner who is lonely, who is searching for something - or someone that can make her feel complete. Here at last we get to see the first instance in which a love from the Ancient past touched the ancestors of Xena and Gabrielle. VERY nice! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" -- Lunacy

"Prequel to Bat Morda's "Is There A Doctor on the Dig". Mel, saddened by her father's recent death, has a dream that she cannot dismiss." -- Whoosh

1. Is There A Doctor On The Dig? by Bat Morda

Cousin Liz | PDA Fiction

Swollen Bud Award - Getting Serious (May 1, 2000)

". . . The first-ever Mel/Janice story released and a true classic! It carries my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!" -- Lunacy

Cover by Barron

Mel - Valley of the Uber Dolls




2. The Party by Bat Morda

Cousin Liz | Obsession (Archived) | PDA Fiction

"The Dean's annual constume party brings out some interesting historical characters. For Mel and Janice though, the party brings out more than the garb of their ancestors." -- Athenaeum

". . . the tale has Janice and Mel arriving separately at a costume party which soon turns into en erotic challenge for the two as they struggle through the evening trying to resist the temptation of one another . . ." -- Lunacy

"Mel & Janice go to the Dean's annual costume party. Woo-hoo." -- Whosh!

Melinda Drawing
by Barbara Maclay

Cover by Barron



3. The Search for Amphipolis by Bat Morda

Cousin Liz | PDA Fiction


"Janice and Mel must find the remains of Xena and Gabrielle before Valaska to prevent Ares from being released to the world." -- Athenaeum

". . . continues the story of the spunky archeologist and her Southern Belle of a partner as they once again embark on another wild quest, this one to recover the bones of their ancestors and hopefully put a warrior and her bard forever beyond the reach of the dark forces still threatening them . . ." -- Lunacy

Cover by Barron Chugg

Cover by Ciegra



3. Ubermadness: The Battle for the Third Age by Bat Morda

Cousin Liz | PDA Fiction

". . . Set one hundred years after that story, it chronicles the continuing struggle of Xena and Gabrielle's descendants against the God of War...only this time around those descendants may in fact be more than just descendants. The story begins with hacker extraordinaire Xero, deadly, beautiful and not keen on trusting people, narrowly escaping an assassination attempt. Soon she is joining forces with Rielle, a beautiful, green-eyed blonde who claims to know what is happening - but as a syscop, also happens to be a hackers worst enemy. All the while the skeptical Xero is learning more about a certain warrior of legend - and learning more about herself in the process . . ." -- Lunacy

Cover by Barron


Is There An Archeologist in the Dig? Series by Red Hope

"Overall, this collection is about how the two women try to seek out their destinies together. And as they do this they must contended with an archeology site in Greece together." -- Athenaeum

1. Profile by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

Character profile of Melinda Pappas.

2. Monologue 1 by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

Monologue of Melinda Pappas.

3. Monologue 2 by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

Monologue of Janice Covington.

4. One Act Play by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

5. Is There An Archeologist in the Dig? by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope

"A collection of monologues, dialogs, and a short story on Janice Convington and Melinda Pappas as they discover not only each other but a Greek mystery." -- Red Hope

It's All in the Syntax by Rhiannon Silverflame

"Cute vignette that has Mel and Janice disagreeing over the exact translation of a passage from one of Gabrielle's scrolls." -- Lunacy

It's All in the Translation by Mary Cornwell

A Janice and Mel Adventure by Harlequin


Janice and Mel Series by A. Hawk

1. Janice by A. Hawk

2. Melinda by A. Hawk

Janice versus Janis by Red Hope


Athenaeum | Red Hope (Archived)

Janice and Mel comedy.

Janice's Solstice Carol Series by Cap'n Cat

1. Janice's Solstice Carol by Cap'n Cat

"Mel has been busy with holiday preparations, but Janice's Solstice spirit seems to be swimming in the camp latrine. Perhaps an ancient friend can knock some sense into her fedora-ed head." -- Academy

2. Revenge Is A Dish Best Served Cold by Cap'n Cat

"Xena took no prisoners when she played Marley to Janice's Scrooge last Solstice, and Janice has spent most of the year dreaming up some seasonally appropriate revenge. Janice just might pull it off if she can get Gabs and the Goddess of Love on her side. " -- Academy

Jilly, Sam and Angela Series by Joseph Anderson

1. In the Line of Duty by Joseph Anderson

"Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas have to decide where their loyalties lie when they encounter Sam during World War II. Dear Diary is a sequel to this story." -- Joseph Anderson

2. Mother's Day by Joseph Anderson

"Kimberly pays a visit to Janice and Mel with a request." -- Joseph Anderson

3. Dear Diary by Joseph Anderson

"Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas obtain a journal kept by a bacchae, but she wants it back. Sequel to In the Line of Duty." -- Joseph Anderson

Kimberly and Jilly Series by Joseph Anderson

These stories are part of the larger Kimberly and Jilly Series.

1. Dropout by Joseph Anderson

"Kimberly meets Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas, and is wrestling with her own demons. " -- Joseph Anderson

2. Kidnap by Joseph Anderson

"Mel's baby is kidnapped. Kimberly and Janice Covington come to the rescue." -- Joseph Anderson

Kiss Me Deadly (Who Could She Trust in A Town Without Pity) by Angharad Governal

Academy of Bards (Archived) | Passion & Perfection


Entry #9 in The Academy of Bards Pulp Contest 2002 - The Contest That Dare Not Speak Its Name
"Mel hires Janice to recover the stolen Xena scrolls and attempting to right the wrong that was done to their relationship." -- Academy of Bards

Cover by Phantom Bard


A Knight in Shining Armor by Malin Söderholm

"Jan & Mel are still sticking together in the late 50s, and it's time to settle down together and be a "happy familly". Jack Kleinman was never in Macedonia in this story, but turns up as a doctor in a small countryside village." -- Malin Söderholm

The Last Scroll by Sarah Miller

The Limousine Ride by L.B. Anderson

The Lion of Amphipolis by Yellowjacket

"Janice wants to use a stone tablet she's acquired as a means to ask the Oracle of Delphi where the remains of Xena and Gabrielle lay, but a rival of the doctor has other plans." -- Athenaeum

". . . The story traces the lives of Mel and Janice, in parts through flashbacks, from the moment they first meet to the years immediately following the war when they settle in Greece to resume Janice's search for the one thing she yearns to find more than any other - the final resting place of Xena, the Warrior Princess of Amphipolis. To aid in this search, the spunky archeologist and her partner set out to recover stolen ancient tablets containing a description of the mysterious ceremony used long ago to invoke the prophetic power at the Oracle of Delphi. Hoping the Oracle can point the way to their ancestors..." -- Lunacy

Little Moments: A Day in the Desert by C.N. Winters

"The first in a series of short tales about a certain archeologist and her Southern belle of a partner, this new entry is told from Janice's point of view as she observes the love of her life and remembers some happy times from the past . . . " -- Lunacy

The Little Xena Scrolls by Susan A. Rice

The Long Fall of Shadows by T. Wylan

UNFINISHED - Last updated April 2, 2000

No link for prelude | No link for Chapter 8 | Separate link for Chapter 19

"The gathering of two families soon to be united by marriage reveals secrets generations old and the solution of long unsolved mystery ." -- T. Wylan

The Long Way Home by Scout

"A young girl accompanies Aunt Mel and Janice as they try to recover an ancient artifact; meanwhile, Xena and Gabrielle go after slavers." -- Athenaeum

" . . . This begins as a Mel/Janice story with Mel's niece Carrie going to visit her aunt. The young girl is delighted when the two women decide to take her along on a trip to the Mediterranean where they are going to investigate a new archeological find - a find which could give them more clues about the lives of their legendary ancestors. Most Mel/Janice stories to date have featured Xena and Gabrielle as well but mostly in secondary roles where they are seen briefly through flashbacks or in dreams. In THE LONG WAY HOME, by contrast, they are EVERY bit as important as their descendants with a story of their own which is truly at the heart of this novel. As we read about Mel and Janice uncovering the past - we also SEE that past - one of Xena and Gabrielle's most trying and emotionally draining adventures as they join the crew of Xena's old ship, now run by slavers, intent on making sure they don't continue using it for that purpose. On board they find a young boy who is regularly subjected to the worse of cruelties - a boy who Gabrielle becomes determined to save at any cost. The struggle of these two women to give back freedom and hope to those from whom it has been stripped parallels the dogged determination of an archeologist and her partner millenniums later to uncover that story and reaffirm the legend of a warrior and her bard. Similar also is the impact the friends will have on the young lives they come in contact with - with Xena and Gabrielle giving a child hope in the ancient past and Janice and Mel inspiring the soul of another in the present. . . " -- Lunacy

Lost and Found by Lela Kaunitz

AusXIP | Lela K.

"A wild action-adventure tale very much in keeping with the spirit of the XENA SCROLLS which has Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas trying to save those precious scrolls, running from Nazis while running toward each other. . . " -- Lunacy

Lost in Translation by L. Graham

LOST STORY - Removed at author's request. 

"One of the most delightful Mel/Janice stories I've read in a long time, L. Graham's latest features a seriously frustrated Melinda Pappas, trying to enlighten a rather clueless archaeologist on the finer aspects of their ancestors' life in Ancient Greece. Relying on somewhat unconventional characterizations of Mel and Janice, this story is guaranteed to charm the heck out of you. Just plain CUTE! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! - 13 pgs., 8/10/98" -- Lunacy

Love and War by The Ashen

"After finding the Xena scrolls and consumating her love with Mel, Janice leaves Mel behind out of fear for her safety while she travels to Amphipolis to search for more scrolls." -- Athenaeum

Mad Dog Experience by T. Harley


The Magic of Egypt Series by C.N. Winters

1. The Magic of Egypt by C.N. Winters

". . . a combination Mel/Janice - Xena/Gab story that begins in 1946 with the archeologist and her partner traveling to Egypt. It is while working on a dig there that they discover a new set of scrolls written by their ancestors - scrolls containing a tale that will help change the lives of Mel and Janice forever, as the warrior and bard reach across the eons to give their descendants the courage to be honest. CN weaves the two separate stories in nicely, often using one to lead into the other . . ." -- Lunacy

2.  The Magic of Paris by C.N. Winters

"A sequel to MAGIC OF EGYPT, CN's latest continues the tales of BOTH Xena and Gabrielle and Mel and Janice, chronicling remarkably similar times in the lives of both couples despite the millennia separating them. Welcoming a new addition to their family, Xena and Gabrielle remain passionately in love despite the demands of parenting and the insecurities that can come with it. Generations later, Mel and Janice reach a similar point in their lives when the beautiful Southerner confesses her desire to be a mother provoking a lot of soul searching as she and her partner grapple with the implications of that and the challenges of a lesbian couple trying to be parents in the 1950's. . . " -- Lunacy

Massage on the Beach by LZClotho


"Janice and Mel share some quality time together, amongst other things." -- LitLMiSsVaMp's Xena Site

Mel & Janice Series by Vivian Darkbloom

1. All the Colors of the World by Vivian Darkbloom

AusXIP | Vivian Darkbloom | Xena Fan

"Janice visits Mel in Charlottesville with a new scroll and Gabrielle undergoes an Amazon Rite of Passage." -- Athenaeum

Lunacy Review


2. The Secret Histories by Vivian Darkbloom

AusXIP | Vivian Darkbloom | Xena Fan

"Janice is in the Army, Mel is a civilian consultant in this uber piece set during World War Two. Our heroes are off to translate a scroll when someone from Mel's past places herself squarely between the two. Full of thekind of humor and deft characterizations we have come toexpect from this talented bard." -- Athenaeum

3. Venezia by Vivian Darkbloom

Athenaeum | AusXIP | Vivian Darkbloom

Swollen Bud Award: "THE QUICKIE" / Short Story

". . . a tale set in Venice, Italy. Mel is alone there, surrounded by memories of Janice and the past, seeking solace in a place that surprises her, yet seems to be so right, so familiar. The juxtaposition of the present and remembrances of the past in this exquisitely written tale draws the reader into the melancholy Mel is experiencing and deeper and deepter into this haunting and memorable tale." -- Swollen Buds

4. Coup de Grace by Vivian Darkbloom

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | Vivian Darkbloom

"The fabulously ill-tempered archaeologist Janice Covington and Southern-Belle-in-Exile Melinda Pappas gradually discover the real truth at the heart of the Xena Scrolls, in a story that darkly plays with time and memory, loss and desire, and the nature of what is real and what is not. While the story references characters and incidents in earlier stories ("Venezia" and "The Secret Histories") it is possible to read this as a stand-alone piece, particularly if one is drinking heavily." -- Academy of Bards

5. The Book of the Body by Vivian Darkbloom

Academy of Bards | Vivian Darkbloom

"A belated Valentine's Day story." -- Academy of Bards

6. Leica by Vivian Darkbloom

Academy of Bards | Vivian Darkbloom

2008 Royal Academy of Bards VD Invitational

7. In Sorrento by Vivian Darkbloom

Mel and Janice Meet an Amazon Princess by Croaven (Crow)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

"Just another Mel and Janice love story. They do meet up with a wonder of a woman who is also an amazon princess." -- Croaven

Memoirs of A Bard Series by Dawn L. (Tigress)

1. Memoirs of A Bard: Translated by Melinda Pappas by Dawn L. (Tigress)

Mel & Janice / Post FIN

2. A Last Request by Dawn L. (Tigress)

Merry Christmas, Doctor Covington by Daniel Wackerman

"Janice Covington and Mel Pappas are spending *another* Christmas overseas.  The year is 1944.  The news from the front line has been bad for over a week now, as the Battle of the Bulge is in full swing at this point. " -- Daniel Wackerman

The Mirror of Urartu by Kay Bowring

"Reading through their cache of scrolls after the dig in Macedonia in '40, Mel translates the story of Gabrielle's confusion following Perdicus's death. Now that her best friend inhabits the body of her worst enemy, Gabrielle is unsure what to do. In a far flung part of the Roman empire, Gabrielle discovers the powerful mirror of Urartu in the ruins of an ancient city. Is the story in scroll enough to make Mel & Janice chance the unsure fortunes of war, and try and find the mysterious mirror?" -- Athenaeum

Mississippi Blues by Blue Dragon

UNFINISHED - last updated 9/24/00

Part 1 | Part 2

Mistress of the Two Lands by L. Fox

Amazon Trails | AusXIP


Xippy Award Winner November 15, 1999

 ". . . a splendid new adventure for the warrior and bard as they embark on a long trek to the land of Egypt and a fateful meeting with its legendary ruler - the indomitable queen history would come to know as the pharaoh Hatshepsut. Excited at the prospect of seeing the exotic land, Gabrielle is thrilled when the King of Cyprus entrusts Xena with a diplomatic mission to the court in Thebes but it's a mission that will get infinitely more complicated when the powerful Egyptian ruler decides to include the Warrior Princess in some plans of her own - plans which if successful will solidify Hatshepsut's hold on the throne and possibly decimate age-old misconceptions the pharaoh is determined to do away with . . . [Note: Story is only SLIGHTLY uber]" -- Lunacy

Cover by Marcella R. Wiggins



The Mound of Hisarlik by Bel-wah

"Set in Turkey in 1940, this is an entertaining Mel/Janice adventure that has the archeologist and her partner searching for the lost treasure of Helen of Troy as they deal with the usual pressure from local authorities and the dangers of a world at war. What they discover proves much more valuable than any treasure as friendship and determination motivate them to challenge the odds and trust in the strength they inspire in one another . . . " -- Lunacy

The Nearest Distant Shore Series by Little Mac

1. The Nearest Distant Shore by Little Mac

"Can Federal Agent Morgan Sumners, faced with the most clever serial killer of the century, keep her mind on the case while the beautiful niece of Janice Covington launches her own assault on Morgan's heart?" -- Academy of Bards

2. Swimming for Shore by Little Mac

"In the sequel to "The Nearest Distant Shore", has the profiler and her love stalked by the serial killer who they thought was caught. Also compounding the problem is a jealous suitor who kidnaps and rapes the young architect." -- Academy of Bards

The New World by EldritchSandwich

Submitted as part of the Passion & Perfection "Epic Proportions Challenge"

"Xena and Gabrielle's story has spanned continents and millennia; but now, as the threads of their various modern incarnations intertwine for one final adventure, their love could meet the greatest test of all." -- Passion & Perfection

Night Candle by Raistlyn

". . . begins with an old woman telling her granddaughter a tale - remembering an old candlestick and the beautiful gift fate gave her one Christmas eve when greed almost robbed her of the greatest of friends . . . " -- Lunacy

November 29, 1942 by C.N. Winters

"A charming, tender interlude that has Janice Covington surprising her partner on her birthday - and then getting a surprise of her own when the evening leads to some unexpected confessions . . . " -- Lunacy

Once In A Lifetime by Argo69

Out of India by Enginerd

AusXIP | Enginerd




                          Cover by Enginerd

The Pappas Journals Series by Elaine Sutherland

1. The Pappas Journals by Elaine Sutherland

Archaeo-Adventures (Archived) | AusXIP | Pink Rabbit Productions

"Mel's journals written in the war years as she and Janice survived in Greece through the Nazi invasion." -- Athenaeum

"Mel's journal written during the Nazi invasion of Greece" -- Whoosh

"Elaine's wonderful account of Mel and Janice in Greece during the war years ." -- Pink Rabbit Consortium

"An exceptional, EXCEPTIONAL new entry in XWP fan fiction that is NOT TO BE MISSED! Written as a series of journal entries by Melinda Pappas, it covers a period of several months in the lives of Mel and Janice starting just after their discovery of Gabrielle's scrolls as depicted in the episode XENA SCROLLS. With World War II still raging around them, Mel and Janice take refuge in Athens where Mel's Uncle Stravos sets them up in a building he partly owns. The two begin work on deciphering the scrolls, reading about ancient battles even as they soon find themselves in the middle of a very modern one - the Nazi takeover of Athens. The experience will change them forever as they come face to face with the same type of evil their ancestors faced long ago - and discover in their hearts the same type of love as well... This story is going to remind you of a work of art . . ." -- Lunacy

2. Pappas Journals II: In the Reich by Elaine Sutherland

AusXIP  | Pink Rabbit Productions

"While Mel and Janice are translating Gabrielle's scrolls in Greece, Mel is arrested and sent to a concentration camp where she records her daily life in a journal." -- Athenaeum

During the worst period of the war, Mel is sentenced to a concentration camp, and Goering sets a high price for her freedom--warning: contains accounts of violence within the Third Reich. -- Pink Rabbit Consortium

"Mel is sent to a Nazi concentration camp" -- Whoosh

"This sequel to Elaine's OUTSTANDING first work THE PAPPAS JOURNALS  maintains the exceptional quality of storytelling she established in that first foray into fan fiction. THE PAPPAS JOURNALS II is truly one of the most incredible, moving works of fiction I've read in a long time - commercial fiction included. ANYONE who loves reading or writing will be affected by this story which at its very core is a celebration of the written word - of the power writing can have in our lives - of how words can reach across the centuries to encourage hope and determination and strength of will. It is a story which begins where THE PAPPAS JOURNALS left off - with Mel and Janice still in Greece working on the translations of Gabrielle's ancient scrolls as World War II rages around them. With the blood of heroes running through their veins, it isn't long before they are themselves involved in the war and once again becoming intimately acquainted with the barbarity of Nazi Germany as Mel is captured and has to try to survive by finding inspiration in the efforts of a long dead bard - a bard who recognized how words can honor valor and strength and love generations before that awareness would become part of the historical record. All the while Janice is putting into play a desperate plan to try to save her beloved partner...and keep from the Nazis a revelation of such magnitude that it could rock the very foundation of the world they live in. This is writing at it's very best folks. Told like the first story as a series of journal entries, this tale is a deeply personalized look at the worst and the best humanity has to offer. Elaine's characterizations have a wonderful depth to them as does her treatment of a relationship between the leads that is firmly rooted in commitment, loyalty and the fiercest of loves. Give yourself the gift of reading and the magic of storytelling that is this piece of fan fiction. It receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! . . ." -- Lunacy

Passion Tense by ArdenTly

Personals by Bongo Bear

"Mel and Janice discuss some ancient personal ads." -- Athenaeum

". . . Janice and Mel translate some ancient personal adds a certain warrior and bard posted over the years . . " -- Lunacy

"M&J translate some ancient personal ads" -- Whoosh!

The Phoenix and the Flame by PatR.

"M&J go to New Orleans to settle Mel's uncle's estate." -- Whoosh!

"Janice learns a lot about her friend's past when she joins Mel in New Orleans where the linguist is wrapping-up her uncle's estate." -- Athenaeum

"This is a long Mel/Janice story that has the archeologist traveling to New Orleans where Mel is trying to decide what to do with the house she's inherited from her uncle. Amidst the familiar setting, Mel finds herself sharing some painful memories - memories of feeling different, feeling rejected, feeling lost and finding only cruelty in those around her. The revelation opens the way for a new intimacy between the two friends just as some of those old ghosts come back to haunt the beautiful Southerner . . ." -- Lunacy

Playtime by Wrship Xena (Tiggster)

"M&J spend some quality time together" -- Whoosh!

"Mel and Janice spend a little quality time together after a hard day's work, melting all sorts of things in the process . . ." -- Lunacy

The Price of Innocence by Bongo Bear

"Disagreeing with Gwen's views on Capital punishment, Gabrielle wants to show her what it's like to loose one's blood innocence but ends up costing her much more. Sequel to "The Hitch Hiker"." -- Athenaeum

Reflections by Wakar

Academy of Bards | Archaeo-Adventures

"Takes place after the episode 'The Xena Scrolls'. Janice reflects on her relationship with Mel." -- Wakar

Reflections Series by TwoCan

Unfinished Series

1. Reflections Book 1: Dark and Doom by TwoCan

8th's X:WP Alternative Fan Fiction (Archived) | Archaeo-Adventures (Archived)

2. Reflections Book 2: Heart and Soul by TwoCan

8th's X:WP Alternative Fan Fiction (Archived) | Archaeo-Adventures (Archived)

3. Reflections Book 3: Leather and Lace by TwoCan

8th's X:WP Alternative Fan Fiction (Archived) | Archaeo-Adventures (Archived)

4. Reflections Book 4: Life and Death by TwoCan

8th's X:WP Alternative Fan Fiction (Archived) | Archaeo-Adventures (Archived)

5.  Reflections, Book 5: There to Here by TwoCan

6. Reflections, Book 6: Past and Present by TwoCan

7. Reflections, Book 7: Here and Now by TwoCan

8. Reflections, Book 8: Face to Face by TwoCan

9. Reflections, Book 9: Yours and Mine by TwoCan

10. Reflections, Book 10: Always and Forever by TwoCan

11. Reflections, Book 11: Give and Take by TwoCan

Resurrection Series by Xena's Girl

Stories 2 and 3 of an 11 part series

2. Tension by Xena's Girl

3. Release by Xena's Girl

Retirement Undone Series by Oowatie

1. Winter Solace by Oowatie (Melpomene)

Athenaeum | Mel Writes

"Early prequel for “Retirement Undone”." -- Mel Writes

2. Retirement Undone by Oowatie (Melpomene)

Athenaeum | Mel Writes

"Mel and Janice in their less than perfect golden years." -- Mel Writes

"A short tale of a feisty Jan and an even feistier Mel. Jan has been forced to retire, but she ain't done yet..." -- Athenaeum

"A "golden years" Mel/Janice tale that has the Southerner feeling miserable in her retirement while her spirited granddaughter and a certain archeologist put into play a plan to get her out of her spunk . . ." -- Lunacy

3. Beginnings by Oowatie (Melpomene)

Athenaeum | Mel Writes


"Mel convinces her granddaughter to travel to Macedonia on a mission of “search and recover” but the young woman finds herself flung headlong into a centuries-old conflict she wants no part of but cannot escape from." -- Mel Writes

Rock Around the Chakram by Snooperboy

"Ares and the chakram return to cause problems for Mel and Janice" -- Whoosh!

Role Reversal by Trinity

No Link for Part 2 (Conclusion)

The Roles We Play by Lexx23

"A romantic evening at a local haven. A short narrative exploring the sexual dynamics of the lesbian community in the 1940s." -- Athenaeum

A Royal Burden by Creme Brulee

Athenaeum | Creme Brulee

"Mel and Janice/Star Wars and, well, you tell me - Crossover" -- Creme Brulee

Blurb Recommendation



Sais of Azarhan by Tane

             Cover by Tane

A Scroll in Time by IseQween

Story #7 (of 8) in IseQween's 50 Winters Ago Series

"As Season Two’s THE XENA SCROLLS concludes, Janice Covington and Melinda Pappas find themselves continuing a different saga, begun in the stories “Two Thousand Winters Ahead” and “Done There, Been That.”" -- Athenaeum

The Scroll by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"There is some slight confusion of the subtext in one of Gabrielle's scrolls...Mel can see it, but Janice is oblivious." -- Archeobard

Search Series by Rooks

1. Search by Rooks

"In this wonderful uber story, Denise Alexander, a lonely Engineering student longs to change her life. Her wish is answered when a mysterious young woman, Rachel Perry, moves in to her apartment building. A budding friendship develops, aided by vivid dreams from the past, after Rachel comes to Denise's rescue one night." -- Athenaeum

"Janice Covington's niece meets a stranger who saves her from an attempted rape." - Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Directory

". . . Engineering student Denise Alexander is busy working on her degree but not feeling very happy with the way her life is going. She dreams of traveling like her beloved Aunt Janice has done with her partner Mel - both now in their eighties. She wonders at the lonely existence she's been living and finds herself yearning for more. Then one day a mysterious young woman moves into her apartment building - a tall stranger with pale blue eyes who seems as lonely as she is. Despite the odds, the two will find themselves drawn to one another by a connection neither understands as the legacy of an ancient warrior and her bard once again works to bring soulmates together . . ." -- Lunacy

2. Discovery by Rooks


Lunacy Review

Seasons of the Gods 1 Series by Katrina

Stories #3 and #5 of this eight part series include Janice and Melinda.

3. Summer by Katrina

"Veronica realizes she's Velaska, Joni realizes she's Callisto, Bernie turns into Brigid; a visit to Aunts Mel and Jan with Xena and Gabrielle - oh, and Ares is taking over the modern world." -- Athenaeum

5. Dancing Winter by Katrina

A Sentimental Journey by LjR

"Janice comes home from her last day of the semester. Mel is in the kitchen, making dinner. A lot of happy loving ensues, and very little else." -- Academy of Bards

Serafina's Song by Palomine

Sex, Lies & Parchment by The Ashen

A Sex Scene by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"Janice returns home to find Mel curled in a sultry state in front of the fire...needless to say, passion ensues." -- Archeobard

She's Mine by WrshpXena (Tiggster)

"Sizzling little interlude between a certain well-born Southern lady and her archeologist partner . . . " -- Lunacy

"Some trouble in a local bar ignites deeper passions for Mel and Janice." -- Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Directory

Ship of Dreams by Whitefearn (beaugrnt/Bonn)

No Link for Part 15 (Conclusion)

"A delightful and romantic revamp of James Cameron's The Titanic. Janice Covington wins passage on the unsinkable ship in a poker game. Once on board, she meets Melinda Pappas, a well-to-do young woman who is trapped by her birth into a life sh no longer wishes to live. Excellent use o fdreams and "voices from the past"." -- Athenaeum

"Jan and Mel meet aboard the ill fated Titanic." -- Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Directory

"Our two favorite descendents meet aboard the doomed Titanic.  An Titanic Janice/Mel Story (pun intended).  This is what happens after you've seen Titanic 4 times." -- Whitefearn

"An alternative universe (?) Janice and Mel meet on the Titanic, and play out the James Cameron movie." -- Whoosh!

"An adaption of the movie, Titanic, starring a destitute Janice, who is traveling wherever destiny leads her. Also starring a rich Melinda who is engaged to be married to a wealthy not-so-gentle gentleman." -- Uber-Xena Central

Should I Stay or Should I Go? by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"This is a thoughtful piece focusing on Janice working through her feelings for Mel, with interesting results." -- Archeobard

"Janice discovers Mel's true feelings for her." -- Archeobard

Sloe Gin on a Southern Porch Swing by Linda Crist (Texabard)

Academy of Bards | AusXIP

Story 2.10 in the Between The Lines Series. Post "The Xena Scrolls

"These vignettes focus on Xena and Gabrielle, their thoughts and interaction between the TV episodes." -- Academy of Bards 

A Solstice Gift to You by Ri

Academy of Bards | Gabby Wolf

"In this short little jewel of a tale, Janice and Mel need a little help to really get into the holiday spirit!" -- Athenaeum

Southern Comfort Series by C.L. Bactad

1. Southern Comfort by C.L. Bactad

"A PWP Uber Jan/Mel story. Jan is a P.I. and Mel is her new client." -- Athenaeum

". . . a Janice Covington fantasy with her in the role of private investigator and a very sexy Southern belle needing her...assistance . . ." -- Lunacy

2. Southern Comfort: You've Never Been Nowhere by C.L. Bactad

Unfinished - Last updated January 1999

". . . this new tale finds private eye Janice Covington trying to keep busy with work while distracted with the memory of a certain Southerner when as fate would have it - the Southerner returns...with company . . . -- Lunacy

Southern Hospitality Series by Enginerd

1. With Good Intention by Enginerd

AusXIP | Enginerd

"Xena finds herself at an unexpected disadvantage when facing an old foe bent on making her and her loved ones pay for the brutal punishment he received from the Destroyer of Nations.  Meanwhile, a few thousand years later, an unconfident Melinda Pappas, usually desperate to help the stubborn and proud archeologist, finds herself with an unexpected advantage when their site is overrun by armed men looking for gold and Janice needs her help." -- Enginerd

2. Southern Hospitality by Enginerd

AusXIP | Enginerd | A.J. Potts

"When the war heats up in Europe, it becomes too dangerous to continue Janice's dig.  Startled by Mel's offer to go to South Carolina for a while, Janice reluctantly accepts, knowing all the reasons not to go but not quite ready to let her friend go . . . ." --  Enginerd

". . . Set in the 1940's, this TERRIFIC new offering has Mel Pappas convincing a certain archeologist to come home to South Carolina with her to meet the family. Uncertain but wanting to please the beautiful translator and touched by Mel's offer, a reluctant Janice agrees embarking on one of her biggest challenges to date as she tries to coexist with one very old, very proud, very suspicious and at times downright cruel Southern family. Like a fish out of water, Janice finds herself among people who have no idea what to make of her, sometimes don't care and just respect her spunk, sometimes do care and hate her for simply being. For one particular Pappas she's willing to endure it all clinging to a friendship unlike anything she's known before and suddenly encouraged by the possibility that those deeper feelings within her might be mirrored in Melinda's own heart. As the two embark on that emotional journey, however, outside forces will conspire to derail their happiness as some of those around them condemn what they cannot understand and others hide behind a veil of self-righteousness to rationalize an evil that may eventually destroy them both . . . An EXCEPTIONAL MUST READ that gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!" -- Lunacy

3. Duty by Enginerd

AusXIP | Enginerd

"Splices of Mel's life from the past and present, where Mel helplessly watches her wonderful world crumble as Janice is asked to help with the war effort and Mel's family helplessly watch Mel deal with the results." -- Enginerd

4. Die Pflicht by Enginerd

AusXIP | Enginerd

"Janice deals with Birkenau, the infamous concentration camp, and finds faith in unlikely places." -- Enginerd

5. Letting Go by Enginerd

AusXIP | Enginerd

"Mel and her son travel to Greece on a sabbatical, despite Mel's reluctance to travel so far with her young child.  With the memories of how much she lost on the last trip eight years ago still haunting her, she is convinced by her family and friends she needs to move on with her life." -- Enginerd

6. Until Death by Enginerd

"Reunited after eight long years, Janice and Mel learn that the road to happiness has more than a few bumps in it with three boys to raise, college students to teach, nosey Southerners to avoid, and a malevolent force that threatens their very. . . well . . . you've got to read the story to find out." -- Enginerd

 7. The Great Escape by Enginerd

The Southwestern Scrolls by Bard of New Mexico

"Mel and Janice make an extraordinary find in the desert of New Mexico. Real places and NM legends create the backbone of the plot." -- Academy of Bards

The Spear of Penthesilia Series by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

1. The Spear of Penthesilia by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

ADA (Archived) | AusXIP

Tiggster's Readers Choice Award

"This story takes place with the premise that Janice and Mel have not yet met, nor have they discovered the Xena Scrolls as they stand in the episode The Xena Scrolls." -- Archeobard

"Janice and Mel discover the legendary spear head of the Amazon Queen, Penthesilea who was killed by Achilles at Troy." -- Archeobard

"This story was based on a black figure ware pot by Exekias that's in the British Museum. It depicts Achilles killing Amazon, Penthesilea. Our two glorious heroines rediscover the spear head in the tomb of Xena and all sorts of hell breaks loose." -- Archeobard

"Rousing adventure yarn that gives a slightly different spin to the Mel/Janice relationship as the two meet for the first time on a quest to find a legendary spear once wielded by a fierce Amazon Queen during her last battle with the Greek warrior known as Achilles. It's a quest that will tie the archeologist and her partner to that ancient past revealing the love that has tied their lines together for so long and awakening an enemy determined to stop them at any cost . . ." -- Lunacy

2. The Treasury of Magan by Archeobard (Katia Davis)


"This is an unfinished story and it follows on from 'Spear'. Janice and Mel escape the war by digging in the Oman Peninsula." -- Archeobard

The Stars Fell Down by Vivian Darkbloom

Ashera's Archive | Vivian Darkbloom | Xena Fan

"This delightful first time story begins with Janice and Mel and through the device of translating another scroll, we join Gabrielle who is reflecting on the occasion of our heros' Joining Ceremony. If you've read Vivian Darkbloom, you're wondering "where's the twist?" it's there, don't worry. :) Wonderful characterizations and plenty of Vivian's well-written banter." -- Athenaeum

"This tale begins as a Mel/Janice story set in 1953 with the archeologist now leading a small army of players ;-) After a short, delightfully domestic interlude with Janice and the Carolinian Princess, however, the tale goes back in time to recount Xena and Gabrielle's fist time together - an event which the warrior does not seem to remember but the bard remembers all too well! . . ." -- Lunacy

Stay Near, Keep Close by Ms. Auggie


 "Janice and Mel are off on a worldwind adventure when a vicious attack in Turkey forces them to go on the run. Separated and reunited once again, the two will eventually find themselves in the heart of Nazi Germany, struggling to survive even as they are discovering long burried feelings between them . . ." -- Lunacy

Switched Up by Red Hope

Athenaeum | Red Hope


"Gabrielle and Xena go to sleep one night, like any other time, yet the warrior-bard wakes up to find herself in her old body. The only funny part is Xena does not look nor act quite like Xena. Gabrielle realizes she has switched up places with her decendent so now they must try to figure out how to set right again."  -- Red Hope

by Michelle


Sword of Ares by J. Bird (Jay Markle)

"A young man and woman help Xena and Gabrielle when the two friends take over Janice and Mel in an effort to stop Ares from recovering his sword and regaining his Godhood in New York City in the late '60's." -- Athenaeum

"Set in the 1960's this is an action-packed story with some VERY amusing moments that has Xena and Gabrielle returning to inhabit the bodies of Mel and Janice in order to try to stop Ares' latest attempt at power. Despite being a little rounder around the edges and sporting some gray hair, the warrior and bard are determined to stop their old nemesis only they don't suspect the trump card Ares is waiting to play . . ." -- Lunacy

The Sword of Hephaestus by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

ADA (Archived) | AusXIP

"Janice and Mel recover a sword that can kill the evil Callisto." -- Archeobard

"Not blowing my own horn but I actually like this story. Janice and Mel discover a sword on an archaeological excavation that has the power to kill the evil Callisto...unfortunately for them, she's back, as an SS officer by the name of Ursula Gross, and she's not happy." -- Archeobard

The Texas Summer Series by J.S. Stephens

1. The Texas Summer - An Uber-Xena Adventure by  J.S. Stephens

2. The Revival by J.S. Stephens

3. Good Old Argo by J.S. Stephens

4. Helen of the Plains by J.S. Stephens

5. Past Is Prologue by  J.S. Stephens

"Twelve years after "Helen of the Plains" ends, Brigid receives a call from Mel Pappas telling her to bring Helen home, that Janice Covington is dying." -- Whoosh!

6. Puppy Dog Blues by J.S. Stephens

7. Marching For Our Lives by  J.S. Stephens

8. The Sound of Love by  J.S. Stephens

9. Fight the Good Fight by  J.S. Stephens

10. Mining the Future Past by  J.S. Stephens

Through the Looking Glass by Chryssipe

"Mel and Janice's granddaughters find a mysterious mirror which turns out to be a window to ancient times when a warrior and a bard try to save a city. " -- Athenaeum

"An exciting adventure that has the granddaughters of Mel Pappas and Janice Covington digging in the ruins of an ancient city when they find a mysterious mirror which opens a window to the past, revealing what happened during the last days of that city. The ancient story begins with Xena and her bard responding to a distress call from an old friend of the Warrior Princess - a beautiful queen whose kingdom is on the verge of destruction both from natural forces and human greed. Undaunted, Xena and Gabrielle put into play a desperate plan to try to save the inhabitants and themselves before it's too late. All the while, the two are struggling with lingering insecurities and old wounds, loving each other and yet doubting they are worthy of that love . . . " -- Lunacy

The Tiny Victories Series by Rocky Macelli


1. The Birthday Present by Rocky

       This is a hurt/comfort story that  deals with recovery from emotional and physical abuse.

2. The Fall by Rocky

3. Watching the Ball Drop by Rocky

4. Stepping Into the Sun by Rocky



To Catch A Scroll by HerBard


Together Series by Blue Dragon

1. Together by Blue Dragon


2. Adventures in Archeology by Blue Dragon

LOST STORY - [Unfinished]

The Uber-Adventures by Amazon Moon

The Tomb Series by D.J. Belt

2013 Academy of Bards Hall of Fame Series

1. A Valentine's Day Story by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"This little piece of fluff is all humor and romance, a Valentine's Day story proving that even Sunday morning at home can be an unexpected adventure for Jan and Mel. It's the author's way of saying, "Thanks for all the support over the last couple of years."" -- Athenaeum



2. The Tomb by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"Mel and Janice (with a bit of help from their friends) discover and open the tomb of Xena and Gabrielle, but with a twist: unanswered questions are popping up all over, robbers attempt desecration of the tomb, a ghost (?) appears, and the God of War (who is really ticked off) is trying to wreak his vengance on them as they attempt to spirit the remains to Athens. After all, who better to figure out what finally happened to X and G than their twentieth-century alter egos, Mel and Jan?" -- Academy of Bards

"This story takes place after (a long time after!) the grand finale of the sixth season, and is the result of a question lingering in my feeble mind concerning what happened after we saw Gabrielle sailing away, holding Xena's ashes. Who better to figure it out than their alter-ego/descendants from the 20th Century, Janice and Melinda with a bit of help from their friends? Get ready for mystery and adventure!" -- Athenaeum

3. Tears of A Goddess by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge  

"In this sequel to The Tomb, Melinda Pappas and Janice Covington are invited to France by their old friends Mack and Sallie, who have discovered a cache of priceless ancient documents, Gabrielle's previously unknown writings among them. Jan is confounded by the shocking content of the writings, and the mysterious specter which haunts her as she ponders their puzzle. The papers disappear and Jan is arrested for their theft.
"As she languishes in a jail cell, Mel summons help from the shadowy depths of the postwar "intelligence" community. A motley collection of characters emerge to attempt Jan's rescue as Jan unravels the mystery of Gabrielle's latter days and the identity of the odd specter which visits her." -- Academy of Bards

"In this sequel to The Tomb, Janice and Mel join their old friends Mack and Sallie in unraveling a mystery in France. A cache of ancient writings are discovered, Gabrielle's among them. Jan is shocked at their content, and even more shocked when they disappear and she is arrested for their theft. From the depths of the European 'spy' community, shadowy characters come to her rescue as Jan, languishing in a jail cell, attempts to make sense of her own life, the mystery of Gabrielle's latter days and the identity of the strange specter which haunts Jan's mind." -- Athenaeum

4. The Legacy of Britannia by  D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"In this third of a series of Mel/ Jan stories (after The Tomb and The Tears Of A Goddess), Mel and Jan travel to England, where they join their old friend Mack in a frantic search for Sallie, who has disappeared while excavating the subterranean chambers of an ancient castle. They soon find themselves embroiled in a titanic struggle between good and evil as they strive to solve the mystery of Sallie's disappearance and lay bare the hidden secrets of the ancient fortress - secrets which are astounding even to Janice and Mel, and which further confirm the truth of the Xena Legends to a skeptical world." -- Academy of Bards

5. A Bad Day in Algiers by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"In this fourth in a series of Mel and Jan stories (after The Tomb, The Tears Of A Goddess, and The Legacy Of Britannia), Jan Covington and Mel Pappas chase a stolen artifact to Algiers and find themselves pitted against none other than Ares, god of war, in a fight which threatens Jan's life, her reputation, and her love with Mel." -- Academy of Bards

6. The Riddle of Sappho's End by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"In this fifth in a series, Jan Covington and Mel Pappas seek out and excavate the legacy of the great poet Sappho, dealing with a jealous bureaucrat, tomb-robbers, a "curse", and one of the toughest riddles of their careers: just what caused Sappho's tragic end, and how were Xena and Gabrielle involved?" -- Academy of Bards

7. The Legend of Ambrosia by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"In this seventh in a series, Mel and Jan reunite with their old friend Alais, go after the legend of ambrosia, and find themselves tangled in a web of ancient dangers as Jan discovers the final answer to a heartbreaking question that's plagued her for years." -- Academy of Bards

8. A 'Mel and Jan' Halloween Story by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | The Story Lounge

9. Curse of the Rhinegold by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge  

"In this ninth installment of the Mel and Jan series, our two favorite girls travel to Europe to receive their Nobel Prize and search for the cursed Rhinegold, with unforseen and potentially tragic results." -- Academy of Bards

10. The Aegean Mystery by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge  

"While on an idyllic sailing vacation among the Greek islands, Mel and Jan (accompanied by their old friends Mack and Sallie) become involved in a search for stolen artifacts and find their lives in danger as they strive to unravel The Aegean Mystery." -- Academy of Bards

11. The Treasure of the Amazons by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge  

"An astounding discovery in an English archaeological dig propels Mel and Jan into danger and adventure as Jan teams with her ancestor, Gabrielle, in a frantic search for The Treasure of the Amazons and Mel's rescue from a grim fate" -- Academy of Bards

12. Anastasia's Destiny by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge  

"A desperate secret from Mel's past thrusts her and Jan into a swirl of intrigue where present and past are blurred, dispossessed Greek gods thrive, and sinister intent abounds." -- Academy of Bards

13. The Slow Dance of Love by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge  

"This thirteenth story of the series chronicles Mel and Jan's very eventful first year together, in 1940-41 Greece. No angry gods, no creepy tombs, no irritating salesmen from New Jersey; just a story about two gals falling deeply in love amidst exciting archaeology and the chaos of war. ." -- Academy of Bards

14. A Conversation with Gabrielle by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | Athenaeum | The Story Lounge

"In a late-night conversation with Gabrielle, Jan learns of her 12th Century ancestor Wynnfrith: outlaw, huntress, smithy's apprentice, daughter of nobility, and the first to hold the Covington name." -- Academy of Bards

15. A-Bomb, F-Bombs: A Mel and Jan Cold War Story by D.J. Belt

Academy of Bards | The Story Lounge

"This story comes in the series after A Conversation With Gabrielle. It's set in the year 1952, as the insanity of the Cold War ramps up, McCarthyism runs rampant, and the specter of nuclear annihilation hangs over the world. Mel and Jan meet their old nemesis, Stavros Palo (aka Ares) in the Greek islands, in a contest which could have dire consequences for the entire world." -- D.J. Belt

Under the Stars by Carol Hansen

Untitled by Verrath

Crossover with Xena, Mel, Janice, and Lara Croft

The Voice by Archeobard (Katia Davis)

"Mel's story of falling for Janice" -- Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Directory

What Dreams May Come Series by Paranoia

1. What Dreams May Come by Paranoia

"Janice gets the treasure, defeats the villain and saves the girl. Now how is she going to explain that to Mel? Very Short." -- Academy of Bards

2.  The Wrath of the Khan by Paranoia

"Melinda Pappas wakes up in a strange place, with no idea how she got there. This light-hearted romp through Melinda's subconscious combines obscure literature and gratuitous nudity." -- Academy of Bards

3. Return of the Red-Eye by Paranoia

"Well, let's see... there's a trap, and a craving... some gratuitous pop culture references, a torch song, and LOTS of whiskey. Mel/Janice Alt, and the last of the What Dreams series." -- Academy of Bards

What May Come by T. Harley


What We Did in the Big War by Hypatia Bard

"Buried deep in the Xena Scrolls, Mel & Jan discover a secret that can help defeat the Nazis, taking Jan to Xena's birthplace and Mel to a frightening other world." -- Hypatia Bard

Who's Who? by PatR

Pop-up Warning

"Xena and Gabrielle, Mel and Janice and two women from different parts of the time-line are drawn into the affairs of the Gods as Callisto tries to trap Ares while Hephaestus plots his own moves." -- Athenaeum

" . . . If you like Xena/Gab lookalikes this is *THE* story for you. They're coming out of the woodworks in this - Mel and Janice, a new pair named Carmen and Katie and of course, the originals - all banding together to try to rid the world of a dangerous evil once and for all . . ." -- Lunacy

Where You Go, I Go by Yellowjacket

"Dr. Mel Pappas and Dr. Janice Covington have been together for a couple of years and now live in South Carolina, when a restless Janice is approached to head a Mayan dig in Honduras, which has so far, been disastrous. Although Janice tries to keep Mel from following her, Mel joins her, and of course, danger follows, as the fate of the previous expeditions becomes as clear as Mel and Janices' unfortunate roles in it. Through courage and support from some unexpected sources, the two eventually come to terms with their lives which gives new meaning to the title of this piece." -- Athenaeum

". . . without a doubt one of the BEST Mel/Janice novels I have ever read . . . Set two years after Mel and Janice's initial meeting, the story begins with Janice getting an intriguing offer to head a new expedition. Financed by an anonymous source, the expedition's goal is to locate a legendary Mayan temple lost for over four hundred years - a temple believed to house untold riches...and supposedly guarded by some of the Mayan's most blood-thirsty gods. Reluctant to take Mel along on such a dangerous mission, Janice eventually gives in to her partner's gentle persuasion. It is a decision she will live to regret as the two soon find themselves and their love tested like never before..." -- Lunacy

Art: Janice Covington Drawing by Barbara Maclay

Art: Melinda Pappas and Janice Covington Drawings by Barbara Maclay

Wild West Roots by Debra Myatt (LaRin)

"Mel tells Janice about another set of descendants of Xena and Gabrielle and how they investigated a murder in the old west." -- Athenaeum

". . . The tale features Mel and Janice which are the original reflections of this movement but we are also introduced to Sarah and Katie, unlikely best friends in the Old West who like their ancestors battle for truth and justice. The story has Janice discovering that her ancestor, Katie Parson, was an inseparable friend of Mel's great aunt Sarah. Mel goes on to tell a tale of one of the adventures of Sarah and Katie as the two searched for a potentially dangerous killer, joining for a while with their trusted Indian friends Strongbear and Little Arrow and even having to deal with the town idiot - Jasper . . ." -- Lunacy

Wrath of the War God by fu bard Editor's Choice Award May 1999

"First time romance mixes Melinda and Janice with Xena and Gabrielle in a desperate bid to foil Ares' evil plans for earth during World War II " -- Ultimate Xena Fan Fiction Directory

Wow by Croaven (Crow)

Uber Mel and Janice.

Xena: Defender of the Faith by Phantom Bard

The Xena Scrolls Arc by trfan

Prequel: College Daze by trfan

Not Janice / Mel

The adventures of Jack Kleinman and Aaron Clyburn during their college days in the late 1920s. -- trfan

1. Xena Scrolls: Cave of the Witch by trfan

Ares, depressed over the loss of Strife, finds a way to possibly bring him back. A Herc/Xena story. -- trfan

2. Out of Ashes by trfan

In 1945, Janice Covington, Jack Kleinman, and a kleptomaniac named Aaron Clyburn travel to a cave that Xena and Gabrielle visited a long time ago- and Joxer disappeared from. Set in the Madera universe. -- trfan

The Yankee and the Brat by MythBard

"MythBard chronicles the rocky beginnings of the Janice/Mel partnership in a 1940's version of the ODD COUPLE . . ." -- Lunacy