I would sooner die-- in your arms-- than live without you in mine.
This line from Ares to Xena in Eternal Bonds used to get me right in the feels every time... as a teenager. Now? As an adult watching Xena Warrior Princess I've found my alliances lie elsewhere - in the land of subtext. I truly absolutely love the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. It is true and honest and beautiful. I think now, as an adult, I understand it, and appreciate it. I see more of their underlying relationship, watching Xena now at 29, compared to watching it when I was 14. When I was 14, I loved the idea of the bad boy Ares and Xena getting together. Now? Not so much.
The question I pose... has anyone else turned? Were you a shipper, and now a subtexter?