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He stared at her in incredulity. "Elphaba..."

She blinked, watching traces of green disappear from her skin. "Sweet Oz, I thought I'd never get rid of this curse!"

"You really find your skin a curse?"

"What skin?" Elphaba grinned. "This is... a miracle!"

He wasn't sure of how to react to Elphaba's new "look". Personally, he had loved her the way she had been before. But he could still love her, green or not. It would be better for them if they wanted to fit in, he knew. Taking both of her hands, he said, "Come inside."

The green had washed away completely by now, so she nodded and stepped inside. Sitting on the bed, she looked at Fiyero, who had closed the doors and was staring out of them. "What?"

"What do you mean: what?"

"What do we do now, Fiyero?"

"I don't know."

"Neither do I."

They sat in silence for a long while as he stared out the window and she sat, staring at her feet on the bed.

"We've got to figure something out."

"I know."

"How are we going to survive in this world?"

"I have no idea."

Elphaba sighed. "We'll need money. And we'll need... I don't know this world well enough to know what we'll need."

"It's odd, just appearing out of nowhere."

She shrugged. "I want to go back."

"We can't."

"Why not? I mean, maybe people wouldn't think I was wicked if they saw I'd lost the green, you know?"

"Elphaba, you know it wouldn't be that easy."

"You're right. But why not? We can't stay here."

"How do you know that?"

"It just feels wrong. This world isn't ours. We don't belong here."

He wrapped her in his arms. "We'll have to try."

Back in Oz, Glinda the Good wandered Kiamo Ko. "Elphie..." She sighed.

"Miss Glinda?" Chistery was standing in the stairwell.

"Chistery!" Glinda ran to pet the monkey. She'd always secretly found the monkeys incredibly cute. Looking around, she noticed that Elphaba's hat was missing. "Well, that's odd."

"Miss Glinda?" He seemed to be asking "What?" but could only say the words "Miss Glinda".

"Nothing Chistery." She scratched the monkey behind the ears and then examined the place where the hat had once been. "Hmmm."

The monkey hopped around and began flapping his wings.

"What is it, Chistery?"

Where was that dratted hat, anyway? After a moment more of searching, it was not to be found. Glinda sighed and looked at the monkey who was still gesturing towards the empty place on the floor that the hat had left.

"What?" She asked again.

"I miss Glinda," Elphaba repeated.

Fiyero sighed. They'd been having this same discussion for over an hour. "I know you do."

"I want to go back."

"We've gone over this. We can't."

Angrily, Elphaba asked, "Why is this so hard?"

"Because life is difficult, Elphaba."

She shrugged at this wisdom that her previously careless lover had acquired. "I just wish…"

"You've said this before." He reminded her.

"I know," she snapped.

Staring at the white skin where green had once been, he blinked, still not used to the sensation it caused. Elphaba was strangely pale without the green, he decided. She would have to get some sun, once they figured out what they were going to do. "I love you."

"I love you, too. But that doesn't mean we can survive in this strange place, Fiyero."

"As I said, we'll try."

"I thought I hated Oz. I thought I hated the people. But suddenly I miss them all."

"Well, maybe people here are better."

"But it's true what they say, isn't it, Fiyero?"

"What? What that they say?"

"That 'there's no place like home'."

"I guess so."

"Don't you miss your family?"

"I…" He thought for a moment.

"And it's all my fault that you can't ever see them again."

"Here you go again, blaming yourself. You can't keep doing this, Elphaba."

"Do you miss them?" She was insistent.

"Well, yes."

"You wouldn't miss them if I hadn't ruined our lives."

"You didn't ruin our lives, Elphaba!" He argued.

"But I did. We can't go home. At least it doesn't look like we can."

"We can't."




"Elphaba, please don't talk like this…"

She folded her arms and sat on the bed, turned away from Fiyero. "But it's true. How can I not speak the truth?"

Sitting beside her on the bed, he slid an arm around her and kissed her warmly on the cheek. "It doesn't matter. I've got you and that's enough for me."

Elphaba looked up at Fiyero and smiled.

Chistery was flopping about like a fish, though he was certainly a monkey. He obviously wanted the Good Witch's attention. However, Glinda did not expect to see what she saw when she was finally able to focus in on what Chistery had been indicating towards.

"Elphie, Fiyero… you're still alive!"