Chapter 8: The Start of Something New

No more than a few seconds later, a young girl, probably the new maid opened the door. She was unaware, though, that Boq was in the room with Glinda. Even in the dim light, it was obvious to the both of them that she was blushing after she glanced at the couple.

"Oh, um, sorry. I didn't mean to intrude on anything," she replied quickly as she placed a glass of water carefully on Glinda's nightstand.

"It's alright," Boq replied while slowly getting up from the bed. He smiled at the maid to reassure her and said, "I was just about to leave anyway."

"Thanks, Boq, for stopping by. I was starting to get pretty lonely without anyone around," Glinda replied as she, too, stood up. She let her arms rest on his shoulders and held him tightly. It seemed almost as if she was afraid to let him go, or she was scared that if he slipped away from her grip, she'd never see him again.

"No, Glinda, thank you. If it wasn't for you, I'd still be made of tin," he chuckled. He then wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her tenderly on her delicate cheek, which was dry for the first time in days. Glinda forgot how handsome his eyes were. It had been several years since she'd seen any part of Boq's human face. It was still sinking into her brain that this is Boq. Boq is no longer a metal person, but a real human.

He gently broke the long embrace, he smiled sweetly at her before walking towards the door.

"Boq?" Glinda yelled to him as he walked out into the house's corridor.

"Yes, Miss Glinda?" He said while turning his head around. This time, there was no squeak. This caused Glinda's mouth to turn into a huge smile.

"I'm glad you're back to normal."

"As am I, Miss, as am I."