Title: Before It's Too Late

Author: ILoveDoctorMcDreamy

Rating: T for alcohol references, mild language

Summary: Glinda laments the loss of Elphaba.

Ships: Some Fiyero/Elphaba, Glinda/Elphaba

Had Glinda not chosen that moment to order another drink form the bar, she probably wouldn't have noticed Boq and Fiyero sit down across from her.

"'Lo," she greeted with a small hiccup.

Boq nodded his greeting, and Fiyero stayed quiet. The waitress delivered Glinda's drink and took an order from Boq. For a moment while Glina nursed her glass the table was silent.

Finally Boq looked at her. "You can't do this, Glinda."

She stared back as defiantly as she could. "Do what?"

"Drown your sorrows in liquor."

She hiccupped again. "I'm not."

"Really?" he asked, raising an eyebrow. "Then what are you doing?"

"Enjoying myself," she said, finishing her drink. "Now that Miss Elphaba is gone I can do whatever the hell I want."

Boq glared at her. "Don't try acting like you don't care. We both know you do."

"Really?" she spat back, mocking him. "I don't think so." She began to signal for another drink but Boq cut her off.

"You can't leave everyone else just because she left you," he said fiercely. "I know you were friends, but-"

"We were more than friends, Boq," she said. "We were best friends."

He sighed and leaned back. "I know."

Again the table was silent, Boq having received his drink. After taking a sip, he said, "But in case you haven't noticed, we lost a firend too."

"Did you lose your best friend?" she asked sharply, fighting the tears.

"No," he admitted. "But we're trying to help."

Hiccup. "I don't want help," she said, turning away.

Boq took another sip of his drink. "She'll come back," he said, and Glinda faced him again. "Elphie. She'll come back. She wouldn't leave us here alone."

She shook her head. "We all know that's a lie. She doesn't care about us. Not about Morrible, and especially not about me. She cares about her stupid crusade to save the Animals."

"Those are lies, too," he said. "Elphaba cares about us." She has to, he added in his head. Glinda remained silent and Boq finished his drink. "She has to." He stood, and Fiyero followed suit. Both turned to leave, but Fiyero turned back.

"You weren't the only who was changed when Elphaba lest, you know." Glinda lifted her head to glance at him. "I'm just saying. We lost her, too." Both Boq and Glinda looked at him incredulously, but Fiyero turned to elave again, and Glinda left her glass behind.