As I write the very last update to this story, I want to thank each and every one of you who read it and who took the time to make comments. It meant a great deal. This one was a real gem to write, and you guys made it all the more fun. So, I leave you with the ending of It's Only Make Believe, but think of it not as an ending, but really all of these characters going on doing what they were meant to do. Stay Wicked!
Fiyero arrived at the train station panting. He actually felt as if he was going to faint. He never had been out of breath before, but he never won a championship race, and then raced all the way towards the Shiz train station to stop the love of his life from leaving before. He looked around frantically, but didn't see any sign of Elphaba. He relaxed for a moment thinking he must have beaten her there. Yet it only took a moment for him to realize that maybe she was already seated on a train, and he had to figure out which one was headed towards Munchinland. As he walked to the schedules, he cursed himself for stopping to change. As much as he hated delaying his arrival to the station, he had to put something on besides golden running shorts. He also couldn't leave his belongings in the locker room. So there he stood. A well dressed, slightly exhausted championship runner prince who looked as if he had lost his reason to live.
"Excuse me sir? Mister Conductor?" Fiyero ran to a man in a conductor uniform hoping he could tell him where he could board the Munchinland train. "Sorry to bother you but I'm looking to go to Munchinland."
"Train to your left son."
"You mean I made it?"
"Sir, this one leaves in half an hour. The last one left 5 minutes ago." He tipped his hat and walked away.
"Five minutes a go? Oh, No! What if she left on that train I am too late?" Fiyero ran his hand through his hair and cursed himself for having to change. "You are the biggest idiot I have ever known. To think you could have had her. She could be here with you right now, but no, you had to freaking change your clothes. What was I thinking?"
Just then Fiyero heard two men pass him coming from where the second Munchinland train was stationed.
"Can you believe it? A green woman. I've never seen anything like it."
"I'm sure she just ate something that didn't agree with her."
"All I know is she looked quite upset."
"You would too if you were green."
"Well, I can take a later train. I didn't need to catch what she has." As they continued to talk and walk away. Fiyero started to make sense of the conversation. Had he not been so overjoyed to hear them say they spotted Elphaba, he would have punched both their lights out. He headed to the train door and started to look for her.
"Fay? Where are you? Fay? It's me, Yero."
"A ticket? Uh, No I don't have one. I need one don't I?"
"Yes, you do." He looked at him very sternly. "Where to?"
"15 ozinas please."
"I'll give you 20 if you can tell me where I can find a girl."
"I'll take your money sir, but you're quite the looker, I'm sure you don't need my help getting women."
"I don't want women, I want one girl. One particular girl. Can you help me find her?"
"What does she look like?"
"She's about that tall." Fiyero used his hands to gesture her height.
"Haven't seen her."
"She has beautiful jet black hair and these hauntingly astounding eyes, that pull you in and you find yourself getting lost in."
"No, can't say I've seen her." As he walked away, Fiyero pulled him back.
"Wait! She's wearing black. A lot of it."
"Can't say that I know..."
"She's got emerald skin."
"Amazingly soft, wonderfully soothing emerald skin."
"You mean green?"
"Have you seen her?"
"I don't know the lady you were describing before but a green girl I do recall. She's in compartment 4C"
"Thank you. You've just made my life." Fiyero paid the man, and off her went.
As he approached Compartment 4C. He hesitated. This was it. The moment that will change his life forever. She knew how he felt. It was finally his turn. Fiyero knocked on the door and then slowly turned the handle.
Elphaba has fallen asleep in her seat. She had been facing the window, and he saw a small packet of tissues clutched in her hand. She must love me. Oh, Fay don't you put your pretty face through tears. He gently sat down beside her and tilted her head by raising her chin. "Hi"
"Fiyero? I must be dreaming? What are you doing here?"
"You never answered my question, Fay, Fay."
"What do you mean?"
"I told you I loved you. I still love you and will for as long as there is a breath in me. But I need to know once and for all, do you love me?"
Elphaba could feel the tears burning up inside her. She didn't think another chance like this was possible. She was afraid it was a dream and it would be over far too quickly. "Yero, I… I do. I do love you. I loved you that night, I love you now and I know without a doubt that I will love you for the rest of my life."
"Fay, it's real. It's finally real." They held each other tight and Fiyero rocked her gently in his arms. Then he kissed her ear and whispered how he was never complete until this very moment. When they broke apart. He kneeled down beside her. "Now what is this nonsense of you going to Munchinland? What could your future possible hold there?"
"I was going back because I thought you didn't want to see me again."
"I saw the look on your face when you saw that picture…"
"I know the truth now. Glinda knows too. She wanted you to have this." He gave her the note and althought she was tempted to read it, she didn't want to waste one moment of her time with Fiyero. "We know it wasn't what you wanted. You love me. That's all I care about."
"But where does this leave us? I mean I turned down a position in the Emerald City…"
"You turned it down?"
"You were right. There's something not quite right about the Wizard and the Animals. I just didn't feel right."
"So you were going to go home?"
"No, I was going to go back to Munchinland."
"Where would you go, if you could go home, Fay?"
"You're my home, Fiyero. It's with you."
They kissed and soon they forgot all time and all places. The kiss turned passionate very quickly and both of them were struggling whether or not to break apart or continue. Although he hated himself for it, Fiyero broke apart and looked into her eyes. "I want you more than anything else. Please don't think I want to stop. Yet, every time we start to, dare I say, get going, something or one always interrupts us."
Elphaba caressed his face and hair and without missing a beat, she whispered in his ear to lock the door.
"You're wish is my command." He left her arms for a split second and locked the compartment door. "You're all mine, woman. No one can rescue you now."
She laid herself down on to the seat and extended her arms as she reached for Fiyero. "Why Mr. Tiggular, I'm a grown woman, I do not need to be rescued. I'm right where I need to be, and I finally have you right where I want you. Come love."
Fiyero didn't miss a beat this time. He laid down beside her and started to kiss her lips, her neck and her shoulders. Soon the two of them were lost in their own world. As their kisses started to grow in passion and in depth, Fiyero's mind quickly started working on him, and he had to pull away.
"Oz, Fay, I'm sorry, but I can't continue this until I do one thing. Give me one second." He got up and opened up his bag.
"Yero, this is a bit of a mood killer."
"Wait one second." He returned with a ring box and he resumed his position of kneeling down beside her on one knee. "Elphaba Thropp, you are already all these things, but will you do me the honor of legally becoming my wife, my lover, my partner, best friend and soul mate?"
She looked at the ring in shock and in awe. She clearly wasn't expecting this.
"I know we are already life mates. This just makes it official. Say yes, Fay."
"Fiyero, I've never seen anything so beautiful."
"I know I have." He was looking straight at her and she blushed.
"I wouldn't know how to be a princes, Fiyero, let alone a queen."
"You are already the princess for me. Together you and I will learn how to be king and queen. I want you with me for all of it. You'll be my right hand in all decisions for the land. My chief advisor. I'm no good at all without you, Elphaba. So you see it's a package deal. Now, stop your staling and say yes."
"What did I ever do to be so blessed?"
"No it's I who…"
"Shhh." She put her index finger on his lips. "All my life no one wanted to touch me. They either did it out of fear or a dare or a sense of obligation. Not you. All you have ever done is be loving and kind. You never flinched once when you touched me, you always did it willingly. First as a friend, and now as a …"
"Lover. Fay, I'm not as smart as you are. I need to work harder at it, but the one thing that I do know is that you are all that I need. I'm a lucky man, and I'm smart enough to know it. If others don't see it. Who cares? I get it. I get it and I'm never letting go."
She pulled him into a deep kiss and he leaned on top of her. As they were tangled up together, he asked her if this meant yes. "So, this does mean you'll marry me right?"
She laughed and smiled right at him. She nodded her head and said, "Yes!"
He slipped the ring on her finger and stated to unzip her dress, as more and more of their clothes started falling to the floor, they moved together as if their bodies had been created to partner up together. As they made magic that late afternoon, Fiyero paused for a moment to make sure Elphaba was alright.
"Fay are you okay?"
"Never better". She then let out a satisfying moan. She was about to kiss him, when she saw a trace of sadness in his eyes. "Yero, what is it?"
"It's nothing. I'm being foolish."
She cupped his face and said, "Tell me."
"Don't be mad. I know it's foolish. I know you love me, and the fact that I was chosen by you to be your first lover, and kisser and we're going to be married, it's a dream. Yet I still can't help but…"
"I can't help but wish I had been your first love too. It's silly, I know. I guess I'm just a stupid male…"
"Oh, Yero. Can't you see?"
"That was only make believe." She was soon lost in his kiss.