They ate mechanically, only taking joy in each other. When Elphaba excused herself to the restroom, Glinda was surprised when Shenshen and Pfanee ran up to her.
"Galinda, what are you doing?"
"You're eating with The Green Girl? Has your status dropped so?"
"Are you listening?"
"She's out, look at her face."
"It's something to do with Fiyero."
"Galinda, did you and Fiyero…?" She trailed off suggestively.
"No!" Glinda blushed at the suggestion.
"Aww, you're still innocent! How cute! Does Fiyero know?"
"I'm not dating Fiyero." She told them.
"Well, no, you're not an item yet, but we'll take care of that."
"I don't really like Fiyero." She explained. "And please, I've changed my name to Glinda, I've told you a dozen times now."
"What do you mean you don't like Fiyero?" Glinda's friends demanded in unison.
"I like… someone else." She muttered, but they wouldn't have it.
"Why don't you like Fiyero?"
"I like Elphie."
"Well, everyone pities the girl, of course-"
"I like like Elphie." Shenshen and Pfanee stopped. They appeared to be frozen by this bit of news. "I think we're together. That's why I'm happy." Glinda felt her face heat in a blush.
"You mean like like, like… EW! That's nastily grossified, Galinda!"
"Disgusting! Everyone knows girls like girls and boys like boys, but boys and girls have to like like each other! That's just how it works!"
"That's not how it works for me." Glinda didn't like being ganged up on, and Shenshen and Pfanee were causing a ruckus the other students were looking at. Luckily, Elphaba returned.
"Ladies? I do believe you're not being very nice to your friend." She arched an eyebrow, looking very scary. Shenshen and Pfanee decided not to cross her, instead shoving past.
"She's no friend of ours."
"She's a freak."
"You're both freaks!" Pfanee pushed Elphaba out of her way, causing her to stumble. Elphaba immediately went to comfort Glinda.
"Sweet? What happened?" Glinda turned to tell the tale and began weeping. "Oh, Princess." She tried to remain in control of her tears on the walk to their dormitory.
"I just c-can't believe they'd say tha-at." She sobbed. "I've known them for -hic- years!" Elphaba just rubbed her back and passed her tissues. "We know each other's secrets! And now- now they'll blab all over cam-pus!"
"Glinda." Elphaba held her girlfriend's shoulders. "Glinda, we can get through this. It's true, they may tell people things you had told them in confidence. But you're better than them. You're not going to let it affect you. You're strong, and now's the time to show it."
"Okay." She sniffled.
"You're going to be strong."
"Say it." Elphaba whispered, ducking her head to look in Glinda's eyes.
"I'm gonna be strong." She whispered brokenly. Elphaba pulled her into a hug. Glinda began sobbing again, and Elphaba rubbed her back until the tears subsided.
"Are you alright?"
"Why were you crying?"
"I dunno. Scared." She wiped her eyes with a fist.
"Scared of what?"
"I dunno." She retreated into the bathroom, and Elphaba heard the shower start. Sighing, she changed into her nightgown and slipped under the covers of her bed. She wasn't going to her afternoon classes today.
"Elphie?" Glinda emerged in a pink nightgown and sat on Elphaba's bed. "Elphie, what if our parents find out? I don't know how Momsie and Popsical will react. What about your father?"
"Frex already hates me, this will just be another thing to add to the list." She sat up and wrapped Glinda in a blanketed hug. "We can do this. Just you and I together, like it was meant to be." Glinda smiled shyly at her singing. (Sarah McLachlan – When She Loved Me)
"Scoot over, I want to lay down with you." Glinda snuggled into her taller girlfriend and drew the covers over them both.