Semi-AU since in the beginning I mention Middle School and Secondary School (High School). Elphaba and Glinda are a little OOC. Maybe…I'll let you decide *wink*. And I don't have a BETA reader sorry.
To my dear friend and muse, Grumbello. Thank you for pulling me out of my five year writer's block. This fic is for you! And to anyone who knows, please read her amazing fic "A Wicked Childhood"
After being forced to work on a project together; Glinda is shocked to find she's undeniably attracted to the girl she's hated since forever. But winning Elphaba's heart has its own set of troubles, especially when Glinda has competition from Fiyero to deal with. Gelphie. Dedicated to Grumbello.
Disclaimer: I do not own Wicked. Wicked owns me.
Chapter 1: Friends and Feelings
Glinda dryly inspected one of her perfectly manicured fingers while once again tuning out Dr. Dillamond and his endless droning on and on about something. Life science was Glinda's guess. Somewhere amidst her turbulent thoughts, she dimly wondered what time it was, but it didn't matter, this class had barely started anyway.
Suppressing the urge to just lay back in her chair and sleep, Glinda cast a sideways glance at a green girl about two seats beside her in the next row.
They were more or less friends now and honestly, Glinda would rather have it that way. She remembered the times when they absolutely loathed one another. She and Elphaba Thropp had become roommates after years of terrorizing each other (more like Elphaba did the terrorizing) since Middle School.
That being said; even after all those years of rivalry in Secondary School they still ended up following each other to university.
Glinda even recalled her horror the day she found out they would be roommates.
She had been furiously digging through the loads of boxes she packed that was everything in her locker. Stick on mirrors, tapped up posters, horrendously girly magnets that read things like 'sexy' and 'princess' on them in sparkling pink glitter.
Still she could not find it!
It was her pride and joy. The senior class yearbook with pages and pages of signatures and well wishes from the many friends Glinda had made throughout the year. Her picture as Prom Queen was in it and senior superlative in the categories "Best Hair", "Best Eyes", and of course, "Miss Photogenic" was also in there! How could she have lost it? She could have sworn she had it with her when-
Sweet OZ! Making an odd noise—that she refused to admit sounded like a squeak- Glinda jumped and spun on her heel to face the source of the voice.
None other then Miss "I-graduated-top-of-my-class" Elphaba Thropp stood a few meters away with a book bag slung over her shoulder with an amused smirk playing on her lips at the popular blonds' reaction.
Glinda would dare say she had the nerve to actually look smug at surprising Glinda the way she did.
"I was looking for you" Elphaba replied in a controlled voice and set her dark eyes fully on Glinda. "I have something I want to give you"
Finding herself in a battle with an oncoming blush, Glinda discreetly eyed the taller girl. Over the years, Elphaba had developed into an undeniably attractive woman had it not been for that evident verdigris that hid her beauty.
Some of her overly proud attitude had been replaced along the way with an unrefined charm...though she was oblivious to it and actually Glinda wouldn't be surprised if Elphaba still considered herself arrogant. A devious smirk and a gaze from those dark eyes thrown just the right way had caused many guys their age to look more then once (though they still loath to admit their attraction to her, since she was Elphaba after all), especially when combined with an inherent sexuality that just seemed to radiate from her.
Where the hell had it come from??
It was almost as if puberty had decided to give Elphaba a belated birthday present, or a peace offering to smooth over fate's cruel treatment of her. Now, every casual pose or smirk or glance seemed to have an underlying meaning to it, even if Elphaba wasn't trying to mean anything.
"W-what is it?" Glinda asked. It was now she really wished she had the same control Elphaba had when it came to keeping that arctic cool in nerve racking situations.
The tall brunette said nothing but stepped forwards and closer.
In slow motion, Elphaba pressed herself to a very shell-shocked blond, effetely pinning Glinda to the lockers. Glinda absolutely froze when Elphaba did that, seemingly attempting to become one with the lockers she pressed herself so close. She could feel Elphaba's gentle breathing in her ear as the brunette moved in even closer.
"W-w-what is she doing?" Glinda's mind screamed to push the brunette away when suddenly she stepped back on her own and a book was waved in front of Glinda's face.
'My yearbook!" Glinda thought.
Elphaba lifted an eyebrow, "I'm surprised you didn't move" she said simply tossing the book to her. "I found it earlier and decided to leave it on top of your locker but I figured you wouldn't see it-and I guessed right….what did you think I was going to give you?"
"Be still my heart" Glinda thought, thinking of ways to calm her furious pulse and rid herself of the bright red blush she just knew has stained her cheeks.
She was such an idiot… Elphaba was merely reaching up to grab the yearbook on top of her locker and like a deer in the headlights waiting to get run over by the car that came barreling by; Glinda just froze. And she guessed Elphaba wasn't the type to just shove someone out of her way to get something…then again maybe she was.
"Hello?" Elphaba's sing song voice cut into the blonds' musings and Glinda turned her unfocused blue eyes to Elphaba's brown ones.
"Hello…" Glinda replied dumbly.
Elphaba shook her head, turned her back and began the long tread down the hallway and abruptly stopped, "Oh and by the way" she called.
Turning in her heel she faced Glinda again who had barely begun to peel herself off the lcokers, "I know you're disappointed our time together is over but I do have good news" a wicked smile graced her lips, "I just received word from Shiz University…looks like you and I get to be roommates".
With one last smirk shot her way, Elphaba treaded off down the hall and out of sight.
"Hooray." Glinda found herself seethe mentally, pale fingers clutching the trophy yearbook. This was not going to be fun…at ALL. She felt fear itself grip her. How was she supposed to spend a year with the very EVIL brunette and live to tell?
Glinda let out a short, humourless chuckle at her train of thought. Granted, Elphaba was not that hard to live with since she mostly kept to herself. Most of the time, Elphaba was reading or writing something or not even in their dorm at all; and was instead in the library.
She was vaguely aware she was still staring intently at Elphaba.
The studious brunette was, of course, oblivious to the blond girl's staring. Elphaba was strange, she had this unusual gift for tuning out everyone except the professor in the class and frankly Glinda wondered if she were to reach over and tug at the blue-black hair if Elphaba would even notice. It was as if the classroom setting had put the green girl in a trance.
Then out of nowhere something struck her arm.
Glinda glanced down at a folded pink piece of stationary paper that no doubt belonged to Pfannee.
Carefully unfolding the paper she read the note written in the curly font of glitter gelpen:
So Glinda have you decided which member of your
Fan Club you're going to the Ozdust dance with? I think Fiyero
Might be interested.
Glinda stifled a groan.
It was the week of the dance and she KNEW she'd have a mountain of requests for her companionship that day. Now it was just a matter of dodging them all. She'd decide at the last second as unusual.
Shrugging she wrote back a quick reply before sending the note sailing to Pfannee a few desks away.
Now she could resume her musings.
"Now!" Dr. Dillamond's voice rang out, "I expect a full report by Monday, double spaced, and properly formatted."
Wow what a time to space. Glinda sat up a little more rigidly and was about to ask the guy next to her what was going on.
"Dismissed!" The Animal professor called.
So much for asking the guy next to her.
Glinda gathered her belongings; "Oh well" She thought, "I'll ask Elphie for the assignment tonight…actually" She stopped when she noticed her roommate was a few paces ahead of her, "I'll ask her right now"
"Elphaba!" Glinda called catching up to the girl who cringed instinctively at the girlish squeal.
"Elphie" Glinda gushed happily, "How are you greatest friend ever!"
Glinda's words couldn't have been more sugary sweet if she tried. Elphaba didn't buy it for a minute.
"Can I help you?"
"Yes you can I-" She stopped when she head the unmistakable sound of a horde of people coming her way. She heard a stream of curses and her name being called somewhere off in the distance.
Ah, here they come. Her fan club, which consisted of boys and to lesser extent girls, came tearing through the hall, wanting to be the first to ask their beloved Glinda to the dance.
Glinda had an unshakeable urge to head for the hills and yell for Elphaba to save herself but instead she turned and grasped her roommate's hand.
"Elphie" Glinda said in a pleading tone, "You've just got to help me!" Her eyes shifted fearfully from side to side as she noticed her fan club scouring the area looking for her.
Elphaba smirked at her blond roommate, "What's it worth?"
"If I save you, what will you do for me?" The green girl asked mysteriously.
"Miss Elphaba please this is no time to joke! I really need your help!" Glinda pleaded, fisting Elphaba's dark blue frock.
"Who said I was joking?" She whispered in her ear before her gaze trained on something else.
Glinda's fan boys and girls had spotted their target and immediately raced towards her.
Despite her frozen state, Glinda felt warm all over. She knew she was probably blushing at the way Elphaba decided to handle that but before she knew it she found herself hauled off the ground and slung over Elphaba's shoulder!
Glinda let out a surprised squeak, "Elphie! What!?"
That move made her fan club stop in their tracks, their eyes bugging out at the unladylike scene Elphaba had created.
Elphaba smirked confidently at Glinda's many admirers, "Sorry Gents and…"she paused, "Ladies…not tonight… I'm afraid princess here has a headache and we must take our leave at once…cheerio"
Glinda raised a brow at the "princess" comment and with long, confident strides; Elphaba carried off the very embarrassed blond.
Glinda knew she should've been beat the brunette's back with her fists and demand that she not manhandle her so but for some reason she found Elphaba's scandalous act to be quite…exciting. Almost like a prince had come to sweep her off her feet.
Not a very dashing prince that's for sure. But this could be romantic given a different circumstance.
"What am I THINKING?" Glinda again felt her face flush but she didn't fight. A part of her liked being carried off this way.
Once they were safely out of sight of the shell shocked fan club, Elphaba none too gracefully loosened her hold on the blond and allowed the other girl to simply slide off her shoulder and catch herself in a heap. Glinda heaved a painful squeak as she landed hard on her feet and being in high heels greatly heightened the sensation.
She glared icily at the stoic brunette, "That was the most humiliating moment of my life you toad!"
Elphaba was not really affected by names regarding her skin anymore. It was only okay when Glinda said it.
Elphaba shot her a teasing smirk, "And I don't suppose you had a better idea? There are worse things I could've done"
"Oh?" Glinda lifted a perfectly shaped brow, "Like what?"
Elphaba waved dismissively, "Nothing you'd agree to"
What was that supposed to mean?
"Anyways" Elphaba continued, "Don't you need a partner for our project?"
"….Dr. Dillamond's project?" The blond began.
The brunette nodded.
"Um…yeah sure do you want to be my partner?"
She knew she pulled that off badly. She could almost feel Elphaba laughing at her.
"You have no idea what I'm talking about do you?" Elphaba asked flatly.
Glinda's ability to speak flew out the window and parked itself next to a lonely tree in the woods somewhere.
"Your stunned silence is very reassuring"
Glinda glared at her, hatred clear in her eyes. "Must you do that? Fine so I wasn't paying attention! What's it to you!?"
"My, my. Someone needs to take an anger management class."
Glinda added some poison to that glare, "Oh just stop it"
Elphaba wouldn't say it to her face but Glinda was really fun to tease. The way the blond huffed when she was angry and folded her arms over her chest while pouting cutely. It was almost too much for one person and it was all Elphaba could do to turn the blind eye.
Not to mention Glinda was irresistibly cute when she was angry.
….Where exactly did the train of thought go FLYING off the tracks?
Elphaba didn't think too much of it, so she admitted it, she thought Glinda was cute big deal a lot of people thought that.
She smiled and pulled the blond into a comforting hug, noting Glinda's sudden freeze, "I'm sorry my pretty-you looked so cute like that…I guess I couldn't resist" she said that last part in a low voice.
Did she just call her cute?
Glinda hated to admit it but this felt very nice. She actually felt protected in the comforting embrace. She knew this really wasn't meant to mean anything more then an apologetic hug but the way she was feeling now, wrapped in her arms and closer then ever felt very right…and natural. She found herself wishing she could stay like this.
It was like they fit together. Elphaba was just tall enough so Glinda could rest her head on her shoulder and gentle enough to handle Glinda as delicately as her rank demanded. Unlike men who seemed to crush her dainty physique with their puffed chests and oversized biceps and stuffed shirts.
She almost wished Elphaba would draw her even closer and kiss her lips with the passion she felt just now.
"Oh…my…OZ!" Glinda could've sprung up and scampered away from the brunette as fast as she could at the thought that just crossed her mind. "I-I think I'm attracted to her!"
"Glinda?" Elphaba questioned with an interrogative stare.
"No, no, no, not dealing with you now, no, no, no."
Glinda had just managed to turn around and walk the other way when Elphaba's slender fingers wrapped firmly about her upper arm.
"Where the hell are you running off to? I know you don't like me to touch you, but we still have to discuss—"
"Can we just meet somewhere," Glinda cut in. Let go of me. Just let go!
Elphaba hesitated, but she finally released Glinda's arm. "Fine. Meet me in the library after classes okay…Glinda."
The blond simply huffed in reply, throwing open the door and stalking away.
I REALLY need to stay away from her until I figure this out
She just realized something….
In her haste she just agreed to be partners with the girl she hoped to avoid…and they were meeting after class…oh and they were also roommates.
The hours were just beginning to fly by for Elphaba. It was a relatively good day so far: Got up stupidly early, went to class, learned something, and now class was over.
Elphaba really couldn't understand why people made excuses not go to college, honestly knowledge is power and being smart really had its perks. But for now she would enjoy her time in the library surrounded by knowledge…okay it wasn't even worth trying to talk herself out of annoyance.
Where the hell was Glinda?
Elphaba frowned as the clock ticked away, what did the bubbles for brains blond forget?
"Elphie!" A cheery voice rang out across the library, earning its owner a disapproving stare from the awkward looking librarian.
"Guess that answers my question" the green girl sighed mentally, removing the glasses perched on her nose.
"Elphie!" It called again.
"Lord give me strength" Elphaba was almost annoyed with that nickname. Since when does she ever allow herself to be called by anything so perky? It sounded so…girlish so…Glindafied.
The gorgeous, bubbly, blond found her way to the table Elphaba was currently occupying and set herself and her loads of shopping bags from various department stores on the table.
"Elphie, I'm so sorry I'm late! You'll never guess what happened to me on the train this afternoon-"
"Then spare me" Came Elphaba's curt reply narrowing her eyes sharply at the blond, "How did you loose track of time like that? I've been here for two hours already"
"I'm sorry! I-"
"Never mind you little idiot let's just get to work" She bit sharply at the blissfully ignorant blond tossing her a book and motioning her to make herself useful and get reading.
"I've decided our project will be on human genetics and tracing family history through the genes we've inherited" Elphaba said stiffly noting the frown on Glinda's face.
"Did you have to pick such a hard topic?" The blond sighed scanning a random page of the book.
Elphaba shook her head, "It's not that bad. I'm your partner right? Besides…" she leaned over and cupped the blonds' cheek to turn her face towards her, "I think I want to find out where you inherited your pretty blue eyes from"
Glinda felt her throat run dry. "W-What?"
Elphaba suddenly burst into laughter.
It wasn't her scary cackle that Glinda was used to it was more of a sweeter sounding pitch. Elphaba's true laugh.
Glinda would have found it charming had Elphaba not been doubled over to one side in hysterics.
"You know, if you expire on the floor, it's going to cause me a lot of trouble," The blond pointed out irritably.
"You-should-have-seen-your face!" The green girl chocked out.
"Are you done yet?" Glinda questioned grumpily as her roommate straightened, swiping at her dark eyes weakly.
She'd never actually seen Elphaba lose it like that, laughing like someone had attacked her with a thousand feathers. To be honest, she hadn't even thought her capable until now. Despite herself, her features softened a little. Elphaba was usually so strict and dour that it was easy to forget how young she was.
Elphaba threw an arm across Glinda's shoulders and leaned against her, again sending the blond into a frozen stupor. It was bad enough knowing she had feelings for Elphaba but when the brunette was making it difficult to keep those feelings in check all Glinda could do was fidget in her chair and try to focus.
"What is the matter with you? You know if all you're going to do is squirm you're better off going back to the dorm." Elphaba said flatly.
"I do not squirm!" Glinda argued.
"Yes you do" Elphaba smirked brushing the blonds' arm with her long fingers and watching with an amused gleam as the blond flinched at the contact, "See?"
Glinda huffed. There's no arguing with Elphaba. Once the brunette decided something there's no convincing her otherwise. Glinda stood a better chance convincing Boq he was a ballerina then convincing Elphaba she was wrong.
"Why does this have to happen to me now why!?"
"I'm sorry Miss Elphaba" Glinda stood up and grabbed a few of the books still on the table, "But I cannot stand be around you any longer!"
Elphaba's smirk decimated and she stood up, "I was only kidding"
"Now's a fine time for you to have a sense of humour" Glinda pouted, "See if I ever decide to study with you again!"
Elphaba absently waved her off, "Right, off you go then"
Making a frustrated noise, Glinda grabbed the books and her multiple bags in her arms and angrily made her way to the check out desk.
At the table, Elphaba peered at her curiously
…What's up with her?
The gods were smiling on Fiyero today.
The popular man sauntered down the hall with the swagger of a man who was God's gift to women with a proud, confident smile stretching across his lips.
He wasn't sure what brought him to the library that day since he really had no purpose there other then to hang with the boys. But today, the fates decided to allow him to run into his secret crush who was- for once-alone in the library. Without her blond roommate.
Yes, Fiyero had a crush on the younger girl. True he was insanely popular with all the women at Shiz University but he never looked twice at someone the way he did Elphaba. She had something…a light of sorts. There was just something about her that set her apart from other girls NOT her skin tone…but something else…
Today he planned it all perfectly. He would approach her in cool confident strides, swoop in and gently take her hand and ask her to a movie and maybe dinner if he had her. And later they could head down to the club and indulge in a little night life fun. Then she would absolutely melt when he leaned over and kissed her cheek while they sipped on alcoholic beverages.
He couldn't loose!
But lately Glinda Upland, the girl everyone placed bets on to see how long it would take for them to start dating, started spending copious amounts of time with the green girl and it was starting to piss him off. Fiyero briefly wondered why Glinda suddenly decided the green girl was worth her attention and spent every waking hour with her.
'Strange indeed' the prince thought stopping by the brunette's side.
Elphaba apparently didn't notice she was being watched (or she did and didn't care) but a soft rustle beside her made Elphaba glance up. Fiyero stared impassively down at her, dressed in a red shirt and black shorts. "Elphaba" he said quietly.
Fiyero stared for a minute; drinking in the sight and enjoying the rare close up that only a few ever saw since she was hidden in the shadows or a book or at the front of the classroom.
Really, Elphaba was beautiful; he knew people knew that, it was just that her complexion was a little unsettling it wasn't natural but who likes natural? Isn't it so much better when you actually like the person regardless of skin tone-
"Did you need something or did you just have an irrepressible desire to say my name?" Elphaba said her voice tight with irritation.
"What?" Fiyero blinked, snapping out of his daze, "Oh yeah! I wanted to ask you something"
According to plan, Fiyero gracefully slid into the chair beside her, pretending her uneasy shifting wasn't to avoid contact with him, and leaned in sort of close, "Today is your lucky day" he gently plucked a strand of her hair off her shoulder and twisted it around his finger, "How would you like to go to a late movie with me? And afterwards we could head down to the club? I hear a new one just opened not too far from here"
Elphaba gave him a surprised stare; actually surprise couldn't be the word since she was looking at Fiyero like he had just announced that he was an alien and wanted to suck her brains out.
"You must be joking…" she said after she found her voice.
Okay so THAT part didn't go as planned.
"Well…"he said slowly, continuing to twist her dark locks, "I only thought you'd enjoy a little night on the town"
Elphaba batted the offending hand away and stood up abruptly, "Yes of course you did. However Master Fiyero I'm afraid I do not socialize…with anyone" She huffed that last word out like a warning and gathered the rest of the books on the table and made her way off to the check out desk.
Fiyero stood there silently stupefied and staring straight ahead. What the hell just happened? Was he actually turned down? Him? He was Fiyero, a god on campus, every girl wanted him and he could score with just about anyone his heart desired.
So why did he feel like he just struck out.
He'd be back….
Elphaba silently slithered down the hall headed back to her dorm. She was more then a little mystified at the sudden turn of events lately. She wasn't oblivious, she knew she was getting stares from both Glinda and Fiyero for the past few months now and only now was the fog beginning to clear.
Fiyero had a bit of a crush on her. That in and of itself made her want to burst into fits of uncontrollable laughter so hard it would send her to an early grave. If she had been a lesser person she might've actually done that.
As it was, she also had Glinda's odd behaviour to ponder. The blond didn't even seem aware that Fiyero felt that way for Elphaba and Elphaba deftly wondered what would happen if she knew.
Shaking her head to banish the disturbing thought she continued on. Why was Glinda being so nice? Sure they were roommates but certainly not friends in the least; they barely spoke to one another outside of class.
Maybe Elphaba was Glinda's ticket to an "A".
Elphaba sighed, yeah…that's it.
She didn't quite know why but she found that thought a little saddening. If she had been a lesser person she would've allowed it bother her.
Taking her key from her pocked she threw the lock and the door swung open.
Her dazzling roommate was perched on her bed humming a song and putting the finishing touch on her delightfully polished fingernails.
Glinda glanced up and looked like she was about to greet the green girl but then suddenly remembered she was mad at her and went back to her manicure.
"Still giving me the silent treatment hm?" Elphaba asked.
"I'm not even going to dignify you with a response." Glinda hissed, doing her best to sound menacing.
"You just did." Elphaba pointed out.
Glinda sighed and allowed herself to fall backwards on her bed, "I'm really not built for this "silent treatment" business. I should be out shopping."
"What's with you today?" Elphaba asked from the other side of the room. Taking a seat at her desk and opening yet another book. "You've been acting strange since the fan club incident this morning"
Glinda snorted. "Don't remind me"
She gathered her skirts and made her way to the brightly lit vanity across from her bed. She had everything! Makeup palettes filled with different kinds of bronzer, blushes, and loose powder. And a glorious amount of eye shadow. Tubes of mascara and eyeliner sat neatly in a row on the white vanity top and of course, her pride and joy: a collection of the finest makeup applicator brushes!
It was heaven on OZ for any girl and it made the completion quite jealous. It always made her happy after a hard day.
Glinda had finished washing her face for the day and now it was time to re-apply! Taking a tube of liquid eyeliner she set to work.
"I really don't know why you bother wearing that stuff" Elphaba said suddenly.
Glinda turned in her chair, "Because I like it, it enhances beauty"
Elphaba shrugged, "You don't need it"
"Why are you so complimentary lately?" Glinda asked turning back to the mirror.
Elphaba snorted, "I'm not, and it's the truth"
Glinda smiled, "You think I'm pretty?"
"Well I haven't called you smart lately have I?" Came the gruff reply.
Glinda rolled her eyes, "Whatever"
"Its just strange to me, you're not acting like yourself and what with Fiyero-" Elphaba trailed off.
Glinda came to a grinding halt. Unintentionally smearing liquid black eyeliner across her lid. "What about Fiyero?"
Elphaba momentarily wondered if she would be signing her own death sentence by continuing but decided she'd be okay. Let's face it…who's afraid of Glinda?
"Fiyero…he asked me to a movie" She continued with caution for fear she may be on thin ice.
Glinda turned around, black eyeliner still smeared over one eye, and "What was your answer?" she asked slowly.
"I said no…that I don't socialize with anyone" Elphaba answered honestly.
Glinda seemed satisfied enough with that answer and with a small whispered curse under her breath set about fixing the makeup smear.
Elphaba stared at her expectedly, "So…"
Glinda stood abruptly, the quick action silencing her roommate "I'll be back". She tossed her blond curls before exiting their dorm and taking off down the hall.
"Sweet Oz…" Elphaba said in the silence, "I know that's coming back to bite me later on"
Correction: She was afraid of Glinda.
Glinda was angry.
"How dare he?" She seethed, "Just when I figure out my feelings HE comes along and decides he wants her too!"
She made her way to his dorm room quick paced. Ignoring the questioning looks her peers gave her as she made her way along. She paid them no heed. Her mind was made up; if it was Elphaba Fiyero was after, this means war.
Thus it was that when a confused Fiyero opened his door, he was met by a very worrying, demonic smile.
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Feedback is appreciated. Please be constructive. And before anyone asks, this will be a Gelphie fic and I will not change my mind. Have a nice day :D