It was New Year's Eve, and the whole campus seemed to be at the same party. Well, everyone but Elphaba of course. Galinda had tried to convince her to go to the party, but Elphaba flat out refused, citing the need to study. Elphaba knew she didn't really need to study that night, but she also knew that a party full of inebriated college students wasn't the place she wanted to spend the last night of the year, or any day of the year really. Galinda had looked disappointed but didn't argue with Elphaba about it. By this point, Galinda was used to her green friend's anti-social ways.
Galinda had only been gone an hour when Elphaba closed her book and sighed. She had been trying to lose herself in the words, forget about parties and holidays, but it wasn't working. She had just read the same sentence four times before she realized that she had already read it but still didn't know what it said. Clearly reading is going to be useless, thought Elphaba standing up. She grabbed her coat off the back of her chair and headed to the door. Maybe a walk will help, Elphaba thought then smiled, there won't be anyone around in the areas away from the residences to give the looks they do when they see me.
The air was chilly and snow was falling softly from the sky in large fluffy chunks. Elphaba thought the campus was beautiful when it wasn't full of students. Elphaba buried her face deeper into the collar of her coat to keep warm. She may be cold be she reveled in walking around outside without having to hear whispers or try to pretend that the looks she received didn't hurt. However, Elphaba was starting to get too cold, and she was about to turn around and head back when she heard a twig snap. She looked around trying to find out where the noise had come from but didn't see anything. She shrugged her shoulders and kept walking thinking it was probably just the wind or her imagination.
Elphaba soon regretted this move when she was hit in the back of the head with a something wet. She froze for a moment as she felt a cold wetness slip under her coat and down the back of her neck. She reached her hand up and found that the substance was snow. Someone had thrown a snowball at her. She whirled around, looking for the source of the snowball, expecting it to be some stranger who was offended by her, angry or scared of her for no reason but her skin colour. Instead, she was surprised to see a short girl in a pink coat giggling. At the sight, Elphaba dropped her guard and smiled. She didn't say anything, just reached down to scoop up her own snowball. She threw it and it hit Galinda in the stomach. Galinda stopped giggling when the snow made contact.
They stared briefly at each other before both reached for the ground. Within seconds they both had snowballs in their hands ready to throw. Elphaba had no clue what Galinda was doing out here throwing snow at her when she should be at her party, but Elphaba couldn't bring herself to care. Not if it meant she got the chance to have this carefree snowball fight with Galinda.
As Elphaba started to tire of the level of physical activity she wasn't accustomed to Elphaba saw Galinda flop down on the ground. She walked over, and with an idea striking her, she muttered a quick spell before sitting down beside Galinda who was now lying down in the snow.
"What was that?" Galinda asked lifting her head slightly so she could see Elphaba.
"What? The spell or the snow? The spell was so that the snow won't melt underneath us and get our clothes wetter than they already are," Elphaba explained laying down next to Galinda. Galinda hummed in response and the two laid in silence listening to the night. Elphaba could just make out the sounds of a New Year's party in the distance. They laid there in the snow, not freezing thanks to Elphaba's spell, and just enjoyed being together. Elphaba still wondered why Galinda wasn't at the party, and curiosity eventually got the better of her so she broke the silence and asked, "Why aren't you at the party?"
"You were right. Once everyone got drunk it wasn't fun. I went back to our room and you weren't there, and I didn't want to be alone. Your coat was missing so I went out to look for you. I checked the library, but they were closed and I was about to go back to our room, but then I saw you walking," Galinda left the explanation there, Elphaba was there for the rest, and turned to look up at the sky. "Do you ever wish you could just fly up and explore the universe?" she asked turning to Elphaba. This surprised Elphaba. It wasn't often that Galinda expressed any interest in topics other than fashion, boys, and popularity.
"All the time," Elphaba answered quietly half hoping Galinda wouldn't hear but partially hoping she would. She often fantasized about leaving earth and exploring the universe. She never told anyone this though. She was always the grounded one, never the one to be dreaming about things that could never happen. "What time is it?" Elphaba asked trying to change the conversation.
"Must be almost midnight now," Galinda said. As if brought on by Galinda's words faint yelling reached their ears. Listening quietly, they could hear the countdown.
"5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1... " the words dissolved into unintelligible noise, the sounds of celebration.
"Happy New Year Elphie," Galinda said softly, reaching down and taking her friend's hand in her own.
"You too Galinda, you too."