This is my first fanfic ever so please be sure to read and review. Sorry that the beginning is pretty slow, starting stories has never been my strong point so please hang in there. The next chapter will be better, I promise!
Disclaimer: I don't own Wicked or Twilight because if I did I would be rich and famous (which I am not…*sigh*)
Elphaba was surprised when the sound of her alarm clock on a Saturday morning didn't illicit angry exclamations from her roommate. Wondering if something was amiss she turned to the frilly pink bed beside her and almost had a heart attack. Galinda, Elphaba's spastic blonde friend, was huddled among overly fluffy blankets reading. Yes, reading. In fact, Galinda had her nose buried in a worn looking book, the cover of which depicted two pale arms holding a scarlet apple. Rubbing her sleepy eyes in disbelief Elphaba sat up in bed and further examined the volume her friend was devouring. "Are you ok?" Elphaba asked. Galinda jumped a little before smiling blissfully at her roommate.
"What?" she asked, cocking her head.
"Are you ok?" Elphaba repeated, gesturing at the book. "I thought you didn't read." Galinda looked slightly embarrassed.
"Well, this book is actually…interesting. Not like the stuff you read," she informed her.
"Gee, thanks," Elphaba muttered sarcastically.
"Seriously though, you've got to read this!" Galinda exclaimed, not taking her eyes from the page. "It's the best book ever!"
"Doubtful, very doubtful," Elphaba retorted, somewhat irritated by her roommate's jab at her reading preferences. There was a moment of silence between the two girls, Elphaba stretching and Galinda continuing to read. Suddenly the blonde gave an excited shriek. "What?" Elphaba demanded.
"I finished Twilight!" Galinda sang joyously. Elphaba rolled her eyes. So that was the name of the obnoxious book.
"Forgive me for not leaping for joy," she murmured, heading for the bathroom. When she emerged the green girl was surprised to find Galinda's copy of Twilight lying on her pillow. Her roommate was almost out the door.
"Read it," Galinda insisted before exiting. Elphaba didn't even bother to wonder where her best friend was headed to. She had a long day of studying ahead of her. It wasn't really necessary, Elphaba could probably teach most of her classes as Shiz, but there wasn't much else for someone with such a slow social life to do on weekends. Flopping onto her bed and pulling out a thick textbook Elphaba couldn't help glancing at the book Galinda had left behind. Something about Twilight intrigued Elphaba. Mostly it was the fact that it had been interesting enough for Galinda to read it voluntarily. But there was something else. There were times when the itch to crack a new book was so overwhelming it made Elphaba's fingers itch. This was one of those times.
Come on, you've got nothing better to do, a little voice inside her suggested. With a sigh she gave in and reached for the forbidden book. From the first sentence of the prologue Twilight had Elphaba hooked; "I'd never given much thought to how I would die…"
When Galinda arrived back at her dorm late that night Elphaba was just finishing Twilight. "See, I told you it was a good book," Galinda chirped triumphantly.
"I never said it wasn't good," Elphaba muttered, looking somewhat guilty.
"But you hinted," Galinda pointed out, setting a small brown shopping bag on her nightstand.
"What's that?" Elphaba asked curiously, noticing that the simple bag didn't appear to be from any of the expensive clothing stores Galinda usually visited.
"Oh nothing," Galinda said slyly, moving between Elphaba and the mysterious bag.
"Come on, tell me," Elphaba insisted. "I read your stupid book."
"Stupid?"Galinda gasped in mock horror. "I'll show you what's in the bag if you admit that Twilight is a good book."
"Twilight is a good book," Elphaba muttered, glaring.
"I can't hear you," Galinda sang annoyingly.
"Yes you can," Elphaba sang back.
"Come on Elphie, don't be a spoil sport!" Galinda whined. "You finished Twilight in a day; don't pretend that you didn't like it!" Elphaba crossed her arms across her chest stubbornly.
"Fine," she grumbled loudly. "Twilight is a good book." Galinda's joyful squeal had Elphaba cringing into her pillows. "Warn me before you do that," she hissed. "Now tell me what's in the bag!" In a deliberately slow process Galinda grasped the mystery object and ceremoniously pulled away the bag revealing….
"Another book?" Elphaba asked, her emerald face creased with puzzlement. "What's with this reading phase?"
"This isn't just any book," Galinda informed her roommate. "This is New Moon, the sequel to Twilight." Elphaba's eyes widened and she surprised herself by letting out a very Galinda-like squeak.
"Can I read it?" Elphaba all but begged. The itch to open New Moon and devour the story within was thrilling through her fingertips.
"No!" Galinda snapped. "Of course you can't read it until I finish."
"Please?" Elphaba pleaded.
"No," Galinda repeated. "Today's the start of Winter Break, I'll have tons of time to read so I'll be finished before you know it."
"How long did it take you to finish Twilight?" Elphaba inquired, clearly not convinced.
"A week," Galinda muttered, almost unintelligibly.
"A week!" Elphaba exclaimed. "I could have that book finished in a day. Please, please, please let me read it! I can't wait a week."
"Well, you'll just have to be patient," Galinda snorted, setting New Moon on her nightstand and heading to the bathroom. Elphaba glowered. There had to be a way for her to get that book, her stomach was tying itself into knots wondering about what would happen in New Moon. Would Edward turn Bella into a vampire and what dangers would his world bring down on the couple? For such a poorly written book it sure was addicting. Making a sound halfway between a sigh and a groan Elphaba picked up Galinda's copy of Twilight. If she couldn't have New Moon she'd just have to settle for re-reading Twilight.
As she began to read the familiar story Elphaba's brain continued to snarl itself into jealous tangles. Why can't this stupid book turn into New Moon? she grumbled to herself. Suddenly she stopped reading and the part of her mind that was keeping track of the words skittered off into space. Why can't I turn this book into New Moon? Elphaba repeated to herself. Excited by her new idea she snatched Galinda's tantalizingly new copy of New Moon and set it beside her well loved copy of Twilight. Taking deep breaths Elphaba closed her eyes and concentrated, trying very hard to pull up the magic she'd felt so often from deep inside her. The problem was magic was a wild, untamed thing and it only seemed to make appearances when she didn't want it around.
"Are you trying to read through osmosis?" Galinda wondered, emerging from the bathroom and plopping down on Elphaba's bed.
"No," her green friend replied crossly. "I'm trying to turn Twilight into New Moon so we'll have two copies."
"Do you think that would work?" Galinda asked, fascinated. Elphaba smiled. Anyone else would have laughed at her silly idea, but her roommate had a mind like a young child, open and curious. If Elphaba said she could change one book into another then Galinda would accept it.
"It might work," Elphaba shrugged. "But I've got to concentrate."
"Ok," Galinda whispered quietly, watching the two books in anticipation. Once again Elphaba closed her eyes and breathed deeply, feeling Galinda's hands grip her arm. Concentration surged through her body as she tried to manipulate the magic buried inside. It didn't work; the power remained stubbornly locked away. After what felt like several wasted eternities she gave up with a sigh. "Did you do it?" Galinda asked wonderingly.
"Obviously not," Elphaba groaned, gesturing at the unchanged books.
"That's ok," Galinda shrugged. "You can try again tomorrow."
"No thanks," Elphaba muttered. "I think it would be easier to just buy my own copy of New Moon."
"Aww Elphie," Galinda sighed sadly. "I know your dad doesn't send you any spending money, it all goes to Nessa. Don't waste your savings on a stupid book."
"Stupid?" Elphaba asked, trying to laugh off her failure. "I thought you loved the Twilight Saga." Her weak attempt at a smile died on her face. Galinda wasn't fooled.
"I'll make you a deal," she bargained. "You should try this magic of yours one more time in the morning, and if you can't do it, I'll buy you your very own copy."
"Galinda no…" Elphaba protested. She couldn't stand charity "You know I won't accept this."
"I think once the book is sitting on your bed tempting you you'll change your mind," Galinda said. Elphaba glared in denial. "I've got more money than I know what to do with Elphie, just let me buy you a gift."
"Fine," Elphaba muttered, stalking into the bathroom and slamming the door, now even more motivated to succeed in her second attempt at transforming the book.
Moments after being woken by her alarm clock Galinda was bouncing on Elphaba's bed. "Elphie get up!" the enthusiastic blonde shrieked. "You've got to try your magic again!" Groaning Elphaba pushed her roommate away.
"Magic doesn't work when I'm half asleep," she grumbled, rubbing her bleary brown eyes.
"Then wake up!" Galinda insisted.
"Why are you so excited about this?" Elphaba wondered, stumbling out of bed.
"Because magic is just so…exciting!" she exclaimed.
"Well obviously," Elphaba muttered. Suddenly there was a knock at the door. Galinda flitted over and threw the door open, an unimaginably bright smile on her face.
"Fiyero!" she squealed to whoever was on the other side of the door as Elphaba made a dash for the bathroom. When she emerged later, showered and presentable, Fiyero was sitting beside Galinda on her bed while the blonde ranted to her boyfriend about the Twilight Saga. Fiyero looked incredibly bored and confused.
"You know Galinda, the Twilight Saga isn't exactly boy material," Elphaba hinted. Fiyero shot her a thankful look. For reasons she couldn't explain this made her blush.
"Fiyero, Elphaba is going to do some magic," Galinda gushed, picking up the two books and plopping them down in front of her roommate. "Aren't you Elphie?"
"Um, maybe," the green girl whimpered, not wanting Fiyero to be witness to what was sure to be a failure.
"Come on," Galinda urged. "You can do it. I'm sure you can." Elphaba blushed.
"Galinda, I really don't think this will work," she insisted. "I'd probably have a better chance at making Fiyero sparkle than turning Twilight into New Moon. Magic is complicated."
"You could do that?" Galinda gasped, eyes wide as saucers. "You could make Fiyero sparkle. Oh Elphie do it!" The green girl rolled her eyes.
"Galinda that was a figure of speech," Elphaba explained, exasperated. Galinda's face fell.
"Oh," she murmured, embarrassed.
"What's all this about magic?" Fiyero asked, confused. "What are you trying to do?"
"I'm trying to turn this book," Elphaba held up Twilight. "Into a copy of this book." She gestured to New Moon.
"Well it doesn't look too hard," Fiyero shrugged.
"Exactly, Elphie," Galinda sang excitedly.
"Fine," Elphaba grumbled, giving in. She closed her eyes and breathed, concentrating on merging the two books together. The magic inside surged and frothed but refused to budge from within her. Elphaba could feel its power, concentrated in a ball of humming green energy, but it wouldn't obey her.
"Would it help if I brought you your training wand?" Galinda asked.
"No," Elphaba murmured. "Training wands are only for help with written spells, not raw magic." Once again the room fell silent except for Elphaba's deep breathing. She was about to give up when Fiyero's hand touched her shoulder.
"You can do this," he assured, giving her a friendly squeeze. Some unknown emotion surged through Elphaba like a tingling bolt of electricity. The intense feeling bridged the gap between Elphaba and her magic, it rushed through her body and she could feel the pure energy burning beneath her skin. She smiled at the amazing sensation.
"I've got it," Elphaba murmured triumphantly. Creasing her brow she directed the power at Twilight, but before she could bend the magic to her will it exploded into the book. Elphaba opened her eyes to see the cover glow for a moment before going dark. The magic dissipated, returning to its den. "Darn it!" she exclaimed in frustration. "I lost it."
"But, the book glowed," Fiyero insisted. "We saw it."
"I know," Elphaba sighed. "But it didn't do anything."
"How do you know?" Galinda asked, reaching down and opening Twilight to a random page. A blinding flash burst from the books pages and suddenly Elphaba, Fiyero, and Galinda were all surrounded by glowing words and bright light. For a split second Elphaba glimpsed a page number and then the three friends were flung into a patch of prickly bushes.
Sorry it was so long and droning but the rest of the story will have short sweet chapters and I promise they will be three times better than this one!
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