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Wicked Rises Again Chapter 2
"Who is that girl?" I asked Fiyero when we were safely off the ground, ignoring the cries of "Security!" below me. I was used to it.
"She is one of the most manipulative spies one could ever come across. I crossed paths with her while we were apart for so long. She tried to convince me that she was on my side, but then she mentioned Madame Morrible and their plans with the Wizard...I knew something was up. Let's just say she doesn't take no for an answer lightly."
I listened to all of this in silence while searching for a safe place to land. We were at least a thousand feet in the air, the castle still visible, looming over Oz like a giant green plant. I could barely make out Glinda's shimmering bubble, far below us, looking like a shiny bouncy ball. I lowered my broom at once.
"Wait, what are you doing? Where are we going?" Fiyero asked anxiously. I didn't answer him. Glinda's pink puffy dress slowly came into view as we got closer to the ground. I concentrated deeply on getting close enough to see her, but for us not to be seen. At last, I could hear what she was saying to the unknown girl below her.
"I'll go out and find the Wicked Witch myself, Lexi. I need to finish her off! She's the one who's manipulated me into thinking she was so good all throughout my late school years. It’s so hard to believe we were even friends, and now look at what she's become. I almost feel sorry for her, because I understand her."
She sounds fairly convincing, I thought to myself. I almost believed her myself. However, Lexi still looked somewhat doubtful.
"Are you sure that you want to go out on your own? I can come with you."
"No! I mean, that's fine. I'll have my bubble to protect me."
Her bubble began to rise, and when she came into view of me, her mouth opened into a horrified look of disbelief. I put my finger to my lips to signal Glinda to be quiet, even though we were hundreds of feet in the air. She let out a tiny squeak of surprise.
"Elphie! What...? How...?" Glinda breathlessly tried to gather her thoughts, struggling to take in what lay right in front of her.
"Now you know the truth. I need you to come with me. That girl down there is going to betray you. In fact, she already has manipulated you into thinking Madame Morrible is equally safe behind bars as the Ozians think I'm safe up in the air. Fiyero told me all about her and I need you to believe me about all of this. I'm not making it up."
There was a long pause while Glinda processed all of this. I glanced at Fiyero, but he just shrugged his shoulders. Suddenly, she pulled out her wand on me and sent me a signal so fast I couldn't understand it. There was no need to. Lexi had joined the party. Apparently, she had gotten the flying monkeys under control, for she had a whole fleet behind her, not including the one she was riding, which was about the size of a full grown lion.
"Oh very good, Glinda. You have her cornered. Let me take over for you," Lexi said in a sweet voice that even Glinda hopefully deeply mistrusted. Suddenly, I understood the quick signal she had sent me before and I quickly popped Glinda's bubble and made a grab for her.
"You will never catch me alive!" I cackled, "Unless you want to see this pretty girl again, you'll let me fly free! Do you understand?"
Lexi appeared unconcerned. In fact, she looked quite bored. She muttered something to the monkeys, and they fanned out into a new formation at once, as if she was master and they were her slaves.
"An empty threat is all I heard. You would never hurt her, she's too innocent. In fact, she's not even your enemy. She is your friend, from what I gathered of her reaction to your supposed death. Oh, you can deny it all you want, but I see the truth is in your eyes, and unless you can find a way to convince me you're on my side, say goodbye to your precious broom."
Lexi pulled out a wand that looked just like the one Glinda had lost so long ago. She spotted recognition in my eyes, and spoke again.
"Ah! I found this wand somewhere in a little college called Shiz, or something like that. Have you ever been there? It has many useful hiding places. How do you think I came to know Fiyero? Who do you think made the Cowardly Lion into a coward? Who might have possibly given Madame Morrible the idea to work with the Wizard? How did the Wizard get a hold of the Green Elixir? I planned these things all my life, and now I get to rise up into the world and take the title that is open to me: The Wicked Witch of the East!"
"You were the one that ruined my life!" I croaked. "Well, now this is to end. Why did you do this? What sort of thing has planted in your head to cause all of this nonsense that has happened, and is still happening?"
For the first time, Lexi hesitated. Her wand arm lowered and the confidence melted away like ice in the sun. She had her wand pointed at me, but her arm was shaking. She was losing the will to fight. Her head fell forward, and at last she burst into tears. Glinda conjured another bubble and started to float toward her, but I shook my head and slowly glided to her myself.
"Oh, I am about to lose my patience, something I never do," I said ominously and turned a page in the spell book I had bought recently at the Denizen General Supply Store for quite a bargain; spell books are hard to come by. "I need the will to wait an eternity for anything, any-" The sudden arrival of Elphaba and Lexi cut me off.
"What are you doing?" asked Elphaba. I quickly closed my book and hastily put into my travel bag. Lexi watched me suspiciously. I stared innocently back at her, wondering why she was questioning our trust.
"N-n-nothing," I stammered. "Now, what have you two agreed on?"
"I am taking you with me, little girl, and unless you go quietly, there will be serious consequences. Lexi is taking over as the Wicked Witch of the East, and we will be working together in peace. Any more questions?" I shook my head. Elphaba swiftly popped my bubble and grabbed me by the wrist before I could fall. One of my shoes fell, and I sadly watched it fall all the way down into the Emerald City, sparkling in the afternoon sun.
"Come on, Fiyero. Let's go."
They flew for miles and miles, and my wrist began to hurt. I couldn’t complain, because Lexi followed close behind us, so the evil charade had to continue for Elphaba. At long last, we arrived at the West Castle, Elphaba's new residence. Lexi turned in the opposite direction as soon as she was sure that Elphaba followed through with the entire agreed plan.
I rubbed my sore wrist and entered the castle, looking about my gloomy surroundings. Cobwebs dangled from the ceiling and drifted in the gentle breeze coming from the door. Dust gathered in corners, enough to build another castle. The brick walls were chipped and cracked in many places; some bricks were even missing. Dead spiders occasionally fell from the ceiling into my hair, which I quickly brushed away.
"This place could use some sprucing up," I said as Fiyero stumbled inside, unsuccessfully trying to keep his footing on the uneven ground.
"Ouch! Jeez, can't you at least have the courtesy to fix the place up a bit?" Elphaba rolled her eyes and turned away from him. She briskly started walking down the long main hallway, not bothering to check to see if Fiyero and I had decided to follow her. We glanced at each another for a brief moment before rushing to keep up. The hallway seemed to be endless, and the two of us were breathless by the time we reached the dining room at the very end of the hall.
"Oh, Wizard," Elphaba called, "Come cook dinner for three please. I know I should be going through the motions of being "evil" and all, but you know these two." As she spoke, the Wizard came out, dressed as a butler, but with a few modifications. Instead of black and white, he bore blue and teal with green pinstripes and sequined gloves. Despite his ridiculous appearance, he seemed very much the same. I made a note to give him fashion advice later.
"What shall I be serving you three?" the Wizard asked.
"The usual, I suppose. That should be enough to impress them, despite the appearance of this dump." The Wizard bowed, and left the room. Fiyero collapsed into a chair, which creaked threateningly. I sat down more gently, getting the idea that this horrible castle is what it appears: very old and uncared for. Elphaba randomly started flipping through her spell book and silently read the spells in her head to practice the pronunciation of the words. After about twenty minutes, Elphaba suddenly slammed her book shut and sat up in her chair.
"Wait! That's it! Lexi wants me to work with her so we can get closer! Once she has me in her trap, she will spring it and send me to my doom! I need to find a way to get her to think I trust her, and then when she needs me the most, I will leave her to fix the problem. It's the most brilliant plan ever!" Fiyero and I gave each other knowing looks, and looked away quickly. I looked down at the floor, trying to avoid eye contact with everybody.
"Are you sure that's such a good idea, Elphie? You should probably think this through. Look what happened in the past. You can't just ignore that. I can tell this is going to go wrong if you don't look before you leap. Elphaba, I have done such a thing before, and I regretted it bitterly. I still feel guilty for what I've done, and possibly will for the rest of my life. Will you at least think this through for me, your friend?" Before Elphaba could respond, the Wizard entered with a large silver platter filled with fruit, bread, and wine. We feasted eagerly while the Wizard stiffly stood in a corner, waiting for us to finish our meal. After the platter was completely empty, the Wizard swooped in and took the platter away, but not before Elphaba tipped him for the night.
"What happened to him?" Fiyero asked, looking repulsed at his uncanny loyalty and obedience. He started to stand up, but I whispered for him to sit back down. Fiyero didn't listen, but whispered back to me, and we left the room, leaving Elphaba alone with her thoughts.
"What do you want?" asked Glinda. She had an odd mixture of guilt and irritation on her face that amused me slightly, and I couldn't help but chuckle a little at her expression, which further annoyed her.
"What is your problem?" Glinda's anger flared like a torch never lit before, it surprised me, leaving me at a loss for words. I shook his head, clearing it, but then Glinda continued.
"How could you be so selfish, to want to leave like that, and leave Elphie all alone in there? Don't you know how rude and thoughtless that is?" Glinda strode toward me and made to shove me into the wall, but I already had backed into the cracked, dusty bricks so far a few were poking me unpleasantly. Instead, she pointed at me in accusation.
"Whoa, Glinda, what is with you? You never get angry or lose your patience like this. I think Elphaba's influence is rubbing off on you. Try to be careful, she may not be evil, but there is something about her that keeps her out of the 'good' category. Besides, I had a reason for pulling you out here. I think you should let Elphie go through with the plan. It sounds good to me. She's a different person, and will make her own mistakes. I think it will be impossible for her to make that kind of mistake, even though her sense of right and wrong may differ a little from yours, if you know what I mean." The door opened, and Glinda squealed in fright, and skittered into the corner. It was Elphaba. The demanding look on her face sent chills down my back. It made her look like a witch for once.
"What is going here? You two have been gone for quite awhile. Glinda, don't scream like that. I still need my hearing, you know." Glinda blushed furiously and giggled an apology that could barely be heard.
"We just were having a private discussion about your plan. I was all for it, but as you may already know, Glinda here doesn't seem to agree. Whatever you decide, I'll back you up on it, my love." I swooped to Elphaba's side and kissed her on the cheek. Under all the green, Elphaba turned slightly pink.
"Hey! Look, you're blushing Elphie! I was right, pink DOES go with green!" Glinda's comments made her blush even more, further complimenting the green skin.
"Aw, you look cute when you change colors," I cooed, enjoying myself. Elphaba ducked behind her hat and mumbled something I didn’t hear. Glinda gave me a look, but I just shrugged my shoulders. Glinda walked over to Elphaba and said something to her that I couldn't hear. Elphaba suddenly laughed and put her hat back on, the pink in her face growing with increasing laughter. Her happy eyes sparkled at me, and my heart swooped upward happily.
"Oh, Glinda, I had forgotten about that! What a silly reason to change your name!" I finally understood; they were talking about the day Glinda changed her name in outrage at what happened to Dr. Dillamond, when in reality, she was tongue-tied around me. I started to laugh along, my vibrating tenor voice echoing off the ancient walls.
"It's still hard to believe that not so long ago, everyone called you Galinda," I said much later, after everyone had calmed down. Glinda smiled knowingly at me, but then she was suddenly serious.
"Let's not sick to the past too much, okay? Appearances can be misleading, I'm sure you and Elphaba know that more than I do." Elphaba gave a confused glance at Fiyero, and her expression mirrored his. Glinda's eyes flashed with anger and returned back to normal. None of it made any sense to me, and I made my way toward Glinda to talk to her. Elphaba cautiously followed me.
"Is there something wrong we should know about? You've been a loose cannon lately and that is very scary, and also quite unlike yourself. Don't hold this in, Glinda. Let all your problems out." Glinda gritted her teeth, crossed her arms, and shook her head stubbornly, her curls gently bringing a sweet scent of strawberries and roses. Elphaba grabbed her arm softly, in a friendly sort of way.
"I'm here for you, Glinda. Please talk about what is troubling you,"
“That's just it! There's nothing to talk about, because you both already know about this! Remember when I last saw you, then that farm girl poured water on you and 'melted' you? I thought you two were dead! How could you do this to me? Of course, there was some part of me that knew you might still be alive, but that was silly of me to think it at the time. It turns out I was right all along, and would you look at that, I was lied to. You lied to me.”
Elphaba suddenly reached into her bag and pulled out the Grimmerie, frantically flipping through the pages. Before Glinda could say anything more, she started reading a spell from the Grimmerie.
"Atchu namu echu ere atchu namu etchu ere, namel atchu namel erche, magret tere taera techu,"
"What's happening?" Glinda asked, frightened. Slowly she calmed down and her emotions were back to normal. She didn’t look angry, instead, she appeared grateful, and back to her normal self. Glinda sat down on the dusty floor. She looked around, looking confused. Satisfied, Elphaba set off to her room, and led the way to where we would be sleeping for the night. Glinda kept giving me a puzzled expression every few moments, but I decided not to give her the whole story of Elphaba's attempt to help her earlier. Sometimes some things are best left alone.