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Wicked Rises Again Chapter 4
"Sometimes I wonder why I even bother doing things like this," I muttered under my breath. The early afternoon sun shone like a beacon on my cape, and I began to swelter within minutes under the heavy black fabric. Still, I did not go through the trouble of removing the cape, and simply scanned my surroundings, waiting. I adjusted the radio ear piece so it would not fall again.
"Elphie, I really need you. Please come here," Glinda whispered.
I immediately dived down toward the castle, searching for the radio tower, where I knew Glinda would be waiting. I saw a flash of blonde, and angled my broom south east, soaring at over a thousand feet above the highest point of the castle. I slowly glided downward to my destination. I eventually came close enough to clearly see Glinda's desperate wave to get my attention, her expression anxious. Not bothering to be polite, I zoomed through the window and nearly ran her over, and laughed at her startled reaction. I dismounted my broom and leaned it against the wall.
"What is you need Glinda? I'm here. You sounded pretty upset." Glinda crossed the room to close the door. For good measure, she locked it.
Then she turned to me, a myriad of emotions playing across her face. Sadness, confusion, hopelessness, longing, desperation...they flickered and fought with one another, each trying to be the dominant player. Finally, she sat on the floor and sighed.
"I just don't know...how to tell him…I still need the both of them, I'm sure..." her voice trailed off. I took off my cape, and it fluttered to the floor in a heap of black silk, and sat down next to her.
"You don’t need to worry about it, things will work out," I assured her, although I wasn't too sure of it myself. I started to braid her hair, something I know that always cheers her up. She consented to my silent request, and settled in for the wait.
"So, you really are at crossroads in life. Glinda, I think you are having a mid-life crisis too early. You need to relax. You have been way too stressed lately," I twisted the left side of her hair into a French braid, took a hair tie from around her wrist, and tightened the hold on her braid.
"Well, I don’t think you would remain calm either in a situation like this, Elphie. You aren't even as calm of a person as I am, and I think you would be acting the same way, just on a much higher scale. Aren't you aware of that?" I suddenly stopped in mid-braid. Glinda turned around to look at me. Memories bubbled into my awareness, of all the times I had tried to help the people I loved, and the results. I thought back to the time I had lost control and struggled to save Fiyero from punishment, even death.
"No, I had actually forgotten," I admitted.
I twisted my fingers together in my lap over and over. After a few moments of silence, Glinda turned around again, and I finished the other braid. Glinda stood up when I had finished, and shook the braids out, making her curls even bouncier and more tightly curled. She came behind me to braid my hair, but she weaved a more complex pattern that would seem impossible to take down, but I had the technique Glinda had taught me. After she finished styling my hair, I flipped my head several times upside down and right side up until my normally straight hair became slightly wavy, cascading past my shoulders to the middle of my back. I looked down at what I was wearing: my usual black dress, complete with a silver spider web pattern that had faded in the sunlight over time.
"Well, would you look at that? If we were still in school, you could be popular," Glinda commented.
We both burst into sudden laughter, and could not stop for what seemed like a long time. I cleared my throat, gaining control of my giggles and saving myself from a side ache later.
"I can see that cheered you up pretty quickly. I must be going now. Take care, Glinda."
We hugged for a minute, and then I grabbed my cape and broom and was in the air in mere moments. I noticed that it was already late afternoon, soon the sun would set and then our nighttime portion of the plan would need to engage. Tonight is when the real action would take place. I let my thoughts wander, and randomly thought of Nessarose. My breath caught in my throat, and came out in a hiss as I remembered arriving at where the house had fallen, and crying over an empty space of ground. I allowed a tear to escape, then furiously shook my head and started flying toward where I hoped the magical shoes had fallen when the farm girl left our country. Miles and miles of desert lay out before me, revealing an immense span of dunes and mountains made of nothing but sand and rock. I dismounted my broom and began to explore. I wandered around, trying to remember where that wretched Dorothy was when I cast the spell at Nessa's shoes to make them fall to the ground in relation to the rest of Oz. I took a step toward an oddly shaped mountain, and it all came to me in sudden clarity. I sprinted toward the rock formation in excitement and exhilaration. I found the shoes laying a foot apart behind the large rock, dully glinting in the sunlight. I snatched them and held them up in triumph.
"Yes! Victory! At long last, they are mine! Take that, Dorothy!" I shouted to the skies. It wasn't until I put them on that I realized I had no idea how to use them.
"Oh great," I muttered. The shoes are about as useless to me as they were to the farm girl. I pulled them off and chucked them as far as I could away from me. Then, with my boots back on, I mounted my broom and rose eastward into the darkening sky. I began to worry about Fiyero, and wondered what he was doing right now.
"Elphie, are you going to give the signal?" I nearly fell off my broom in surprise at hearing Glinda's voice. I had forgotten we had a means of communication.
"Y-yeah, just give me a minute. I was checking something." I stuttered in reply.
I sent a few spark in the air from my wand, knowing that it could be seen for miles around, including our current target of investigation. Nessa's, or should I say, Lexi's, castle slowly came into view as I circled toward the ground in order to land properly. As soon as my feet touched the ground, I knew we were in way over our heads doing this. I tried not to let that bother me. Instead, I brushed myself off from the shaky landing and stealthily made my way toward the castle looming over me.
"Fiyero, weren't you assigned to be at the castle too?" I questioned Fiyero, who was leaning against the wall in a corner. He shrugged his shoulders and pulled up a chair to sit in.
"Elphie is picking me up later I guess. Unless she forgot."
"I'll ask her right now about that," I responded.
"Do whatever you want, I'll be right over here," Fiyero replied, leaning back in his chair.
Unfortunately, he leaned too far back and started to fall to the ground, but completed the back flip in a matter of moments, safely landing on his feet. The chair, however, was not so lucky, and toppled to the floor. I smiled at his charm, but remembering the dream, I twisted around in the swiveling office chair back to the radio. All around a large needle were different labels that represented specific frequencies. Instead of numbers, however, there were abbreviations and names. Next to the radio was a television. I came across one that said LEXI and curiously turned the dial. What happened next took my breath away out of shock.
"Loro, I want you to grab her as hard as you can when you see her, then bring her to me. Lando can warn you when she arrives. He'll be right over here at the front entrance, remember that. I'll be in my bedroom if you two need me."
As I carefully observed where Lexi's bedroom happened to be located, I remembered Elphaba and twisted the knob to the label WWOTW.
"Elphie, take a different route. They are planning to ambush you at the front entrance." In response to my advice, the witch adjusted her flight to land on the roof, and started to look for another way in.
"You know, I wonder if you could tune into other people?" Fiyero wondered, but I already had switched to the channel to Boq. He was running around in the desert, calling my name over and over. I changed the channel to Lexi before I could watch anymore. We watched in silence as she paced back and forth in her room, cursing Elphaba to the high heavens. She punctuated her sentences by striding to the window, struggling to calm herself, and not succeeding.
"Well, it looks like she won't be leaving that room for awhile" Fiyero commented, and turned the knob back to WWOTW.
"Look at what Elphaba's doing, Fiyero!" I cried out, pointing at the screen. He leaned closer in earnest.
Elphaba's cape was blowing in a wild wind that surrounded only her, and a bright light flashed in streaks that could only be described as magical lightning. Her black hair whipped around her fiercely concentrating face, but she seemed not to notice it. She seemed to be reading a spell, and I leaned in further to hear what she was saying.
"Eleka eleka nahmen atum nahmen eleka atum atum eleka eleka atum nahme nahmen atum atum eleka nahmen atum."
With a last burst of light, all was silent. Elphaba panted for breath for a minute or two. She started down a random hallway, an unknown portion of the East Castle.
"Isn't she close to the front entrance?" Fiyero asked. Her stride lengthened as she reached her intended destination.
"Careful Elphaba! They might-" The flying monkeys Lexi had spoken to earlier were now wingless, and speechless, and were presently running about on all four limbs, chattering for their master. Suddenly, Elphaba glanced behind her, and the screen went black. I started in horror for what seemed like an eternity before I numbly took my own spell book out and started to clumsily leaf through it for a teleportation spell.
"Come with me," I said to Fiyero. They linked hands, and I began the spell. Moments later, they were inside the castle. Elphaba was gone, no signs to tell if she disappeared or was captured.
"Where is she?" Fiyero growled.
"Maybe she got caught," I called back to him. I had gone ahead to search for clues of her whereabouts. Fiyero groaned in frustration and kicked the nearest wall. The wall shook, and turned, revealing a secret passage.
"Well, would you look at that? I'll check it out-"
"Not without me you aren't!" I interjected.
"All right, fine. Come with me, then! Just be careful. I don't want Elphaba getting mad at me for letting you get hurt. It's my job to keep you safe when she's not around. She told me herself once. I guess she really trusts me, and I don't want that trust to be questioned. Understand?" I rolled my eyes.
"Stop being so paranoid, Fiyero. She won't get mad at you, and it won't be your fault if I get hurt. I don't want you to worry, and neither does Elphaba, I bet. I'll be fine. Now, why don't we see if Elphaba is on the other side of this tunnel or not? I sure hope she is, or else we came all this way for nothing," I crossed my arms and stared into the darkness. Fiyero took my hand, and together we set off into the unknown. I felt my fingers tingle at his touch, and tried to tell myself that it's perfectly normal to have sweaty palms when you hold hands with someone. After a while though, Fiyero suddenly let go and I heard wipe his hands on his trousers. My face flamed with embarrassment, and I coughed inconspicuously.
"Wow, um...that was, um..." Fiyero cleared his throat and tried again.
"Glinda, your hands were shaking. Did I do something?" I shook my head, but then remembered it was dark and he couldn't see me.
"No, no, you didn't do anything. I'm just...scared that we might never find Elphie," I invented, hoping to distract him. It worked; we had started walking again. Fiyero seemed to get the message and didn't hold my hand again, though I secretly wished he would, just once more.
"Don't worry Glinda, we'll find her."
"Unless she doesn't want to be found," I whispered in the dark. Fiyero didn't answer, and just continued blindly stumbling his way through the tunnel. After a time, I started thinking about Boq again. I hoped that he was safe, happy, and not like the last time I saw him, all sad and hopelessly desperate. I thought of the party at the Ozdust, and my thoughts unexpectedly whirled to Nessarose, her chair, and her shoes.
"What?" I turned toward his voice; I hadn't realized I had spoken aloud.
"I was thinking about Nessa's shoes. The ones she wore when she..." I choked, unable to finish my sentence. It was too upsetting to think about, the shadow of the house, the look on her face when she saw it, and for some reason, Madame Morrible happened to be there at the moment.
"Wait a minute; you don't think that she had anything to do with this, do you?" Fiyero and I had come on a mutual agreement to never say Morrible's name out loud, even when we were alone. Fiyero was silent for a few minutes. I looked ahead of us and saw we were close to the light at the other end. It was light enough to see his face, so I was able to tell that he was thinking of an answer. He never got the chance, because, in that moment, the door handle shook, as if it was being unlocked by somebody on the other side. It shuddered again, and was still. I sighed in relief. It did not last long. The handle shook again, and slowly, ever so carefully, began to turn.
"Glinda, get behind me," I whispered to her. She obeyed at once, her face pale with fright. I adjusted my posture into a defensive position and held my fists in front of my chest. The door creaked open, and I saw a boot and part of a cape come through the crack. Suddenly, the door swung all the way open, revealing our dear friend Elphaba. Glinda, however, wasn't prepared for her unexpected entrance.
"Aaaaaaah!" I heard her run to the side, cowering in a shaking heap of sunshine colors and curled blonde hair.
"Relax, Glinda, it's me,"
Glinda started laughing and crying at the same time, and rushed up to her. They embraced at once, with Glinda blubbering into her dress half the time. I laughed and joined them. I bent down and kissed Elphaba's hand out of respect, and Glinda, getting the message, stepped aside to give us a moment. She quietly waited a short distance away.
"Fiyero, my sweetheart. Why did you follow me? I can do this on my own. Really, do you doubt my abilities already? My love, you don't need to worry so much. Try not to think so much, life is better that way." Elphaba took my hands and smiled at me, and I couldn't help but smile back. Suddenly, I didn't care that Glinda was watching anymore. I grabbed her fiercely and kissed her. Elphaba was surprised, but responded immediately. She blindly groped at my shoulders and held me tighter in vice like grasp, but I didn't mind. She pulled away slightly after several minutes, panting for breath. I gave her the moment she needed.
"You didn't answer my question," she accused breathlessly, lazily pointing at me. The grin stretched wider on my face.
"Elphie, my darling, I followed you because we thought you've been captured. Is that true?" A look of alarm spread across her face.
"Fiyero, of course it’s not true! I had to destroy the radio connection completely so that Lexi wouldn't suspect anything. Even though we are against one another, it doesn't mean she's still on your side."
"I see. Well, I'd better get going then. Sorry to bother you. Let's go, Glinda," I spun on my heel to face her.
"Oh so you have finally noticed me, huh?" She put her hand on her hips, clearly annoyed. "I'm important again! Big deal! Now we can all-" Elphaba cut her off.
"Glinda! Enough! Of course we knew you were there! My goodness, what has gotten into you?" Elphaba's incredible honesty amazed me at times, but at others she goes too far.
"Elphie..." I cautioned. She shook her head and sighed. I said my murmured goodbyes and motioned for Glinda to follow me.
She followed me closely out the door with hardly a last glance at Elphaba. Without another word, she magically transported us back to the other castle. We reappeared in the main hallway and as soon as our feet touched solid ground, she let go of my hand. I was able to sense immediately that we were not alone in the dreary manor. Torches lit up the walls, spaced out evenly and giving enough light to see by. I scanned my surrounding but could see no sign of anyone besides the two of us. I found a long wooden pole on the ground and picked it up. It seemed to be in good condition, and I awkwardly held it in front of me.
“Fiyero, I’m behind you.” I jumped, startled. She laughed and came into my field of vision.
“How do you always manage to appear out of thin air like that?” I complained sourly. Lexi pulled a wand seemingly out of thin air as well, twirling casually in her hand. I watched the sparks fly off the end and float to the floor, disappearing before they could stay long. I looked up at her and glared. She stopped twirling her wand and smiled, and then stowed the wand away in her dark crimson cape. It appeared to be a dusky red in the torchlight and brightly contrasted with the other dreary colors in the palace. Underneath her cape, I noticed she wore a forest green dress that came all the way down to the stone floor like a green river. I scowled even more, unconcerned of her appearance and irritated that she kept showing up and annoying me.
“I do have a particularly good reason for being here,” Lexi said, her smile less forced now, and more gentle. “I have a deal to be making with you. Your precious Elphaba is being held hostage in a secret location far from here, perhaps even outside of Oz, who knows? I’m not telling. If you two wish to ever see her alive again, I suggest that you reconsider who’s side you’re on and who you trust. After all, aren’t I on the winning side? I have all the power, the knowledge, the riches, and popularity. Isn’t that what you both have always wanted? Power and popularity? They are among the most desired things in this world, and you can have it if you follow my lead. No strings attached, Fiyero. What do you say?” She held out her hand and waited for her answer. I knew what she would really do, and did not shake it right away, but composing my own plan, I grasped her awaiting hand and shook it once.
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