A/N: Here's that update I promised you guys! Oh, and in case it confused people: the Jaguar with the pink bandanna is Rabley. (from chapter 16?) Soo…Yeah…

Also a BIG BIG Thanks to everyone who's read or reviewed, or both! Your reviews make me smile :) And for all of you waiting for me to update my other stories, I'm getting around to updating Wicked Parody, so stay tuned!

Song used: "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders

"FIYERO!" Elphaba ran out of the tent, eyes wide.

"FIYERO!" yelled furious and extremely disgruntled Glinda, storming out of the tent after Elphaba.

He looked back, seeing his girlfriend and ex-girlfriend racing towards him, and did the only logical thing he could think of.

"PLEASE DON'T HURT ME!" He yelled, before dropping his gun and holding his hands above his head.

They stopped in front of him, yelling out a bunch of gibberish Fiyero couldn't make out except for the words "Elphaba" "Save" "Stepped" and "Face"


They stopped, staring at Fiyero before Elphaba yelled out her piece first.

"Fiyero, the Jaguar cub in the cage is Rabley from the Forest of Fighting Trees and we need to save him!"

Glinda didn't look surprised in the slightest as she yelled out as well.

"Well, Elphaba stepped ON MY FACE while she was getting out of the tent!" She yelled, glaring at the Witch.

Fiyero looked tentatively at both of them.


After the girls had calmed down, Fiyero had lit a fire and warmed up some water for tea. They had determined that Elphaba's reason to storm out of the tent (and step on Glinda's face) was justifiable and therefore she needed to elaborate. After she apologized to Glinda, that is.

"Alright Elphaba, who's this Rabley and why do we need to save him?" Fiyero asked, discreetly dumping his cup of tea on the ground. He hated tea.

She swallowed, shakily taking a sip from her tin mug. She'd promised herself she'd never tell anyone about the Animal's camp, but now she had to. What if she had, though? If she had told them would this have played out any differently? And what about the request from the Lioness, asking her to stay with them in their camp? If she'd stayed, maybe she could've prevented all of this. She could've saved Rabley.

This was all her fault.

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes

"Elphie?" Glinda asked gently, placing a hand on her shoulder.

Come on and come to me now
Don't be ashamed to cry

"I-It's my fault. Rabley getting captured, i-it's my fault. Elphaba stood up quickly, dropping her cup on the ground and grabbing her cloak and broom from the tree.

"I have to go. I have to go and talk with the Lioness, she'll know what to do."

"Oh no you're not!" Glinda said, getting up and tackling her best friend before she could do anything else. Both of them fell to the ground with a thud.

"Ow! Glinda, what was THAT?!" Elphaba grumbled as Glinda pinned her down.

"You were going to leave like you always do! Well, you're not leaving this time!"

"Glin, I-I-"

"-You're not leaving without us." Glinda finished, helping her to her feet.

'cause I've seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
You don't know what to do
Nothing you confess
Could make me love you less, I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you

The three of them walked through the forest, Glinda and Fiyero following Elphaba; who was suspiciously quiet.

"Uh, Elphaba? You okay?" Fiyero asked, only to get a blast of magic lobbed at his head.

"Okay! Forget I asked!"

So if you're mad, get mad
Don't hold it all inside

She grimaced, her hands glowing in a way they hadn't for a long time since she'd learned to control her magic.

Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well I'm a lot like you

"It's my fault."

"What's your fault?" Glinda asked, taking a step towards her. Unlike Fiyero, she trusted that Elphaba wouldn't hurt her.

"Elphie, what's your fault?"

When you're standing at the crossroads
And don't know which path to choose

Elphaba bit back a sob, blasting a nearby tree to pieces.

"Rabley's captured, and it's all because of me! If I'd never left the Camp I would've been there to protect him! I-It's all my fault!" She cried, her hands glowing brighter.

Let me come along
'cause even if you're wrong I'll stand by you

"Elphie, who's Rabley?"

Elphaba looked up at Glinda, her hands glowing less.

"He's…I…After I left Fiyero's house I got hit with another dart and I crashed my broom into the F-Forest of Fighting Trees a-and…And there was a Jaguar…a-a Jaguar cub and…" She trailed off, her magic blazing brighter at her fingertips.

"He helped me, h-he didn't want me to leave…Glin, I-I need to-"

"E-Elphaba, did you say th-the Forest of Fighting Trees?" Fiyero stammered, hoping that she wouldn't blast him.

Let me come along

And she didn't.

"Yeah, Fiyero…th-that's where the Animal Camp was."

'cause even if you're wrong

He grinned, pushing ahead and walking out into a clearing.

"We're here."

I'll stand by you

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