The Glass Orb - Chapter 8

Elphaba felt her breath hitch in her throat. She couldn't quite believe it. Fiyero was here. He was alive, and he was real, and he was kissing her. Her eyes fluttered open to find Fiyero staring back at her, the tears shining in his eyes mirroring her own. He pulled away from her, stroked the side of her face with the back of his hand, whispering 'You're here. My Fae.' then pulled her back into his arms, folding her into a warm, loving hug. She put her arms around his back, never wanting to let go.

Liir looked over at Nor, wondering how it felt for her to watch his father so lovingly embrace a woman who was not her own mother, and not only that, a woman who had never shown emotion, let alone love. To his surprise, she was smiling while watching them. She stepped towards him.

"Isn't it wonderful Liir?" She asked him "They're finally together again."

"Are you not upset?" He asked her.

She shook her head "Upset? No I'm not. Yes it would be nice if he felt that way about my mother, and I do miss her dreadfully, but the truth is Liir, she's gone and she's not coming back. Father finally has a chance to be happy with the woman he truly loves. How could I be upset?" She gestured towards her father and Elphaba "That's the happy ending, right there."

Liir smiled, he had to admit - she had a point. Whilst they stood together, Glinda made her way over to them.

"Liir, we have to get them back to Kiamo Ko, or at least into the tree or something. I've just been informed by a friend that Fiyero's disappearance has been noticed. The search has begun to bring him back to Southstairs."

Liir panicked "How do you know this? What 'friend'?"

Glinda pointed to a Bird perched in the tree preening his feathers. "That's Glick. He's one of my spies I use against the Wizard. He just flew here to warn us."

"I'll tell Elphaba and Fiyero. Can you and Nor empty the tree of our belongings? It would be best if we leave no traces we were here. We'll fly back to Kiamo Ko now; it'll be much safer than waiting till the hunt spreads any further."

He ran over to his parents, who broke apart at the sound of his footsteps. "I'm sorry to interrupt, but Fiyero, they've noticed we're not in Southstairs anymore. They've started hunting for you. We have to get home as soon as we can. Elphaba, can you get Chistery and the Monkeys ready for the flight?" She nodded and hurried over to Chistery, glancing slightly back in Fiyero's direction. "Fiyero, we're just waiting for Glinda and Nor to collect everything together and then we'll be going. Wait here." Fiyero nodded, and waited where he was standing, but couldn't help feeling a little useless as his companions stared rushing around him.

It didn't take long before they were ready to leave. Liir, who was holding the broom, walked over to Elphaba. He held it out for her to take.

"I believe this is yours." He said shyly. "You and Fiyero can fly together."

She took it from him, smiling gratefully; again they didn't seem to know what to say to each other. She turned away from him. "Chistery!" she called and the Monkey ambled on over to his mistress. "Make sure Liir gets home safe, ok?" She turned back to her son, and hesitantly, she put her hand on his cheek. "Thank You." She whispered.

Glinda approached the two of them, obviously agitated.

"Elphaba, I'm going to go back to the Emerald City to talk to the Wizard. I'll send word with Glick when I know what's going on."

"Why don't you come with us? You can stay at Kiamo Ko with me, there's plenty of space. Besides," she looked down at her hands, "I've missed having you around."

"Oh Elphie, I've missed you too, but you need someone inside the Emerald City to keep yourself safe. What if the Wizard decides to look in Kiamo Ko for you? I can send enough warning for you to hide yourself and Fiyero. Keep your family safe Elphaba, you only get one chance at living. I'll come and visit as soon as it's safe." They embraced one another, and then Glinda turned away, hugged the others in turn and conjured her bubble to take her back to the Emerald City. Liir watched in shock.

"I've been flying her up and down the tree for 3 days, my arms and legs are scratched to pieces from the branches, and she floats away in a bubble?! Why didn't she show me this before?"

Elphaba cackled quietly, "That's Glinda..."

They made their way over to Fiyero and Nor, who were attempting to make conversation with the other flying Monkeys. Elphaba and Fiyero mounted the broom, Fiyero clutching her round her middle, half to stop himself falling off, and half because he didn't want to let her go. Nor was picked up by one of the Monkeys, and Liir was grabbed around the waist by Chistery and all together they took off.

Yes it's just a short chapter, sorry about that. I was going to make it longer, but anything else was just rambling.

The story is nearly finished! Maybe one more chapter to go. And how's this for good news - I've nearly finished it! Madness, I know.

So, if you would be so kind as to review (you've all been so wonderful so far with your reviews, I feel very lucky to have had such lovely feedback, thank you) then I shall upload the final chapter just as soon as I've finished it!

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