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Elphaba sat silently upon her Shiz dorm room bed. At the moment, she was lost in some other wonderful fantasy novel, rife with adventure and love, chivalry and humor. It was the kind of stuff she adored but was always made fun of for adoring. In the back of her mind, the green girl couldn't help but wonder if romance might someday be possible for her. Of course, she knew it would be hard, given her verdigris, but when she read these fantasy novels, she couldn't help but dream. These books made anything seem possible, including romance, even for those who didn't appear to be outwardly romantic. And that was the thing, Elphaba considered herself to be quite the romantic, she was just never good at translating that knowledge over into reality. Elphaba sighed sadly as she closed the book. The prince and princess had just shared their first kiss and it was so tender and loving that it made Elphaba almost begin to mourn her own lonely little life. When would a guy ever look at someone like her that way?

"Oh, Elphie!?" a voice at the dorm door sing-songed. Elphaba sighed again, but this time, she smiled as she did so. This voice belonged to her bubbly blond roommate, Glinda Upland. Once upon a time, the two had been bitter rivals, but after a hat, a prank gone wrong, an apology and a dance, the two had become friends. Best friends, even. As impossible as it seemed, Elphaba knew that Glinda was someone she considered a best friend and she knew the feeling was mutual. There was just something so special, powerful, beautiful and wonderful about the bond that the two girls shared that it felt impossible to think anything less of that bond. Already, Elphaba knew Glinda was someone she wanted to keep in her life, no matter how much things changed. Already, Elphaba knew that Glinda would be the one to try and stay with Elphaba too, no matter how much things changed. It was this inexplicable knowledge that made Elphaba smile whenever Glinda walked in the room. She was going to be one of the few people to stay after meeting Elphaba. She was going to be the one Elphaba would spend her life with.

"Hey, Glinda," the green girl replied as Glinda pranced in happily.

"Do you wanna go down to the quad with me later? I know there's going to be a great fireworks show to celebrate the upcoming summer," the blond asked. She took a seat at her vanity, re-fluffing her already fluffy curls and fixing minor blemishes that only her sharp blue eyes could detect.

"Ah, you know me, I'm not really into loud noises or public places," Elphaba replied with a shrug and a gentle shake of the head.

"Awww, what? Come on, everyone loves a good fireworks show!" the tiny blond pleaded. She even widened her bright blue eyes in attempt to convince Elphaba through her puppy-face.

"No, Glinda, I'm sorry, but I just don't feel comfortable going out to a firework show," Elphaba continued to insist. Glinda kept on pouting but, as Elphaba continued to gently deny her friend's request, it finally sank into Glinda's little blond brain and she finally conceded.

"Ok, Elphie, I get it. You win," she sighed unhappily.

"You can go with some of your other friends," Elphaba suggested, hating to see Glinda looking unhappy.

"But I don't want to go with them!" Glinda insisted almost childishly, shaking her blond curls. "I want to go with you!"

"But why me? I'm not exactly the life of a party," Elphaba grinned dryly.

"Doesn't matter. You're my friend. You mean something to me. Isn't that enough for me to want to spend time with you?" Glinda asked, a new level of sincerity within her usually whiny voice. It was enough to give Elphaba pause. Sure, she still hated fireworks and public events, but as she thought about Glinda's proposal, the more and more fun it seemed. It wasn't because the fireworks show was going to be really big, but because Glinda was going to be there and, Elphaba had to admit, anywhere that Glinda went was always a fun place to be.

"How about if we compromise?" Elphaba suggested finally. Glinda gave her an interested look, eyes widening hopefully. Elphaba smiled at her before continuing. "Let's say we go to the beginning of the fireworks show and then we can spend the rest of it relaxing together here. We can watch the finale from the rooftops because, if what you're saying is true, I have no doubt that everyone from here to the Emerald City will be able to see it," Elphaba paused to chuckle while Glinda clapped excitedly.

"Ooooh! What a great idea, Elphie! Half the night at the party and half the night alone together! I like it!" and so, the deal was set.

Many hours later, the two sat on the dorm roof, a rope of bed sheets trailing from a nearby weathervane back down into a dorm window.

"This really has been a wonderful night," Elphaba told her roommate and best friend as they sat and watched the fireworks together.

"Hasn't it?"Glinda agreed, voice hushed with awe as she leaned against Elphaba's side, wide eyes staring at the rainbow-speckled night sky. Then, slowly, she turned to Elphaba and kissed her cheek. It was a small, soft, gentle little gesture that could've meant nothing in the long run but, for some reason, the moment her lips touched Elphaba's face, Elphaba felt fireworks going off in her own mind as more of them whistled off into the night sky. Even after Glinda had pulled away, staring up at the burning sky again, Elphaba couldn't help but keep watching the little blond and then, little by little, second after second, Elphaba began to wonder if she wasn't maybe a little bit in love with her Glinda. It wasn't something she'd ever considered before then, but when Glinda's kiss refused to leave her mind, even after she and Glinda had climbed back down the room and into bed, Elphaba couldn't help but wonder and the rainbow fireworks in the background weren't helping.

In time, though, Elphaba would wonder how she could've ever felt such passion for Glinda and not realized what it was sooner. She supposed that being raised alone and being raised in a relatively romance and sex free zone meant that such feelings were unknown to her and that she would have no clue what it felt like to be in love. Heteronormativity was one heck of a blinder and being raised without friends meant even the smallest of kind interactions could mean anything from friendship to romance. Now, though, she was 100% sure that she loved Glinda in a romantic way. She, Elphaba Thropp, was in love with Glinda Upland, and when that first realization finally sunk in after a month of assuming it was only friendship, Elphaba felt the fireworks going off once more as it all fell into place and she smiled all the way into her dreamland where Glinda waited for her on the other side.