Title: Even the Yellow Brick Road Can Double Back On Itself.
Author: Shatterpath
Author’s Email: shatterpath@shatterstorm.net
Rating: NC17, M, etc. Sex and a bit of swearing here and there.
Pairing: Duh. Elphaba and Glinda.
Summary: An unexpected visitor helps steer Elphie's path away from its not-so-inevitable conclusion.
Spoilers (if any): First half of the play as well as various info on the girls.

Disclaimer: "Wicked," the characters, and situations depicted are the property of Gregory Maguire, Stephen Schwarz, Winnie Holzman, and Universal Pictures. This piece of fan fiction was created for entertainment not monetary purposes. Previously unrecognized characters and places, and this story, are copyrighted to the author. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author. This site is in no way affiliated with "Wicked," any of its owners, or any representatives of the actors.

Author's Disclaimer: Don't own 'em, but they're brilliant and I had to toss my two cents into the ring.

Author's notes: Through judicious editing the story is exactly 21,000 words. Y'know, just because I can…

Special thanks to the Muses, particularly Darya, for helping 'voice' Glinda. I recognize the cadence of your language anywhere, dear. Dunno know exactly where the voices of Elphaba, Fae and the Monkeys came from, but some things should remain happy mysteries.

To Leyla, for the brilliant idea of the soap bubble pendant (YOU ROCK!) as well as confirming that this should take place between acts 1 & 2. Your help is very appreciated.

To the webpage where I found a solid synopsis on the play, enabling me to stick as close to canon as possible. It was a great help!


Beta: ariestess

Story notes: Here is the saga as best I can remember it.

February was a magical month for me. My best friend/roomie/writing partner, AJ, had gotten hooked on the Wicked soundtrack seemingly ages ago. Oh sure, I'd half-heartedly listened here and there, but never really paid attention. Thinking back, I really don't know which song reeled me in. I think Defying Gravity started it, perking up my ears and rekindling a very old love for spunky musicals. Then Popular made me laugh and pay more attention, but I'm pretty certain that it was For Good that clinched the deal. Research into the musical, the actresses, skimming the book and reading the masses of fanfiction… it was a very quick fall into a passionate love affair.

Then, the plot bunnies showed up, sniffing about and tickling me with their little whiskers. Yep, right on track, it was time to bond to a new fandom. So, I turned the ideas over and over in my head, at last begging for help to the Passion and Perfection crew on the 27th. Through email (only one of which was replied to. Shame on you two that didn't!) I contacted three people and the ball was rolling.

On the 28th, I saved the first chunk of what has become this great tale and I barely took a deep breath in the intervening days. The working title of Even the Yellow Brick Road Can Double Back On Itself came to me fairly quickly and I still like it. On Thursday, March 7th, I completed the first draft. AJ betaed, I polished and now it's in your hands. These muses have been exceptionally good to me and deserve even more stroking that I have done. So keep the fics coming troops!

Update: September 2009. So, here I am, two and a half years after completing the tale of Elphaba, Glinda and their clan. Only… I had never actually finished the second part. See, I ended the first half with a short POV from Dee and had always meant to do the same to the second half. Only, the inspiration never came.

Until now.

See, Amy, bless her heart, bought AJ and I tickets to the musical, which returned to Seattle this month. Despite knowing the music, despite the strangers performing the roles, despite being so physically uncomfortable in that beautiful old theater that I was in agony, I loved it, loved it, loved it! The play was every bit as moving as I'd hoped for and I will forever be grateful that I had the chance to enjoy it.

The mental image of Dee scrunched up in her little hidey-hole had always been the inspiration and I am delighted that my yearly Sappho prompt of 'Mythweaver' gave her the outlet she needed. Now, and only now, is the story complete!

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