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17 October 2007 @ 01:34 am
Simply Unbalanced  
Title: Simply Unbalanced
Author: Angel Leviathan
Disclaimer: The Atlantis characters aren't mine.
Rating: PG
Summary: Elizabeth had her head in her hands and was peeking out between her fingers. The baby kicked and she mentally pleaded with it not to follow the example her companions were setting. She laughed. “I can’t believe this. Drinking in the middle of the afternoon and you’ve stolen someone’s shoes!”
Notes: Written for one of the challenge_the prompts.


Elizabeth stretched as well as she could in the plane seat she had been sitting half-asleep in for the past couple of hours. She didn’t know what had possessed her to agree to such an early flight (well, what felt like an early flight) but then, she hadn’t been the one in charge of the travel arrangements. She had left the stage just over a month ago and in that time had managed to find a week’s worth of voice work and been asked to film a TV drama that thankfully didn’t involve strange camera angles and being filmed from the chest up. Luckily, this would all be in a few weeks time, which gave her longer to rest (which she found she was actually grateful for) and didn’t interfere with the plans the Wicked producers had for her.

On checking her watch, she remembered to set it forward an hour at the same moment. She removed the watch and did so, noting it should only be another half an hour until the plane landed. She wasn’t quite sure what to expect when she reached the rehearsal studio. As the only fluent German speaker of all the women who had played Elphaba, the producers and directors of both the British and German productions had requested that she go spend a few days with the German company. The intention was to see some of the changes for the new production and offer any advice needed to her fellow leads. After all, the London show had had its fair share of disasters in its first year, and if she could suggest how to react if the same mistakes occurred, then it was all to the good. Elizabeth had spent the past couple of days staring at sheets and sheets of dialogue and lyrics. John had laughed on discovering her singing along to backing with the translated lyrics. He’d then continued to tease that she’d confuse the baby.

Elizabeth hoped John had been exaggerating when he joked that she’d done a terrible thing by unleashing the Vala-Ellie duet on the West End fulltime.

What had she let the company in for? Elizabeth was sure half of them would be considering sedating their leads before she returned. Whenever Vala and Ellie were in the same room they seemed to combine to create a devastating force of nature. From the messages she had received the previous evening whilst she was packing, she dreaded to think what was going on back at the Apollo Victoria.

'You’ve only been gone a month and Vala’s gone and got your dresser fired!'

This had been followed less than ten seconds later by a message from Vala.

'I did NO such thing! Charlie still works here, she just won’t dress ME! She doesn’t appreciate my sense of humour.'

It had to be said, that on a Saturday night after eight shows in a week, that there weren’t many people who appreciated Vala’s sense of humour. Her enthusiasm could be infectious when people were flagging, but when absolutely exhausted she was lucky that most had so far held their tongues and not responded with the first remark that came to mind.

Everything seemed go a little haywire when the girls were around. Both were absolute professionals on the stage, but tended to be more loopy than anything else offstage. As demonstrated by the afternoon out she had finally been dragged on a week before her time as Elphaba had come to a temporary halt.

“Three strawberry daiquiri’s please,” Ellie requested, waving a twenty pound note in a manner which she belatedly realized bartenders didn’t appreciate at all.

The bartender glanced at Elizabeth and hesitated.

“Oh, virgin for her,” Vala said. She looked Elizabeth up and down and smirked. “Perhaps not.”

Elizabeth raised an eyebrow and resisted the urge to swat at her.

Ellie leant against the bar, waiting for their drinks. “Thank goodness for the smoking ban,” she breathed. “Well, you’ll be leaving us soon. Will you miss us terribly?”

“Dreadfully,” Elizabeth deadpanned.

“Hey! I was being serious. I’m hurt now. I shan’t speak to you for the rest of the evening.”

“Promise?”

“Oh, come on. The only way she’ll be silent for more than five minutes is if you park a book in her hand or bludgeon her unconscious,” Vala commented.

Ellie snatched at her change, separated Elizabeth’s drink from the other two, and slid one down the bar to Vala. She raised her glass. “To Wicked Witches.”

Elizabeth frowned. “You’re the Good Witch.”

“I’m the Good Witch who’s really a bad witch, everyone just thinks she’s the good witch. Therefore, she’s a Wicked Witch. We’re all Wicked Witches.” Ellie reasoned.

“Did you start drinking before you left? I’m not too sure I believe that story about your Oyster card being defunct now,” Vala narrowed her eyes and leaned away from the blonde for a moment, studying her.

Ellie ignored her. “To Wicked Witches,” she proposed again.

“Wicked Witches,” Elizabeth agreed, echoed by Vala. “Shall we find some seats?” She moved off when Ellie nodded and followed her, though it was Vala who found the seats.

“What are you going to do for four months?” Vala asked as they sat down. “I mean, obviously you’ll be gone longer than that, but before the baby I mean.”

“Some television if I can find it. I’ve been asked to see the rehearsals of the Stuttgart production of Wicked, so I’ll be over there for just under a week. Voice work.” Elizabeth sipped at her drink. “’Relaxing’ as John insists.”

“You sound absolutely thrilled about that,” Ellie replied.

“I’ll have to slow down sometime, that’s a fact. I just don’t want to sit around and do nothing. Anyway, what plans do you have for when your contracts end?” She tilted her head, trying to recall where she had heard what she spoke of next. “Weren’t you called for an audition recently?” she asked Ellie.

“Yeah. From the Theatre Royal. The role is a lot more controlled than Glinda, vocally, I mean. There are at least some points in our show where it isn’t an absolute disaster if you miss a note by a little. Producers said they would contact me again nearer the end of my run. We’ll see if they’re still interested then.”

“And I’ve really only just signed-on, unless you’re trying to get rid of me,” Vala joked.

Elizabeth smiled. “Will you stay on once I’m back?”

“…It depends. If I ‘prove myself’ over the next few months then more roles might open up. If it’s a better role than a lead standby, then I’ll cut my contract short and quit,” she answered. Vala downed half of her drink in one go. “Are we going to that place with the cake?”

“The cake?”

“The really good cake. You know! With the cakes that look like gems.”

Glancing between Ellie and Vala, Elizabeth felt rather lost.

“…Oh! Yes, we can go there,” Ellie said. “I think they’re open today. Most places are.” She took a sip of her drink, pausing as she did so. Glass still at her lips, she frowned and leaned to her right to gaze at Vala’s feet.

Elizabeth stared, wondering just how strong her friends’ drinks were.

“You’re wearing Rachel’s shoes!” Ellie shrieked.

Vala tucked her feet further under the table and finished off her daiquiri. “No, I’m not…”

“Those are-“

“I borrowed them!”

“You know how she is about her shoes!!”

“Well, I didn’t drop a house on her to get them!”

Elizabeth had her head in her hands and was peeking out between her fingers. The baby kicked and she mentally pleaded with it not to follow the example her companions were setting. She laughed. “I can’t believe this. Drinking in the middle of the afternoon and you’ve stolen someone’s shoes!”

“I have
not stolen them! I told you, I’m borrowing them!” Vala protested.

“Please tell me you haven’t ‘liberated’ anything else from anyone recently…”

Vala attempted to appear innocent, trying to sip from her empty glass.

“Magpie,” Ellie teased.

Elizabeth met the blonde’s gaze and laughed louder. She watched as Vala swiped her empty glass off the table, then Ellie’s, and wandered nonchalantly to the bar. As Ellie began devising a master plan to return Rachel’s shoes before she noticed they were gone, Elizabeth could only hope her friends weren’t going to get her into trouble before she left, and themselves into more trouble once she was gone. She tried to shoot a stern, disapproving look at each of them in turn and only found herself laughing again.


Closing her eyes, Elizabeth sighed as a slight smile curved her lips. At least she could never declare that her life was remotely boring.

-

When John returned to his flat that night after the show, he flicked on the lights in the main room to find a sheet of paper on the coffee table that he was sure he hadn’t left there. Since he spent so little time in his own flat, everything tended to be tidier than if he had really lived there fulltime, so things out of place were easily noticeable. He closed the door behind him and approached the table. Upon closer inspection, the paper turned out to be a page of sheet music, one of those Elizabeth had been studying. It was a page from, ‘As Long as You’re Mine’ as far as he could tell by the notes. Scrawled across the bars were the words,

Be home soon.

Love,

Elizabeth.


John smiled and wondered when she’d had the time to leave the music. He laughed as he caught sight of the tiny print at the bottom of the sheet.

PS: Keep Vala and Ellie in check for me.

Fin
 
 
 
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[unlimited]//.Colchian Witch.//timeboundpythia on October 17th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like it. It's a lot of fun to write. :)
Vicky: [Atlantis] Lizvickysg1 on October 17th, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
Such a sweet one! Especially the note she left John...
[unlimited]//.Colchian Witch.//timeboundpythia on October 17th, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
short_angel06short_angel06 on October 18th, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
I love every new chapter that comes from this AU every single time! Great work!!
[unlimited]//.Colchian Witch.//timeboundpythia on October 18th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you like them! :) Thank you!
csiAngel: sga joe cutecsiangel on October 21st, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
Aww. Hee hee! This was a fun ficlet. I love Vala and Ellie! :-)
[unlimited]//.Colchian Witch.//timeboundpythia on October 22nd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it! :)
Opaloparu on October 22nd, 2007 04:00 pm (UTC)
www it's adorable! I love Vala and Elizabeth interactions for some reason and you do it very well.
[unlimited]//.Colchian Witch.//: Wicked Glinda Bluetimeboundpythia on October 22nd, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think Vala would bring out a very different side to Elizabeth, if given the chance.
tobiasbulu on November 2nd, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Very intereresting reading. thx