Title: A "Family" Dinner
Author: Leanne8582
Rating: PG
Summery: As the new Charmed One, Paige has completely bonded with her sisters, except for one thing. She hasn't met their father. Find out what happens when Paige and Victor come face to face.
Disclaimer: Charmed belongs to Aaron Spelling and some other people.
Spoilers: Takes place sometime after "Sam I Am" so general spoilers for that episode and all of the ones before it.
Author's note: This isn't betad. All the boo boos are my own. This is a WIP. I'll try to update as often as I can, but I'm also working on three Smallville fics and a CSI one. Damn that muse. Feedback please.

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"Paige, what are you doing today?"

Paige Mathews put down her book and looked at her oldest sister, Piper. "Nothing. Why?"

Piper picked up the laundry basket full of folded clothes and started up the stairs to her and Leo's room. "Oh, I was just wondering if you were going out." Paige got up from her chair in the living room and followed Piper upstairs. When the two of them got to Piper's room, Piper began putting her clothes away.

"Piper," Paige began, "Why would I go out? I don't have a job anymore. Remember? I gave it up to be 'Paige Mathews: Super Witch.'" Paige sat down on the end Piper's bed.

"So you don't have any plans at all? No date?"

"No, all the guys I date have jobs. My only plans for today are to finish my book and take advantage of our HBO subscription. That's it."

Still, Piper continued to press. "You don't have some form of Whitelighter duty?"

Paige made an exasperated noise. "No, Piper! So far, my only official charge is my dad, and if Sam needs me I'm sure he'll call or orb or something. Jeez! What is with you today?"

"Nothing," said Piper as she put the last of the clothes away. Piper headed out the door and down the stairs. Paige stood up from the bed with a sigh. She walked out of the bedroom after her sister.

Paige finally caught up with Piper in the kitchen. "Then why the twenty questions?"

"Well, I thought if you weren't doing anything, you could run to the store and pick up a few things for me," Piper said, handing Paige a list.

"Piper! This list is three pages long," Paige said thumbing through it. "I'd have to go to twelve different store, including Price Club, and you know how much I hate that place. We don't even need half this stuff. And look here, you've got me driving all over the Bay Area. Piper, I'm not going to San Jose."

"Paige, don't exaggerate."

"I'm not exaggerating. This list could take all day. No, it will take all day. And you know the clutch is going out on my car. What am I supposed to do? Orb back and forth?"

"No, don't be silly. You can take my car."

Paige started to say something else, but then she stopped. Wait a minute.... Piper's never lent me her car before. And we don't need most of what's on this list. And it's going to take all day… Paige narrowed her eyes at Piper. "Okay, missy, the jig is up. Why do you want me out of the house?"

"What? No, it's nothing like that," Said Piper as she walked into the dinning room.

Paige quickly ran after Piper. She went around the dinning room table and cut Piper off before she could get to the living room. "Piper, I'm not an idiot. What's going on?"

"Okay, Paige. It's not a big deal. It's just that Phoebe and I are having company over, and we kind of figured that you might not want to be here when he comes."

Paige looked at Piper. "Who is it? Is it someone I know?"

"Um, not really. It's Victor. You know, mine and Phoebe's father."

"Oh. I get it. You don't want me here. It's okay. I'll make myself scarce."

"No. It's not like that, Paige."

"Piper, it's okay. You don't have to say it. I understand that you're ashamed of me."

"Paige, this isn't about you at all. I would love for you to meet Victor. I'm just afraid of how he's going to react. Dad hates Whitelighters. He has it in his mind that Sam stole Mom away from him, even though she and Sam didn't get together until after they were separated. I mean, when Dad first found out that I was marrying a Whitelighter he flipped. If Leo wasn't dead, I would have feared for his safety. I just don't want anything bad to happen. After all, he wouldn't see you as our sister. He would see you as the baby his wife conceived with another man. Do you understand?"

Paige sighed and put her hands on her hips. "I'd still like to meet him. I'm part of this family now, right?"

"Of course you are, honey."

"Then Victor will just have to accept that," Paige said with a determined look on her face.

Piper wiped her hand across her brow. "Yes, he will. Okay then. Dad is picking us up here at six and then we're going out. Dress nicely. Leo's coming, but Phoebe isn't bringing a date and you probably shouldn't either. The evening might run a bit smoother without an audience."

"Okay." Paige turned and started up the stairs to her room. As Piper watched her baby sister go she had only one thought, Please, please let it go okay.