Piper and Leo sat at Chris' bedside. He was sleeping peacefully now. He had managed to eat some food at Piper's urging. He had also showered and changed into some fresh clothes before drifting off to sleep in his parents' bed.
Phoebe entered the room.
"Hey, guys, why don't you take a break and go get something to eat," she suggested.
Piper replied, "I don't think it's a good idea to leave him alone just yet, in case he wakes up."
"Don't worry. I'll stay with him," Phoebe offered. "Now go. You haven't eaten all day."
Piper and Leo both realized they were famished. They reluctantly left their son's bedside and went downstairs to the kitchen.
Piper started putting together a quick meal for them.
"I can't believe how much he's been through," Piper was saying. "I hope we changed things so Baby Chris won't have to go through all of that."
"Yeah," Leo said, uneasily.
"What?" Piper said, sensing Leo's apprehension.
"It's just…I've been thinking about what that Seer told Chris when he visited her. I think he was so anxious and preoccupied with finding out how to save Wyatt and learning his own life was in jeopardy, he didn't really listen to what she was saying."
"What do you mean?"
Leo explained, "She told Chris 'the memories of the life you had are not the same ones you had when you first traveled to this time.' As Chris changes things that will affect Baby Chris' experiences, his own memories alter to the changes he's made—to match what Baby Chris will remember."
Piper seemed slightly confused by what he was saying.
Leo clarified, "Do you remember when Chris first came to the past? He told us that in his timeline Paige had died, then a few months later he contradicted that."
"Yeah, when I was pregnant, he told me Paige had given him money when he was young. I was going to call him on that, but then we got attacked by the Spider Demon and I forgot all about it. I just assumed he lied about Paige dying back then to gain our trust."
"I don't think he was lying," Leo said. "I think Paige really did die in his original timeline. After he saved her, his own memories altered to the new timeline that he grew up in. After he changed his past, he remembered growing up with her around."
began to comprehend what he was saying. "So then what we saw of his
memories today when we did the spell…"
"…is what will happen in Baby Chris' future. We saw Chris' past. His past is Baby Chris' future. They're intertwined."
"Which means I'm still going to die young," Piper realized sadly. Then, thinking of her son, "and Chris is going to go through all that pain unless we can find a way to change that."
"It also means," Leo said, solemnly, "that Wyatt is still evil in Chris' future."
I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I may do another one that continues this story. Or not. Depends on how busy I get and if I get inspired.
Thanks for the great reviews.