-1Well seeing as someone threatened me, I felt kinda compelled to write this chapter! Haha!
Piper answered the door, and her friendly smile disappeared..
"Hi Piper, is Prue home?" Andy asked, smiling pleasantly.
"She's sleeping," Piper said shortly.
"Oh, can I see her?"
"No. She's sleeping."
"Look Piper, I know you're blaming for breaking up Prue's happy engagement, but I…"
"Are you saying she wasn't happy?" Piper snapped, interrupting him.
"How do you know? She only started acting like that after you turned up. I suppose you did something utterly stupid and told her you still loved her or something, confusing her completely."
"No!" Andy said defiantly, though feeling his face turn slightly red. "Prue was not happy before I came. Now can I see her?"
"I told you! She's sleeping," Piper said angrily.
"No she's not." Piper and Andy both looked to the stairs, where Prue was slowly coming down, looking a little sleepy.
"Hi Prue!" Andy said.
"Andy, hi." Piper folded her arms and stood waiting. "You can go," Prue told her, stepping around her and onto the doorstep next to Andy. Piper sighed disapprovingly and walked off. Prue pulled the door shut behind her. "I'd invite you in, but I'm not sure you'd be received very warmly, and I don't want them to overhear anything." Andy nodded.
"So I take it you haven't told Piper why you left him?"
"No, but if she carries on like this, then I'll kill her."
"Or better yet, tell her. She'd completely understand. You'd get her support."
"Why? Because you have to be the older sister who supports them? Just because you're the oldest, doesn't mean you can't have problems and support. They're old enough to be supportive and understand. They don't need looking after anymore." Prue scowled.
"I know that Andy."
"No! I'm not telling them!"
"Are you scared of telling them?"
"No!" Prue paused. "Yes! But that is beside the point."
"I give up. Just somehow stop Piper hating me for 'ruining' your life. Do you want to go out later?"
"Okay," Prue shrugged.
"Picnic? You? I didn't know you liked picnics," Prue said suspiciously.
"Full of surprises."
"What are you doing?" She said, frowning at him.
"Trying to make you fall in love with me?" Prue laughed slightly. "Is it working?" Andy asked, pleased to see her smile.
"Ask again later. I'm going to go and persuade Piper that you aren't evil. I'll see you at…?"
"One? Park?" Prue didn't need to ask which park.
"Okay." They hugged goodbye. Prue stepped back inside the manor.
"Going out with him?" Prue jumped.
"God Piper! You scared me half to death!" Prue's face changed. "Were you listening?"
"No, but it's all over your face. I can't believe you." Prue muttered something and began to walk upstairs. "You're not even upset about Roger! You're off on dates with Andy! Already!" Prue stopped, gripping the banister, and turned slowly to face Piper.
"That. Is. It. Get in the lounge. And if Phoebe's around, she can too. I'm only saying this once." Piper walked bewildered into the lounge.
"Phoebe?" Piper called. "Come here for a minute." Phoebe walked in.
"What?" She asked impatiently.
"Prue wants to…uh…tell us something," she said uncertainly. Prue nodded at Phoebe's look, and sat opposite them.
"Right. I wasn't going to tell you, even though Andy said I should." She stopped here and looked pointedly at Piper, who rolled her eyes.
"Shut up Piper. Andy hasn't done anything wrong. Your perfect Roger has. It was not Andy's fault we split up, it was entirely his. Well, it was thanks to Andy, but you'll thank him too in a minute."
"What are you talking about?" Phoebe said, bewildered.
"Roger…" Prue wondered if she could get out of this with some sort of lie, because it suddenly didn't seem like such a good idea.
"What?" Piper suddenly looked worried. "Roger what?"
"He…we argued a lot, Piper."
"You broke up with Roger because you argued a lot? But that isn't what you wanted to tell us, is it?" Prue closed her eyes.
"No. He hit me too Piper." She opened her eyes again to see their reaction.
"What? He hit you? I'm sure he didn't mean to…" Piper looked extremely doubtful.
"Piper, how can you not mean to hit someone? And anyway, I don't mean just one time." She pulled her top up slightly to show her still bruised stomach. Prue couldn't seem to make eye contact with them anymore. Phoebe was by her side in seconds.
"Why didn't you tell us sweetie?" She had put an arm around her, but Prue was waiting for Piper's reaction. She looked up finally.
"Piper?" Piper looked horrified.
"I'm so sorry Prue. I should have…why didn't I notice? Oh god, the way I treated Andy." She looked so guilty and upset.
"Piper, it isn't your fault. I definitely don't blame you It's not as if I ever told you…"
"I'm going to kill that bastard!" Piper said loudly, getting up.
"I'm coming with you!" Phoebe declared.
"No, leave it Piper. Andy already wants me to let him arrest Roger."
"I have to apologize to Andy! And Prue, why didn't you tell me? I could have helped. We could have helped. I can't believe I believed that shit from Roger."
"I'm sorry I didn't tell you, but I didn't want to worry you or disappoint you. You thought I had a perfect life and I didn't want you to get hurt."
"But we're your sisters!" Phoebe cried.
"I know you are, and I care about you. Just don't worry. It's over now anyway." Prue smiled and got up. "I need to shower and change. I have to get ready for Andy."
"Oh, well in that case, Phoebe will have to help me spring clean," Piper said, forcing a smile.
"Huh?" Phoebe said looking at Piper annoyed. "That's not fair! I could be shopping! Or job hunting," she added hurriedly at the look from Prue. Prue shook her head and walked out, knowing that they would be discussing her in a minute. She paused by the door. "Oh, and I'm fine. Really."
Prue smiled as she approached the swing at the park. Andy raised a glass to her as she sat down next to him, on a blanket.
"Good afternoon. Would you like a drink?"
"Wow Andy, you certainly took this picnic thing seriously."
"Only the best for you," he said with a smile, handing her a glass.
"I told Piper and Phoebe. About…" Andy looked surprised.
"Really? How come? What did they say?"
"Piper kept going on and on about you and Roger and I just…told them. I didn't want Piper to keep blaming you. Piper's blaming herself for not noticing. I knew she would. That's partly why I didn't want to tell her or Phoebe. She apologizes to you though, so that's something." Prue sighed. "I feel so bad for telling them. They're going to start worrying about me, and I just want them to be happy."
"They are happy, but it doesn't mean that they can't worry about their older sister too. See? I told you they'd understand."
"Well at least I might be able to get some sleep tonight." Andy frowned. "I haven't slept because I keep worrying about Piper and whether she was going to find out from someone else or…I don't know. But I'm still having nightmares too."
"Really? Can't blame you. Maybe, and don't take this the wrong way Prue, but maybe you should talk to someone."
"Talk to someone? I'm talking to you now, aren't I?" She said, laughing nervously.
"I meant a counselor."
"So you think I'm crazy now? Is that it?" Prue suddenly looked dangerously close to tears.
"No! That isn't what I said. I didn't tell you to see a psychiatrist. There is a big difference."
"I don't need a shrink Andy!"
"I never said you did! I just thought that you-"
"You thought wrong!"
"I'm sorry! I thought it might help. I'm not forcing you to go if you don't want to, I was just making a suggestion."
"Can we not talk about this right now?" Prue looked away, pulling at some of the grass.
"Sure." Andy knew she was crying. "Don't be upset, Prue."
"I'm not!" She said fiercely, still not looking at him.
"So why are you crying then?"
"Because you just told me I'm crazy!"
"I only suggested you talk to someone. I know you're not crazy," Andy added softly.
"I talk to you. What's wrong with that? Why do I need a stranger poking his or her nose into my life?"
"No one is making you go!"
"Just shut up." After a minute of silence, Andy wordlessly and solemnly offered her some food. Prue smiled at him reluctantly.
"Sorry," he said, smiling hopefully at her in return.
"I know. Me too. I didn't mean to overreact like that."
"I hope I haven't ruined the afternoon?"
"No, of course not."
AN: Damn damn damn, I really have to learn my Latin now!