Life's not perfect…

All right, I know I should be working on my other fics, but I don't wanna. So I decided to start another story to add to my never-ending list. Believe it or not this is my first Prue/Andy fic.

A /N: Prue and her family live in New York. Piper and Leo are married and have Wyatt (7); Phoebe and Cole are married too. All four live in California. Also there is no magic.

Chapter 1- The big fight

"Okay Piper…yea…I love you too, bye." Prue hung up the phone and sat back down at the kitchen table. She put her head in her hands and sighed. She had just finished her weekly phone call home; Piper had tried to persuade her for the hundredth time to fly down to San Francisco. But sadly Prue had to say 'no'. It's not that she didn't want to, because she did, more than anything, it was just that Andy wouldn't let her.

Almost 7 years ago Prue and Andy moved to New York because he got transferred. Prue would've loved to stay but she stuck by Andy's decision all the same. She had managed to find a photography job for a local magazine and Andy was the captain of his precinct. After a year in New York Prue got pregnant and had a little girl, they named her Megan, after Andy's mom. Megan was already 6, a year younger than Piper's and Leo's little boy, Wyatt. Everything was different, for instance, Phoebe had just gotten married to a D.A, Cole Turner, and Phoebe was a widely known advice columnist for the Bay Mirror. Prue had subscribed to the paper ever since Phoebe got the job, but change wasn't always good. A few years after the move Andy had become increasingly violent, he had hit Prue a couple of times, but the abuse was mostly verbal and usually only after Andy had a rough day.

Megan walked in, startling Prue.

"Hey sweetie," Prue smiled as Meg pulled an apple from the fridge.

"Hi mommy, whatcha doin?" Megan asked and sat down next to Prue.

"Waiting for daddy to come home, I have something I want to ask him."

"Well you better make sure he's in a good mood," Megan said quietly, picking at her apple.

"Oh honey, that was an accident, daddy didn't mean to hit me." Prue tried to reason with her. She picked Megan up and put her on her lap.

"But… Nevermind, what were you gonna ask him?" Megan changed the subject.

"I was going to see if he'd let us take a trip to California to visit my sisters. Would you like that?" Prue asked.

"Yea!" Megan quickly replied.

"Me too," Prue said then hugged her.

The sound of the front door opening made them both jump.

"Daddy's home!" Megan cheered then jumped up and ran out of the room to greet Andy.

A few seconds later Andy walked in carrying Megan. He walked up and kissed Prue.

"Hey," Andy said.

"Hey, have a good day at work.?" Prue asked.

"Not really, I had to fire a couple guys, then a perp escaped from the holding cell. I'd rather not talk about it now." Andy said, his tone sounding almost angry.

"Alright," Prue looked down at her hands.

"So what's for dinner?" Andy asked as he lifted up a pot lid and inhaled deeply.

"Spaghetti," Prue answered.

"We had that two nights ago." Andy complained and set the lid down a little roughly.

Prue glanced at Megan who started to fidget in her chair. "I-I know, I just needed to get rid of the hamburger meat."

"Then you could've made meatloaf." Andy said through gritted teeth.

"L-look Andy, you had a rough day at work, so why don't you go watch TV until dinner's ready." Prue suggested hopefully.

Andy opened his mouth to say something but closed it quickly. He pulled a beer from the fridge and walked out.

"He's not gonna let us go," Megan muttered.

Prue ignored the comment. "Sweetie why don't you help mommy set the table please."

Megan silently got up and did as she was told.

During dinner no one spoke, Andy ate quickly then returned to the living room. Megan washed up and had gone to bed. Prue was in the kitchen doing dishes. After she was finished she slowly walked into the living room and sat in a chair next to Andy who was watching TV, beer in one hand, cigarette in another.

"So I talked to Piper today." Prue decided to open.

Andy glanced at her briefly then turned back to his show.

"A-and she asked if…" Andy interrupted her.

"No," He said simply without so much as looking at her.

"Why not? I haven't seen my family in years!" Prue strained to keep herself from screaming.

"Because, I said so." Andy replied and took a puff of his cigarette.

"That's what you say every time I ask you. And I think I deserve a better answer Andy." Prue demanded.

Andy put out his cigarette coarsely then sat up and turned to Prue.

"I don't have to give you a better answer, I told you no and that means no!" His voice got higher.

Prue summoned up all her courage and kept going.

"Well what am I supposed to tell Meg? She was looking forward to going. She's never met Piper and Phoebe!"

"She'll get over it!" Andy told her.

Prue stood up quickly. "No, you know what Andy? I'm going, and I'm bringing Megan with me. You have no right to keep me from my sisters! It's bad enough you don't let me have any friends, but you sure as hell are not gonna make me lose contact with my family!" Prue was shaking now; usually every time she tried to stand up for herself she ended up regretting it.

Andy stared at Prue coldly. He stood up. "Prue, you are my wife, which means, I own you. You should be grateful I even let you out of the house. So if I make a decision I expect you to agree with that decision. Do you understand me!" Andy screamed.

"NO! You can't control me!" Prue turned to leave but Andy stopped her by grabbing her arm and pulling her back.

"I wasn't done talking yet!" Andy screamed into her face.

Prue tried to pry her arm away. "Let go of me Andy!" He voice was shaking terribly.

"Don't make me hurt you Prue!" Andy pushed Prue into the chair.

"Yea, we wouldn't want to ruin your rep as the perfect cop!" Prue mocked him.

Andy shook his head. "Shut the hell up bitch."

"I will not! You know if you hit me I could just as well file a restraining order, or better yet, get a divorce! You can't run my life!" Prue stood up again, totally regretting what she had just said.

Andy made a fist at his side. "I warned you Prue, and if you won't shut up on your own I guess I'm gonna have to do it for you."

Prue watched in horror as Andy's hand came flying toward her. His hand made contact with her cheek. The blow was so hard she fell to the floor.

Prue touched her lip, it was bleeding. Tears streamed down her face. But before she could do anything Andy had pulled her up again. This time it was his fist that connected with her jaw. Prue fell back against a lamp. Andy started to advance on her.

"Andy please!" Prue cried.

"I warned you!" Andy repeated then kicked her twice in the side.

Prue coughed painfully and blood came up. Before Andy could kick her again she grabbed his foot and pulled him down. Andy punched her twice more in the face then tried to scramble to his feet but Prue grabbed the fallen lamp and smashed it over his head. He grunted the fell over.

Prue, still crying, crawled over to the wall and leaned against it. She pulled her knees up to her chest and put her face in her hands and cried even harder.

After she could cry no more Prue looked remorsefully at Andy. 'Now's my chance.' Prue thought. She grasped the arm of the couch and pulled herself up slowly. She hissed in pain the stumbled a few steps. She lifted up part of her shirt to reveal a huge black and blue bruise on her side. Prue started to walk to Megan's room when she looked in the mirror. She looked like hell. Her lip was busted, her left eye had almost completely swollen shut, and her nose was bleeding.

When she made it into Megan's room she flipped on the light and ran to her daughter's side.

"Meg, sweetie, get up." Prue shook her lightly.

Megan stirred. "Wha?" She sat up and rubbed her eyes. "Mommy what's wrong? What happened to your face?"

"Nothing, look I need you to get dressed really fast, okay?" Prue urged as she pulled out a pair of clothes for her.

"Why? Where are we going?" Megan asked as she got out of bed.

"To California," Prue replied as she started shoving clothes into Meg's suitcase. "I'll be right back, you stay in here, understand?"

Megan shook her head and started to change. Prue ran out and shut the door then headed for her room. She packed her things and fixed herself up as good as possible, but it didn't help much.

5 minutes later the two had headed for the bus station.

It had taken a day and a half to get to San Francisco, something Prue never expected, but they got there none the less. Prue hailed a taxi and gave the driver directions to the Manor.

They finally arrived and Prue paid the man and the she and Meg got out. Each holding a bag.

"Is this where you grew up mommy?" Megan asked as they walked up the steps and onto the porch.

"Yes it is," Prue smiled. The feeling of being back home was so overwhelming Prue had to stop herself from crying.

"I still can't believe daddy let us come." Megan marveled.

Prue hadn't told her about what happened. Meg just assumed that they were allowed to go.

"Me either," Prue muttered.

Prue rang the doorbell. No reply. She checked her watch and gasped. It was four in the morning. She rang it again. This time Prue saw a light turn on. Piper opened the door groggily but was alert when she saw Prue.

"Prue!" Piper choked out.

Prue didn't try to stop the tears.

Piper looked at her sister's face and almost cried herself. She knew that Andy sometimes hit her but this time went too far. "Omigod, Prue." Piper pulled her into a tight hug and then ushered them both in.

TBC….

Okay, I hope you guys liked it. Now go review while I go update!

Cya!

Nicole