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A Charmed Story - Part One:
Saving The Future Over And Over Again
It was almost lunchtime. Chris was sitting on the sofa in the P3, enjoying the silence. He was alone there and tried to use the time to come up with a new plan on how to find a way to save Wyatt. But however hard he tried there was this one thought burned into his mind: 'What should I do?' All those secrets and lies were consuming his soul, and he wasn't sure how long he could go on like this...
Time went by and Paige and Leo orbed in. When they noticed Chris was there, they walked over to him. "Hey there, buddy! Thinking about the next great, big evil who's gonna come after Wyatt?!" the witch-whitelighter said. She laughed...
But Chris just looked at her. Then he said: "That's not funny... there's something I never told you"
Leo looked at him closely, frowning. His eyes were filled with suspicion: "What? Is it about Wyatt?!"
"No!", the voice of Chris was suddenly full of anger as he looked at the Elder coldly. "No it's not about your beloved son Wyatt!"
Paige sat down near him. She looked into his eyes, and was suddenly worried. Something about their whitelighter was wrong, so she asked: "Tell me, what has happened?"
Chris stared in the nothing. He chewed his lips. "I can't. I have to deal with it alone."
But he knew Paige, knew about her curiosity, so he added: "It's about the future, I can't tell you without changing it too much." He couldn't tell her, or anyone else. He couldn't stay there any longer, with them, not being able to tell them the truth. So he looked up and said: "I have to go... a lot of work to do". With that he orbed out again thinking about what he could do to stop this mess without revealing too much...
Paige looked bewildered at the spot where Chris had been sitting only a moment before. After a few seconds of silence she turned to her former brother-in-law: "Leo, was that Chris? I mean, THE Chris WE know?"
Leo answered: "I think whatever he wanted to say, he'll calm down and tell us later."
Paige didn't really believe Leo's words. She knew the Elder was trying to calm her down. But she felt that something was very wrong.
Leo himself didn't even believe what he had just said... He had to observe Chris very closely. Every day he turned to be more and more distant, and made so many weird things... He didn't know if he should trust him or watch out.
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It was windy up there. Chris's hair flew around. He sat at the top of the Golden Gate Bridge because it was the best place to think about everything.
'Some day I have to tell them. I can't just dance around it anymore. Seeing my mother every day and knowing...' He stopped himself before his thoughts went too far. Every time he got to that topic, his heart skipped a few beats. He began to feel sick... Those memories were so terrible. He wished so much he could change things...
But he couldn't, he shouldn't. He had come with the only purpose of saving Wyatt, and the rest should stay as it was. He was concentrated on these thoughts when suddenly someone hit him from behind.
It was Paige, who had followed him.
"What?" asked Chris. He felt like losing his mind. Why couldn't they just leave him alone for a while?
"I was worried about you," Paige gave him 'the look'. The one, which told him always to tell everything, or she'd kick his butt.
He sighed: "Can we go somewhere quiet?"
Paige was surprised: "Ok. Let's go."
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They were in a park, far from the manor. They started to walk in silence. Chris was trying to say what he needed to say, because he wasn't able to hold on anymore. And Paige would keep his secret if he asked her to, wouldn't she? He knew it was a risk to tell her, but he needed to talk about it. He couldn't stand it any longer.
Paige broke the silence: "We should sit here."
"Ok" was the only thing Chris could answer. He was nervous, very nervous. And Paige noticed it, so instinctively she seized his hand.
Chris took a deep breath. And then, when he had found all the courage to start, they heard a voice behind them which made his blood freeze.
"You shouldn't be here, it's too easy to kill you this way"...
The two witch-whitelighters jumped back on their feet and turned around. Paige looked at the young mid-twenties man with blonde, curled hair. She felt very weird, she couldn't describe the feeling.
Chris just looked at the man shocked. "What are you doing here?!" he asked with fear and confusion in his voice.
"What do you think?!"
Paige looked around in search for some weapon to orb and use against the intruder.
Meanwhile, the newcomer half-smiled and said to Chris: "Oh, Gosh... You're so foolish and stupid... " He shook his head, as if he were disappointed.
Paige finally found a branch with a pointed end and summoned it to her hands, prepared to attack the young man.
The blonde man didn't even look at her. He waved his hand, and the witch-whitelighter flew through the air and hit the tree.
Chris ran to Paige's side, checking if she was alright. She was still breathing. He looked up to the blond guy: "What the hell are you doing? Did you lose your mind?"
The man answered with an evil smile and started to throw an energy ball in Chris's direction.
Chris ducked and the energy ball hit the tree. He didn't know what to do, fear was taking over his mind. But his instincts told him to fight.
He stood up, orbed Paige to a safe place and looked at the man: "Don't do this. Please! Why are you hurting Aunt Paige?" He took a deep breath, hoping that his 'friend' would leave him alone. "Why do you have to do this Wyatt?"
Wyatt looked at Chris smiling. "Don't you know?" he said. "Now all the future has changed. I managed to get here before you could make me 'good'. I don't want to be 'good', Chris. And that's why I need to kill her. When Aunt Paige dies, the future will become the same. If the power of three is broken, everything will be fine again."
"You can't kill her! You love her, just as much as I do!! How can you be so cold?!" Chris had to hold back his tears. 'I have to warn mum!' he thought then. He threw a high-voltage energy ball at Wyatt, who had to jump behind a tree, and orbed out to the manor.
"Mom!! MOM!! PIPER!! Where are you?!" he cried out loud.
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Piper was cooking in the kitchen, when Leo entered. "Have you seen Chris?" he asked.
She turned her head to face him. He seemed to be very worried. "No," she answered, "something happened?"
"Well," Leo said, "I met him at the P3, and his behavior was very strange. Paige told me she'd try to talk to him. Have you see her?"
Piper looked at her husband. "No I haven't h...", she stopped. The witch heard Chris screaming in the dining room. Something that sounded like...
"Mom?! What the hell is going on?" she looked at Leo, confused and surprised. But he didn't understand either.
"Chris, we're in the kitchen! Who are you screaming for?! Mom?!"
Chris came in. "No time to explain! Paige..."
"What the hell... ?" Piper continued, frowning. But then, she stopped at Paige's sight: "Oh God, what has happened?"
"It doesn't matter... " Chris said with tears in his eyes, "Just heal her, Leo, please, hurry... " Leo started to heal Paige and after a few seconds, it was done.
Paige opened her eyes and looked at Chris: "Who was that blond guy, Chris?" It was the first thing that she could think about.
Chris looked to the floor before he orbed out saying: "I have to go"...
"Oh, God! I'll never understand this guy! But the next time he appears, he'll have to tell us everything... I'm fed up with so many mysteries... and, did you hear? He said mom! He was calling his mother!" Piper said.
Leo nodded: "I'm going after him. This seems to be worse than we thought, and Chris might be the key of all our problems... I'll make him speak. Paige, tell your sister everything, all that you can remember. I'll come back with him as soon as I can... and watch out!" Then he followed Chris.
Piper helped her sister up. "What happened?! What blond guy?"
Paige sighed: "Chris was finally talking to me, well it seems like he wanted to open up. Then suddenly this young man came in...He seems to know Chris. From the future I mean. He threw me against a tree and I fainted, I guess. Next thing I remember is waking up and looking into Chris's scared eyes.."
Piper frowned. "You think he wants to kill Chris like Bianca wanted to, or better had to?!"
Paige rubbed her neck. "Ouch... I don't know, I just have a very strange feeling about all this."
"I hope Leo can find something out." Piper sighed.
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Leo sensed Chris at the Golden Gate Bridge and orbed there. Chris jumped when Leo appeared next to him. He was still scared and confused about the fact that Wyatt had come to the past.
"Would you mind telling me what all that was about?" Leo said without hesitation, giving Chris a scolding look.
"Fine! I'll tell you just because I need to get this out of my chest!" Chris said fighting his tears back, he knew the moment had come to tell the truth and yet something was holding him back. But he needed to say it... to say it now.
When Chris was ready to talk, Leo heard a voice behind Chris. "You're not gonna tell anything."
And before Leo or Chris could do something, Wyatt appeared and used his telekinetic power to hold the witch-whitelighter by his neck, and then threw a huge energy ball at him. Chris fell on one of the bars of the bridge unconscious.
Leo startled, and kept still, unable to react. "Chris!" he exclaimed! But the guy, the blond guy that had attacked him before, grasped Chris's arm, mumbled a few words and disappeared with him before Leo could do anything else.
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When Chris opened his eyes he found himself sitting in a cage. He tried to orb, but he couldn't get out. He tried to do it again, but he was just thrown back by an invisible force.
"You can't do it," Chris noticed Wyatt standing in the shadows, "you can't get out of this cage".
The blond man came nearer to the cage smiling, but his smile was sad. "If you were someone else," he murmured.
A sword was lifted into the air and flew towards Chris; it stopped an inch away from his head, and then fell down.
"I can't, I can't kill my brother," Wyatt said.
"'Really?" Chris asked, trembling of fear and anger. "Really, you can't? That must not be very difficult for you... You already killed lots of people... Come on, try! Anyway, you're going to keep me imprisoned all my life!"
Wyatt looked sad at Chris: "I don't want to hurt you! I love you, you know that. Why are you still stuck with the good versus evil morals?! Why can't you rule by my side?"
"You know I will never do that. You're hurting people, killing them!"
"Just because I have to!"
Chris sighed. He couldn't orb out and was the prisoner of his brother, who could kill him easily. No one would mind, if he took the sword, which was lying in front of him...'I can't! I have to find a way to stop and save him,' he said to himself. However, he thought it over again... Damn it! Chris tried to catch the sword telekinetically, but suddenly a strong pressure on his neck prevented him from breathing.
"Bad idea, little brother," Wyatt said as if he were talking to a 5-year-old. He raised the sword himself, and used it to cut Chris's skin slowly, painfully. The young man wanted to cry in agony, but the lack of air cut his voice off.
After a while, Wyatt let go off him. "You shouldn't have done it, you know little brother."
Chris tried to catch his breath again. He was wounded; his arms and legs were covered all over with little cuts. He could feel that his legs were shaking. He could taste the blood coming out of his wounded lip. "They'll find me..." he barely could speak.
Wyatt was laughing. "No, they won't. I made Dad think that I had killed you..."
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At the same time, Phoebe had just arrived at the manor. With her mouth open, the empath was looking at her sisters, when they finished telling her what had happened while she was at work. Then, they heard someone orbing into the dining room.
They immediately went over to find Leo, looking like a mess. "Chris is dead," he mumbled as he sat down.
The sisters startled at his words. ''What?? Dead?? It can't be...'' Phoebe said. Paige felt that her eyes started to well up in tears.
''Are you sure Leo?" Piper asked shocked. "I mean... How? What happened?"
"Well... " Leo was thinking, thinking as hard as he could actually. But he couldn't answer that question. He would have sworn Chris was dead, he knew that he was... But how did he know that, if he couldn't tell how it had happened? He just didn't remember...
"Leo... " Phoebe said, touching his arm. Suddenly she was thrown into a vision of what had just happened with Leo and Chris.
"What have you seen?" Leo asked suspiciously, when her eyes focused on him again.
"The blond guy," Phoebe murmured, "he took Chris away."
"The blond guy?" Leo asked, he couldn't remember him, because of Wyatt's magic.
"He looks familiar" Phoebe said "as if I've seen him before..."
"Then... Chris isn't dead? And who might that guy be? Oh God, I don't remember anything, my memory is failing me!" Leo exclaimed, confused.
"Don't you even know where he took him?" Piper asked, frowning.
Leo shook his head: "I know nothing about that!"
"Ok, let's scry for him," Phoebe suggested.
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Meanwhile, in the cave, Chris was still pondering to take the sword again. Somehow he felt that it would be his only chance.
"Oh come on! Are you trying to get my sword?! You know that Excalibur is just meant for me." Wyatt looked at Chris in despise.
"I..I can try..." Chris was hardly breathing, because Wyatt had grabbed him telekinetically by his neck again. Every single bone was hurting. He couldn't stand it any longer. He was fighting against the blackness and nothingness that was slowly surrounding him. He used all his willpower to stay conscious, but finally he lost the fight...
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"I can't find him." Phoebe put the pendulum down. "Something is blocking our scrying."
"Leo! Come on, remember!" Piper was losing her patience. "He's our whitelighter. He gets often in trouble for us, I know, But this time I have a feeling...and not a good one!"
"I'm trying! Ok?! Don't you think I want him back too?!" Leo looked desperate.
"Wow. Didn't know that you liked him so much..." Paige muttered.
"I'm sorry, honey... come here." Piper opened her arms and hugged Leo.
The Elder hugged her back, finding comfort in her arms. Then suddenly he had a vision.
Piper noticed Leo had turned tense. "What happens, Leo, are you ok?" she asked looking in his eyes.
Leo kept silent for a minute, terrified. That was the first time he had had a vision, and it couldn't be good... He shouldn't have visions, why was he having one? He closed his eyes, and dried the sweat from his forehead: "I think... I've seen Chris. He's in a cage... He's unconscious or... "
"Don't say that," Phoebe exclaimed "he must have fainted, we still have time, we have to. Just try to remember if the blond guy said where he was going, or if he gave any clues about it..." Leo nodded, nervously.
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Wyatt had stopped exerting pressure on Chris's neck, and had approached the cage. He shook his head with resignation. "If you had just obeyed me and behaved as the good little brother you should have been... " he muttered.
"Wyatt.. we had that conversation thousands of times..." Chris had been about to pass out, but he got over once he started to breathe again, heavily. "We never find a compromise..."
Wyatt looked at him, knowing what he would say next.
"Just do it." Chris's voice was tired. Tired of the fights, tired of the whole evil-Wyatt-thing. He, Chris Perry Halliwell, the guy who risked everything to come back and save the future; he, the man, who was always believing in his strength and in good; he, the man as stubborn as no one else; he was giving up.
Wyatt clenched his jaw really mad at him. "That's what you want then?? That's what you'll have!" he yelled, throwing Excalibur telekinetically in Chris's direction.
But when its point was dangerously heading his throat, Wyatt moved his wrist and the sword just passed by Chris, touching and cutting his arm, and making him give a cry of pain.
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At the same time, Leo felt the pain on his arm, too, and fell on the floor, moaning.
"Honey, what's that? What's happening?" Piper asked, running to him again.
"Chris is hurt... we have to find him... now!" he answered, grimacing.
"I got him!" Phoebe said at that very moment. "I found them!!"
"What?! How!?" Piper looked at her in disbelief.
"I thought scrying didn't work," Paige added.
Phoebe closed her eyes. She saw the scene again. "Premonition," she just said. She saw Excalibur flying towards Chris and then missing him. "They are in a lair in the underworld...I've seen it and I know that place."
Piper started to get impatient. "And?!"
Phoebe was frowning. "I know where it is! Do you remember the lair of that demon who sent us to the world of our desires?! Who created the vortex? That's where Chris is!"
Piper grabbed Leo's arm. "Hurry!"
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Chris raised his eyes in pain, but getting all the strength he could gather, he said to Wyatt: "So much power, but you're still a coward... You cannot even kill me, can you? " His voice trembled a little bit, but was determined.
Wyatt smirked, opened the cage and went a little closer to him: "Oh, don't try me, little brother. I can, actually... But I wanna see you suffer first."
Suddenly, Leo and the rest of the family appeared in front of them.
"Chris!" Piper screamed shocked as she saw the blond man waving his hands and throwing Chris through the air. They heard a harsh sound when one of Chris's arms broke. He screamed in pain.
Wyatt looked at them. "What?!" he was surprised.
"Leo! Get Chris out of here!" Paige jogged Leo, who was staring at the scene. The Elder orbed next to Chris, grabbed his hands and orbed out.
"NO!!" Wyatt screamed angrily. He tried to stop Leo but it was too late.
The sisters stood in front of Wyatt, not knowing who he was or what they should do. They had just rushed in to save Chris without any big plan... And now they started to thing that this maybe had been a bad idea.
Wyatt, meanwhile, turned around slowly.
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Leo just finished appearing with Chris in the attic and put his hands over Chris to heal him. He was lying down on the old couch, he was feeling so much pain that all he wished was letting Leo heal him and get some rest, but he couldn't.
So he took Leo's hands with the arm that still worked and said: "Please, you have to help them!"
"I'll heal you first!"
"No Leo, you don't know him. He's gonna hurt them. You can't let that happen, even if I'd die before you get back... Believe me, I can take the pain until then. But believe me, all my attempts to save your son will be useless if he hurts one of them."
When Leo heard that and looked in Chris's eyes, right that moment he knew Chris wasn't evil; he was telling the truth and for the first time Leo really believed him.
"Just a second, I'll heal you and you can come with me," he said. Chris was too tired to keep arguing, so he just nodded...
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Meanwhile, in the cave, Wyatt was staring at the girls fiercely, trying to control his anger. He couldn't... he shouldn't hurt them; that would change so many things, too many actually!! He just had to calm down, and convince the sisters that Chris was evil, and was there to kill him. Yeah that was actually a great idea that could solve all his problems at once.
The girls stepped back, as they saw his look: "W-w-what do we do now?" Phoebe said, standing alert for any attack.
Paige took their hands, considering if they should orb and plan something consistent, but something was holding her back.
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At the same time, Leo had finished the healing. "Do you feel better now?" he asked concerned, helping Chris to an upright position.
Chris nodded, surprised at his worried countenance: "But let's go now, we've lost too much time here. He wants me and he'll have me, you just take the girls, ok?"
Leo wanted Chris to stay, because he still didn't know who this guy was and what he wanted from the Charmed Ones' whitelighter. 'A little bit later and he would have killed Chris,' Leo thought concerned.
The green-eyed man had a hunch of what his father was thinking and orbed into the lair, knowing that Leo would follow him.
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"I'm sorry girls. I don't want to hurt you. I'm only here for Chris! He's evil!" Wyatt began to coax the three women. "Mom."
He looked at Piper, who widened her eyes. 'What did he say?'
"Yeah. It's me Wyatt! And I'm not evil at all!" he stepped forward. "Aunt Phoebe...Chris wants to hurt me, to hurt us. He's evil."
Paige was the first who could speak again. "You're Wyatt. My little nephew?!" 'Explains the strange feeling I had the first time I saw him.' she thought.
"Yes, I am..." Wyatt said, trying to keep his sweet tone: "I'm sorry if I hurt you before... But I can't let Chris walking around my baby-self anymore! He'll find a way to kill me, since he's not able to kill me in the future... " He made a short break, looking at the sisters. "I'm too powerful for him!" he added then in a desperate voice.
"Oh, God... My little baby..." Piper muttered, approaching him and caressing his face. "I knew that bastard was evil after all. I don't know how I could feel pity for him! But believe me, he'll not get to you!" she said, with contempt in her voice.
Wyatt smirked. His plan was working better than he would have dreamt of.
At that very moment, the young whitelighter orbed in, followed by Leo, who had immediately orbed away from the manor when Chris disappeared.
When Piper saw Chris she didn't think about anything else, she just tried to blow him up. But her emotions were out of control. She just got to hurt Chris's left shoulder. He fell to the floor in a sitting position.
Chris just thought: 'Great, the one that wasn't hurt yet'. He looked up at Piper and for a moment he just couldn't talk or move, because his mommy had just tried to kill him.
It was Leo who came for Chris this time: "Piper what are you doing? Why have you tried to kill him?"
"Get out of the way Leo, I'm gonna kill that son of a bitch. He's trying to kill our baby"
"What?" Both the Elder and the whitelighter exclaimed at the same time.
"Yes daddy, he's trying to kill me." Wyatt said and looked at Leo with the most innocent eyes he was able to fake.
"Piper?!" Paige was confused. "What are you doing?!" She didn't feel good. 'Something's wrong here...' she thought. 'The man...Wyatt tried to kill me. I know it.' She was trying to figure out who she should trust, the man...Wyatt or Chris.
"No! Leo, Please." Chris said while standing up, covering his aching shoulder. "Let me explain. You know that I'm not evil. I'm here to save Wyatt. To SAVE him!" He raised his hands towards Wyatt.
Leo didn't know who to trust. Truth is, he hadn't believed Chris until some minutes before and he didn't know the man who was pretending to be his son.
"Yeah. He was right about that, he's your son, but he's evil! I'm here to save him from being turned evil!" Chris yelled desperate.
"Stop, Stop, STOP!!" All faces turned to Phoebe. "Gosh! These feelings are killing me!" She gasped for breath.
Piper held her and mumbled: "We have to figure this out in another way..."
Chris was looking at Wyatt. It was hopeless. He had no chance to prove that he was the one who was telling the truth.
Wyatt was staring at Chris. He needed to get Phoebe on his side. But how? How should he do that with all his anger about his little brother? If Phoebe tried to use her senses, she would find out the truth. He had to prevent this from taking place... quickly.
Phoebe, meanwhile, was very confused and not able to form a clear thought. All the anger and hatred in her head...who was this from?! Chris? Wyatt?! Piper? She tried to channel the feelings but there was so much. Way too much. She collapsed and her sisters prevented her from falling on the floor.
Paige, who still wasn't sure about Wyatt and had a feeling that Chris was sort of good, said: "We're going home. Now. Leo, orb them into the attic."
Wyatt, who didn't know how to persuade them, orbed voluntarily, alone, to show his good intentions.
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Paige grabbed the hands of her siblings and orbed into the living room. Then she orbed up to the attic, where three confused men were standing, looking at each other in suspicion.
Before anyone could say anything she screamed: "Crystals!" Her hands waved over to Chris and Wyatt. "Circle." The two men were too surprised to do something.
"Way much better. Leo, let's go down, we have to talk," she said with a smirk. They left the brothers alone, each one in his cage.
"Brilliant" Wyatt said and looked at his brother very evilly as soon as he was sure his father and aunt couldn't hear him anymore.
Chris smiled: "It's not perfect but it's better than letting you go and kill our whole family."
"Oh, that's not fair," Wyatt answered, "I just want to put everything back into the way it should be."
"The way it should be?" Chris screamed. "You only want to kill Paige and then kill Phoebe and then at last you will kill mom. Only that you can go back to your little crazy gory empire."
"It's also yours, little brother," Wyatt answered smiling.
"Never!" Chris said quietly but with a lot of strength in his voice. "I'm here because the young version of you should never become you. I will change that, I swear I'll do that even if it costs my life!"
Wyatt smirked evilly: "Oh... That's so cute, little brother, when you speak that way about saving me, and saving the world! But you forgot to ask me if I wanted to be saved!!" He finished the speech in a very angry tone, losing the control of his own powers.
Suddenly, there was some kind of explosion inside the forcefield that kept Wyatt, and both brothers were freed...
But when Chris got over, he saw the figure of his brother lying down, unconscious.
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Meanwhile, the family was arguing about the events downstairs.
"Leo, you know Chris killed a Valkiry, and sent you to Valhalla, and made deals with demons!! The hell with this!! You knew and know he's evil!! We three were blind but now it's clear for me, he wants to kill my little baby!" Piper said.
Paige shook her head, unbelieving. She had seen a weird look in Wyatt's eyes... He had really tried to kill them, but Chris... Chris had had a lot of time, and he had never hurt the little boy, or the family.
"No." Paige said calm but determined. "Chris is good. He had so much time to do something... Why has he stayed with us this long?!"
"To kill us," an angry Piper said, not believing that Paige took his side. 'She of all people...Phoebe ok, she was the closest with Chris but Paige?!'
"No. He could have let the demons do that but he helped all the time! He saved us many times, just like we saved him. He's good; at least we should trust him."
Leo listened to the conversation thinking about the look in Chris's eyes when he healed him. He had seen the pain and the fear, fear for the sisters' lives. "I think that too," he said "I think he has good motives at least, I really think he wants to save us."
"What?! You too, Leo?! This can't be happening. Phoebe?" The eldest turned to her sister, who was lying on the couch.
"I don't know. I channelled so many intense feelings. Could have been from you, Wyatt or Chris. I don't know," she said nearly crying. All four stood there, not knowing how to go on.
Suddenly they heard Chris screaming: "Leo! LEO!"
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The sisters and Leo ran upstairs and found an unconscious Wyatt covered in blood and a psyched Chris.
"What happened?!" Paige asked confused.
"Heal him...please." Chris was losing his nerves. This whole day was too much for him to bear. The feelings, the hurting, physically and mentally, all the pressure to keep his secret and to save his brother. Some tears fell from his broken eyes.
"Heal my brother," he whispered before he dropped on the floor unconscious.
(Chapter 1 written by julia, Cassi, Kaz, Dark Angel, Belén, Chrissy.W.x and drewsgirl645)