A Charmed Story - Part One:
Saving The Future Over And Over Again
Leo was speechless, so shocked and startled by the news. Gideon? His mentor? He had been like his own father...
"It cannot be, Wyatt..."
"That's it!" he yelled, furiously, "that's what I mean! He did, he tried to kill me once and again and again, but you... You were too blind to see that! Barbas saved me, Barbas helped me while you just kept saying Gideon was the paragon of all good, that he couldn't be evil!"
Leo stared at him paralyzed by the surprise and terror, fearing his son more than ever before, while the latter continued yelling.
"You see now what I mean? What I meant all the time? There's no good-evil fight, there's only power! The one who has the power wins, period!"
"Wyatt, stop it, listen to me... "
There were tears in Wyatt's face. Was that the first time Leo saw his adult son crying? Maybe this meant something... Maybe the adult one had already been saved from his madness, and could now help with his baby-version.
"I can't! You didn't listen to me! You didn't realize the evil was good, and the good was evil! And I AM the power! The twice blessed! I'm over them both!"
"No you aren't, you know that. And you're good, want it or not. And you are only willing to help us, to help your brother, and to help yourself, that's why you have finally decided to tell me all these things," said Leo in a calmed voice as he approached Wyatt.
"No, you'll never see I am right... Gideon wanted to kill me... He, who was supposed to protect us all... You won't believe me..."
"I do, son..." said Leo, patting his shoulder carefully. "I do. We'll get over this together, as a family... But first, you have to bring your little self here. Barbas is a demon, he only wants to use you, to get advantage thanks to you, because he knew your worst fear was being alone. But you aren't alone anymore, Wyatt. WE are with you, YOUR family. So do what I say, please, and then we'll find Gideon..."
Wyatt had hugged his father and was crying in a lot of pain. "And kill him dad... kill him."
Leo was shocked by these words. He couldn't really believe his son. Gideon... he had been his mentor... But he couldn't say that to him, not now he had won him back and knew his disbelief in the future was going to separate them from each other. What if he was right? They could just set a trap for him and see what he did...
The Elder just hugged him back tightly, moved by his son's sobs. He, the most powerful being on earth... was crying like a child.
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The Elders looked at each other meaningfully.
"Wyatt... He won't be a problem. "
Chris raised an eyebrow: "Do you mean he can go back to the future? You're tricking us out, aren't you?"
One of the Elders shook his head: "No, it's... You and the girl know all about the other lives, there's no future for you because you lived in all of them. As I said before, you're both out of time. You have to stay. But Wyatt has only one memory; thanks God you didn't cast that spell on him..."
"And?" continued Chris advancing towards them. "How do you intend to send him back? Trapping him in a cage? Or making him sleep?" He was being sarcastic, the way only he knew.
The Elder that spoke the most, stared at the boy significantly:
"Exactly... Making him sleep..."
Chris opened his eyes widely, and was about to say something, but he just stopped. He looked at the others, but they seemed all very pensive to notice his freaked look. Chris would have sworn he had seen that Elder before... he didn't know where, but he had.
Suddenly, he knew... He swallowed. He still could feel the pain in his stomach, when the sharp cold blade stabbed him. He could see how his brother was kidnapped by that traitor, without him being able to do anything, just die... He could see Leo's eyes when he exhaled his last breath on his arms, unable to hold on, unable to keep to his promise.
'Don't give up Chris' - 'You either...'
"So?" said the Elder, making him come back to reality. "We need you to find the two versions as soon as possible. We'll help you to finish with this."
Chris startled. He hadn't heard if anyone had said something else before. He had just fallen into his own memories... One of the many ends his mission had had... One of his many deaths.
So had they go back to the first evil again? Had he been given a second opportunity to fulfill what he failed to do the last time? Now, he had to stop Gideon. He HAD to.
"Honey, are you fine?" asked Bianca, suddenly.
Chris turned to her for a second. Then he looked away again.
"Yes.. yes, I'm fine," he answered absent-minded.
"I think they're right, Chris... We can help them send Wyatt to the future," intervened Piper.
"Yeah... But..." said Chris, staring at the Elders, "what do we do with the evil that turns him?"
The Elder looked at each other again. Then the first one began to speak: "Well, we think we found a way to trace that evil, we will find it soon..."
"So? Do you?" Chris said a bit too loud...
The sisters turned to him. Piper sent him an angry look. Her son should be happy that he was still alive... But what was he doing?
Chris looked to Cole: "Can I talk to you, for a moment? Alone?"
Cole frowned: "Sure but can't we do that later, I think Wy..."
"If I'm going against him, I may not come back, and there is something I want to tell you."
Cole nodded and went over to him knowing that there was more than he wanted to say in front of whoever.
"But we should..." one Elder wanted to stop them.
However Cole and Chris didn't react... they went out the attic and down the stairs.
"What is so important, what shall I know?" Cole asked, after he was sure nobody had followed them.
"I want to tell you who the evil is," Chris said with a strong and resolute voice.
"What? You know that?" Cole asked.
"So... who is it?"
"Gideon," Chris said.
"Gideon?" Cole didn't know that name.
"One of the Elders up there in the attic, the one with the brown hair," Chris explained.
Cole staggered by hearing those news: "Oh my God, are you sure?"
"I wouldn't tell you that if I wasn't."
"And now?" Cole asked.
"I have a plan," Chris said, "hopefully a good one. But first we have to send adult Wyatt back. He shall be in his time, when we finish that..."
"So, uncle," Chris went on, "go back there and try to warn them, one by one... But be careful... The Elders must not notice that... o.k.?"
Cole nodded: "I'll do my best."
"Thanks uncle," Chris said and orbed away.
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Wyatt was still crying on the shoulder of his father. Chris had just orbed into that. A strange feeling came over him. He had never seen his brother like that.
"Hello Wyatt," he said.
Startled, his brother raised his head. "Chris," he whispered.
Leo was afraid that Chris could do something wrong so he put himself between the brothers.
"Chris your brother, he... he's back," Leo said, trying to find the right words, "but we have to save the little one... Cause..."
"Gideon wants to kill him," Chris said suddenly.
"You know that?"
Chris nodded: "He is in the attic, with another Elder. That made me remember that he killed me once..." He still had his eyes on his brother who looked terrible... completely broken. And he felt that his own eyes began to fill with tears.
"I'm sorry, Chris," Wyatt whispered.
Chris laughed: "Forget it..."
"Chris," Leo begged.
"Were is the young one?" Chris asked trying to calm down his emotions.
"With Barbas," Wyatt whispered.
Chris nodded: "That's good, there he can stay for a while."
"What?" Leo asked.
"He is safe there," Chris explained, "Look I've always tried to fight the evil, but it's the good we have to fight... So why not using the evil for our own advantage? He is safe there, and more difficult to find for Gideon."
Leo swallowed. He knew his son was right, but... It was crazy...
"So what's your plan, little brother?" Wyatt asked, and brought the discussion back to the point.
"First we bring you back to your time, it's better for you to be there, if we win." Wyatt nodded.
"And then," Chris went on, "I'll kill Gideon, whatever it costs."
"Shall that mean, I will have no little brother when I'm back home?" Wyatt asked and it seemed he was really fearful to lose him.
"No," Leo said, " I will take care of that, you will have a brother."
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Seconds later Leo, Chris and a seemingly unconscious Wyatt orbed into the attic.
"Gideon, you?" asked Leo, trying to sound surprised and not the angry he was.
"Leo, hadn't seen you for a long time... I heard you brought your son to my school a few times," the Elder answered with a smile.
"I think this is not the time for conversation," Piper said.
"Are you o.k., son?" she asked and went over to Chris. She hugged him while she whispered to his ear: "Cole informed us, hope you know what you're going to do."
"I'm fine," Chris answered loud enough so that everyone could hear it.
"So we should send Wyatt back, before he wakes up." the second Elder said.
"By the way, how did you get him to end up like that?" Gideon asked.
"I used a spell I used before," Chris answered without saying anything at all.
The Elder just nodded.
"Mom, could you have a look on him, if he's alright?" Chris asked.
Piper nodded and got down next to him.
Meanwhile Leo went over to the Elder and took them to prepare the time-portal.
Piper was looking at his son with sorrow. Then suddenly he opened his eyes. At the same moment she felt the hand of her other son on her shoulder. And that was the only reason why she didn't scream.
"I'm sorry mom," Wyatt whispered, "I hope someday you can forgive me."
Piper was confused. She looked at Chris who nodded. Then she turned to Wyatt again and whispered: "I already have..."
Wyatt smiled and closed his eyes again.
"We are ready," said Leo.
Seconds later they pushed Wyatt through the portal, back to his new future.
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Barbas was pacing all over the lair, impatient. The baby was weeping and calling his mom, and the adult version didn't come back till now. Something wasn't going on fine...
All of a sudden, he heard the voice of his Master pronouncing his name. He should go and check.
"You just don't move," he said, before shimmering. But when he was in the middle of the dark smoke, he just reappeared again. 'Adult Wyatt would get mad if he discovers I have left the baby alone!' He took the child on his arms feeling somehow stupid, just like a baby-sitter, and shimmered to the manor's basement.
There, he left the child alone and went upstairs cloaked, trying to sense adult Wyatt. His voice had come from there, he was sure. However, he wasn't there anymore! Would it be possible that the Charmed Ones, or the Elder, had finally killed him? Where did the voice come from, then? He didn't have much time to think.
Even though he was cloaked, they must have felt he was there, because there was a trap and he had just fallen on it.
"We got him!" cried Leo, feigning Wyatt's voice. Barbas was inside a cage of crystals.
"Where's MY son!" cried Piper, threatening with blowing him up.
"You should know better..." said Barbas cockily.
Leo closed his eyes and then looked at his son. Chris nodded, as Leo made a signal that he should go to the basement.
Then, he step backwards to be able to orb unnoticed, but Bianca saw what he was going to do, and took his hand before he left: "I'm with you on this, remember?"
The sisters and Leo were just in front of Chris, and opposite the two Elders, so that they could not realize what he had done.
"So..." started Gideon, looking at the girls wonderingly, "You think this is the evil that took him?"
"Perhaps. But he surely took him," answered Phoebe, with a defiant look in her eyes. Gideon smiled.
"Yes, if he left the little baby in the Underworld, who knows what evil could have turned him there..." he had not finished speaking, when he started to choke, and fainted.
"What the hell?" Paige ran towards Gideon, and tried to awake him
What is going on? The other Elder kneeled down and started to heal his fellow. Leo did the same, while Piper and Phoebe just threw at Barbas the potion they had prepared for him. They had all been feigning, they knew where Wyatt was. Safe with Chris and Bianca... But they hadn't killed Gideon. Not yet, so what had just happened?
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Chris and Bianca reappeared in the basement, and the boy rushed towards the crying little child, worried and relieved at the same time. He was ok...
Chris hugged him lovingly: "Everything's gonna be alright, brother. We're gonna kill that son of a b..."
"Chris..." Bianca had kept behind, and looked around herself worried, "I feel something wrong here..."
Chris frowned. "What do you mean?" he said as he put the baby on the floor and turned to look at his fiancé.
But he hadn't finished speaking, when he was thrown against a wall.
"Chris!" exclaimed Bianca, running to him. Gideon showed himself, near the baby. "Oh God... What did you do to them?" she asked distressed.
Gideon smirked as he approached Wyatt: "I didn't hurt them, if that's what you mean... I'm an Elder..." And at the same time he said so, he made an athame appear on his hand.
"Noo!" cried Chris, throwing him telekinetically against the furniture on the other side of the room.
Time flew... He had to save Wyatt. He stood up as quickly as he could, seeing how Gideon disappeared again, and ran to Wyatt. Bianca didn't move. She felt something. She could feel something very wrong there... She was about to get Wyatt, but then she had a feeling...
She turned to her boyfriend and cried: "Chris, watch out!" Before finishing this, she disappeared and reformed next to Chris, pushing him aside. At that moment, Gideon reappeared stabbing the air with his athame. He couldn't do much, Bianca hit his head strongly, and Gideon fainted before disappearing.
Chris looked at her, with his eyes wide opened, shocked. Gideon would have stabbed him but Bianca had just saved him... As he had thought before... It was her the only one capable to help him to fulfill the mission.
"Dad!" he cried.
Leo orbed there as fast as he could.
"Take Wyatt. Gideon tried to kill us both."
Leo frowned, but obeyed, and they all orbed to the attic.
"He has awakened, and his head bleeds," said the other Elder, as he healed the traitor.
"He was here all the time..." said Leo.
"I think he astral-projected..." added Bianca.
"That... that child must die... " Gideon was mumbling.
Chris approached him, with his eyes burning with fury.
"Chris..." murmured Piper.
He just knelt down, took the athame that had been about to kill him, and with tears running down his face, he stabbed the Elder. His cry was terrible, and all the family was shocked.
"Take your own medicine, you bastard!" said Chris, with a strange voice, "You'll never kill anyone of my family. NEVER!"
His hand trembled, and let go off the athame, he was crying so badly... Cole, Leo and Bianca went to him, and hugged him. It was the end.
Piper had taken little Wyatt on her arms and tried to calm him down, while the sisters looked at the other Elder. He was shocked. He didn't know what to say...
"I... I didn't even imagine what he was up to, Leo. He wanted to kill this... baby!"
"You can be sure I will cover you all," he looked at Chris, sadly, and orbed away.
Piper hugged Chris when the others let her do it. He was shivering and sobbing.
"You did it, son. You did it... You have saved Wyatt."
The child chuckled, and made Chris raise his eyes. Everyone was smiling at him, lovingly and pitifully.
Suddenly, little Wyatt orbed to his arms. "Kis," he said with a childish voice, meaning 'Chris', actually.
Chris couldn't help laughing. He hugged the baby tightly, still crying and laughing at the same time. He couldn't believe it... He had just saved him.
(Chapter 11 written by Belén and Chrissy.W.x)
Alright... That's the end of Part 1... We hope you've enjoyed reading it... Next week we'll start with "A Charmed Story - Part Two"... So stay tuned...