Dancing in the Wind
It seems like yesterday when I saw you for the first time.
Like a dream I saw you. And I knew I had to have you for my own.
It seems like yesterday when I fell in love with you. But
my heart tells me that I've known and loved you for infinity. How can this even
be possible? Perhaps it's not. It makes no difference. The impossible can be
manipulated. After all, it is love we are talking about.
How many tears I've shed for you… how much pain we've
both gone through… how great the joy we've shared… All these things I remember
now, because once again we're together. We're taking this one giant leap forward.
I'm praying hard.
Let this be the moment please. Of all the people in the
world, none deserve happiness as much as we do.
So this has all happened before. We tried this and we
failed. But then we were doing it without their knowledge. We were tempting the
fates and cheating a powerful group. Now we've earned it. We've really earned
I can't wait for the last test. I remember the pain of
losing you. I was never sure when we'd be together again. I didn't know when
we'd be able to dance again. I so love the experience of being held in your
arms. I love the way we feel together. Nothing can compare.
When they returned you to me, they gave us an ultimatum.
Prove that our love can coexist with our powers, our fight to protect the
innocents, and we can be together. Pass those three obstacles that they will
throw our way, and we will be free to love forever. And so we proved ourselves.
Time and again.
Now the last test is about to come. I'm sure we will get
through this. We've gone through the first two trials and we still are
together, hoping and waiting.
Soon we will be able to dance in our own wedding. A holy
union that no elder can tear apart.
A happiness that will make you sing. Yes, my love. You.
Remember, I want you to carry me over the threshold. We'll do this the way normal people do. You
will have to lift me in your arms and carry me to our bed. It's tradition. I
know. Let's be traditional.
I hope Prue has something I can borrow for the wedding. I
already have something blue…
Piper folded the letter in crosswise and left it on the
nightstand. She smiled and climbed into bed. When Leo arrived tonight, he was
sure to find it. True, it was sad that the only way they can talk now is
through the letters. It was unfair for the elders to give Leo this many loads.
But then again, they must be preparing for the month off that they needed
to give Leo for their honeymoon.
Oh well, she grinned. Sacrifices have to be made.
She woke up when she felt butterfly wings fluttering on her
eyes, then her lips and cheeks. She smiled at the pleasant feeling of something
heavy on her body. Piper moaned as she stretched. Finally, her eyes opened and
she saw Leo lying on top of her, his elbows on either side of her body.
exclaimed, surprised. "What time did you get back home?"
"Only now," he
murmured. He kissed her neck. "Did you miss me?"
"Of course I
missed you. I blink and I miss you already. Now let me up."
Leo shook his
head. "Stay in bed. We haven't cuddled for decades."
"Oh? And whose
fault is that? I have been here night after night, waiting for you."
himself off Piper but stayed in bed. "Are we going to get into a fight?"
rose and, seeing that Leo was on his back, jumped up on top of him.
"Hey! No fair,"
he yelled, laughing as he caught her by the waist.
"Oh, was it
fair when you did it while I was sleeping, huh?"
Leo rolled them
over so he was atop her again. She screamed and playfully hit him. "Get off me!"
"No way! You'll
just think you're stronger. And I didn't jump on you. If I did you'd really be
in for some very rude
weight would take your breath away."
his nose as he lay on top of her. "You already take my breath away, Leo." The
laughter died from his
eyes and he
bent to kiss her lips. His hands moved to take her face between them as he
deepened the contact. His
closed as he took in her essence. Never has a woman meant as much to him. Never
has he felt this
felt himself flipped over. His eyes snapped open and saw that he was again the
one lying beneath Piper.
down at him. "You don't fight fair, Piper!"
She giggled and
tweaked his nose. "Whoever said I had to?"
neither do I!" He grabbed her again and rolled them both over. Piper screamed
as Leo took hold of both her
wrists and held
them fast against the headboard.
squealed. "Get off me!"
"No," he told
"Get off me!
Let me go!"
He pressed tiny
kisses against her neck, and she squealed again. "That tickles, Leo! Stop it!"
showered tiny kisses over the areas where he knew she was most sensitive. "I
want you to yell, 'mercy.'
Say that I am
the most handsome, sexiest and kindest man you've ever laid eyes on."
she said, between giggles. "I won't inflate your ego that way!"
"Well you asked
"What? What did
I ask for?" Nervously, she felt her wrists being tied together and hooked to
the bedpost. "Leo…"
He grinned. "My
hands are now free," he explained, and held them up to show her. "And yours are
not." He began
screamed. "Leo, get off me! Stop it! Aaaaahhhh! Phoebe, Prue, get in here now!
Leo laughed as
he intently kept the game up. Finally, he pitied her and collapsed on top of
her, laughing. The laughter
abated and the
door came off at the hinges. Prue stood there, his hands still held up,
obviously after using her
was beside her, in kickboxing position.
When they saw
Piper tied to the bedpost, looking tired and harassed, and Leo on top of her,
catching his breath,
Phoebe and Prue
"I hope there's
a good explanation for this."
"And one that
we would like to hear."
grinned. "No demons. That was only Piper… reacting."
Piper begged her sisters. "Someone untie me."
Prue bit her
lips to keep from smiling. "Are you going to free my sister, Leo? Or do we have
to do it?"
Piper's wrists and helped her up. Piper slapped his shoulder playfully. "What
has you in that mood
Leo kissed the
top of her nose and stood up to go to Piper's dresser. He took out a white box
and handed it to
Phoebe. "I had
this with me when I orbed in. Send them out for us, will you, Phoebe?"
"What is it?"
Piper asked curiously.
Prue lifted the
lid and Phoebe took out one light blue envelope. She opened the envelope and
took out the card. "No…
I don't believe
"What is it?"
it to Prue. Prue read it and looked up at Leo. "No…."
"I swear, if
you don't tell me what it is, I'm gonna scream!" Piper demanded. "Leo… you're
keeping something for me!"
Phoebe had a
huge grin on her face as she handed one of the cards to Leo. Leo showed it to
Piper. Piper snatched it
from his hand
and read. Her jaw dropped. "But- but- I thought-"
"But but but
but!" Phoebe repeated. "Are we gonna scream or not?"
exclaimed, when she finally got her breath back. "I thought we had to pass one
"I thought so
too," Leo replied. "But the elders called me and gave me that. I think they
said it's our gift."
believe they've finally agreed. And no more third test. They're angels."
question about that, Piper," Prue said. "It's only that they've gotten so
irritating the past few months." Prue
"But, well, in the off chance that you're listening right at this moment, I
want you to know that this gesture
you to me."
"Leo, this is…
"I know. I was
too. But I wanted to tell you so much. You think this," pointing to the card,
"was enough reason to
no no no," Phoebe cried. "Do you guys realize we have less than a month to
"Yes. I'll get
the magazines and you and Leo can choose the gowns. Phoebe and I will handle
the rest. This is so
"Oh, I have the
perfect idea! I met someone who does the best cakes—"
"And this venue
I had in mind…"
"Ummm, may I
have a say in this?" Piper interrupted.
hear your suggestion. We might consider it."
when he saw Piper stunned expression. "I was kind of hoping for a traditional
wedding. No far flung
How do you mean?"
"Can you manage
"Well, I think
passed swiftly by as Piper frantically chose gowns and Leo hurriedly completed
the missions he had
listed. Prue and Phoebe wouldn't let them
see the preparations for the wedding. And they were too happy to mind.
finished his work for the day, he orbed in to see Piper. Piper always waited
for him every night.
she's too tired, she would fall asleep waiting. But they had an unspoken
agreement that no matter
how late he
finished, he would wake her so they can tell one another about their day. They
couldn't wait until they
Phoebe tried to
pin Piper's veil on her hair. "No, Phoebe, a little to the left. A little more,
some more, some more. No!
much. Still too much. Fix it properly, Pheebs. Do you honestly expect her to
get married with a veil that's
"Would you like
to pin this, Prue?" Phoebe demanded, arms akimbo.
Prue took the
veil from Phoebe and pinned it. "I'm sorry, Phoebe. I just—"
"I know, I
know. You want to take part in it, too."
Piper smiled at
her younger sister. "Are you crying, Phoebe?"
"No," she said,
surreptitiously drying her eyes. "My eyes are tired. You know me… bad
that's so overly emotional!"
Don't think I didn't hear you sobbing your heart out last night. I went to the
bathroom and I found it
sobbing. I peeked in on Piper and she and Leo were asleep!"
"Hey, you guys, you are so sweet. Come here and give me a hug! Ummmm… Oh, not
too tight we can't
crush the gown
yet! You guys… don't be sad. I mean, it's not like Leo and I are moving out. It
would be just like
Nothing's gonna change."
"Yes, but it's
still… overwhelming! My sister is getting married!"
Our sister! Our sister is getting married!"
"Oh, I love
"We love you
"I still can't
believe the elders actually let you off on the last test. They must have
realized how much you two loved
each other and
knew that nothing's going to keep you apart. Not even them."
on the door. "It's time, Miss Halliwell!"
"Just think! By
this time tomorrow everyone's going to be calling you Mrs. Wyatt in your
Piper's hand and pulled her along.
He stood in
front of the huge church. He could hardly believe that Prue and Phoebe managed
to schedule their
The high ceilings and elegant furnishings were reminiscent of the old churches
he had seen in Italy.
Piper's dream wedding. And he was glad she had sisters who would thoughtfully
fulfill her dreams for her.
He was so
nervous. The wedding march played on the church organ and he stood before the
guests in his coat and
tie. Leo tried
to control the rapid beating of his heart and closed his eyes. When he opened
them, he caught his
breath. It had
begun. The march…
A cute little
girl began walking down the aisle, leaving a trail of petals on the carpet. Leo
watched as she was followed
by a young boy
bearing a small gold basket which he knew contained the wedding bands. Finally,
a woman stood at
the end of the
isle. The sun was behind her so he couldn't clearly see her. But Leo knew who
it was. Prue made her
way to the
front of the altar and gave him an encouraging smile. Next came Phoebe, who
winked at him and had an
And then Piper
came to view, her arm around that of an older man whom Leo had spent weeks
trying to find. Victor
only too glad to have the chance to escort his daughter as she walked down the
isle to a hopeful new
course, he inspected Leo first. He had boasted that he would not condone his
little mouse marrying a no-good
church) bastard. Leo had trouble convincing him that he was no bum. After all,
he had no work ID to
show him. But
the word "magic" made Victor nod and stuff all the questions. But the look on
her face when she
learned who was
walking her down the aisle was worth the interrogation he had suffered.
"Are you okay,
man?" He looked down at the large hand that covered his shoulder. "You're
Darryl," he told his best man. "I just… I couldn't help but hold my breath."
"Yes, well, you
need air," he spelled out for him.
"I know. I
know," he chuckled.
behind her veil. Victor's hand closed around Leo's as Piper's father gripped
Leo's in a handshake. "You
take care of my
daughter now, Wyatt." He bent to kiss Piper's cheek and took his seat. They
faced the priest, Prue's
warlock, to make their vows.
beloved, we are gathered here today to join two hands in holy matrimony…"
Piper looked up
at Leo and saw that he was looking at her. She smiled. "I love you," she
mouthed. His lips moved to
form the words,
"I love you too."
anyone present who opposes this marriage?"
stopped when Brendan looked askance at the new arrival. He turned and saw Dan
standing at the end of
the aisle. The audience looked at the back
of the church. Finally, Dan raised a hand in apology. He took a seat in one
of the pews.
Everyone sighed in relief and turned back to the priest. The ceremony resumed.
Piper and Leo
knelt as the cord were placed around them to show the bond a husband and wife
shared. Leo's hand
hers and squeezed. "Don't cry, sweetheart." She hadn't realized that the tears
she'd been holding were
They stood up
and faced each other for the vows. "I, Leo, take thee, Piper, for my lawfully
wedded wife," he carefully
have and to hold, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, as long as
we both shall live."
"I, Piper, take
thee, Leo, for my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, for richer, for
poorer, in sickness and in
paused. "For all eternity."
"As I you," he
"Do you have
the rings?" asked the priest.
Darryl took the
rings from the boy and handed one to Leo. "Take this ring as a sign of my love
and devotion to you."
He slipped it
on Piper's finger. "With this ring, I thee wed. With my body I thee worship."
And then he grinned. "And
with all my
worldly goods I thee endow."
Piper took the
ring from Darryl. She took Leo's hand in hers and slipped the ring on his
finger. "With this ring, I thee
wed. With my
body I thee worship. And with all my worldly goods I thee endow."
"You may kiss the bride."
lifted the veil and touched her cheek. "May I, Mrs. Wyatt?"
filled with tears as she heard the name. "Yes, Mr. Wyatt, you may."
His arms went
around her. "I want to sing," he said. "But not before we seal this union with
a kiss." His left hand
rested on the
small of her back and his right held her head steady for his deep kiss.
Finally, she thought, real
the sky and deafening thunder roared. It was odd because it had been such a
fair day. Leo wrapped his
arms around his
"Leo, I feel…"
Piper tried to breathe, but couldn't. She gripped his shoulders. "I feel so…
Leo, I feel faint!" He tightened
his hold around
her. Piper fought the darkness that closed around her, and failed. Leo held her
against him as she fell
"No!" He looked
up. "We had an agreement. This is a holy union. This isn't one you can sever!"
orbed in front of the church, and the guests watched in awe. Prue and Phoebe
ran forward to check on
"There was an agreement. You are correct. But they never told you there would
be no third test. You
assumed it when
they told you that you may get married. This may be a holy union, but you did
agree to pass three
they finally let you be together."
"You can't do
this to me, Quince."
whitelighter sadly shook his head. "I'm sorry, Leo. But we all work for them."
He held out his arms.
"I won't let
her go, Quince."
"You don't have
to, Leo." Leo felt her disappear from his arms. She appeared cradled in
Quince's arms. "I apologize."
He orbed out
"Piper!" Phoebe cried. "Prue, they've—"
fisted as he looked up. "Noooo!" Leo orbed out in front of the stunned
are the cookies done yet?"
Piper took off
her apron and smiled at the little girl. "You wait, pumpkin. They're almost
ready. Come and give
mummy a hug!"
she said, as she bent down to her daughter's level. The oven's timer sounded
and she let go. "Okay,
why don't you
and Brian play at the yard? I'll call you when I have everything fixed."
The girl scampered off to do as she was bid.
Piper took the
cookie shoot out of the oven and set it before the fan to let the cookies cool.
She took the bottle of
from the refrigerator and proceeded to set the table.
As she turned
to place the mats on the table, she felt a sudden queasiness and held on to the
chair. She breathed in
tried to let the moment pass. And then she smiled a secret smile as her hand
unerringly sought her
tummy. This was
how it felt like when she was carrying Bryant, and then Melinda. It seemed then
that another little
Wyatt was on
its way. She wondered how Leo would react this time. The stunned silence that
ensued after he was
Bryant was absent in her second pregnancy. When he had learned that Melinda was
about to come, he
whirling her around and around until she had threatened to throw up on him.
Piper had never
been this happy in her entire life. Her marriage to Leo was the best move she
had ever taken. True
elders had tried to trick them. Leo had explained everything to her when she
came to. Prue and Phoebe
lived in the
manor and they still saw them often. But she and Leo had settled into the
picture perfect home she had
of. Leo had clipped his wings after the wedding, and Piper had relinquished her
just as fortunate, no demons had come after them. She was able to raise her
children in that normal,
she had never thought possible.
She heard the
car arrive and continued her chore. The front door opened, and she welcomed her
husband with a
little monkeys off me, wife!" Leo stood at the doorway of their kitchen, a
child clinging tightly to each leg.
As he walked,
the children would squeal in delight. "Wait a minute, what have you done to my
"But we are
your children, daddy!" Melinda insisted.
"No, you're a
monkey who's hidden my precious baby girl somewhere!"
it's true! I'm Melinda."
Bryant," said the boy clinging to the other leg.
are humans, not monkeys."
"Ohhh okay! I
know!" Melinda motioned for Bryant to come closer and began a stage whisper
that Leo did not have to
strain to hear.
"Let's get down so daddy can see we're people."
Bryant jumped off smoothly. "Well, there you two are!" Leo exclaimed. "Did you
know there were two
pretending to be you."
giggled. "That's silly, daddy. Coz monkeys can't pretend."
"Is that so?"
"Yes," the girl
replied with a fervent nod.
at the two. Whereas Bryant had been very close to her since he was born,
Melinda had always been
baby. They understood each other in a way even she could not understand.
called. "Will you both grab a cookie and run off to play in the yard again?
I'll call you when you can sit
on the table. I
have something to tell daddy."
Bryant kissed her cheek and hopped his way to the yard.
When they were
alone, Piper faced her husband with a huge grin on her face. "Welcome home,
doctor daddy. Was
"It always is,"
he grinned. "What is it you're not telling me, huh?"
she emphasized. She giggled at the expression on his face when it dawned on
"Oh mummy, I am
so happy!" He embraced her tightly. "I can't ask any more out of life than what
I have now."
course, Leo. You deserve it so much. And I'm so happy too. You've given me
everything I could ask for."
whitelighter nodded, looking haggard and weary. "I am. I think I may have found
a way to find her."
"Won't you give
up yet? It's been ten years, Leo. I love her too, but I think I know when to
eyes turned to Phoebe. "How can you ask me to do that, Phoebe, huh? She's my
wife!" he exploded.
And then he
tried to moderate his voice. Slowly, he said, "My life, my heart, my soul…
she's my everything. For
I stay and work for them because I know I have no way to find her if I clipped
my wings! I have none of
nor the drive needed to be a whitelighter but they keep me on because they know
they did me wrong. I've
for the past decade but look for a way to get to her. And now you tell me to
Prue took Leo's
hand. "We understand you, Leo. We just think--"
"Do you, Prue?
Do you really? She was my lifeline, my hold to sanity. How long does a man live
without air to
"Then I've been
dead since the wedding."
Halliwell was convinced. "All right. Tell me what we have to do." He did. "Are
you prepared for what you
"I am prepared
The man emerged from thin air, walking briskly, protected
from the frigid air by a long black leather coat and dark
little boy and girl had witnessed the sudden appearance and watched as he
walked towards them.
mister," answered the girl. The boy held her back. "We're not supposed to talk
"It's okay," he
answered quietly as he drew off his shades. "Do I look like a stranger to you?"
The girl screamed for her
mummy, and the
boy pushed his younger sibling behind him protectively. "I won't hurt you.
Don't worry." The girl
louder. He put his shades back on.
The door to the
house opened and out ran Piper. "Melinda! Melinda, sweetheart, what's wrong?"
She caught the little
girl in her
arms. "Bryant, come here." She stayed at the steps. The boy ran to her. "What
do you want?" she called
out to the man.
"I wanted to
see you for a long time, Piper," he answered quietly, but Piper heard him from
that distance. She moved
closer to see
him clearly. "It's been so long."
on Melinda tightened. Her other hand dropped to hold Bryant close. "Leo!" she
screamed. "Leo!" She
turned to the
man standing before her. "Who are you? Why are you doing this to my kids? Are
you a warlock? I'm
sorry but you
have to go. My husband and I no longer have anything you will be interested
The man in the
leather jacket drew out the gold chain from under his shirt. On it hung a
wedding band. It was the one
exchanged ten years ago, engraved with their own private message.
She met the
hazel eyes that begged her to open her mind. "Leo," she screamed.
"I'm Leo," he whispered.
"No!" She shook
her head, tears falling freely down her face. "You can't do this to me. This is
not happening to my
The door flung
open and her husband hurriedly stepped out. "I'm sorry, my love. I was taking a
shower." But Piper did
not look at
him. His eyes moved to the direction she was looking. "You!"
"Tell her the
truth, damn you," the stranger whispered.
"Who are you
and what do you want from my family?" he demanded.
"You know very
well who I am. And what I want is for you to give me back my life."
"I owe you
nothing. She has been my wife for ten years. We've raised a family of our own."
frantically tried to take in the conversation before the two men who looked
exactly the same.
"I love her and
I love our children."
"You stole her
"I was doing my
"Shut up! Both
of you, shut up! Now tell me what's going on!"
"Why don't you
tell her the truth, Quince? She deserves to know."
froze as the man who she knew was her husband turned to face her.
blankly at her husband after hearing the truth from his lips.
"You've been lying to me these past ten
his head sadly. "I've lied about the circumstances, but not once did I have to
pretend with you. Please
"Will you let
me go home with Leo if I choose?"
"I will. And so
will they. They're big on free will."
harshly. "Free will? So that's what they call the decade I spent with you. You
were lying to me, and I—I
was lying with
you! Do you even comprehend how much pain you've brought my sisters and Leo?"
"As I said
before, Piper, I was doing my job. But what we had together, although based on
deception, was real to me.
I loved you,
Piper. I know deep in your heart you accept that you loved the man you've lived
with for years."
"I will go
insane!" Piper looked up at Quince's hazel eyes. Nothing in his face betrayed
the fact that he was not Leo.
Even his eyes…
They always say that the eyes were the windows to the soul. And Piper clearly
saw his soul. His
bare in his eyes. They held the same love that Piper vaguely remembered from
the life before she wed,
in the real
Leo's eyes. She walked towards the stranger who was also her soul mate. "You
are my husband, my
nodded. "Let me walk alone with him, Quince. You owe us that."
"Let me walk
alone with him, Quince," she insisted.
Almost on cue,
Bryant and Melinda ran to cling to her legs. "Mummy! Mummy, where are you
going?" cried the little
leaving us, are you, mummy?"
down and took Bryant and Melinda in her arms. "I don't know, sweetheart."
"Bri, Mel, I'm
We're here, aren't we? Don't you love us anymore?"
"I love you!
Never think that I don't. If I never come back, I know that when you're older
you will understand. You see,
this man… he
was my life before I had you."
don't leave us."
Piper tried to
disentangle the arms around her. "Le—Quince, please take the children."
Melinda up in his arms and firmly held Bryant's shoulder. Piper faced him. "I
have to go and look for
"I love you,
Piper," he whispered. "I know you'll find your answers. I know you will go
where you belong."
and extended her hand to Leo. Quince watched them walk away as he tried to calm
How can I just
let you walk away
Just let you
leave without a trace
When I stand
here taking every breath
With you, ooh
You're the only
one who really knew me at all
back," he assured the children. Finally he closed his eyes in desperation.
"What have I done?" He watched
How can you
just walk away from me
When all I can
do is watch you leave?
shared the laughter and the pain
And even shared
You're the only
one who really knew me at all.
Piper looked up
at the familiar face and touched every line. "Leo… I cannot say I missed you,"
she said in
"I've died a
thousand deaths since they took you away from me." Leo bent to kiss her
hungrily. Ten years he had
hundreds of realms. He had looked for her in every plane, wondering… always
wondering where they had
taken her. If
this were that third test, it was by far the cruelest they have ever devised.
"I've missed you so."
"You're my true
love," she whispered.
"I am. And we
were fated to be together. Come home with me," he said excitedly. "Prue and
Phoebe. They will be so
happy to see
smiled. "She must be so successful now. And Phoebe. Has she found someone to
"They both miss
"The Prue and
Phoebe in this-"
"There is so much the elders have to pay for."
A strong wind
suddenly came down. It seemed that they were caught up in a hurricane. His arms
came around her as
themselves lifted off their feet. They held each other, eyes closed against the
harsh wind. The wind gentled.
their eyes and found themselves floating above the ground.
"Where are we?"
"I think- I
think this is their way of extending their apology."
It was cool and
cozy in the clouds. A love song played, and Piper thought she heard the voice
dance. They're giving us back what they stole from us. Dance with me."
caught up in the fantasy. Her angel had returned, and he held his arms open for
her. She stepped before
him and felt
his arms around her. He led her to a waltz on the clouds.
She could live
like this forever. She smiled as the cool breeze against her face refreshed her
memory. Every day she
spent with Leo
returned to her, and her heart burst with love again. Her hands came up to cup
his face. "I love you,"
as they twirled in the light waltz.
He grinned in
victory. "Love never fades." He kissed her lips once more. The music faded and
the dance ended. His
lips never left
hers as they felt themselves slowly float down to earth. "It was a beautiful
way of showing us that they
"It was a
wonderful way to finally remember you."
"Come. I will
show you how to come back to our world." He took her arm and felt her resist.
He looked askance at
She shook her head. "I can't."
"I can't go
with you, Leo. Not to Prue. Not to Phoebe. Not to the love or the destiny
Piper? You love me."
He was taken
aback, but he gained his composure in short time. "We will raise the baby on
understand. My life here is perfect. I love you, but I cannot abandon my
children. And I cannot take them
away from their
"Don't do this
to us, Piper."
the way I am, Leo. You of all people, I expect to understand me." She turned
around and walked away.
So take a look
at me now
just an empty space
left here to remind me
Just a mem'ry
of your face
Well, take a
look at me now
just an empty space
And you coming
Is against the
And that's what
I've got to face
I love you. You know that. Come back to me!" he called. But she never did.
I wish I could
just make you turn around
Turn around and
see me cry
There's so much
I need to say to you
So many reasons
You're the only
one who really knew me at all
So take a look
at me now
just an empty space
nothin' left here to remind me
Just a mem'ry
of your face
away her silent tears. She knew he followed, but she held fast to her will.
True, she would always love
him. But fate
had dealt them this hand, no matter how unfair. The children were not at fault.
She had to play the cards
as they were.
at the gate and looked up at her pretty home, surrounded by white picket
fences. The door opened and
smile greeted her. The children happily screamed their greetings and started to
run to her.
She opened the
gate and stepped into the yard. His eyes caught hers as she turned to close it.
turned and embraced the children. Quince kissed her cheek, smiling in relief.
across the street, watching the scene unfold before his eyes.
Now take a look
at me now
just an empty space
But to wait for
Is all I can do
And that's what
I've got to face
Take a good
look at me now
It's hard to be
And you coming
back to me
Is against all
It's the chance
I've got to take
Take a look at
caressed the slight bulge of her tummy as she sightlessly stared up the
ceiling, lying beside Quince. She'd
been in bed for
three hours, since she and Quince tucked in the children. It was a ritual for
her family every night. She
and Quince would read Melinda and Bryant
their fairy tales and kiss them goodnight before going to their own
tonight was different. Nothing really changed, but it was still different. She
felt as though the ground had
been taken from
her feet in one swift movement. She felt slightly nauseated and not a little
took off the blankets and stood up, walking to the window. There was a full
moon tonight. She smiled,
reminded of the
antics she and her sisters used to play at this time of the month. She parted
the curtains and looked
at the glowing
ball of light.
Thank you for being the only thing familiar to me in this world."
She didn't know
what power told her to look down. But she did and the sight pulled at her
He was still
standing there, at the same spot she left him when she entered the house. He
was looking up at her
window. Without another thought, she grabbed her
robe and ran out of the room. She hurriedly took the flight of stairs
and opened the
door. She ran the way across her picture perfect yard and flung open the gate
of the white picket
facing each other, at either side of the street. It was midnight and the moon
was high above them. It was
not dark in
spite of the hour because of the light cast by the full moon.
"I can't live
without you," he whispered. His low voice was carried to her ears by the night
Piper wanted to
rush to him and embrace him. She would kiss him passionately, the way they
always did ten years
ago, when there
were still no complications. The way they used to when they were young at love.
"Go home, Leo,"
she said, her voice firm. "Go home and leave my family be."
She turned and,
for the second time that day, she walked away from him.
He did not call
out to her this time. Perhaps she was right. Children are children. A life is a
life, and the past is the
As he watched
her go Leo felt the wind once more. The wind was his friend. He looked on as
she was swept off her
feet and borne
up to the heavens by the mystical power of the wind. Soon, he too was engulfed
by the unexplainable
carried high, high above the clouds.
They were both
deposited to the council. Leo immediately stood before Piper as they faced the
mighty, if abusive,
"What do you
want from us? We've failed the test. We did not survive the separation."
The one in the
middle smiled faintly. "But failing to hold on to your selfish focus on each
other is exactly what
success in the
third test entails. You've passed it. Piper never lost sight of her family, the
innocent children, even
appeared and she rediscovered her love for you. And you, you finally accepted
her choice and understood
meaning of love."
Understanding. Giving. You've learned everything you need to know. Now we allow
you to go back home."
ten years from us."
"No. We didn't.
Piper's hand in his. "Then send us home."
disentangled her hand from his. "No. Leo, my children. I can't abandon them."
cease to exist, Piper," the elder said. "They will be as though they never
reborn. Perhaps even as your children once more."
"You will have
the chance to have your own children with the man truly fated for you. We're
taking back the bad cards
we dealt you
with. We're reshuffling. Now the dealer won't cheat anymore."
"But will I
remember them? I cannot bear the scars of deliberately giving up Melinda and
Bryant and this new one all
lessons you learned are ingrained within. You do not need to agonize over the
loss of three children."
her eyes and sent out a message of love to Melinda and Bryant. I love you,
babies. I'll see you again
loss she felt was incomparable. She hoped to forget this soon. She placed her
hand on her tummy and
Leo held out
his hand to her and she placed her hand in his.
A bright spark
of light lit the heavens. Leo and Piper whirled around and around on the clouds
as they were swept into
a time altering
sort of waltz. They were dancing, floating in heaven. They twirled and glided
and laughed and cried as
ten years of
their lives were winded back.
"Mrs Wyatt! Mrs
Wyatt!" she heard a concerned voice say.
opened her eyes. Leo was leaning down, worried eyes looking her over. "Leo…"
smiled at her. "Are you all right?"
answered faintly. "What happened?"
"Sweetheart, you fainted after I kissed you. I didn't think I had that much
appeal to you. Maybe you want
to skip the
reception and go straight to honeymoon," he teased.
exclaimed, as he helped her up. "We'll dance at the reception. We won't miss
any moment of this."
"I love you,
"I love you
orbing lights at the corner of the church. A man stood there silently watching.
She smiled. One of Leo's
friends must have wanted to attend the wedding…