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"Could you pass me the butter?" asked Piper.
Wyatt orbed it into Piper's hands. Piper frowned.
"That's personal gain," she said, hands on her hips.
"It's easier that way," he whined.
"The butter was right next to you," pointed out Piper.
"Yeah..." replied Wyatt, not seeming to see what she was getting at.
Piper sighed, giving the pasta on the stove a stir. "Why don't you go and spend some time with your father? You probably won't be seeing him again after this."
Wyatt scowled. "He's not my father, anymore."
Piper sighed again. "Okay."
Just then, Chris walked into the kitchen, Leo in tow.
"Hi... Mom," Chris greeted her.
Piper smiled happily. "Hi, sweetie."
Wyatt rolled his eyes. "I'm going for a walk."
"What happened to 'keeping an eye on me'?" asked Chris.
Wyatt shrugged. "I can feel you in my head. I'll know if you've got anywhere."
"Oh, yeah, because I'm just so likely to try and escape from the world's evil tyrant ruler knowing he could kill me in an instant," Chris replied sarcastically.
Wyatt just gave his brother a smug look and walked away, ignoring Chris' own one of annoyance.
"What are we going to do?" asked Piper fearfully.
"There's nothing we can do," Chris replied irritably. "The only way to end this would be to kill him."
"Chris... I don't like the idea of killing my own son, but... that is not my son. The innocent toddler who happens to be missing is my son," said Leo grimly.
Chris eyes widened. "You mean... you'd really...?"
Leo nodded, putting a hand on Chris shoulder. "If it means you and Zach would live, I'd be willing to kill grown-up Wyatt."
Chris swallowed, feeling a strange sense of happiness, which he quickly pushed back. "I don't think we could kill him, anyway. He's too powerful."
"Someone must be able to destroy him..." mused Leo.
Chris shook his head, though slightly hesitantly. "No... no. Maybe if Zach and I joined our power..." He paused, then continued. "But Zach's gone. It's just me, and I couldn't kill him by myself."
Leo and Piper both nodded, though somewhat reluctantly.
"But... we can't let him take you back to the future, Chris," said Piper. "There must be some way..."
"Well, there's not!" Chris said harshly. At Piper and Leo's surprised look, he softened his voice. "Look, I know you want to help me, but... if you try anything, Wyatt will kill you. You really don't seem to be able to grasp that."
"Well, then what are we supposed to do?" asked Piper.
"Just look after baby Wyatt," said Chris intensely. "If you save him, you'll save me."
"You're not going to hurt me, are you?" asked Cole, a wary look on his face.
Wyatt chuckled, stepping forward into the attic. "Now, where would you get that idea?"
"I don't know, maybe the fact that, from what I hear, you've killed off most of the human race," Cole replied dryly.
Wyatt thought about that for a moment. "Hmm. Makes sense." He paused. "Lucky for you, though, that's not going to happen. I need your help."
Cole arched an eyebrow. "What kind of help?"
Wyatt smiled. "Chris needs to be conceived in the next five days, or... there won't be a Chris."
Cole's eyes widened. "I don't see what I can do about it..."
Wyatt smirked, handing Cole a tiny bottle. "The world's strongest love potion. I'll be going back to the future tomorrow, so you'll have to put this in Piper and Leo's drinks. You'll need to do the same in about, hmm, five years, so that Zach can be conceived. About a drop each time should do it."
Cole's mouth dropped open. "I am not drugging Piper and Leo."
Wyatt raised an eyebrow and smiled. "Do you really want the disappearance of Chris and Zach on your conscience?"
Without another word, he walked off.
"So, how was everybody's day?" asked Piper, pasting a fake smile onto her face.
"Oh, just great. My evil older brother kidnapped my father and is planning on bringing me back to the screwed-up future," said Chris, his voice dripping with sarcasm.
Piper winced and lowered her head, poking at her food with a fork.
"I'm not evil!" Wyatt said, his eyes glinting dangerously for a moment. "There's-"
"No such thing as good and evil, yeah, I know," said Chris irritably.
"You actually believe that?" questioned Paige, surprised.
Wyatt's eyes hardened. "It's the truth."
Nobody particularly wanted to pick a fight with the most powerful witch in the history of the world, so they all stayed silent.
"Uh... could- could you pass me the salt?" stammered Phoebe to Wyatt.
Wyatt just looked at her, a frown coming onto his face.
"Don't worry, I, uh, don't need it anymore," said Phoebe; putting on a fake smile very similar to the one Piper had just been wearing. She edged her chair away from Wyatt.
Wyatt suddenly broke into peals of laughter, making everyone jump.
"Um, am I missing something here?" asked Paige, looking confused.
"Ha, she thought I was going to kill her just for asking for the salt," said Wyatt, clutching his stomach.
They all just stared at him.
"Never mind, you wouldn't get it," Wyatt sighed. He put a forkful of pasta into his mouth.
"So, uh, what time are you planning on going tomorrow?" Leo asked Wyatt, even thought he had no intention of letting him take Chris anywhere.
Wyatt shrugged. "As early as possible, I guess."
"Couldn't we make some kind of... agreement?" pleaded Piper. "Please, we just want Chris."
Wyatt shook his head. "He's coming back with me."
"We're his parents!" argued Leo.
"I am not some child you can just fight over like you're in a messy custody battle!" said Chris angrily. "Okay? I'm going back with Wyatt and that's all there is to it."
He orbed out.
"Where is he?" asked Leo, worriedly. "I can't sense him."
"He's on the bridge," stated Wyatt, after pausing for a moment. "And he's right, you know. We shouldn't argue over him. I'm the one who looked after him when all of you were dead, therefore he should stay with me."
Piper's mouth dropped over in indignation. "He doesn't want anyone to fight over him!"
"Yeah, well, how would he know what's best for him?" said Wyatt airily. "I, on the other hand, do."
"What are you doing here, Wyatt?" asked Chris, seeing his brother orb onto the bridge besides him.
"I came to see you, of course," said Wyatt, as though it was obvious.
Chris ignored this.
"I know what you're thinking, Chris," Wyatt told him. "Piper and Leo, too. But there is no way you can get out of this. I don't know why you're even trying. I looked after you, Chris. Not Mom, not Leo, not any of our aunts. Me. Did they ever pay any attention to you?"
Chris shook his head reluctantly. "They're making an effort, now..."
Wyatt snorted. "An 'effort'? That's really going to work well. What will happen when Zach's born and he's the baby of the family again?"
Chris' eyes widened in panic. "Zach! I totally screwed up his chances of being born!"
"Calm down, Chris," said Wyatt. "Do you really think I'd let my brothers die?"
Chris stared at his brother for a moment, opening his mind to let in just the right amount of thoughts that would tell him what he wanted to know. "God, Wy. A love potion? You are sick."
"Can you honestly tell me you wouldn't have done the same for Zach?" asked Wyatt. When Chris didn't answer, he continued. "Didn't think so. So, now Zach's being born and our parents and aunts will get sick of you, just like they did in our timeline. All you have is me, Chris. Zach and I. And in the future, we can be together, just like we should be."
Chris stayed silent. It was tempting, but the easy way out was often the wrong was out. And he knew that it was true, in this case.
"I'm only agreeing to come so that nobody else gets hurt," hissed Chris, whirling around to face his brother in a sudden burst of anger. "You got that?"
Wyatt sighed reluctantly. "You'll understand someday, Chris."
"Are you okay?" Phoebe asked, coming over to sit with Cole on the couch. "You've been a bit... quiet."
"Oh, I'm fine," lied Cole. "It's just... strange being able to talk to so many people, you know?"
"You're lying," said Phoebe.
Cole gaped at her. "What?"
"You're lying," repeated Phoebe, narrowing her eyes at him. "I'm an empath, remember? There was no sincerity in that."
Cole sighed. "I'm not getting out of this one, am I?"
"Nope," replied Phoebe. "Spill."
"I-" Cole began; then broke off exhaling. "Wyatt wants me to give Leo and Piper a love potion."
"What!" Phoebe half-yelled. "No way. You couldn't do that to them. I can't believe you're even considering it! You really haven't changed at all, have you?"
"No, no, Phoebe," said Cole, hurriedly. "You don't understand. I agree with you, but, well... Leo and Piper aren't together, and... Chris and Zach still need to be conceived."
Phoebe's eyes widened. "Oh, no..."
"You see the dilemma now?" said Cole grimly. "Giving Piper and Leo a love potion would just be morally wrong, but... the alternative is not giving them the love potion and having Chris and Zach never exist."
"Maybe... maybe we could get them together," suggested Phoebe. "Like, without the love potion."
Cole sighed. "I don't think that's going to happen."
"It's worth a try," pleaded Phoebe. "When does Chris have to be conceived, anyway?"
"In the next five days," Cole told her.
Phoebe put her head in her hands. "Ugh. This is a mess. Why do all these things have to happen to this family? What did we ever do to deserve it? Piper and Leo... they just wanted to be happy."
Cole put a hand on her shoulder. "It'll work out... I promise."
A/N: That was a bit short, I know, but it seemed like a good place to end the chapter. Please review!