Chapter 10 - Sisters Now, Sisters Forever
"Piper!" Phoebe called to me, and I walked over to them.
"Hi." I smiled. "Listen, why don't we -"
"No." Phoebe said flatly.
"You don't even know what I was gonna ask!"
"Yes, I do. We're not going back there."
"She is sorry." I told them. "She didn't mean it." Paige avoided my eyes, and Phoebe didn't answer. "Really." I added. "It wasn't easy, you know, for me growing up. And it was harder for her. She never felt love, so I don't think she knows how to. But in her own way ..."
"It's not our fault." Phoebe told me. "But she hates us because of it."
"She doesn't hate you." I replied. Phoebe just shrugged.
"Could've fooled me."
We started to walk. The park was virtually empty, the wind biting at us, and I felt sure it was going to start raining.
"This isn't right." I sighed. "We should be together, getting to know each other, not refusing to speak to one another."
Paige gave a little nod of agreement, but she didn't suggest we go back to the manor.
"Maybe it would have been better if ... if we never found each other." Phoebe said nervously. "Everything would be less complicated, and we'd just ... be back to normal."
"No." It was Paige that spoke, her voice strong. "It wouldn't. We were meant to find each other, for a reason. We're family, we belong together." I'm not sure if she believed what she was saying, but Phoebe looked thoughtful.
Before she could even finish the word, Paige stood, her face paler than usual, her eyes wide with fear and pain.
"Paige?" Phoebe and said together.
"It's Prue." Paige breathed, gripping my arm. "Something's happening to her ... she's in so much pain ... and she's scared ... she's ... she thinks she'd dying ..."
"Oh, my god." I muttered. "Let's go -"
I grabbed Phoebe's arm, and started to pull her and Paige - the next thing I knew, white lights surrounded us, and we were home.
"I think I - Prue!" I followed Paige's eyes to Prue, laying on the floor, gasping for breath. A man was stood over her, pointing something at her. Phoebe, who was closest, kicked him in the back, and he fell forward. I ran to Prue, pulling her to her feet.
"I'm OK, get out of here!" She cried, she the man turned to face us. He raised his fist and -
Paige brought a vase crashing down on his head. He fell to the floor, groaning in pain.
"You need to leave." Prue stated. "He'll kill you!"
"What about you?" Phoebe asked.
"It doesn't matter, I'll be OK, get out of here."
"And leave you alone, to die?" Paige cried. "Don't be stupid, we're staying right here."
"Yeah. The power of four, right? Where's that book?" Phoebe asked. I pulled it out from under the sofa, and started flipping through the pages.
"He's waking up, go upstairs, I'll hold him off -"
"No." Phoebe said. "We're not leaving you alone."
Paige grabbed hold of us, and again, white lights appeared. Then we were in the upstairs landing.
"You're good at that." Phoebe smiled. Paige blushed a little, and helped me flick through the pages.
"What's his name?" I asked.
"Um .. Um ... Nicholas, I think." Prue said, rubbing her head.
"Are you OK?" Phoebe asked her.
"Yeah. I'm fine. How did you guys get here?"
"Paige orbed us." Phoebe smiled.
"How did you know -"
"I just .. felt it." Paige said, looking up. "I felt your pain, and your fear."
"Must be something to do with the whitelighter stuff." Phoebe stated.
"Paige, listen, about last night." Prue said awkwardly. "I'm sorry, really. I shouldn't have said it. I didn't mean it, and -"
"Forget it." Paige said. "I .. I know." Their eyes met, and I looked up from the book. "I could hear you." Paige whispered.
"Got it." I was sorry to interrupt, but I did actually want to stay alive.
"The spell?" Phoebe asked.
"Yep. The one Patty mentioned."
We crowded round it - as Nicholas ran up the stairs.
"You can't run from me." He warned us. "Your mother promised me I could have you. She promised me you."
"Tough." Prue said. "You are not hurting them."
"Or her." Phoebe smiled.
A large transparent white ... thing appeared around. Like a bubble. And when he raised his fist and the ring glowed, nothing happened.
"What the - what's that?" I gaped.
"That is the power of four." Phoebe said.
"The page had a little baggy attached." Paige frowned.
"Throw it over him." I commanded. She undid the little velvet bag and threw the powder over him.
"Uh - uh - lavender, mimosa, holy thistle ..." I read.
"Cleanse this evil from our midst," We chanted together. "Scatter its cells throughout time, let this Nick no more exist."
He spun around, so fast he blurred, and disappeared in a puff of smoke.
"Wow." Phoebe breathed.
"The Power Of Four?" Prue asked.
"Yep. The power of us." Paige nodded.
"So we promise never to be apart again?" I asked a few hours later. I long heart to heart - and several tubs of chocolate ice-cream - had followed the vanquish.
"Yep. And I'll ask my mum if we can move in here." Phoebe nodded. We'd decided that a while ago. Along with ...
"And I'll move in tomorrow." Paige smiled.
"There's one more person we need to make peace with." I said quietly. Phoebe's eyes met mine and I knew she understood, even though Paige and Prue looked confused.
"Mum." I said.
"Hear these words, hear my cry, sprit from the other side, I summon thee, come to me, cross now the great divide."
Glancing to my left, I saw Prue looking nervously at the circle of candles. I gave her hand a squeeze. At the other side of me, Phoebe tighten her grip on my other hand as a woman appeared ...
"Girls?" She asked, looking over us. "Wh -?" We stood in silence, holding hands, just staring at her. I took in ever detail - Hair similar to Phoebe's, eyes similar to mine. Paige's nose. Prue's mouth. No doubt about it. We came from her - she's a part of us.
She stepped out of the circle, and became opaque. She looked ... real.
Prue broke away from me, ran to her, and flung her arms round her neck.
"Mum." She muttered, her voice muffled against our mother's shoulder. Mum started crying, and when Prue finally drew back, tears were on her face too.
"I'm sorry." Mum said to us. "I'm so, so sorry. I should have found a way to keep you with me, to keep you together -"
"No." Prue said, shaking her head.
"It's OK." I agreed. "You did what you thought was best. And we're here, alive, and together." I smiled, as I hugged her too. It felt strange, being hugged by my real mother. I'd lain awake for countless nights, imagining this moment ...
I pulled back, to find I was crying too. What is it with her?
Phoebe was next, and she too had tears on her face when she was released. Paige was already crying as mum pulled her into her arms.
"I have a message for you." Mum said quietly.
"Yep. From you parents." Paige drew back and looked up at mum, her eyes shining. Mum leaned forward and whispered something to her. We couldn't hear what was said, but I knew it wasn't meant for us to know. It was between Paige and her parents.
"I want you girls to stay together." Patty said once we were stood back in a line facing her. We nodded.
"I mean it. You're stronger together ... but it's not just that. I broke you up all those years ago, and I couldn't stand it if it happened again. Stay together."
"We will." Prue promised.
"OK. You're in for some tough times ..."
"And we'll get through it." Prue said. "The witchy stuff ... and the human stuff." She added, looking at Paige. "We're here for each other."
"Sisters Now, Sisters Forever." Paige nodded.
"This is going to be interesting." I smiled.
And that is the end. I hope you enjoyed it, thanks to everyone who read and reviewed.