Disclaimer: I don't own Charmed so don't sue. Enjoy. :)Piper and Leo's kids
Wyatt Halliwell – 8 years old
Christopher Halliwell – 6 years old
(Note: Jason is deceased)
Princess – 7 years old
Kyla – 7 years old
Danielle – 5 years oldPaige and Henry's kids
Kaitlyn – 4 years old
Cyndy – 5 years old
Chris tried not to be jealous of the attention his brother, Wyatt, always received, but it was especially hard to do when you were only six years old. He sat on his bed where he had retreated when his brother had returned from Up There (otherwise dubbed Elderland) with their father. Wyatt had come back excitedly showing the rest of their family the new things he had learned to do with his powers.
Chris bet that no one even noticed his absence…especially Leo. When he wasn't around his family, Chris had gotten accustomed to referring to his father as Leo. It seemed far more appropriate than calling him "Dad". Leo probably forgot that he even lived here let alone that he just happened to be his youngest son.
"Chris, take a shower before dinner!" he heard his mother call upstairs. So she had noticed his absence. Chris let out a groan, knowing that his mother couldn't hear him.
Twenty-five minutes later, he went downstairs to see his family already seated at the dinner table. He looked away from his mother's disapproving eyes and quickly took his seat beside Wyatt. Everyone had already started eating and were currently engaged in several conversations.
Piper was talking to her sisters. Aunt Paige's kids, Kaitlyn and Cyndy were laughing and giggling loudly with Aunt Phoebe's daughter, Danielle. Chris didn't even attempt to listen to what they were talking about. He could imagine it had something to do with a Barbie or a tea party the boys wouldn't be invited to.
He was relieved to see that Leo wasn't there because he really didn't feel like having Leo sit across from him and ignore him like he usually did.
"I wish we could see what it's like in Elderland," Phoebe's other daughter, Kyla, was saying with a sigh. Her twin sister, Princess, nodded in agreement.
"I wish I could show you, but the Elders don't want anyone up there who isn't a whitelighter," Wyatt explained.
Chris suppressed a laugh. If only that was true. The Elders didn't want anyone but the Twice Blessed child in their sacred realm. Chris tried not to be bitter about it. It really wasn't Wyatt's fault that he was Twice Blessed or that the elders (including Leo) walked around with permanent sticks up their butts. He loved his brother too much to hold it against him.
When dinner was over, Chris slipped out of his seat and went to the kitchen to wash the dishes. He could hear his brother and cousins fighting over the television remote in the living room.
"Chris, Honey…you didn't have to do this," Piper said, coming into the kitchen. Chris shrugged his shoulder and finished drying the last dish.
"Thank you," Piper said, giving him a hug. "You're Mommy's little helper."
Chris couldn't help, but smile. He was always doing chores around the house to help his mother. Sometimes she would even let him help her cook. Those were the best times of his life.
"Why don't you go watch TV with the others? I can finish up in here, Peanut" Piper said. Chris made a face at the use of her nickname for him. Seriously, he was six years old now. He was almost a grown up.
He shook his head. "I'm a little sleepy. Can I go to bed?"
Piper nodded. "Sure, Honey."
Piper watched her youngest child leave the kitchen. She couldn't help but worry about him. He was nothing like his brother or cousins. They were all loud and full of energy. They used every chance they could get to use their powers.
Chris spent his time in the attic in front of the Book of Shadows. He was learning how to read and he preferred to use the Book of Shadows as practice rather than children's books. He reminded her so much of Chris Perry. Tears filled her eyes as she remembered the son who had come to the past to save their future.
"Hey, Piper, where is the…" Phoebe started to ask as she came into the kitchen with Paige. She stopped when she saw her older sister's face. "Honey, what's wrong?"
Piper shook her head. "Nothing….everything." She buried her face in her hands. She could feel Phoebe rubbing her back in small circles. "I was thinking about the other Chris."
"We miss him too," Paige said softly.
"Yeah, Piper," Phoebe said. "Be we didn't really lose him. He was reborn."
"I know, Pheebs," Piper said. "But it's so hard. I see so much of him in our Chris."
"Me too," Paige admitted. It had been harder for her to deal with Chris's death because she had been with him when he died. She was so glad that Piper had been spared the pain of watching him die. It might have destroyed her.
"I'm worried about him," Piper admitted. "He's so quiet and withdrawn. I can't figure out why."
"I kind of think a lot of it is our fault," Paige said. "There are so many kids here that sometimes we don't pay attention to him. Then there's also the fact that we're always having to protect Wyatt from some new evil that's trying to take his powers."
Phoebe nodded. "Have you noticed that whenever Wyatt and Leo come back from training, Chris is never around? He and Leo are rarely in the same room together."
"Great…so my baby has father issues," Piper said. Sarcasm dripped off her tongue. "I feel so much better now that I know what's wrong."
"Talk to Leo. Suggest that he spend time with Chris," Paige said. She hugged Piper. "It's all going to work out. Chris will be fine."
Chris woke up to the sound of his parents' attempts at hushing their voices. Careful not to wake his brother who was asleep next to him, he climbed out of bed and walked down the hall to their room. Their door was partially open so he pressed his body against the wall and peeked around the corner.
"You should really spend time with Chris, Leo. He's your son, too," Piper said, trying to control her anger.
" I know who Chris is," Leo said, exasperated.
"Maybe you should start acting like it."
Chris silently cheered his mother on. If he was lucky, maybe his mother would get angry enough and blow Leo up.
"I can't help that I have to help train Wyatt," Leo said in his defense.
"Well, why don't you ever bring Chris with you?" Piper asked. "He could benefit from the…"
"Piper, he's too young…"
"Wyatt started training Up There when he was five so don't even try that excuse," Piper said.
Leo sighed. "He's not as strong—as powerful as Wyatt or his cousins for that matter. He can orb and sense, but his only witch power is telekinesis. That is no where near as much power as Wyatt or Phoebe and Paige's kids have."
Chris's eyes filled with tears. So that's what his father thought.
"He's still your child no matter what his powers are," Piper said, angrily. How could Leo be so dense? "Powers aren't everything. Chris is smart, and he's getting really good with spells. He's a great witch."
"I love him, Piper. Don't doubt that. It's just vital that I spend more time with Wyatt. He's twice blessed, and therefore the target of every evil that exists. I refuse to let anything bad happen to my son if I can prevent it."
"You can't avoid your other son just because you miss Chris Perry,' Piper said, softly. She gently touched Leo's arm. She knew that he was still upset because he had not been able to save Chris Perry'slife.
"That's not what I'm doing. Besides, Chris avoids me."
"You're his father. We all hurt when Chris died, but because of him, Wyatt was saved. His little brother was brave enough to go back to the past to save him. I see him in our little boy. They're the same person, Leo."
Chris didn't understand what his mother was talking about or who Chris Perry was, and he didn't care. All that mattered was that Leo really didn't care about him. Leo may have said that he loved him, but he hadmade it clear that Chris wasn't worthy of his time. He was the weak link of the Halliwell bloodline. With a sob, he orbed away.
"Did you hear that?" Piper asked. She had become ultra sensitive to the sound of orbing. She left the room in time to see a trail of orb lights.
"Who was it?" Leo asked.
Piper didn't answer him right away. She held her breath and checked Paige and her daughters' rooms. They were all asleep. She went to her sons' room and gasped when she saw that Chris's bed was empty. "It was Chris. He must have heard us."
Leo's eyes widened. He looked at Chris's bed with a guilty expression on his face.
"Can you sense him?" Piper asked, anxiously. Her baby was only six—too young to be outside alone.
Leo closed his eyes for a few minutes and then shook his head. "No, I can't sense him."
"Is he blocking you? Can he…?"
Leo shook his head again, looking worried. "Chris doesn't know how to do that."
"Oh now you know Chris so well," Piper said, shooting her husband an irritated look. She went over to her older son and shook him awake. "Honey, do you know where Chris is?"
"He's in bed, Mom," Wyatt said, drowsily. He was only half awake.
"He orbed somewhere, Wyatt," Leo explained. "Do you know where?"
"Nope." Wyatt shook his head as he fully woke up. His eyes told a different story. He sucked at lying.
"Wyatt?" his mother's tone told him that she would not tolerate any nonsense.
"He usually goes to the bridge to be alone," Wyatt admitted. When he saw the alarmed look on his mother's face he quickly added, "He only goes once in awhile."
"I'll get him," Leo said, orbing out.
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