Never Alone

Chapter 1 - My First Friend

Summary: Piper and Leo have been best friends forever. But are they destined to be friends ... Or more. Piper/Leo obviously.

By the way, I don't know how American Schools work, so don't hold me to the age.

"Mum, I don't want to." Piper Halliwell clung tighter to her mother's hand. "I don't like it. It's big. And scary." Piper didn't know if it was the clown faces that creeped her out, of the enormous crowd in front of her. She didn't want to go to nursery school. She wanted to stay home with Phoebe and Paige and mum and grams. Prue had told her yesterday that school wasn't that scary, but Piper didn't believe that. Not when the big clowns pained on the walls were staring at her like that.

"Piper, we talked about this. You're a big girl now, and big girls have to go to nursery school." Her mother replied.

"Three isn't that big." Piper said, eyeing the people around her nervously. Everyone, even the kids, looked bigger than her.

"Piper, you'll go in there and make loads of new friends, and I'll be back to pick you up before you know it." Patty said, edging forwards. She didn't want to let Piper go, her little girl in nursery already? But she knew she had to.

"Mu-um." Piper whined, but had no choice but to move forward with Patty.

And then, suddenly, an older woman was stood in front on her. "Hi, Piper! I'm Mrs. Green." Piper didn't speak, just moved closer to her mother. "Are you going to come with me and meet the other boys and girls? Come on, let go of your mother's hand." She gently pulled Piper's hand away from Patty's, much to the three-year-old's annoyance.

"I want to go home." Piper wailed, her eyes filling with tears. Patty had looked almost like she would pick up the child and run, but Mrs. Green quickly intervened.

"Say goodbye to mummy now. Say bye-bye."

"No!" Piper said loudly, but Mrs. Green didn't flinch.

"Bye-bye mummy." She said to Patty, then pulled Piper away.

And then, her mum had left, and Piper was stood with this stranger.

It was a whole hour before Mrs. Green let her go off on her own, under the impression that Piper wouldn't be upset if she held her hand all day. But, finally, Piper sat on the floor in the reading area, trying to hide behind a huge teddy bear, flicking through a picture book, trying not to cry. She didn't like this, she didn't want to be here. A single tear rolled down her face.

"Hi." A voice said, and looking up, Piper saw a boy her own age stood smiling at her. "Why are you hiding?"

"I want to go home. I don't like it here. I want my mummy." Piper said sadly.

"It's not that bad." The boy said. "You get to play with fun toys, and make lots of mess without your mummy and daddy shouting at you."

"Really?" Piper said hopefully. She liked making mess, but Grams didn't like it.

"Yeah, come on, over there, we can paint!" He took Piper's hand and pulled her to her feet. "My name's Leo." He said as he lead her over to the painting table.

"I'm Piper." Piper smiled. Suddenly, she didn't feel shy anymore. She had a friend. She had Leo.


Piper Halliwell had changed a lot over the years. She was taller, her hair was longer, and she was no longer three years old, but fifteen.

But one thing that had never changed over the years was her best friend in the whole world.

"Ready?" Leo asked as she opened the front door.

"Yep. Let's go to school." She replied, unable to sound happy about their destination.

"It's not that bad." Leo said. "You just don't like the fact there's no toys or painting." He teased, making her smile.

"Yeah, cos I live to make mess." Piper replied sarcastically, which made him laugh. Piper had slowly stopped loving making a mess, and started loving cleaning instead. Personally, Leo blamed her grandmother, and was convinced he could bring Piper back to the "right" side.

The second the two of them walked through the front doors, Piper changed. She started talking quieter, and less. Leo sighed to himself, as always. He couldn't understand why Piper was so shy at school - with him and with her family she was fine, chatty and confident. But here, no one knew the real Piper, except him.

But he could put up with her little faults - she put up with his. After all, that's what best friends do.

Well? Does anyone want me to continue?