Well here it is. Thanks for all the response when I asked about making this sequel. Oh, and I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

Broken Bonds

Summary: Sequel to Broken. When you can't rely on your family to help you, the man you love to protect your child, all you can do is keep on running.

Chapter 1 - Total Terror

Piper Halliwell laid in her bed, looking up at the ceiling. It was a bright sunny morning, and as she usually did lately, she took the time to just relax, think about nothing, and just listen to the soft breathing of her daughter.

Gracie was still sleeping, and so was the rest of the house. Piper was the noyl one awake. And Leo, where ever his orbs had taken him. She wondered again where he went when he wasn't with her, and made yet another mental note to ask him. It was one of the many questions she hadn't got round to... such as asking if he still loved her.

Two months. It had been two months since she had vanquished Zander, since she had decided accidentally let herself fall in love. And in those two months, he hadn't said it again. It was her own fault, of course. She had pushed him away, telling him she wasn't ready. Well, she wasn't, but she still needed to know he was there, waiting.

That was selfish. She couldn't expect him to wait around. And she shouldn't have agreed to that date, either. She had known nothing more would happen at that point, but when he'd suggested dinner, the "just as friends?" wouldn't seen to come out of her mouth. Instead, she said yes, and let Prue force her into one of Phoebe's black dresses, Prue's black heels, and let Paige do her make-up. Make up. She hadn't worn any since before Gracie was born. But she had let Phoebe curl her hair softly, and guiltily gone along to that restaurant, talked, and giggled, and flirted. She had actually flirted with him. How could she? Stringing him along like that. And at the end of the night, she'd let him kiss her, before saying "I should go" and slipping back into the house. But that was three weeks ago, and he must have sensed her reluctance, and given up. He was still around, when they needed him, but he'd stopped orbing in just to say hi, and make sure she and Gracie were OK.

She ruined it all.

The soft ringing noise was so quiet she almost didn't hear it, but as soon as she picked up on it, she sat up.

"Leo. Hi." She said. "Uh, what are you doing here?"

"Did you call for me?" He asked, and she shook her head. "Oh. I... thought... I heard a jingle."

"A jingle?" She repeated in confusion.

"When a charge calls for me, I hear a jingle. And, um, you jingled."

"I didn't call."

"Oh." He said again. "Well, I'll go then."

"Wait! Leo!"

"Yes?"

"I... uh... where do you go, you know, where you're not with charges?" He smiled at her, a little bemused.

"Up there. With the elders."

"Oh, OK. Great."

"Why?"

"I just wondered." She murmured. They looked at each other for a little while, then he opened his mouth.

"I'll -"

"Do you want some coffee?" She blurted. "Or food? Breakfast?"

"Ah, sure. Sure, if you want."

"Great? Come on, we'll go downstairs. I think everyone's still in bed, so you can pick what to eat." She said, knowing she sounded completely random. She hesitated at the door, looking back at Gracie's cot.

"She'll be fine on her own for a little while." Leo said softly.

"I know. I know." She replied. Reluctantly, she grabbed the baby monitor, and walked out of the door.

In the kitchen, she made toast, and they sat at the table, talking quietly. She battled with herself for a little while, trying to convince herself to ask him about his feelings for her. Eventually, she said it before she could stop herself.

"Do you still love me?" He looked taken aback, but answered quickly.

"Of course I do."

"Have you... have you given up waiting?" She asked, looking determinedly at the toast on her plate.

"No. I'll wait forever, if I have to." She considered telling him she wanted another date, she didn't know if she was ready yet, needed to find out, but instead she just nodded.

"I shouldn't have taken you to dinner." He sighed. "I don't know what came over me... I made you feel like you had to come, didn't I?"

"What? No, I wanted to go. I just..."

"Didn't want more."

"I didn't say that. I didn't know what I wanted at the time. I... I still don't. I... I'm close to my sisters again, I'm learning to be more relaxed with Gracie, and I think I may be able to work things out with you, too. But I don't know... and I don't want to hurt you."

"Well, if you're willing to risk it, so am I. You wont hurt me, I understand what you've been through."

"OK... OK... so how about another date?" She said awkwardly.

"That sounds great." He nodded. "What about tonight?"

"Tonight? Um, sure. Where?"

"Leave that to me." He smiled.

"OK. Um, Leo? I... I can't be away from her too, long..."

"I'll have you home as soon as you want." He nodded. "You just concentrate on letting your sister's pick your outfit." He grinned.

"How did you know?"

"Because I know you." He smiled.

Before anything else could be said, a loud cry erupted from the baby monitor.

"Gracie!" Piper cried.

"What?"

"Gracie - the monitor - Orb!" She cried, and looking confused, Leo took her hand and orbed the two of them upstairs.

He was leaning over Gracie's cot, just looking at her. He looked up, right into her eyes, and she recognised him instantly. That demon who helped Zander... the one who helped him take her daughter.

She threw her hands out to freeze him, but he was gone. She spent a fraction of a second wondering how he had vanished so quickly, he hadn't shimmered, then she ran to her daughter and lifted her out of the cot.

Gracie woke with a start, which confused Piper... she'd heard her cry on the monitor... how could she be asleep.

"Piper - Piper she's fine. She wasn't even awake." Leo said softly. "What's wrong?"

"What's wrong? There was a demon in the room! The demon who worked with Zander! That's what's wrong!"

"What? There was no demon... Piper the room was empty, she was sleeping..." He looked so confused, she almost wasn't angry with him.

Almost.

"What the hell is that supposed to mean?" She cried. "You must have heard the cry on the monitor, and you did see him! He was stood right here!"

"I... I didn't hear anything. Or see a demon. I... I'm sorry..."

"Bu... but you must have... he was right here..."

"There was no one here." He said softly. He crossed the room, hugged her and Gracie, but she just stood there, and for the first time in almost two months, she was completly, totally, terrified.


Well there it was. I'll probably be able to update in the next few days, but if not Happy New Year!