AN: Thanks to Jedi Alanna, piperloveleoalways, WelshCanuck, -0-charmed-freak-0-, rikkukirst and lizardmomma for your reviews of Chapter 29; I wish every writer could have loyal reviewers like you!
Piper knew that she couldn't freeze good witches, but what about naughty witches–naughty sister witches who were fighting over a stupid pair of gloves? She had ignored them at first, but now it was getting ridiculous. It couldn't hurt to try. She threw her hands forward experimentally. Her sisters kept arguing, and the street light in the alley kept flickering. It hadn't worked, but then she hadn't expected it would. Nothing else today had worked out the way she wanted. She looked up and down the dark alley for the thousandth time. Why couldn't the darklighter Phoebe saw in her premonition just hurry up and get here? She stifled a yawn. She would have been given anything to be back home in her warm bed. She was so cold and tired and–
–and the memories of the past few days suddenly flooded her brain. Prue...Tarquin...the timeline...the demon army...Windbury's...Duane. She looked over at Phoebe, who had finally stopped bickering with Paige. She knew from the look on Phoebe's face that Phoebe was experiencing the same invasion of memories. Phoebe ran to Piper and embraced her.
"I'm so glad you're okay." Phoebe held onto Piper tightly, never wanting to let her go.
"I'm glad you're okay, too." Piper held Phoebe just as tightly. "So-- you and Prue restored the timeline?"
Phoebe looked embarrassed. "Just Prue. I was in the Underworld with Cole, and then the Source came--"
"Whoa, whoa, whoa," Paige interrupted. "Prue? Cole? The Source? What's going on here?"
"Long story. We'll explain when we get home." Piper motioned for Paige to join them. She and Phoebe enveloped their younger sister in a group hug. The hug was cut short, however, by the sound of approaching footsteps. The sisters whirled around to see the source of the noise.
"That's her!" Phoebe whispered. "That's the girl from my vision!"
The sisters ducked behind the dumpster. Seconds later the darklighter appeared behind the girl. Paige orbed her out of the way. The darklighter howled and moved towards the dumpster menacingly. As soon as he came close enough, Piper blew him up. They all watched as he went up in flames and vanished.
"What...what was that?" The girl asked the sisters. She looked like she might faint, so Paige helped her sit down.
"You don't want to know," Phoebe answered.
After a few minutes the girl appeared to be slowly coming to her senses. "You...just saved my life...and you don't even know me." She seemed to be more surprised than afraid of the whole situation. She stood up with Paige's help. "I'm Bethany." She shook hands with each sister in turn, pausing when she reached Piper. "Wait-I know you! You're Piper Halliwell! James and I go to P3 all the time; it's our favorite club. James is my fiancee," She added happily. "We're getting married in August. You're all welcome to come to the wedding."
The sisters looked at each other uneasily. "Bethany, can we trust you not to tell anyone about us? We couldn't do what we do if people knew who we were." Phoebe had used this line successfully before.
"Of course. You have my promise–and my thanks." She smiled earnestly at the sisters. "Well, I should probably go home. I'll call James to give me a ride."
"Don't bother," Paige said. "I can take you home."
"Thanks again. What you guys do...it's amazing." She gushed.
"You're welcome." Piper answered. Bethany waved goodbye as Paige orbed her home. Piper thought about what Bethany had said. She was glad that this time she had been listening. What they did as the Charmed Ones really was amazing and, though it could be a real pain sometimes, at the end of the day it was worth it. They hadn't just saved Bethany. They had saved Hannah, too, and who knew how many of her charges she would save?
"Ready to get out of here?" Paige said when she orbed back to the alley. Piper didn't hear her. She was concentrating on another set of incoming blue lights. Her heart leapt when she saw Leo, and his did the same when he saw her. "Are you okay?" He asked.
"Good." Leo pulled Piper close to him and kissed her so passionately that Phoebe and Paige whistled in admiration.
"Whoa, Leo," Phoebe chuckled.
"Don't forget to breathe," Paige added.
Leo laughed. "Let's go home."
"Agreed." Phoebe took Paige's hand as Piper took Leo's. They left the alley behind in a shower of lights.
As Piper and Leo stood side by side, watching Wyatt sleep, Piper thought about how lucky she was. It didn't matter that demons and warlocks would always pursue them, and that they would always have to put their lives on hold to help others. She had a husband, son, and sisters who loved her as much as she loved them; she had a successful business; she had powers which helped save innocents like Bethany – and she had this great life because Prue had sacrificed hers. She owed it to Prue to live every minute of it. I'll always love you Prue, she thought with tears in her eyes.
Prue's spirit heard her sister and answered. I'll always love you, too.
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