The Powers That Be

Chapter One: Still Charmed

The sun shone through the front doors of the Halliwell manor. Usaully the manor and the witches that lived here would be prone to demon attacks. But they had not seen one single demon in over a year now. A year of peace, fun and plenty of freedom.

The Halliwell sisters thought it was all over, they thought they were on the path to a normal life. But they were wrong. The youngest Halliwell sister was with child and it was one very powerful child, whom would grow up to be a very powerful and strong witch.

But with such great power on the way the demons started to fret. They were down in numbers and there were very few upper level demons left. If the demons dare try and attack the Charmed ones, they would end up vanquished. A fate which they rather avoid.

But one demon wasn't going to give in too good. He would do whatever he could to stop this child from being born. But he didn't have much time left. If the baby was born before he could kill the mother it would be near impossible if not impossible.

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Paige woke to the sight of her husband. She kissed him lightly then rose out of bed. She pulled on her dressing gown that showed of her baby bump quite well.

"Are we going to get up today sweetie?" she asked smiling warmly at Sam.

"Do I have to?"

"You know..." Paige mused sitting down on the bed "When the baby comes you won't be having any more sleepins."

"I know" he said sitting up and kissing her forehead lightly "But the babies not here yet, so I can still sleep in, can't I?" he asked pulling a puppy dog face that he only showed Paige.

"Alright" she said standing "another hour, then its time to get up and face our demon free day."

"Yes demon free" Sam mused. "Hey Paige I've been thinking, that maybe its time we move out of the manor. I mean there really isn't much room. And when the baby comes, she will take up more room. And I'm sure Piper, Leo and the boys would love to have more room for themselves."

"You're right Piper and Leo would love to have the manor to themselves but where are we going to move to? We have'nt got enough money to buy a house-"

"We could rent an apartment or buy into one." Sam cut in "or we could move in with Phoebe and Dean."

"No, that's not fair on them and this isn't fair on Piper and Leo" Paige said with a sigh "We need to ger our own place, I totally agree with you. And its the right time, so... yeah! Lets move out."

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Phoebe walked into the kitchen of her and Dean's house. She smiled at the sight of Dean making breakfast. He had adjusted to normal life quite well, but sometimes he would tag along with Paige and help her with her charges.

Phoebe however would rather not fight demons. She would rather go to work or spend some 'normal' time with her sisters. Yes the demon free life suited her just fine.

"Hey Phoebe."

Hearing Dean's voice took her away from her thoughts. "Yeah babe."

"What times the baby shower?"

"Um... eleven" Phoebe replied "Are you going to be able to make it?"

"Yeah I'll just ask Dave to cover for me" he replied while walking over to Phoebe. He wrapped his arms around her waist and kissed her passionately.

They broke apart and stared lovingly into each others eyes. Phoebe smiled warmly at Dean then she pulled away and muttered "I have to get ready for work and so do you."

"Can't we be late?" he asked grinning.

"Well maybe you can but I can't" Phoebe replied with a soft smile "I have to go play cuipid."

Phoebe went to walk away but Dean grabbed her arm and pulled her in for another kiss. "I love you."

"I love you too."

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Piper and Leo walked into the living room and sat down on the couch. Piper smiled warmly at Leo before sipping her coffee.

"Life seems perfect, doesn't it?" Leo asked smiling.

"Yeah it does" Piper mused "We've had no demon attacks for a whole year and I'm just so happy to have a normal life again. To be able to raise Wyatt and Chris away from evil." Piper took another mouthful of coffee then continued "even though I know that Wyatt and Chris will someday have to face all this, I'm just so glad that they can have a normal childhood. Now I can understand why grams did what she did."

"Its scary knowing that they will be battling demons and any other supernatural being that comes their way." Leo added.

"Yeah but they'll be great" Piper said looking Leo in the eye "And I won't be the only one with kids who will be battling evil."

"Yeah Paige being a mum is kinda strange."

"Yeah" Piper mused "But she's a Halliwell, which means she'll be a great mum. After all, its in the genes"

Leo lent in and kissed Piper passionately "Speaking of kids... I thought that we could take Wyatt and Chris to the park today, after I finish at Magic School."

"That sounds good but... but Paige is having the baby shower today." Piper replied.

"We could have it at the park" came Paige's voice "I don't mind. I'll just have to let Phoebe and Dean know."

"You sure?" Piper asked.

"Yeah I'm sure" she said cheerfully "I've been here to long, so I think a day out will be good."

"Ok, then the park it is" Piper said smiling.

"I'll call Phoebe and Dean for you" Leo chimed in.

"Thanks Leo."

Leo got up and walked to the kitchen and Paige walked over to Piper and took a seat next to her.

"Piper theres something I want to talk to you about?"

"Yeah sure, what is it?"

"Sam and I are thinking about... moving out."

"Moving out?"

"Yeah, its just with the baby coming and this house is already kinda crowded."

"Paige I don't mind if you and Sam live here" Piper assured "But I can understand why you want to move out... and I support you."

"You do?"

"Its a good idea. Besides with a demon free life, its actually safe to move out of the manor. I mean Phoebe and Dean did. Why shouldn't you?"

"You're the best" Paige said hugging Piper "Now Sam and I just need to find a place to live."

"I think I know the perfect place for you two."

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A demon with a robe over his head walked through the Underworld. Keeping his head low he made his way to an old door. Opening it quickly he walked in and took a seat on an old rusty chair.

A few moments later another demon shimmered into the room. He sat down and gave the demon a look up and down.

"State your name" he demanded.

"James" he stood and pulled back the hood "And I would like to join your army of demons."

"What kind of powers to you possess?"

"Telekinesis and the power to make witches relive horrible life experiences."

"So tell me why you want to join my army?"

"To take out the youngest sisters baby of course."

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Piper and Phoebe were busy making lunch for the baby shower.

"So how are things here?" Phoebe asked.

"There good" Piper replied "Paige and Sam are easy to live with. But they're actually going to move out."

"Really?"

"You sound surprised?"

"Well its just strange..." Phoebe paused "All of the Charmed ones living apart. I never thought it would happen."

"Well it has, and I for one am glad!"

"Yeah I am two."

"Hey guys" Paige said entering the kitchen "Hows it goin?"

"Its goin good" Piper replied smiling "Lunch is made and ready to go."

"Great. I'll just go get Sam and we can go."

"I'll get him" Piper offered. "You and Phoebe head over to the park and we'll meet you guys there, ok."

"You don't have to."

"Well I gotta get Leo so its no problem."

"Alright."

"Come on Paige lets go" Phoebe said walking out of the the kitchen with Paige behind her.

Piper sighed then she to left the kitchen. She walked upstairs then to the attic. She picked up a potion and tossed it on the ground. When the smoke cleared she could see the halls of Magic School. She walked down the hall and turned left and entered a small room. She saw Leo sitting at a desk going through some papers.

"Hey" she said softly.

"Piper" he said looking up "is it Eleven already?"

"Yep which means its time to go."

"Ok well I'll go get Wyatt and Chris from the nursery-"

"And I'll go get Sam" Piper cut in "Where is he anyway?"

"Right behind you" came Sam's voice.

Piper turned around to see Sam and the boys "Hey thanks for getting them."

"I had to go past the nursery anyway."

"Great then lets go" Leo said standing and walking over to them.

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"So I heard you and Sam are going to move out?" Phoebe said as she placed the picnic basket on the table.

"For a matter of fact we are" Paige said smiling.

"What's this about moving out?" Dean asked as he sat down at the table.

"Well Sam and I are going to move" Paige explained "Once we find somewhere to live. But Piper said that she would show us this nice place where she and Prue used to live."

"Well that sounds great." Dean replied.

"I'm happy for you Paige" Phoebe said sitting beside her "I really am."

"Thanks Phoebs that means a lot to me."

"Chicks" Dean said sarcastically.

"Hey we're not chicks we're sisters and we're bonding." Phoebe said.

Dean was about to say something but he was interrupted by Piper, Leo, Sam and the boys walking over to them.

"Hey Baby" Paige said wrapping her arm around Sam's waist.

"Hey" he said kissing her forehead softly.

"Hows the school going?" Phoebe asked Leo.

"Its going really good" Leo replied while taking a seat next to Piper. "Its such an honour to teach the next generation of magic."

"Well lets hope the next generation has less demons to fight." Phoebe added.

"I think it will be easer for them" Piper said to Phoebe"After all the next generation includes Wyatt, Chris and Paige and Sam's daughter and whom ever you and Dean have."

"Just think" Paige said sitting down "Our kids will totally kick butt when their older!"

"Oh yes they will" Piper agreed.

"Hey on a different subject do you guys have a name for her?" Phoebe asked.

"Well we've both been thinking and" Paige said glancing at Sam "we like the name Shiloh."

"Shiloh" Piper mused "thats really nice."

"Well tell us the middle name" Phoebe said obvously very excited.

"Well..." Sam chimed in "If its ok with Dean her middle name is going to Merry."

"I'm fine with it Sam."

"Then her name will be Shiloh Merry Halliwell" Paige said.

"Halliwell?" Dean asked "Shouldn't it be Winchester? No offence?"

"Well the women in this family keep the last name" Piper filled in.

"It doesn't really bother me anyway" Sam assured. "After all, Halliwell is the name all demons fear."

"Damn straight" Dean said smirking.

"So shall we eat?" Leo piped up.

"Before we eat, I have some good news to tell everyone" Sam said

"Good news, I never thought I'd ever hear that" Piper said sarcastically.

"Go on Sam" Leo said.

"Well last week I went for a job interview at a law firm and... I got the job."

"That's great Sam" Phoebe blurted out.

"Well con grats Sam" Dean said happily.

"When did you find out that you got the job?" Paige asked curiously.

"This morning after I got up" he said kissing her lips lightly "And because its in the city the job comes with a car. Oh and great pay."

Paige laughted softly then kissed Sam passionately.

"Hey get a room you two" Phoebe scowled jokingly.

"Yeah there are childen present." Piper said.

Paige and Sam broke apart and turned to face the group. "Fine if we can't kiss then we'll eat."

"Great idea" Leo said "I'm starving."

"Then lets dig in" Paige said.

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"Taking out a Charmed one is suicide " a demon with dirty blonde hair and brown eyes yelled at its commander.

"Now, now." he said calmly "I don't want you to kill her, I want you to bring her here."

"I guess I can try" he sighed "But which one."

"The youngest."

"The youngest is with child" he spat "Her sisters and her lover will be protecting her."

"The Charmed ones think their demon days are over, so their not going to be expecting a demon attack."

"I wouldn't put it past them" came James's voice.

"And what would you know about the Charmed ones?"

"A lot more then you do" he smirked "If you want to get Paige, first you're going to have to get her sisters. Well one of them."

"What about the other."

"Before coming here, I stopped to see an oracle's" he continued "She said Phoebe will be taking a little trip to the future, and that only leaves Piper."

"What do we do with Piper?" the blonde haired demon asked.

"Lock her up."

"What about Paige's lover?" the second demon asked.

"I'll take care of him."

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"Paige are you sure you want to have the baby here?" Piper asked.

"Piper, you had Wyatt here and I want to have Shiloh here" she said taking a seat on the couch "I just really want her to be born here. Besides she is going to be half Whitelighter so she'll most likely be born in white glowing things like Wyatt was."

"She has a point" Phoebe said sitting down beside her. "And I do already know how to be a midwife... so I say she should do it."

"Oh alright" Piper sighed. "But first, is this ok with Sam?"

"He's fine with it" Paige assured "For a fact he thinks its a great idea. Oh I almost forgot on the way home we saw a cute little place for sale. And its only a couple of houses up."

"Whoa talk about moving far" Phoebe joked.

"Hey I like this neighborhood."

"Yeah I do to" Phoebe confessed.

"So how are things going with you and Dean?" Piper asked changing the subject.

"Well there great its just..."

"What?" both Piper and Paige asked.

"I don't know where we stand."

"What exactly do you mean?" Paige asked.

"Well we've been going out for a year now and I still don't know if this is the real thing."

"You're not sure Dean's the one?" Piper asked softly.

"I don't know" she admitted "I mean I love him. I really, really love him, I just don't know where this relationship is heading."

"Well why don't you cast a little spell" Paige suggested.

"No, I am done with magic. Besides it would be personal gain."

"Come on Phoebs we took out the most dangerous demon out there, I don't think one little spell will hurt anything" Paige added.

"What do you think Piper?"

"I think that it might be a good idea and if you're up to it, why not!"

"Well then I think I might just go to the attic" she said standing up "Oh but don't tell Dean ok."

"We won't" Piper and Paige said.

"Thanks" Phoebe then disappeared from their line of sight.

"What do you think she'll see?" Piper asked.

"A demon free future." Paige replied

"We're already demon free."

"Yeah but for how long?"

"Paige its been a year now, I think we're safe"

"Yeah you're probably right."

"Of course I'm right."

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Phoebe walked into the attic and over to the small table that was in there. She took a seat and started to write. Once done she lit some candles and started to chant "My future is unclear to me, with this spell I shall see, what my future holds for me."

Bright lights flashed around Phoebe then in a blink of an eye she was gone. The attic was left epmty...

TBC

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