"I could go either way."

Phoebe Halliwell, "Is There A Woogy In The House?"

It was something that disturbed her.

"You were the only one of us born in the house," Piper had pointed out. It was supposed to be comforting--that it wasn't anything that she herself had done, it just was a simple fact.

But Phoebe wasn't comforted. As she lay in bed that night, she thought about what had happened in the past twenty-four hours. She'd forayed into the dark side. And worse yet, she'd enjoyed it. There was a freedom that she'd never gotten from being a Charmed One. Good magic had all sorts of rules. Phoebe Halliwell didn't do rules.

So why, then, she wondered, am I doing the Charmed gig?

The answer was obvious. As much as she loved independence, she'd learned early on that she loved being a force of good in the universe more. It took courage and willpower. Being evil was easy. But resisting darkness? That was a feat.

Phoebe shuddered. "Let's hope I never have to go through all of this again."


A/N: So I watched "Is There A Woogy In The House?" yesterday and Phoebe's line about how she could either be good or evil really struck me. I really like the underlying theme of ambivalence in her character (good? evil? good? evil?) and I wanted to explore that a little bit.

And yes…the name "Cole" echoed in my head with every word I typed.