Phoebe answered her cell. Cole sat by and waited while she talked with her sister. Though he could only hear one side of the conversation, he could pretty much fill in the blanks what was being said on the other end of the line. Piper definitely was not the forgiving type and he knew that almost as well as Phoebe herself did.
"That's none of your business." Phoebe answered Piper on the phone.
Cole could tell by the look on her face how the conversation was going and it was not going in any direction that would bring forgiveness on Phoebe's sisters' end of things.
"I will do whatever I want and come back whenever I please...No, I'm not going to just listen to you like when we were kids." Another pause as the other end of the phone chattered away. Colt couldn't hear what was being said, but it was obviously not good by Phoebe's disgruntled look.
"Damnit Piper, can't you just accept that he's alive and that I am choosing him?"
Another few moments passed before Phoebe snapped her phone shut and sighed very heavily.
"Holding grudges?" Cole dared to ask.
"You have no idea." Phoebe rolled her eyes. "That woman has the memory of an elephant-she never forgets anything!"
"Do you need to go back to the Manor for clothes?" Cole cautiously asked, hoping it wouldn't strike a chord with Phoebe.
"Probably, but I need to time it just right so I don't have to deal with the wrath of my sisters. I don't feel like fighting anymore today. They're still in a pissy mood."
Phoebe and Cole finished their breakfast and caught a cab to the other side of town where the Manor was. Cole waited outside across the street while Phoebe went inside. Even though he was fully capable of dealing with himself, but because he was human now, taking precautionary measures was good and insisted on by Phoebe. Better safe than sorry was her arguement. She shut the door carefully behind her and went upstairs to her room. Once she was safe in her room and the door was shut, she began to pack a bag with clothes for a few days, makeup, stuff to shower with, and a few pairs of shoes. When she was done, she zipped up the bag and turned around to Leo orbing into her room. She jumped and dropped her bag.
"Leo!" she whispered loudly and forcefully. "You should know better than to do that to me!"
"Sorry, but I thought I should talk to you."
"If you've come to talk peacemaker, forget it. Piper and Paige know what Cole means to me and should understand why I chose to give him a second chance." Phoebe sighed heavily.
"That's exactly why I'm here."
"Well, I don't want to talk about anything right now. I'm here to get clothes and leave. I'm not going to argue with my sisters because I've already seen where that leads." Phoebe's visions about that situation all ended in things blowing up and people walking away. It was not something she wanted to deal with.
"I know Piper is stubborn, but that's because she feels she needs to be. When Prue died, she became the oldest sister and all the responsibility fell on her shoulders." Leo knew his wife felt guilty for what happened to Phoebe the previous year with Cole. Phoebe had lost the love of her life because of evil, but now that she had him in her life again, a free man, she wasn't going to let the past kill what she felt for him.
"Piper should know by now that I can take care of myself. And Paige just doesn't understand the depth of how much I love Cole," she said defensively, looking at her brother-in-law.
"Paige wasn't there when you first met Cole." Leo reminded her.
"Leo, you and Piper should understand above all people how I feel right now. The Elders told you for years that you and Piper could never be together, yet you defied the rules and got married. Now you have a son." Phoebe knew that Leo would understand what she was trying to say...at least she hoped he would, if he had not forgotten what hell he and Piper had gone through.
"No, it's not. It is the exact same damn thing! Just because Cole was a demon and you are an angel doesn't make it different!" Phoebe was completely frustrated at this point and her face was flustering under pressure.
"Phoebe, please just talk to your sisters. Perhaps there can be another solution."
Phoebe sighed heavily. "I hate it when you go all 'White Lighter' on me."
"I have been your guide for years and know what's best for you. I'm not saying that you have to give up Cole. I just want you and your sisters to reach a peaceable solution."
"I don't think they want to talk to me now. Piper pretty much made that clear earlier on the phone when she told me that she would blow Cole's ass up if I so much as brought him near the Manor." Phoebe started for the door, grabbing her bag off the floor.
"Will you at least consider speaking to them?" Leo asked, causing Phoebe to turn around and face her brother again.
"I'll think about it." Phoebe conceeded. "For now, I'm going to the Penthouse with Cole where we can stay peacefully without someone blowing him up."
Phoebe turned back around and left her room, going down the hall and stairs as quietly as possible. When she got back outside, Cole was still waiting for her across the street. They got a cab and went back across town to the Penthouse. Once her things were put away, she went and sat on the couch with Cole. She snuggled next to him as he was asleep. A lot was weighing on her mind. She hated when she didn't agree with her sisters, especially since she valued their opinions higher than anyone else's and loved them dearly. But, in this instance, they were wrong about Cole. Leo had even checked it all out with the Elders and it was all correct information he had told her. Cole was the love of her life and there was nothing that was going to keep her from him now because he was a human. Her thoughts drifted to the previous night's conversation. More than anything, she wanted her dream of having a baby to come true. She had always thought of having a little girl. In fact, when Wyatt was born, she was slightly jealous that Piper had a baby and she didn't. Though she would have never said anything. She had only begun to think about it seriously after she lost Cole and the demonic child she had carried. Though that child was never hers, she wanted it to be as a reminder of Cole and the love they had shared. Now she had a real chance to have a child that was her and Cole's biological child, not tampered with by demonic forces and only given the magic that ran through her veins as a Halliwell, a Charmed One. With this thought in mind, she began to drift off into a late morning nap, something she well deserved.
A few hours later, she woke to find Cole awake, but not moving underneath her. He was watching her sleep and smiling. She turned over and placed her chin on his chest, so that she could look into his eyes, which were every bit as beautiful as she remembered from their time together. Their blue color reminded her of the ocean, which was comforting and entrancing.
"I didn't know I was so interesting while I slept," she teased.
"Only because you're beautiful and I didn't want to disturb you when you were sleeping so peacefully," he murmured.
"How long have I been asleep?"
"Only about an hour and a half. I just woke up about twenty minutes ago and didn't feel like moving."
"So," Phoebe sat up a moment later, "what are we going to do now?"
"What do you mean?" Cole sat up with her.
"Well, I have the whole day off from work and it's just you and me since I'm not going anywhere near my sisters for a while." Phoebe would let Piper and Paige cool down before attempted to even talk to them again.
Cole smiled. "I think I know where we could go."
"I am at your mercy for the day, Mr. Turner!" Phoebe exclaimed as she sat up.
Cole got to his feet and extended his hand for Phoebe's. "We are going somewhere special, somewhere you will recognize easily."
Phoebe cocked one eyebrow suspiciously. "Oh really?" This was the Cole she knew and had loved when they first met. He was exciting and mysterious.
"Yes, just trust me." A smile spread across his face.
Phoebe took his hand and got up. "I trust you." She leaned onto her tip-toes and kissed him.
He kissed her back and lead her into the elevator, pressing the button to go down to the ground floor. When the door opened, they walked out into the lobby of the apartment complex and outside, where her car was still parked. Handing him the keys, she smiled and got in on the passenger side as he got in to drive. It had been a long time since they had just spent time together like this. In fact, the last time they had spent time together was before Cole's death as the Source. Phoebe looked out the window as the streets of San Francisco passed them by. When he pulled into a parking lot, she looked at the place where they stopped and smiled at him.
"My college?" she asked, giving him a perplexed look after a moment.
"It's the place where I fell in love with you," he replied, cutting the engine of the car and getting out.
Phoebe smiled and got out of the car, coming around to Cole as he wrapped his arm around her, holding her close. The memories came flooding back to Phoebe of the day Cole had snuck up on her when she came out of class. She had been so on edge about someone coming after her that she had hauled off and nearly kicked him, but he'd caught her leg. Instead of being scared, she was pleasantly surprised that it had been Cole. All of that was before she'd even known he was a demon, but she had fallen in love with him before she ever knew. They walked together around the campus until they reached a few trees shading a pathway.
"I remember coming up here with the intent of spying on you, which is what I had been ordered to do," he said, looking down at her. "But when I got here and saw you, I couldn't help but be distracted by how beautiful you were and how impressed I was that you almost round-house kicked my head."
Phoebe laughed and smiled brighter than before. "I guess I was a little fireball back then," she conceeded.
"You still are in so many ways," Cole said. "I never stopped loving you Phoebe. You were what saved me."
"I can't take all the credit Cole," Phoebe argued quietly. "You wanted to be saved. I was just the means."
"You were everything to me and still are."
As they walked, Cole stopped beneath two trees and brought Phoebe in front of him. She was beautiful, just as he always knew she was. Everything about her amazed him in ways he didn't understand. Her powers over him exceeded far beyond her abilities as a Charmed One as she was the only one he had ever given his heart to freely. That, in and of itself, was proof that he loved her without a doubt. And now that he was human, he would have the chance to do things right.
"Phoebe, I love you with all that I am, have been, or will ever be in this life or any other," he said slowly, dropping down to one knee. "The moment you nearly kicked me beneath these two trees so long ago was the moment I knew for sure that I had fallen in love with you. You became my wife once, giving me the honor of being your husband and I ruined that opportunity the first time. I want a second chance to do this right. Will you marry me again and allow me to be the husband I always should've been?"
A/N: Ah yes, a cliffie. SO sorry I haven't updated this in forever...college consumed my life. But now it's summer and I'll have time to update! Leave me some reviews and lemme know what you think!