Groaning, the sisters and Cole trudged back to the Manor. After hours of searching, they hadn't found anything, and they knew that it was getting late. They were tired and there was no doubt that Henry would be thankful to be relieved to the children.
"Well, that was a bust," Phoebe commented dejectedly. Paige nodded in agreement. Piper looked at her watch, shocked that it was already ten o'clock. Sighing, Prue opened the door to the Manor. A little girl came running.
-- Auntie Prue!
--Auntie Piper!" A chorus of yells greeted the girls. Henry ran down the stairs after the wild children. Phoebe closed her eyes, ignored her daughters, and walked into the kitchen. She was in major need of some coffee. Piper, on the other, was not going to put up with the screaming tonight.
"The next person to yell is grounded for a year!" Piper yelled. Paige nodded in agreement. Melinda walked into the room.
"You know, Mom, technically you're the one who just yelled." Piper shook her head. Just then, as if on cue, Coop, Chris, Wyatt and Kendra burst into the room, all from different directions, all yelling.
"OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OHMYGOD! OHMYGOD! OHMYGOD! OHMYF'NGOD!!" Kendra was yelling, her and Wyatt both nearly jumping up and down.
"WE FOUND HIM! WE FOUND HIM! WE FOUND HIM!" Came from Coop and Chris. Piper's eyes widened.
"MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY!" Prudence was whining.
"EVERYONE SHUT THE HELL UP!" Piper yelled louder that everyone, blowing up a vase in the process. Everyone closed their mouth.
"All right. Kendra and Wyatt, what is so important?" Kendra grinned.
"I'm pregnant!" Piper's eyes bulged out. Phoebe, Paige, and Prue all ran over to hug Kendra.
"YOU'RE WHAT? But, but! I'm only forty-nine! I'm way too young to be a grandma!" Wyatt shook his head, trying not to laugh.
"Oh, Piper, you're going to love being a grandma! You were made for it!" Phoebe laughed. Prue nodded.
"You're going to be wonderful, Piper, don't worry." Piper took a deep breath.
"Well, are you two getting married?" Kendra looked at Wyatt and smiled. Then she showed off the ring on her hand.
"OOOOOHHH!" Phoebe squealed. There was a knock on the door. Smiling, Prue got up to get it. Piper turned.
"Wait! Do you think it's safe?" Prue shrugged.
"I'm already a ghost. What's it matter." Piper looked like she wanted to protest, but didn't. Prue headed to the door. Opening it, Billie rushed in, dripping with rain and tears.
"Piper! You might want to come here!" Prue called, handing the soaked girl a towel. Piper walked into the room, closely followed by Paige and Phoebe. She'd been fully prepared to be pissed when she saw Billie, but at the sight of the girl, she didn't find the anger in her heart.
"Pheebs, did you make that coffee?" Piper asked. Phoebe nodded and rushed over to pour Billie a cup, as well as cups for her and her sisters.
"Ok Billie, sit down. What's going on with you?" Paige asked her young charge. The thirty-six year old didn't respond, just covered her face with her hands. Her small body racked with sobs. Taking a close look at the girl, Prue noticed blood on the girl's pants. She nudged Piper slightly and Piper saw the blood.
"Everybody out!" Piper exclaimed loudly. Her sisters stared at her, but noticing the look on Piper's face, they left. Piper sat down next to Billie, handing her a cup of coffee.
"Let's talk, sweetie. What happened?" Billie shook her head. Piper sighed, took Billie's hands in her own, and tilted the girl's face up, forcing her to look at the older woman.
"It was not your fault. You were vulnerable and someone took advantage of that. It is not and never will be your fault." Tears fell down Billie's face as Piper pulled her into a tight embrace.
"How did you know?" Billie sobbed. Piper nodded down to the girl's pants. Piper started to stand up, but Billie grabbed onto her arm.
"Sweetie, I'm just going to get you a different pair of pants. You can come with me. Will you let Paige heal you?" Billie shook her head. Piper sighed.
"Please?" Finally, the frightened girl agreed and Piper called Paige in. By now, Paige and Phoebe had both guessed what had happened. Paige gently slipped Billie's pants down and healed her. Billie gave her whitelighter a small hug before heading to the bathroom, where Piper had left a pair of pants for her. Things were going to get better.
"Astrid, you're a good girl, aren't you?" The woman asked. Astrid nodded nervously. She wanted to know the secret that she had been promised.
"I want you to write a letter to your mother and her friends. Can you do that?" Astrid nodded. The woman smiled and took a drag of her cigarette.
"I'll tell you what I want you to say, all right?" Astrid nodded and too the pen.
A letter appeared on the Halliwell's kitchen table, addressed to the sisters and Billie. Nervously, Billie handed the paper to Piper, who opened it and began to read it out loud.
Dear Mom, Aunt Piper, Aunt Phoebe, and Aunt Paige,
I'm sorry for leaving so abruptly, but I had to. I'm so sick of constantly being bossed around. I'm happier now. I don't want you to worry about me; I'm safe. But I wanted to write you all of you once, because you won't ever hear from me again. This is goodbye.
You are so bossy! It's always 'do this, do that'. You hover, too. I'm sick and tired of it. You aren't in charge of the world. You aren't even my mother. In fact, you always hated my mother. You resented her for killing your sisters. Even after she helped save them, you still hated her! What is wrong with you? Maybe Mom had the right idea killing you all those years ago.
You are so busy all the time! You don't have any time to pay attention to me. You never even noticed how unhappy I was. You claim to be my mom's best friend. Some friend you are! You tried to kill her! Is that what 'best friends' do? Kill each other? You should be ashamed of yourself!
You are one of the most annoying people in the world! That magic school is all that matters to you! You don't even have time for your husband and kids! You call yourself a protector. Is that what you were when you tried to kill me mother? You were supposed to be her protector! And you tried to kill her! You are evil, all of you!
Oh Mother, my dear Mother. I hate you. I truly do. You took me away from my dad. Don't you know that kids need their dads? Oh wait, you thought that you were doing what was best for me. Well, has it ever occurred to you that if you hadn't been so drugged up, you wouldn't have had a baby with someone so miserable? You could have given me a better life. But, you are known for making mistakes. Like when you killed my aunt. How could you do that, Mom? How could you kill your own sister? She would have done anything in the world for you, and you killed her. With her own power. That was weak. You had to kill her with her own fireball. Well guess what? You can't fool me anymore! I know the whole story now, and I don't choose you.
You all made your choices. I made mine. You killed my aunt. I never even got a chance to meet her. How could you? Now you'll never see me again.
Tears were streaming down Billie's face by the time she reached the end of the letter. How did Astrid know about Christy? Piper voiced Billie's thoughts.
"How did she know about Christy? You didn't tell her did you?" Billie shook her head quickly. Prue bit her lip gently, thinking.
"I never told her anything about any of it. I mean, she knew that I used to have a sister; she's seen pictures. But I would never tell her about everything that happened. Do you really resent me?" Billie asked in a small voice. Piper pulled the younger witch into a hug.
"No, of course I don't resent you. I got over all of that a long time ago. You're like a sister to me. To all of us, really. We love you, Billie. By now, you should know that." Paige and Phoebe nodded in agreement.
"If you didn't tell her, how the hell did she find out?" Prue asked. Phoebe furrowed her brows in deep thought.
"Not to mention the drugs. How did Astrid find out about the drugs?" Phoebe asked. Billie paled.
"I don't know. I never told her." Piper frowned.
"I don't think Astrid wrote this letter. I mean, obviously, she wrote it, but I think someone prompted her. Someone who knew about all of this." Paige nodded.
"So, what if we wrote back? And did a spell to send it back to where it came from. Billie, can you do that?" Billie nodded and picked up a pen.
Baby girl, I am so sorry. I never meant to make you unhappy. You're right, I did make mistakes in my life. But I love you and I have always done what I thought was best for you. You're my baby. I know not everything with your father was dealt with properly. I could have done a better job, but I did what I thought was best all the same. I only want to protect you. That's all I've ever wanted to do.
Sweetie, I don't know where you heard what you heard about your aunt, but you don't have the full story. I don't want to put everything in this letter, but I want to tell you. Honey, come home and I will explain everything. So will your aunts. We will tell you everything.
Baby, if you are in any sort of trouble, I will help you. We all will. We love you so much. We would do anything for you. It doesn't matter what you've done; we will always love you. Talk to us, baby. We can help you. Is someone hurting you? Are you in danger? Tell us where you are, baby, and we'll come. Just let us talk. Please.
I love you Angel,
Astrid watched as the woman growled loudly. She was reading a letter. Astrid shivered slightly at the woman's anger. For the first time since she'd been there, she was scared. She thought she was going to see her dad and learn a secret, but she had no idea who this woman was. She desperately wanted to ask, but the woman was extremely angry right now.
"Can I read the letter?" Astrid asked timidly. The woman glared at her and slapped her across the face, hard. Astrid recoiled.
"All right, girl. Here's the deal. I'm in charge here. You will do what I say, when I say it. You will not argue. You will not question me. You will simply do what I say. Follow my rules and you won't need to get hurt. Disobey me and you will be punished. Understand?" Astrid nodded.
"Good." Without another word, the woman lit the piece of paper on fire. Astrid's eyes widened. Auntie Piper had told her that pyrokenesis was extremely rare. Yet there were two witches in the same room with this power. She wondered briefly if Aunt Piper knew about this woman. Speaking of which, who was this woman? She was kind of weird.
"Can I ask you one question?" Astrid asked. The woman raised her eyebrows.
"What's your name?" The woman threw her head back and laughed.
The five girls were all looking at the table where, only seconds ago, the letter had been. All of a sudden, Billie fell sideways off her chair. Paige jumped down and started shaking her. Billie sat up, looking dazed.
"Billie, sweetie, what's wrong? What happened?" Billie took a deep breath.
"I just heard Christy."
A/N Dun dun dun… Wow, I got a ton of writing done today! I got this out, plus uploaded another story! I'm so sorry that it took so long to update. Hope you enjoyed!