Author's Note: Thanks a million to my amazing beta, cruelangel101, and my awesome readers.
"Piper's on her way home," Prue said, clicking off her cell phone as she entered the kitchen. "How's the potion coming?"
"It smells like something died in here," Henry said, bluntly.
"That's the pig's feet," Andrea said, with a shrug. "You get used to it. It's almost done," she added, addressing Prue. "We just need some of Sykes' flesh. And believe me, I will be more than happy to help you collect."
"You two and Piper do not the Power of Three make," Andy argued, but Henry just shook his head, wearily.
"I've already tried that one," he told the other man. "As you might have noticed, it didn't work."
"You three have got to start acting like a team," Andy protested, undaunted, but Prue just shook her head.
"Trust me," she said, insistently. "It's better that Paige is out of the way, right now."
"Why do I even bother?" Andy asked no one in particular, throwing his hands up in the air.
"We've got this under control," Prue assured him. "Just concentrate on trying to sense Phoebe, okay?"
From the look on Andy's face, the argument was far from over, but he let it drop for the time being. He leaned back against the counter and closed his eyes as he focused on trying to find Phoebe.
"You said that Paige couldn't find Sykes by scrying?" Prue asked, and Henry shook his head. There was a weird expression on his face, and she frowned. "What's up?"
"It's Sykes," he said. "I swear that I've heard that name, before."
"He has a human cover," Andrea spoke up, from where she was standing at the counter, stirring the potion. "Some kind of cop, or-"
"Assistant District Attorney," Henry finished for her. "The new ADA is Aaron Sykes. He was only hired a few months ago. I've heard his name around the courthouse a couple of times."
"Sounds like our man," Prue said.
"Now, why would a demon pose as a lawyer?" Henry protested.
"Who knows why demons do what they do?" Prue asked, shooting a sideways look at Andrea and deciding that explaining the Cole situation was a bit much for someone they'd just met. "So, now that we know who our demon is-"
"Hold on just a minute, there," Henry interrupted her, quickly. "You can't go after someone like the Assistant District Attorney because you think he might be a demon."
"Of course he's our demon," Prue insisted.
"Doesn't matter," Henry shot back. "We're talking about a prominent public figure. You cannot just walk into the courthouse and chop a finger off to put in your vanquishing potion."
"Not to mention the logistics of actually vanquishing him," Andy muttered, from the other side of the kitchen.
"What?" Prue demanded. "The two of you are ganging up on us, now?"
"Trying to be the voice of reason," Henry argued. "Look, I am all in favor of you going after this demon. I just don't want to see any of you – you, included," he added to Piper, who'd just walked into the kitchen, "going to jail for murdering a man."
"Who's going to jail?" Piper asked, in confusion.
"You and your sister are, if you're not careful," Henry replied, and Prue sighed.
"Our demon is a big shot lawyer," she informed Piper. "Henry's worried about exposure."
"Why do you have to make me sound like the irrational one, here?" Henry complained. "All I'm saying is that you need to be smart about this."
"All right," Prue said, with an aggravated sigh, "what do you suggest?"
She knew how she sounded. But, she had three years experience fighting demons, plus her active powers. Henry had less than a year's experience, even counting his time in the future, and he was a mortal. And she didn't understand why he wouldn't listen to her.
"Sykes has chosen a human disguise, right?" Henry was saying, as she tuned back in. "And, that disguise can't just be part time. In order to be someone as important, as visible, as the ADA, his cover has to be airtight. There can't be a single hole."
"So?" Piper asked, impatiently, and Henry sighed, looking like he was fighting for patience, himself.
"Everything he does, everything he is, is open to the public eye," he went on. "He's got a paper trail. He's got an apartment, a post office box, a gym membership-"
"You're saying that we should ambush Sykes in the locker room?" Prue asked, sarcastically, getting a glare in return.
"Don't make me regret agreeing to help you," he muttered, under his breath. "What I'm saying," he went on, louder, "is that if Sykes wants to live a human life, than he should be punished like a human."
"But, he's not human," Piper protested.
"But, he can be," Andy spoke up, from where he was still leaning against the counter. "Power stripping potion."
"You want us to strip Sykes of his powers?" Prue asked, incredulously.
"Sounds like a good idea to me," Andy went on. "Then, Darryl and I will go in and arrest him for kidnapping, at the very least." He shot Andrea an apologetic look, and the woman nodded, slowly.
"I wish that kidnapping was the worst thing that he's done," she murmured. "But, George was kidnapped two weeks ago, and I don't know if he would have kept her alive for so long. And, Tansy-" She shook her head, helplessly. "I wish that my family had never heard of this demon," she said, softly.
"Don't we all," Prue said, sympathetically. "We're going to get your sisters back," she told Andrea, "or, I swear, they'll be avenged." Turning her attention back to Andy, she added, "Do you really think the power stripping potion is going to work?"
"I think it's the best shot you've got," Andy told her, seriously. "And once you strip him of his powers, make him human, then Darryl and I can take him down. All we need is evidence."
"Leave that one to me," Henry spoke up. "I'll get you everything you need to put him away for life."
"What are you going to do?" Andy asked, and he sounded suspicious.
"The less you know," Henry decided, "the better."
"Are you going to do something illegal?" Andy demanded, and Henry gave him a disarming smile.
"Like I said," he repeated, "the less you know about everything, the better."