Chapter 15: That Seventies Episode
At the Manor Buffy, Prue and Phoebe are looking through photo albums.
Phoebe shakes her head, "There aren't any pictures of me growing up."
Prue shakes her head, "That seems impossible. I mean, you weren't exactly camera shy."
Buffy sighs, "I see none of mom here either. I wonder if Grams cut her out like she did Uncle Victor. I wish I knew what caused them to have a falling out."
Prue looks to Buffy, "So would I. I remember she did come to visit a few times. But it was always without you or your dad."
Phoebe sighs, "Yeah, well neither were you and Piper, or you and Grams, or you and Dad. Oh look, there's another one of you and Piper."
Prue nods, "Okay, here's a picture of you and Grams."
"Oh, wasn't she just cute." Buffy says.
Prue nods, "Here's one of you and Mom."
Phoebe looks at the picture astonished, "Wow, I don't even remember that. What was I, about two?" Prue nods, "She died on us a year later."
Buffy sighs. She knows how Phoebe feels. Prue and Piper remember Patty. Phoebe was three when Patty died and has no memories of her. And Buffy was not even born. She wishes she could meet the woman just once.
Prue sighs, "Phoebe."
Piper enters the room. "Okay, all right, I need a pen and paper." She tries to open a drawer but it's stuck. "Quick, we don't have a lot of time." Phoebe hits it twice and kicks it and the drawer opens. "I always wondered how you got into my candy drawer."
Phoebe smiles, "Yeah, too bad all the candy's gone."
"I thought it would be easier for us to just write him a note." Piper says.
Buffy blinks, "Who him?"
Piper nods as she looks at Prue and Phoebe, "You know, what's his name." The doorbell rings. "Grams little friend comes every year, same day, same time. Says you know, the flowers are from a secret admirer when it's obvious he's the admirer." She opens the door. "Hi, come on in." The clock chimes in the background. "How are you?"
"Flowers for Miss Penny Halliwell." Nicholas says as he goes to hand them to Piper but he drops them and Piper freezes him and the flowers.
"Every year. What a klutz. At least this year I can freeze him so I can spare myself the clean up." Piper says.
Phoebe nods, "Why did you want to write him a note?"
Piper sighs, "To tell him Grams is dead."
"Oh, you're gonna break his heart." Prue says.
Buffy nods in agreement, "Yeah."
Piper gets the vase of flowers that's frozen in the air. The man unfreezes.
Nicholas smiles, "Five chimes."
Piper frowns, "Excuse me?"
"The clock. I only heard five chimes. It's noon. That means you froze me. Which means you have your powers at last." Nicholas says.
Piper smiles, "Uh, I don't know what you're talking about Mister but thanks for the flowers, okay, bye."
Nicholas nods, "Call me Nicholas. Both of your mothers did." He puts on a ring and he becomes younger. "I had to appear to age over the years otherwise you would've been suspicious."
"What?" Buffy and Prue say.
Nicholas smiles, "You see, twenty-four years ago today, both of your mothers and I made a pact. To spare their lives, they gave up your future powers to me. They blessed this ring. Which gave me immunity from your powers." Piper tries to freeze him. "Immunity so that I could kill you and take the powers on for my own. To become invincible."
Buffy powers up a fireball and throws it. It has no effect.
Prue shakes her head, "Our mother would never give away our powers."
Buffy nods, "Neither would mine."
"They didn't have much of a choice. Your blood is boiling. Soon your lungs will sear." Nicholas says as he points the ring at them and they double over in agony. "Your organs will over heat and death will come."
Phoebe kicks him in the leg and he falls over. Prue, Piper and Phoebe run upstairs to the Charmed Book of Shadows. Buffy runs over to her Book of Shadows.
"Why would mom and Aunt Joyce make a deal like that?" Prue asks.
Buffy flips through her Book, "Good question."
Piper sighs, "More importantly, what are we gonna do?"
Phoebe flips to a page in the Charmed Book, "Wait, I think I found a spell. To unbind a bond."
Buffy moves to stand next to Prue, Piper and Phoebe.
Nicholas calls up from downstairs, "You can't run from me."
"Okay, we have no choice." Prue says.
Buffy nods, "Okay, Phoebe, hurry."
Phoebe sighs, "Okay. The bond which was not to be done, Give us the power to see it undone, And turn back time to whence it was begun." Twinkling lights encircled them, they disappear for a few seconds and reappear in the same spot. "It didn't work?"
"Nothing happened." Prue says.
A phone rings from downstairs. Phoebe opens the attic door. "Who's phone is that?"
Piper looks to Prue who shakes her head, "Not ours."
Buffy nods, "Definitely not mine. I wouldn't have a ringtone like that."
Grams downstairs, "Halliwell residence."
Piper nods, "You go."
"Nah-uh, you go." Phoebe says.
Buffy shakes her head, "Nah-uh, she goes." They push Prue out the door.
Prue sees Grams talking on the phone.
Grams shakes her head, "I beg your pardon? Well, Donna, I'm just hurt that you would suspect my little angels of such a thing."
Prue blinks, "Grams?"
A young Prue and Piper run past Grams.
"Prue. Uh, just a moment, Donna. Prue, Piper, girls, don't run in the house. Yes, yes." Grams says.
Prue goes back in the attic.
Piper looks to Prue, "What did you see?"
Phoebe nods, "The warlock?"
Prue shakes her head, "No. Us." She explains what she saw.
Buffy frowns, "Us?" She and Phoebe are looking through the Book of Shadows.
Piper nods, "How do we know we're back in time? What if we just brought the past to us accidentally. We've done it before."
"Piper, look around. What do you see?" Prue asks.
"A messy attic, like always." Piper replies.
Buffy looks up, "No. Not just like always."
Prue nods in agreement, "We have a black light, a typewriter, eight-track tapes and a pet rock. I mean, we got rid of this stuff years ago, remember?"
Piper sighs, "And you saw us? As kids?"
Prue nods, "Yeah. Well you and me as kids anyways."
"This can't be happening. I'm getting a migraine." Piper says.
Phoebe smiles, "Better not. I don't think Advil's been invented yet. And apparently neither has this spell. It's not in here anywhere. "
Buffy nods, "And my book is nowhere to be seen. So either mom is not living here or she hasn't copied yours yet."
Piper frowns, "But we just cast it, that's how we got back... here."
"Yeah, well, wherever here is, it's before the spell was written." Phoebe says.
Prue nods, "So, there's nothing in there about how to get back to our own time?"
Buffy sighs, "Nothing. Uh, let me be the first to say we're screwed."
Phoebe nods, "Second."
Prue sighs, "No, okay, at least we're alive, I mean if we stayed in our own time, Nicholas would have killed all of us. We barely got away as it was... is... will be... you know, I've never been good with tenses."
Buffy rolls her eyes.
"What are we gonna do?" Piper asks.
Prue nods, "Well, Grams is right downstairs, maybe we should just go and tell her who we are."
Phoebe smiles, "And say what? Hi, we're the ghosts of grandchildren future. Come on, even Grams is going to have a little trouble with that."
Piper nods, "Plus, she has that heart condition."
Prue nods, "Okay, fine, so we need another plan, but first we need to get out of the house."
Prue, Buffy, Piper and Phoebe sneak downstairs. Grams is talking on the phone. "You're talking to fast. Patty, sweetheart, slow down."
"Patty?" Piper asks.
Prue nods, "Mom."
Buffy blinks, "Aunt Patty?"
"What premonition? That's impossible, you don't have premonitions. " Grams says.
Phoebe frowns, "But I thought you said mom's power was to freeze time."
Grams answers Phoebe's question for Prue, "Patience has premonitions."
Buffy blinks, "Mom?"
Prue sighs and pulls Buffy into an embrace.
Grams nods, "Maybe you should go see a doctor."
Piper picks up the other phone.
Patty's Voice on the phone, "I don't need to go to the doctor, mom."
Prue releases Buffy and turns to Piper, "Piper!"
Patty's Voice on the phone, "I need you to listen to what I'm saying."
Phoebe, Buffy and Prue listen in on the conversation too.
Piper nods, "She's talking to mom."
Patty's Voice on the phone, "I can't explain it either, mom. It just happened. I felt a twinge in my stomach and then bam! I saw it."
Grams nods, "Saw what?"
Patty's Voice on the phone, "Four women. Warlocks. And one of them was taking Prue."
"Do you really think that's mom's voice?" Phoebe asks.
Piper nods, "Yes."
Grams sighs, "Are you still nauseous? Why don't, why don't you come home from Buddy's."
Patty's Voice on the phone, "I can't. And it was not a daydream."
Buffy shakes her head, "Four warlocks? She can't be talking about us, can she?"
Grams hangs up the phone.
Prue nods, "Okay, let's get out of here."
They walk down the stairs.
Grams calls out from another room, "Prudence! Piper!"
They see two kids run through a room. Little Prue moves a couch across the doorway.
Little Piper calls out, "No fair, using magic."
Piper blinks, "Whoa!"
Buffy shakes her head, "Wait, you guys had powers back then?"
Phoebe: Oh, this is freaky.
They walk into the room where little Prue and Piper are standing.
Prue smiles, "Hey."
Little Prue smiles, "Hi." She points to Prue's freckle that's on her face.
Prue nods, "You got one too. Come here." She gives Little Prue a big hug.
Grams walks in the room. "How many times have I told you girls..." She sees Prue, Buffy, Piper and Phoebe.
Prue frowns, "Um, Grams, we can explain."
"Warlocks be gone!" Grams says as Prue, Buffy, Piper and Phoebe fly out of the house.
Outside they run down the street.
Prue frowns, "Grams definitely had her power down."
Piper nods, "She is one scary witch. I don't remember having powers at that age, do you?"
Prue shakes her head, "No, I thought we got them for the first time a few months ago."
Buffy shakes her head, "Apparently not. You must of lost them before you could even remember having them."
"Yeah, how weird was that seeing us as kids. Totally bizarre." Prue says.
Phoebe picks up a newspaper. "Mom is barely pregnant with me. Here, March 24, 1975."
Buffy nods, "And I won't be born for another 6 years."
Phoebe nods, "That's the day that mom and Aunt Joyce made the pact with Nicholas."
"So maybe that's why the spell sent us back here, to stop the pact." Prue says.
Piper nods, "Which means it could be the only way for us to get back to our own time. We've got to go see mom and Aunt Joyce and warn them about Nicholas."
Prue: Yeah, but we have to do a better job of convincing mom and Aunt Joyce then we did Grams. This time we have to use our powers."
Piper sighs, "The problem is mom's on the lookout for four warlocks now. So maybe we should find Aunt Joyce?"
Buffy shakes her head, "I think mom could have a hard time believing us since I'm not born yet. She wouldn't accept readily that I am her daughter. That leaves Aunt Patty."
Prue nods, "So, then maybe only two or three of us should approach mom just in case."
"Well, since I don't have any powers to show mom I think it should be you three. I'll just stand outside and watch for Nicholas." Phoebe says.
Piper sighs, "That doesn't seem fair to you, Phoebe, not being able to see mom."
Phoebe nods, "I know, it's not, but I got over that a long time ago. I don't need to see her now. Really, it's okay. We better get going, though, before we miss her."
At Buddy's Buffy, Prue and Piper enter and sit at a table by the door.
Prue blinks, "Whoa, scary. Buddy's has not changed a bit. Wouldn't... didn't...?"
Piper shakes her head, "Give it up, I know what you mean. I don't see mom anywhere, do you?"
Buffy looks around, "No."
Piper looks around, "Buffy. Prue."
They see Patty walking out of the kitchen.
Prue smiles, "Mom."
Buffy nods, "She's so beautiful."
Prue nods, "Yeah, she is."
Buffy looks between Prue and Piper, "I can see where you guys get your good looks."
"I don't remember her working here." Piper says.
Prue nods, "Yeah, with dad gone she had to pay the bills somehow. I remember she used to come home late at night and she'd kiss me and she always smelt like burgers."
Piper sighs, "You're lucky, you have a lot more memories than I do."
Prue nods, "At least you have some. Poor Phoebe, she doesn't have any. And Buffy was born 5 years after she… Here she comes."
"What do we do if she recognizes us?" Buffy asks.
Prue nods, "Um, Piper you freeze the place and when she sees that we don't freeze either than she'll believe us when we tell her who we are."
Piper nods, "Okay, how do I look?"
"Great." Prue and Buffy say.
Patty walks up to their table, "Ready to order?" They just stare at her. "Take your time, I'll come back."
Piper smiles, "No, wait. We're ready aren't we, Prue?"
"Ah, Prunes. Um, Prunes. She wants to know if you have any prunes." Prue says.
Patty thinks for a moment, "Prunes, sure. Yeah, I think so. I just started here, I'll go check."
Buffy shakes her head, "No! She can order something else."
Patty nods, "Have we met before? You look familiar." She looks at Buffy. "It's weird you look just like my sister, Patience."
Buffy smiles, "Now that I think about it you look familiar. Now."
Piper tries to freeze everyone several times but her power won't work.
Prue whispers to Piper, "What's the matter?"
"It's not working. You try." Piper whispers back.
Prue tries to move her glass. "Okay, how is that possible?"
Buffy tries to power up a fireball and nothing happens.
Another waitress calls out, "Patty, phone."
Patty calls back, "Oh, okay, thanks. I'll uh, be back."
Piper smiles, "Wait! We know you're pregnant."
Patty looks at Piper astonished at what she said. "What?"
Piper smiles, "This is going to sound really weird but we're actually your..."
Prue nods, "Cousins. From outta town."
Buffy rolls her eyes.
Piper nods, "Right, cousins. And we need to tell you something really important about the baby that you're carrying, sort of."
Patty sighs, "Not that this is any of your business but I can't get pregnant anymore. Medically impossible. Excuse me." She leaves.
Buffy rolls her eyes, "Way to be subtle, Piper."
"I panicked. I thought, you know, close family would know she was pregnant." Piper says.
Prue nods, "Yeah, well, not only does she not know that she's pregnant, she doesn't even think she can get pregnant."
Buffy sighs, "Yeah, well, we got bigger problems. We have no powers which means we have no way of stopping Nicholas."
Prue nods, "Yeah, how do we not have powers? I mean little Prue and little Piper, they have powers."
Piper shrugs, "I don't know. Maybe only one set of us can have powers at the same time in the same time."
Buffy rolls her eyes, "That don't explain me, though Piper. I have no duplicate."
Phoebe runs into Buddy's.
Prue frowns, "Phoebe, what are you doing?"
"Nicholas is here." Phoebe says.
"What? Where?" Piper says.
Phoebe nods, "Run!"
They run out of Buddy's.
On Prescott Street Buffy, Prue, Piper and Phoebe are walking down the street.]
Buffy sighs, "Was Nicholas wearing his ring?"
Phoebe shrugs, "I don't know. I don't think so."
Piper nods, "It's a good thing you were there, Pheebs, That was probably when Nicholas was gonna make his move on mom."
Phoebe shakes her head, "No, I don't think so otherwise we'd be back in our own time by now."
"Hey, are you all right?" Prue asks.
Phoebe smiles, "Yeah, uh, just seeing mom for the first time and talking to her, I just didn't expect to feel so..."
Prue nods, "Feel what, good?"
Buffy shakes her head, "No, probably overwhelmed. Am I right?"
Phoebe nods, "Yeah, overwhelmed. You too?"
Buffy nods, "A little."
Piper looks across the street and sees Patty's car, "Well, mom's car is here, at least we know where she is."
"Yeah, but the question is, how do we get to her? Grams must have told her about us by now. She probably thinks we're the warlocks." Prue says.
Piper sighs, "Our only option is to wait for Nicholas to show. But what are we going to do without our powers?"
Phoebe nods, "Well, technically you still have your powers. If you count little Prue and little Piper. We need our powers and they have them. Come on."
They turn to look at Buffy who is walking over to Patty's car. She places her hands on the rear bumper and lifts the rear of the car, "Looks like I might still be the Slayer." She sets the car down.
They turn and enter through the back door.
"Coast is clear." Phoebe says.
Piper nods, "What if Grams catches us?"
Prue sighs, "She'll kill us before Nicholas has a chance."
Buffy shakes her head, "Let's hope it doesn't come to that."
Phoebe nods, "She won't catch us. Observe." She opens the heating duct and they can hear Grams and Patty talking.
Patty's Voice comes through the vent, "You said yourself the girls are safe with you. Besides, I want to go."
Grams Voice comes through the vent, "You are making a big mistake, Patty, Victor is not coming back."
"How did you...?" Prue asks.
Phoebe smiles, "Heating duct to upstairs. I used to listen to you guys for hours. Especially when you used to sneak Andy up to your bedroom in high school."
Prue glares at Phoebe, "Oohh... Okay, you and Buffy stay here and keep tabs on them, we're gonna try and find the little girls." She and Piper leave.
Patty's Voice comes through the vent, "Victor sent me a note. He asked me to stop by his hotel after my shift."
Buffy blinks, "Uncle Victor?"
"Dad?" Phoebe says.
Grams Voice comes through the vent, "You know it was doomed from the start. You never even took his last name."
Patty's Voice comes through the vent, "You wouldn't let me."
Buffy shakes her head, "Wouldn't let her? How come mom was able to then? Never mind I think I know why."
Grams Voice comes through the vent, "Well, that's beside the point. Why can't you just wear your uniform to see him?"
Patty's Voice comes through the vent, "Because I don't want him to know I'm a waitress. Look, it can't hurt to talk, right?"
Grams Voice comes through the vent, "Well, let him go I say. If husbands were supposed to stay married, God would have made them live longer.
Patty's Voice comes through the vent, "Mother!
Phoebe laughs, "Grams."
They listened till they heard Grams and Patty leave the upstairs room. They run quickly to find Prue and Piper.
"Prue, Piper, mum's coming down... "Phoebe says as she and Buffy notice that they're frozen. "Oh, boy."
Buffy nods, "Yeah."
They hear Patty and Grams coming down the stairs.
Grams Voice comes from the stairs, "Fine, if you must go, go. I can't stop you, but I also can't promise I won't teach the girl's a new spell while you're gone."
Patty's Voice comes from the stairs, "Can't you bake cookies with them like all the other grandmothers?"
Grams Voice comes from the stairs, "The recipes they learn from me don't come from Betty Crocker, dear."
Patty's Voice comes from the front door, "Bye girls, love you."
Little Andy looks to Phoebe and Buffy, "Whoa, where'd you two come from?"
Prue frowns, "Yeah, that's a good question."
Buffy shakes her head, "Don't ask. Okay, we gotta go Patty just left and Grams is..."
Grams calls out as she comes towards them, "Prudence. Piper."
"Coming." Buffy finishes.
Prue nods, "Go, go, go, go."
Piper shakes her head, "Shh, shh, shh." They run towards the door.
Little Andy follows behind them, "I wanna go too."
Phoebe shakes her head, "No, Andy, you have to stay here."
Little Andy frowns, "No!"
"Okay, we got it, we got it." Piper says.
Buffy smiles, "Oh, Little Andy Trudeau is so cute."
"All right, ready? Freeze him." Piper says as they close the door. Little Piper freezes Andy. They open the door again. "Okay, cool. Come on. Let's go, let's go."
"Okay, maybe that's why Andy is so suspicious of us." Prue says.
Piper sighs, "Okay, Grams keeps the keys in the same spot. Yes, good."
Grams enters the room where Andy is. "Oh, Andy. Did Piper freeze you again? Oh, you poor dear. You won't remember a thing." He unfreezes. "Do you know where the girls went?"
"I think the strange ladies took them." Little Andy says.
At the Park Phoebe sits on a bench. Prue holds a ball and stands before Little Prue and Little Piper. Buffy is looking around keeping watch.
Prue smiles, "Okay, girls. If we see a bad guy what do we do?"
Little Prue looks to Little Piper, "She's gonna cry."
Little Piper shakes her head, "Am not. I'm gonna freeze him."
"And then I'm gonna move him." Little Prue says.
Prue nods, "Okay, then we'll take care of him and then we will all..."
"Run like the wind!" Little Prue and Little Piper say.
Prue smiles, "Exactly. All right, so let's give it a try. Ready?" She throws a ball up in the air.
Little Piper freezes it and Little Prue moves it.
Little Prue smiles, "Can we do it again?"
"Yes, yes. Practice makes perfect. Okay, go try it." Prue says.
Phoebe nods, "Those girls have major juice. They have control, they can aim."
Prue smiles, "Yeah, well, they've had their powers a lot longer than we have. I mean did. I think."
Buffy looks back at her cousins, "What do you think happened to your powers when you were kids?"
Prue sighs, "Well, we lost a lot growing up. Somehow we must have lost them too."
Piper comes up to them. "I finally found a pay phone. Mom is at work until five and Nicholas is on duty until six."
Prue nods, "Good, at least we know where he is. The girls are ready."
Phoebe: Well, I'm not.
"Why not?" Prue askss
Phoebe shakes her head, "Mom died before I could grab onto enough to keep her alive in my head. And now she's here alive, pregnant with me. If we stop Nicholas, we have to go back to our own time. And there's no mom there."
Buffy sighs, "I know how you feel Buffy. I never got to know Aunt Patty either. Plus my mom is alive now also."
Piper nods, "We don't have much of a choice, Phoebe. Buffy."
A cop car pulls up and a cop gets out walking towards them, "Is this your car?"
At the Hotel. Patty is walking to Victor's room. She knocks on the door.
Victor calls out, "Come in."
"Victor?" Patty says as someone grabs her. "Get off me."
It's Nicholas. He handcuffs her hands together. "I won't let you freeze me, Patty."
Patty frowns, "You."
Nicholas smiles, "Call me Nicholas."
"Where's Victor?" Patty asks.
Nicholas shakes his head, "Not here. Bait for the hook." Patty hits him in the stomach. "Your blood is boiling, and then death will come."
Patty doubles over in pain, "What do you want?"
Nicholas smiles, "What does any warlock want? I want your power Patty. At least I wanted it first. Till I realized you were the mother of the Charmed Ones. And your sister was the mother of the Charmed Slayer."
Patty shakes her head, "No, no. You're mistaken. I only have two children. And Patience has none."
"Oh, but there will be a third child. And your sister will have a child as well. Where did that premonition of yours come from, Patty? If not from the unborn child inside you. I tapped your phone. And I heard you and the old witch talking about it." Nicholas says.
Patty shakes her head, "I saw four warlocks. Women."
Nicholas nods, "I saw them too, at the diner. Rivals, perhaps. I got to you first."
A short time later a knock comes at the door.
Patty calls out, "Come in."
Joyce walks in, "Patty?"
Nicholas smiles, "She's right there. Be a nice witch and sit down beside her."
Joyce sees Patty handcuffed and nods sitting next to her sister. "Are you ok?"
Nicholas gets his ring out of a drawer.
"I beg you. Don't hurt them." Patty says.
Joyce frowns, "Hurt who. Prue and Piper?"
Patty nods, "And my unborn child and your future child."
Nicholas smiles, "There is another option, Patty. Patience."
Buffy, Prue, Piper and Phoebe are at the police station in a Jail. Cell.
Piper sighs, "I can't believe we got arrested for kidnapping ourselves."
Buffy rolls her eyes, "I can't believe I'm in here. I'm underage, I would have thought they would shipped me off to juvie or something."
Prue shrugs, "Who knows Buffy. Maybe your old enough to be tried as an adult. Anyways , well, it should make for a pretty interesting defense for all of us."
"Do you think this is funny? Prue, we're not just stuck in jail, we're stuck in the past." Piper says.
Prue sighs, "Yes, I know Piper, I've been following."
Buffy smiles, "Uh, bright side?"
"Well, maybe we can get to know mum better." Phoebe says. "Or, in my case finally. I mean, if we really are stuck here, we might as well take advantage of it, right? And maybe we can keep her from dying young this time."
"Five minutes, ma'ams." A police officer says.
Joyce and Patty comes up to them.
Patty sighs, "How'd you know I was pregnant? Who are you people?"
Phoebe smiles, "Your daughters."
Buffy smiles and looks at Joyce, "And I am yours."
A short time later Outside the police station.
Patty nods, "Okay, Patience and I bailed you out. You just better not be warlocks."
Prue nods, "Well, we wouldn't have needed you to bail us out if we were."
Patty smiles, "I've seen some magic in my life, but this is a miracle. Don't you think, Patience?"
Joyce nods, "Agreed this is a miracle."
"More than you know, mom. Aunt Jo… Patience." Phoebe says.
Buffy smiles, "Mom."
Piper nods, "Where are the little ones?"
"Home with Grams. We called her before we came here. That's how we found out you were arrested." Patty says.
Prue nods, "Did you two tell her about us?"
Patty shakes her head, "No. We didn't know what to say. We didn't know who you were ourselves. You're all so beautiful. More than I ever would have imagined. Phoebe. Phoebe. Talk about miracles. I must have named you after my favorite aunt. But, if you don't like the name I can always change it."
Joyce shakes her head, "And not one named after your favorite sister."
Phoebe smiles, "No. I love it."
Patty looked at Joyce and nods, "Well obviously you didn't name yours after me." She looks at Buffy. "No offense…" She looks back at Joyce, "But what kind of name is Buffy?"
Joyce looks at Buffy, "Must have been her father's idea?"
Buffy shrugs, "I have no idea whose idea my name was."
Prue sighs, "Ah, mom, Aunt Patience. We cast a spell to come back in time to help the both of you. To stop the both of you."
Patty frowns, "To stop us from what?"
"From making a pact with a warlock named Nicholas." Prue says.
Joyce frowns, "Then you're too late."
"What?" Piper and Buffy say.
Patty nods, "I thought I was going to see Victor, your father. But it turned out to be a trap."
Joyce nods, "Then I got a call from what I thought was from your mom. Asking to see me. I, like your mom, assumed something that wasn't real. But when I got there it was a trap."
Prue frowns, "Nicholas."
"He tried to kill me. Phoebe too. Then when Patience came and she saw me there she didn't give him the chance to try and kill her also. We had to give him immunity to your powers in exchange for your lives. I'd rather love you as mortal daughters and niece, than have to mourn you as dead witches." Patty says with a sigh.
Joyce nods, "Agreed."
"But he's gonna kill us anyway to get our powers." Piper says.
Patty shakes her head, "No, not until Buffy's born. And all your powers are complete, all four of you. We bought us some time in the hopes that Grams could help us. Oh, she's going to be so thrilled when she sees you. The Charmed Ones and the Charmed Slayer."
They all hug.
Back at the Halliwell manor in the living room. Prue, Piper, Buffy, Phoebe, Patty and Grams are there.
Grams nods, "Where was I born?"
"Mom." Patty and Joyce say.
Grams sighs, "I'm still not convinced that they're not warlocks."
Patty nods, "We have a pact to undo. We should be looking for a spell."
Prue nods, "Boston. In a hotel room, breech."
Grams nods, "What was my husband's name?"
Prue smiles, "Which husband?"
Buffy, Piper and Phoebe laugh.
Grams nods, "Who's Melinda Warren?"
"The beginning of our family line. She gave us our powers. Our destiny." Phoebe says.
Buffy rolls her eyes, "Well she only gave me my destiny as a witch. My powers were influenced by the Slayer. It's why they aren't a duplicate of yours."
Grams nods, "What's the secret ingredient in my blueberry cobbler?"
Piper smiles, "Honey and a splash of rum."
"What's IBM selling at in your time?" Grams asks.
"Mom!" Patty and Joyce exclaim.
Grams sighs, "What?"
Patty shakes her head, "It's not the time for personal gain."
Grams nods, "If they could just nod their heads. Okay, forget it. Well, look at you. The four of you. Oh, Patty, Patience, I always knew I would deliver the Charmed Ones and the Charmed Slayer." Joyce and Patty glare at Grams. "Once removed, of course. Prue." Prue nods. "Piper." Piper waves. "And..."
Phoebe smiles, "Phoebe!"
Grams blinks, "Oh, another 'P'. What a surprise."
Buffy sighs, "Well I think you can blame my dad for mine. No P's… Buffy Anne. I think Anne was his mother's name."
Grams nods, "And your Patience daughter, correct?"
Buffy nods, "Yes, Grams."
"About the pact?" Patty asks.
Grams nods, "We must keep the girls safe until we can reverse it. I'll have to bind their powers. And bind Buffy's when she's born if we haven't reversed it by then."
Piper frowns, "Uh, bind our powers?"
Grams nods, "Strip them from the young ones. So Nicholas can't get a hold of them. It doesn't have to be done right away. As soon as Phoebe's born. I'll cast a spell and suspend their, uh, your powers. And I will have Patience suspend Buffy's powers when she is born."
"Um, but that's exactly what you did... or do... will do... you know what I mean." Prue says.
Piper nods, "Well, that explains why we don't remember having our powers when we were younger."
Grams frowns, "What do you mean? Well, how old were you when you got your powers back?"
Piper sighs, "We just got them."
Joyce looks at Buffy who nods. "Yeah." Buffy says.
Grams frowns, "What? Patience and I unbound your powers without having broken the pact? Why would we do that? "
Joyce saw where Grams was going, "Oh Buffy, I'm so sorry."
Grams looks at them with realization sits in, "I mean unless we died which of course would automatically... unbind your powers." She looks at Patience. "I guess we're not going to make it to the next millennium, huh?"
Buffy smiles, "It's ok, mom. At least I got to see you again. Besides I get to live now with my three favorite cousins in the whole world. I was a little sad when you passed away, but I'm happy now."
Phoebe nods, "Uh, speaking of that, mom..."
"No. We mustn't know anymore about the future." Grams says. "You came back for one reason, to break the pact. You mustn't tamper with anything else. It's much too risky. Heaven knows what damage you've already done by coming back here."
Prue nods, "We haven't done anything, we missed our chance to stop the pact."
Grams nods, "And there's a reason for that. Destiny always gets its own way. It's not as easy to change the past as you think. If you do it incorrectly, everything will change. The evil you vanquished, the good that you've done, none of it may've ever happened."
Piper nods, "Well, we have to change this, we can't go back and let him kill us."
"The only way to vanquish him in your time would be for Patience and I to unbless the ring and take away its immunity. It's in a drawer in his hotel room." Patty says.
Joyce nods in agreement.
Phoebe nods, "Okay, well, let's go to Nicholas' hotel room and steal back the ring. Hopefully it'll be there."
Patty shakes her head, "No, it's too dangerous, you don't have powers. Patience and I will go."
"No. If something happened to you or Aunt Patience, future history could be changed forever. Just like Grams said. We have to go." Prue says.
Buffy nods, "Plus I may not have powers but I am still the Slayer. I can protect them."
Grams nods, "Well, I'm glad to see you finally learned to listen to me. You better hurry. In the meantime, I'll write a new spell that will get you back to your own time."
"Wait, you can do that? You can send us home?" Piper asks.
Grams snukesm "We're witches, dear, we can do anything."
Phoebe sighs, "I wish that were true."
Buffy nods, "Yeah."
Joyce looks at Buffy and smiles, "Everything happens for a reason, Buffy. I believe that."
Buffy nods, "I know. I just wish, I could have had more time with you."
"I know." Joyce says.
Prue nods, "Okay, we need to go."
Patty nods, "Be careful."
At the Hotel. Phoebe is picking the lock. Buffy is keeping watch.
Prue shakes her head, "Why am I not surprised that you know how to do this?"
Phoebe smiles, "Let's just hope Nicholas isn't inside."
Prue nods, "The concierge says he's not and Piper's outside watching for him."
Buffy sighs, "Front door is not the only way in. Let me go in first to be on the safe side." She opens the door and turns on the light. "Clear."
Phoebe and Prue walk in to the room, "Mom said it's in a drawer." Phoebe says.
After some searching Prue opens a drawer, "Found it. Okay, we gotta get it back to mom and Aunt Joyce."
In the Attic back at the manor Buffy, Prue, Piper and Phoebe walk in.
Prue nods, "We have the ring, here it is."
Piper smiles, "Okay, now what?"
"Go back to where you belong." Grams says.
Patty nods, "Then Patience and I will unbless the ring and get it back to the hotel before Nicholas finds it missing."
Grams nods, "Now remember, there is no time to lose. You will return at the exact moment you left, which means Nicholas will be there too."
Phoebe writes a letter. It says: Mom, Be careful on February 28, 1978, or a warlock will drown you.
Piper nods, "Hopefully without immunity to our powers."
Prue nods, "We'll be ready. Phoebe?"
Buffy hugs Joyce, "It was nice to see you again, mom."
Joyce smiles, "It was nice to see you as well, Buffy. Be good my darling."
"Okay, I'm coming." Phoebe says as she puts her letter in the Book of Shadows
Prue hugs Patty, "I love you, mom."
Piper smiles, "I'm never gonna learn to like lima beans Grams, but thanks for everything else." She and Grams hug.
Grams looks to Phoebe, "You're going to be a handful aren't you?"
Phoebe smiles, "You'll learn to love me." She goes and hugs Patty. "I'm gonna miss you."
Buffy then goes and hugs Patty, "It was nice to see you Aunt Patty."
Prue, Piper, and Phoebe hug Joyce.
Patty hugs Buffy back, "You don't give your cousins, too much trouble."
Buffy smiles, "I won't." She then walks over to Grams. "And it was nice to see you too Grams."
Grams nods, "You take care, Buffy."
Buffy smiles, "I will." She walks over to stand next to Prue, Piper and Phoebe.
"A time for everything, And to everything its place, Return what has been moved, Through time and space." Grams chants.
Patty nods, "Let me help."
"A time for everything, And to everything its place, Return what has been moved, Through time and space." Grams and Patty chants.
Twinkling lights encircle Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Buffy and they disappear.
Grams smiles, "You did well, Patty. Patience. Oh, they're fabulous."
Patty sighs, "I just hope they're safe."
Joyce nods, "So do I."
The girls reappear.
Prue frowns, "Oops."
Grams nods, "What happened?"
"Where did you go?" Joyce asks.
Piper shakes her head, "We didn't go anywhere. We were just standing here…"
Buffy nods, "And the next thing we knew..."
"We were just standing here." Phoebe says.
Patty sighs, "I told you to use poplar buds."
Grams shakes her head, "It's a perfectly good spell. I mean, it moved them through time."
Joyce sighs, "Yeah, ten seconds."
"I'm telling you, it's not the spell. It must be the power behind the spell, there's not enough power." Grams says.
Piper nods, "Maybe we need the power of three."
Phoebe shakes her head, "The only problem is it doesn't exist yet."
Grams' looks through the Book of Shadows. "Nothing."
Phoebe sighs, "Maybe this is our destiny."
"Not for the Charmed Ones or the Charmed Slayer." Grams says.
Piper shakes her head, "We don't exist yet."
"Yes you do." Patty and Joyce says.
Prue shakes her head, "No, not with powers. And Buffy doesn't exist at all not for another 6 years."
Patty nods, "Yes, little Prue and Piper have their powers and Phoebe gave me a premonition so she must have hers. If we can teach the girls the chant, maybe the three of us can get you back to your time. And Patience can stand in for Buffy and add in her augmentation power."
Buffy frowns, "Augmentation?"
Joyce nods, "Yes I have the ability to enhance my own or another witches power."
Buffy looks to her cousins, "That's it. My first power was never the fire power. I inherited mom's augmentation power. I've been able to, unknowingly, augment your guys powers. That's how a power of three spell worked with me."
Prue smiles at Buffy, "Buffy you just might be right. So the power of three, augmented by Aunt Patience… it's worth a try."
Nicholas calls up from downstairs, "Where are you, witches? Where's my ring?"
"Nicholas." Patty and Joyce say.
Grams frowns, "Patty. You, Patience and Piper get the girls, we'll fend him off." Everyone goes out of the attic except Phoebe who gets the letter out of the Book of Shadows. "Come on, Phoebe."
Downstairs Nick starts walking up the stairs but Grams uses her powers on him and he flies through the air.
Prue nods, "Grams don't get too close, his power."
Grams nods, "I know, I know."
"We can't risk you being hurt, go upstairs and help mom and Aunt Patience start the spell." Phoebe says.
Prue nods, "Phoebe, Buffy and I will take care of him. Come on."
Buffy goes and kicks Nick in the head throwing all of her Slayer strength into it.
In the attic.
Patty looks to Little Prue and Little Piper, "We're gonna play a little game, okay. Now give me your hands."
Piper nods, "Okay, hurry."
Patty smiles, "Now, repeat after me and Aunt Patience."
"A time for everything, And to everything its place..." Patty and Joyce say.
"A time for everything, And to everything its place..." Little Prue and Little Piper repeat.
"Returned what has been moved, Through time and space." Patty and Joyce say.
"Return what has been moved, Through time and space." Little Prue and Little Piper repeat.
Buffy, Prue and Phoebe enter the attic.
Prue nods, "All right, we don't have much time."
Piper nods, "What about his ring?"
Grams shakes her head, "Don't worry about the ring now. Let's just get you back."
"Well, but it is unblessed, right?" Prue asks.
Grams nods, "Yes, but there wasn't time to test it."
Phoebe gets a camera and takes two pictures of Joyce, Patty, little Prue and little Piper.
"Then how will we know it works?" Buffy asks.
Grams shakes her head, "You won't. Not until you get back. And since time will pick up right where it left off, he won't know either. Goodbye, girls. Be good, darlings."
They all hug.
Joyce, Patty, Little Prue and Little Piper chant, "A time for everything, And everything its place, Return what has been moved, Through time and space."
Twinkling lights encircle them and they disappear and reappear in their own time.
Prue smiles, "It worked, we're back."
Nicholas is running up the stairs.
Phoebe nods, "Hurry."
They flip through the Charmed Book of Shadows to find a spell.
Nicholas barges through the door. "Time is up."
Prue uses her powers and Nick flies through the air. "All right, the ring's unblessed."
Piper freezes him. "Phoebe, find anything?"
Phoebe nods, "How about the 'Nicholas Must Die' spell. Buffy it says you need to read it, too."
Buffy nods and steps beside Phoebe.
"That wasn't there before." Piper says.
Prue smiles, "Well, maybe it's just Grams' way of saying, you know, welcome back... or, or front."
Phoebe nods, "Spell pouch included at no extra charge."
Prue gets a mortar and pestle.
"Lavender, mimosa, holy thistle..." Phoebe and Buffy chant.
Piper pours powder from the pouch into the mortar. It goes up in a puff of smoke. "Oh dear!"
"Cleanse this evil from our midst, scatter its cells throughout time, let this Nick no more exist." Buffy and Phoebe chant.
Nick spins around very fast and turns into dust. The ring drops to the floor.
Prue smiles, "Wow. I'm really glad I never got on Grams' bad side."
Later Prue, Buffy and Phoebe are looking at photos in the conservatory. Piper brings in the vase of flowers.
Phoebe: I can't stop thinking about mom. How I lost her and then I found her again.
Buffy nods, "I'm right there with you Phoebe. Not just for my mom but for Aunt Patty as well."
Prue smiles, "I'm just glad that you both finally have memories of her."
Phoebe points to the flowers.
Piper shakes her head, "What? I'm supposed to throw out perfectly good flowers 'cause they came from a creep? If that was the rule then we'd never have flowers in this house."
Prue nods, "Well, they didn't just come from a creep, they came from a warlock who tried to kill us."
Phoebe nods, "Still, if it weren't for him, I probably would've never gotten to know mom."
Buffy nods, "Yeah if it weren't for him, I would've never known Aunt Patty."
Piper nods, "We all wanted to save mom, Pheebs. Buffy. But both mom, Aunt Joyce and Grams said we can't change destiny."
Phoebe sighs, "But, um, I still wrote her a note anyway."
Prue shakes her head, "You did?"
Phoebe nods, "Yes, I wrote her a note telling her to stay away from water on the day that she died. And then I put it in the Book of Shadows."
Piper frowns, "I can't believe you did that."
Phoebe sighs, "You don't understand. Every time I've made a wish, I wished for time with mom. And I believed in my heart that someday, somehow, that wish would come true and when it finally did, I didn't wanna let her go. You know, but then I realized that I had to let her go, so I took the note out and put it in my pocket."
Prue nods, "Maturity sucks, doesn't it?"
Piper smiles, "Still, faith has its rewards." She shows them the picture that Phoebe took in the attic. She hands the second one to Buffy. "It's a pretty good one of us, but once again, not a great one of you, Pheebs. Or you Buffy."
Phoebe takes the picture from Piper, "Are you kidding? That is the best picture of me I've ever taken."
Buffy smiles, "I don't mind not being in it. It's nice to actually have a little family portrait. I think I will frame this and put it by my bed." They look at her and nod. "Plus it was nice to finally see Aunt Patty in the flesh and even get to meet her."
A knock is heard at the door.
Buffy gets up and goes to answer it. "Dad?"
Hank smiles, "Hey sweetie. I have something addressed to you. I was going through some of my old stuff and found it. The writing is in your mother's handwriting."
Buffy smiles and takes the envelope, "Thanks, dad. You want to come in?"
Hank shakes his head, "I have a meeting in an hour. How about we get together this weekend?"
Buffy nods, "I'd like that." She watches Hank walk back to his car before she closes the door. She then walks back into the living room.
Prue looks up at Buffy, "Who was at the door?"
Buffy smiles, "Dad."
Piper nods, "What did he want?"
Buffy holds up the envelope, "To give me this. It's addressed to me and is in my mom's handrwriting." She opens the envelope and takes out a letter and a picture.
I write this as I watch you sleeping in your crib, your almost two months old now. It has been six years since your visit from the future with your cousins. Your name was your father's idea. If I had the choice I would have named you Payson Patricia. After my two favorite people in the world your Aunt Patty and your great grandmother Payson. I had wanted to continue the family tradition but your father wouldn't have it. So that is why you were named Buffy Anne. If you want to change your name to the one I picked out, I won't mind one bit. Your father might, but I won't.
By the time you are reading this you know that your Aunt Patty passed away three years after Phoebe was born. And that your Grams and I have passed away also since you and your cousins powers are unbound. Take care of your cousins, Buffy. Just as I am sure they will take good care of you.
Know that no matter what I love you. Never forget that, no matter what. Be strong my daughter. Know that I am proud of the beautiful young woman you have become.
Enclosed you will find a picture taken shortly after you were born.
Be good my darling, I love you.
Patience Joyce (Halliwell) Summers
March 15th 1981
Buffy smiles and then hands the letter to Prue, Piper and Phoebe who read it. She looks at the picture that shows a newborn Buffy with Joyce.
Prue nods, "So Payson, what do you think?"
Buffy nods, "I love it." She then shows them her picture.
Phoebe smiles, "That's a wonderful one of you, Buffy. Or is it going to be Payson now?"
Buffy nods, "I don't know. On one hand I've been Buffy since I was born. On the other hand Payson is what mom wanted to name me and while I already honor mom's memory since I use the Halliwell name... Maybe I will change my legal name to Payson Patricia Halliwell and you guys and my friends can still call me Buffy."