Chapter 43: Overwhelm
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As I looked around, trying to find my son, I wondered the Manor, trying to find him. Matthew was somewhere around and I was going to find him. As I entered the nursery, I saw orbs in the crib, then nothing. I sighed and turned and walked downstairs. At the doors were Elders, one holding a baby.
"The baby is not safe with you," the Elder said, "We have decided to take him."
"No, I can...I can do this, just let me try one more time!" I shouted.
"You are such a bad father!" Wyatt said, coming out of thin air.
Chris laughed, "You should never have had a child." He said.
I sat up quickly, cold sweat running over my body. My stomach prevented me from sitting too far up, but I sat up enough to wake Wyatt up.
"What is it, baby?" Wyatt asked.
"Exactly." I panted.
Caleb sat with his head in his hands. The power it was taking to orchestrate this whole thing was tiring. Caleb's power had come late, but he was training his hardest to surpass the Charmed Ones.
"Son, are you alright?" Peter asked his son.
"Yes." Caleb said quickly.
"Are you sure?" Peter pressed.
Caleb stared straight into his eyes, "You have others to worry about, I'm fine." He said.
"I have other things to worry about, you are fine." Peter said, walking away.
"Quite the trick you got going there." Talik said.
"Well, Warren," there was a growl, "Talik. I'm strong enough to wield it, besides, I have to do something. I can't let this go on any longer."
"I hear ya." Talik said, "That whole family thing was about to make me yak."
"You do know your brother is preggo, right?" Talik asked.
"Of course." Caleb muttered, "My little brother...and his friends must be stopped."
"That's why you made me over?" Talik asked.
"It's genius." Caleb said, looking into Talik's eyes.
Talik chuckled, "Doesn't work on me." He said.
"It'll happen soon." Caleb said.
"Until then, I have a way to shake things up." Talik smirked, shimmering away.
"I don't understand!" Phoebe said angrily, "He...he can't be, he's human."
"Half." Wyatt corrected.
"Okay, Wyatt, we get it, you don't like Warren..." Phoebe started.
"That's not Warren." I said.
Phoebe asked, "How is that possible? He was restored."
"Caleb." I said sadly.
"You think?" Chris asked.
"I know." I said, "Caleb is..."
"Evil?" Phoebe asked.
"He's not evil." I said.
"Look what he did, what he said." Phoebe said.
"Okay, then by that logic, Warren is evil." I snapped.
"It's not the same thing." Phoebe argued.
"No, but it's similar." I said, "My brother is...I don't know, out of his mind. Your son is out of his mind, actually human less."
"My son can be fixed." Phoebe spat, "Your family is evil."
I looked at her, "That's it, isn't it?" I asked.
"You guys." Piper said.
"No, Piper, that's it. My family's evil and your family is the paragon of good." I said, standing, "Well, guess what Phoebe, what about me?"
"I didn't mean it." Phoebe said.
"But you said it." I said, "First my mom and dad, now my brother. Who's left? Me? That's what you're thinking, right? That I'm going to...I can't believe I'm arguing with you on this. It's the Halliwell way or no way, right. You're always right." I said, leaving.
"Drake." Wyatt said, bounding after me.
"Phoebe." Piper said.
"I didn't mean it, Piper." Phoebe said, "I just felt it."
"You felt it?" Paige asked.
"Yeah, it was my thought, but it wasn't just mine." Phoebe said, "We all kind of thought it, even him."
"So, an empath thing?" Paige asked.
"Definitely." Phoebe said, "I should apologize."
"You should let him cool off." Chris said, "He's pretty wound up."
Piper sat next to Phoebe and put her arm around Phoebe's shoulder, "We'll get him back, Pheebs."
Paige did the same, "Yup and we'll be celebrating in no time." She said.
"I hope you're right." Phoebe said.
"We are." Piper smiled, "Now, we just need to scry and come with a spell or potion or something."
"Wyatt, that's what you all think!" I said loudly, "Well, it's not my fault. "
"No one ever said it was." Wyatt said.
"Then why did she say that?" I asked.
"I'm an empath," Wyatt said, "I picked up on you. What you're feeling."
"We cannot just vanquish my brother, he's not a demon. He's a human being." I said, "Why is my family like that?" I asked.
"Different families have different problems." Wyatt said.
I sighed, "But why do mine have to be so specific?" I asked.
"You're so good. You've done so much good." Wyatt said softly, "I've got to believe that it's karma."
"Bad?" I asked.
"Good." Wyatt said.
"You know, you're full of it." I smiled, "But you're right."
Wyatt smiled, "Well, that came quickly. You sure you're okay?" he asked.
"Yeah, well, I have to pee really badly." I said, leaving.
We all assembled in the attic, trying to decide what to do. Amongst all the conversation, I had gone into thought mode. If we only knew the spell they used to make Warren into Talik, then we'd be able to undo it. Suddenly, all the conversations came to an end.
"Are you okay, baby?" Wyatt asked.
"It's just that we're not teenagers anymore." I said, "And that's really when all started. I'm just trying to come up with some way to...I don't know, fight them."
"We're not going to fight anybody until we know more." Paige interjected.
"But what if we do have to?" Chris asked.
"Then we'll pull punches." Piper said.
"They won't." I said.
"We're in our right minds." Paige said.
"That's the thing, you're not the Charmed Ones anymore, we are." I said, "I say we take a vote."
"What?" The sister said at the same time.
"What are you saying?" Wyatt asked.
"Look, I'm all for not hurting Warren or Caleb, but they're not worried about hurting us. We have to be realistic, if it's either me or Caleb..." I trailed.
"You're not serious." Phoebe said.
"Look, you know how dangerous Talik is." I said.
"Warren, his name is Warren." Phoebe said.
"How many times..." I burst, "How many times do I have to say that he's not Warren." I stood, "I am carrying a seven month-not old baby and if I have to off every demon or warlock in the world, I will to keep him safe."
"So that's it?" Paige asked, "Our input not needed?"
"We hear what you're saying, we do, but the real is that anyone of us could be" Before I could finish, a fireball hit me and sent me crashing to the floor.
"You're all next." Warren smiled, holding a fireball. Caleb stood at his right and they both had a sinister smile plastered across their faces.
Wyatt ran over to me, "Are you alright?" he asked.
I put my hand on my stomach, "I think so." I said, looking angrily towards them.
"Somebody's angry." Caleb said.
"You came here without a herd of demons...bad mistake." Piper said.
"Nope, see, I thought of this. See, I figured it's time to unveil my new secret weapon." Caleb smiled.
"And that is?" Chris asked.
"Kill each other." He said simply and before I knew it, there was a brawl in the attic. I did see Talik and Caleb watching and when they saw I was still on the floor, they looked as if they'd seen a ghost. I threw my hands up to blast both of them, but only Talik flew backwards! It was then I noticed that the Halliwells were kicking each other's ass and not demons. Talik and Caleb flamed out and suddenly all the fighting stopped. I looked up at them wildly.
"What just happened?" Wyatt asked.
"My brother showed me his new power." I said.
"What is it?" Chris asked, looking around, "So, that wasn't just a wild day dream?"
"You were trying to kill each other, exactly what he said." I suggested.
"So, he's a mind controller?" Paige asked.
"I think so." I said.
"Why didn't it work on you?" Phoebe asked.
"I don't know." I said, "But the good thing is that the baby is okay." I smiled nervously.