Chapter 45: Charm'd Souls
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"How does it look?" Wyatt asked, showing me the still-unfinished nursery.
"Great? You guys are finished?" I asked.
"Nope, we're nowhere near finished; we just put up the crib and slapped some paint on it." Wyatt said, "After Melinda grew into a lady, my parents made this, I don't know, a sex chamber."
"Ewww, not a visual I like." Chris said.
"I don't know, in their day, your parents were hot." I chuckled.
They both looked at me oddly.
"Hormones." I said, and then I went silent.
"It is a nice crib." Chris said, breaking the silence.
"So, Grandpa Victor's coming today." I said, "Let's try to keep the demons to a minimum."
"Like we have any control over that," Wyatt chuckled, kissing me on the cheek as he and Chris left.
I frowned, "I call upon the power of one, let only family drop in, and no one else can come." I said, looking around, as if some big lightshow was going to happen. I shrugged and left.
"Wow, you're bigger." Victor smiled, hanging his coat on the rack.
"Yeah, grandpa, he's pregnant." Wyatt said.
"Pregnant?" Victor asked, looking at Wyatt and Chris, "And this is possible, how?"
"I never really asked how." I said, "but..."
"And it's Wyatt's?" Victor asked.
"Who else would it be?" I asked.
"Oh, I don't know." Victor said, placing his hand on my stomach, "I'm going to be a great-grandpa!"
"This family is really not shocked by anything that long, are you?" I asked.
"Congratulations!" Victor said, making to hug me, but he stopped.
"You can hug me, I'm not fragile." I chuckled.
"Let's go to the living room," Victor said, walking with us to the living room, "So, how are you boys?"
"Thinking about getting married." Chris said, causing me and Victor to look at him, shocked.
"So, Victor...how about those Mets?" I asked.
"You're getting married, Chris?" Victor said, "Both of you getting married around the same time."
"Don't forget Melinda." Wyatt smiled.
"She was first." Victor smiled, "My little daisy."
"Why do you call her that?" I asked.
"Funny story, you see..." Victor began.
Before he could even start, Talik shimmered in. At first, he looked around, as if expecting someone else to shimmer in beside him.
"What?" he asked.
"Bad idea," I said, waving my hands at him and blasting him backwards through the doors to the conservatory!
"Crystal cage!" Chris shouted, causing a crystal cage to appear around him.
"Who is that?" Victor asked.
"Your grandson." I sighed.
"What?" Victor asked.
"Aunt Phoebe's son." Wyatt said.
Victor almost fell, "Anymore surprises?" he asked.
"God, I hope not." I said.
"Good." Victor said, "And why is he in a cage?"
"He's Phoebe and Cole's." Wyatt explained, "And someone has control of his mind."
"What's funny, Warren?" Chris asked.
"I'm not under mind control." Talik smirked.
"Then what is it? Doctor Jekyll, Mr. Demon?" Wyatt asked.
I stared at Talik, "A spell?" I asked.
"So, you just told us your secret?" Chris asked.
"Not my secret." Talik said, "It's no secret."
"Why'd you come here?" I asked.
"I had every intention of killing you, demons were supposed to come in behind me, but it looks like I'm on my own." Talik said.
"You have us." Chris said, "We're family."
"You're not my family." Talik spat, "You're his family."
"His family?" Wyatt asked.
I moved to the crystal cage and looked in on it, "You're really not him, are you?" I asked.
Talik shook his head, "I'm not bound by the humanity that you are, I am free." He said.
"I think we need the book." I said.
"Grandpa, how about we orb you to Mom and Dad's?" Wyatt asked.
"Well, alright." He said.
"I'll take him." Chris said, walking over and touching him. He closed his eyes and concentrated, but nothing happened.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
"I'm not going anywhere." Chris said.
Wyatt closed his eyes and tried to orb out.
"Nothing." Wyatt said.
I turned to Talik, "What in the Hell is going on?" I asked.
"Not my plan, remember?" Talik smirked.
I raised my hand froze him, "Whatever spell that was, is strong. He's not a witch." I said.
"How is that?" Victor asked.
"Well, witches don't freeze. Upper level demons don't either, so maybe my power is expanding or...I don't know." I said.
"What are we going to do?" Wyatt asked.
"Looks like Victor's going to have to leave the old fashioned way." I said, "Will you come back tomorrow?"
"Sure." Victor said, "Will there be demons?"
"Once again, I hope not." I sighed.
Wyatt and Victor walked to the door; Suddenly, there was a burst and Wyatt and Victor flew backwards, knocking the end table holding the violets down!
Chris and I ran to them, "Bro, what happened?" he asked, helping Victor up.
"I was walking Grandpa out and then I was flying back." Wyatt said, trying to shake it off.
"What?" I asked.
"We can't leave." Wyatt said.
I felt faint but Chris caught me.
"Baby." Wyatt said, taking Chris' place and holding me up, "Just relax."
"He...trapped us in here!" I panted, "He wants us all in here."
"I don't think so, don't you remember what Talik said, he said he was expecting other demons." Chris said.
"Aunt Paige!" Wyatt shouted and minutes later, All three sisters orbed into the Manor.
"Dad!" Piper and Phoebe said, hugging him.
"My girls." Victor said, hugging them back, "Hello, Paige."
"Hey Victor." Paige said, "Is there a reason why you called us? We were just about to go shopping."
"He probably shouldn't have." I said, "Cause now, we're all stuck here."
"What?" Phoebe asked.
"Talik shimmered in and..." Chris began.
"Warren was here?!" Phoebe asked.
"He's in the conservatory, in a crystal cage." Wyatt said, "But he's not..."
But Phoebe was already on her way to see him. She shut the door behind her.
"Warren?" Phoebe asked.
Talik, who had been looking at the ground, now looked at her. Talik smiled, then stared at her.
"I'm so glad you're okay." Phoebe smiled.
"They've got me in a cage, mom!" Talik said.
Phoebe walked over to the cage and looked up at him. In his eyes, she didn't see what she had seen so many times before. It was empty, he was empty.
"You're not him." Phoebe said tearfully.
"Open the fuckin cage, bitch!" he shouted.
Phoebe broke down in tears. Outside, I watched.
"So, we've tried orbing, which doesn't work, and the front door, the windows..." Paige sighed.
"Do we know that Talik's behind this? I mean, he seemed as surprised as we were." Wyatt said.
"He's not behind it." I said, "I think I am."
"What?" Piper asked.
"It was a spell." I said, "To protect the house against demons."
"You cast a spell?" Wyatt asked, "Baby, do you remember what spell it was?"
"I made it up." I said, turning to them, "I don't remember."
"We need to break the spell." Chris said.
"No, everything happens for a reason." Piper said, "You guys have been trying to find Warren and now he's here."
"No, he's not." Phoebe said, shutting the door behind her, "We need to do something, that's not him."
I hugged Phoebe, "I'm so sorry." I said quietly.
"No, I'm sorry, you were right." Phoebe said, "How do we fix this?"
"This all is a spell thing," I said, "Talik's inhuman-ness, us stuck here, our whole lives."
"So, we just need to reverse all the magic." Paige said.
"This is all a bit much." Victor said.
"Sorry." Wyatt smiled.
"Talik and Warren were one person before all this, he struggled with his duality." I said, "It was why I trusted him...I don't trust Talik."
"So, they took out half of his personality?" Phoebe asked.
"No," Paige said, realizing what I had already realized, "They took his soul."
"What?" Phoebe asked.
"Well, Cole was half human, so Warren inherited a soul, but if they took his soul..." Paige explained.
I nodded, "Caleb is smart and he's pretty powerful now, he knows that personal attacks are the way to go, which explains why Warren, why dad, and why Cole." I explained, "It's about going for the hurt when you could easily go for the kill."
"So, he's toying with us?" Paige asked.
"So, what do we do?" Chris asked, "The minute we take the spell off the house, demons'll be hitting us hard."
"I say we fix the obvious problem first, the reason fate wanted us all here." Wyatt said.
"Warren." Chris said.
"It's serious magic, can we even do this?" Wyatt asked.
"To make sure we get this right, we all need to do the spell." Chris suggested.
"And I know a spell that could boost our powers and we'll use the power calling spell and tweak it, okay? Just sub the word soul for powers." Phoebe said quickly, "Everybody hold hands."
We all held hands.
"Take my power, Blessed be, multiply its strength by three!" Phoebe said, then we all began to chant it. Suddenly, Wyatt's eyes glossed over and glowed a white light.
"Wyatt?" I asked.
"Let's say the spell!" Wyatt said in a deep voice.
"Soul of the witch rise, course unseen across the sky, come to him I call you here, come to him and settle here!" Phoebe chanted.
Suddenly, power was sucked from all of us and siphoned through Wyatt and he levitated into the air, "Undo questo curse, riporti la sua umanità dal cusp!" And we all fell to the floor. We all panted for air, but Wyatt's eyes glowed from white to black, then back to normal and he fell to the floor.
"Wyatt!" I said, running over to him, "Undo what was done, a spell second to none, allow my family to roam the streets!" I said and suddenly the room filled with demons, "Wyatt, Victor and the sisters!" I shouted causing them to disappear in a burst of orbs. Chris stood next to me as we watched the demons surround us.
"We're screwed." Chris panted.
"Grab my hand." I said, but before he could grab my hand, the demons all hurled energy balls! I waved my hand and the demons froze!
"Wow." Chris said, "Did you try to do that?"
"Not really." I said, grabbing his hand and orbing out of the center. I unfroze the scene and the demons vanquished each other! Chris and I headed for the stairs when a fireball came from nowhere and hit him in the shoulder and he fell to the floor!
"Caleb." I said, looking at my brother, who was playing with another fireball.
"Hello, brother." Caleb smirked, "It was Hell getting in here."
"All the good clubs are." I said.
"So, you're six months in...Three months and I could be an uncle." Caleb said.
"Could be?" I asked.
"The world's a dangerous place." Caleb said, walking closer.
I backed up, "What happened to you?" I asked.
"You." Caleb said, "Not everyone is like you, we didn't all have spare families."
"So this is about jealousy?" I asked.
Caleb frowned and threw the fireball, but an energy ball hit it and it burst into a giant flame as Caleb orbed out. I looked to the source of the energy ball and saw Warren standing at the conservatory.
"What in the Hell happened?" he asked.
I sighed in relief, and then walked over to Chris as Caleb shimmered away.