Chapter 48: Casual Torture
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"That looks like it hurts." Henry Jr. said, sitting at the table in the kitchen.
"It's not. It's just real annoying." I said, standing by the counter, sipping tea.
Henry touched my stomach, "It feels weird." He said.
"Cause it is." I said.
"So, how's it going to come out?" Henry asked.
"I'm hoping it'll just orb out." I said.
"It won't." Chris said, walking in, "I'm betting it'll hurt."
"Thanks." I said, "Want breakfast?"
"Breakfast?" Chris asked, "Wha-whaddya cook?"
"You don't have to eat it, you can starve." I said.
"Fine. Got any bacon?" Chris asked.
"Of course." I said, shoveling bacon, toast, and eggs on a plate and handing them to him, "How's the club?"
"Great, I just booked Adele." Chris said.
Henry looked at him.
"Chasing Pavements..." Chris said.
"Oh!" Henry said, "Awesome, awesome...so, looks like I'll be bringing my date there."
"You have a date? Good for you." I smiled.
"Little Henry's got a date." Chris chuckled.
Henry threw a bagel at him.
"Hey! I'm not picking that up." I said.
"I'm surprised ma isn't here yet." Chris smirked.
"Yet?" Henry asked.
"Well, Piper's been...here. Everyday." I said with a weirded out smile.
"And it's pissin him off, but he won't say anything." Chris chuckled.
I hurled a piece of bacon at him, "Shut it. This is Piper's first grandbaby and I understand." I frowned, "But she's annoying me."
"Annoying?" Wyatt asked.
I looked at him oddly, "That damn trash truck! Woke me up." I said.
"I thought I woke you up." Wyatt smiled.
"The first time, the first time the garbage truck woke me up." I said.
"Save!" Chris said, putting his empty plate in the sink.
"Don't you have work to do?" I asked.
"What's going on?" Wyatt asked.
"I think I'd better go." Henry said, putting his plate on the counter and leaving.
"Me too." Chris said, grabbing his keys and leaving.
Wyatt and I just smiled at each other.
"Is there a secret?" Wyatt asked.
"We were just talking about Piper." I said, "And how thankful we are that's she around...all the time."
Wyatt just stared, "So, you think my mom's around too much?" he asked.
"Don't you?" I asked.
"Hey!" Piper said, coming through the door and going straight to my stomach, "How's my little precious baby?"
"Hi, Piper." I smiled.
"Drake!" Piper said, searching the house for me. When she finally found me, I was in the attic scrying, "There you are, what are you doing up here?"
"I am scrying." I said, not turning to her.
"I've been looking all over for you." She said walking over to me, "What are you scrying for?" she asked, looking at the map.
"My dad." I said.
"All that running from your dad and now you're looking for him?" Piper asked.
"I understand that you don't like him, after you saw everything he put me through..."
"Not to mention what he's still doing." Piper said.
I sighed, "He's my father." I said.
"And Caleb's your brother." Piper said, "I didn't mean..."
"Yeah, you did, Piper." I said, "And if I can't find a way to save him, I'm at least going to save my dad."
"...Is the only family I have left." I said, "He's all I got."
"And he's evil...again." Piper said, "You don't need this stress, not while you're pregnant."
"I remember the stories, about how your life changed after you had Wyatt. This is my last chance because after this baby is born, my life is going to protecting him from the world." I said, "I'm the only one he has."
"You're not the savior of everyone." Piper said, "Oh, wait, you kinda are."
I looked at her.
"You should let Wyatt and Chris help." Piper said.
"They have their own problems." I said.
"Then, I'm helping." Piper said.
I sighed, then nodded, "Thanks." I said.
"Yeah, you sound great!" Chris said to Adele, handing her a autograph book, "Can I get your autograph for my brother-in-law? He's pre...gonna have a baby."
"Sure." Adele smiled, signing her name, "What time should I show up, then?"
"Around ten, that'll give the opening band time to open and more people will be pouring in about then." Chris explained, "Thank you, you're such an amazing artist."
"Thank you." Adele smiled, walking away.
"Chris." Bianca said, walking up, "Can we talk?"
"Uh, sure." Chris said, "Ryan, can you do inventory?"
"Sure." Ryan said.
Chris nodded and walked into the alley behind P3 and looked around, "Bianca?" he asked as a demon shimmered in behind him and clubbed him over the head!
"And that's all for this class, please remember to do your papers, cause I would really hate to flunk you guys." Wyatt smiled as his class left.
Behind the students, the door slammed, causing Wyatt to look up and see Caleb. Wyatt tried to move him, but he locked eyes with Caleb.
"Sit." Caleb smiled, "I said, sit."
Wyatt sat down at a desk and Caleb leaned on the desk, as if he were the teacher.
"We haven't really had a good one-on-one talk, bro-in-law." Caleb smiled, "I was at the wedding...nice wedding. Shot gun."
"You..." Wyatt groaned in agony.
"I didn't ask you to speak." He said, "Sorry, being around my brother all those years, I kind of picked up his vernacular."
Wyatt sneered at him.
"I can see why he likes you. If I were driving stick, I'd definitely want you." Caleb smirked, "But I don't, so keep that sexy eye roll to yourself?"
"What do you want?" Wyatt asked.
"World peace, less hunger...Revenge." Caleb said.
"Revenge?" Wyatt asked, "What we ever do to you?"
Caleb smiled, looking down, "You took away my family." He said.
Piper and I appeared deep below the world, in a cave in the Underworld. I was a little shaky because the spell that got us there made me nauseous and I didn't know how we'd get back since I hadn't really learned how to use the baby's orbs. I took a step forward and stopped when I noticed Piper wasn't following.
"Something about this is wrong." Piper said, "You should have just summoned him."
"Scrying didn't work, so I figure this is the place he should be." I said, "Besides, if I had summoned him, he'd be ready."
"This doesn't feel right." Piper said.
"If you want, you can go back to the Manor." I said.
Piper sighed, walking over and holding my hand, "Come on." She said.
As we made our way through the tunnel, I hoped we wouldn't have to duck, roll, or hide because I was in no condition to do either one. I made my way around a corner, stopped.
"Piper." I asked. There was no reply. I turned to see Piper laying on the ground a few feet away, "Piper!" I said, running to her.
"She's asleep." Peter said.
"What did you do to her?" I shouted at Peter.
"Come over here and give daddy a hug." Peter said, outstretching his hands.
Chris felt like his head was on fire when he woke up. He looked around, wondering what had just happened. The last thing he remembered was Bianca wanting to see him outside and then...nothing. He tried to stand, but he was tied to a chair. He tried to orb, but he couldn't. He looked over to the corner to see Bianca chained to the wall. His heart fell when he noticed that her face was bloody and she had cuts all over.
"Bianca!" he shouted. Her name echoed through the room.
Bianca stirred, trying to bring her head up, but she couldn't.
"Bianca, God, what happened?" Chris asked.
"Chris...Chris, they..." Bianca panted, "I..."
"Don't, just calm down." Chris said, trying to break his bonds.
"Trying to break free?" Cole asked, stepping into view with a bloody athame, "Won't work, ask her."
"You son of a bitch, what did you do to her?!" Chris shouted.
"A bit of this." Cole said, walking over and sliding the blade across an exposed part of her body, causing blood to run out of the cut.
"Stop! Why are you doing this?" Chris asked.
"I'm just the messenger." Cole smiled, "Don't worry, this hurts her more than it hurts you." He said, slapping her so hard that he broke her chains and she flew across the room!
"Now, see, you know the whole story, hell, you lived it!" Caleb said, "My little brother, the lost Halliwell, and it's not even his fault. I don't blame him. Dad wasn't around for him, but then he wasn't there for mom."
"Grow up." Wyatt spat.
Caleb smirked at him, "I like you. Then my mom made the mistake, she did things. Drake was too young to remember, but I remember. It tore my family apart. It wasn't all my dad's fault. He left because he couldn't deal. They were working things out. Then dad started...and..." Caleb noticed the look of sympathy from Wyatt, "Everyone worries about the youngest, because, he's youngest. But what about us oldest kids? How are we supposed to deal? I was never like my family, I didn't have powers."
"But you do know?" Wyatt asked, "How?"
"Miracles." Caleb smiled, "Plucky little Drake, always had a spare family."
"You could have..."
"Always had a life. My life was taking care of him and he just left me. They all did! And Drake gets to have his untouched life?" Caleb asked.
"Rhetorical?" Wyatt asked, "You moved away."
"I ran away." Caleb said.
"The Summers family secrets unleashed?" Wyatt asked.
"You have no idea." Caleb said.
"I know how you feel, being the experimental child." Wyatt said, "Older brother."
"Did you have an absent father? Or a slutty mother?" Caleb asked, "Do you ever find yourself alone?"
"All the time." Wyatt said.
"But none of that matters anymore." Caleb said, "So-called Charmed Ones, you haven't helped anybody but yourselves."
"That's what this is all about? Revenge? There's more." Wyatt said.
"You're smart too? Wow." Caleb said, "It's always about power. I'm rebuilding my family."
"You can't." Wyatt said, "Your mother's dead."
Caleb walked over and leaned in, face to face with Wyatt, "For now." He smirked.
I stopped, wobbly from my stomach, "How about I give daddy a big kick in the ba..."
"Hey, now, is that any kind of language for you to use with me?" Peter smiled.
"I can't believe you're evil again." I said.
"I can't believe you're pregnant." Peter said, "Eight months? Nauseous? Your mother was always nauseous."
"You guys have to stop this." I said, "You're under mind control."
"You're crazy." Peter said.
"You just knocked Piper out." I said.
"You were supposed to come alone." Peter said.
"Supposed to come?" I asked.
"Oh darn, let the cat out of the bag." Peter smiled.
"Caleb, you don't have to do any of this." Wyatt pleaded, "Drake doesn't want to..."
"Vanquish me?" Caleb asked, "Don't worry, he can't."
"We can help you." Wyatt said.
"No one can help me." Caleb said, "I'm just fine."
"You sound a little crazy." Wyatt said.
"I am." Caleb smiled, "Here's the address where you'll find your brother," he handed him an address, "You might want to hurry." He smiled, fading away.
Chris watched as Bianca was cut, thrown, and generally tortured by Cole. Chris was so mad, he was in tears. He could feel himself reaching his breaking point. Cole stopped in mid slice and looked down into the ground, as if listening to someone, then he smiled and faded away. The next second, Wyatt orbed into the room and untied the ropes!
"Chris, you alright?" Wyatt asked, checking him.
"I'm fine." Chris said, ignoring him and running to Bianca, who lay lifelessly across the room.
"Is she alright?" Wyatt asked, running to them.
"Heal her!" Chris said quickly.
Wyatt put his hand over Bianca and started healing her.
"You have really lost, especially if you're following that idiot. He's nuts too." I said.
"Someone talking about me?" Caleb said, appearing from nowhere, "Hello, little brother."
"What do you want?" I asked.
"Your first born." Caleb smiled, grabbing me and shimmering away!