Chapter 60: Achilles
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"What makes you think we're going to leave the Source and align ourselves with you? We saw what you did, smashing that bridge. You tryin to get us outed?" A Trok demon asked.
Wyatt threw his hands above the table and caused the Trok's heads to begin burning and fall away to dust on the ground below the table in the dining room. He was holding a summit in the Manor.
"Why do you need us? Why don't you just take `em down yourself?" A furie asked.
"They're family." Wyatt said darkly.
"I can't believe we let this happen." Piper frowned.
The family had taken up residence in Magic School, the one place where Wyatt couldn't reach. Piper sat with Matthew, trying to calm herself but she couldn't. How could she let this happen to her baby? She thought she had saved him from all this!
"This isn't because you were bad parents." Phoebe said.
"We should have seen something like this coming." Leo said.
"How could you have?" Paige asked.
"Well, I am a seer, sort of." Phoebe said.
"No, Pheebs, this isn't your fault." Piper said, playing with Matthew.
"It wasn't any of your faults." Kyle said, orbing down.
"Then why did this happen?" Phoebe asked.
"The Source made a power move." Kyle said, "The Elders want me to tell you that they've grounded everyone from orbing up there."
"That's all they have to say?" Piper spat, "They can't say anything useful, like how to get my son back?"
"We don't have the book or the Manor so, that is problematic." Kyle said.
"Problematic? Seriously?" Leo asked, "Our son is out there, doing God knows what and all we can do is sit here and think of ways not to die while he works on obliterating us."
"Yeah, Brody, we get it," Phoebe sighed, "He's infected, but from what Drake and Chris said it's not entirely the Hollow driving him. I think it sparked a dark side of him, sort of like an Id. I mean, he's never really had trouble with his powers, maybe that's because he repressed."
"So, how do we get close enough to him to take away the Hollow?" Piper asked.
"You guys don't," Chris said standing beside me in the hall, "We do."
"No, honey, it's suicide." Piper said, standing with the baby.
"Piper this is bad, maybe they're right." Kyle said.
"This is our problem." Leo said.
"No, it's not." I said quickly, "He's the father of my son."
"I don't know..." Paige said.
"Listen, while I try and reach him, Chris can nab the book."
"You have a son." Warren said, "How about Chris goes and I get the book."
"If anyone has a chance in Hell with him, it's me." I said.
"I think he's right." Leo said.
"Leo!" Piper said, "He is not right!"
"Face it, Piper, I can stall until Warren says the spell to repel the Hollow." I said quickly.
"That actually may be a good idea." Paige said, standing, "But you can't use your powers."
"That's the tricky part." I said quickly, "How do we get in the Manor?"
"There's a spell that could buy you time, but not much." Leo said, holding up a book.
Wyatt stood in the foyer, waiting for the first sign of trouble. He knew what was coming, it was the curse of being all-knowing. He knew that any minute Drake would pass through that door. He could just feel it.
"Waiting on me?" I asked, standing in the dining room.
"How'd you get in here?" Wyatt asked.
"Back door. The demons guarding it are pretty dead." I said quickly, "Wyatt...I know you're in there..."
"How did you know I'd be waiting?" Wyatt asked.
"My mind is telling me that you would do this." I frowned, "I saw you doing something that I know you wouldn't do. It had to be wrong."
"No, it wasn't." Wyatt said darkly. The tone in his voice was numb and disconnected.
"Wyatt, listen to me." I took a step forward.
Wyatt raised his hands and orbs surrounded me, suspending me above the ground.
"Wyatt." I choked.
Wyatt took a few steps forward until he was only inches from me, "You are too late." He said, "It is rather poetic."
I was fading and fast and there was a rumble above the stairs; Chris I guessed and then Wyatt looked away, letting me drop to the ground. I stood as Wyatt turned to me, rage in his eyes. He waved his hand, throwing me backwards across the dining room table. I got up in time to see Wyatt shimmer away.
I ran to the foot of the stairs, "Chris, Warren!" I yelled up. Before I could think, I was bounding up the stairs and didn't stop until I reached the attic. When I got there, Wyatt was standing over Chris with his hands over him. I raised my hand to blow him away, but Warren grabbed my arms and I immediately remembered. The book laid a few feet from Chris.
"Book." Wyatt cooed.
The Book disappeared in black orbs and reappeared in his hands shortly before Wyatt was sent hurdling backwards!
"Warren, get the book!" I said loudly.
Warren ran to retrieve the book while I headed for Chris. He had a pulse and I grabbed him and extended a hand to Warren as we shimmered away.
"DAMN!" Wyatt swore.
"He got Chris' powers." Warren said.
"But we got the book." Chris said.
"Yeah, but without your powers..." I said.
"We need the power of three to banish the Hollow." Warren explained, "The book is specific."
"Good thing you still have us old broads around." Piper smirked, standing at the entry to the hall with Paige and Phoebe.
"Did somebody say the power of three?" Phoebe asked.
"Brilliant." I said.
"No! Mom, you guys can't put yourself in harm's way." Chris said.
"I agree." Warren said.
"We don't have any other choice, do we?" I asked.
"What about reaching Wyatt?" Warren asked.
"I hate to say it, but he's not reachable, not until the Hollow is out of him." I frowned, "We have to do the spell."
"We need to get close to him." Chris said.
There was a giant burst of energy and suddenly everyone was taken off their feet as Wyatt materialized, "This close enough?" he asked.
"The book!" I shouted.
I Warren was the closet to the book and he ran towards the book, but was taken off his feet by an energy blast from Wyatt and it sent him crashing into a wall mirror!
"Warren!" Phoebe shouted.
"Wyatt!" Chris shouted, "Don't do this. Come back. I'm sorry for how I've been acting, but you need to snap—"
Before he could finish, Wyatt threw his hand into the air and Chris began choking. I threw my hands up in a reaction and he absorbed my powers. He then proceeded to use my own power against me, sending me falling to the ground. I looked over at my shoulder and saw that it was bloody.
"Wyatt." Leo said, standing with Matthew in hand, "Wyatt, look at Matthew. He's your little boy, just like you're my little boy."
"Shut up!" Wyatt near screamed.
"He needs you, to be there and to get through this. Look what you're doing." Leo said.
Wyatt looked around and hesitated. I pulled myself up to see the Sisters standing back a few feet, book in hand. They began a chant as Wyatt convulsed and fell to the floor with a silhouette of little black particles still standing! Wyatt slumped to the ground in a heap.
As I came out of Wyatt and I's old room, I walked down to the living room. I saw the Sisters, Leo with Matthew, Chris, and Warren sitting around the fire. I exhaled to announce my presence. They all turned to look at me, wanting to know the exact same thing that I, myself, would want to know.
"How is he?" Piper asked.
I shrugged, "How would you be?" I asked.
The room was silent for a few minutes.
"He's...dealing." I said.
"Can we see him?" Piper asked.
"I don't—it's not a good idea." I said, "He just needs some alone time."
"Umm, Paige and I were going to get food...want anything?" Phoebe asked.
I shook my head.
"Okay." Phoebe said, grabbing Paige's hand and orbing away.
"With the bridge thing, he knows he could have outed us." I said, "The things he did."
"We were there." Chris said.
"He was a monster." I said.
They looked at me.
"Sorry, I just...the look in his eyes got to me." I said, "I've never seen Wyatt struggle with power."
"The question is how the Hollow got to you." Piper said.
"Isn't it obvious? The Source is really good at his job." Warren said.
"You think?" Piper asked.
"Yes, Piper, it was the Source." Sandra, the Elder, said standing with Kevin and Odin.
"What are you doing here?" I asked turning with the rest of the family to see them.
"We have been watching." Odin said, "And we are not pleased."
"Tough. Trying living it." I frowned.
"Drake..." Warren said in a warning tone.
"No, I wanna see where this goes." Piper said.
"How could something so dastardly happen to you? You are the Charmed Ones." Odin said.
I sighed, "Cause we weren't sitting on our asses watching." I frowned, "Where were you when he was possessed? Watching? That's not good enough."
"We could not help, it was not our place." Sandra explained.
"Why are you here?" Leo asked.
"Years ago, you promised that you could keep him in line, that you could be parents to this twice-blessed child." Odin said, "You were wrong."
"What's that supposed to mean?" Piper asked.
"If this mess cannot be dealt with..."
"You'll what? Take him?" I asked, "You don't have the power."
"How dare you! We are all powerful." Odin said.
"Tell ya what, sparky, you come through me and you can have him." I said angrily.
"You can't blame my parents for this! They've been great parents, this was the Source's doing!" Chris objected.
"You would fight us?" Odin asked.
"I would destroy you." I said quickly.
There was a long silence as we stared at each other.
"You will be on probation."
"No." Warren said.
"You guys thinking what I'm thinking?" Chris asked.
We looked at each other.
"We don't work for you, not anymore." I said, "You have no place here, get out."
All three looked offended.
"Leo..." Sandra began.
"We'll do good, but we won't be put through anymore of your scrutiny." Leo said.
The Elders looked each other, then disappeared in a bright swirl of purple orbs.
"That was rough." Piper said.
Chris hugged her, "You are a great mom." He said.
"I can't believe how mad I am." I said, walking away. I headed upstairs where Wyatt sat on the edge of the bed. I sat down beside him, "I think...I need...time."
"Me too." Wyatt said.
"I knew you were going to say that." I said.
"The Elders were here?" Wyatt asked.
"They're gone." I said quickly.
"And you're upset." Wyatt said.
"I think it was a Monday." I said quickly.
"When I knew you were the one for me." I said, "It was a Monday."
"Yeah?" Wyatt asked.
"I need you to know that the minute I figured out that you were the one, I promised myself forever." I said, "For us."
"We can take it slow." Wyatt said, putting his hand on mine.