A Brother's Sacrifice
In the middle of the night, Piper Halliwell suddenly woke up, feeling that there was something wrong with her son, Chris. However, it wasn't the baby inside of her womb that she felt the fear coming from. Her baby was telling her that something was wrong with her future son.
As Piper searched her home, she found her twenty-three year old asleep on the couch in the attic. The Book of Shadows was lying open across his chest. She knew that he had fallen asleep again while searching for any demon that could turn her first child, Wyatt, evil. As she stepped closer, she could see cold sweat pouring from Chris as he was caught up in a nightmare, a pretty bad one from the looks of it.
Piper knows how worried Chris is about changing the future. It is an obsession for him. He searches the Book of Shadows for new demons and other supernatural creatures constantly and he is always nagging her and his aunts to fight them. Neurotic is the word that everyone in the manor uses to describe Chris.
Though he was tight-lipped about the future, she could only imagine the pain he went through, growing up and having your only brother be the "ruler of all evil," as Chris usually called it. Not only did he come here to the past to save Wyatt, but also to save his family, all of whom were dead except Leo, who was non-existent. Piper was heartbroken to hear that Chris had been living with the guilt of her dying when her father was here visiting a few months ago, and that Leo and Wyatt were not there to help him. She didn't know how or when she was killed and she didn't know what happened to her sisters either. They had to be dead because there is no way that they would have allowed things to fall apart so badly.
Looking at her son now, she just wanted to hold him in her arms until he broke down and told her everything that happened to him. Piper, Leo, and her sisters have tried to get him to talk about it many times, but he never has and they know that he never would. Chris made it his burden to bear alone.
As Piper started to walk over to him to wake him up, Chris suddenly bolted upright, completely scared and disoriented. As soon as he noticed his mother watching him, he quickly shook off the nightmares and stood up. He picked up the book and walked over to the stand to put it back where it belonged in the middle of the attic.
Piper asked, "Chris, are you all right? You look like you are scared out of your mind."
"I'm fine, Mom," he answered. "It was just a nightmare. It's nothing to worry about. I'm sorry if I woke you though. Baby me, I mean. I am going to go do a little recon in the underworld, to see if I can learn of any new threats. I'll be back in the morning."
"Chris wait, please," Piper said quickly before her son could orb out. "Don't you want to talk about what you were dreaming about? You were terrified."
He responded, "I can't. I mean, I'd rather not. It's no big deal, Mom. I promise. If we find the threat against Wyatt, then the nightmares will end. I have to go."
With that said, Chris orbed out of the manor and Piper just stood there in shock, wondering how her son could believe that his feelings and pain were no big deal. She turned to walk out of the attic and headed toward the kitchen to find something to eat. Piper had a tendency to cook and eat whenever she was upset about something. Lately, she has been upset, nervous, anxious, and frustrated. Not only was something after her first born son, Wyatt, she was unsure about what was going to happen with her marriage to Leo, their friend, Darryl, was no longer covering for them when the supernatural was involved, and Inspector Sheridan was out to expose the truth about her and her sisters. On top of all that, she was worried about big Chris and baby Chris.
As she walked into the kitchen, she saw that Leo was sitting at the table. She knew that Leo must have sensed something was wrong with Chris too. As a whitelighter he was in tune with everything that his charges felt, but even more so when it involved his family. Ever since the day Leo broke Chris out of prison, they have grown closer and Chris is finally beginning to call him Dad instead of Leo.
Piper turned on the light and was the first to speak saying, "You sensed Chris' distress too, didn't you? I tried to get him to talk about it, but you know how he is. He thinks that his feelings aren't important. How can we convince him that they are? He just orbs out when I try."
"I'm afraid that there is nothing more we can do for him unless he decides he wants to talk," Leo answered. "We know that he didn't have us growing up and so by us being here for him now, means more to him than we realize."
Piper said, "You know Leo, that isn't the answer I was looking for. He is only getting worse and more neurotic the closer his birthday gets. Tonight, I caught him asleep on the couch in the attic, with the Book of Shadows open across his chest. He was caught up in a nightmare and when he finally came out of it, he was scared and disoriented and he just went back to acting like he always does. What happened to him?"
Leo responded, "I doubt that we are ever going to know, Piper. You know that just as well as I do. The more we learn, the more we could risk changing the future in ways that we don't want. Just like Chris says."
"I am tired of hearing about the future consequences crap," she said. "I doubt it would change things, except for the better."
"Maybe, but we have to respect his wishes and give him his space," Leo answered.
As their conversation came to an end, the sun was beginning to come up and Leo walked over to give Piper a kiss. It made Piper believe that maybe she and Leo had a chance. Leo orbed out and she began to cook breakfast for her and her sisters who would be waking up soon, unless they were out on a date.
After Phoebe was broken up with by Jason after he found out about her being a witch, she wasn't dating anyone in particular, but she was still hopeful to find someone soon ever since her vision in magic school.
Paige had just broken up with Richard after he became addicted to using magic. She loved him, but she knew that he would never get better as long as she was around him, being a charmed one.
Despite the problems going on right now, Piper had her family to help her and that was a big comfort. Thanks to Chris, she just knew that they would find out who it was that was going to turn Wyatt evil and they were going to vanquish it. The future was going to change for the better and they were going to be happy together.