By Julien Gregg
Book 1 - Chapter 6
Witches In Time Part Three
Last time in Charmed: The New Power of Three:
"Just knowing about them could have repercussions?" Jase asked.
"It could," Daniel said after a moment of thought. "It's too late the change what you already know. Just don't ask any questions."
"Sorry to barge in," said Gregory as he came through the attic door. "I just thought you might want to know that Eliza and Alyson are downstairs. They're looking for Adam and Jase."
"You can send Eliza up here," he said. "Stall Alyson until Adam can get downstairs."
"Everything all right?" Gregory asked, looking around at all of the crumpled sheets of notebook paper.
"Fine," replied Daniel. "Please, Greg."
"Yes, Sir," replied Gregory as he turned and walked out the door.
"My mother is coming up here?" Drake asked, looking at his grandfather with wide eyes. "But that means she'll know about me."
"With Eliza it isn't such a problem," Daniel said. "Alyson, on the other hand, hasn't been told our secret yet."
"Your mother," said Jase with a huge smile as he looked at Dean.
"Right," said Dean with a sigh, making Jase's smile slip as a look of confusion settled over his face. "I'm not so sure I want to see her."
"Well you're going to see her," said Daniel. "And you're not going to reveal the fact that you're her son."
"How am I going to keep from telling her that Dean is our son?" Jase asked before Dean could react. "She hasn't even agreed to marry me yet."
"You can't marry her until she knows and accepts your secret," said Daniel, looking at him hard.
"I know," he sighed, slumping his shoulders. "I'm telling you she won't understand."
"She will," said Dean before he could stop himself.
"But with her parents . . ."
"Enough," said Daniel as the door opened and Dean and Drake saw their mothers walk into the attic.
"Everyone is gathered," said Eliza as she scanned the faces in the attic. She paused on Drake's face for a moment, making him very uncomfortable. "Something happen?"
"What are you talking about?" Alison asked, looking at her strangely.
Dean looked at his young mother and sighed. All of the pent up resentment and anger seemed to disappear when he saw her fresh young face. Her long dark hair was pulled back from her face and the light coming through the windows seemed to make her skin glow. Her dark eyes were full of happiness and he wished that he could have known her before the fear and religion took over.
"Ali, why don't we go ahead and get going?" Jase said, stepping out from behind Dean and walking over to stand in front of her. "Adam and Eliza have something to talk about. They'll meet us at the theater."
"You're sure?" she asked, eyeing him hard.
"Yeah," he said, smiling at her. "Let's go."
"All right," she said. "I'll see you later Liz."
"We'll see you all later," said Jase, turning back to look at his father.
"Have fun," said Daniel.
Jase took Alison by the arm and they walked out of the attic. No one said anything until they were gone. Then Daniel went back to writing his spell as if nothing had happened while Eliza looked back and forth between Adam and Drake. Drake was getting more uncomfortable the longer she looked at him.
"What's going on?" she asked. "What is Drake doing here?"
"You know who I am?" Drake asked in horror.
"Of course I know who you are," she said. "You're my future son. I saw you in a vision when I was twelve."
"I don't understand," he said slowly.
"Eliza, they came from the future to stop Farren," said Adam quickly. "Why didn't you tell me that you'd seen him in a vision?"
"Because she knew better than to give you information on the future," said Daniel. "I suggest that you say nothing more about that vision and let the children explain what is going on. There is someone from the past downstairs with Shae at this moment and she is the most important thing right now."
"But he has to go back to the future," said Eliza, looking at Drake again.
He looked at her beautiful face with hope and wonder. Her blue eyes looked back at him with love and he wanted to run into her arms. This was his mother. This beautiful blond woman was the mother he'd never known. There was so much that he wanted to say to her but he knew that he couldn't because it would reveal too much of the future if he did.
"And we'll send them back to the future as soon as we take care of Farren Blackwood," said Daniel.
"We need Jase for that," she said. "You know it took all three of them to curse him the first time."
"We don't need Jase for this," said Daniel. "With Dean, Damon and Drake we can do a lot more than curse him."
"Dean and Damon?" she asked, turning to look at the other two young men in the room that she didn't know.
"We're the Charmed Ones," said Dean as he and Damon moved to stand beside Drake.
"The Charmed Ones," she mumbled as she looked at them with wide eyes. "That means you're brothers. I didn't see this in my vision."
"We're cousins," corrected Drake. "Dean and Damon are my cousins."
"Cousins?" she asked, turning to look at Daniel for confirmation.
"Yes, Eliza," he said with a smile. "Young Drake is an only child."
"And your powers?" she asked, turning back to face Drake. "You didn't inherit mine?"
"What do you mean?" Drake asked as he noticed Daniel watching them closely.
"Well you have to know of my heritage," she said, looking back and forth between her future son and her future father in law.
"Yes," said Drake, looking around the room at the others. "I know your heritage. What I don't know is if it's safe to say anything right now."
"We know about Eliza," said Adam, grinning at him.
"Yes, well what I want to know is if you inherited any of my powers," she said, looking at him hard.
"Don't answer that," said Daniel as he came to stand beside them. Just then Shae and Melinda came into the room. Melinda was dressed for the twenty-first century and looked rather good in Shae's clothes. "I have the spell we need to get Farren."
"Then we should get him taken care of so that we can all get back to our own times," said Melinda as she and Shae came further into the attic.
"Let me see that," said Adam as he took the sheet of paper from his father. "This is a spell to bring him to us. But won't that just bring him from where he is in our time?"
"If what Damon told us is true then Farren looks to be about twenty-five years old," said Daniel as Damon nodded. "That tells me that he is no longer in our time. What we did when we thought we'd gotten rid of him was send him away. Well what we didn't know was that we sent him into the future."
"That makes sense," said Melinda. "He disappeared when he was twenty-three years old in my time. They thought he'd been murdered by a witch. Maybe he found a way to move through time."
"Then why would he need the Nexus to get back to your time?" Dean asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "There is much about this time and its magic that I don't know."
"We still have to come up with a way to stop him once we get him here," said Daniel.
"I was thinking about that while Shae was helping me dress for this time," said Melinda. She took a ring off her finger and held it out to Daniel. "There is a simple curse that I know of. We can use it to trap his soul in this."
"Then I think we should bring him here," said Daniel with a smile. "If you will all come stand behind the book. I'll place the crystals and we'll get started."
The others went to stand behind the book while Daniel went to the shelves across the attic and got a box from the top shelf. Inside were six large crystals. He placed them in a circle inside the circle of candles. Then he came to stand with them and put the piece of note paper on top of the book. They clasped hands and began to read the printed words.
"Guided spirits, hear our cry. Be he near of be he far bring us the warlock Farren Blackwood here," they said together, and a swirl of smoke filled the circle of crystals and then Farren was standing inside the crystal circle.
"What have you done?" he cried, looking at all of them. "You've come back in time to do what exactly? You can't stop me. No one can. I made sure of that a long time ago."
"We don't want to vanquish you, Farren," said Damon. "We have something completely different in mind for you."
Then his eyes settled on Melinda. She smiled back at him. "Miss me?" she asked.
"You!" he spat. "How did you get here?"
"Warlock of old and heart so cold," she said as she held out her hand with the ring in her palm. "Within this ring your soul I'll hold outside of time and outside of gain. Know only sorrow. Know only pain!"
The ring in her hand began to glow with a bright golden light as Farren screamed in horror. The crystals glowed as that same swirl of smoke began to spin around him. Then he was spinning in circles, and as they watched his body became one with the smoke. It twisted and twirled until the glowing golden light of the ring sucked it in and then the light was gone and so was Farren Blackwood. The attic was calm again and they all looked at Melinda with hope filled eyes.
"Is it over?" Shae asked, finally breaking the growing silence.
"As long as this ring is on my finger, Farren will be cursed inside it," she said firmly as she put the ring back on her finger. "It's time to send everyone back to their rightful time so that our futures aren't jeopardized."
"Then maybe you should get back into your own clothing," said Daniel with a smile. "I admit that I thought it would take a bit longer to do what you did."
"It was a simple curse," she said with a smile.
As Shae took her back down to her room to change again the cousins debated telling her the truth about Matthew Tate and what he was about to do to her. They each knew that saving her could alter history and ultimately cancel their very existence but after meeting her they couldn't imagine letting her go back to her death. They didn't know what to do. Then there were their own parents to think about. Dean wanted so badly to go and find his father and warn him about what was coming. Damon wanted to tell his mother so many things. They both knew that their grandfather would never allow them to reveal the future that way. They were still thinking when Shae and Melinda returned to the attic with Melinda in her own clothes again. They thought about it all the way up to the point when they were all standing around the circle of candles with Melinda in the middle and saying the spell.
"A time for everything and everything its place. Return Melinda through time and space," they said together and the cousins lost their chance to tell her what was going to happen as they watched the white lights surround her and then she was gone.
"Well I can't tell you how proud I am to have met the three of you," said Daniel as he looked at his grandsons. "I now know that the family line will thrive and that the next generation of Halliwell witches will be The Charmed Ones. I can't say that it's a good thing that I know all of this, but I'm glad that I do."
"There's so much more we want to tell you," said Dean, making Daniel hold up his hand to stop him.
"I'm sure that you mean well," said Daniel. "I'm sure that whatever you have to say you truly believe is so important that you would risk the future to tell us. I can't let you do that though. The repercussion could be that you would be denied your Charmed powers. That can't be allowed to happen."
They were quiet as they thought that over. Would losing their Charmed power be so bad? Damon hadn't wanted to be Charmed to begin with. He hadn't wanted to be a witch at all but now that he had seen what magic could truly do was he ready to give it up? Drake didn't think it was worth it, but it killed him to think that he would be leaving them without the knowledge they needed to defend themselves if they left them without telling them what was coming. In the end it was Dean that decided for them. He loved the fact that he was a witch simply because it validated his memories and made him understand that he wasn't crazy or imagining things.
"We're ready to go back," he said. Then he had a thought. "Just do me one little favor."
"That depends on what it is," said Daniel with a soft smile.
"Don't let our parents bind our powers when we're born," he said, making Shae gasp as she looked at Damon. "I know that they'll believe that it will save us, and in a way it will. At the same time it's going to make what we have to do now a lot harder to do because we don't really know how to use our powers."
"We won't bind your powers," said Adam before Daniel could respond. "I can't believe we actually did that in your past."
"You said we did it to save you all?" Shae asked. "But surely we knew that you were Charmed."
"That I really don't know about," said Dean. "I don't know what you knew when you did it, but I know that when we unbound our powers we did it mainly out of fear."
"Fear?" Daniel asked, in spite of not wanting to know the future.
"I won't go into detail," Dean said sadly. "Just know that we knew that demons would come for us and if we didn't have our powers we would probably die. That was the only reason that Damon and Drake agreed to unbind our powers."
"But how could you unbind what we did?" Adam asked. "I mean that wouldn't be possible unless we were all . . . dead." He sank down onto the old sofa as he said the last word. Realization dawned on him and he didn't know what to say or even what to think. He'd just realized that he and his brother and sister would die sometime during their children's childhoods.
"I can't tell you about that," said Dean painfully. "I agree with Grandfather about messing with the future, but I asked this because I know that we're not going to make it if we don't learn to control these powers." He put up a hand when Daniel began to protest. "I know that we could learn to control our powers in time, but we don't really have time do we? They're coming for us, and if we don't know how to control the powers we have to defend ourselves we're likely to die."
"I'll make sure your powers aren't bound," said Daniel after a long moment. "But we have to get you back to your own time or your powers won't matter."
"Just tell me what year it is in your time," said Adam as they all got up from where they were sitting.
"The year is twenty ninety-eight," replied Dean with a smile.
"Twenty-seven years," sighed Shae. "You came from twenty-seven years into the future."
"Well let's get them back there," said Daniel as they all went back to the book. He indicated the center of the circle of candles and the cousins joined hands and stood in the center as Daniel, Shae and Adam said the words along with them.
"A time for everything and everything its place. Return what has been moved through time and space," they said together and white lights surrounded them and their parents and grandfather watched as they disappeared.
"Well they're gone," said Shae with more than a hint of disappointment in her voice.
"And we're not binding their powers," said Adam.
"No you're not," sighed Adam, knowing that this could ultimately change the future in ways that could be catastrophic.
The SUV lurched and then Dean and Damon were back in the seats they'd vacated when Drake had cast the spell that took them back to the past. Dean turned in his seat to look for Drake but all he found was Mr. Pollock and the Book. Drake's seat was empty. Neither of them knew what to do. They just looked at each other.
"Where is Drake?" Pollock asked. "He should have been sent back as well. I know he isn't in the past or I would remember it."
"They sent us back," said Dean, turning to look out at the Manor. He sighed when he saw that the black aura was gone.
"But where is Drake?" Damon asked. "They sent us all back. So where is he?"
"I don't know," said Dean, looking at the house. "Maybe he's in the house."
"Maybe," agreed Damon as they both got out.
Mr. Pollock could only follow. He grabbed the Book and got out of the car. They raced up the steps and into the house, calling for Drake as they went. They searched every room and didn't find him. They met again in the sun room. Pollock handed Dean the Book as he came into the room.
"Where is he?" Dean asked no one in particular.
"You said you'd remember if he was still in the past," Damon said to Pollock who nodded. "Then if he's not in the past and he's not here I don't know where he is."
"We could try P3," suggested Damon.
"Why would he be there?" asked Dean.
"Why would he be anywhere?" Damon countered.
Before any of them could say anything more a demon shimmered in right in front of them. He smiled at them and Dean gasped as the red wings of the demon spread behind him. The red skin, dark hair and pointed chin were so familiar to him that he nearly screamed in anger. This was the demon that had killed his father. Ash had come for them. Then Damon rose his hands and froze him in his tracks. Dean was about to use his power when he noticed that Mr. Pollock was frozen as well.
"Wait a minute," he said, looking at Damon. "Why is Pollock frozen. I thought you couldn't freeze good witches."
"I can't," said Damon as he walked around the demon to look at Mr. Pollock. Along the way he saw outside and his heart nearly stopped from shock. "Dean!"
Dean raced to his cousin's side and saw what had shocked him so deeply. It wasn't only the demon and Mr. Pollock that was frozen. The cars on the street weren't moving. There were people frozen in mid step on the sidewalks and a dog was frozen in the act of lifting his leg to make his toilet on the tree across the street. Damon had frozen time itself!
I know that in the television show when Prue, Piper and Phoebe went back in time to stop the pact with Nicholas they couldn't use their powers and every other time they went back to the past their powers were useless. It isn't like that in this story because I didn't like it that way in the television show. I guess it can be explained by the fact that my Charmed Ones are supposedly the most powerful witches in the world. You decide. :)