Well, That Was...Unexpected
A Charmed SlayerAuthor:
I don’t own them; if I did I wouldn’t be writing fanfiction. Summary:
Buffy is killed in action and reborn with new powers and a whole new destiny. The Powers That Be prevent her from seeing anyone from her past life until her eighteenth birthday when a new enemy appears and Angel Investigations must find the ‘Reborn Champion.’Pairings:
Um….Okay, there’s a lot…Piper/Leo, Phoebe/Cole, Paige/Henry, Dawn/Connor, Faith/Lindsey, Fred/Wes, Willow/Oz, and there will eventually be more…Spoilers:
BtVS – Post-Chosen and Post-Never Fade Away for Angel, with a few changes. Charmed – Not really sure, Post-Season 7, I guess, but with a lot of changes. Cole never got permanently Vanquished, him and Phoebe are still together. And I’ve decided that while Leo did become an Elder, after everything with the Avatars, he went back to being a regular Whitelighter.Warnings:
from here on in….though nothing explicit, at least not at this point…A/N:
So, this chapter is dedicated to TouchoftheWind who requested an update for this story for her birthday prezzie. Happy Birthday, Hun, I hope you like it!A/N2:
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Chapter 10: Well, That Was…Unexpected
Melinda groaned as she slowly came awake. Her head was throbbing and her body ached, and as she tried to move her arms, she realized that they were tied behind her. Blinking her eyes open, Mel looked around, quickly taking in her surroundings. She was obviously in a cave somewhere in the Underworld. As she tried to move, she quickly realized that she was tied to the chair she was on, her ankles tied to the legs and her hands tied at the wrist behind the back of the chair. Tugging hard, she tested the ropes holding her in place and let out a frustrated sigh as they held strong, not giving way at all. Closing her eyes, Mel tried to orb her way out only to open her eyes and find herself still tied to the chair.
“What the…” Mel muttered then jumped slightly as she heard a groan from behind her.
“Ow,” a familiar voice groaned out as Mel heard shuffling from behind her as the other person obviously tested their bindings as well.
“Mel? What happened? And why can’t I shimmer?” Josh asked.
“I’m not sure,” Mel replied. “But the last thing I remember is waiting Wyatt and Chris in Golden Gate Park, next thing I know I’m waking up here, tied to a chair. And I can’t break the ropes or orb, either.”
“Can you astral project and untie us?”
There was a brief silence and then Mel let out a growl of frustration. “Damn it. No. I don’t know if it’s the cave or just the ropes, but they’ve been warded against any and all magic. We’re stuck.”
“Great. That’s just great,” Josh muttered. “So what do we do? Just sit here and wait?”
Mel shrugged as best she could given her restraints. “I guess so. So who do you think they were after? You or me? And was it personal or are they using us to get to the family or Wyatt?”
Josh let out a humorless laugh as he thought over the question. “I don’t know. I mean, when aren’t they trying to get to the family? But then again, you’re a Slayer, half-witch, half-whitelighter, the daughter of a Charmed one, and the sister of the Twice-Blessed King of Magic. I’m a Seer for a Champion, and-”
“And dating the Twice-Blessed King of Magic.”
Josh froze mid-sentence as Melinda cut him off. Mel’s sentence hung in the air for a moment before Josh finally managed to choke out a reply. “What?” he sputtered. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Mel jut laughed at her friend. “Yeah, right, sure you don’t,” She said with amusement, internally wishing she could see Josh’s face. “We’re not stupid, you know.”
“We?” Josh all but squeaked out.
“Of course,” Mel replied with a giggle, amusement dancing in her eyes despite their situation. “Chris, Darla, Tara and I have been running interference for you two for the last six months. Do you have any idea how many times my mom or your mom or someone has almost walked in on the two of you? If it hadn’t been for us, you guys would have been outted the first week.”
“Oh,” Josh muttered softly, so soft that Mel wouldn’t have heard it at all if it hadn’t been for her Slayer hearing. “Um, thanks, then.”
“Eh, no problem. Figured you guys would let everyone know when you were ready,” she said lightly before her voice hardened. “Though if you ever hurt my brother, I’ll rip your rib cage out and wear it as a hat. Are we clear?”
In the silence that followed, Mel’s ears easily picked up the sound of Josh swallowing thickly.
“Uh, yeah. Crystal clear,” the Seer croaked out. “That was definitely a vivid threat.”
Mel blinked for a second as she thought back over her threat to her friend. “Yeah,” she said slowly, “I think I’ve used that threat before, but I’m not sure when. I don’t remember using it…”
“I don’t know, it just feels kinda like I’ve said that before; like de-ja-vu.”
“Again?” Josh asked.
Mel opened her mouth to reply, but snapped it shut as she caught movement out of the corner of her eye and turned to look at the demons walking into the cave. The first two had dark blue skin and fluorescent orange eyes with short black horns poking out of their pink hair. Behind them was a group of various other demons.
“Here,” one of the first two demons started, “we have lots number fifty-six and fifty-seven.”
The group of mismatched demons stopped a few feet away from the two tied-up teens while the pink-haired two stepped up next to Josh.
“First, we have lot fifty-six, the eyes of a Seer. They can be your very own link to the Powers That Be, and the boy can be used for a multitude of different things. He is in very good shape for a human of his age, he would be good for nearly any sort of manual labor. Or, if a laborer is not what you need, the boy is not unappealing. Tall and thin and visually appealing, for a human, it can be assumed he would make a more than adequate concubine-”
“Woah, hey! Hell
no!” Josh exclaimed as he heard the demon try and sell him as a sex slave. “You have got
to be kidding me!”
Melinda’s jaw had dropped open in shock when the word ‘concubine’ had escaped the demon’s mouth. “Oh, dude, Wyatt is so
gonna kill them dead when he finds out about that,” she muttered to herself. “And it’s gonna be very
The second pink-haired demon stepped forward and placed a gag firmly in Josh’s mouth, muffling his protests, before turning and gagging Melinda as well, causing the blonde teen to glare viciously at him.
Once the gags were in place, the first demon picked up where he had left off, almost as though he had never stopped in the first place. “Or,” he said, “The eyes can simply be extracted and the boy disposed of. That is all up to you. Now, shall we start the bidding at two thousand dollars? Do I hear two thousand? Ah, two thousand to the Fyarl in the back. Do I hear three thousand?”
Josh and Melinda listened in wide-eyed shock as the demons proceeded to auction Josh off, or more specifically, his eyes. The auction finally ended with Josh’s eyes being sold for an astonishing fifty thousand dollars.
“And now on to lot fifty-seven. This one is quite amazing as well, she is-”
But they never got to hear their description of Melinda as the demon was cut off by the arrival of the Charmed Ones, Cole, Leo, Wyatt, Chris, Darla, Tara and Cordelia, causing complete and utter chaos.
The two captive teens watched as their family cleaned house, both positively itching to join the fight. When the last demon had finally been killed, Chris and Wyatt quickly made their way to the teens tied up in the middle of the room and slipped the gags out of their mouths before going to work on the knots in the ropes holding them to the chairs.
“So, what did we interrupt?” Chris asked calmly as he worked on untying his sister. “We didn’t bother finding out why
they had you, just where
“They tried to auction us off!” Josh exclaimed in disbelief.
“No,” Melinda countered. “They auctioned off Josh’s eyes; the rest of him just came with them. And they didn’t get around to auctioning me off, you interrupted before they could.”
“How much did his eyes go for?” Cordy asked curiously, causing most everyone else to look at her appalled. “What?” She shrugged. “Someone tried to auction my eyes off once, I’m curious to see how much Josh’s went for compared to mine.”
“Fifty thousand dollars,” Josh replied absently as he watched Wyatt finish untying his feet and move around behind him to work loose the knots holding his hands together.
?!?! Are you serious? Fifty
thousand dollars?!” Cordelia shrieked indignantly. “Mine only sold for thirty thousand! And I had to talk the price up myself! This is so not fair!”
Again, the Halliwell sisters and their husbands looked at her funny while Tara, Darla, Chris and Melinda tried to stifle their snickers.
Wyatt was oblivious to the conversation around him as he frantically untied Josh, not even noticing as Chris freed Melinda. Finally, the last of the ropes fell from Josh’s wrists and Wyatt circled around in front of him once more and pulled the tall teen to his feet and intently looked him over for injuries. Seeing none, other than some light bruising from when he had originally been knocked out, Wyatt locked his gaze with Josh’s, searching the hazel depths for reassurance.
“You’re okay?” he asked softly, his hands trailing lightly up and down the younger boy’s arms.
Josh smiled at Wyatt reassuringly, “I’m fine.”
Wyatt stared into Josh’s eyes a moment longer before, seemingly satisfied that he was telling the truth, he gently tugged the Seer flush against him and slanted his mouth over Josh’s. His arms wrapped tightly around the younger boy, holding him close as he deepened the kiss.
Josh moaned lightly as he wrapped his arms around Wyatt’s neck and pressed himself closer, the rest of the world seeming to fade away.
Mel, Chris, Tara, and Darla watched the two of them with matching happy grins on their faces for a moment before glancing at the others in the cave to see their reactions. Cordelia was simply looking at the kissing teens with a raised eyebrow and a look of bemusement on her face. It was Piper, Phoebe, Paige, Leo and Cole that made the four of them quickly stifle their laughter as all five were doing wonderful impressions of fish as the two boys continued to kiss.
Cocking her head to the side slightly and keeping her eyes on her friend and her oldest brother, Mel leaned over toward Chris and, pitching her voice just loud enough to carry to the kissing duo, asked, “So, how long do you think before they come up for air?”
Both Wyatt and Josh jumped at the Slayer’s voice, both boys having forgotten that there was anyone else in the room with them.
Tara, Darla, Chris and Mel snickered as Josh and Wyatt turned to face them, awkward embarrassment covering their faces.
“Um…” Josh started, searching for something to say.
Cordelia rolled her eyes at them in amusement. “Save it, you two. You can both do the awkward stuttering thing at home; I’d rather not be here if any more demons decide to show up.”
They nodded in relief and Wyatt wrapped his arms around Josh’s waist, orbing the two of them out of the cave and back to the manor. He knew that Josh could easily shimmer there but was unwilling to let his boyfriend out of his sight or reach just yet.
“Uh, mom? Dad?” Chris asked as he turned to see his parents and his aunts and uncle still staring at the space Wyatt and Josh had occupied.
“Aunt Phoebe? Aunt Paige?” Mel asked, trying to get her aunts attention for a moment before turning to her uncle. “Uncle Cole?”
Cole blinked a few times before turning to face his niece. “Well, that was…unexpected,” he said, still slightly dazed.
“Oh for cryin’ out loud!” Cordy exclaimed as she moved in front of the still frozen Piper, Leo, Phoebe and Paige and clapping her hands together in front of them. “Snap out of it!”
The four of them finally snapped out of it and focused on the five people in front of them, all of whom looked highly amused.
“Why don’t you look as shocked as we are?” Phoebe asked in confusion.
“Yeah, did you know about this?” Piper demanded as she looked between her two youngest children and their Whitelighters and Cordelia.
“I had no idea,” Cordelia said as she held up her hands. “Okay, so I may have had a few suspicions, but I didn’t know for certain.”
“And you four?” Cole asked as he looked at the others.
A small smile crossed Tara’s face as she replied, “Maybe just a little.”
Darla laughed. “Or a lot.”
Chris and Mel just shrugged when the adults turned to look at him.
“How long?” Piper asked.
Mel looked at her mother curiously for a moment. “How long have they been together? Or how long have we known?” she asked.
“Both,” Leo replied.
Chris shrugged. “Six months, give or take, on both counts.”
?!?!” Piper shrieked. “And you didn’t think we should know?”
“It wasn’t our place to say,” Darla told her. “We figured they’d tell everyone when they were ready.”
“They didn’t even know we knew until today,” Mel said, gaining curious looks from the other three who had been in the know. She shrugged at the looks. “Josh and I didn’t have much to do while we were being held hostage and I was bored, so I told him we knew. The sputtering sounds he made were very amusing. Too bad I couldn’t actually see his face...”
Piper opened her mouth to say something else but was cut off as Cordelia spoke up once more. “Hey, I realize you want to know what’s going on with our sons, but could we do this back at the manor where it’s a little safer?” she asked. “Like I said, I’d rather not be here if any other demons show up.”
Piper nodded grudgingly and took her husband’s hand and Leo orbbed the two of them back to the manor. Cole wrapped his arms around Phoebe, shimmering the two of them out of the cave as Cordy shimmered away as well. Seconds later, Paige, Melinda, Chris, Darla and Tara followed in a flurry of orbs.~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
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