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This story is No. 3 in the series "Charmed Obsessed". You may wish to read the series introduction and the preceeding stories first.

Summary: The Charmed Ones are faced with a dilemma... what will they do?

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Charmed > Angel-CenteredcharmedangelFR1513,1380188111 Jan 0711 Jan 07Yes
Disclaimer: This story is based on my own ideas and the TV shows Charmed and Angel. There is no material that may be copyright. And I understand that I do not own Buffy/Angel or Charmed.

The dining room of the Halliwell manor, the fine wood smelled almost new, even after all the demonic vanquishes. The sweet smell of chicken filled the room. The mood was tense, exhilarating. Paige was more confused then shocked. A portal was nothing new, but he seemed unfamiliar, yet familiar.

“Who are you?”
“Mom! You look so… YOUNG”

Paige and Angel looked at each other. Paige reached over and picked up her fork. The young man half smirked. Paige knew she could do little damage with it.

“Wait! Don’t freak out! I’m not evil.”
“How many times have I heard that before?” Paige got ready to strike.
“Wait, what if I can prove it to you?”
“By doing what, singing a song!”
“You used to blame yourself for your parents’ death so much, that you wrote an essay on it, helping you to get a degree in social work…”

Paige stood still, it was all true, every little detail, but it wasn’t enough, and she needed to know that he wasn’t a demon.

“Lucky guess”
“Okay, dad was right; you are even more stubborn at this age”
“What?” Angel asked.
“You wanted to name Nichole Marissa when she was born, but that damn Cole had other plans”

Paige had been satisfied; she had never told anybody about that, not even Angel. Only a son would know that. He had the blue eyes, and the light brown hair, she recognized the smile.

“Alec?”
“Well, at least you didn’t call me Matthew.”

Paige went over to him and they embraced in a hug, Paige had tears in her eyes and she couldn’t keep from smiling. Angel came over and looked at his son.

“Dad.”
“Good to know I have such a well mannered and good looking son, you must pull a lot of birds your way.”
“Like father, like son.”
“Actually, that’s kind of the problem.” Alec looked very guilty.
“Why do I have a feeling that you’ve come to change the future?” asked Paige.

***

It began again, just like the time before, the ripping, the swirls, a second portal opened before them and a woman flew out crashing on top of Alec. He seemed to know her, so he helped her get up. She was dressed in a black string top with gold designs and white trousers. Angel had a very amazed look on his face as if he knew the woman.

“Faith?”
“No, but your not the first person to make that mistake.”

The front door opened and a figure began to come towards them. Paige could not quite make out who it was.

“Spike?” Angel called.
“Faith! Erm…about what happened…I wasn’t the one who stole the car! Angel did! And he drove off without looking’ back! I wanted to stick around and help you, honestly!”
“I’m not Faith! You must be Angel, right?”
“I want to thank you, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be here right now.”
“What!” Paige shrieked, and she turned to Angel.
“No. Not like that, Angel helped my mom to reform, change her ways and find redemption.”
Paige turned to her husband and gave him a smile.

Alec turned to Hayley and they realised that they must confess to everything if they wanted the help of The Charmed Ones.

“Alright…”

Alec couldn’t finish, he watched as his aunts, Piper and Phoebe walked in with the kids.

“Hey you guys! I know we said we would leave you alone, but… Who is this?” asked Piper.
“This is my son! Alec! From the future!”

It was definitely taking Paige time to get used to the idea of having a twenty two year old son. Not because she had never seen it happen before, but though she had seen it before, she had never experienced it for herself.

“So as I was saying, you have to help us to stop one of our own from turning!”

Piper smirked, half hoping that her nephew would do the same. But he didn’t, and she knew that he was being serious.

“What are you talking about? I mean we already stopped Wyatt from turning ev…”

Phoebe was stopped in her tracks by a nudge from Piper. It was not the best time to bring up Waytt’s evil past, or was it future?

“What do you mean?” asked Piper. Alec pointed to Pipers arms, to Chris… “What are you talking about? Nooo! That’s not possible!”

Piper looked at her little boy, he was so innocent. How could someone so sweet turn evil?

“Why would he do that?”

Piper stopped as she watched Gunn enter the living room with a little boy in his arms. Phoebe walked over to him and took the boy into her arms.

“How did you get a hold of Scott?”
“Faith left him with us for a while; she said you were okay with it.”
“That’s my older brother” the woman from the future said.

Everybody turned to face Hayley. The features were identical, even down to the quirky smile. As they realised who she was, the problem slowly began to unfold…

“You’re Faith’s daughter?” Angel asked.
“I can’t say. You know that anything I tell you now can risk changing the future in ways we don’t want”

Phoebe chuckled.

“What is it?” Angel asked.
“It’s funny; Chris said the exact same thing to us.”

Alec and Hayley both looked at Phoebe, confused. Chris was only a newborn.

“Never mind”

Phoebe thought it best not to tell then of the visit they received, from Chris of the future.

“So let me take a wild guess, you and my son grow up being great friends with each other and Hayley, Faith’s daughter or not, I really don’t give a damn,” Piper’s tone deepened.
“Piper“called Paige.
“Chris realises he likes her more than a friend and they get together your happy for them but you realise you too have feelings for her and the both of you fight over her, Chris gets his heart broken resulting in him breaking down and with him taking the whole world.”

Piper paused and looked into Alec’s eyes. He was just like Paige, the big eyes, the smile, but as much as she tried to remind herself that he was Paige’s son, his deceit filled her mind.

“How close was I?”
“I don’t expect you to understand, you didn’t in the future and mom always told me you were more stubborn when you were younger, no disrespect.”

Alec knew he could not depend on the aid of the charmed ones while they were annoyed with him, and with that he orbed out. Piper turned to Paige and gave her ‘the look’. Paige gave her the ‘I’m sorry’ look and sat down. Hayley looked over at Piper who looked very aggravated. She went over and sat next to her.

“I never meant to hurt him,” she looked at Piper closely. “You should understand better than anybody”.
“What do you mean? You broke my son’s heart!”
“As you did to Dan.”

Piper turned to her and looked deep into her eyes. She seemed sincere, but Piper could not bring herself to understand. She knew what Chris had been through with Bianca, and now Hayley. It didn’t seem fair.

“You know better than anybody that you can’t help who you fall in love with, I mean, could you marry Dan and live a lie when you knew that it was Leo you loved?”

Hayley had really put Piper on the spot now. It was true, Piper had loved Dan, but her feelings were stronger for Leo and she broke Dan’s heart.

“You’re smart, but we do need to find a way to fix this. First we need to find Alec, do you know were he might be?” Hayley nodded.

Paige orbed Angel and Phoebe, while Leo orbed Hayley and his wife, Piper. They were at a park in Rome. It was beautiful, the green of the grass was magical, the deep blue of the water fountain. Paige had given birth to little Alec and Jessica there. The babies had orbed her, and the family had decided to take a vacation.

“Alec was born here;” said Paige.
“I know he used to orb me here all the time. It’s our spot.”

Hayley guided their way to Alec. As they turned the corner, they saw Alec sitting on a bench. He turned his attention to them.

“I knew it wouldn’t take you long to find me.”
“Come on, where gonna go home and find a way to fix this” said Piper.
“No! You were right! I don’t deserve a friend like Chris. He was there for me when I needed him, he was my best friend and I betrayed him.”
“Look, now’s not the time for a guilt trip! We need to fix this!”
“NO! Just leave me alone!”

Hayley gave them the signal to leave, Paige was reluctant, but Angel nudged her and they orbed out. Hayley took a seat next to Alec. She put her hand on top of his and looked into his big, blue eyes.

“You remember what you used to tell me every time I got upset? Tears and anger was a person’s-”
“Worst enemy”
“Right, so why don’t you remember that.” Hayley got ready to leave. “Oh and I really don’t want to WALK all the way home so…”

Alec got up and went over to her. He looked into her eyes and gave her kiss. He knew that Chris was going to bring the world down, but he couldn’t give Hayley up. Alec orbed them both away, as faced the biggest decision of his life…

Phoebe stood in the living room of the Halliwell manor looking at Angel dead straight in the eyes. She was nervous; the news of her nephew turning evil was as shocking to her as it was to Piper. She moved around trying to undo the knot in her stomach. She clutched her stomach and continued to walk to and fro.

“What if he doesn’t show up?”
“He will, he might be stubborn but he is not a coward, he won’t back away from his responsibilities,” said Angel.
“Okay, you’ve known him for, what? Half an hour? And you can already tell that?”
“Let’s just say, he reminds me of someone else I know.”

Angel turned to Paige and smirked. Paige gave him a ‘that is so not true’ look. But deep down even she saw the resemblance. Her son Alec was just like her, in appearance and personality.

“I would have to agree with that,” said Hayley, orbing in with Alec.
“You came,” said Piper.
“I’m really sorry!” Alec said, with a sincere look on his face, he looked towards Piper who gave a little nod.
“What I don’t get is why you came here?”
“After Chris lost it… we did a spell to take us back to when this all started, and it led us here”
“But Alec, what can we do? Stop you and Chris from playing with Hayley, you know that would mess the future up” Phoebe explained.

Little Alec came over and sat on Hayley’s lap. He began to play with her hair. Hayley let out a sigh and looked over at big Alec, who smiled.

“I’m hungry,” little Alec said.
“Alec” Paige called.
“You’re really pretty,” little Alec said.
“I’ll get it,” said Paige.
“No you won’t, I told you your not doing anything while in your condition, I’ll get it,” said Angel.
“Honey, I’ve got cancer, I’m not dead yet!” Angel looked away. “I’m sorry”.
“No, it’s okay, I know what I like to eat, I’ll get it!” said big Alec.

He held little him and reached for Hayley’s hand. They went into the kitchen. Hayley placed little Alec on the table, while big Alec searched for food.

“What’s your name?” little Alec asked Big Alec.
“My name is Alec.”
“Hey! That’s my name too” little Alec began to play with the spoons. “I heard mommy say you’re from the future… you’re me from the future.”
“How do you know that?” asked Hayley.
“I heard you all talking.”

He looked over at Hayley and smiled.

“What?” she asked. Little Alec looked over to big Alec.
“Is that our princess?”
“Yes, that is.”

Big Alec went over to Hayley and gave her a kiss. Little Alec began to laugh. Hayley turned over to little Alec and gave him a kiss on the cheek. Both Alec’s looked at each other and smirked. Hayley began to feed Alec, chocolate covered cookies, and chocolate milkshake. After they had finished they went back to where everybody was.

“Mommy, that pretty lady is my princess.”

Little Alec went over to Paige. She picked him up. Paige looked over at Alec, who gave him a kiss on the cheek and hugged her.

Piper turned away. “Where are you going?” asked Leo.
“To the attic.”

They all went up to the attic leaving Leo to watch the kids. As they entered, a vampire shimmered in. Alec pushed Hayley and Piper out of the way, the vampire grabbed him by the throat, Alec felt the blood rush to his head, he tired to undo the vampire’s hold but he was unsuccessful. Angel kicked the vampire catching him right on the jaw. He went over to his son, and held him close.. As Angel turned back he saw the vampire feeding on Paige.

“No!”

Angel ran after the vampire but it shimmered out. As Angel saw his family on the floor, helpless, he let out a scream.

Alec orbed his mother downstairs to where Leo could heal her but he was in for a real surprise. The vampire had drained Leo too.

“Leo! No! This can’t be happening!” Piper cried.
“Mom, hang in there, it’ll be okay.”
“AAHHH”!

Angel punched his fist into the wall, looking infuriated; Alec had never seen this side of his dad. Twenty two years and his dad had always sheltered them from his anger.

“Wait, Paige was able to make Leo’s power’s flow through her to heal him when we went up against the hollow. Maybe if you use Paige’s and Michael’s power it would be enough combined with yours to heal her” Piper explained to Alec.

Before Alec could begin Paige’s neck began to self heal. The glow pierced through and her skin began to stitch back together.

“Nicely done” Piper said to Alec.
“Aunt Piper, I didn’t do that.”

Paige shook her head, trying to get back to reality; Alec helped her to her feet and held her close. Paige looked over at her daughter, Nichole.

“Nicky did” she said.

Angel came over to her and gave her a hug of relief. He had never been so close to losing her, not since he had heard about the cancer.

“Are you okay?”
“Yeh, I just have one question, how did he shimmer?”
“I can answer that!” said Hayley. “It’s really simple. Cross-breeding, I’m the daughter of a slayer, that’s why I have a bit of extra strength, like a slayer. Alec is a whitelighter/witch/mortal/vampire. It’s the same with evil. That vampire must be part vampire, part demon.”
“Well, I’m gonna kill it,” said Angel. “Call Gunn and Spike” he told Phoebe.
“You need us?” asked Piper.
“It’s alright, I can handle it.”
“Well I’m coming with you,” said Alec.
“Alright… What? No you’re not!”
“Why not? That thing tried to kill mom! I should be able to-”
“If anything happens to you I would kill myself, I’m not gonna risk you getting hurt, got it, you stay here.” Alec nodded.

Angel, Gunn and Spike returned with the vampire/demons head, and Paige certainly was proud of her husband. They went and joined the others in the attic, after saying bye to Spike and Gunn. Phoebe and Alec were working on some sort of potion, Hayley was sitting and reading and Piper was on the floor looking through the Book of Shadows. She was in a red top and denim skirt, San Francisco was known for its hot weather.

“Alright, what do we have so far?” asked Paige.
“Well, were going to have to go to the future, that’s the only way to fix this, back when Prue was still…”

Piper’s words trailed off, she still found it hard to deal with her older sister’s death.

“We’ll possess our future selves’ bodies and this spell will give us complete access to their memories. Maybe I can talk to Chris and…I don’t know, but we have to do something now”.
“But that’s what you do in the future, what difference will it make” Alec said.
“You came here for a reason,” Phoebe reminded.
“Magic may work in mysterious ways, but it always works,” Paige said.
“But they have to return first, we’ve started making the potion we were going to use to send Chris…“ Phoebe stopped, it was best she didn’t mention it. Alec looked over at her. “Shopping, we sent Chris shopping”.

Paige began to finish the potion, she tried to focus on the potion but the curiosity was there. Her future, what did it hold?

“Okay, I just need some burdock root and some toadstool.”

Phoebe passed it over and Paige began to drop it into the mixture. She filled up a potion pot and stood up. As they had finished Angel, Piper, Hayley and Alec walked in. Alec went over to Phoebe and gave her a hug.

“It was great to meet you, I’ll miss you.”
“I’ll miss you too.”

He then went over to Piper and gave her a hug.

“Thanks” he whispered to her, and she nodded back. “Never gonna learn to like broccoli but thanks anyways.”
“You know, I’m not that angry, a hug wouldn’t hurt,” Piper told Hayley, with a grin on her face.

Hayley went over and hugged her. Alec went over to his mom and dad and gave his dad a hug. He went over and held his mom’s hands and they embraced in a long hug.

“I love you so much mom,” said Alec.
“I love you too, baby,” Paige held on to her son tight, having gained him and now lose him. “I’ll see you soon, mom.”

The Charmed Ones through the potion at the Triquettra, drawn on the wall, and the portal opened, just as it had before, the ripping, the swirls, and they disappeared, as quickly as they had appeared.

Piper, Phoebe and Paige began to read the spell, which would transport them to the year 2025. The spell had been created in case of dire emergency.

“I think this qualifies” Piper laughed.
“Ready?” Phoebe asked.

Doors of time unwind,
Take us to the time we wish to find.
Lavender, mimosa, thistle,
Let the secrets of time unfold,
Show us what the future holds…

The End

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