Chapter Seven: Countdown To Eighteen
BtVS S2 “Becoming Part 2" A.U. / Angel A.U. / Charmed post S8 “Forever Charmed” Buffy/Angel
A.N. So Faith is officially in the mix now.
Chapter 7: Countdown To Eighteen
“Do we have everything?” Pheobe asked. She dropped the paper bag on the dining room table.
“We should,” Paige put her two bags by Phoebe's.
“Yep,” Piper set Wyatt down in his playpen and the boy started playing with his toys. “That should be everything.”
“Good. 'Cause Buffy will be back soon and we don't have time for a fourth shopping trip,” Paige let out a deep breath.
“Agreed,” Piper said.
“Do you think she'll like it?” Pheobe started picking through one of the bags.
“I think she will,” Paige nodded. “She's been pretty down lately and a party should cheer her right up.”
“I hope so,” Piper sighed, “She does everything for Madison and she jut needs to do something for her. Or it's going to drive her insane.”
“When is she supposed to be back?” Paige sat down on one of the chairs.
“In about an hour,” Piper told her, “Madison had a checkup today so I asked Leo to take her.No demons should attack in a public doctor's office but just in case Leo can orb them out of there.”
“Good thinking,” Pheobe started carrying the bags in the kitchen so they could hide them before Buffy got home.
“Where's Chris?” Paige wondered.
“Chasing another lead as to what could have attacked Wyatt and Madison in the future,” Pheobe told her.
“Maybe Chris needs to lighten up too,” Paige commented.
“He's just focused,” Piper said, “Hey as long as he saves my son I could care less whether or nothe has a life.”
“True,” Paige and Pheobe agreed. The last of the bags were hidden and the three sisters started for the dining room.
“We're back,” Buffy announced as she, Leo, and Madison all orbed in. The blonde slayer was all smiles.
“You're happy,” Paige observed.
“Yep I am,” Buffy nodded, “I am a happy proud momma. Madison is perfectly healthly.”
“That's great,” Piper observed.
“Congratulations,” Pheobe said.
“I know she would be,” Paige said.
“It was so adorable,” Buffy gushed, “She was such a good little girl. The doctor was even impressed.”
Just then Wyatt orbed out of his playpen. “Wyatt, where are you going?” Piper said. They followed him into the hall entryway by the stairs. The boy was staring at the wall above the landing.
“What is is, buddy?” Leo said.
Before anyone could say anything, a large door appeared in the wall where Wyatt was staring. It swung open and a large horse with a cloaked rider appeared. The horse stood on its hind legs. In front of the horse was a bald man with glasses wearing a black cloaked-robe.
“What's with the horse and the Harry Potter guy?” Buffy raised her eyebrow.
“I need your help!” The robed guy shouted just before the cloaked horseman swung his sword, slicing his head right off. The horseman disappeared. The man's body fell to the ground inside the door but his head rolled in the manor and down the stairs.
The head stopped right in front of the Charmed Ones and lookd up at them. The guy was still alive! “What the . . .” The girls and Leo's mouth's dropped.
“Oh, it's alright. I'll be fine,” the head said to them.
“Aren't you supposed to be dead?” Buffy said.
“Oh dear, I suppose so . . .” the head sighed. “Is my body still in Magic School?”
“Magic school?” Piper said.
“Yes,” Leo answered. The Charmed Ones and Buffy looked at him strangely.
“Good,” the guy sighed, “Then I'll definitely be alright.”
“What the hell is Magic School?” Buffy said.
“You must be the Slayer,” the guy said, “And the Charmed Ones.”
“Yeah and who are you?” Pheobe put her hands on her hip.
“I'm sorry, it was rude of me not to introduce myself,” he said, “I'm Sigmund. A teacher at Magic School.”
“Leo, what do you know about all this?” Piper eyed her husband.
“Magic School was created many years ago to teach and guide the younger generations of magic,” Leo explained.
“Yes,” Sigmund nodded—if nodded is even the right word for the moment his head made. “We have many students in our school. Many different abilities . . . all of them needing guidance.”
“How come we've never heard of it before,” Paige said.
Leo shrugged, “Your paths just never crossed before.”
“Oh,” Paige deflated.
“Your Grams tought you better than we could have,” Sigmund told them. “She was a wise woman.”
“Can we talk about what's happening with your head?” Buffy rocked Madison in her arms.
“It started out as a prank,” Sigmund told them. “A student cast a spell and a horseman started attacking teachers. Since they were attacked in magic school we've been able to reverse the magic.”
“What happens if someone ouside is attacked?” Pheobe said.
“They'll die,” Leo said,” The rules are a little different than they are here.”
“Could you bring me back to magic school?” Sigmund said, “I'm starting to get a headache.”
That's much better,” Sigmund patted his neck with his hands. The Charmed Ones, Leo, Buffy, and the kids followed Sigmund down the school hall.
“Thank you for bringing our wayward teacher back to us,” The Headmaster who had introduced himself as Gideon said to them.
“Well he did kind of drop in our hallway,” Paige said.
“Yes, we've had some troubles with our students as of late,” Gideon said.
“Sigmund filled us in,” Leo told him, “When did the trouble start?”
“Leo, it's good to see you,” Gideon said. “It's been a long time.” Leo nodded, “Well the first incident occurred a couple of weeks ago.
“And you still didn't figure it out,” Buffy said.
“Yeah, don't you have it narrowed down yet?” Paige said.
“As the horseman is attacking teachers we've determined its one of our students.” Gideon said, “However we haven't been able to decipher which one.”
“There are several students who aren't exactly thrilled to be here and they could definitely target our teachers,” Sigmund sighed.
“Why don't we look around a little?” Leo looked to the sisters.
“Excellent suggestion, Leo. There are many things here at Magic School you may find besides our culprit.” Gideon nodded. “Piper, Ms. Summers; I believe you both could benefit from our nursery. They may be able to help you understand your son and daughter's special abilities as well as their origins.” Buffy and Piper looked at each other. “Paige, you've been searching for a way to help others ourside of your witchly duties. You may find those answers taking the place of one of our teachers, guiding young magic users.” Paige looked at him like he was crazy. “And Pheobe . . . you've been struggling with what you've always wanted but don't know how to find.” A wolf appeared not two feet away from Pheobe. “Don't be afraid. Our wolf friend will guide you to what you're looking for.” Pheobe nodded.
Each sister plus Buffy, Wyatt, and Madison all scattered to their prespective tasks leaving Leo, Gideon, and Sigmund in the hall. Gideon turned to Leo. “As for you, Leo. You also will find the purpose you have been searching for.” Leo crinkled his eyebrow. “All will be explained in time.” Leo nodded and started walking down the hall. Gideon turned to Sigmund. “Shall we return to the problem at hand?”
“Is that what the Charmed Ones and the Slayer are here for?” Sigmund said.
“Yes . . . but we can help them,” Gideon said. Sigmnd nodded and the two disappeared around the corner.
To Be Continued . . .
Next chapter: Sunnydale