Title: Lost Boys
Author: Lyra Jane
Rating: A soft R for swearing and implied slashiness. Thanks to Sallyanne for the beta and the Buffistas for handholding.
Disclaimer: The characters involved are the property of people much richer than me. Please don't sue.
"Oh, crap," Chris Perry muttered. One second, he had been working with the
Charmed Ones to vanquish a Skeltar demon; the next, there had been a whoosh and
he ended up in this ... place. A tiny cabin with a pile of furs on the floor and a
blizzard whirling outside the smudged window. It was, quite possibly, the least promising
situation he had ever seen.
He tried to orb out. Nothing. Tried again; even more nothing.
It was then that he noticed he was not alone. A young man watched him, another
boy with shaggy brown hair and blue eyes.
"Why are you squinting like that?" he asked, mildly.
Chris straightened himself. Be cool, he thought. "I was just trying to find a
The boy gestured. "Door's there."
"Yeah, and so is six feet of snow. No way am I going out in that until I have
"So how were you going to get out?"
"I was going to -- never mind. What are you doing here?"
"I was chasing a demon, and it jumped through a portal, and I ran after it --
but all that's here is you." He looked puzzled. "You aren't a demon, but --" he sniffed the air
--"You aren't human, are you?"
"Of course I'm human. Do I look like a demon to you?" The other boy kept
"Okay, I'm not exactly a normal human. But you couldn't have figured that out if
you were human yourself."
He shrugged. "I'm not a demon, either. My name is Connor."
They shook hands, tentatively; Connor moved as though he was expecting an attack
at any second.
He nodded towards the door. "I'm going to go and see if I can find another
"You're crazy. It's awful out there. At least we're-" Chris watched his breath
condense in the air "-not actually freezing in here."
"I've seen worse," Connor said. He grabbed a shaggy brown fur off the pile on
the ground and was gone, vanishing into the snow before he'd gone six steps.
"Bye," Chris said, wondering what had just happened.
His individual spells had never worked, not the way Wyatt's had, and he had no
supplies, but he had to try anyhow. He sat cross-legged on the furs, summoned the powers
of the Halliwell family.
"Bound by snow, far from home, take me back, no more to roam."
He might as well have recited a nursery rhyme.
He tried again: "This cabin does not my mission hold, give me my family, more
precious than gold."
And yet more nothing.
He shrugged and began an inch-by-inch exploration of the cabin.
Forty-five minutes later, he was done, having found even less than he had
expected. A bag of ancient jerky above a rafter, a sticky half-bottle of whiskey underneath
the bottommost fur. No source of light at all, no heat beyond that radiating from
the ancient gas stove in one corner. No clue as to who had built this, or why, or who had
left the food.
The snow was blinding, and shifted so much that he fell down four times before
he figured out how to keep his balance.
It didn't matter. Cold was better than heat, anyhow. Connor pulled the fur
closer around him and walked more quickly, scanning the canvas of the snow for any sign of ...
There was nothing.
As his energy flagged, he turned around.
And then Connor was back, as covered in snow as he was in fur. He hopped around
a while, trying to get warmer. "I went as far as I could," he gasped. "At least
fifteen miles. But there's nothing out there except the snow, not animals or other people or
buildings." He spread his hands in front of the tiny flame. "I'll go back out tomorrow
Chris nodded. "Should I go and see if I can find anything?"
"Nah. It's getting dark already anyhow." He paused to wring melted snow out of
his hair. "Is there anything in the cabin to eat?"
"Jerky. Smells okay, but it's probably a million years old. Oh, and some Jack
Connor accepted the bag of jerky, sniffed at it cautiously. "I think it's elk."
He grabbed a piece of it, began gnawing.
"Did you find any sign of where we are?" Chris asked, as he took his own piece
of jerky and settled beside Connor on the furs.
Connor shook his head. "Just a lot of snow. We could be in Antarctica or
something, or it could be another dimension."
"That would explain why my powers don't work," Chris muttered, unthinking.
"What powers do you have?" Connor asked.
Shit. "How about I tell you what I am, and you tell me what you are, and we
promise to believe each other."
Connor answered with his mouth full. "If that's important to you."
"Okay. I'm a whitelighter. Well, half-whitelighter, half-witch."
"What's a whitelighter?," Connor asked, curious.
"It's a guide for witches."
"Huh. I thought witches just figured it out on their own."
"Sometimes, but not usually," Chris said. "Your turn."
But Connor wasn't done. "You aren't going to use magic on me, are you?," he
"I wouldn't do that unless I had to," Chris said, and noticed Connor reaching
for a knife in his belt.
"You better not have to," he growled.
"I won't. Really. I don't think I can do anything in this place even if I did
have to. No powers," Chris said, trying to talk Connor down. "You didn't tell me what your
deal is, anyhow."
Connor sheathed the knife, but continued to look suspicious. "I'm normal. I
mean, enough. My parents were the freaks. Vampires," he said, spitting the last word.
"I thought vampires couldn't have kids. And aren't they extinct anyhow?"
Connor shrugged. "They aren't supposed to have kids. But no way are they
"No, because-" Chris was dizzy. "I know for a fact there are no vampires. The
witches I help saw the last of them die years ago."
"And I know for a fact that I staked three of them and saw four others earlier
tonight." Connor finished his jerky, licked his fingers clean. "Where are you from,
Connor shook his head. "Maybe there's a really amazing Slayer up there or
something. Or it could be something with the portal."
"Oh yeah. This isn't my world, and it isn't your world, but that doesn't mean
we're from the same place." Chris paused. "Freaky."
Connor nodded. "Yeah."
"Hope we can both get back."
"Yeah. I'm sure Fred and Wesley are trying."
"Who are Fred and Wesley? They your parents?"
"Nah. They're -- friends, kind of. They love the magic. What about you?"
"The witches I help will do a locating spell and bring me back, somehow." He
paced the room, ran his fingers over the wall. "It's just the waiting is going to kill me.
And then, when I get back, Leo will."
Connor didn't answer.
"I mean it, him and my other bosses, they'll be pissed." Chris started pacing.
"I'm stuck in this stupid room when I should be out helping my -- helping people. I'm supposed
to save the Charmed Ones, not the other way around."
Still no answer.
"What about you, is anyone going to get angry at you?"
Connor paused. "I think they'll be happy not to have to worry about me. Anyhow,
we probably won't be gone long."
"You think they'll get us out in the morning?"
"I think they might have not even noticed we're gone yet." He reached for the
bottle of whisky Chris had stored on the edge of the mat of furs. "See, I grew up in a
demon dimension. Time moves differently in them."
"So we could be here for five years..."
"And it would be half an hour for them." Connor smiled, took a gulp of whisky.
"Hope you like jerky."
The other boy shuddered. "Like my timeline isn't already messed up enough."
"This is going to sound kind of insane, but I'm from the future. I mean, my
dimension's future. If I'm in another dimension for a couple years ... it will be weird. "
Connor shrugged. "Time was really fast in the dimension I grew up in. I'm either
eight months old, or 18 years old."
"I'm 22. Or negative ten months." Chris accepted the bottle Connor offered and
raised it in a toast. "To finding someone with as complicated a life as mine."
A small smile played across Connor's lips. "Who else do you find in alternate
The whisky warmed Chris's stomach. "So, what is it like, the vampires for
parents thing?" he asked, tracing the sheen of a pelt with a forefinger.
Connor shrugged. "They didn't raise me or anything. When I was a baby, this man
-- my father had killed his family -- he took me to another dimension, so he could
keep me safe until the time came."
"When I was old enough to kill my father. But then my foster father was killed.
And then ... I didn't. Dumped him to the bottom of an ocean, but could never actually
kill him. He can't be good. He's a monster. But he tries, goes around saving people. Thinks
it makes up for all the killing he did. And his friends would kill me if I hurt him."
"And your mother?"
"She killed herself when I was born. Couldn't stand having a human child,"
Connor said, his voice flat. "Really, the only parent I had was my foster father. He taught
me to hunt."
Chris whistled, low. "Remind me to remember that next time I complain about my
"What are they like?"
"My mom is nice, kind of high-strung. Really distracted by my brother, but okay.
And my aunts are great. But my dad. He's been pissed at me ever since ..." Chris
paused, tried to remember. "Since I was a little kid, I guess, but it's worse now."
"It is such a very long story."
"We have the time."
Chris laid back on the furs. The room was spinning. Had it spun in any of the
other dimensions he'd spent time in?
"I'm not sure there's even much to tell. He and my mom had this whole doomed
forbidden love thing going on, right?"
"So they have my brother Wyatt, and everything is perfect. Then I'm born. A
couple years later, it turns out Wyatt is evil, getting more evil as he gets older. No
one can figure out why. My dad decides it's his fault for breaking the whitelighter rules to
marry my mother, my mother decides it's her fault for marrying him, they split up, my dad
starts working in Jamaica. Which is, you know, fairly normal, and I have my aunts. But
when my dad actually bothered paying attention to me, it always seemed like he
thought I shouldn't be there. Like if they'd only had one kid, they would have been able
to pay more attention, and Wyatt would have been good," Chris said. "But they had two.
So it was my fault. And now with the time travel thing, I'm trying to keep Wyatt from
turning evil, but of course I can't tell them who I am, so they're always about five
minutes from deciding I'm the evil one and vanquishing me or something, and my father is the
worst of them because I kind of got him fired. I mean, it's supposed to be temporary, and
it's technically a promotion, but ..." Chris drummed his fingers on the floor. "It's
not like he cares about that."
"I think your old man and my old man should get together and go bowling," Connor
said. Seeing Chris' puzzled look, he explained. "Sorry. It's from this movie Cordy
made me watch when she was trying to teach me how to be a normal teenager. She wasn't
crazy about my Destroyer routine."
"A girl," Connor said, his mouth twisting into a scowl. "She works for my
father. He has a crush on her even though he's ten times her age. I think she likes me better,
though." He propped himself up on an elbow. "What's it like, the future in your world? Is it
"I wish. It's a big time demonfest. And my brother started trying to destroy the
world about ten years back. Hasn't worked yet, but he keeps trying." Chris shrugged.
"My father tried that about five years ago. Didn't work for him, either." Connor
ran his finger down the edge of his knife. "What else has happened?"
"I can't tell you. Shouldn't even have told you about Wyatt."
"But it might not happen the same way in my world."
"But if we end up both coming back to the same place, I'll get in even more
"If we both go back to the same place, I hope it's your world, not mine."
"Your family sounds a lot better than my dad."
"Yeah, but did you miss the part where my big brother's going to start trying to
kill everyone and everything in a decade or so?"
Connor smiled. "Then I have a decade to get home."
"Dude, you're messed up. I want to come back with you," Chris said, raising
himself up. "See, you get to be, like, this tragic hero. Your father is a tragic hero." He
flopped back onto the furs. "If I do this job right, no one will even know what I did."
"And hooray for me," Chris said, his voice muffled by the arm he had flung over
his eyes. "I am so … very tired," he yawned. "Think it's safe to sleep here?"
"Don't see an alternative," Connor said, slipping between two furs with his head
next to Chris's.
Chris stared at him, noticing how pretty Connor was, how pure he looked when the
anger left his face.
Connor raised an index finger and delicately traced Chris's mouth. He leaned
in for a kiss, soft.
This is new, Chris thought, kissing back. And then he froze and jerked
backwards. "I'm not gay," he said defensively. "I have a fiancée. Bianca. She's-" and then his
mouth was silenced with another kiss.
"I know," Connor said, hands roaming down Chris's body. "It's just for a little
The next morning, they woke up tangled in each other's arms.
"Light," Connor thought. "I must have forgotten to close my blinds again." And
then he opened his eyes more fully and realized he wasn't in the Hyperion, he was in
this tiny cabin in this frozen dimension, and he was snuggled up to -- someone. Someone
who understood him.
Also, there were two sizzling portals, one in the northwest corner of the cabin,
one in the southeast. Blue light snapped around them.
"Chris," he said. "Wake up."
"Huh? Portals," he said. "Is this a dream?"
Voices emerged. From the northwest, a man, anxious. "Connor? Son, can you hear
me? I don't want to risk this thing closing if I jump through, but I will if you don't
From the southeast, a woman, annoyed. "Chris, what the hell are you doing? We
got the portal re-opened. Get back down here."
"My mother," he said.
"My father," Connor responded. "Want to trade places?"
Chris thought about it for a half-second longer then he would have admitted,
then shook his head. "Nah."
They stood up, exchanged a final, bruising kiss, squeezed each other's hands
tightly. "Good luck," they said, simultaneously.
And then they jumped back to their real lives