The price of saving the world
Chapter four: The Source is a Halliwell
Young Phoebe and older Phoebe had disappeared going back to their own times.
As I stood up I heard my mother saying "Okay nobody Panic! There has to be a way to fix this. If she can take it out of you then there has to be a way to take it out of her."
I looked at her and felt as if I was being summoned by someone. It was the seer. I could feel her trying to reach for me. But which seer was it? The one from my time or the one from this time?
I saw my father looking a little on the angry side. And I thought I'd make him feel better. "Daddy." he looked at me putting his hands on his hips in a 'I can't wait to hear this' kind of pose.
"You should know that you have my powers now. Telekinesis and the same demonic powers you had when you were Balthazar but you can still be good. This just means that you can help protect innocents. The telekinesis comes directly from good magic. So being good won't be a problem for you." I told him.
"This is your solution? Taking the source into yourself so that you get vanquished? Are you crazy? You really think that I could live with myself if you died in my place?" Dad yelled.
"I'm not dying in your place. You weren't vanquished when you were the source. You erased mom's memory and then killed her sisters. Well you didn't. The Source did. But this way none of that will happen now. Just promise me that you won't forget to have me. The two of you were meant to be together and not even the source of all evil could destroy your love. This is your chance to be together. The way it should have been. On the good side." I said.
"And where's your chance? I am not going to vanquish my daughter. There has to be a way to vanquish the source and that will leave you alive. We'll find a way." mom said seriously.
"What if you can't?" I asked.
"I'm not vanquishing my daughter." Mom said in the same tone.
"Then I guess I was wrong about the charmed ones. Cause I thought you were stronger then that." I said trying to make her see that she may have to vanquish me.
"Your my daughter do you not get that! I can't do what your trying to make me do!" Mom said getting mad too.
"I'm evil now. Do you get that?" I asked.
"I am not gonna vanquish you. Rule the underworld for all I care. But I am not gonna vanquish you. I can't!" Mom said.
"Phoebe." Paige said.
"Paige don't start! You wouldn't be able to do it either! This isn't just the source. This is my child!" mom said.
"I'm not a child." I said and then the seer was beside me I looked at her as she held out her hand to me "Come to me my child." The seer said.
I stepped to her and my mother shouted "Paris get away from her!" I saw Piper lift her hands and I put my hand in the seers and we flamed away.
We were in the underworld now.
The seer stood before me and spoke "Don't be frightened my dear. No harm will come to you. You have saved your father. But you are now the Source. Do you know who I am?" the Seer asked.
"Yes. Your the Seer you help the source." I said.
"Yes. And just like I was going to help your father now I am going to help you. You are young. A mere girl. Practically a child. You may be the source but you will need guidance. My guidance. If you listen to me I can help you become even greater then your father would have been. But first we must eliminate the threat of the charmed ones. But only one must die for that to happen. The easiest to kill would be Paige. A white lighter. You can summon a dark lighter to kill her. It would be easy. Go on. Try it." The seer said.
I waved my hand and a dark lighter appeared and bowed to me.
"My liege you are a child?" he asked.
"Silence. The Source has a mission for you. Go ahead child." The seer said. I was silent and then she gave the order herself.
"You are to go after the charmed one Paige. Gather an army of dark lighters if you have to but eliminate her. But only kill her. She is your only target. Once you get her you will bring her here so that she can die. Once she dies you will be rewarded." The seer said.
The dark lighter nodded and disappeared.
The Seer had a small cup in her hand a moment later. "Here child. Drink this."
"What is it?" I asked.
"It is for your own good. Trust me." The seer said in a sweet voice.
"I don't want this." I said.
"You must trust me child. Drink this. It will take away your confusion and it will make you strong. And you must be strong." The seer said.
I took the cup I have never really been able to say no when she had tried to give me something.
I took a sip and it tasted horrid. "That tastes awful." I gagged.
"Come my dear. Finish it. You must." she said.
I downed the rest trying not to taste it.
End of P POV
At the manor a swarm of Dark lighters had arrived and Paige and Leo had orbed out as Piper and Cole were blasting many and Phoebe was doing her best to fight the others. Between Piper and Cole the swarm was destroyed in good time.
Once they were sure they got them all Piper called out "Paige. Leo it's okay now." she said and Paige and Leo orbed back in.
"What was that?" Paige asked.
"A swarm of dark lighters." Piper said.
"Yeah I know but why?" Paige asked.
Cole sighed "The seer. The seer is trying to get rid of the threat of the power of three. If Paige dies then the power of three can't vanquish the Source." he said.
"Cole We've been over this. We're not vanquishing Paris." Phoebe said.
"I know that but the Seer doesn't. Paris is just a child. The Seer will use that to her advantage. The seer has this tonic she makes for demon children. It's pure evil. The demon part of the child feeds on it. Get's stronger from it. And the good in the child dies. I don't know how long the good in Paris can live if the Seer gives her that tonic daily. We need to get her and find a way to keep the seer from her. We can't let Paris drink that tonic." Cole said.
"An evil tonic? That's terrible! Demons do this to their kids?" Piper asked.
"The ones that are half human yes. It was given to me too. My mother was a demon but my father was human. My mother would come and give it to me daily. My father never knew. The tonic is half the reason I was able to fight my human side and suppress the good for so long. And when I met Phoebe I didn't want to fight it anymore. The Seer suggested I take the Tonic when I became the Source about 48 hours ago but I said I didn't need it and have been trying to find a way to reverse it ever sense. But this is not what I had in mind." Cole said.
"The Seer is drugging my child with Evil?" Phoebe said outraged.
"Maybe. More then likely. But I don't know how long she can last. The good in her will die if we don't hurry. We would have more time accept that the Source is in her. It'll be hard enough for her to fight it. But when she starts drinking the Tonic she won't have to have it for as long as I did before it turns her Evil. She'll probably need 5 to 10 doses and that's all it will take. So whatever we're gonna do we need to do it fast." Cole said.
Piper went back to look at the book. "I really have no idea what we're looking for. I mean there are options. We could strip her powers or bind them." Piper suggested.
"You can't bind the magic of the Source. It's too strong to Bind. Stripping her powers won't help either. And if she's anything like me then she'd rather be dead then have no powers. There has to be a way to get it out of her. Maybe if we can extract it from her you guys can trap it with the crystals and vanquish it. The magic of the Source itself. But we need to get it out of her first." Cole said.
"Yeah well I don't know how to get it out of her." Piper said.
"I'll start working on a power of three spell. Maybe that will work." Phoebe said sitting down to work on the spell.
Cole shimmered away unnoticed.
Back in the underworld.
I was sitting in a big chair. And chair that in my time belonged to him. The Seer was by my side talking to me "The Dark lighters have failed. The powers you gave your father have given them an advantage." The seer said.
"I didn't know he would get my powers at first. After the Source entered me I realized that my powers had gone to him. The spell switched our magic." I said scared of what was going to happen.
The seer's face softened and she knelt at my side and ran her fingers through my hair "Shh. There is no need to fear my dear one. You mustn't worry. Let me do all that. You just sit here and listen. That is all you must do. Everything will go according to plan. We will find a way to get rid of Paige and then the charmed ones will no longer be a threat. The power of three will be gone. And you will have nothing to challenge you." The seer said then a fire ball hit her and she went across the room.
She got up looking around seeing no one and then my father appeared next to me he grabbed my hand and shimmered us both back to the manor.
I jerked my hand out of his "What are you doing!" I shouted.
My mom and my aunts came running.
"What does it look like I'm doing!" Then he used his telekinetic power to form a circle around me with the crystals. I was now trapped in a crystal cage.
"Hey!" I shouted.
"I don't want to hear a word out of you. Phoebe do you have the spell ready?" dad asked mom.
"Yeah. Cole be ready jerk her out of there." mom said and then they said the spell
"In this night and in this hour we call upon the ancient power to help us in this darkest hour. Free this girl from this curse. Extract the Sources magic take it from this body of flesh and bone. Let it no longer roam let it find another home." all three witches said at the same time.
I felt a fire inside of me and then I puked up something black dad kicked way one of the crystals and then yanked me aside with him as aunt Paige and aunt Piper and mom threw three potions at the blackness and then they said the spell to vanquish the source and there was an explosion and then I felt it. It was truly gone. They had done it and I almost couldn't believe it. I had saved my father. And they had saved me. And the Source still got vanquished and the future was saved and it was almost too good to be true.
"It worked." I said.
"I told you we'd find a way." Mom said and then she came over and hugged me.
I hugged her back. Dad embraced us both and I giggled.
Once that was over Aunt Piper gave me a hug and gave me crap about how your not a Halliwell until your evil at least once. And Aunt Paige hugged me saying that she couldn't wait until I was born so that she could see me.
I then said that I should go home but dad stopped me "Hold on a minute. I think you and I should talk first before you head back to your time." he said and I knew that look in his eyes.
I cringed but said "Okay." and followed him to his and moms room but mom stayed downstairs with her sisters.
Dad gestured to a chair "Sit down." he said and I sat down waiting for the lecture.
He crossed his arms over his chest another sign I knew well "Look I understand why you did this. And I'm grateful for what you've done for me and your mother and this family for that matter. But the way you did it...You were trying to sacrifice yourself to save me. And quite frankly that doesn't add up in my book. Me being good is one thing. But if it costs me my daughter then I don't think that's worth it. And now I have to get used to having your powers. While you will get different powers. And you'll have to get used to those. Let me ask you something. Did you drink anything while you were with the Seer?" dad asked.
"Yes. I drank this really nasty stuff." I said.
Dad nodded "Okay then you'll have to wait a few days before you go back then. You need time to get it out of your system. You can't go back until that evil is out of your system. Consider yourself grounded to the past. But I don't really think grounded is a good punishment for what you did. As if taking the Source willingly wasn't bad enough you willingly went with the Seer knowing she was evil and you let her send Dark lighters to try and kill Paige. What you should have done is come to us or you could have just said no when she wanted you to with her earlier. But since you didn't I think you need a little reminder of who's side your on. I don't want you to forget if your tempted by that Tonic she gave you. Have I ever punished you in your time?" dad asked.
"Yeah." I said.
"How do I punish you?" he asked curious.
"You...You spank me." I said not liking where this was going.
He seemed surprised. But then he seemed to accept that. "Okay. I guess your getting a spanking then." dad said. Then he went to sit on the bed as beckoned me over "Come on. Lets get it over with."
I groaned but got up and went over to him.
He looked at me for a moment as if deciding something and then he unbuttoned my jeans and unzipped them and let them fall and he pulled down my underwear with them.
The he guided me down over his lap my upper half was on the bed and his arm went around my waist firmly holding me there.
I tried to prepare myself but you can never really do that.
The first five had me wincing. After ten I was flinching and wigging like crazy. At fifteen I couldn't wiggle anymore I was worn out and I had tears in my eyes now. At twenty I was really crying and then it stopped and I felt something touch my flaming bottom I glanced over and then groaned again dad had a ruler in his hand. And then he brought that down scorching my bottom all over until he reached number 40. I was crying hard and he put the ruler away and smacked me ten more times just to be sure.
Then he let me up and I wiped at my yes while he replaced my clothing and then he pulled me to sit in his lab and I winced again.
"Listen to me. I don't know how things work in your time. But that was the first time I have ever spanked anyone. I'm sorry I had to spank you but I don't regret doing it. Because it needed to be done. You have to understand that you can't just throw away your destiny. This could have cost you your life and for some reason I can't imagine that didn't mean anything to you. And that's what bothers me the most. That it meant nothing to you. You did what you had to to save me but you didn't care that it could get you killed. Your part of this family. And even though you haven't been born yet your life means something to me. It's means something to your mother. We all already love you because your family. I just needed you to understand why I spanked you. You could have found another way to save me instead of trying to sacrifice yourself." dad said.
I wrapped my arms around him and let myself cry again.
That was the worst spanking I had ever had. But it was worth it to save him. He was right. If I had waited we could have found another way. But I wanted to get it over with so I rushed it and came up with the idea to take it into myself.
I was sorry about the way I did it. But I wasn't sorry that it worked.
We sat there hugging for a while until I was calm enough. And then I just kept holding on to him.
I missed my dad. And I just wanted to stay there with him holding me. I must have fallen asleep in his arms.
End of P POV
Feeling the dead weight in his arms he shifted her over to lay her on the bed and covered her up. He ran his hand over her cheek and then ran his fingers through her hands lovingly and then kissed her forehead feeling a paternal protectiveness kicking in.
Then he went downstairs and found the sisters making a potion and preparing to go vanquish the Seer.
He waited until they returned "How did it go?" he asked.
"The seer is no more." Phoebe said happily and went to kiss Cole.
"Where's Paris?" Phoebe asked.
"Uh first of all she has to stay here for a couple days until the Tonic wears off. The seer gave her a dose of it so it will take about three days to get out of her system. Then she can go back to her time. But for now she's asleep in our bed." Cole said.
"That bitch drugged her! Wait why is she asleep it's like 7 PM." Phoebe said.
"You and I will have to talk about that privately but lets just say she was tired and fell asleep." Cole said.
That night in their room "She fell asleep after I spanked her." Cole said.
"I'm sorry I thought I just heard you say that you spanked my child?" Phoebe questioned.
"OUR child and yes I did. Because she told me that it's how I punish her in the future." Cole said.
"Oh in the future you mean where you were the Source of all evil? That future? And you want to keep up that punishment?" Phoebe asked.
"Oh please. Spanking her had nothing to do with me being the Source it had to do with me being her father. Spanking has been an effective punishment for centuries and it's one that I agree with. It teaches the child that there are painful consequences and if they don't want to face those consequences then they need to follow the rules. It made sense when she told me and I did think about not doing it but in the end I decided it was better if I did. Because in the next few days if she's tempted to do evil she'll remember this night and know that she'll be punished if she hurts someone." Cole said.
Phoebe couldn't argue with that. "Okay fine. But next time warn me first so I know what's going on. Now what are we going to do with her?" Phoebe asked.
"Uh well I hadn't really thought about that." Cole said.
"There's a spare bedroom right?" Cole asked.
"Yeah." Phoebe said.
"Good then I'll take her there." Cole said as he went over and picked her up he carried her to the guest room and covered her in the bed and then shut off the light and went to their room to talk some more.
To be continued...
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