A/N: yes, this is another Power of Four fic. Paige was raised as a Halliwell. This does include Sabrina (Sabrina the Teenage Witch), but she's Phoebe's daughter. I'm also including a Hexwood crossover. Oh, and Oh My Goddess never took place. Well, enjoy.
"Dumbledore, are you sure that we should take him? After all, Sirius is his godfather. Shouldn't he take Harry?" Piper Halliwell looked down at the baby in her arms. So much had happened to him, and he wasn't even aware.
"As powerful as Sirius is, I'm afraid that he won't be able to protect him." Dumbledore's tone was grim.
"Protect him from what?" Piper asked carefully.
"But he's gone."
"He is not gone. Your sister has seen that. She can sense him. I know that you don't want to believe it, but that's the truth. I trust Phoebe's powers. Voldemort is weak now, but I believe that he will gather his strength eventually. Harry must stay with you. You will be able to protect him." He paused.
"What is it?"
"I have one other request."
"I want you to keep him away from the magical world. I know you and your sisters prefer the muggle world, so I want you to raise him here. He doesn't need to grow up with all that fame."
She hardly knew what to say. She was going to raise Harry Potter. "Of course."
"Thank you, Piper, for doing this. I know that you must be grieving."
Lily and James. "I can't believe that they're dead," she said softly.
"None of us can."
"I don't understand how he was able to survive with just a scar."
"Lily died protecting him."
"Old magic," she murmured.
"Yes. I leave him to you now. Protect him well."
He disappeared. She closed the door and took Harry upstairs. The day had been frantic and frenzied. Lily and James were dead. Voldemort was gone. And now Piper was responsible for raising her best friend's son. Lily. Tears welled up in her eyes.
"I'll never let anyone hurt you," she whispered. "Ever."
Phoebe Halliwell stood in front of the linen closet, lips pursed and arms crossed. Low thunder erupted from within the closet. It was followed by the appearance of a blonde sixteen-year-old girl. "Hello, Sabrina," Phoebe said.
"Oh, hi mom. I didn't realize that you were up."
"This isn't like you at all. Why did you sneak into the Other Realm?"
"I'm sorry. I was trying to find another obscure relative."
"Is that all?"
"Well… there was the added benefit of running into Harvey."
"Wouldn't it have been easier to have just shimmered over there?"
"I know you can sense when I shimmer."
"True. Well, we've got to work on your training today."
Sabrina sighed. "Again? Wyatt and Chris are being so surly."
"They're teenage boys. What can you expect?"
"A proper attitude?"
"They'll get better. You three are going to form the next generation of power. You'll have the Power of Three."
"I know, but I still have all this other stuff to deal with. I have to figure out the family secret."
"You'll get it eventually."
"I don't understand why I have to go through all this crazy stuff while Chris and Wyatt don't."
"You're able to use wandless magic. It's a rare gift that you should appreciate."
"It comes with a bunch of weird stuff. I have to add that to being part demon and part Charmed One."
"But you do have a lot of fun with your powers. Come on, I'll make breakfast."
Prudence Halliwell shook herself out of her sleep. Children… Why do I always see children? She never saw the right children. She never saw Sabrina, Wyatt, or Chris. She always saw six mysterious children. They were so tortured… so pained… She had seen five of them die. She had felt their pain as her own ever since she was a small child. Her mother had tried to help her work through them, but the pain had been too much for the five-year-old child. Patty had resorted to using a memory charm on her. But the dreams always came back. Each time they did, she remembered the other dreams. She remembered every detail.
She slipped out a notebook, quickly jotted down the dream, and pointed her finger at herself. "Oblivi-" She stopped and sighed. It had been so long since she had looked at the notebook. As painful as it was, she had to remember for a short time. She rummaged through the drawer and produced the very first journal. Her mother had written down the dreams at first. Then Prue's determination had led her to take on the dreams herself.
At the age of five, Prudence has had a vision. She has seen six children. She is able to clearly identify them. There are two sets of twins (two boys, two girls), a young girl, and a boy: Corto, Cation, Bellie, Sassal, Kessalta, and Mordion. She sees them trapped within a room with a voice whispering to them. She cannot tell what the voice is saying.
That had been the most mild of all the dreams. She had been quite shaken by the dream, though, for the evil she felt from the voice was torturous.
She has had another vision of the children. She says that she saw Mordion trying to cheer up the other children with a funny image of a 'Reigner'. A robot came into the room and beat the children with a strap. Cation was injured and Mordion and Kessalta went after the robot. Mordion was able to pierce its brain.
The sight of that beating had disturbed Prue so much that Patty had decided to use a memory charm on her. But the dreams just became worse.
She says that the children are training for something. She tells me that she doesn't think they'll all survive. They're being controlled by 'Reigners'. Prue still doesn't know exactly who these Reigners are.
Eventually she saw one of the Reigners, Reigner One.
She has seen Reigner One. He appears to be a benign person, but Prue doesn't like him at all. She knows that he is an evil person. Though he doesn't tell the children that they are unworthy, he makes sure that other people do. The children, unfortunately, take this to heart.
She shook her head, trying not to think of how she had tried to contact those children. She had cried out to them, but they had never heard her. Then the first death took place.
Prue saw Corto die. He had a terrible pain in his stomach. That's what caused his death. It was likely a burst appendix. The other children were blamed for his death and had to attend the postmortem.
That dream had made her so ill that she had been sure she was going to die, even though her mother had erased the dream from her memory. As traumatic as that had been, it was nothing compared to the other deaths. "No," she said and put away the notebooks. It was too much. "Obliviate." Her mind was cleared yet again.
"Good morning," Paige Halliwell said as she walked into the kitchen. "Or perhaps not," she added, seeing the looks on her nephews' faces. Ah, fifteen and fourteen… such wonderful ages.
"Don't mind them, Aunt Paige. It is a pretty good morning," Sabrina said.
"She got another clue after sneaking into the Other Realm."
"I don't see why you like going over there, Sabs. That Witch's Council…" Salem shook his head.
"Salem, get off the table. You'll get your fur all over it," Phoebe said and waved the spatula at him threateningly.
"It's not my fault it's summer."
"So how are you doing with the family secret?"
"Not very well. What's so secret about the Warren-Halliwell family? And why is it so imperative that I figure it out?"
"Trust me, it is. It took us a while to figure it out, but we were glad that we did."
"But you four got to work on it together."
"Only because we were so close in age. It was pointless to try to make us do it on our own. Now there's a new Witch's Council, though, so you three won't be working on it together."
"That is so not fair."
"The Witch's Council has a lot of strange rules, but they all have some point. Don't worry about it. You'll figure out the secret soon enough."
"I hope so."
Harry, Prue, and Piper came down. Sabrina, despite the fact that she had lived with Harry her entire life, still felt a flutter inside whenever she saw him. Everyone knew that she liked him. Everyone except Harry, who was completely oblivious. Her mother had encouraged her to go for it, but Harry treated her like a sister. He just didn't seem to see her as girlfriend material.
Wyatt snickered as he saw her look. Sabrina scowled at him and zapped his hair blue.
"Now, now, Sabrina."
"Oh, all right." She begrudgingly turned his hair back to its original color.
"Why is it that she always gets away with that stuff?" Wyatt asked, surly as usual. "I never get to use my magic."
"She's sixteen now. She's trying to get her witch's license, so she has to work on her magic," Phoebe replied. It seemed that they went through this routine every morning. But as a mother, she was used to it. "Harry, you'll have to work with us today. We'll be going after live demons. It will be good practice for you."
Like the others, Harry had been raised with the challenge of dark beings. He knew that he would have to defeat Voldemort one day. "You always make it sound like a chore. Believe it or not, I actually like training."
"You wouldn't if you had to work like we do," Sabrina said.
"But you get a ton of power."
"True." She really wished that everyone would stop looking at her. She glanced at them. They were all watching as if they were expecting something to happen. She flicked her fingers. "You guys really need to stop doing that."
"What are we doing?" Paige asked innocently.
"Nothing is going to happen between us."
"You're totally crushing on him," Piper said.
"You're my aunts. You're supposed to be on my side. Mom is supposed to be the one who tortures me."
"Sometimes I need some help. And we're not trying to torture you. We just think you two would make a cute couple."
"I have a boyfriend."
"What's that supposed to mean?"
"Well, Harry's going out with Cho. That doesn't mean things can't change."
She winced at the mention of Cho's name.
"If you're not into him, why do you hate Cho so much?"
"Because she's a whiny brat. I don't see what Harry sees in her."
"You would if you were a boy."
"Gross, Chris. Now all of you stay out my love life." She flicked her fingers again.
A letter popped out of the toaster with a small ding. Prue took it out and opened it. "Hmm… This doesn't look good." She glowered at Salem.
"If it's about a vacuum, I was framed," Salem said quickly.
"How the heck did you manage to fly the vacuum cleaner out the window?"
"I just touched it and it went crazy."
"A likely story. Where is it now?"
"Um… I'm not quite sure."
"Piper, you want to summon it?"
"Certainly." She pointed and the vacuum cleaner appeared. It was some the worse for wear, but it was still intact.
"Geez, Salem. What did you do to it?"
"How would you react if a vacuum cleaner turned on by itself? Don't answer that."
Just a normal morning in the Halliwell manor, Sabrina thought and sighed.
"First, you're all going to call upon a certain demon." Phoebe, Piper, Harry, Wyatt, Chris, and Sabrina were all in the magical park. It was a place where they had been granted permission to practice demon fighting. Everyone in the magical world was grateful for all the things the Charmed Ones had done.
Sabrina groaned. She hated calling upon demons. She could never do it.
"It's relatively simple, Sabs," Phoebe told her.
"I still don't get it."
"You just have to close your eyes and call the demon to you."
"But how is that possible? Why would it come to me?"
"It's magic. I don't see why you have to question things constantly."
"It's in my nature."
"Just try it once."
"Okay, but I'm not promising anything." She closed her eyes and drew the demon to the park. Nothing happened. "Just have Chris do it. He gets it."
"I know that Chris and Wyatt get it. I want you to get it. Close your eyes. Picture the demon in your mind. See her clearly. It's like she's right next to you."
She did, pushing back the nagging doubts. When she opened her eyes, the demon was there. She was surprised, but that didn't stop her from forming an energy ball and killing the demon.
"Do I get a cookie?"
"Where did you get that tongue?"
She smiled. She was glad that she had Sabrina. She wasn't exactly proud of Sabrina's parentage, but that couldn't be helped. Cole was good when I fell in love with him. She didn't like to think of Cole. Remembering him meant remembering his death. Remembering his death forced her to think about why he had died. He had become the Source when Phoebe was three months pregnant. Sabrina had caused quite a stir. The Elders had wanted Phoebe to give her up. They had thought that she would be evil. Her sisters had supported her, and Sabrina had been brought into the world. Phoebe couldn't imagine life without her.
Still, her life with Sabrina had a tendency to hold her back, especially when it came to Sirius. Phoebe was in love with Sirius Black. She had been for a while. She had held back, though, not wanting to hurt Sabrina. That was a while ago. Sabrina's growing up. Maybe…
"Mom, you okay? You look out of it."
"Yeah, I was just thinking about some things."
Sirius. Sabrina knew all about her mother's feelings for Sirius. She didn't like Sirius at all. She knew that Phoebe had loved her father. She sometimes wondered how things would have turned out if Cole had remained good. It would be pretty different. "Shall we go onto the next demon?" Her eyes shut as a premonition took over.
"What is it?"
"I saw Chris being taken by a demon."
"Can you identify it?"
"Piper, you take care of the boys. We have to look at the Book of Shadows."
They shimmered to the attic and started to search through the Book.
"It kind of looked cross between Voldemort and Jeremy."
"Would," she flipped to the right page, "this be it?"
"The Cian Master? I've never seen that before."
"That's because there's only one Cian Master. It's a high level demon. We'll take care of this one."
"I thought we were supposed to work on the Power of Three."
"You're too young to take on the Cian Master. You're still working on the lower level demons."
"We could take him."
"No, you couldn't. Leave this to us."
"But it'd be a good learning experience."
"You can't learn anything if you're dead."
"I plan to do as little dying as possible."
"Then avoid this demon. If he comes after you, get out of there and take Chris and Wyatt up there."
"I'm not allowed up there."
"Oh yeah. Well, get to us. The Cian Master can trace a shimmer faster than you can move."
"It sounds like you've dealt with this one personally."
"We did and we nearly died."
"I think I'll avoid it."
"Good. I'm finally reaching you." They shimmered back to the park.
"What is it? Anything serious?" Piper asked.
"Yes. Let's finish up here and-"
"Mom, look out!" She knocked Phoebe down and shot an energy ball at the demon that had just appeared. It was the Cian Master, though, so the ball had no affect.
"You four get out of here!"
Sabrina grabbed Harry and they all orbed and shimmered out.
"What was that?" Wyatt questioned.
"The Cian Master. He's after Chris."
Wyatt went over to the Book. He did fight a lot with his brother, but he was always ready to defend Chris. "Are we going after it?"
"Didn't you see how my energy ball didn't affect him? He's way too powerful for us to take on."
"We have the Power of Three."
"We have an underdeveloped Power of Three."
"You're actually listening to your mother?"
"Wyatt, I've told you before to not use your telepathy on me."
"You use your powers on me," he pointed out.
CRACK. Phoebe and Piper apparated into the attic. They were both okay.
"Are you four all right?"
"We're fine. What about you? Is the Cian Master gone?"
"For now. We didn't vanquish him. Piper blew him up and he decided that it wasn't worth his effort." She paused and thought. "Can you tell when this is going to happen?"
Sometimes Sabrina was able to sense when her premonitions were going to come true. Now was not one of those times. "No, but it was at the school."
"You'll have be extra careful this year," Piper said. She was all too familiar with their adventures. Harry always ended up in Voldemort's clutches, and demons were constantly after the boys and Sabrina. More often, however, they got themselves into danger. She had sent quite a few howlers to the school over the years. She looked to Phoebe, who nodded. "Leo!" He came up the stairs. "Oh. I thought you were up there." She went up to him and murmured, "Watch over them. We need to have a P four chat."
Piper and Phoebe went down the stairs, muttering things until they were out of earshot.
"We have to keep a close eye on them."
"We could use Dumbledore as our eyes."
"Dumbledore can't be with them all the time. We need to be near them personally."
"Are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
She grinned. "I hope so."
The summer had ended. Sabrina was rather relieved. She loved Hogwarts, and the threat of the Cian Master had been lingering over them for the last week of summer vacation, making it significantly unpleasant.
"Keep us updated. Every-"
"-time that a demon attacks, write to you. Write about any unusual events. Write about-"
"Only the important one." She winked.
There was something that made that wink seem suspicious. It was almost like she wasn't just implying Harry. She was hiding something. "Mom…."
"The train is leaving. You'd better get on there." She hurried her onto the train. She always took the Hogwarts Express, even though she was perfectly able to shimmer straight to school. She didn't like other people to know that she was part demon. They usually didn't react very well. "I love you! Make good choices!"
Make good choices? There's no doubt. She is up to something. She tried not to let that her bother her as she went into the compartment with Ron, Harry, and Hermione. She tried…
"Any big adventures this summer?" Hermione asked her.
"We had a run in with the 'Cian Master'."
"Don't tell me you know all about him."
"I do. He's one of the most powerful demons. He's second only to the Source."
"He was second before the Power of Four kicked the Source's ass. Now it would seem that he's the most powerful. I had a premonition, and it seems that he's going to go after Chris." She sighed. "But let's not talk about that right now. Ron, has Ginny told you any… surprising news?"
She grinned at Hermione. "Never mind." She froze Harry and Ron.
"What's the news?"
"Wyatt is going out with Ginny. It's so sweet."
"Ron's going to be in for quite a surprise."
"Definitely. This is going to be hilarious." She unfroze the two.
"What are you talking about?"
Sabrina and Hermione just looked at each other and laughed.
At last they arrived at Hogwarts. Being back here will get my mind off of things.
Once they were settled in the Great Hall, Sabrina surveyed the room, paying special attention to the teacher's table. Looks like we have a few new teachers coming. Four seats were vacant. She happily noted that Snape was one of the ones missing. Please let him be gone. Snape hated her because of Phoebe. They had been enemies in school. Snape, of course, was convinced that Sabrina was her mother and therefore hated her.
"I'm pleased to announce that we will be welcoming four new teachers to our staff," Dumbledore stated.
"Snape's finally gone," Ron said.
"Took him long enough."
The familiar blue light of an orb illuminated the doorway. The sisters appeared. Sabrina tensed, wondering why they were at Hogwarts.
"And here they are. Paige Halliwell will be our new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Piper Halliwell will be our new Potions professor. Prue Halliwell will be teaching History of Magic. Phoebe Halliwell will be the professor of Divination."
Sabrina blinked, then flicked her fingers. The activity stopped. "Mom, what's going on?" She went up to her mother.
"I wanted to surprise you," Phoebe said.
"Surprise? Did you tell Chris and Wyatt?"
"No," Chris said.
"We would have told you, but we knew that you'd react badly."
"You're going to ruin my life!"
"Yeah, like that."
"You won't give me an inch of breathing room." She knew her mother and her aunts all too well. They had a tendency to be more than a little overprotective. Not that they didn't have good reason, but Sabrina didn't care about that.
"Yes, we will."
"Why did you do this?"
"This is a way that we can keep you out of danger."
"Danger finds us."
"Not always. We know you three quite well."
"Just don't call me Sabs. And please don't tell me that you brought Salem."
"We had to. We're in charge of him."
"Well this is just fantastic." This is going to be one heck of a year.
A/N: I've posted two other first chapters for different stories. I want to see which one will get a response first. I'll eventually update all of them, but the one that gets the first response will have priority.