Characters don't belong to me, they belong to Spelling Productions, I
This is an answer to the 15minute ficlets challenge #150 on
livejournal. The challenge word is in there, but I won't say what it
is. This is set in the late 6th season of Charmed.
Islands in the Bay
It was unexpected and expected at the same time.
Chris Perry Halliwell had been desperately trying to keep his distance
from his parents and aunts, but the attempt had failed miserably. He
had thought that keeping his distance meant damaging the timeline.
He'd probably damaged it beyond repair, not that he wanted to care at
The Bay glistened in the late afternoon sunlight. If he looked the
right way, there was Alcatraz; farther away, he could see Angel Island.
The former prison and the former military outpost seemed abandoned,
left behind by society.
Those two islands didn't even exist in his time, destroyed by his
brother in a show of power. The fact that they were here reminded him
he still had time. Maybe had time.
If he could avoid Leo and Piper trying to parent. Leo wanted to fix
things. Fine. That wasn't important now, not to him. Leo had damaged
their relationship beyond fixing and maybe if he'd done better Wyatt
wouldn't be evil and Chris wouldn't be so alone.
Piper too, had wanted to be his mother, not his Charge. But she
couldn't. She didn't see that Chris had come here to fix his brother,
not anything else.
She and his father were too wrapped up in his presence to contemplate
the truth, the reality, no matter what.
If he didn't get them to listen, to think, they'd be dead. The islands
would be gone. He would be alone.
He'd do what he'd have to do. Do the unexpected if needed be. But he
had to save his family. Even if they hated him for it.
Even if it made them cling closer.
He had to take the chance.