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Awakened-Paige Style Chapter 1
Wed Sep 21, 2011 11:18pm

DISC: I DO NOT own any of the chars from Charmed. They belong to the WB. I do however own anyone you don’t recognize.

A/N: This is another Charmed Season 2 rewrite! I hope everyone likes it!

“Awakened: Paige Style”

Chapter 1

“Don’t worry,” Paige assured her eldest sister as she watched her gather her camera equipment and duffle bag, “we’ll be fine. I’ll take good care of Piper.”
Prue smiled at her baby sister as she slung the duffle over her shoulder, along with the other bag,
“I know you will,” she said, pecking her on the cheek, “I’m just not so sure Piper will let you.” She narrowed her eyes at their for mentioned sister who was currently laying on the couch, a blanket around her and a mug of tea in her hand.
“When have I never let someone take care of me when I’m sick?” Piper asked as she coughed twice in a row.
Piper had come down with a nasty case of the flu a few days ago, causing all of her sisters to worry. Prue had almost canceled her trip in order to stay home and take care of her. But Paige had managed to convince her to go with the assurance that she and Phoebe would take care of Piper.
“Well we all know you’re very stubborn, my sweet-girl,” Prue said lovingly. She planted a kiss on Piper’s forehead partly out of love and partly to check her for a fever. “You still feel warm. Check her temperature again in a half an hour,” she instructed Paige. “If its’ any higher than 100.3, get her in a cool bath.”
“I know,” Paige said, holding up her hands, “I do know how to take care of people. I have a daughter of my own don’t forget.”
Prue nodded.
“Right. Sorry. Speaking of my darling niece, can I say good-bye to her?”
“Sure,” Paige replied. She left and returned with the two-year-year-old in her arms. “Aw, there you go,” she told her daughter. “There’s Auntie Prue.”
“Hey, sweetie,” Prue greeted, kissing her cheek and ruffling her hair, “you be a good girl for your Mama while I’m away. I’m gonna miss you.”
The little girl giggled as her aunt started tickling her.
“I love you, baby,” Prue told her before handing her back to Paige, who in turn set her on the floor.
“No orbing out of this room,” she said semi sternly.
The little girl contented herself with running over to the couch and trying to clime up beside Piper.
“No, sweetheart,” Paige said gently, “Auntie Piper’s sick. Come back over here near Mama.”
Prilla thought for a minute before obeying her.
“Good girl,” Paige praised. “Here, why don’t you play with this,” she handed her a favorite Ariel doll of hers.
Prilla hugged Ariel close before sitting down on the floor and looking towards the TV.
Paige put on Gullah Gullah Island for her, hoping it would keep her occupied for a few minutes. At least until Prue left.
“She’s so cute,” Prue commented as she watched her niece.
“I think so too,” Paige agreed. “Now, you better get going before you miss your plane.”
“You’re probably right. I love you guys. Be good and be careful. Tell Phoebe to give Suki a kiss for me,” she added, referring to their youngest niece.
“I will,” Paige promised, doing her promise sign for emphasis.
Prue kissed her sisters once again, gave them both a hug and made her way to the front door.
“What about Phoebs?” Paige called after her.
“I said good-bye to her before she left for her class this morning!” Prue called back. With that, she shouted a final, “I love you” to all three of them and closed the door behind her.
Piper sighed with relief before swinging her legs over the side of the couch.
“Finally,” she said as she attempted to stand up.
“Hold it right there, lady,” Paige ordered, rushing to her side, “where do you think you’re going?”
Piper raised her eyebrows.
“I was going to go to the bathroom. Any other details you wanna know?”
Paige shook her head.
“Do you want my help to get there?”
“No,” Piper replied, “I’m fine.”
“Prue’s right,” Paige muttered as she watched Piper make her way upstairs, “you are stubborn when you’re sick.”
“I heard that!” Piper called just as she started to cough.
Paige decided it was best to give Piper her privacy. She smiled as she felt Prilla’s small hands come to rest on her knees.
“And how may I help you, young lady?” she asked, glancing down at the little girl she would die for.
“Mama, up!” Prilla said, her almost full row of top teeth showing as a grin split her face.
“Can you say please?” Paige prompted her. She was going to make sure Prilla was well mannered if it was the last thing she did.
The little girl was usually good about using her ‘nice words as Paige called them, but sometimes she forgot.
“Pease!” Prilla said, obviously very proud of herself.
“That’s better. Aw, up you come!” With that, Paige lifted the little girl onto her lap. She hugged her close and planted a kiss on her head just as she heard a thud upstairs.
Wasting no time, Paige orbed Prilla and herself upstairs and directly in the bathroom. She sighed when she heard the familiar sound of the shower running.
“Piper, are you okay?” She asked.
“Yeah,” Piper replied.
“I heard something fall,” Paige informed her.
“That would be the soap,” her sister said.
“What made you decide to get in the shower?” Paige asked as she made sure Prilla couldn’t get down. “And where do you think you’re going, my little miss?”
“Down!” Prilla answered.
“No way,” Paige informed her. “I don’t think so.”
“I wanted to,” Piper answered simply.
“Okay,” Paige replied. “I’m gonna take Prilla back downstairs and get her ready for her nap. Call me if you need me.”
“I will,” Piper assured her.
“You better.” With that, Paige was gone.
Getting back downstairs, Paige set Prilla down on the floor and let her play for the next twenty-minutes.
Once the episode of GGI was over Paige cuddled with Prilla for a few minutes and sung her to sleep.
Tucking her in her crib, Paige went to check on Piper. She didn’t panic right away when she found the bathroom empty. She figured Piper was just getting changed. Still, in their line of work, Paige couldn’t be sure.
The Witchlighter sighed with relief when she found her older sister in her bedroom. She raised her eyebrows in confusion when she saw her putting on a pair of jeans. She smiled slightly when she saw Piper was wearing the sweatshirt she had gotten her for Christmas last year. It was blue with a picture of a few kittens opening presents and wearing Santa hats.
“And you’re putting on jeans because….?” The youngest Halliwell asked.
“People usually wear jeans to work,” Piper answered calmly as she reached for a hair tie and started putting it in a ponytail.
“Okay, first of all, let me help you with that,” Paige began, reaching out and taking the object from her sister, “secondly, you’re not going anywhere.”
“Paige, I have to,” Piper insisted. She stayed still while her baby sister started braiding her hair.
“No you don’t,” Paige countered. “You’re sick, which means you’re not going anywhere until you’re feeling better.”
“I am feeling better,” Piper said. ‘I haven’t coughed in ten minutes.”
“It’s a start,” Paige conceded, “but that doesn’t mean you’re at a hundred percent yet. You still have a fever.”
Paige rolled her eyes as though it wasn’t a big deal.
“Thanks, Missy Paige,” she added when she saw Paige was done with her hair. “You always did the best braids.”
“No problem,” Paige said with a small smile. “I can’t wait until Prilla’s hair gets long enough to start braiding.”
Piper nodded. She stood a little unsteadily, but regained her balance quickly. She grabbed her purse from the dresser and headed towards the stairs.
Paige was hot on her heels. She followed her downstairs and watched her enter the foyer to grab her jacket and keys. She still thought this was a bad idea, but she had a feeling convincing Piper was going to be easier said than done.
As Piper slipped her coat on, Paige shook her head.
“Piper, why don’t you just stay home today? Missing one more day of work isn’t’ going to kill you.” Then under her breath she added, “Going in might.”
Piper rolled her eyes at her baby sister, but put a comforting hand on her shoulder all the same.
“Missy Paige, stop worrying,” she advised kindly. “It’s just a little cold. I’ll be-“ she was interrupted by another coughing fit that nearly had her leaning against Paige for support. She straightened herself in no time and tried to give Paige a reassuring smile.
“You were saying?” Paige smirked, although her eyes were full of love and concern. “Pipe, please, just humor me. I’ll make you some soup and tell you a story…” she enticed.
“Not that I don’t appreciate the thought, squirt, and the stories you tell are pretty good, I have to-“ she glared at the wall as more coughing insuded. She took the bottle of water Paige held out to her before continuing to speak. “I have to go in today.”
“What’s so important about today?” Paige inquired, truly interested. She knew her sister wouldn’t put her health at risk like this unless she had a good reason.
“We’re supposed to be getting in a shipment of exotic fruit. It’s supposed to be good for mai ties.”
“So you have to unpack it or else it’ll find a way out on its own?” she asked with a smirk. “It can wait until tomorrow to be unpacked,” Paige insisted. “It’s not like it has a date with a few bananas and pears.”
Piper laughed at her sister’s joke and soon regretted it as more coughing hit.
“Honey, I’m sorry!” Paige apologized, blushing sheepishly.
“It’s okay,” Piper assured her as she caught her breath again, “see? I’m fine.”
“You will be fine once you let me take care of you. Look, Phoebe is at her class and Prue is off on assignment. I promised them I’d take care of you and you promised you’d let me,” she emphasized her point by making her signature promise sign, “besides, if Prue finds out either one of us didn’t’ hold up our ends of the bargain…”
“I’ll protect you from Prue,” Piper assured her.
“I’m not afraid of her,” Paige scoffed. “But I am worried about you. You’re not just my older sister, you’re my best friend. When I was with the Matthews’ you’re the one I missed the most-especially whenever I would get sick. The Matthews’ were great and everything, but they weren’t…” Her voice trailed off as she blinked back a few sudden tears.
“Just trust me on this,” Paige continued, her voice steady once again. “Let me take care of you.”
“I’ll make you a deal,” Piper said, seeing she wasn’t going to get anywhere with Paige unless she compromised.
“I’m listening,” the twenty-three-year-old said.
“If you let me go now, you can take care of me all you want for the rest of the time Prue is away.”
Paige thought about this for a few minutes before nodding her consent.
“On one condition,” she stated.
“What?” Piper asked.
“You let me come with you. I won’t bother you while you’re working. I’ll just keep an eye on you to make sure you don’t collapse from exhaustion and to listening to your very wise younger sister.”
“I wouldn’t go that far,” Piper said with a small smile. “Okay, Missy Paige, you can come. But wait,” she said as though something had just come to her, “what about Prilla?”
“I’ll bring her with me,” Paige replied. “She hasn’t been to P3 yet. Besides, there won’t be a lot of people there, so the noise level won’t bother her. I’ll go and get her up now and be down in no time. Don’t move, lady.” With that, she went upstairs and returned shortly with Prilla. “All right, sweetheart, here we go,” she cooed to the baby in her arms. “Wer’e gonna go to work with Auntie Piper.” With that, she held her hand out to her older sister.
“And we’re not taking my car because….” Piper asked, raising her eyebrows.
“Because the car seat in there is still busted and you shouldn’t be driving right now. I could drive, but I don’t feel like it. Come on.”
“Okay, okay,” Piper surrendered. She gave Paige her hand and in a matter of minutes they were standing in the store room of P3.
It would have been named P4, but the person Piper had hired to put up the sign hadn’t heard her properly when she had requested the number. She had been disappointed at first, but she had learned to live with it.
“Here you go Prill,” Paige said with a fond smile as she set her daughter in her pram, “no orbing out.”
“No,” the little girl repeated as she dissolved into a fit of giggles.
“That’s right,” Paige said, although she was smiling. Her smile faded when she turned around and saw the expression of slight nausea on Piper’s face. “Piper, are you okay?”
“Yeah, I’m fine. I guess orbing isn’t the best way to travel when you’re sick.”
“We’ll take a cab home,” Paige promised. “I should have thought of that. I’m sorry, sweetie. Why don’t you sit down and I’ll get you some water.”
“I’ll be fine,” Piper insisted, even as the room started to spin a little.
“Piper, stop being stuborn!” Paige shot back, her tone edging on frustration, “you shouldn’t even be at P3 right now. You should be home resting.”
“And I will be,” Piper said, “as soon as I get this shipment unpacked.”
“Didn’t another shipment come in a few weeks ago?” Paige asked as she went over and started playing with Prilla.
Piper nodded absently as she tried to ignore the pain in her head.
“Yeah. I had it unpacked and put away in less than a half an hour. I’m telling you, after I get this done, we can leave.”
“If you say so,” Paige said with a sigh. “But I’m not letting you out of my sight.”
“Fine,” Piper agreed. “I’ll even make you a nonalcoholic drink if you want it.”
“That would be nice,” Paige said. “Better yet, I’ll make it so you can get this done and we can go home.”
While Paige busied herself with making herself a non alcoholic pinacolotta, she kept one eye on Piper and the other one on Prilla. Her daughter was playing with a musical Ariel toy and was currently giggling at Sebastian, so Paige knew she was okay for the time being. She frowned as she watched Piper move around the room. She could tell she wasn’t’ feeling better, despite what her sister said. She kept stopping every few steps and closing her eyes as though she was in pain or feeling dizzy.
Paige finished making her drink and sat on one of the stools next to Prilla’s pram, so she could watch Piper’s every move.
“Boxes of fruit!” Paige suddenly called. She smiled as the boxes came to rest on the table in front of her sister.
“Thanks, Missy Paige,” Piper said, throwing her a small smile.
“No problem,” Paige replied. “Anything to help this along. I could unpack them for you,” she offered.
“No thanks,” her sister insisted. “It’ll go faster if I do it. Besides, I know where they go. They need to be put away in a specifi…” her voice trailed off as a wave of dizziness overcame her. She tried to fight through it, but it was getting harder by the second.
“Piper?” Paige asked in alarm. She set her drink down on the table and rushed to her side. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” she insisted, even as she had to struggle to keep Paige in focus. “Paige, I’m telling you, I’m…maybe I’m not so…” without warning, she felt herself falling. Before she knew it, everything had gone black...

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