Witch Way Now?
Written by: Brad
Transcribed by: Shay Fitzpatrick
[Scene: The Bay Mirror. Phoebe's office. Phoebe's there working. She has the TV on and a psychic reading show is on. Her assistant walks in carrying a box of letters.]
Assistant: Hey, more Dear Phoebe letters, where do you want them?
Phoebe: Oh, you can just put them anywhere.
Assistant: Um, maybe we ought to keep some of these in storage.
Phoebe: No, I'll get to them.
Assistant: All of them?
Phoebe: Yes. I am on a role.
Assistant: More like on a mission.
(Phoebe hands her some sheets of paper.)
Phoebe: Hey, will you get these to Elise please and find out which one she wants to run?
Assistant: Yeah, sure, right away. You're amazing, you know that?
Phoebe: What do you mean?
Assistant: What is your secret? Herbs? Acupuncture? (She sees the TV.) Tashmin?
Phoebe: Uh, I take it you don't believe in psychics.
Assistant: Hey, you know, if it works for you I'm all for it.
Phoebe: (to herself) It hasn't worked for me for a while. Um, you know how sometimes you just find yourself going through a really bad period in your life?
Assistant: Don't even get me started.
Phoebe: Well, let's just say I am finally coming out from underneath mine and nobody, nothing will ever bring me back to that place again.
Assistant: Good for you.
(Phoebe turns to her computer.)
Voice: Help me, Phoebe.
Phoebe: What did you just say?
Assistant: I didn't say that. (She points to the TV.) She did.
Tashmin: Help me, Phoebe.
(She looks at the TV in shock.)
[Cut to the manor. Road workers are working on the street right outside the manor. It is very noisy. Paige looks out the window from the living room.]
Paige: Did they say how much longer this was gonna go on for?
Piper: Three weeks, which means three months. (Leo is holding a picture frame on a wall.) A little higher.
Paige: We'd better hope no demons attack, that'd be a bust, especially if one of us goes flying out the window.
Leo: I wouldn't worry about that too much, there's so much chaos in the underworld they're too busy fighting each other.
Piper: Well, I hope it lasts. I almost forgot what it's like to lead a normal life. It's gotta go a little higher.
Leo: I need a ladder.
Paige: Leo, just hover.
Piper: No, no, no, I don't wanna jinx anything, I'd rather we not use magic unless we absolutely have to, thank you very much.
Paige: Come on, Piper, relax a little. Use it or lose it, lady.
(Leo hovers up and holds the picture against the wall.)
(Leo marks the wall with a pencil and hovers back down.)
Paige: Ah, see, no major disaster struck.
(Phoebe walks in through the front door.)
Phoebe: We have a huge problem.
Piper: You were saying?
Phoebe: Cole tried contacting me again.
Leo: What, more whisperings?
Phoebe: No, this time he was channelling through a TV psychic while I was at work. He sounded so desperate.
Piper: Wait, did anybody else notice?
Phoebe: My highly suspicious assistant. How am I supposed to move on with my life when I keep being haunted by his afterlife?
Piper: Leo, what do you think?
Leo: I think you need to do something fast.
Piper: No, I mean, how is he holding on?
Leo: I don't know, I guess because he's half demon, it must be some kind of astral plane.
Phoebe: Well, whatever, we can't risk him contacting me again. I have to figure out a way to get to him and find out what he wants.
Paige: Honey, what he wants is you. I mean, why else would he be hanging on?
(Suddenly, everything freezes including Leo.)
Phoebe: Piper, why is Leo frozen?
(Piper goes over to him and waves in front of his face.)
Piper: Well, this is very strange.
(Paige looks out the window and all the work men are frozen too.)
Paige: Uh, guys, I think you oughta take a look at this. (Piper and Phoebe go to the window.) So much for not performing any magic, huh Piper.
Piper: Me? I didn't do that, I couldn't freeze all that stuff.
(An elderly man appears.)
Man: But I can.
(The girls spin around.)
Phoebe: Who are you?
Man: I'm the Angel Of Destiny, and I've come to change yours.
[Scene: Manor. Living room. Piper, Phoebe and Paige are backing away from the Angel of Destiny. Piper is trying to freeze him.]
Paige: He's not freezing, why isn't he freezing?
Angel of Destiny: You're wasting your time. (The girls back into a table and fall on top of each other.) I am beyond your powers. (They get back up.) Besides, I pose no threat to you.
Piper: Well, forgive us for not believing that but the last being we met who could freeze time was a demon.
Angel of Destiny: Actually, it's because of a demon that I've come to see you. Which in and of itself is very rare. We Angels of Destiny normally don't intervene except in extraordinary situations. Mozart at age seven, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein... Britney Spears.
Phoebe: I don't understand.
Angel of Destiny: You three have accomplished something that few others ever dream of. By vanquishing the Source of all evil, you have fulfilled your shared destiny, much earlier than anticipated. Truth be told, some of us did think you'd never achieve it at all, but that's really beside the point. What's important is you have and because of that we're offering you a reward, a chance to chart a new destiny, one of your own design.
Paige: A reward?
Angel of Destiny: You can continue to remain as you are, charmed, vested with all your witchly powers, and of course demonic burdens. Or...
Angel of Destiny: You can choose to relinquish your magic and lead normal lives again, unaccounted, free, we'd wipe the entire slate clean, nobody would come after you again. Well, what do you say?
Piper: What do we say? Are you kidding? You can't just freeze the whole world and come in here and drop a bombshell like that and expect a quick decision. I don't care who you are.
Angel of Destiny: I don't think you quite grasp the uniqueness of this opportunity.
Piper: No, I'm grasping it but that is beside the point. The least you could do is give us a little time to think about it.
Paige: Think about what? No time needed. Thanks but no thanks. Right?
Phoebe: Yeah, right, of course right. But, you know, as long as he's offering, maybe we should talk about this. Just talk about it. Over there. Right, right over here please, now, excuse us.
(She pulls them across the room.)
Paige: You can't be serious, Phoebe, you of all people, you love being a witch.
Phoebe: I know I do, but I...
Paige: But what? What has changed?
Phoebe: Oh, I don't know, I became queen of the Underworld and nearly died carrying baby Lucifer. That's what changed, Paige.
Piper: Paige, it's just that we've been doing this a lot longer than you have, and I'm not trying to discount all the good that we've done or that we could do. But at the same time I'm not gonna minimise the costs. Paige, I can't get pregnant because of what we do.
Phoebe: Punching out demons just isn't as much fun as it used to be.
Paige: So what are you gonna say?
Angel of Destiny: She's saying you need some time, which I'll grant, but not too much time. After all, other people's destinies are tied to yours. And since it's your charmed destiny that's at stake here, majority will rule. Two sisters will decide the fate of all three. So consider your choice wisely. Perhaps what happens next will help you to decide.
(He disappears. Everything unfreezes and Piper's cell phone rings. Leo comes in.)
Leo: Hey, did you just freeze me?
Piper: No, dear, the Angel of Destiny did.
(Piper picks up her cell.)
Piper: Yeah, you'd better check with the Elders and make sure he's for real. I'm not kidding. (Leo orbs out. Piper answers her phone.) Hello?
Darryl: Don't talk just listen.
Piper: Darryl? What's wrong?
Darryl: Apparently you guys are about to be put under surveillance. (Piper motions for Phoebe and Paige to come over and listen.) An FBI agent named Jackman called me into his office today. He did a search on unsolved cases. Apparently your names came up on way too many witness lists.
Phoebe: What do you mean? What does he know?
Darryl: I don't know, but I'm gonna try find out. In the meantime just lay low and whatever you do don't use any magic.
(They hang up.)
Paige: So are we screwed?
Piper: Maybe, but that would take destiny out of our hands and I don't think that's what the angel meant.
Phoebe: Okay, icksnay on the angelnay talk.
(They head for the stairs.)
[Cut to outside. A SFB Telecom van pulls up across the road. A guy gets out and gets in the back where surveillance equipment is set up. He puts on some earphones and a shot of outside the manor shows up on a screen. The girls' voices are heard in his earphones.]
Paige's Voice: I still don't understand how coming up here is gonna help.
Phoebe's Voice: Actually it's pretty simple. (Loud music blares through the earphones and he quickly turns down the earphone volume.)
[Cut to the attic. Phoebe sits the CD player next to the window.]
Phoebe: So you guys have been home all day, right?
Piper: Yeah, so?
Phoebe: So there's no way he would've had time to bug the inside of the house, he's gotta be listening from the outside.
(Phoebe walks over to the Book of Shadows.)
Piper: Is it ironic that here we are presented with the opportunity to give up our powers and now we suddenly can't even use them.
Phoebe: Except not using our powers doesn't necessarily mean that we won't be exposed. We still have Cole to worry about.
Paige: Phoebe, you can't make contact to a dead demon husband.
Phoebe: Yeah, but if I don't he will, and then what? The FBI is outside and if they find out about us it's gonna be the same thing as last year and we don't want that now do we? (She turns to the "To Find a Lost Love" spell in the BOS.) So I'm gonna cast the "To Find a Lost Love" spell. I mean, if Cole's soul is on some astral plane, it should astral me there, right?
Paige: Are you sure he even has a soul?
Phoebe: Well, what else would be calling out to me? Cole needs closure and so do I.
Piper: We will create a distraction outside in case your spell inside creates any fireworks.
Paige: Be careful.
[Scene: Manor. Living room. Piper is looking out the window. Paige walks in carrying a tray of lemonade.]
Paige: Unless we spike the lemonade, I doubt they'll...
Piper: Shh! That phone company van looks suspicious.
Piper: Well, because it wasn't there earlier, and besides he didn't put out any cones.
Paige: That's what you're basing it on?
Piper: Well, it's the best that I got, okay, now are you ready?
Paige: Why don't you just (she wiggles her fingers) to the street?
Piper: Because what is somebody drives around the corner? Now you just need to use some of your god given magic. (She undoes the top button on Paige's dress.) Okay? Go.
[Cut to outside. Paige walks down the stairs carrying the tray of lemonade. The men workers turn and stare at her. One worker whistles.]
Paige: (in a sexy voice) Anyone feel like a little cool down? (All the men rush over and take a glass.) Easy, boys, there's enough for everyone.
(Piper walks onto the road and smiles at Paige. She then goes over to the van and opens the door. She quickly freezes the guy inside and closes the door. She signals Phoebe who's looking out the attic window and turns off the music.)
[Cut to the attic. Phoebe goes and sits in a circle on the floor which has five lit candles around it. She reads a spell from the Book of Shadows.]
Phoebe: "Writher my love, wherever you be, through time and space, take my heart near to thee."
(She collapses on the floor.)
[Cut to an astral plane. It looks like hell with fire, jagged rocks, dark sky, and loud scary noises. Phoebe appears and bumps into Cole.]
(He grabs her.)
Cole: What are you doing here? Nobody's allowed to be here.
Phoebe: Here, where is here?
(They hear a loud growl.)
Cole: We've gotta move fast. Come on. (They climb up a rock. A snake-like creature pokes out of the ground and snaps at Phoebe's feet. It misses and goes back underground.) We'll be safe here but not for long. We have to keep moving, the beast will devour us both, for eternity. (Phoebe hugs him.) I knew you'd hear my cries.
Phoebe: Uh, Cole...
Cole: It's alright, you did the right thing. The Source is gone, devoured. This is the waste land where all vanquished demons end up. The beast feeds on their essence, their powers.
Phoebe: So what are you doing here?
Cole: Holding onto our love. I'm a demon with a soul, Phoebe. It's rather unique to the cosmos, that's why my soul's been able to cling here, keep from moving on.
Phoebe: Oh, but that's not healthy. Everyone has to move on, you know, sooner or later.
Cole: Yeah, well, that's easy for you to say, you'll get to go to the good place, me... (They hear a scream and a demon falls out of the sky. He is zapped and his powers hit the ground. Blue lights swirl around.) Over here, come on.
(They jump onto another rock. The snake creature pokes out of the ground and sucks up the blue light. It goes back underground.)
Phoebe: Okay, you know, you can't keep running from that thing forever.
Cole: That's why I've been calling you. You can help save me, save us.
Cole: Get Leo to get the Grimoire, that resurrection spell that the wizard was after, you can use that to resurrect me.
Cole: It's easy, I'll work you through it. All you have to do is... (Phoebe turns her back.) What's the matter?
Phoebe: I, uh, I can't use dark magic again, I won't.
Cole: Not even for us? (Suddenly, the creature pokes out of the rock and grabs Phoebe by the leg.) Phoebe!
(He grabs onto her arms.)
Phoebe: Help me! Use your powers!
Cole: I don't have any powers.
(A second creature pokes out of the ground and grabs Phoebe around the waist. She screams.)
[Cut to the attic. Phoebe, who is still on the floor, screams. Piper and Paige run in.]
(She screams again.)
[Cut to the van outside. The guy is unfrozen. He throws off his earphones when Phoebe screams.]
[Cut to the attic.]
Paige: Something's hurting her.
Piper: Something is killing her. (She looks in the Book of Shadows.) Here reversal spell.
Piper, Paige: "Return thy love, wherever she be, through time and space, bring her back to me."
[Cut to the astral plane. Phoebe disappears and the creatures go back underground.]
[Cut to the attic. Phoebe returns to her body. She sits up with a jolt and gasps.]
Piper: Okay, you're okay.
Phoebe: Oh my god, what was I thinking?
(Someone knocks on the front door and rings the doorbell.)
Paige: Uh-oh, I hope the freeze didn't wear off.
[Cut to the foyer. Piper, Phoebe and Paige walk in. Piper opens the door.]
Guy: Agent Jackman, FBI. (Holds up his badge.) We should talk.
[Scene: Manor. Dining room. Piper, Phoebe, Paige and Jackman are there. He puts a thick folder on the table and slides it over to the girls.]
Jackman: In case you're wondering, that's just a copy.
(They look in it to find photos of themselves being spied on.)
Phoebe: Pursued to agenda trust, Agent Jackman.
Jackman: If I wanted to expose you, I could've done that six months ago when that file first crossed my desk.
Paige: Expose us as what?
Jackman: Witches. It's the only logical explanation for all the unsolved cases, the missing persons, the mysterious deaths.
Piper: Prove it.
(He gets out a tape recorder and presses play.)
Paige: (on tape) Something is hurting her.
Piper: (on tape) Something is killing her. Here, reversal spell.
Piper, Paige: (on tape) "Return thy love wherever she be, through time and space, bring her back to me."
(He stops the tape.)
Piper: That doesn't prove anything.
Jackman: No, but it implies everything, especially when coupled with that file. You think your newspaper wouldn't run that story?
Phoebe: What do you want?
Jackman: Believe it or not, your help. See, I specialise in occult style slayings, that's why I was watching you in hopes of catching a serial killer. A witch hunter.
Piper: Alright, I've heard enough of this nonsense.
(Piper tries to freeze Jackman but he doesn't.)
Paige: Uh, wait a second, he froze before.
(Jackman pulls out an amulet out of his shirt which is hanging around his neck.)
Jackman: This time I was prepared. Like I said, I specialise in this stuff. There's supposed to only be a few of these amulets left in the world. Got this one off the witch hunter we're after. (He tucks it back under his shirt. He hands the girls a photo of the witch hunter.) Her name is Selena. I traced her genealogy all the way back to the witch trials. I think killing you people's in her blood, it's what she lives for. I mean, why else would she had burned her last three victims at the stake.
Piper: Why are you telling us this?
Jackman: Well, because I thought you were gonna be her next victims, but now that I know who you really are and what you can do, I need you to help me find her before she kills again.
Phoebe: Do you have any idea where she is?
Jackman: I did for a while, I had her in custody once but she got away. (He puts a plastic bag of stuff on the table.) These are some of Selena's personal belongings and from what I know, if you use your powers on them you might be able to find her. Now you do that, I'll make sure those files disappear forever. You don't, (he pulls out his card) well, you figure it out. (He grabs his bag.) Call me.
Paige: I don't trust him.
Piper: Gee, you think?
Phoebe: Maybe we should take the Angel of Destiny up on his offer.
Paige: Great, so we'd be free and so would Selena, who for all we know could be a warlock.
Phoebe: No, warlocks don't burn witches at the stake, they just steal their powers.
Paige: Exactly. Powers, Phoebe, the very things we were given to do good with, remember?
Phoebe: Huh, yeah, Paige, I remember.
Paige: Do you really or has all that dark magic just kinda gotten into your brain.
Paige: I can't believe you're so willing to just throw away our powers.
Phoebe: Paige, you don't know the hell that I've been through. You didn't live it.
Paige: Oh, really? I was just turned into a vampire and then I was shrunk and then we switched bodies and...
Phoebe: Okay, imagine going through that for years. All I'm asking is for my life back.
Piper: Okay, guys, enough, we need to focus.
Paige: What about you, Piper? What do you think?
Piper: I think we need to see this through like the angel suggested. So Paige, you are gonna go up to the attic and get started on this stuff. (She hands Paige Selena's stuff.) We will meet you there. Scoot. (Paige goes upstairs.) Leo! You can orb it's alright.
(Leo orbs in.)
Leo: What about the FBI agent?
Piper: Uh, he already busted us. But supposedly all he wants is our help.
Phoebe: Did you find anything out about the Angel of Destiny?
Leo: He's legit and so is his offer.
Piper: Okay, um, can you do us a favour and go get Darryl and make sure that agent Jackman is legit too. And meanwhile, we have a witch hunter to find. Don't ask, just go. (Leo orbs out. Phoebe moans.) Having a crappy day?
[Scene: Astral plane. Cole is running from the creature. He climbs up a large rock. The creature disappears. A demon falls from the sky and disintegrates. His powers fall to the ground and swirl around in a pile. Cole sees the creature near by and he jumps off the rock.]
Cole: You don't want his powers, you want me. (The creature heads for Cole.) Here I am, come and get me! Come on, hurry up, end it! (He steps forward and stands on the swirl of powers. He absorbs it. The creature goes for Cole and he puts his hands up, zapping the creature. Another demon falls from the sky and disintegrates. His power falls to the ground.) This could be good.
[Scene: Manor. Attic. Piper and Paige are there. Piper is reading from the Book of Shadows while Paige makes a potion.]
Piper: Before the flame subsides, let the wax from the candle drip onto the crystal. Once consecrated scry with the crystal for the one who is sought.
(Paige drips a candle into a pot and it explodes.)
Paige: Ain't magic grand.
(Phoebe walks in, talking on the phone.)
Phoebe: Okay, bye. (She hangs up.) That was Morris. He confirmed that there is a serial killer on the loose doing exactly what Jackman said.
Paige: We're all over it.
(Paige starts scrying on a map.)
Phoebe: He also said that Jackman has more information on us than he shared, including our genealogy. Dating all the way back to Melinda Warren.
Paige: Well, what does that mean?
Phoebe: They're gonna keep checking.
Piper: It means he's going through an awful lot of trouble to get as much information on us as possible. I got a bad feeling he's not gonna let us off the hook so easily after this is all over.
Paige: What, he's just gonna keep using us afterwards?
Phoebe: Great, Charlie's freakin' angels. This just keeps getting better and better.
(The crystal points to a spot on the map.)
Paige: Got Selena. Do we still go after her?
Piper: Well, we don't have a choice. We can't let her run around burning people at the stake.
[Cut to Selena's house. Paige orbs in a room with Piper and Phoebe. Piper opens a door slightly and peeks through it. She sees Selena and some men in the next room.]
Piper: (whispers) She has body guards. Lots of body guards.
Phoebe: I wonder why Jackman didn't tell us about them?
Paige: Probably figured we wouldn't help if we knew.
(A bodyguard walks in through a different door and shoots his gun at Paige. Piper freezes the bullet in mid-air.)
Piper: Paige. (She knocks the bullet out of the air.) Did you not have the sense to sense if anybody else was in the room before you orbed us in here?
(Another bodyguard comes in through the other door and shoots. Paige gets a fright and orbs out. Phoebe grabs the bodyguard and pushes him against a cabinet.)
[Cut to the other room. Selena is there heading for the door. Paige orbs in front of her.]
Paige: Going somewhere? (Selena takes a swing at Paige but misses. Paige hits Selena and knocks her unconscious. Piper and Phoebe race in.) We're gonna need some serious memory dust after all this is over.
Piper: Yeah, well, we've gotta get out of here.
(Phoebe sees Cole in the corner of the room.)
Phoebe: Cole. (He disappears. Piper turns to look.) I swear he was just there.
(A bodyguard runs in and shoots. Piper freezes him.)
Piper: Time to go. Orb! Orb! Orb!
(They all orb out.)
[Scene: Manor. Someone knocks on the door. Piper answers it and Jackman walks in.]
Jackman: Where is she?
Piper: In there. (Jackman pulls out his gun.) Whoa! Whoa! You don't need that, she's unconscious.
(He puts it away and they go into the living room where Selena is unconscious on the couch.)
Jackman: Did she put up much of a fight?
Phoebe: No, but her bodyguards did.
Jackman: Bodyguards? She had bodyguards?
Piper: Yeah, lots of them with lots of guns and they weren't shy about using them either.
Jackman: Oh, must have known we were closing in on her.
Paige: Still, don't you think it's odd that a serial killer has hired guns protecting her?
Jackman: Well, maybe she's not working alone.
Phoebe: Or maybe you're just not telling us everything.
Jackman: Maybe I'm not. What are you gonna do about it?
Piper: Well, for one thing, we're not gonna let you take her without a warrant.
Jackman: You know, you're all the same. You think that just because you have gifts, powers, that you're above it all, you're special. Well I'm no different.
Phoebe: Oh really?
Jackman: Yeah. Your arrogance is your Achilles heal, that's why witch hunters and demons are always after you and they always will be. I wouldn't trade places with you for the world. Oh, ah, (he pulls out some paper) he's your warrant.
Paige: So when do we get our files?
Jackman: When she's in jail and I feel I'm safe.
Phoebe: Safe from what?
Jackman: Safe from you. (He picks up Selena.) I don't wanna be another one of those people who mysteriously disappear around here.
Piper: I knew he'd never give up those files. In case anybody is wondering we are officially screwed.
Phoebe: Not necessarily.
Paige: No, we are not giving up our powers.
(She storms over to the couch and sits down.)
Phoebe: Paige, I don't wanna give up our powers either. But I don't wanna give up our lives even more. He's just gonna keep using us.
Piper: Unless we let the angel wipe the slate clean. Look, Paige, we said we would wait to decide until this thing played out and it has. And frankly if the angel hadn't made this offer I'd probably think differently and I'd think let's just keep fighting. But I'm tired of fighting and Jackman's right, it is never ending.
Phoebe: Unless we end it ourselves. So do we need to talk to Leo about this first?
Piper: No, it doesn't have anything to do with him, it's just us. And he will understand.
Paige: You guys are only seeing the bad. What about all the wonder of being witches, the stuff you introduced me to in the first place. You're gonna let all that go?
Phoebe: Paige, it doesn't balance out anymore. And after everything that we've lost, it doesn't seem worth it.
Paige: What about all the good we've done. Doesn't that count for anything?
Piper: Of course it does but that's exactly why we have this choice to make. He said we fulfilled our destiny, we've done it. This is supposed to be our reward for that.
Paige: Yeah, well, pardon me if it didn't seem like much of a reward, because without being witches I wouldn't have sisters.
[Timelapse. Attic. Piper, Phoebe, Paige and the Angel of Destiny are there.]
Angel of Destiny: Are you sure about this?
Phoebe: Yeah. As sure as we're ever gonna be.
Angel of Destiny: You understand this decision is final. There'll be no changing your minds.
Piper: We understand.
Angel of Destiny: Very well.
(He closes his eyes and raises his arms.)
Piper: Hold it. Just so we're clear this wipes the entire slate clean. No read the find print technicalities, no more demons, no more vengeful warlocks.
Phoebe: And we won't have to worry about Agent Jackman anymore, or anyone else who might have found out we were witches?
Piper: Exactly. Just free to lead normal lives with no demonic aftertaste.
Angel of Destiny: Absolutely.
Paige: Will we remember? Being witches that is.
Angel of Destiny: Oh, you'll remember everything. It doesn't change your history, only your future.
Paige: And what about the book?
Angel of Destiny: It'll pass as some future descendent.
Phoebe: What about Cole? Will he keep trying to make contact with me?
Angel of Destiny: I don't know, I have no control over that. He exists beyond time and space, outside destiny's reach.
Piper: What is it?
Phoebe: It's just that he's still holding on, that's why he appeared to me. So maybe if I can tell him that I don't have the power to save him, then he'll be able to move on for good.
Paige: I don't think that's such a good idea considering what happened last time.
Phoebe: I can't leave it like this. I owe him more than that.
[Scene: Astral plane. Cole is standing on a rock. Phoebe astral projects in.]
Phoebe: Cole. (She climbs onto the rock.) I have to talk to you but I don't have a lot of time.
Cole: Did you see me come to you?
Phoebe: Yes, I did. How did you do that?
Cole: It's a secret.
Phoebe: I'm giving up my powers, we all are.
Phoebe: I don't have time to explain but it's true, which means...
Cole: I know what it means.
Phoebe: Cole, we did the best we could. We tried every way possible to make this work but it wasn't meant to be. And it wasn't because we didn't love each other, it's just love wasn't enough, so now we have to move on, okay, the both of us.
Cole: You'd better go before the beast attacks.
(She astral projects out. Cole looks down at the dead creature.)
[Cut to the attic. Phoebe astral projects back in her body and gasps.]
Piper: Are you okay?
Phoebe: Yeah, lets do this.
Piper: Uh, well, we've been thinking a little bit.
Phoebe: Are you having second thoughts?
Paige: Not about the decision unfortunately.
Piper: About Jackman and Selena.
Paige: Yeah, a lot of things don't add up. His extensive knowledge of witches, how he got a hold of that amulet.
Piper: The fact that he came in alone to pick up Selena.
Paige: The bodyguards.
Piper: We just wanna make sure we've done the right thing before it's too late to do anything about it.
Phoebe: Okay. (to the Angel of Destiny) Is that okay?
Angel of Destiny: Hm? Oh, sure, absolutely. Frankly, I thought you were being a bit premature anyway.
Piper: Well, then why didn't you say something?
Angel of Destiny: Oh, can't, free will and all. Let me know when you're ready.
Paige: So now what?
(Leo orbs in with Darryl.)
Leo: We were just coming to get you.
Piper: Why? What did you find?
Leo: Another genealogy Jackman has besides yours.
Paige: Oh, yeah, we know Selena's a descendent of witch hunters.
Darryl: No, Jackman is. Selena is a daughter of a witch.
Darryl: She is not a suspect, she's a victim. They have her in a safe house because somebody's trying to kill her.
Paige: Please tell me we didn't just help a witch hunter get a witch.
Piper: Oh my god.
Phoebe: Oh my god.
[Scene: A park somewhere. Jackman has Selena tied to a stake. He lights the wood surrounding her feet.]
Selena: Somebody please help me!
Jackman: No one can hear you, not where we are.
Selena: Please don't. No. (She starts to cry.)
Jackman: Oh, but I must. You see it is my duty, what I was born to do. It is what I'll continue to do until every last one of you is dead.
Jackman: You're not gonna get away from me this time, witch.
[Scene: The park. Continued from before.]
Selena: You're making a mistake, I swear I'm not a witch.
Jackman: Of course you are, Selena, it's in your blood. Your mother was, that makes you one too.
Selena: I'm begging you.
Jackman: You know why they burned witches at the stake four hundred years ago? So they would burn forever in eternal fire. They used green wood too made it last longer, prolong the agony.
(Paige orbs in with Piper and Phoebe.)
Jackman: Come to save your sister witch have you?
Piper: Actually, yeah.
(She tries to freeze the fire but nothing happens.)
Jackman: You see, I buried the rest of the amulets around here in anticipation of your arrival. Your powers are useless here. However... (He pulls out a gun and grabs Phoebe.) Mine aren't. Move and she dies.
Phoebe: It was his plan all alone. He's gonna kill us anyway. Ouch!
Jackman: Hey, how's it feel to be powerless, huh? Mortal. You're a discourage from mankind, a blasphemy. Burning will be your justice too.
(Phoebe hits Jackman and knocks him to the ground.)
Phoebe: (to Piper and Paige) Get Selena.
(Piper and Paige race over and try to put the fire out while Phoebe fights with Jackman. Selena's pants catch on fire.)
Paige: Piper, her leg. What are you doing? (Piper jumps onto the wood and knocks over the post Selena is tied to.) Piper!
(Jackman points his gun at Phoebe.)
Jackman: Saving her life just cost you yours.
(Cole appears behind Phoebe. Jackman shoots his gun and the bullet heads for Phoebe. Cole waves his hand and Phoebe and Jackman swap places. The bullet hits Jackman. Phoebe sees Cole.)
Cole: I couldn't very well let you die now could I?
Phoebe: I don't understand. How are you...?
Cole: Here? Let's just say I picked up a few powers lately, quite a few actually. (He starts to leave but stops.) I'm not giving up on us, Phoebe. Ever.
(He disappears. Selena coughs.)
Piper: Paige, you've gotta go get the ambulance.
Paige: You'll be okay.
(She races off.)
[Scene: Manor. Foyer. Leo is there, pacing. Piper and Phoebe walk in through the front door.]
Leo: Where's Paige?
Piper: Oh, she had to park down the street because the driveway was blocked.
Leo: Well, that's ridiculous, I'll go talk to them and tell them to move.
Phoebe: Oh, no, it's not a big deal.
Piper: And to think twenty-four hours ago that was our biggest problem.
Leo: How'd it go?
Piper: Uh, well, it looks like we got away with everything so far.
Phoebe: Thanks to Selena testifying for us.
Leo: What about how Agent Jackman died?
Piper: They're stumped. They can't figure out how he shot himself from twenty feet away.
Phoebe: What are they gonna do, subpoena Cole?
Leo: You guys stopped one of their own from killing again, I think they'd be grateful.
Piper: Yeah, one would hope. At least until they find those files on us.
Leo: They won't. I sorta orbed them into a volcano.
Phoebe: You what?
Piper: Uh, excuse me, are you allowed to do that?
Leo: Well, my job is to protect my charges and that's all I did.
(Piper kisses him.)
Piper: Thanks. Maybe sometime soon you won't have to protect your charges. Are you okay with that?
Leo: Whatever you guys decide I'll support. I mean that.
(The front door opens and Paige walks in. Suddenly, Leo and everything else freezes.)
Paige: The door's stuck. (The Angel of Destiny appears.) Oh, you.
(She walks over to Piper and Phoebe.)
Angel of Destiny: Well, still ready to retire?
Phoebe: Actually, I don't think so anymore. We saved someone and it felt good, it felt right. Besides, I got a little taste of what life would be like without my powers and I didn't like it at all.
Angel of Destiny: (to Piper) What about you?
Piper: Majority rules, right? Might as well make it unanimous. What can I say, we're masochists.
Paige: We are?
Piper: Yeah, sometimes. But Phoebe's right, this isn't a choice we have to make, it's who we are.
Angel of Destiny: You realise you won't get this opportunity again.
Phoebe: We understand.
Angel of Destiny: Very well. (He starts to leave but stops.) By the way, thought you'd like to know, neither decision would've affected yours and Leo's personal destiny.
Angel of Destiny: You'll find out soon.
(He glances down at Piper's stomach.)
Phoebe: Oh my god.
Phoebe: Don't you get it?
Phoebe: (to Paige) Don't you get it? (excitedly) She's pregnant!
Piper: Who's pregnant? I'm pregnant?
(Phoebe and Paige scream in excitement and hug Piper.)
Phoebe: (to Piper's tummy) Hi baby.
(They giggle. The Angel of Destiny smiles and disappears out the front door.)
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