can Stuart be?" Phoebe asked.
"We're supposed to be going out on a date in fifteen minutes."
"Maybe he got stuck in traffic," Leo suggested.
"That's something that never happens to you with your
orbing," Piper said. "Or does it? Do white-lighters have a rush-hour
when your orbing slows down in orb traffic?"
"Uh, no, not really," Leo said. "It doesn't
work that way. When we-"
"ARRGGHH!!" Phoebe's scream interrupted him as
blood started running from her nose.
"ARRGGHH!" she screamed again. Bruises suddenly
appeared on her cheek and chin. A gash opened up on her forehead and blood
streamed from her mouth.
"ARRGGGHH!" Phoebe doubled over in pain as she
felt her ribs being pushed inwards.
Piper shouted. The image of
Phoebe started to shake and blur and their eyes couldn't focus on her.
The door to The Manor opened and the demon Tallor strode into the
"Tallor!" Prue cried, anger filling her. She waved
her hand at him and sent the demon flying back into the wall.
"What are you doing to Phoebe?!" she demanded.
"It's not me," Tallor said as he started to get
up. "It's Jôlét. He's gone back into time. And he's changed something in the past that
is about to kill her."
"What's happening to her? Why is she blurring?"
Piper cried as Phoebe fell to the floor.
"The changes in time caused by what Jôlét did are
rolling forward through time until all of the changes catch up to the
present. As each instant in the past
changes, her present is affected and changed by it. Because her present time is changing she's out of phase
with your present time, which isn’t changing. That's why she's blurred to you."
"Leo - heal her!" Prue shouted.
"If you have the power to heal you have to use it
before all of the changes rolling through time reach the present,"
Tallor said. "Once that happens she'll be dead."
Leo tried putting his hands on her blurred chest.
"I can't touch her," he said. "She's all
blurry. She isn't solid."
Tallor pushed Prue aside and knelt down beside Leo.
"Give me your hands," he ordered. Leo looked at
Tallor, then moved his hands near him. Tallor grabbed one of Leo's wrists in
each of his hands and put Leo's hands onto Phoebe's chest.
"Now you can heal her," Tallor said.
Leo could now feel Phoebe's chest and as he held his hands
on it an aura of light began to glow around them. He held them there for ten
seconds until the blood stop gushing from her.
"Her head," he said to Tallor, who nodded. Tallor
moved Leo's hands to Phoebe's head and the bruises and gash disappeared. Leo
kept his hands on her a few seconds more.
"She's OK," he said looking up to Piper and Prue.
Tallor let go of Leo's hands and as they both stood up Phoebe's image stopped
"The changes in time have reached the present,"
Tallor said. "In the changed
present, Phoebe would have been dead from those wounds had you not healed
her. And had I not been
Phoebe started to sit up.
"Are you OK?" Prue asked as she knelt down beside
"Yes..." she said as she stood up. "I'm
"How were you able to touch her when Leo
couldn't?" Piper asked.
"I have other time powers that Jôlét doesn't know
about," Tallor said. "I can
synchronize myself to changing time.
When I held Leo's wrists tightly in my hands he became synchronized with
her time through me."
"How did you know something was going to happen to
Phoebe?" Prue asked, her eyes
fixed suspiciously on him.
"I didn't," he said. "But I knew Jôlét was
going to double-cross you. So when I
sensed that he had taken someone back in time I thought it was one of
"And you came to kill Jôlét and us," Prue said.
"If I was going to kill you I wouldn't have saved your
sister," Tallor replied. "Jôlét is another matter."
"What did you mean about sensing that Jôlét took
someone back in time?" Leo asked.
"Everyone has his own personal past in time, as he
experienced it, and his own pathway that connects him to this past,"
Tallor explained. "You can't access your pathway to go back through
it but Jôlét can access it with the power you took from me and gave him.
That power lets him use someone - let's say it was you - he uses you to take
both him and you through your pathway to any particular time in your past that
he wants to go to.
"Then there would be two of me in the past," Piper
"No,” Tallor said. “When you go back through your
pathway you're going back through your own time, your own life. Only one of you
existed at any time in the past so only one of you will exist in the
pathway. You're inside yourself, the
'you' that existed at that time. You wouldn't even know that you had gone back
through time while you were there, nor would you know anything about the
"And through this Jôlét can change things in the
past," Phoebe said.
"He can only use the power to directly change what's in
your pathway - your own past.
But the past is all intertwined in countless subtle and indirect ways.
What he changes in your past will affect others."
"How does he get back to the present?" Piper
asked. "And what does the person he uses remember?"
"After he's done, he returns with you via your pathway
to your present," Tallor said.
"You would remember nothing.
Not of being in the past. Not of
what the present was like before anything in the past was changed.
"Jôlét didn't know that I have the power to sense when
that happens and to track where he went."
"Who did he take back to the past?" Prue asked.
"I can't tell who," Tallor said. "I also
can't tell if he came back with him."
"You mean he could leave him in the past?" Phoebe
"Not exactly," Tallor said. "He could do
something to the person he's using so that he no longer had a future, or at
least not a future that reached to the present."
"Then how could Jôlét get back to the present without
him?" Piper asked.
"Jôlét would have to be fast," Tallor said.
"He would have to get back through the pathway before time rolled the
changes caused by whatever he did to that person forward to the present and
that person, and his pathway, no longer existed. It's risky. It would have
to be really important to Jôlét to try it."
"Why did you save Phoebe?" Prue asked, still
"She could have removed my memory in the warehouse, as you told her to,
after she took away my power to give to Jôlét," Tallor said. "Not knowing
who and what I was would have effectively destroyed me.
But she didn't. She didn't hurt me. So I was in
"Since when do demons care about debts?" Prue
"I'll admit it's a minor weakness," he
answered. "I don't like being in
debt to anyone. Especially to one of
The Charmed Ones."
"Jôlét didn't take one of us back into our past,"
Piper asked, "so how did he hurt Phoebe like that?"
"I could feel how much damage was done to her,"
Leo said. "Her whole insides were crushed. The bleeding, those
wounds...I've seen similar ones. It was as if she had been in a car
"Or more precisely...run over by a car," Prue
said, slowly. "Stuart saved Phoebe
from being run over by the demon car.
If Stuart had been killed in his past before that happened, Phoebe would
have been crushed by that car."
"If Jôlét wanted to kill Phoebe, why didn't he take her
back into her past?" Leo asked.
"Because it wasn't just me he wanted to kill,"
Phoebe said. "Remember how
incensed he was when Stuart said he would protect Piper from him? And when he left, he told Stuart that he
wasn't through with him.
"It was Stuart he really wanted to kill."
"And Stuart's not home yet," Prue said.
"And he should have been a long time ago," Phoebe
said, fear in her voice.
"I didn't expect to ever say this to a demon,"
Prue said, taking a deep breath. "Thank you...Thank you for saving
"How did you know where to find us?" Piper asked.
"Phoebe told me her name and so I asked around,"
Tallor answered. "There are quite
a few demons who know that you're The Charmed Ones and know where you live.
They showed me how to get here."
"Oh, that's just great!" Piper said. "Now we're on the demon's version of
The Beverly Hills Map to the Stars' Homes."
"Stuart would have called if he was stuck
somewhere," Phoebe said, looking at Prue.
"Jôlét took him and...did something to him."
"It seems that way," Prue said, unhappily.
"We have to go back into Stuart's past and stop
Jôlét," Phoebe said turning to Tallor. "And you have to help
"No," Tallor said. "I've paid off my debt to you. I'm done here."
"We can't find Jôlét without you," Phoebe said.
"You said so yourself."
"That's true," Tallor said. "But why should I
help you? I'm not in the habit of helping good witches."
"Because," Prue said to him with a steely,
determined look, "I'm not going to just stop Jôlét." She paused, and
her head began to bob slightly.
"I'm going to take that power away from him," she
said. "And then I'm going to vanquish him. And if you...if you want your power back...you'd better help
Tallor raised his eyebrows and thought about it for a
"Without that power, I don't have any way of
traveling back in time," he said, sounding hooked.
"We do," Prue said.
"We do?" Piper asked.
"We have a spell for it," Prue said. "We used it in that episode when...uh,
that time when we traveled back to see Mom and Grams to stop Nicholas
from killing us."
"Oh. That one," Piper said. "Uh...it will take us a while to find
that one. I don't exactly remember
where, uh, it is."
"We'll also need to find a spell to vanquish
Jôlét," Phoebe said.
"And to transfer the power back to Tallor," Prue
said. "We'll come down as soon as
we're ready. Leo will keep you
entertained while we're preparing."
"Uh...I don't know if I'm permitted to have a good time
with a demon," Leo said.
"Then have a miserable time with him,"
Piper said in an impatient tone as she walked past him. "Just keep your
eyes on him."
"Here it is," Phoebe finally announced with a
trace of incredulity, staring at what she had found. "The spell to go back
in time. Just as we said it on Charmed.
It's tied into that bond with Nicholas. I'll change it just a little for Stuart.
"And here is the spell Grams used to send us back to our time,"
she continued, looking at the bottom half of the page. "Grams must have added it here
after she sent us back. We'll use this spell to come home, just as we
did in the episode."
Piper looked over Phoebe's shoulder at the page in The Book
"We're going to use a Charmed script's make-believe
spells," Piper said with incredulity, "that were dreamed up by a
writer, that we read as actresses in a scene, shot on a set in the first
season, to really travel back through time to the past in real
life. And then to return to the present time."
She looked at Prue and Phoebe.
"Am I the only here having trouble with this?" she
"They're both in The Book of Shadows so they will work,"
Prue said, matter-of-factly.
"But I can't find Jôlét in The Book," Phoebe said.
"Than we'll have to improvise," Prue said. "Take any vanquishing spell from The
Book and change it to fit Jôlét, the way you would have done on Charmed. We can't wait any longer. I don't want to
give Jôlét any more time to change anything else in the past."
Leo and Tallor sat facing each other in opposite end-chairs. Leo's face was an odd mixture - an
expression of pain and discomfort vying with a forced smile. At the first sounds of someone descending
the stairs he jumped up with obvious relief.
"We're ready," Prue said as they came into the
"Here's where Jôlét was when he used the pathway to
return to the present," Tallor said, giving Prue a piece of paper.
"We'll go back to a time one-half hour before
that," Prue said. "That should give us enough time to stop him."
"Be careful," Leo said. "You saw what Jôlét
can do." He went over to Piper and put his hands on her arms. He looked
into her eyes for a second then lightly kissed her.
"We'll have to hold hands when we say the spell,"
Prue said. "You too, Tallor."
Prue and Piper were on either side of Phoebe, who held up
the spell for them to see.
"The breaking of our bond
which was not to be done
Give us the power to see it undone
And turn back
To when it was
They were standing on the edge of a greensward that ran
in either direction alongside the water.
To their left, two sailboats passed each other in front of the
breakwater, their sails glistening in the afternoon sun. To their right was a roadway and beyond it a
wide harbor. A bridge spanning its
width split the view of the harbor in two as it connected the roadway to the
harbor's other side. A cliff overlooking
the harbor ran the length of that other side, a road running up its edge to the
houses on its summit.
worked," Phoebe said.
"Hmmphh...score one for Charmed's writers," Piper
said, conceding the spell's success.
"Where are we?" Phoebe asked.
"Dana Point," Prue said, reading the sign on the
sculpture in front of them. "It's
just south of Laguna Beach. We're back
in Southern California."
"Jôlét must be around here," Piper said.
"Let's split up-"
"Wait," Phoebe said, and started walking towards
someone sitting on a bench about twenty yards away.
"Stuart!" Phoebe called out.
Stuart turned around and stared at her as she walked up to
"Don't you know me?" she asked, hopefully.
"I...know...who I think you are but...how do
you...know me?" he asked.
"Who am I?" she asked.
"Are you...Phoebe?" he asked hesitantly.
She nodded. "Alyssa Milano," she said.
"Of course," he said, stunned, "I'm sorry.
I...just think of you as Phoebe. I always watch Charmed."
"I know," she said. "And you have a special
leaning towards Phoebe."
"How...how did you know that?" he asked.
"You don't remember," she said. Though Tallor had told her he wouldn't she
was still disappointed.
"I'm sorry," he began, "...Ms. Milano please
forgive me...we must have met...but...I don't know how I could have
forgotten meeting you. I'm so embarrassed...I just don't remember..."
"It's all right," she said. "Don't feel
embarrassed. It's because you're a mortal that you don't remember when you
travel through time."
"Through time?" he asked, feeling completely
"I don't see Jôlét," Prue said as she approached
"Shannen Doherty?" Stuart said, staring at her.
"But he has to be around here," Prue said. "We'll watch you and be close
by." Phoebe nodded and Prue went
back to Piper and Tallor.
Stuart, dumbfounded, could do nothing more than stare at
"Let's take a walk," Phoebe said. "OK?"
"Uh...a walk...with you..." he said, feeling
tongue-tied. "Of course that's OK, Ms. Milano."
"Ms. Milano," Phoebe repeated. It was so formal,
so proper. So...cold. She thought of the walks they'd taken together in San
Francisco. But now, those walks hadn't even happened yet.
"Call me Alyssa," she said to him, with a slight
smile. "Come on."
They started walking along the path, the water off to their
left. The sun, though still fairly
high, nevertheless backlit the few people ahead of them.
Phoebe stopped and stared intensely at someone
walking towards them until she was able to see that it wasn't Jôlét.
"What I'm going to tell you will be hard for you to
believe," she said, as they resumed walking. "I don't really have any
way of proving it to you. But I know that you'll be able to accept it.
"What's today's date?" she asked him.
"Today...uhh..." Stuart nervously fumbled with his
watch. "Uhh...March 5th," he said, looking at the date displayed on
Phoebe took a deep breath.
"In exactly two months from today, I'm going to become
Phoebe Halliwell - in real life. Our
roles - Shannen's, Holly's and mine - will become real." She stopped and turned to Stuart.
"We'll be changed into the Halliwell sisters. Charmed won't be a TV series anymore -
everything on it will have become real.
And the world...the real world...will somehow be changed, too. There won't be a lot of changes. Just enough to accommodate our becoming The
Charmed Ones in real life.
"In two months from now, demons will have plans for
major destruction in the world. And the three of us will be transformed into
real witches to stop them, to save the lives of millions of innocents."
Stuart looked at her bewildered, not knowing what to make of
what she was saying.
"We'll be just as we appear on Charmed," she
continued. "Only it will all be
real. The powers, The Manor...and the
"In two months from now...you'll be with us, helping us
fight the demons, though you won't have any powers to use against them"
"In two months?" he asked. "How...how do you
know...what will happen in two months?"
She took another deep breath. "Because...I'm not the Alyssa Milano from today. I'm from the future...from almost three months
in the future. I've come back to the
past. To today."
Stuart, feeling more confused the more Phoebe spoke, tried
to say something. But he was too overwhelmed by her story to coherently ask
"It's a long story," Phoebe continued, "and
there isn't time to go into it. But
there's a demon who's gone back to the past...to this time...and changed
something. And because of
that...something's going to happen to you.
We've come back from the future to stop it."
They approached a bench and Stuart stopped.
"Excuse me, but...I have to..." he said, and sat
down to steady himself,
"Ms. Milano...Alyssa...please, forgive me for asking
this but...you are an actress. Is this...something that you're
filming?...to see people's responses to such a story? Are you making some show
out of people's reactions?"
"No," she said. "It's all real. Our becoming
witches, the demons, your being there with us.
"When we were changed, you were with us. You accepted our becoming witches before we
did and helped us to accept it too.
Because you can accept things, accept facts, even if they seem impossible.
Like something that happened to you a long time ago, something that still seems
impossible, something you still can't explain. But you accepted that it
happened...because it did.
"You accepted having the car keys." Stuart's jaw
dropped at those words.
"The...car keys...from the rented car," he said,
astonished. "I returned the car, went home...and the keys were still there
in my house. I never told anyone about that."
"In about ten weeks from now you're going to tell
me," she said.
Stuart closed his eyes. He felt the world, his world, being
turned upside down. And he was having trouble hanging on.
"How...did I become part of...what happened to
you?" he managed to ask.
"You saved my life when a demon tried to kill me. You
were with me when I was transformed into Phoebe Halliwell and got brought along
with me to San Francisco."
"I...saved your life? I actually saved your life?"
She nodded. "I know I would do that...without hesitation. That's one thing
I can accept."
"You saved my life twice," she said as she took
his hands into hers and held them with her eyes closed. Stuart couldn't believe
that they were really holding hands.
"Ohh!! Prue, Piper!" she called.
"You got a premonition of what Jôlét is going to
do?" Prue asked as they hurried to them.
"Holly Combs, too?" Stuart asked, staring
"A railing," Phoebe said. "Stuart is leaning
against it...it's high up...I could see the harbor below it. The railing gives
way...and Stuart falls down..."
"Jôlét is going to kill him," Piper said.
"Kill me??" he asked. "What are-"
"Where were you going before I stopped you?"
Phoebe asked him.
"I...I was going to drive up to...to Violet
Lantern," he said, feeling even more confused.
"Lantern?" she asked.
"That's what the streets in Dana Point are called. Lanterns,
instead of streets and avenues."
"Is there a railing there?" Phoebe asked.
"Uh...uh...yes...uh...by Blue Lantern... Uh, no...it's by Amber Lantern. It has a magnificent view of the
harbor. I was going to walk the short
path to it from Violet Lantern. It's up
there," he said, pointing to the cliff overlooking the harbor.
"Jôlét must have done something to it, weakened
it," Phoebe said. "Don't go up there, Stuart. Stay away from it and
you'll be safe."
"Only if we find Jôlét," Piper said, "before
he realizes Stuart didn't go there and finds some other way to kill him."
"That railing is a danger to anyone who goes there and
leans against it," Prue said. "Someone else can be killed. We have to
stop Jôlét from weakening it. We'll have to go back in time to when Jôlét first
came here. And take the power away from
him before he can do anything to that railing - or to anything else in the
"Explain this to me," Stuart said.
"Go ahead," Prue said. "I'll call you when
"I'll stay here and watch out for Jôlét in case he
comes to check on why Stuart isn't up there," Piper said. Prue nodded and walked back to where they
had left Tallor. Piper walked a few
yards down the path to give Stuart and Phoebe some privacy.
"Find where Jôlét came into this time when he left the
pathway," Prue said to Tallor.
"Why?" he asked.
"We're going to stop him from hurting anyone in
the past," Prue said. "And
the only way to be sure of that is to get to him as soon as he comes out of the
pathway. So find when and where that
was and we'll go back in time to it."
"It may take a while to track him from here,"
"Start!" Prue ordered.
Stuart looked off at a sailboat turning astern on the water.
"Everything is happening so fast," he said.
"I'm feeling things that...that I never even admitted to myself. That...I never realized that I felt when I
"The weeks we've spent getting to know each other have
been condensed into fifteen minutes here," Phoebe said. "I've overwhelmed you."
"And now," Stuart said, "I know why I never
admitted to myself what...what I might be feeling for you. Because it was
preposterous. It...couldn't happen.
"And now it is happening. I'm sitting here
and...I can...hold your hand."
"When we stop Jôlét before he weakens the railing,
" Phoebe said, "this present won't have happened. It will go back,
for you, to how it really happened before we came back in time. We won't have
"If that happens...then I'll lose you," he said.
"You won't lose me. We'll be seeing each other in the
future," Phoebe said.
"The future...you can't be sure about the future,"
he said turning around to her. "But right now, this time here with you,
has been the most un-believable thing that's ever happened to me."
Stuart felt he was about to lose the impossible thing that he suddenly
had...being with Alyssa Milano. And the confused but also desperate look on his face showed it.
Phoebe saw that look, threw her arms around him and kissed him.
He hesitated for a second, then put his arms around her, too.
"This...uhh, this is so un-believable." He looked deeply into her eyes and was
silent for a moment.
"You have real demons to vanquish...you really do have
to save the world from them - don't you?"
He shook his head slowly.
"And I have to lose you for you to do it."
"You helped fight the demons in the future, too,"
she said. "And you're not going to lose me. I'm going to take away Jôlét's powers and undo what he did. And then we'll see each other again in the
"I found his time trail," Tallor said as he and
Prue came up behind them.
"Who's that?" Stuart asked.
"Tallor. He's a demon," Phoebe answered.
Stuart said and looked at him for a moment until it registered. "Hey!" he said and started to pull
"He's not going to hurt me," she said and looked
into Stuart's eyes. "You never stop trying to protect me, do you."
"The advance knowledge you've given him," Tallor
said, pointing to Stuart, " is enough of a change to alter the future,
perhaps in ways that you might not like.
Going back in time now will undo that."
"I have to go now," Phoebe said gently. They threw their arms around each other once
more and kissed.
They let go of each and she gently brushed his the
side of his face with her hand. "We will be going for walks together in the
future," she said. "I promise."
Stuart nodded. "Be careful."
"I will," she said and walked back to join the
He hesitated, then took a deep breath.
"I really do care about you," he called after her.
She stopped, turned back to him and looked at him silently for a moment.
"I know," she said. She peered into his eyes for a
moment, then turned around and continued walking.
Piper looked across a marina filled with white boats, an
occasional maroon or green bridge enclosure interrupting the sea of ubiquitous
blue canvas cockpit covers.
"I think we came from the other side of the
marina," she said, pointing to the greensward that the marina separated
Having said the spell again, they found themselves on a
walkway running alongside the harbor. A small building with a sign 'Dana Island
Yachts' stood to their left.
"Which way?" Piper asked.
"This way," Phoebe said. She pointed across the marina parking lot to a one-story shopping
area that ran parallel to the water. A
figure walked out from between the shops, went into the parking lot and headed
"Stuart," Prue remarked.
"It would be best not to talk to him here," Tallor
said. "You want to prevent changes from happening. Don't introduce new
Prue nodded. They turned towards the water until Stuart
reached the walkway and passed them.
"Stuart came out of there," Phoebe said, pointing
to a break in the row of shops. "Since Jôlét exited Stuart’s pathway with
him he must be there."
They crossed the parking lot and walked up the nine steps to
the shops' walkway. A restaurant stood before them and to its right was a row
of boutique shops. There was a gap between it and a second row of shops that
"Let's go - carefully," Prue said. They walked to the end of the first row and
turned into the beginning of an arcade.
It ran between the two rows of shops, a shop entrance from each row on
either side of the arcade, before turning right. Piper walked past the shop on
the arcade's right side and peered around the corner.
An inner arcade continued for another fifty feet. Two gift shops were at its end while a third
adjacent store stood empty. And in the
center of the arcade stood Jôlét.
"Jôlét's there," Piper said to them.
"You'll freeze him," Prue said. "We'll take
the sphere from him, transfer the power to it, then transfer it back to
They turned at the sound of voices behind them. Two women
and a young girl had turned into the arcade from the walkway. One of the women
was talking to the girl while the other woman adjusted the collar on the girl's
"We have to stop those people from coming into the
arcade," Prue said. "They'll get hurt."
Phoebe said, running to them and motioning with her hands. "There's a man waving a big knife
running around by the stores."
"OHHHH!" one of the women cried. She grabbed the
young girl and pulled her towards her.
"Let's get out of here," the other woman said,
frightened. They each took one of the
young girl's hands and ran hysterically back outside and down the walkway.
"Let's go," Prue said. Piper peered around the
corner again and raised her hand.
"OK," she said. They walked into the inner arcade
and approached Jôlét. Piper took the sphere and, holding it facing Jôlét,
stepped back a few feet from him. Prue took out the paper and began the spell.
power of time travel
demon may hide,
Link it to this
And to the
power that's inside."
There was a low
rumbling sound as the sphere glowed and started to revolve in Piper's
hand. But as the light extended from
the sphere to Jôlét he suddenly unfroze.
Seeing them, he waved his hand at the sphere. Suddenly it started swinging wildly in Piper's hand. The light stopped but then shot out again,
this time towards Prue.
"Arrggh" Prue cried as she ducked below it.
"Jôlét's controlling the sphere," Piper shouted.
A second light shot out towards Phoebe but she saw it coming
and ducked, too. Prue waved her hand at Jôlét and sent him flying against the
"When we link the sphere to him he unfreezes,"
"Then we'll transfer the power with him unfrozen,"
Prue said, waving her hand and sending Jôlét flying back into the wall again.
"Here," Prue said, handing the spell to
Phoebe. "Say the spell. I'll keep Jôlét from controlling the
As Phoebe said the spell Prue waved her hand at Jôlét,
preventing him from concentrating on the sphere. The light extended to him and she waved her hand again, then a
second and a third time.
This was more than what was needed to stop Jôlét's
concentration, Phoebe thought. Then she
saw the look on Prue's face and realized that this part, was for her,
The rumbling ended and the sphere came to a stop in Piper's
hand. She raised her other hand and
froze Jôlét, then un-froze Tallor.
Prue looked at Tallor and took a deep breath.
"Return the power to him," she said to Phoebe.
Piper looked at them for a second, then held up the sphere to face Tallor.
in this sphere,
And return it
whence it came
To the one
who stands here."
The light shot out
towards Tallor as the sphere glowed and revolved for a few seconds.
"I have it!" Tallor proclaimed. "I have my
"Get out that vanquishing spell," Prue said.
"I'll need time to try to change it to work on
Jôlét," Phoebe said.
"Don't bother," Tallor said.
He walked over and grabbed Jôlét as he tried to get up. They disappeared for a second, then Tallor
"Where's Jôlét?" Prue asked.
"I took him into his own pathway and left him trapped
in it," Tallor answered.
"Trapped? How?" Prue asked.
"Jôlét came here through your friend's pathway,"
Tallor explained. "But doing that
changed Jôlét's own pathway.
Think of Jôlét's pathway as being in the shape of an upside-down U."
Tallor made a 1 shape with his finger in the air.
"The left side, the old leg, led from his past to the
present that we came from," he continued. "A past in which he
actually existed. The right side, the new leg, went back from the
present to this past we're in now.
But Jôlét never really existed on his own in this part of time in this
leg because his pathway was inside your friend's pathway.
"So I took him forward in time to one week from
now through his own pathway on that right leg and left him inside the
pathway - between now and the future we came from. He existed in that time only in the other part of his
pathway - the left leg of the 'U'. He
didn't exist in that time in this leg - the right leg - of his own
pathway. Jôlét only passed
through it , inside your friend's pathway, when he brought him here. So Jôlét's in an anomaly. He can't get out
and get back into the real world.
never going to bother me - or you - again."
"I would have preferred to have vanquished him,"
Prue said. "But this will do."
"Then we're done here," Tallor said.
"Not quite," Phoebe said. "Tallor, you have to return Stuart
through his pathway to our real present."
"Very well," he said. "He couldn't have gone
too far. I'll find him and take him back." Tallor walked out of the arcade
and headed down the walkway.
"We didn't have a choice," Phoebe said, as she
took the spell to return to the present out of her pocket. "But we have to recognize what we just
did. We gave a demon a power to
"It's not a new power," Prue replied. "Jôlét
"Jôlét's gone," Piper said. "He can't use the
power anymore. But Tallor can. Against innocents."
"We saw what Jôlét did with his power," Prue
said. "It was only a matter of time
before he would have done something more to us. And to innocents, too. We
just put things back to how they had been before Jôlét came to us."
"That's just a rationalization." Piper said.
"We are responsible for whatever Tallor does with that power. We made a choice and we have to accept the
consequences of it."
Prue pursed her lips as she took Piper's hand to say the
spell. Her face took on a serious,
upset, look and for a moment she just stared ahead silently. Then she looked down at the spell Phoebe was
holding and exhaled.
"Let's go home," she said flatly in a low voice.