The Demon Within

Series: Demons and Witches and Ghouls Oh My! -     second one imminent,
others half written

Archive: CI5 Ops,

Category: A New Professionals/Charmed Xover

Rating: NC-17 

Timeline: New Pros - post last ep, Charmed post Piper and Leo's
marriage but prior to the end of season 3.

Summary: People have been turning up dead, including government agents
and CI5 have been called in. The latest bodies are in San Francisco so
that's where Chris, Sam, Backup and Malone have gone. There's something
very strange about the deaths, something that has attracted the
attention of the Charmed ones.

Feedback: Always Welcome.

Comment: Okay, so I've been writing this forever ... ask Al she's been
waiting patiently for me to finish it for months (actually make that
years). I'm surprised she hasn't brained me yet :-). Without her this
would look like a grammatical accident so she has my undying gratitude.
I didn't plan this as a Halloween type story, but it definitely fits
the season. It is the first in what I hope will be a long line of
stories, mostly xovers with various shows. The sequel is already
written (it's only short and I'll post that as soon as it's been beta
read), and there are parts of five more stories in the pipeline. I hope
they will take less time to finish than this one but don't hold your
breaths . The first two stories in the series have both slash and
het versions, after that it's just slash. Sorry, but the way the
general story evolved I could no longer come up with an alternative
version. For those of you who don't watch Charmed, the three Halliwell
sisters Pru, Piper and Phoebe are witches. They fight demons and the
like with the power of three. Basically Buffy with spells and
supernatural powers rather than stakes and kickboxing (although the
sisters have been known to beat the crap out of things from time to
time). Everything else you need to know is in the story (I think) so
don't be worried if you don't know everything about them. I have a
warped and twisted imagination and have a tendency to walk off sideways
with the characters in anything I write. This is no different. I hope
you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Disclaimers: The characters and everything relating to CI5 belong to
Brian Clemens and David Wickes Productions. No profit is being made
from this story. Charmed belong to Aaron Spelling and I'm just
borrowing the characters.

The Demon Within by Tasha

Part 1

Certain things made Chris Keel nervous and one of those things was
going into a situation where nobody was quite sure what to expect. Two
FBI agents, three Interpol officers, one SAS operative and two Securite
agents had disappeared on the same case and no agency anywhere in the
world was any closer to finding out what was going on than before they
had vanished. The case was international and hence, finally, the job of
tracking down the culprits had been handed to CI5. People, mostly men,
were disappearing all over the world. The base of operations seemed to
shift every few months and people in another city would start to turn
up dead. It was only the death of a somewhat distinguished UK
businessman that had sparked the detailed investigation to begin with.
When he had turned up floating down the Thames the British police had
gone into action on a big scale and other suspicious deaths started to
form a pattern.

That had been six months previously, and now the case was centred in
San Francisco. Keel and Curtis were hot on the heels of a top lead. The
men and women who had disappeared so far had been from all walks of
life: students, businessmen, drug dealers, thieves, blue collar
workers, all could be added to the list. Tracking it back, the case was
over ten years old and spanned half the globe. The only solid
information CI5 had was that it all started with sex.

"You're sure this club is where it starts?" Chris asked his partner as
they slowly walked away from their car.

"The Flamingo was where Myers used to go every night," Sam replied
calmly, "and Kranmer's buddies said this is the last place they saw
him. We can tie two victims here, which is more than we do anywhere

"Let's get on with it then," was Chris' reply and they headed for the
door of the somewhat seedy dive.

The door opened with a squeak and loud rock music filled the gap.
Inside was a wall of sound and colour.

"Such taste," Chris commented as he surveyed the glittery, neon-strewn

"But what a view," Sam returned as his eye fixed in the gyrating behind
of one of the pole dancers in the centre of the room.

Chris just looked at him with one eyebrow raised.

"Do you always disengage your brain at moments like this?" he asked

"Just getting into the role, Chrissy boy," Sam replied with a grin.

Keel made a face and they walked further into the club. They took seats
and signalled to the waitress.

"How long do we have to be here?" Chris asked after the woman took
their order.

"Kranmer's friends said they left him propped up by the bar when they
went on to another club at about 2 in the morning," Sam told him. "He
may have been here until 4 when the club closed."

"Just great," Chris commented somewhat unenthusiastically.

"Enjoy the view, compardre," was all Sam had to say.


Sam enjoyed himself the entire evening; if there was one thing that he
never had trouble entertaining it was his libido. However, no matter
how enthusiastic he was on the surface there was still part of him that
was looking out for anything to do with the case. The club began to
slow down at about 3am and it didn't take a secret agent to realise
that there were more girls on the floor than there were customers. A
stunning red head, and a buxom blonde came over and sat at the CI5
agents' table.

"Well aren't you the ones with stamina," the redhead commented and
picked up Sam's drink.

She sipped it and smiled at him.

"I'm Jamie and this is Diana. We're going on to somewhere a little more
private, if you boys would like to come," the blonde said and let her
hand wander towards Chris'.

Sam put on his most killer smile lent forward to the redhead.

"Do you read minds?" he asked, almost nose to nose with her.

"When I need to," she replied.

The blonde obviously wasn't getting quite enough of a reaction out of
Chris because she stood up and wandered around the table. Sam grinned
as she quite deliberately sat in his partner's lap.

"Don't mind him," Sam whispered to the redhead, "he just got dumped and
he needs cheering up."

"Oh, I'm sure Diana can do that," the red head returned.

Sam found himself looking into her large green eyes. They were so
beautiful, and they sparkled with little flecks of yellow. She lent
forward to kiss him and before he knew what he was doing he was kissing
her right back. The sensation removed all coherent thought.


Sam felt really strange. He shook his head to try and clear it, but
reality just wouldn't fall into place properly. He was standing in a
medium sized room and the only furniture was a large, wooden framed
bed. He had absolutely no idea how he came to be there, or for that
matter what had happened to Chris. The red head was wandering away from
him towards the bed and she was happily shedding clothes as she went.
Just for a second Sam managed to drag his eyes away from her and look
around the room. The walls were deep red and there were strange designs
drawn on them in black. The patterns all seemed to force the eye
upwards and they came together above the centre of the bed.

"Come here, lover," the red head purred as she threw aside her last
item of clothing.

Sam was snared once again and he did exactly what he was told. As he
moved closer to her he reached out to touch her, but she danced away.

"Aren't we eager," she said with a laugh and walked behind him. "First
we have to make sure the master gets what he needs."

Her hands ran down the back of his neck and connected with the collar
of his shirt. When he had lost his jacket he wasn't sure, but he really
didn't care at all. He was barely even surprised when his companion
grasped the edge of his shirt in both hands and then casually ripped it
in half.

"Don't move," she whispered in his ear and walked to the head of the
bed. There she twisted the knob on one of the bedposts and a small door
in the headboard opened with a distinct click. She put her hand in the
opening and drew out something on a chain. 

"This will be the most incredible night of your life," she told him as
she came back towards him. The object in her hands was some sort of
amulet and she let it fall as she held on to the chain. "Unfortunately
it will be your last," she continued and placed the pendant about his

The moment it touched Sam's skin it burned, and if he had thought he
was aroused before it was nothing to the passion which blazed through
his body at that moment. He closed his eyes and let it wash over him
for a few moments. Every cell was on fire and he knew exactly what he
needed. The woman's hands were on his chest, moving downward. She was
playing with him, touching his skin lightly as if teasing him. He
opened his eyes and stared at her, seeing her properly for the first

The red hair, beautiful face and stunning body were still the same, but
the green eyes had changed. They were no longer human eyes, with round
irises and creamy whites, they were completely green with orangey
yellow slits running from top to bottom. She looked up as him and
smiled to reveal long ivory fangs. Sam just stared for a long second,
but this new vision did nothing to reduce the raging need in his body.

"Tonight I shall taste of your body," the woman said, "and the master
will taste of your soul."

Where her hands touched him Sam could actually feel the power in her.
It pulsed through her veins and he wanted her more than anything he had
ever wanted before. She pushed him onto the bed and he let himself
fall, landing in the soft sheets, eyes still firmly glued on her body.

"Some are repelled when they see my true form," she purred in his ear,
leaning low over him and allowing her breasts to rub his chest, "they
fear me. But you still want me; I can feel it. Do you still like me? Am
I your secret fantasy?" She laughed at her own little joke and Sam
watched her dangerous teeth. "The amulet binds you to me, but you
wouldn't run even if I gave you the chance, would you?"

She kissed his chest and then nipped him with her razor sharp teeth.
Her tongue flicked over his skin, lapping up the droplet of blood she
had drawn. Sam's mind just exploded. Sensations he had never felt
before flooded his system and a very well buried instinct came bubbling
to the surface. Suddenly he was no longer a helpless pawn, his body was
not responding to the manipulations of his captor but to his own needs
alone. He grabbed the woman by the shoulders and twisted her onto her
back, coming to rest straddling her. She pushed against him with
unnatural strength snarling at him as she did so. Yet he held her down
almost with no effort. She looked startled then; her demon eyes filling
with an uncommon fear. Sam just looked at her for a moment his eyes
taking in every detail. She was still intoxicating, but he would not
let himself be completely snared.

"I will not run," he said and his voice sounded strangely resonant in
his ears, "and neither will you."

His vision was tinged with a luminous quality and he could feel the
rhythms of her body. Sam rubbed his still clothed leg along the side of
her naked body and she squirmed beneath him. The fear in her face was
being replaced by the same hunger which had been there before. Sam
wasn't thinking about consequences or where he was, or what was
happening, he only knew that he wanted the creature below him, and she
seemed to be giving in to the same instincts.

He bent down and kissed her, tasting her lips and letting himself
become lost in the sensation. She was soft under his touch and she
pushed against him, connecting with as much skin as possible. When he
broke away and pushed himself back up there was no fear left in her
expression, only need.

"We agree," she said, her voice husky with unadulterated lust, "I will
not run."

He let her go then, releasing the vice like grip he had on her body.
She pushed him onto his back once more and knelt above him as if
displaying her body in all its glory.

"Let me taste you," she almost begged.

Sam could feel the urgency in her, and he could also feel the raw
sexual energy it would release. That was what he wanted, what he needed
and he would give her anything to get it. His hand snaked up behind her
neck and he pulled her down. She did not hesitate and as soon as she
was close enough her fangs pierced his skin. The moment the contact was
complete a connection formed between them. For the first time in his
life Sam saw through another's eyes. He didn't really understand it,
but he was in her mind, and without knowing how, he knew she did not
realise it. Her mind was totally focused on him and he saw how she
perceived him. It was this vision of himself that shocked some
rationality back into his mind. The image of him in her mind was not
the image he saw in the mirror every day: it was something else. His
eyes were not their normal grey green they were black, obscuring all
the whites with only a red dot where the pupil should have been to
break the darkness. When he had smiled at her he had revealed shorter,
but just as deadly fangs as his companion's. He had sets of three on
either side of his upper jaw.

With this shock came the recollection of his mission and his missing
partner. Chris was in danger; Sam knew it as surely as he knew his own
name. Suddenly he was not in his companion's mind anymore he was
somewhere else. It took him a second or so to realise that he was
seeing Chris, he was behind Diana's eyes. Chris was lying on a bed
almost exactly the same as the one Sam was on and he was wearing a
similar amulet. His eyes were vacant and glassy and there appeared to
be little life in his expression. His captor was straddling him and Sam
could feel that she was very hungry.

Sam dragged his mind back into his own body and with all the strength
he could muster her threw the red head off him. She sailed through the
air and collided with the wall, sliding down it into an unmoving heap.
Sam just stared at her for a moment, completely surprised by his own
strength and then he climbed to his feet. With one hand he took hold of
the amulet and pulled it off his neck, effortlessly snapping the chain
that held it. With his other hand he reached for the door handle. 

His route was not blocked and nobody tried to stop him as he ran into a
bland looking corridor. Working on instinct alone he headed left and he
never hesitated as he passed several doors. They all looked the same,
but Sam was not working with his eyes and when he reached the door he
was headed for he calmly kicked it in. Diana turned where she had Chris
pinned to the bed and she snarled at the interloper.

"Get away from him," Sam demanded in a tone that would have shaken
Satan himself.

"Make me," was all the woman said, and Sam needed no other

He moved across the room in the blink of an eye and his fingers, now
tipped with sharp talons gripped the woman around the neck. She flailed
at him with similarly sharp claws but he just lifted her from the bed
at arms length. Almost casually he flicked her head sideways, snapping
her neck and threw her limp body into the corner. Chris was just lying
on the bed and his eyes were the only thing that moved when Sam bent
over him. Carefully Sam took the chain of the amulet in both hands and
broke a single link. He threw that into the same corner as the she-
demon. Chris closed his eyes and slumped into unconsciousness, the
power of the amulet being the only thing keeping him awake. Sam didn't
hesitate; he lifted his partner onto his shoulder and headed for the
nearest exit. Nothing could have stopped him.


The alarm went off and Phoebe sat bolt upright in bed. It took her a
few seconds to get her bearings and turn off the beeping.

"Demons," was the only coherent word she uttered before scrabbling out
of bed. 

She only just remembered to grab a robe as she dashed out of the door
and down the stairs.

"We've got trouble," she announced as she entered the kitchen, already
knowing the Pru and Piper would be there before her.

"What kind of trouble?" Piper asked calmly and placed a mug of coffee
under her sister's nose.

Phoebe took a deep breath. "Demon trouble," she said, trying to sort
out the jumble of thoughts in her brain.

Pru stood up from where she was reading the paper and joined her
sisters by the counter.

"Premonition?" she asked evenly.

"Sort of," Phoebe replied, unsure of exactly what it was, "more like
dream vision."

Now both of her sisters looked a little worried; Phoebe had never had
dreams before. However, if she said it was a vision they weren't going
to argue.

"What did you see?" Pru asked, Piper letting her take the lead as

"There were these vampires," Phoebe started, "well sort of. They were
some sort of hooky mix of vampire and succubus I think. They were
seducing these two guys, only one of the guys wasn't a guy he was some
sort of demon. Only ..." she paused, "he ..." she tried to quantify
what she had seen. "I don't think he was a bad demon. He killed both of
the other demons and rescued his friend."

"If this guy demon isn't a bad demon and he killed the other two
demons, what's the trouble?" Piper asked in a most practical manner.

Phoebe screwed up her face and tried to think. There was something she
was missing, something that was the root of her anxiety.

"There was something else," she said slowly, "something worse than the
vampire thingies." Phoebe paused again. "The master," she finished in a
half awed tone.

"His name is Benias," all three sisters jumped a mile when the voice
interrupted their reverie.

"Leo, don't do that," Piper admonished as they all turned round to find
the whitelighter standing in their hallway. Almost immediately,
however, she walked over to him and threw her arms around him.

"Sorry," he apologised and returned the gesture.

"And Benias would be?" Pru asked pointedly.

"He used to be a warlock," Leo provided helpfully, "but about two
hundred years ago he called on powers darker than even his own and
become something worse."

"Ooh, a challenge," Phoebe commented, picking up a piece of toast and
sitting down. She was much happier now that she had someone to back her

"He has the power to turn witches into his evil slaves," Leo continued.
"He steals their souls and turns them into a sort of a vampire. They in
turn seduce men for blood and sex and he feeds on the souls of the men
and the sexual energy the couples produce. The longer he lives the more
energy he needs and the more people he kills."

"Nice," was Phoebe's only word on the subject.

"Since you have so much information, I assume the answer to this one
isn't in the Book of Shadows." Pru wasn't wasting any time.

Leo shook his head.

"You can't defeat him, not yet, maybe never," he said honestly, "he
would just make you his slaves. I'm supposed to make sure you stay safe
and out of his way until he's gone from San Francisco."

"But he can be killed?" Piper didn't like puzzles without solutions.

Leo looked down at his wife and patted her on the arm in reassurance.

"It's possible that in a few years you might be able to kill him with
the Power of Three," he told them, "but your powers aren't strong
enough yet."

Phoebe didn't look satisfied with that answer.

"If we can't do anything about him, why am I having visions? I know
last time you told us we couldn't handle it you were right, but I
wasn't having visions about that," she asked a little confused.

Leo shrugged; he didn't have the answer to that one.

"And there's no other way to defeat him?" Pru wanted to make sure she
had all the cards.

"Well there is one," the whitelighter explained, "but it's not exactly

He paused and all three sisters indicated he should go on.

"When Benias used a complicated ritual to turn himself into what he is
now, he also captured and absorbed the power of an incubus. Incubi are
territorial and vicious among their own kind, they're vulnerable to one
another. To counter this Benias also absorbed a little humanity. Humans
are the only creatures immune to an incubus' power. To be vulnerable,
humans have to give themselves up willingly. This makes Benias immune
to most human magic because of his demon part, and immune to incubi
power because of his human part, but he would not be able to stand
against a human-incubus hybrid."

There was silence for a moment.

"Well I told you it was impractical," Leo said, uncertain of their

"Something I don't understand," Phoebe said evenly. "How come the
incubus thing makes him immune to us? We've fought a succubus and
surely an incubus is just a male version of that."

"You've met a mortal succubus," Leo explained quickly, "a witch who
make a pact with the darkness. A male witch would become an incubus in
the same way, but that's not what Benias absorbed. The name basically
describes what they do, in that they kill during sex. There are pure
demon succubi and incubi as well. They're much more rare, a lot more
powerful and are for all intents and purposes, immortal. Luckily they
are only interested in sex and they don't go out of their way to battle
the light. They kill their victims by draining the life force rather
than the physical destruction caused by their mortal counterparts."

The three sisters looked at each other and Piper shrugged. They were
used to catching up with information later rather than sooner.

"What does a demon incubus look like, exactly?" Phoebe asked slowly.

Leo frowned, but answered the question anyway. "In their natural form
they look almost human accept for the talons and fangs they use against
their own kind, and they have no soul so their eyes are completely

Phoebe looked at her sisters excitedly.

"The guy in my vision," she said quickly. "That's what it was all
about. He's got to be the one. He was normal and then he looked just
like Leo described, well almost."

Leo was looking sceptical, and so was Pru.

"But if incubi kill women during sex," it was Piper who voiced her
confusion, "how do you get a hybrid?"

"Incubi are all male," Leo went back to explaining, "but every now and
then they feel the need to reproduce. In most species, even
supernatural ones, there is a female counter part, but the female
version of an incubus is a succubus and they always breed females. So
the only alternative is a human host. In most cases the woman will
carry the baby to term and the boy child will kill her as he is born,
becoming a full incubus. In a few rare cases, however, the mother's
love is pure enough to save the child from becoming fully demonised.
These children can grow up to lead perfectly normal lives. Most of them
never know what they almost were and the only sign would be an elevated
sex drive which is not particularly uncommon in the human male anyway."

"You've got that right," Pru commented dryly.

"So what about it?" asked Phoebe with her usual enthusiasm "If we can
find my vision guy, do we go after Benias?"

Everyone looked at everyone else; Phoebe was the only one who appeared
anything but nervous about the whole idea.

"Look guys," she tried again, "I'm having visions about this. My power
is telling us we have a chance now. We may never get another shot at
removing this evil from the earth. What happens if no one's ever strong
enough to beat him?"

Her powers of persuasion began to have an effect; finally Pru cracked.

"Okay," she declared in full take-charge mode, "Piper, you find out
what the Book of Shadows has to say about immortal Incubi. I want to
know everything there is to know before we do anything. Phoebe, go take
a surf on the internet, find out anything you can about vampires,
Benias and everything else that pops into your head. Leo, can you find
out exactly how a hybrid is supposed to be able to kill this demon and
if said hybrid is dangerous to us?"

Leo nodded.

"Good," Pru stated firmly, "and right now I have to go to a job. I'll
be back by lunchtime to help."

The decision was made.


Sam opened his eyes and found himself looking at the back of a
paperback book. He shifted his gaze slightly and discovered that Backup
was reading it and she was sitting in a somewhat uncomfortable looking
chair. A quick glance around and Sam realised he was in a hospital. He
moved and found that most of his body didn't like the idea at all.

"Ow, what hit me?" he asked, and was dismayed to find he had no clue as
to why he was lying in the sterile white room.

"Welcome back," Tina greeted and put her book aside. "I was beginning
to think you were going to sleep all day."

"Where am I?" Sam decided to use the direct approach.

"St Bernadette's Hospital," Backup told him calmly. "How are you

"Like I've been hit by a bus," Sam replied and gave up trying to move
too far.

"What do you remember about last night?" was Tina's next question.

Sam relaxed back onto his pillows and tried to recall the previous

"Chris and I were in the club. Nothing happened until most people had
gone. It must have been nearly closing time when these two women
propositioned us. They came over to our table, sat down, and ..." he
paused and tried to come up with what happened next. There was nothing
but a blank. "That's it," he finally concluded, "I don't remember
anything after that." Sam was suddenly overcome by an intense sense of
danger and it centred squarely on Chris. "Chris," he said urgently, "is
Chris okay?"

Tina put her hand on his shoulder and gave him a small smile.

"He's fine," she assured him, "in fact he's better than you. He woke up
over an hour ago. You staggered into the ER last night carrying him,
blurted out Malone's contact number and then collapsed. The doctors
couldn't find anything wrong with either of you except a few

Sam was relieved, but incredibly confused at the same time.

"We think you must have been drugged somehow," Backup explained calmly.
"We lost contact with you at about the time you must have met these
women. By the time we got to the club you were gone. The next we heard
was when the hospital rang Malone. You were missing for three hours and
Chris can't remember anything of that period either."

Sam made a face as he realised that the operation was almost a complete

"I suppose Malone is on the war path," he commented quietly.

"Well he's doing his usual man in charge routine," Tina told him, "but
actually I think he's just glad that you came back alive. He's more
annoyed at himself for allowing you to disappear."

End of Part 1

The Demon Within by Tasha

Part 2

"Well, one of the conspiracy sites came up trumps," Phoebe announced as
she breezed into the kitchen at lunchtime. 

Piper and Leo were sat at the kitchen table and they looked a little
guilty. Phoebe guessed that it was quite probably they hadn't been
working on the problem at hand since Leo had arrived back. The youngest
sister just grinned at her sibling and sat down with the couple.

"It seems that Benias has been busy," she continued. "There are similar
cases in fifteen countries. Of course the conspiracy site thinks it's a
big government experiment, code named Benias, and that the government
organisations swarming all over it are cover up teams, but hey, what
else would we expect?"

She spread her hand full of printouts on the table.

"I also found references to our demon friend in several of the more
obscure places," she explained. "Seems he gets around. One thing they
all seem to be sure on, though, is that he's almost impossible to

"Not good for us unless we can find our half-demon," Piper commented

"Look on the bright side, sister mine," Phoebe said and beamed at her
sister in an attempt to lighten the mood. "At least there is some
information out there. We'll beat Benias yet."

The youngest Halliwell knew her humour could be infectious and she
silently cheered to herself as she drew a smile from her sister.

"So, Leo," Phoebe changed her target, "is the news good on our possible

"He surprised them," Leo replied openly, "they didn't know about him.
I'd say the odds have gone up distinctly in our favour. Of course they
wouldn't give me anything more than a few cryptic clues about how to
engage his services."

"One day they'll give us a straight answer and we won't know what hit
us," Phoebe said with another grin. She couldn't help herself; she was
actually excited.

Leo grinned back.

"Well," he said standing up, "those cryptic clues won't solve
themselves and I have some people to see."

"Be careful," Piper said and brushed her hand down Leo's shoulder in an
intimate gesture that made Phoebe smile all over again.

"You too," Leo replied. "Promise me you won't go after Benias until I
get back."

Phoebe and Piper shared a knowing glance.

"We promise," Piper replied with a smile.


Sam was sitting on the edge of the bed having just pulled on his shirt
when the door opened and admitted Chris, Backup and Malone. Without
even thinking the Englishman stood up, but quickly wobbled and then sat
back down again.

"Are you alright, Mr Curtis?" It was Malone who voiced his concern
first. "If you are still unwell I will call the doctor."

"Thank you, sir," Sam replied rapidly, "but it's nothing a good meal
wouldn't cure."

Malone raised his eyebrows slightly at the explanation, but Sam was
counting on the fact that the hospital had given him a clean bill of
health. It hadn't actually just been a matter of no food, Sam had been
in that position before and it felt different, but the last thing the
Englishman wanted was to be shipped home as unfit for duty. There was
something about the current case that made him want to stay even if he
couldn't remember why. Sam couldn't shake the feeling that if he left
he'd never see Chris or Backup again.

"I hear from Miss Backus that your memory is as elusive as Mr Keel's,"
Malone changed the subject and Sam breathed a sigh of relief.

"Yes, sir," Sam replied, trying to cast his mind back for the hundredth
time and still drawing a blank, "the last thing I remember is the

"Then is would appear we are dealing with people who have some form of
powerful narcotic at their disposal," Malone commented aloud.

"What I'd like to know is how they administered it," Chris put in, and
Sam nodded his agreement.

Almost absently the Englishman's eyes wandered as he thought on the
problem. His gaze meandered over his partner and then on to the floor.
Without Sam taking much notice of it his eyes fixed on Backup's ankles
and very slowly began to move up. The Canadian was wearing a figure
hugging pair of trousers and before Sam realised it he was appreciating
the view. Vague feelings of arousal began in his body and with a start
he snapped back to reality. Chris was still speaking and Sam latched
onto the voice feeling strangely horrified with himself.

"I know I didn't drink anything after they came to the table, and I
didn't feel anything at all. One minute everything was crystal clear,
then the redhead kissed Sam, he started to act strangely and then
nothing," the American was saying.

"The last thing that's clear in my mind is the start of the kiss," Sam
agreed, shutting down the part of his brain that didn't seem to want to
concentrate. "It was like I couldn't stop her at all so the drug must
have been administered before that point. After that it's a total

"Well at least now we know how the victims are lured away," Malone
decided calmly. "It's unfortunate that the toxicology reports on the
pair of you did not give any useful results. Whatever they used is most
likely a custom made drug and the sooner we find the culprits the
sooner it will be out of circulation."

"The best place to start is the club," Sam said calmly.

"The locals have already been over it," Backup explained with a nod,
"but they really had no clue what they were looking for."

"Anything is worth a try," Chris agreed and all three agents looked to
their superior for confirmation.

"Alright, gentlemen," Malone said evenly, "you head back to the
Flamingo. If you find anything I want to know immediately. Miss Backus,
I'd like to keep you in reserve for now. You are still unknown to the
perpetrators of these crimes which may prove useful later on."

"Sir," all three agents said together.


Pru was pouring over the print outs Phoebe had dug up whilst her sister
washed up the lunch things. Neither of them was paying much attention
to the other and Phoebe was actually quite absorbed by her task. It was
the type of menial duty that meant she could let her mind wander, and
today she was contemplating her dream. Some of her visions were vague,
they left her with more questions than answers, but this one was better
than a neon sign. She was actually contemplating quite how attractive
both men were. These days she had Cole, but she was still a red blooded
female. It was a shame her beau was out of town, he could have been
useful in finding the other half-demon. Phoebe had always had a good
memory, but this premonition was staying with her far more clearly than
usual. She often complained to the others that it was impossible for
her to remember everything she saw because it always happened so fast.
In this case she was having none of her usual trouble, in fact the
details were unusually clear.

She was recalling the part where the half demon guy seemed to be
enjoying himself, and she couldn't help smiling, a small mischievous
smile. She was quite enfolded in the memory when Pru suddenly spoke and
Phoebe dropped the knife and fork she was scrubbing.

"Geeze you made me jump," she complained light heartedly.

"Somewhere nice were we?" Pru asked and wandered over with one of the
printouts in her hand.

"Actually I was trying to remember any details from my premonition
which might help us," Phoebe lied indignantly.

Pru just smiled slightly and Phoebe was left wondering just what her
face had been doing when she had been remembering, and how long Pru had
been watching her.

"In the small print of this article it mentions a club only a few
blocks from P3," the elder sister pointed out and showed Phoebe the
point on the page.

The other witch wiped her hands on the dishcloth and took the piece of
paper. The moment her fingers touched it a second premonition hit her.
It was the same two men from her first vision, but this time they were
surrounded by four of the vampire like creatures. Three of them went
for the dark haired, half incubus and the other one went for his
companion. The totally human guy didn't stand a chance even though he
moved faster than Phoebe thought any man had a right to. She recognised
martial arts training, but it couldn't save him. The she-demon had him
by the neck before he had much chance to defend himself and her claws
and teeth made short work of him. 

The other one was pushed against the wall and he could do nothing to
help his friend. It was only as one of his attackers went for his
throat that his other self came out. He gave a high keening scream and
then he threw off two of the she-demons. With one swipe of his hand he
ripped out the throat of the third one. The fourth tried to attack
after she dropped the body of his friend, but she was dealt the same
justice she had given out and died quickly. The other two began to run
and then the vision ended.

"Oh my god," Phoebe said as the kitchen came back into focus, "they're
going to kill his friend. We have to find them Pru. We have to save

"But how?" Pru asked, just as anxious as her sister, but that little
bit more coherent.

Phoebe stared at the piece of paper in her hand, and then at Pru. 

"They're going to the club," she said firmly, "we'll find them there."

Pru didn't argue, she just picked up her cell phone, her car keys and
dragged Phoebe towards the door.

"You call Piper," she said, "I'll drive."


Going back to the club had seemed like a good idea at the time, but the
closer they came to it the more Sam was regretting agreeing to go.
There was a sense of foreboding growing in him the nearer the place
they came and even though Malone had specifically told them the police
had cleaned the place out Sam couldn't quite believe it. By the time
Chris parked the car and they climbed out Sam had decided this was in
fact one of the worst ideas they had ever had.

"Let's check out the back first," Chris suggested. "If there's anything
the local boys missed it'll be there."

Sam nodded but didn't say anything; he was not in the mood for
conversation. His lack of comment earned him a long hard look from his

"Are you sure you're feeling okay?" Chris asked with a concerned frown.
"You've barely said five words the entire way here."

"Just a belated attack of paranoia," Sam replied as lightly as he could
manage, but he really was worried.

Keel paused, still on his side of the car.

"Look," he said, obviously anxious about his friend, "we can do this
later. Let's go back to the hotel and you can get some more rest."

Sam shook himself.

"No," he decided firmly, "we're here now, let's go find us some bad

A dubious expression infused itself onto Chris' features but as Sam
began to walk towards the alleyway at the side of the club he didn't

"We always get the nicest locations," he commented as they were greeted
by the pleasant smell of rotting garbage.

Sam was busy looking for anything that might give them a clue when the
hairs on the back of his neck stood on end. He looked up sharply to see
two women at the far end of the alley coming towards them. His
instincts were screaming at him, but his logical mind said two women
would be no match for two highly trained secret agents ready for
anything they might try. As usual his logical mind was having a far
greater say. Even so Sam glanced over his shoulder at which point his
whole body went cold and his instincts began to hammer at the wall of
logic. Two more women were blocking the way from which they had come.

"Chris, we have company," he said quietly and very slowly edged his
hand under his jacket for his gun.

Drawing a weapon on an unarmed civilian without provocation could get a
person into a great deal of trouble, but Sam had to hold onto the urge
to do just that. He felt like he was surrounded by masked assassins and
he couldn't work out why.

"Afternoon, Ladies," Chris said lightly as he too looked both ways, "is
there anything we can do for you?"

"Nothing special," one of them said, "we were just wondering what
you're doing out here. Most people loitering in this neighbourhood are
up to no good."

"We're with the police," Chris told them, and Sam was quite happy to
let him do all the talking.

The women were getting continually closer and he was quite alarmed by
the fact that he was having to clamp down on the instinct to just shoot
at them wildly. Something about them just wasn't right, something that
made him want them dead.

"There have been cops all over the club today," another of the four
spoke, "we didn't see you there."

"We're a special unit," Chris replied. "They called us in because they
didn't find enough through the usual methods."

"Can we see some ID?" a third one asked in what was a very reasonable

By now Sam just couldn't contain himself any longer.

"Don't go near them," he said very firmly and put a hand on Chris
shoulder. No matter what his logical mind was now saying, the other
part of him that was usually reserved for combat missions, had full

Keel for his part looked at him with a question in his eyes, but he did
as he was told. Sam's eyes opened wide in shock at the effect his
statement had on the women.

"You won't escape this time," one of them hissed, and they no longer
looked like real women at all.

Sam tried not to believe what he was seeing. He really tried to stay
routed in his normal sceptical little world, but it wasn't working. The
eyes, the fangs, the claws, it all shocked Sam to the bone, and yet he
had known. He didn't know how and he sure as hell couldn't explain any
of it, but he had known. He was pulling his gun from his holster when
three of them went for him and one went for Chris.

"No!" there was a shout from the end of the alley, and Sam had just
enough time before three bodies collided with him to see the fourth
creature fly through the air away from Chris.

Sam pushed at his assailants but they were so strong. Claws ripped
through his shirt and he was very angry, but before he could do
anything about it two of the three went sailing backwards just like
their compatriot. Chris came charging to help and grabbed the third one
from behind. Together he and Sam threw her towards her friends. Three
much more normal looking women came running down the alley.

"Freeze them, Piper," one of them yelled as they came to a halt beside
Sam and Chris.

One of the three threw up her hands, and much to Sam's surprise the
four she-demons stopped dead where they had been scrabbling to their

"Well, don't just stand there," the young woman who had shouted about
the freezing said to Sam as if he should understand exactly what was
going on. "Let's get out of here. They'll unfreeze in a little while."

One of the young women grabbed Chris by the hand and the one speaking
to Sam grabbed him and they dragged them off down the alley. Sam was
having real trouble with the whole sequence of events so he went with
the flow. When the she-demons unfroze just as they reached the end of
the alley all five runners charged towards the two parked cars. Somehow
Sam ended up in the driving seat of the rental car, Chris was in the
back and one of the women was in the front. As he put his foot down and
headed straight for the main road, he finally had a chance to take a
proper look at one of his rescuers. It took him about half a second to
assess his new companion. She was in her early twenties, she had bobbed
mid brown hair, and sparkling blue eyes. She actually looked excited
and cheerful.

"Hi," she said as he turned his eyes back towards the road, "I'm Phoebe

Sam was a little too confused to form a cohesive sentence so he settled
for names instead. "Sam and Chris," he said and concentrated on

"Would somebody tell me what just happened?" Chris sounded somewhat
stunned, although not as stunned as Sam felt.

"Those women weren't women," their passenger said helpfully. "They were
a nasty mix of vampire and demon." Sam's mind decided reality has taken
a trip south and he was in a horrible dream. This, however, didn't stop
Phoebe from going on. "They used to be witches but they've been
enslaved by a really nasty guy called Benias. He uses them to kill men
for their souls."

There was a deathly silence in the car and Sam just kept his eyes on
the street ahead.

"And you fit into this, how?" Chris didn't sound exactly friendly.

"Oh, I'm a witch," Phoebe told them both, "and so are my sisters. We're
basically the good guys in a supernatural war."

Okay, so the nice looking young women had to be insane, and this all
had to be a set up, but Sam decided to play along.

"Is that what happened to us last night?" he finally found a voice.
"Things like that tried to kill us?"

"Basically, yes," their guest replied. "If you take a left at the end
of this block we're only a few blocks from our house. You guys look
like you could do with a stiff drink, and it's much easier to get into
an explanation when the world's not going by at fifty miles an hour."

Sam wasn't in the mood to argue and followed her directions without
complaint. All his training was screaming trap, but the rest of him was
trying to convince him the world was a much stranger place than he'd

End of Part 2 The Demon Within by Tasha

Part 3

"Okay, I'm not taking another step without more of an explanation,"
Chris declared resolutely as he and Sam stepped though the open door of
the Halliwell residence.

"Well, would you at least mind closing the door?" the sister, who by a
process of elimination had to be Pru, said coldly. "We don't usually
broadcast everything down the street."

Sam let the big door swing shut and then backed up his partner by
refusing to move. He was feeling more than a little uncomfortable, but
he couldn't help believing he should trust the three women in front of
him. It was a feeling that had grown over the short journey to the
house. He hadn't really noticed it creeping up on him, but now he was
standing in their house, he realised he was not being objective. Way
too much was happening for his rational mind to keep up and it seemed
to have retired from the game.

"We're witches," Pru said firmly, "and you have ended up the target for
a very nasty demon. We thought we'd show our good faith by rescuing

She was obviously not happy with Chris' attitude at all, and she
stalked down the hall.

"You'll have to forgive Pru," the one called Piper said sweetly, "she
gets a little tense when these sort of things happen."

"I can imagine," Sam said quietly.

He had the most odd sensation running up his spine, it was almost as if
the house was staring at him.

"The kitchen's this way," Piper said with a smile, "would you like a
coffee or tea?"

"Coffee would be great." Sam suddenly decided, that for now he was
going to trust his instincts.

Chris didn't look happy, but as Sam walked down the hall and Phoebe
smiled at him, Sam saw him follow.

"How did you find us?" Chris asked as they walked into the other room.

"I have premonitions," Phoebe replied honestly. "I was washing the
dishes and I saw you guys in trouble. Then we made like the lone ranger
and came galloping to the rescue."

Chris made no further comment.

They were all sitting around the table with steaming mugs of coffee
when the obvious question occurred to Sam.

"Did you rescue us last night?" he asked after a large swallow.

"Don't you remember?" Piper replied, genuinely surprised.

Both agents shook their heads.

"Oh," the young woman decided, "this is going to be more difficult to
explain than we thought."

She looked at her sisters, and with a few gestures they passed the buck
back to her.

"Maybe we should wait for Leo," she suggested. "He's so good with these

"Who's Leo?" Chris still sounded very defensive.

"I'm Leo," said a voice from the door way and every one turned.

"I thought we agreed, enough with the sudden appearances," Phoebe said
and clutched her chest in a mock heart attack. "Piper, can't you do
something with him?"

"Sorry," the young looking man apologised, "but exactly what have you
three been up to? You said you were going to stay out of everything
until I got back."

"There was an emergency," Piper said with a sheepish smile.

"They rescued us," Sam was surprised to hear Chris defend the sisters.

The way Piper leapt out of her seat and placed herself as close as
physically possible to Leo without occupying the same space made it
very clear to Sam exactly what the relationship was there. It took him
another couple of seconds to notice the wedding rings.

"I'd still like to know if you rescued us last night," the Englishman
said calmly.

"You rescued yourself," Pru told him bluntly.

Sam was now more confused, he wasn't sure they could have rescued
themselves without remembering it. He said as much. "How could we have
got away from things like that without remembering at least something?"

"Chris was under their enchantment the entire time," Phoebe provided
the answer and waved her hand in the ex-SEAL's general direction. "You
weren't. You broke out of it and you did the rescuing, I saw it all in
a dream. At a guess the reason you don't remember is your mind is
protecting itself."

Silence descended and Sam had an ominous feeling.

"Why don't I want to remember?" he finally managed to ask.

The three witches and Leo were all looking at each other in a manner
that suggested they really weren't sure what to say next. Sam didn't
like the impression he was getting at all.

"Have you been feeling odd since last night?" It was Phoebe who broke
the awkward silence. "Any twilight zone moments? For that matter ever
had any twilight zone moments before?"

Sam considered the question and thought about lying, but decided that
honesty was probably the best policy.

"Sort of, maybe, and not that I remember," he replied. Well he was
being honest, but he hadn't decided to be anything by vague.

There was another moment's silence until Phoebe finally shrugged her

"Okay, enough with the hedging," she decided firmly. "You may have
noticed that when the she-demons attacked, three of them came at you
and only one went for Chris. Well, that's because you could have done
them some serious damage. In my premonition Chris died, you survived,
in fact you killed two of them, just like you killed two of them last

Sam was listening very hard, but he really didn't think he wanted her
to go on. 

"You're part Incubus," Phoebe finished evenly.

The first thought that jumped into Sam's mind was that he'd heard her

"Come again?" he said very quickly.

"Incubus," she repeated. "You're part demon. When one of them tried to
seduce you last night you seduced right back, and when your brain
kicked back in you rescued your friend."

Sam just sat there for a second and tried to find another meaning in
her words. When he finally decided there wasn't one he laughed. After
all, what she had just said was completely absurd.

"You're serious, aren't you?" he said as the laughter died in his
throat. "You actually expect me to believe that? You think I might have
noticed this before? And for that matter, how does one become part

"Your father was an incubus," Piper provided helpfully.

This was getting more ridiculous by the second.

"I might not always see eye to eye with my dad," Sam said pointedly,
"but I'm sure he isn't a demon."

"Whoever you think your father is, he isn't," Leo was very firm with
his view.

That produced indignant outrage in Sam, after all this complete
stranger was actually accusing his mother of sleeping around.

"What exactly are you trying to accuse my mother of doing?" he said
very slowly and he was definitely not happy.

"Nothing," Phoebe leapt in before Leo could say anything. "Incubi can
take on any form, your mother doesn't have to have suspected a thing.
In fact your mother must be one hell of a woman. You should have turned
out a full incubus; it's only her that stopped it. She made you human.
If you hadn't met up with the supernatural you need never have known
anything about any of this."

The young witch was using such a reasonable tone, just for a second Sam
almost believed her, and then common sense hit home. Whatever he had
seen today there had to be a rational explanation. He turned to Chris.

"Shall we?" he said and indicated the door.

Both men were on their feet when the sisters piled into the kitchen
doorway to stop them leaving.

"You're the only one who can kill the evil that's taking so many
lives," Piper sounded a little desperate.

"Look we know how you feel," Phoebe was giving Sam a pleading look, "we
only found out we were witches last year and now we can't seem to turn
a corner without bumping into a demon."

"Excuse us," Chris said as Sam just stared at the sisters.

"Oh bother," Piper exclaimed and threw up her hands.

Sam was getting very annoyed and he was going to push past the obstacle
when he suddenly realised Chris wasn't moving.

"He didn't freeze," Piper said in a very small voice.

The subject of her consternation was, however, not listening to her.
Sam turned back to Chris and just stared at his frozen partner. He
waved his hand in front of the other man's face.

"He's an incubus hybrid," Leo was saying quietly, "most magic will roll
off him. It's what happens if you mix the powerful supernatural and the

"What did you do to him," Sam demanded, his brain deciding that
rational explanations were really not worth the effort.

"He's fine," Piper promised, "I just stopped time. I was trying to give
us a few seconds to regroup."

She waved her hands again and Chris blinked, he looked confused since
Sam was now standing directly in front of him.

"Did I miss something?" he asked dubiously.

Sam really didn't know what to do. Half of him believed what he had
seen, the other half was refusing to have anything to do with it. The
demons, the rescue, it could all have been a ruse, but what had just
happened, that had to have been real.

"You really froze him," was all the agent could manage in a somewhat
distressed tone.

If they really were witches, and they really had rescued him and Chris
that afternoon, then Sam was beginning to realise that they might
actually be telling the truth. Sam's reality was beginning to crumble
at the edges.

"I think you need to sit down," Phoebe said and put a hand on his

She shuddered once and then images flooded Sam's brain. He saw himself
and Chris, standing beside Malone in a large warehouse type building.
In front of them was a large altar like structure, and on it was
Backup, naked, her throat slit from one side to the other. The images
were gone almost as soon as they arrived.

"I feel sick," Sam said and leant against the wall.

Phoebe was staring at him.

"You saw that too?" It wasn't a question; it was a statement.

"What did you see?" Pru asked urgently.

Phoebe stopped staring at Sam and turned to her sister.

"Them," she said quickly indicating the CI5 Agents, "and an older man.
They were in a big open building and there was an altar. There was a
naked woman on the altar, she had been sacrificed."

"Backup," Sam said still confused but just about hanging on to the
situation. "They killed Backup."

He looked at Chris and his partner was obviously trying to decide if
he'd completely lost it.

"It's real," Sam told him as calmly as he could manage.

It was like a chasm had just opened up beneath him and Sam couldn't do
anything but fall. His mind wanted to rebel. He wanted to get as far
away from San Francisco as possible, but the image in his mind wouldn't
let him. All he could see was Tina, lying there dead, and it made him

"We can stop it," Phoebe tried to reassure him. "That's why I have
premonitions, to stop the evil from getting its way. I'm sorry you had
to see that, but these things happen for a reason. I take it you are
staying now."

"We're staying," Sam said resolutely.


"I still don't get it," Chris said and Sam was glad of the respite.
Everyone had been staring at him for the last ten minutes even if they
hadn't said anything. "I thought demons were supposed to be bad."

"Oh usually they are," Pru told him.

"Sam's not all demon," Phoebe explained, "he's predominantly human, he
just has incubus mixed in at a base level."

Sam let the speech roll over him and contemplated the large glass of
Scotch Piper had kindly handed him shortly after his world fell apart.
He was having major trouble coming to terms with everything that had
happened. After all, he was the sceptic of the team. He didn't really
feel any different, but it did rather explain why his hormones had been
on overdrive the entire day. He'd always had an eye for the ladies, but
when he'd started looking at Backup that way he had been rather shocked
with himself. However, he still didn't understand how he could be
dangerous to vampire demons.

"What makes me so dangerous to them?" he finally asked and brought the
conversation on the other side of the table to a halt. "Sure I had a
really bad feeling about those women before they got to us, but why did
three of them go for me?"

"They thought three would be enough to kill you," Piper told him.

"Why were they wrong?" Sam asked slowly. "They were stronger than me."

Phoebe mouthed the word "oh", she seemed to realise what he was asking.

"They were only stronger than you because you weren't using your demon
half," she explained. "When they came up to you they were in human
form, they were for all intents and purposes human. When they attacked
you they we in demon form with all the strength and speed that goes
with that. You can do the same thing, you did it last night."

"He has a demon form?" Chris sounded like that was one step too far for
his rational brain and Sam was inclined to agree with him.

The idea was a little horrifying. Sam decided he had had enough for now
and he slowly put his glass down.

"Please could I use your bathroom?" he asked in a completely calm tone.

"Up the stairs and on the left," Phoebe said quietly.

When he got there Sam was not quite sure of the journey in between, but
as soon as he was in the bathroom he closed the door and locked it.
Then he closed the lid of the toilet, sat down and put his head in his
hands. He was an adrenaline junkie. He lived for the excitement. This,
however, was that one step too far. This was just completely insane. 

As he sat there anger began to form in his mind. It built slowly, a
growing fury at what he perceived as the injustice of it all. His
emotions didn't seem to be quite under his control and white-hot rage
made his blood boil. He was so angry he wanted to hurt something;
anything, and a small part of him knew that this was very dangerous.
Slowly he climbed to his feet. He needed to calm down; Sam recognised
the verges of hysteria. Turning on the cold tap he went to splash his
face, but the old faucet exploded with a sudden rush of water covering
the basin and the front of his trousers with liquid. That was just
enough to push him over the edge. All the anger bubbled up and he lost
control. Staring at himself in the mirror he saw his eyes discolour and
the now black irises appeared to flow across the whites. Without
thinking he lashed out and smashed the glass, shattering it dead

Blood trickled from the back of his knuckles and sharpened senses
brought the slightly metallic smell to his attention. He could hear the
chatter from the kitchen even though he didn't bother to really listen
to what they were saying and his fingers were now tipped with long,
vicious looking nails, almost silver in colour. He stared at the small
red stream of blood stupidly for a moment, clearly able to see the
light hairs on the back of his hands and then slowly raised his eyes to
the broken mirror. The rage was ebbing away, the momentary violence
releasing enough emotion to stem the tide. He looked hard at his black
eyes, staring at the small red dots of pupil and slowly they turned
black as his normal grey-green irises faded back in. With their return
the world faded to its normal levels and he was left with regular,
everyday Sam.

He wasn't really sure how long he stood there, but eventually thought
returned and with it came the memory of Phoebe's vision. Sam saw Tina
lying on the altar, eyes glassy in death, covered in her own blood. He
realised slowly that he could prevent that happening. If he had been a
normal man he would have been dead already, and so would Chris. With a
deep breath the CI5 agent tried to pull himself together, and, turning
on the tap more slowly this time, washed the blood off the back of his
hand. To his surprise there was no wound, only a small pink line as if
he'd cut his knuckle days previously. Sam couldn't say he was
particularly comfortable with himself at the moment, but he wasn't
going to let that prevent him saving Backup. Drying his hands he
resolutely headed for the door.

In the hallway he met Chris coming up the stairs.

"You know I was beginning to wonder if you'd jumped out the window,"
his partner commented as they both came to a halt.

"Nah," Sam replied, "I only do that if the date's going really badly."

For the first time since the alley Chris actually smiled and to his
surprise Sam found himself smiling back.

"This is just so screwy," Chris commented shaking his head.

"Ha!" Sam returned deciding it was better to laugh than to cry. "You
haven't just discovered your father is a demon."

"Yeah well, I admit that's difficult to top," his partner said with a
nod. "Look at it this way, it could have been worse. Just imagine if
you'd just found out your father was Malone!"

Sam managed to keep a straight face for exactly one second and then he
cracked up completely. As if on cue Chris' phone went off. His partner
waved at Sam to be quiet and he tried really hard to muffle his
laughter. He was not doing very well at controlling his emotions and
the laughter was no different. In the end he just put his hand over his
mouth to muffle the sound until he could actually stop it.

"We're following a lead, sir," Chris said after listening to the caller
for a few seconds. It was Malone, and Sam had to walk away along the
landing as another fit of giggles threatened. "We're not sure yet,
sir," Chris was glaring at Sam as he tried to have a sensible
conversation. Sam was just trying to breathe. "Yes, sir," Chris
continued after a few seconds. "A couple of hours, I think." Sam
managed to take a breath. "Of course, sir." 

As Chris put the phone back in his pocket Sam actually managed to stop
laughing ... for more than a second at a time. His partner just stared
at him for a while and then grinned. "If you die laughing I am not
explaining it to Malone," was all he said and then Sam had to sit down.

By the time Sam could actually breathe again in a sensible manner
Phoebe's head had appeared at the top of the stairs. Remembering what
he had done to the mirror helped the CI5 agent calm down somewhat.

"Is this a private joke or can anyone join in?" Phoebe asked with a

Sam put his hand out to Chris and his partner pulled him to his feet.

"You had to be there," he told the young witch and took a deep breath
to make sure the laughter was completely gone. "Oh, and, sorry, I owe
you a mirror."

Much to Sam's surprise Phoebe didn't loose the smile.

"Just a mirror," she said lightly, "when Pru first got her power she
totalled an entire aisle in the Chemist. It's about time these
supernatural things came with instruction manuals."

With that she turned and wandered back down the stairs. Once she was
gone Sam turned back to Chris.

"So do we have our marching orders?" he asked quickly.

"Malone wants us back at base by six," Chris replied and peered over
the banister just to make sure no one could hear them.

"What the hell are we going to tell him about today?" Sam asked the
obvious question. "Good evening, sir, you're not going to believe this
but we're up against a demon this time, oh and don't worry if I
suddenly turn into this thing with black eyes and fangs, it's just my
parentage showing through."

Chris just shrugged. "I think we'll cross that bridge when we come to
it," he said calmly. "It might be a good idea to find out exactly how
you're supposed to be a secret weapon before we report back, though."

"After you," Sam offered and let his partner take the stairs first.


Phoebe was watching their guests quite closely and questions were
beginning to pile up in her head. The two men had been in the Halliwell
house for nearly an hour now and the sisters still knew virtually
nothing about them. The fact that they were both carrying guns was
obvious, and it didn't make anyone particularly nervous because Andy
had always carried one as well. The only thing was, Phoebe was almost
positive that Sam and Chris were not just a couple of cops. Chris
hadn't even remotely opened up whilst Sam had disappeared upstairs, in
fact he'd been totally cagey. When Piper had absently enquired about
his job he'd managed to turn the conversation onto something else

As the two men wandered back into the kitchen Phoebe had to bite her
tongue to stop her asking them right out what exactly they had been
doing in the alley in the first place.

"So is somebody going to enlighten me as to exactly how I'm supposed to
kill this Benias chap?" Sam asked leant against the doorframe.

The youngest Halliwell had to smile; his tone was so irreverent.

"Back to basics," Leo provided helpfully. "It's all about one on one."

"That's it?" Sam asked and looked a little sceptical. "Am I supposed to
walk up to him and demand we just finish there and then, man to man ...
or should that be demon to demon?"

Phoebe had to admire his spirit, Sam didn't seem to be shirking his
responsibility; he was just surprised at the method.

"Well it won't be quite that easy," Pru explained from where she was
pouring herself another coffee. "His minions are not going to make it
simple to get to him. You're going to need us to get you anywhere near

Chris and Sam shared a glance at that revelation; they obviously didn't
like the sound of that. Phoebe held her tongue and waited to find out
what they'd say next.

"I take it guns aren't going to do us a lot of good." It was Chris who
wanted clarification.

"Depends how many of the she-demons there are," Leo took over the
supernatural 101 again. "If there are a couple you might be able to
pump enough bullets into them to stop them, but if there are any more
you'd be overrun before guns did you any good."

"How about grenades?" Sam asked evenly.

"Better than bullets," Leo replied calmly, "less good than witchcraft."

Phoebe decided it was time to make her opening gambit.

"You don't seem keen on us helping," she said quickly. "Why?"

Both men looked at each other again.

"You'd be hard to explain," Sam said eventually. "*Really* hard."

"Then don't explain us," Piper suggested hopefully. "We could lurk in
the shadows and no one would notice."

"Oh they'd notice," Chris replied firmly.

It was then that Phoebe decided she's had enough of the game; she
wanted answers. Never one to shy away from being direct she chose to
voice this opinion.

"What do you actually do?" she asked bluntly. "And don't try and tell
me you're cops, you're not." She waited for a reaction.

Sam just sighed as if he'd been expecting the question all along, Chris
looked slightly annoyed.

"Classified," Sam finally said. "What we are is classified. Would you
accept that we're the people who get called in when every one else has

It wasn't really the answer Phoebe wanted, but the expression on Sam's
face told her it was all she was going to get. She shrugged and smiled.

"We're going to have to, aren't we," she said lightly.

"I assume last night was part of your investigation," Pru took over.

Both men nodded.

"Well I hate to break this to you," she continued, "but you're going to
have to figure out some way to work us into the rest of the operation
or you don't stand a chance."

This was going to be a really tough week. Phoebe could tell.

End of Part 3

The Demon Within by Tasha

Part 4

Sam and Chris had left their new compatriots preparing anything and
everything that might help in the fight against Benias' minions.
Unfortunately the agents were still at a loss as to how to fit the
witches into their scenario. Sam was in his own little world working on
the puzzle.

"How are you holding up?" Chris asked as he drove them towards the

Sam actually blinked and looked at his friend with a little surprise.
It wasn't that he was shocked at his partner's concern, it was just
that he realised he hadn't actually been thinking about his situation
at all. His mind had been on the problem of keeping the Halliwells and
Leo a secret from Malone, not on himself at all.

"Surprisingly well," he said truthfully.

His friend glanced at him as gave him one of the patented Chris-wants-
to-know-if-your-telling-the-truth looks.

"You sure?" Chris asked calmly.

"Yes," Sam replied with a smile, "honestly. I've already done the freak
out thing. My mother's a very practical woman and she instilled it me.
If you can't change it, just get on with it." He thought about it for a
moment. "That's probably why I'm here talking to you and not dwelling
in the murky world of demons."

"That's it?" Chris responded. "That's all you're going to say?
Yesterday demons and witches were fairytales; today there are three
witches who want to be our very best friends and you're part demon, and
all you have to say is you've done the freak out thing!"

At that Sam took a moment to look at his friend. Things had been so
weird and mixed up that Sam had never actually taken the time to wonder
how Chris would be dealing with the whole situation.

"You're not very comfortable with this are you?" he finally decided.

Chris didn't say anything.

"You've always been the believer," Sam commented, actually quite

There was more than a few seconds' silence.

"I know," Chris finally admitted, "but I'm having a little trouble with
the reality. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and it'll all be a
weird dream. How the hell can you be so calm about it?"

"To tell you the truth it's because of Backup," Sam told him. "If it
wasn't for that vision I ... ah ... borrowed from Phoebe, I think I'd
be a little more off kilter. When this is all over you might have to
check me into the nearest loony bin, but until then we have a job to

They lapsed into silence for a while longer

"Okay, ask," Sam said firmly when Chris kept glancing at him. "I don't
care what it is you want to know, just ask."

His partner looked a little awkward, and Sam could see curiosity
warring with concern on his friend's face.

"What's it like?" Chris asked as if it was the hardest thing he'd ever

"Scary and exciting," Sam told him and grinned at Chris' expression
when he paused. "Okay, I'm not really sure," he decided. "Like this I
barely feel any different, there's just this little nagging sensation
at the back of my mind. Oh yeah, and if I can get through two seconds
without thinking about sex I'm doing really well."

Even Chris grinned at that.

"No change there," he commented.

"Oh, it's worse," Sam said with a smile. "As for the other me, I'm
beginning to remember bits about last night, but not much. It's like
I'm not quite in control, everything seems so much stronger; emotion,
my senses, the world. I never thought about it before, but I think
there's just so much humans don't perceive."

Thinking about it brought another memory of the previous night bubbling
to the surface. His mind's eye filled with the slightly remote view of
Chris' empty stare. Sam came to the sudden realisation that he was
looking through another person's eyes at his friend. The feeling the
memory brought with it was not pleasant and the agent shook his head to
clear it.

"You okay?" Chris' voice snapped him back to reality.

"Yeah," Sam replied and pushed the recollection to the back of his
mind. "Just a little flashback that I could have done without. Every
now and then remind me that ignorance is bliss."

Chris was still looking a little unhappy. There was obviously more
bothering him, but Sam didn't think his friend would be forth coming
about it just yet. Instead the Englishman decided to get back to

"So how on earth are we going to get Pru and sisters into this
operation?" he changed the subject smoothly.

"If it was any other resource," Chris replied, "I'd suggest the truth,
but can you see Malone's reaction to witches?"

"You can take the padded cell, I'll take the cage," Sam shot back.

"Exactly," his partner agreed. "First things first though, we have to
make sure Backup is out of the firing line."

"Agreed," Sam acknowledged, "even if we have to lock her in the

Chris grinned at that.

"She'll kill us," he commented mischievously.

"And accuse us of being macho, chauvinistic, bastards," Sam finished.
"Do you have a problem with that?"

"As long as she's alive to call us whatever names she wants to, it's
fine by me," Chris replied.

They lapsed into silence again for a while, but this time it was a
concentrated, 'agents on the clock' silence, not the awkward silence
which had permeated the car before.

"Maybe it would be easier to just get Piper to freeze everyone for a
while and let us get on with this," Sam commented eventually. "Talk
about making our lives difficult. If Malone sees one of the Halliwells
the game will be up."

"We could make them suspects," Chris suggested, "give us a reason to
keep an eye on them."

Sam raised his eyebrows.

"I can see that going horribly wrong," he decided firmly, and Chris
just nodded. "How about victims?"

Chris glanced at him with a questioning look.

"One of our boyfriends is missing," Sam elaborated. "We can tell Malone
we met them poking around at the club. A male is missing, last seen in
the vicinity, and his girlfriend plus sisters were looking for him.
We've been interviewing them this afternoon. If they happen to turn up
later they're overzealous civilians, and we can always pull Leo out of
the bag as missing boyfriend at a later date."

A thoughtful look replaced the frustrated one that had been on Chris'
face. Slowly he nodded.

"Sounds like a plan," he agreed cautiously, "but what have we been
doing all afternoon? We wouldn't have talked to a lead like that for
more than a few minutes, we have to have been looking into something

Sam pondered this for a while.

"Something they told us jogged my memory," he suggested eventually.
"We've been checking out what I remember, but it was a dead end."

This time Chris's nod was a little more definite.

"Just tell me what you remembered," the ex-SEAL decided evenly, "and we
have a workable scenario. Just keep it simple or Malone is going to
smell a rat straight away."

"That's the problem with working for a man who lies better than a
politician," Sam said with a grin.


When the job called for certain things, Backup was quite willing to
play her part, but she did feel a little uncomfortable in the outfit
her current assignment required. PVC was not the most subtle of
materials and it was also hot and sticky, but it got her noticed the
moment she walked into the club. The bustier was precariously tight and
it lifted everything to give just the right effect, but even if she
looked calm on the outside, she didn't have to feel great on the
inside. She smiled at the bartender, sat down and ordered a scotch on
the rocks. He smiled back and his eyes wandered all over her, just as
she had expected.

"You're much prettier than the clientele we usually get in here," the
man said as he put down her drink.

"I always like to scope out the opposition," she replied and ran her
finger around the rim of the glass.

"Oh," the bartender acted surprised, "are you, ah, in the business?"

Backup gave him one of her most seductive smiles and licked her rouge-
covered lips. Leaning forward so the man couldn't do anything but look
down her cleavage, she drew him closer with a conspiratorial beckon.

"I work for one of the smaller clubs downtown," she said sweetly. "The
place isn't as classy as this, but the money's good. I'm always looking
for better offers though."

Just as expected the bartender leered at her lecherously. Backup let
him have an eye full and then sat back on her stool.

"Anything going around here?" she asked and took a long slow sip of her

The man in front of her was like a fish on a hook, all she had to do
was reel him in. This excuse for a human being did nothing to improve
her faith in male kind.

"Well I could put in a good word for you with the management," the
bartender said and wiped the counter as casually as his fixated gaze
would let him. "My name's Johnny, what's yours?"

"Jessabelle," Backup said with a grin and drew a laugh out of her
target, "and you know what they said about my namesake."

Her net enclosed around the bartender, and the hunt was over. The man
was putty in her skilful hands.

It took her about ten minutes to figure out the man didn't know
anything useful, and another ten to convince Johnny he wanted to take
her back stage. There were a few girls wandering around but no one
really took any notice of her. She asked a few questions, wandered
around a bit, fended off the wandering palms of the bartender and came
to the conclusion she was wasting her time. There didn't seem to be
anything in the club worth investigating; it appeared to be a dead end.
Very unhappy with the way things were going she made her excuses,
flirted one last time with Johnny just in case she needed to come back
and then left.

To make sure no one could blow her cover she had parked the hire car a
few blocks away and putting away any thoughts of how vulnerable her
outfit made her look she began to walk. It didn't take her long to hear
the footsteps behind her and slipping her hand into her bag she put her
fingers around her gun. Backup continued to walk and the footsteps
continued to follow her, by the time she neared the car she was
worried. Her most vulnerable moment would be when she tried to get into
the vehicle. Before that point she really needed to know if the danger
was real and what it was. Taking a deep breath she tightened her grip
on her gun, mentally prepared herself for a confrontation and turned

Nothing, there was no one in the street behind her. The road was empty
and there was no sign of anyone who could have made the footsteps.

"Tina, get a grip," she whispered to herself.

Still on edge she turned back to the car and came face to face with a

"Tina," the stranger said lightly, "a pretty name to go with that
pretty face. The master wants you."

Before Backup could respond or react the woman lashed out with a fist.
The movement was so fast even CI5 training couldn't save Tina and she
went flying into the nearest wall as the knuckles connected with her
chin. Her head snapped back, thudded against the brickwork and the
world went black.


Phoebe really was going to P3. She was going to liase with Piper and
then return to Halliwell Manor for a group meeting, she really was -
only reality had other ideas. The youngest witch was just stepping out
of the car when the premonition hit. She saw a woman by a car telling
herself to get a grip and she saw the vampire creature come up behind
her. Putting together what Sam and Chris had told her about Backup,
Phoebe knew exactly who the victim in the vision was and the witch
couldn't help herself; she had to do something. Pulling out her mobile
phone she dialled home.

She waited impatiently chewing her lip and then to her dismay the
answer machine kicked in. Knowing she had little time she tried to come
up with a sensible message as the machine told her no one was available
to answer the phone.

"Pru," she said as the beep sounded, "if you're there, pick up."

She waited a couple of seconds but nothing happened.

"Okay, I had a vision. Sam and Chris couldn't have got back in time to
stop their friend being sent out. She's been caught by Benias' she-
demons. I'm going to try and reach Piper, but if she doesn't answer the
phone either I'm going to see if I can help Backup. If I can follow the
demon back to Benias' lair it'll give us the upper hand."

Phoebe hung up and dialled Piper's number. The phone went straight to
her sister's answering service, which meant Piper was in one of the
many mobile black spots. There was nothing for it; following her
instincts and the vague ideas she had from the vision Phoebe went into


"Mr Curtis, Mr Keel," Malone greeted as the two agents walked into the
borrowed offices they were using as their base of operations, "anything
to report?"

"We've found another lead," Curtis told his boss smoothly. "There were
some civilians at the club. It seems that there is another man

"Civilians?" Malone said evenly.

"Three sisters, sir," Keel explained quickly. "It appears that the
middle sister's fianc‚ went missing last night. Since he hasn't been
floating down the river we think he may have been a last minute catch
after we got away. It's possible he's still alive."

Malone observed his two agents calmly. There was something about the
two that bothered him; he had a feeling they weren't giving him the
whole story. Of course when it came to 3.7 and 4.5 sometimes it was
hard to gauge what they were up to. They were undoubtedly his best
agents, but sometimes they were almost more trouble than they were

"Any new information from these civilians?" Malone asked eventually.

"We think our new missing person disappeared somewhere in the warehouse
district close to the club," Curtis replied and quite calmly looked
Harry in the eye. "It's possible that because of last night's operation
our targets have changed their MO. We'd like to take a look down there,
see if our escape made them make a mistake."

The head of CI5 looked from one agent to the other considering the
request. It was the next logical move after all. Finally Malone put his
doubts down to his over active paranoia and nodded.

"Very well, gentlemen," he said slowly, "but I want to know the moment
you find anything."

"Yes, sir," they said simultaneously.

It was only as they turned to go and Malone went back to the case
folder he had been reading that anything odd occurred.

"If you don't mind me asking," Curtis spoke calmly, "where's Backup?"

"I sent her to investigate one of the other clubs," Malone replied
finishing the sentence he had just started reading.

When he looked up he was just in time to catch the tail end of a flash
of what he assumed was anxiety on Keel's face. He flicked his eyes over
to Curtis and the man was totally unreadable. Malone knew that Sam
Curtis only ever had that expression on his face when he was hiding a
strong emotion.

"Is there something I should know?" Malone asked pointedly.

"No, sir," Keel said quickly, "you know us, we just worry about

Harry didn't really buy the explanation, but he had learned to trust
his agents. If there was something they didn't want to tell him they
probably had a very good reason. It annoyed him slightly, but he was
sure he would find out in time.

"Miss Backus is quite capable of taking care of herself," he said
sternly; he was not letting them get away with that last comment.

"Yes, sir," they both said a little too quickly and hovered.

"Goodbye, gentlemen," Malone said pointedly.


Sam was still seething when they reached the car. It had taken a great
deal of will power to face Malone and not tell him quite how far out of
his depth he was. When Chris' mobile had started to ring Sam had a
distinctly bad feeling and his partner's face as he listened to the
person on the other end of the line did not help.

"That was Pru," Chris said as he folded his phone away. "She just found
a message on their machine. Phoebe had another vision about Backup. She
went charging to the rescue and now they're both missing."

Sam just stared at his partner for a moment and the image of Backup
lying dead on the altar flashed through his head yet again.

"We have to find them, and fast," he said coldly, and he felt the first
stirrings of a rage in his body that he was not sure he could control.

Usually he could turn all of his emotions off; squash them down in a
little place where he didn't have to acknowledge them until everything
was over. Yet he didn't seem to be able to do the same thing now. It
was a little frightening to find his rigid control so completely
breached, which of course didn't help him come up with a solution.

"Malone shouldn't have sent her," he half said, half growled. "It's
obvious how dangerous it is."

"Yeah, well, it's too late now," Chris commented, also more than a
little annoyed. "We're just going to have to clean up the mess."

The American glanced away towards the car, obviously thinking about
what to do next. Sam couldn't help himself, the anger bubbled through
his mind and the world went suddenly luminous. It was irrational, it
wasn't going to do them any good, but he really wanted to kill
something, preferably with his bare hands.

Chris turned back and his eyes went wide. When his partner took a step
away from him it didn't help Sam's equilibrium much. The Englishman
knew his demon was in control, but he couldn't do anything about it.

"What the hell are you doing?" Chris asked loudly and anxiously.

"Getting ready for Benias," Sam growled and rational thought had little
to do with his motivation.

"Sam, you're beginning to worry me," Chris responded, his voice rising
a little.

The ex-SEAL actually looked a little more than worried, he looked about
ready to run. Sam glared at him, unable to hide his anger at all.

"Well I hope I have the same effect on the bad guys," the Englishman
said maliciously.

Sam took a step towards the car and Chris looked as if he wanted
nothing to do with anything for a few seconds, then the ex-SEAL put
himself between his partner and the vehicle.

"Get a grip," the American almost growled. "For god's sake calm the
hell down. What if someone sees you?" The blonde man's voice began to
rise. "We have to come up with a plan. Charging in there like a demon
army isn't going to help anyone, and I'm sure as hell not going
anywhere with an irrational hellspawn." Chris was almost shouting now
and he didn't seem to be about to stop. "I mean, look at you. You look
like something out of a Stephen King novel. They're going to see you
coming and then they're going to kill you. All those nasty things will
get what they want, and Backup'll die." 

At that point Chris seemed to have worked himself up into a tirade and
Sam actually drew to a halt as his friend inundated him with words.
Chris didn't very often loose his rag quite so completely and he
actually began inserting the odd expletive into his diatribe. Sam stood
there in shock as Chris yelled at him. The thing was, Keel out of
control actually struck Curtis as funny. In his thoroughly screwed up
brain, Chris standing in the street, shouting almost incoherently at
him made Sam want to laugh, and that emotion struck the wall of anger
that had been building inside him. The two feelings battled each other
for a little bit and Sam actually felt the anger start to die down to
manageable levels.

It took a few seconds but slowly the world resolved back into normality
and the Englishman had himself back under control. Chris on the other
hand was still going, and he wasn't even looking at Sam anymore. The
smile that was playing at Sam's mouth evolved into a chuckle and
finally into a full fledged laugh. Then and only then did the ex-SEAL
appear to catch on to the fact that the crisis was over and he was the
one freaking out. His torrent of words drew to an unsure halt and he
just stood there looking at Sam, obviously at a loss to deal with the
sudden change in his partner.

Before the laughter could turn into hysterics Sam clamped down on it
and with a supreme effort of will asserted his CI5 operative rational.
He'd always had a somewhat black sense of humour and he couldn't quite
wipe the smile completely off his face.

"Let's go find Backup," he decided eventually and Chris just nodded.


Pru opened the door with a very black look on her face. She didn't even
greet the two agents, just left the door opened, turned her back and
stalked towards the kitchen. Sam let Chris enter first and then
followed, closing the door behind him. The strange feeling that the
house was staring at him settled in the back of his mind, but he shook
off his disquiet and went to join the others.

"I get the feeling things are worse than when we spoke," Chris said as
soon as he was into the kitchen.

"We tried a scrying spell," Piper explained from where she had the Book
of Shadows spread on the table. "It didn't work."

"Benias' power is diverting the spell," Leo added extra explanation.
"Phoebe and your friend could be anywhere in a twenty block radius.
We're looking for a stronger spell."

"You can't find them at all?" Sam asked, ruthlessly trying to detach
himself from the idea and the emotions it threatened to produce.
Digging his nails into his hand seemed to help.

"Not at the moment," Pru said coldly, "but we will."


Phoebe tried to struggle, but the demons were too strong for her. She
couldn't believe how close she had been to her goal when they had
finally caught her. It was annoying as well as being somewhat
terrifying. The demons dragged her down a long corridor and into a
slightly larger room that the young witch could only describe as a
chamber. It had a high domed ceiling with ornate designs all over it,
and at the very centre was a chair. The room was empty except for one
person, a woman Phoebe couldn't quite see properly lying across the
chair in some state of unconsciousness. Once inside the room the demons
released her with a shove and then quickly retreated the way they had

"Great hospitality," Phoebe muttered to herself. "Love what you've done
with the place."

In the youngest Halliwell's mind there was no point in getting upset
when there was nothing you could do about it. In her usual practical
manner Phoebe berated herself for being quite so stupid and set about
trying to figure out how to dig herself out of the proverbial hole she
had managed to stumble into. First things first: She walked closer to
the unconscious woman. It was only as the young witch was within a few
feet that she could see her companion's face properly for the first
time. At that point Phoebe did recognise her and cold fingers of fear
ran up her backbone.

"Well, now at least I know where you are," the youngest Halliwell said
to herself and the unconscious Tina Backus. "You look different alive."

Backup's face was relaxed in sleep, but at least she wasn't glassy eyed
and dead. Phoebe knew that she probably didn't have long, but while
both of them were alive she had a chance.

"You wouldn't consider giving me a hand and waking up, would you?" the
witch said hopefully and put her hand on the other woman's shoulder.

There was no response.

"She can't hear you," said a cultured male voice and Phoebe spun on the
spot. "I've enchanted her mind and she will sleep until I wake her."

Fear settled in the pit of Phoebe's stomach as for the first time she
saw the creature they were up against. He was actually handsome in a
supernatural kind of way and very easy on the eye. Benias was tall,
blonde, and built like a god. Claws tipped long sensual fingers, and
the black silk he was wearing shimmered in the light. His features were
classically beautiful, but his face was missing one thing - warmth.
Totally black eyes caught Phoebe's gaze and there was no life in them.
It was like looking at a dead thing and Benias made the witch shiver.

"Why is she here?" Phoebe almost surprised herself when she spoke.

The demon warlock smiled at her and momentarily dark patterns
materialised on the skin of his face and neck, fading as quickly as
they had come. The youngest Halliwell was reminded of an octopus
changing its camouflage.

"She is the sacrifice," Benias explained calmly. "Her death will make
you mine. Mortals are so fragile, but their souls can be so useful. My
power can kill you, but I can never control you with it. She'll do that
for me. Her essence will corrupt you, change you and allow my power
dominion over you. Once she is dead you will have no will but mine."

"If it's so easy, why all the talking," Phoebe tried a bit of false
bravado, not that she had any idea what she was going to do next.

Benias laughed at her.

"Everything in its proper time," he said calmly. "My little pawn isn't
quite ready yet. She has a strong will. No match for mine of course,
but I must make sure she has no defences left by the time of the

The demon walked calmly towards the chair and, unable to help herself,
Phoebe took a step back.

"She is quite beautiful," Benias said whimsically and ran a claw along
the side of Backup's face. "I would take the time to enjoy her but
other matters occupy my mind at the moment."

It didn't take a genius to realise that Benias was, by human standards,
completely insane and for a demon he was pretty freaky too. Phoebe sent
up a silent prayer that her sisters and their secret weapon would find
them soon.

"Tina my dear," Benias said gently. "Time to wake up. You must meet the
woman you're going to destroy."

For a few moments Backup didn't move, but then ever so slowly she
stirred. At first her eyelids just moved and then they flickered open
for a fraction of a second. Eventually after a few more blinks,
unfocussed brown eyes wandered around the room. A small frown marred
the beautiful face for a second or so and then Benias reached out and
took her hand. All expression vanished from her face at the contact.
Phoebe watched, fascinated, as the demon helped his victim sit up. The
long black robe Backup was wearing pooled around her on the chair.

"Greet your kindred sister, my dear," Benias said gently. "Soon your
life will be driving her body."

Almost like a mannequin the woman stood up slowly and walked towards
the stunned Phoebe. Without pausing and looking straight through the
young witch, Tina put one hand on either of Phoebe's shoulders and then
kissed her lightly on the cheek. Then she turned and walked back to
their captor.

"Delightful isn't she?" Benias said as horror crept up on the witch.
"Her will is all but gone. All that needs to be done now is to replace
that with carnal desire and she will be the perfect catalyst for your

He reached out to the insensible woman and turned her back towards
Phoebe. Placing a hand on the back of her head he closed his eyes and
there was a brief flash of light from his hand. The blank look on
Tina's face slowly transformed into one of hunger. She breathed deeply
as if trying to fight the obvious urges in her body. As if she were on
a string she began to move towards her tormentor and she reached out
her arm towards him. Benias in turn laughed and Phoebe felt sickened by
the whole scene.

"How much do you want me?" the demon asked slowly.

All that came out of Backup's mouth was an animalistic growl.

"Show me," Benias said callously.

Under Phoebe's horrified gaze Tina reached for the clasp on her robe
and without pausing released it. With a simple shrug the cloth slipped
off her shoulders and fell to the floor, landing around her feet. She
was wearing nothing beneath it. Falling to her knees Backup reached out
to Benias, running her hands up his legs.

"Stop," he said simply before the woman could get any further. "By the
time you die, my pretty," he said, capturing Tina's chin in one hand,
"you will be begging for anything that moves. Remember the hunger in
her eyes," Benias continued, turning his attention back to Phoebe.
"Soon it will be yours."

Then he disentangled himself from his helpless pawn and strode towards
the door.

"Wait," Phoebe said almost desperately, "what happens now?"

"I'll leave you two to become acquainted," the demon said calmly, "and
tonight we shall have our ceremony."

He swept out of the room and left Phoebe with the still sitting Backup.
Ruthlessly shoving panic aside the witch picked up Tina's discarded
robe and carried over to the motionless woman. She placed it around the
Canadian's shoulders gently, and was rewarded with a look at the
agent's desire filled face. There was no personality in the eyes that
looked at her, just hunger.

"My sisters will get us out of here," Phoebe promised quietly, but
Tina's expression did not change.


 Sam tried really hard not to pace, but the urge just got the better of
him. It was either wear a hole in the Halliwell's kitchen floor or kill
something, and just then there wasn't anything available for slaughter.
Sam didn't like not being in control; his whole life was one long
mission to be on top of every possible situation. That he and Chris
were waiting on someone else and that Sam wasn't aware of all the
pieces in the puzzle made him a very annoyed individual.

"Found something," Piper announced and slammed her hand onto the book
of shadows.

Sam came to a halt directly behind her.

"What?" he demanded a little more harshly than he had intended.

Piper gave him a withering look and the Englishman had to clamp down on
the anger that threatened to make a reply to her reaction.

"There's a way we can find Phoebe," the young witch explained, "a
ceremony to locate her. It's in Grams' handwriting and it's a version
of the scrying spell. The problem is it takes three witches and we only
have two."

"Know any more?" Chris asked which was fortunate because Sam's comment
would not have been so polite.

"It wouldn't work." It was Leo who spoke as he glanced over Piper's
shoulder. "It needs three witches who understand the individual they
seek. I believe it was written so your Grandmother could find one of
you if you were taken by evil. It looks like she designed it to use the
other two with herself as focus."

Sam felt the anger bubbling inside him; his demon half crept towards
the surface and the world tinged slightly. He saw Leo glance at him a
little worriedly, but the white lighter did not comment. The nails in
his palm seemed to be helping the half-demon less and less.

"But," the blond man said, "we might be able to work with what we have.
I can't use my power directly but I can act as a focus. That leaves us
two witches and," Leo looked directly at Sam, "one demon."

The shock of what the white lighter was suggesting actually gave Sam
back control of his raging emotions. The incubus retreated as confusion
entered the Englishman's head. Several different questions entered the
agent's mind at the same time. He settled for the simplest.

"But how?" Sam asked.

"When you shared Phoebe's premonition you were actually inside her
head," Leo explained. "Unconsciously you leached some of Phoebe's power
which gives you a fundamental understanding of her. That makes you the
perfect third, except for the fact that you have no clue how to use
your abilities."

"Find Phoebe we find Backup," Sam half asked half stated.

"That's the plan," Pru said evenly.

"Can I do anything?" Chris asked calmly, but Sam could tell his partner
was feeling like a spare wheel.

"How's your will?" Leo asked slowly.

"He's as stubborn as a mule," Sam said, finally feeling that there was
at last a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

"Then you can act as a guardian to the circle. With the amount of black
magic floating around it's best to be safe," Leo told the American
agent. "All you need to do is keep one thought in your head."

"I think I can manage that," Chris said with a rueful grin.

End of Part 4

The Demon Within by Tasha

Part 5

Piper wasn't sure who was more nervous, her or Sam Curtis. Although
she'd never show it the half-demon made her a little anxious. The fact
that her power seemed to have no effect on him what so ever was
disconcerting and at the moment he seemed so angry all of the time. The
witch could imagine what he must be going through, having suddenly
discovered that he was not completely human, and his friend
disappearing at the same time. Her mind flicked back to Jeremy and how
difficult it had been for her when her powers had first manifested
themselves. She smiled at him as he glanced in her direction.

"Nothing to worry about," she said as Pru drew the last part of the
chalk circle around them.

"Are you trying to convince me or yourself?" Sam replied with a half

"A bit of both," Piper told him in kind.

"Okay, are we all ready?" Pru asked decisively as she finished drawing
and stood up.

"As I'll ever be," Sam commented, but there was a determined look on
his face.

Piper just nodded her agreement and Leo did the same.

"Right," Pru continued, "then let's hold hands round the map."

They had the section of map the scrying spell had indicated set up on a
small table in the middle of the attic. On it was the pointer from the
spirit board. Piper bit back on the sudden anxiety which threatened to
overcome her when she actually had to take Sam Curtis' hand. This was
no time for girlish fancies; they had a job to do. No matter what
things her imagination could conjure up about the half-demon, there
were more pressing things to think about.

"I cast this circle," Pru said calmly, "may it stand against all evil
and protect those within it. Let the guardian refuse entry to all that
would seek us harm."

Piper glanced at where Chris Keel was standing just outside the chalk
ring. He was staring at the line on the floor and the single-minded
expression on his face was almost scary. The middle Halliwell had the
distinct impression that being on the wrong side of the two mysterious
agents would be very bad for a person's health. With these two men
focus was not a problem and the witch was very glad they were the good

"Everyone concentrate on the pointer and think of Phoebe," Pru said
calmly, "I'll recite the spell."

Piper fixed her eyes on the wooden device and tried to put her sister
at the front of her mind. She recalled a moment only a few days ago
when she and Phoebe had been laughing in the kitchen, talking about the
younger woman's latest conquest. Happy thoughts always seemed to work
best for these types of spells and Piper put all darker ideas out of
her head.

"One is lost, a sister indeed, guide us to her, in our hour of need,"
Pru chanted evenly.

It wasn't the most elegant of spells but Piper could feel its power
almost instantly. The hairs on the back of her neck stood up and she
was suddenly keenly aware that she was not standing next to a normal
human being. The young witch almost turned as she experienced what
Phoebe would probably have called "a rippled in the force". Magic was
strange like that; sometimes a spell would go off and there would be no
indication that it had worked, at other times the supernatural aspect
of what they did made itself very plain. This time Piper found herself
hyper aware of everything around her including Sam Curtis and Leo.

For a while nothing happened. There was absolute stillness, only the
sound of breathing disturbed the silence. Then very slowly the pointer
moved. At first it simply twitched and stopped again. Piper felt a
pressure on her will, almost as if something were pushing back on her.
It actually annoyed her and without really knowing what she was doing
she shoved back. The pointer twitched again.

"We're being blocked," Pru said in a very cold voice that meant she was
very far from happy. "Even with the circle we're being blocked."

"Like hell you are," the voice belonged to Chris Keel and Piper
couldn't help but glance at him.

If the witch had thought the American looked determined before she was
shocked by the righteous anger that flared through his expression now.
Much to Piper's surprise the chalk line on the floor began to give off
a faint light. Dragging herself back to her own task she fixed her eyes
back on the pointer.

"One is lost, a sister indeed, guide us to her, in our hour of need,"
Pru tried again.

The wooden device twitched again and this time it moved off the spot.

"Find her," Piper whispered to herself, "find my sister."

With every ounce of will she had the middle Halliwell threw herself
into her task. With the smiling face of her sister at the forefront of
her mind she focused totally on the pointer. It moved again, a little
more freely this time. The most peculiar sensation began to spread up
her arm. It was like the lightest touch of ice, and it started where
she held Sam Curtis' hand and moved upwards. It travelled across her
chest, down her other arm and into her right hand. The pointer moved
again but this time it slowly began to spin on the spot. The pressure
was back and it was more than a little frustrating.

Piper tried to ignore both the sensation of hitting her head against a
wall and the prickling that wouldn't go away. They didn't matter, they
weren't important, the only thing that mattered was finding Phoebe. The
pressure began to grow and so did the tingling. Eventually it was
completely impossible to ignore both sensations. Piper had to fight not
to pull away from the circle of people they had made.

"Move," she heard Curtis more growl than say and suddenly everything
happened at one.

The attic vanished in a flash of somewhere else. A place that looked
very much like a warehouse. Phoebe was there and she was standing
beside another woman who seemed to be in some distress. There was a
noise and a large door opened to reveal a demon with the face of a
handsome man. Piper knew she was looking at Benias. Just as soon as it
had begun it was over, and the witch was staring at the map again.
However, something had changed, the pointer was no longer sitting on
the map, it was standing on it. To be precise it was balanced on the
very corner of it's pointy end and it was spinning. In shock Piper let
go of both hands she was holding and with the link broken the pointer
fell over, still once again. It left behind it a small hole in the map.

"Did everyone else see it too?" she asked, wanting to know if everyone
else had felt the some thing she had.

"Like before," Sam Curtis said and his voice sounded strange. "One of
Phoebe's visions."

Piper glanced at him and had to stop herself from taking a step back.
The agent no longer looked exactly human, and he seemed as anxious
about it as she felt. She watched as he took a deep breath and closed
his eyes. She recognised stress-relieving techniques when she saw them
and gradually the sharp, almost silver nails on his hands morphed back
into ordinary ones. It appeared to take a supreme effort, but when he
opened his eyes again Sam Curtis was back to normal.

"She's somewhere on dock street." It was Pru who spoke and when Piper
dragged her eyes away from Sam she found her sister pouring over the

"With Backup," Curtis said, his voice icy cold.

"Now what?" it was Chris Keel who voiced exactly what Piper was

"Now we get them both back," Pru said decisively.


Chris flicked his phone shut after giving Malone a fake rundown on what
they had found so far. He disliked lying to his superior, but in this
case it was necessary.

"Okay, so the old man is diverted," Chris said, much too brightly for
the situation. "So what's the plan?"

"Why exactly are you so cheerful?" Pru asked pointedly. She wasn't
handling the situation very well, and Chris had just made himself a
prime target.

Sam sat down on the nearest stool and looked at his partner, who did
not appear in the least repentant.

"Adrenaline," Sam said when Chris failed to give an appropriate reply.
"He's addicted to it. Ignore him: he can't help it. It comes with the

"This isn't a game," Pru snapped. "My sister is in danger."

"So is one of our best friends," Chris said, suddenly serious, "but if
you can't laugh occasionally you go crazy."

Pru looked like she would argue about that, but Leo walked into the
kitchen and interrupted the discussion before it began.

"Sam, we need to work on the control of your supernatural half," the
whitelighter said calmly.

"And you're the instructor for demon 101," Sam said, not exactly
pleased by the prospect before him, but knowing that he couldn't get
out of this one.

Leo smiled and nodded.

"I'm the closest thing we have to an expert," he said good-naturedly.
"If Cole was here I'd conscript him, but you're stuck with me."

"Who's Cole?" Sam asked knowing he was simply changing the subject, but
not being able to help himself.

"Phoebe's boyfriend," Pru supplied in a tone that suggested she didn't
fully approve. "He is also half-demon."

That confused Sam.

"I thought you said half-demon's were rare." He looked to Leo for

"Half-Incubi are rare," Leo corrected in his normal passive tone,
"half-demons are more common than you might think. Baltazar, Cole's
demon alter-ego, is powerful, but he's not in your league. If Incubi
spent more time fighting for the dark and less time obsessed with sex
the light would be in serious trouble."

Sam wasn't quite sure how to deal with that information. It had been a
mad two days and Sam found himself just accepting things and trying not
to think about them.

"Okay, where are we going to do this practice session?" He switched
back to the real topic.

"The attic," Leo suggested helpfully. "It's quiet and no one will
disturb us."

"Just try not to break anything," Pru said and Sam wasn't sure if she
was joking.

"Lead on, Macduff," Sam said, resigned to his fate.

If he was going to have to do this it might as well be now.

"See you later, Sam," Chris said with an unsure look on his face as the
half-demon headed for the door.

"Um," was all the Englishman managed in reply as he tried to guess what
this was going to be like.


"You have to learn how to do it on demand," Leo said calmly. "Stop
being afraid of yourself or we may as well just leave."

Sam glared at the whitelighter; he was not happy with the man just at
the moment. The lesson was not going well. He knew what he had to do,
but he didn't like it much. When the demon came out he didn't feel in
control and Sam was very much a person who appreciated control. Ever
since his other half had first emerged Sam had been able to feel it
just below the surface. If he was completely honest with himself, Leo
was right he was afraid, and whenever Sam Curtis was afraid he tended
to bury it with anger.

"I don't know how," much to his surprise he found himself admit.

"Then you have to learn and you have to learn in the next two hours,"
Leo said coldly.

The whitelighter's attitude was deliberately confrontational and had
Sam been a little more rational he might not have risen to the bait.
However, he wasn't thinking as clearly as usual and Leo's tone annoyed

"And exactly how am I supposed to do that?" Sam almost growled.

"I can't tell you," Leo snapped back, "you're the half demon, you
figure it out."

That was it, Sam temper hit boiling point and he snapped. Before he
really knew what he was doing he had Leo pinned against the wall and
the world was luminous. The whitelighter made no move to struggle and
simply looked at Sam. With nothing to provoke him the Englishman's
brain clicked back in and it dawned on him that he had been quite
obviously baited.

"You bastard," he said icily, but took a step back and released his
grip on Leo.

Now the demon was out Sam wasn't completely sure how to get rid of it
and he seethed silently.

"You have to get used to what you are," Leo said, more gently this
time. "The demon is you and you have to control it. You are the only
person who can defeat Benias."

"It doesn't feel like me," Sam said, unable to calm the demon back into
its shell.

"You're stronger than your instincts," the whitelighter told him
calmly. "Accept yourself and find control."

The CI5 agent looked at Leo's sincere and understanding expression.
Everything he said was true and Sam knew he couldn't shy away from
this. It was time to stop acting like an idiot and remember he was an
agent of CI5. His demon was not going to go away and he had to deal
with it. Under better circumstances he would have had time to come to
terms with the changes, but there was no time and there was a need.
Taking a deep breath he closed his eyes and looked inwards. Rather than
shying away from his demon nature he mentally stared at it. Emotions
surged and adrenaline flooded his system as the thrill ran through him.
His demon both horrified and excited him at the same time. Its power
was magnificent but its wildness was frightening.

In his mind's eye Sam visualised the raging inside him and embraced it.
Rather than backing away he took the power and tried to bend it to his
will. It was hard; he felt as if he'd stepped off a cliff and was
falling out of control. Vaguely he realised that he had taken a path
and there was no turning back. This was his heritage, his genetic
makeup and there was no hiding it any more. With a gasp he opened his
eyes and looked at Leo and the world was normal again. The whitelighter
smiled at him.

"Well done," he encouraged warmly. "Now bring it out again."

As far as Sam was concerned this had to be much easier. Closing his
eyes again he looked inside and there was the power. Rationally he
reached for his demon and the only way he could explain it was that he
missed. Sam opened his eyes in surprise and tried to figure out what
had gone wrong.

"I ... ah ...," he tried to explain but couldn't.

In consternation he closed his eyes and tried again. This time he put a
little more force behind the thought and felt himself touch the demon.
It flared but did not rise to the surface. This was actually harder
than he had assumed. It also gave him an insight into the fact that his
demon wasn't as dominant as he had thought. He had assumed that it
would take over given only a slightest chance but he was discovering
that it wasn't that easy. This fact gave him confidence as he realised
that he had some control. With that realisation he reached for his
demon, embraced it and willed it to the surface. Even without opening
his eyes he knew he had changed.

"Good," Leo said as soon as Sam did look at him. "Now we have to work
on the finer points."

With a totally new outlook on the situation the Englishman nodded and
steeled himself for whatever was to come.


When Sam finally reappeared from the attic Chris met him in the hall.
The look on the American's face told Sam that his partner was in a
talking mood. He'd gained that pensive, slightly confused expression he
always wore when he was about to broach a subject he was not one
hundred percent sure of. Sam had been headed for the kitchen to get a
coffee, but Chris was hovering by the living room door so the
Englishman diverted. Giving his partner a large smiled he wandered past
him and flopped gracefully onto the sofa.

"Either you're constipated or you have something on your mind," he said
lightly and grinned unrepentantly.

Sam was in a good mood after his success and he was pleased when Chris
smiled back.

"Am I really that obvious?" the American asked and took a chair
opposite Sam.

"Your poker face only works on the bad guys," the half-demon replied

"I take it your lesson from Leo went well," Chris said slowly, and Sam
had the sneaking suspicion that this was the beginning of the build up.

"Lets just say I'm more in control now," the Englishman revealed

"And we all know what you're like about control," Chris said with a

"Are you saying I'm a control freak?" Sam asked with mock indignation.

"Now, would I ever suggest a thing like that?" his partner said lightly
and looked at the far wall.

He was obviously considering what he was going to say next and Sam left
him to his thoughts. When Chris was in this type of mood he needed

"I've been thinking," the ex-SEAL eventually began.

"Well that's a bad start," Sam said lightly.

Chris had the good humour to grin.

"I'm sorry for reacting so badly, um ... ah ... when you changed," the
American stumbled a little bit on his apology.

"No need," Sam said evenly, growing serious. "This is weird for both of

"Yeah, but you have so much to deal with, the last thing you need is me
freaking out," Chris seemed determined to apologise.

"If you remember, I believe it was your 'freak out' that stopped me
making a complete prat out of myself," Sam pointed out calmly.

Chris raised his eyebrows at that but couldn't really disagree.

"Well I don't want it to happen again," the ex-SEAL said firmly.

"So how do we achieve this?" Sam asked reasonably although he had a
sneaking suspicion.

Chris looked at him hard as if the answer was obvious and Sam finally

"Okay," Sam said calmly, "how's this for a party trick?"

With that he embraced his demon and let his form change. Chris didn't
move a muscle and just sat there. His expression was fixed as if he was
trying very hard to control it and Sam simply looked at him calmly.

"Well at least I'll never have to buy another Halloween costume," the
Englishman broke the awkward silence and grinned.

It occurred to him that this might be a little unsettling since he had
just revealed his fangs, but it was too late now. To his relief Chris
actually smiled.

"Just don't look at me for backup when someone asks you where you got
the contact lenses," he said and although there just a touch of
trepidation in his voice he seemed mostly normal.


Phoebe had been trying to get some sense out of Tina all afternoon, but
the woman was on a completely different planet. What ever she was
normally like, Sam and Chris' friend was completely useless while she
was under Benias' power. Knowing that she was on her own until the
cavalry arrived Phoebe had tried to find her own way out with just as
little success.

As the day had worn on Tina had become more and more like a wild thing
and less and less like a real woman. There was a desperate look of
hunger in her eyes that frightened Phoebe a little. It was not a hunger
for food and the youngest Halliwell did not want to end up the same
way. Unfortunately desperation did not help the young witch and she
knew she had run out of options when the door opened for the second
time to reveal Benias.

Tina was on her feet like a shot and Phoebe didn't think anything could
have stopped the woman from reaching her target. The bewitched secret
agent fell to her knees in front of the demon warlock and ran her hand
up his leg as if he were the answer to her prayers. Benias simply
laughed and bent down putting his hand under her chin.

"I think you are just about ready," he said with an evil smile. "Do you
want to kiss me my little slave?"

All that came out of Tina's mouth was an incoherent grunt and she threw
herself into the offered kiss. Phoebe felt sick. Benias laughed again
as he broke away from his victim and looked over at the youngest

"Now you understand my power, witch," he said maliciously. "Soon you
will be as willing as her."

"Not likely," Phoebe said defiantly.

The demon warlock just smiled at her.

"You have no choice," he said and stepped past Tina.

Two of his she-demons picked the bewitched woman off the floor and took
her out of the room. Phoebe thought that was a very bad sign.

"You are mine," Benias told her calmly. "It is that simple."

He continued to walk into the room and Phoebe couldn't take her eyes
off the still open door. She was desperate; no matter what face she was
trying to put on the situation she knew that this creature's power
could take her soul away and it frightened her. In a last ditch attempt
for freedom she waited until Benias was out of reach of the door and
then she ran. Her heart beat rang in her ears as her system flooded
with adrenaline and she couldn't quite believe it when she made it past
the demon. However, with escape in sight her hopes were shattered as
two more she-demons appeared in the doorway.

"There is no way out," Benias said from just behind her ear and Phoebe

She hadn't even heard him move and she was trapped between him and his
minions. His hand touched the back of her neck and she flinched away
from his touch. It wasn't just that she didn't want to have him near
her, it was that she could feel his evil.

"Take off your clothes," he said simply and shocked Phoebe some more.

The witch really didn't know what to do and she remained motionless.

"Take your clothes off or I will get them to do it for you," Benias
said coldly, "and I cannot guarantee how gentle they will be."

Phoebe turned to look at her captor and with complete certainty she
knew that if her sisters did not arrive soon there would be nothing to
rescue. Somehow the knowledge that she was on the verge of loosing her
soul strengthened her. She pulled herself up straight and raised her
chin. If this was going to happen she was going to maintain her
dignity. As calmly as she could manage she began to unbutton her shirt.

It took her a minute or so the shed her clothes and then she glared at
Benias defiantly.

"Like what you see?" she asked bluntly.

Benias merely smiled.

"Hold out your arms," he instructed simply.

Phoebe paused momentarily in rebellion but eventually did as she was
told. With little warning the demon warlock reached out and bound her
wrists with a thin, strangely coloured rope. Almost instantly Phoebe
felt her mind fog.

"A binding spell," Benias said as the youngest Halliwell's world slowly
faded. "Temporary, but highly effective."

Phoebe's last thought was at least she wouldn't see her fate coming.

End of Part 5

The Demon Within by Tasha

Part 6 It was very dark, of that much Sam was sure and after the
warning from Leo he didn't dare to shift into demon form to improve his
vision. The whitelighter had explained that in human form Sam was
virtually undetectable to the supernatural. He registered as human
according to Leo, but in demon form he was like a beacon. Sam was the
key element to the end of the plan, until then he was keeping as low a
profile as possible.

It was strange to be taking a back seat, especially when the two people
in the lead were civilians, but Sam was following the plan. Both he and
Chris were carrying large pump action shotguns, but they were only for
emergencies. If they both shot at one of the she demons they might be
able to take her down with a couple of volleys, but the outcome was
doubtful. Hence it was Pru and Piper's job to get them through to the
main objective. The main gist of the plan was for the two witches to
distract Benias' minions and for Sam and Chris to covertly rescue
Backup and Phoebe. Leo was around, but he couldn't directly use his
powers so he was the standby plan. If all else failed he had Malone's
phone number and the ability to call in the cavalry.

There was chanting coming from the inside of warehouse they were
walking beside and Sam couldn't shake the feeling that they had to
hurry. Time was of the essence, of that much he was sure. It took every
ounce of Sam's self-control not to do something very stupid. When they
found the side door it didn't really surprise Sam when it was unlocked.
Demons didn't really have a lot to fear from burglars and anything else
that would come looking for them probably wouldn't bother too much
about a locked door anyway.

The small party of four crept into the dark corridor of the interior of
the building. This was not the same place he and Chris had been taken
to. Now he was here, Sam was sure this was a different location. Very
similar in most ways, but Benias had another warehouse for his victims.
The building brought Sam's confused memories of the previous night into
better focus, but he still couldn't remember everything. The green
glowing eyes and long fangs of the creature he had to thank for
revealing his demon half were what stood out the most in his mind. The
fact that they were on their way to face more of these demons was not
the nicest feeling.

Pru and Piper paused just up ahead beside an internal door. It was a
large industrial door and whoever had closed it had left a small gap
between it and the frame. The Halliwells were peering through it. Sam
followed Chris to join them. What Sam saw almost made him give himself
away as his demon leapt towards the surface and tried to take over.
Phoebe was tied to a pillar on a raised dais in the centre of the room.
Her hands were held above her head with ropes that looked too thin to
hold a child let alone a healthy young woman. Yet she stood there
glassy eyed without struggling. Her face was devoid of expression and
she didn't even seem to notice that she was naked. In front of her on
an altar like structure was Backup, equally as naked and unresponsive.

Sam had always had a temper but he kept it well in check. When he laid
eyes on their enemy he nearly lost it. Benias was kneeling before the
altar with his back to his two prisoners, arms out accepting the
adulation of his minions. The she-demons were kneeling at various
places before the altar and they were chanting their master's name.

"Time to end this," Pru said firmly in a whisper and Sam couldn't have
agreed more. "We'll go to the right," the eldest sister continued.
"Piper will freeze them I'll start throwing things around. You two go
left and try and get behind the altar."

Everyone nodded in agreement and then they quietly opened the door. The
room was lit by candlelight and then only in the centre so there were
plenty of shadows in which to hide. Sam knew that demon vision was far
superior to human eyesight, but Benias seemed totally absorbed in his
ritual. With the Halliwell's distracting the demons he and Chris should
be able to reach the dais and rescue their friends. Sam was in the lead
and, keeping as close to the wall as possible, he and Chris crept
towards their goal. When they were almost there Pru and Piper made
their move. The two witches stepped out from the shadows on the
opposite site of the room and Piper threw up her hands. Benias began to
rise to his feet and froze midway as did the she-demons. Sam couldn't
believe it could be that easy and he was proved right a second later as
Benias began to move again. It took his minions a second or so longer
to free themselves, but Benias' power was strong in this room and
Piper's power barely seemed to slow them down.

"Bring them to me," Benias bellowed and his minions moved.

Pru sent two of the she-demons flying backwards and Piper froze some of
the others. It wouldn't stop them forever, but it was the perfect
distraction. Sam and Chris moved towards their target. Much to Sam's
dismay, however, Benias was not interested in the fighting. Under the
half-demon's horrified gaze Benias turned his back on his minions and
produced a knife from under his robe. He lifted it above Tina and
prepared to finish his ritual. Without a second thought Sam and Chris
brought up their weapons and fired straight at the demon's hand. Benias
howled as his limb disintegrated. A shotgun wound to the body would
just have annoyed Benias, taking off his hand and removing the knife
was far more useful.

"I'll take Benias," Sam said quickly to his partner, "you get Backup
and Phoebe."

Chris nodded and moved around the altar, Sam jumped onto the dais. The
half-demon stared at his adversary with stone cold calm. He did not let
the creature's supernatural aura shake his equilibrium and the mantle
of efficient, professional agent was completely in place. Benias was
looking at the bloody mess that had been the hand holding the knife
above Tina. The warlock come demon did not seem to be able to believe
what had just happened.

Suddenly, as if waking from a dream the creature turned and looked
directly at Sam and sneered. In a fraction of a second even the last
hint of humanity was gone and Benias' gazed on Sam with his full demon
power. The marks that had before flowed across his skin took up
permanent places, distorting Benias' face with their shapes. With this
turn of events came the most extraordinary thing Sam had ever seen:
Benias' hand literally reformed and in seconds there was a clawed limb,
whole and ready for a fight.

"Human weapons cannot harm me, child. You will die slowly for your
foolishness," Benias said with an evil smile, "but not before I have
finished my latest creation."

The demon's hand moved towards Backup, claws outstretched to take the
place of the ceremonial knife. Sam didn't even pause to think he just
moved. Without realising what he was doing or trying to understand how
he was doing it he embraced his demon half and moved faster than he had
ever moved in his entire life. He crashed into Benias milliseconds
before the creature's talons touched Backup's naked frame. The two
demons went sprawling off the dais onto the surrounding floor.

Sam's system was flooded with adrenalin and he barely felt the impact
as they both landed. He rolled away from his adversary and to his feet
without pause. Benias was a moment slower and when the demon's head
came up Sam was ready for him.

"It's unwise to push me too far," Benias said, all humour gone from his
voice, "you are just making things more unpleasant for yourself."

There was no point in replying and it would have been a waste of
energy: Sam simply waited for the attack he knew would be coming.
However, he didn't quite expect what happened next. Benias drew himself
up to his full height, which even Sam had to admit was impressive and
then the warlock thrust both hands in the half-demon's direction. A
ball of blue light erupted from the creature and headed straight for
Sam. There was no way to avoid it and all the Englishman could do was
bring up both hands in front of his face. Tensed for impact Sam
actually wobbled when the energy came within millimetres of his body
and then snaked around him. When Sam stared at his adversary, Benias
appeared equally surprised and annoyed.

"Just hoping for a lucky break?" Sam asked evenly. "Hate to bring you
up to speed, but I'm just like you; magic doesn't work."

The older demon growled something unintelligible and attacked. Sam met
the first blow with a simple block and then threw a kick at Benias. The
attack connected and there was a grunt from the demon. However, Sam had
the impression it was more a sound of annoyance than one of pain.
Strong hands grabbed at the half-demon's arms and he lifted both limbs
sharply to try and remove the grip. He managed to shift one set of
fingers but the other held on tightly and Sam could feel claws through
his leather jacket.

Knowing that those talons could seriously injure him if they punctured
material and flesh Sam lashed out letting instinct overcome training.
His own nails, although not complete claws, were very claw like and
they struck home almost immediately. He felt the resistance as he raked
through the skin of Benias' arm. This time the sound the demon made was
pain and not simply anger. The creature broke away and stepped back in
an attempt to reassess his attack and defence.

Sam did not give Benias room and he followed the demon's slight
retreat. The agent tried to rebalance his technique to more effectively
use the weapons his un-natural father had given him. The closest form
he could think of from his training was knife fighting and he held his
hands in front of him like the lethal instruments they could mimic.
Swiping at Benias several times Sam tried to make it inside the demon's
defences, but the warlock had adjusted to the speed of his opponent and
his attacks met with blocks. Benias gave no ground, but neither did he
manage to injure Sam, which was far better than Sam had thought things
would be.

Without warning Benias moved backwards, and before Sam could react a
second ball of energy was on its way to him. Even though the half-
demon's rational brain knew it would not hurt him instinct took over
and once again Sam brought his hands up in front of his face. This was
what Benias had been waiting for and in the seconds that it took Sam to
recover the demon attacked. The creature did not try and hit his
opponent; he tackled him, throwing them both back towards the dais.
They slammed into it with Sam taking the brunt of the impact. Stunned,
the half-demon could not defend himself properly and he felt Benias'
knee contact hard with his stomach. Unable to help himself Sam began to
fall, but his opponent was still on the attack. Claws darted under the
protection of Sam's leather jacket and sharp pain erupted in the half-
demon's back. In a desperate bid to escape Sam twisted himself away
from the creatures claws and let himself fall to the floor, rolling as
he did so.

The pain was intense and it was as if there were lines of fire running
along his back, but Sam knew he could not let it slow him down.
Ignoring his mortal body he gave complete control to his demon and the
half-incubus that glared at Benias after that bore little resemblance
to the Sam Curtis most people had met. Demon had combined with the raw
will to survive that Sam rarely dipped into and if Benias had known he
would have been afraid.

When the older demon tried to push his advantage he met not an injured,
semi-helpless half-demon, but a vessel of pure fury. Sam's hands lanced
out with demon speed and CI5 trained accuracy. Benias literally howled
as Sam's semi-claws made contact and the demon lurched away. This time
Sam did not follow but waited with perverse enjoyment. When his
opponent's glare returned to him there were three neat gouges down
Benias' face, only just missing his right eye. Taking great pleasure in
the action Sam smiled and revealed his fangs.

Unused to being vulnerable anymore Benias seemed unable to quite accept
that he had been injured twice. The demon appeared shocked by the whole
situation and not quite decided what to do next. Sam gave the warlock a
few seconds to consider his situation and then the half-demon attacked.
This was not a battle of men, it was a battle of demons and when they
met it was more like a pair of animals than anything remotely human.
They grappled, clawing at each other, but Sam barely registered
anything that Benias could do to him.

This creature had tried to kill his friends. The demon had spawned
incredible evil and that offended Sam in a way he could never put into
words. This was going to end now, forever. He rained blow after blow
onto his opponent and the attacks that came back were gradually weaker
and weaker. There was no thought in Sam's mind of stopping, of
defeating this thing but letting it live. Even the smallest part of the
half-demon's being was dedicated to eradicating this evil from the face
of the earth.

Benias' defence was almost nothing and his robe was bloody and torn,
yet Sam appeared to have very little damage. As the older demon slowly
folded in on himself Sam brought his right arm back and with all his
strength sent it flying towards Benias' throat. The evil creature's
eyes opened wide in fear as he realised he had no defence and then
Sam's claws quite neatly removed the demon's larynx.

Benias staggered backwards a step, hands going to his ruined throat. He
gurgled grotesquely as his fingers reached out to touch flesh that was
no longer there. Sam just stood there and watched, waiting for any sign
that this was not the end.

Something began to happen to the demon-warlock. At first Sam wasn't
quite sure what it was, but slowly he realised that Benias was melting.
It was as if the demon's structure was caving in on itself and he began
to let out a pitiful whine. Sam's adrenalin infused brain flash him a
grotesque parody of the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz and he
couldn't help but smile. He was too high on endorphins for any pain to
reach his battle soaked mind and he watched his opponent die.

Sam felt a presence beside him as he gazed on his adversary's final
moments and he didn't have to look to know it was Chris.

"Now that is a disgusting way to die," was the American's comment.

"At least he didn't explode," was the closest Sam could come to a
coherent reply.

They looked at each other and Sam grinned at his friend.

"Piece of cake," he said nonchalantly.

Chris grinned back.

"Never doubted it," he said lightly.

Even as Sam revelled in victory his eyes moved back to the dais. Phoebe
was coming out of whatever trance Benias had put her in and Backup was
still chained to the altar. Sam was relieved to see that his colleague
was stirring even if she did not look completely awake.

"Let's get Backup out of here," Sam decided quickly.

Chris just nodded and turned to the task in hand.


As soon as Benias had begun to die so had his creations. Whatever the
succubus come vampire she-demons had been they had been linked to their
master in ways no one had suspected. Piper had been very glad when she
didn't have to try and freeze them anymore. It wasn't easy having to
set up a new freeze ever second or so. Unlike Benias the she-demons had
not melted into piles of goo, they had simple fallen over and died,
reverting to the shell of humanity they had lost.

Piper was amazed how fast everything had moved after the battle was
over. Phoebe had recovered and seemed hardly bothered that she was
completely naked. The middle Halliwell had had to admit that it was
very much like her sister to simply stand there and challenge anyone to
mention her state of undress.

What surprised Piper the most was the fact that Sam and Chris had
seemed as equally un-phased by the nakedness of Phoebe and their
colleague. They had been grateful when Phoebe had disappeared and come
back with clothes for herself and Backup, but that was it. On the other
hand Leo's eyes had been popping out of his head and Piper found that
terribly sweet. Her husband could be very bashful sometimes.

Sam and Chris' friend had started to come round properly shortly after
that and events had moved rapidly from there. The two agents had
reminded them quietly to remember the cover story and called in their
superior who had arrived minutes later with the local law. They had all
repeated their stories of what had been happening and then they had
been sent home. It had all been rather an anti-climax.

Piper was sitting in the kitchen nursing a cup of coffee when the
doorbell rang. She heard Phoebe rush to the door.

"Hi guys," her sister's voice greeted, "come on in."

"We can't stay," replied Chris' voice lightly. "We just came to say our

By this time Piper had reached the hallway. Their two allies were
standing in the doorway and Phoebe was bouncing happily in front of
them. Phoebe was always the same after an adrenalin rush and Piper
doubted her sister would stop moving for another couple of hours.

"Can't you even stay for a coffee?" Piper offered as Leo appeared from
the living room and Pru came down the stairs.

"Sorry, but I have to get Sam back to his hotel room before he falls
over," Chris replied with a smile. "Seems our hero is pooped."

The middle Halliwell did have to admit that the half-demon was looking
frazzled. He had enough energy to grin at his companion's quip.

"When I can move without pain you will pay for that comment," was Sam's
reply to his friend's quip.

Pru opened her mouth to say something, but to Piper's surprise Leo was
in there first.

"Could I just have a few moments of Sam's time before you go, please?"
the whitelighter asked calmly.

Piper watched with interest as the two men walked into the living room,
but she squashed the urge to eavesdrop. Instead she turned her
attention back to Chris.

"Thank you for all your help," she said genuinely. "We couldn't have
won this one without you."

"All I did was stare at a chalk line and shoot at a few demons," the
American replied lightly, "Sam did most of the work for our part of the

"If there's one thing we've learned over our demon fighting years,"
Phoebe put in, "it's that it's all about team work. You may have
noticed I get myself into trouble if I run off without my sisters.
Trust me, Sam is going to need a partner more than ever now."

Piper was proud of her sister then; she often forgot how much Phoebe
had matured over the last couple of years.

"As long as we go back to bad guys with guns not energy bolts I'll be
happy," Chris said, making light of the subject.

"Are you still not going to tell us who you work for?" Pru asked before
her sisters could leap in again.

"The boss would not be happy if I did," Chris replied good naturedly,
"and you've met him so you can understand my reluctance. But here," he
reached into his pocket and pulled out a small card, "these are our
contact phone numbers, mobile and home. If you need us, call."

Phoebe took the offered card and read it.

"So you're based in England," she observed and looked at Chris
thoughtfully. "I bet you're MI5 or MI6."

The American agent just smiled at her.

"Keep guessing," he said lightly, just as Sam and Leo reappeared from
the other room.

The half-demon was looking a little surprised and a little worried, but
the expression vanished off his face almost instantly. Piper wondered
if anyone ever really saw behind his mask. Unconsciously she moved
closer to Leo, suddenly feeling the need for human contact.

"Well we must be going," Chris said lightly. "It's been a pleasure
working with you, but please don't be offended if I say that I hope
it's a long time before we have to work together again."

"Oh, big ugly demons like Benias only happen every couple of weeks,"
Phoebe said cheerfully. "You don't mind the commute do you?"

"Bye, Phoebe," Sam said with mock sternness and the youngest Halliwell

"Bye, Sam," Phoebe replied and enthusiastically threw her arms around
the startled agent.

He winced as she hugged him, but he hugged her back. Piper hoped her
energetic sister had not done any permanent damage. Phoebe said goodbye
to Chris in the same way and then the pair headed for the door.

"See you again," Piper said as they were about to leave. "Hopefully
next time it will be under more pleasant circumstances."

"Amen to that," Pru seconded and both men waved as they departed
Halliwell Manor.

It was over; another crisis was past. As her sisters vanished back to
whatever they had been doing Piper took a moment to enjoy the calm
after the storm. Smiling to herself at their success she wrapped her
arms around Leo and let herself relax.

End of Part 6

The Demon Within By Tasha

Part 7

Sam looked like hell; of that much Chris was one hundred percent sure.
How he'd actually managed to walk from the crime scene without Malone
or any of the rest of the team suspecting that he was about to keel
over was a mystery to Chris. What Sam had talked to Leo about at the
Halliwells was anybody's guess and the Englishman had not spoken to his
partner since. The half-demon had seemed less and less aware of his
surroundings from that moment on.

As it was Chris made sure Sam never left his sight all the way up to
the older man's hotel room. For once they were actually in separate
rooms rather than sharing, which was more often the case. The one time
Chris wanted to be damn sure he was as close to Sam as possible they
were on different floors. It was only as Sam pulled his key out of his
pocket that he actually noticed he had a shadow.

"Aren't you on the wrong floor?" he asked quite reasonably.

"If you think I'm leaving you to fall face down in the tub, think
again," Chris replied pointedly. "You're hurt, and you didn't get the
proper medical attention because you've been hiding it. The least I can
do is patch you up."

"Oh," was all Sam managed and went about trying to put his key in the
lock. As far as Chris was concerned his friend was having way too much
trouble with the simple task. "Thanks," Sam added as he finally pushed
the door inwards.

Chris trailed into the room after his partner and couldn't help being
more than a little worried. The absent tone and the vaguely
uncoordinated movements were totally opposed to Sam's usual behaviour.

"Sit," Chris decided firmly and pointed to the bed. "I assume you
packed the first aid kit as usual."

Sam nodded and also out of character obeyed Chris' instruction without
protest. Setting his worry aside as useless, Chris went about the task
at hand. Sam's case was neatly stowed above the wardrobe and the ex-
SEAL pulled it down. With ritual efficiency he opened it, retrieved the
first aid kit and put it back in place. When he turned back to his
friend the anxiety jumped right back up and bit him again. Sam hadn't
moved at all, he was perched on the edge of the bed staring straight
ahead, doing nothing. The Englishman hadn't even attempted to take off
his jacket. With a worried frown Chris walked over to his companion.

"Sam, you in there, buddy?" he asked, his tone a little more anxious
than he would have like.

Sam blinked and then slowly looked at his partner.

"Yeah," he said a puzzled expression filtering across his features for
a moment, "just tired."

"Well, let's get you patched up and then you can sleep for as long as
you like," Chris put on a cheerful tone that he didn't feel. "Jacket
off first."

There was a little more life in Sam as he tried to be helpful and do as
he was told, but he seemed to be becoming less co-ordinated by the
minute. Chris moved to help and Sam accepted the assistance gracefully.

"How the hell are you upright?" Chris said the moment he managed to
pull the clothing off his friend's back.

Sam's shirt was covered with blood at the back. How it hadn't shown
through, even on a black leather jacket, Chris would never know.

"What?" was his friend's reply.

"You've been bleeding," Chris said and tried to inspect the damage,
"and I don't mean just a little bit. We should get you to a hospital."

"And how exactly would we explain that?" Sam replied pointedly, awake
enough, it seemed, to be annoyed.

Chris glared at him, but he couldn't actually think of a reply to that
one. A trip to the hospital would not go unnoticed no matter what they
tried. Malone had a way of finding out everything.

"If it's as bad as it looks from here," Chris said firmly, "you might
not have a choice."

He moved round behind his partner and gingerly began to move the soaked
material. To his surprise Sam did not react at all. There were several
nasty gashes in the shirt and Chris was a little afraid of what he
might find.

"Can you manage the buttons or shall I do them?" Chris asked, unwilling
to abandon what he was doing, but realising the whole shirt had to come

Sam didn't reply, but he did move to tackle the challenge. After thirty
seconds of fumbling Chris decided to intervene. There was no protest
from his partner and Sam just looked at him vacantly as Chris slipped
the buttons from their holes.

"Stay with me," Chris said as he monitored Sam's bleary-eyed gaze. "If
I think it's okay, then you can go to sleep, but not before. If you're
going into shock you are not going to sleep and we're getting you the
nearest ER."

Sam just blinked at him. The shirt came off with a messy squelch and
Chris realised the first thing he needed was something with which to
clean Sam up. Dumping the once white shirt in the trash he headed into
the bathroom. Sam's sponge and wash things were neatly arranged on the
shelf above the sink. Unfortunately the largest container he could find
to hold water was one of the glasses also on the same shelf. Swearing
under his breath he filled one with warm water, picked up the sponge
and a towel and returned to the other room. He stopped just through the
doorway. From that position he could see Sam's back quite clearly and
there were two criss-crossing sets of claw marks across it. They looked
ugly and painful, not to mention worrying.

Pulling himself together Chris walked back towards his partner and
knelt on the bed behind him.

"This might hurt," he warned, but Sam just grunted something

Wincing for his friend Chris dipped the sponge in the warm water and
began his task of cleaning the wounds.

"Can't feel it," Sam mumbled as his partner began.

At first Chris barely seemed to make a dent and he realised he was
being a little too careful. With Sam's lack of reaction he decided to
be a little bolder and dabbed relatively hard at the top of one
scratch. The partially dried blood flaked away and then Chris had to
check he wasn't seeing things. What he expected to find was a raw
wound, open, in need of cleaning and dressing, what he actually found
was pink, somewhat sore looking, but nevertheless whole skin. Not sure
what to make of this Chris continued further, and he was halfway along
the first scratch before he believed it.

"You've healed," he said quietly.

Sam glanced vaguely in Chris' direction, puzzlement in his face.

"The wounds on your back," Chris said slowly and plainly, "they're
gone. I don't even think you're going to scar much."

Bemusement was not a state of mind that really suited Sam, but he
didn't seem capable of much else. Chris came to a quick decision.

"Okay," he said evenly, making sure Sam was following him, "I think
this is going to take too long. If I let you fall asleep in the state
you're in you're going to wake up in a foul mood with me as your
target. We need to get you clean and I mean now."

He stood up and walked to the point directly in front of Sam.

"You're filthy and you stink," Chris stated bluntly, "you need a

Sam peered at him dubiously.

"I don't think I can stand up," he replied plaintively.

"Then I'll just have to help you," Chris replied, surrendering
completely to the mother hen instincts that seemed to have invaded his

He took Sam's arm and, bracing himself for however much of Sam's weight
he was going to get, hauled his partner to his feet. Surprisingly Sam
was more stable than his outward appearance suggested. He needed quite
a lot of help with direction and balance, but Chris didn't have to put
a great deal of effort into helping his companion to the bathroom.
Closing the lid of the toilet seat with his spare hand he sat Sam on it
and surveyed the situation.

"Just run a bath," Sam said, or at least that was what Chris deciphered
from the garbled sounds that came out of his friend's mouth, "I'll be

Chris crossed his arms and glared at his companion.

"I thought I already explained I wasn't about to let you drown
yourself," he replied pointedly.

"Can't stand for long," Sam said quietly.

"Then you sit," Chris said firmly, "I'll worry about how to clean you."

Sam's eyes actually opened at that, he looked vaguely scandalised.

"Don't go all modest on me," Chris continued, a grin appearing on his
face at his partner's reaction, "it's not like I've never seen you
naked before. Remember Stockholm?"

An answering grin spread across Sam's face, it appeared he did remember
Stockholm. There had been a small incident involving a mixed sauna and
the theft of towels. Chris took the expression on his friend's face to
mean he had accepted the inevitable, and the ex-SEAL knelt down. Sam's
boots came off easily, although there was a worrying moment when Chris
thought his partner might be about to fall off the toilet as the ex-
SEAL pulled at his footwear. As it was, by the time Chris had finished
the same job with his companion's socks Sam had actually managed to
undo his own belt. He was, however, having a few problems with the
button on his trousers.

"You worry about staying upright," Chris said as lightly as possible,
"I'll tackle the complex stuff."

For a moment Sam actually looked like he might protest about that, but
eventually he sagged in defeat. There was a little problem with
actually getting the Englishman's trousers off, but they hurdled that
one quite quickly. In only a couple of minutes Chris had Sam sitting in
the tub, right where he wanted him. The American pulled the showerhead
off the wall and turned on the taps.

"If it's too hot, yell," he instructed his companion and set about the
task of playing nursemaid to his almost catatonic partner.

With the help of water and soap, Chris soon had most of the grime off
Sam. By the looks of things only one of the marks would leave any scar,
but Chris couldn't help remembering how Sam had received the marks in
the first place.

The fight had been the most incredible thing Chris had ever seen. It
had been wild, fever pitched and incredibly exciting. Two demons trying
their damnedest to kill each other had spoken to the more primitive
side of the ex-SEAL. There had been an almost mystical quality about it
and Chris couldn't get it out of his head. He was very well aware that
Sam was no longer the man he had first been partnered with, and yet the
Englishman still needed his help. When the whole mess had started Chris
had wondered if their partnership would survive, now he was sure. Sam
may have been part demon, but he was still his friend, and the ex-SEAL
was sure the Englishman was going to need all the assistance he could
give adjusting to his new life.

"Leo never said anything about sleeping," Sam said suddenly, as if he'd
found a moment of clarity.

"Yeah well, looks like our white-lighter friend doesn't know
everything," Chris replied, glad that his friend had managed a coherent

Sam made a sound which, if listened to in the correct manner, Chris
thought might actually have been a laugh.

"What's so funny?" he asked and rinsed off the last of the soap.

"You'll never guess what he told me I had to do?" Sam replied and leant
against the side of the bath.

"Well if I'll never guess, you'll just have to tell me," Chris shot
back and surveyed the bathroom to find out where the towels were.

If Chris wasn't imagining it, Sam actually giggled. The ex-SEAL
wondered if his companion might not be losing it.

"Have sex," Sam mumbled almost coherently.

Chris wasn't quite sure he heard the correctly.

"Did you just say what I think you said?" the American asked slowly,
totally frozen by the conversation.

"Umm," Sam responded sleepily. "When he took me aside he asked me if I
was in a relationship. Said no so he told me to find one or an
alternative source of sex. He said I should aim at about once a week at
least or, and I quote, 'I might not like what I eventually do.' Can you
believe it, I actually have a valid reason to get laid at least once a

"No I don't believe it," Chris said with a laugh. "Then again, when
have you ever needed an excuse? Okay, now you're clean. Next problem,
how to get you dry."

"Wrap me up in a robe, let me sleep," Sam mumbled; the water had done
nothing to wake him up.

For once Chris decided Sam was right, and he went about his task as
quickly as he possibly could. He thanked every deity he could think of
when getting Sam out of the bath turned out to be easier than getting
him in. It took only a minute or so to get him standing up and in the
robe from the back of the bathroom door. Chris briefly considered
making sure more of Sam was dry and then decided there was only so much
mothering Sam could take no matter what state he was in. Looping the
Englishman's arm around his neck the ex-SEAL got himself and his friend
into the other room as fast as possible. Sam groaned gratefully as his
partner lowered him onto the bed. 

"Thanks," Sam mumbled and then much to Chris' relief seemed to drift
into the sleep that he had been holding off for so long.

Chris covered his friend, surveyed the room and content that Sam was in
no immediate danger headed for the door. Another mission successfully
completed and both of them in virtually one piece; Chris felt vaguely
cheerful. Sam would probably sleep for hours, but the ex-SEAL was on a
high from the adrenaline. With a smile to himself he headed for his
room to take a badly needed shower and then he was going to hit the
hotel bar.


They had been back in the UK for a little over twelve hours and Sam was
incredibly glad when Malone let them out of the office. There were
obviously some things that had bothered their controller about their
report, but they seemed to have pulled off the con job eventually.
That, however, didn't change the fact that Sam was having great
difficulty concentrating. Every member of the female species with whom
he came into contact was causing parts of his anatomy to gain lives of
their own. He felt like a kid in a candy store with no pennies.

"Okay," he finally decided as he and Chris headed to the car park,
"where can I find the fastest and loosest female company in London?"

"If Backup hears you say something like that you'll be recovering
corrupted files for the next six months," his partner said lightly.

"Yeah, well just at the moment I couldn't care less about Backup," Sam
replied tightly, "in fact the less I think about Backup the better."

Chris grinned at him.

"I heard Spence and Richards talking about a place called the Rising
Moon," the American provided eventually. "They seemed to think it was
full to the brim with sex starved women. Then again I'm sure you
already know the way."

Sam gave his friend a long hard stare over the top of the car.

"Contrary to popular belief," he said pointedly and opened the driver's
door of the Nissan, "I have never been this desperate before."

"Is it really that bad?" Chris asked, finally showing some mercy.

"Chris," Sam told his friend slowly, "I'd shag you if I didn't think
you'd shoot me later."

With that comment he started the car, put it in gear and roared out of
the parking lot.

The club was dark, smoky and loud, but Sam didn't care. As he walked in
he was hit by a wall of sexual desire and he knew he was in the right
place. He was just about in control enough to realise that Chris didn't
follow him as he dived into the sea of people, but he didn't care. The
next few minutes passed in a blur as Sam let his instincts take control
and he entered into the mating game. He really wasn't sure how many
women he danced with or why he suddenly singled one out and followed
her as she walked off the dance floor, but he wasn't arguing with his

"Hello," she said and turned to him as they reached the bar, "I'm

"Sam," Curtis replied and graced her with one of his most charming

"You look hungry," his companion said and smiled back. "Am I on the

"Only if you want to be," Sam replied.

"A polite sex demon," she said whimsically. "How nice."

Sam stopped dead in his tracks totally at a loss of what to do.

"How?" was as far as he got.

"How did I know?" Genevieve finished his sentence for him. "You leak
power," she explained, "you should really learn to control that. I
would never have known otherwise. I'm a witch by the way which really
means I should do something about you. It would be a shame if my
favourite club suddenly gained a reputation for disappearing guests."

Sam leant towards her.

"I'm not going to hurt anyone," he said quietly.

"And I'm not a nymphomaniac," the witch replied lightly. "I have wards
up around this place. I'm surprised you managed to get in in the first
place. Oh well, it shouldn't take much to get you back out again."

Almost nonchalantly she pulled something from the small bag she was
carrying and held it towards Sam.

"Now we can do this the easy way or the hard way," she said politely.
"This potion will make your life distinctly unpleasant for a good few
weeks. Now I can use it on you or you can just leave. It took me a long
time to perfect this recipe and I'd rather save it for a more desperate
situation, but the choice is yours."

After a furtive glance to make sure no one was paying any attention to
them Sam did the only thing he could think of, he let his demon half
out. Letting his companion see his face clearly he smiled at her.

"I'm only half demon," he said quietly, "you'd be wasting your time and
effort. We could have much more fun if we agreed not to try and hurt
each other."

Genevieve's eyes widened in surprise and Sam let his other half fade

"I need sex," he said in no more than a whisper, "that's all."

The witch regarded him for a few moments.

"I'm friends with the owner of this place," she said finally. "There's
a back room. I have it set up for sex magic. You couldn't hurt me there
even if you wanted to. A liaison could be mutually beneficial to us

Sam smiled.

"I think we can come to some arrangement," he said lightly.

End of Part 7

The Demon Within by Tasha


Sam looked up at the semi-detached suburban house and tried to remember
what it was like to be in just the ordinary world. The house looked
like every other house in the street, a sixties clone house in an
average road, but nothing looked average to Sam anymore. The house was
bigger than the one he had grown up in - his parents had moved here
after he left for university - but there were the little touches that
reminded him of the old home. The thing was Sam felt like he'd been
living a lie. His whole life had been an illusion and he was having
trouble coming to terms with it. It had been Chris who had suggested he
go home, talk to his parents about the truth. The American had even
offered to come with him if he wanted moral support, but Sam knew he
had to do this alone. Finally the agent picked up his solitary bag and
walked up to the front door. It opened before he had a chance to knock.

"Hello, love," his mum said with a very motherly smile, "I wondered
when you'd get round to coming in."

"Hi, Mum," Sam said suddenly feeling a little better about things.

Without so much as a moment's notice the short woman pulled her son
into her arms and gave him a hug.

"I've just put the kettle on," she said lightly and broke away. "Come
on in, sit yourself down and tell me what's bothering you."

To most of the world Sam Curtis was as unreadable as stone, to his
mother he was completely transparent. It was something he had accepted
a long time ago, and something which gave him great comfort at that
very moment. Forgetting just for a while that he was a hard-bitten CI5
agent Sam followed his mother into the kitchen and let himself just be
a son.

"I hope there's nothing the matter with that nice American friend of
yours," his mother said as she pulled two mugs from the cupboard.

"No, mum," Sam said evenly, "Chris is fine. He was the one who told me
to come home."

"Sensible boy," she replied with a smile. "I really would like to meet
him one day."

She poured milk in both mugs and then reached for the teapot. Sam tried
to figure out how he was going to broach his newly discovered heritage,
and his mum left him to think.

"Mum," he finally started as she put the mugs on the table and sat down
opposite him, "was I ever strange as a kid?"

Sam watched his mother's face as it first went expressionless and then
softened into a resigned half smile.

"Oh," she said as if she'd finally heard what she'd been expecting for
a long time. "What happened?"

"Stuff," Sam replied shortly, " Mum, did you know I wasn't normal?"

His mother picked up her tea and took a sip.

"I suspected," she replied calmly, "after all I carried you for nine
months. I knew something was definitely off when your dad seemed to
think you were conceived at a different time than I did. I kept telling
myself I was imagining things but as a toddler you were never boring.
You used to know things. You'd tell me things that a two year old could
never have known. It stopped when you went to school and I tried to
forget there was anything strange about you."

"You know Dad's not my father, don't you," Sam said quietly.

"Actually I'd never really thought that," his mum replied honestly and
gave a sad smile. "I remember your dad on the night you were conceived.
It was him."

Sam shook his head.

"It was a demon, Mum," he said as gently as he could manage.

Somehow Sam had expected more of a reaction from his mother than
picking up her tea and sipping it. Then again she was the one person in
the world who never ceased to surprise him.

The End