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26 March 2009 @ 11:24 pm
Highlander/Charmed 1/1  
My second go at crossing Charmed and Highlander and it's totally unbeta'd, so feel free to let rip at me and I’ll never do it again. Alternatively let me know if it's worth continuing.

Basically, I’m playing Denial for Cole here, and I was rewatching seasons 3 and 4 when the show gave me the perfect bunny to get him out of it. So this starts at the end of the Season 4 Episode Charmed and Dangerousand goes off into AU from there.

Disclaimer:None of it's mine, not one little bit or else Phoebe and Cole would have had their happy ever after

To Be Or Not To Be

Cole hurled himself in front of Phoebe and the Source’s energy ball, The Hollow absorbing it and all of the Source’s magic so that Cole was able to then turn it on the Source. But instead of the Source being destroyed, he seemed to be frozen in place.

“Well that was unexpected,” Cole commented. “Piper did you…”

His question died on his lips as he turned and realised that Piper was also frozen, along with Phoebe, Paige and the Seer. Confused, Cole looked about the attic and spotted an old man in a long silvery robe. He produced an energy ball and raised his hand.

“Did you do this?” he demanded. The stranger raised his hands in a placatory gesture.

“Please, Cole Turner, there is no need for violence. I have merely paused time so that we may have a chance for this conversation. Everything will restart once you have made a decision.”

Confused, Cole lowered his hand and dissipated the energy ball, but he was still wary of the stranger.

“Who are you?”

“I’m sorry, where are my manners? I’m the Angel of Destiny. I have been sent here to offer you a choice to change your destiny and that of Phoebe,” the man replied. Cole shook his head, dumbstruck by the information. Even by his standards, this was pretty unusual. “The Charmed Ones are about to fulfil their shared Destiny and vanquish the Source. As a reward, the Powers are allowing them the opportunity to decide their new destiny. You have been instrumental in this moment, and you are a vital part of Phoebe’s destiny. As such we felt it important to offer you a chance.”

“A chance? I’m mortal now, we have a chance to be together, don’t we?” Cole asked.

“Until today, yes. These events could have played out in several ways, that’s why we could not intervene until this moment. As you know, there is a void in your being that was left when the Charmed Ones vanquished your demon half. It is this void that is currently occupied by the Hollow. Once The Hollow is removed, it will be empty again, and the Source will take the opportunity to survive by filling it,” the Angel explained.

“I’ll be possessed by the Source?” Cole asked, horrified by the thought. He walked over to the partly vanquished Source and stared at him, both revolted and fascinated.

“Possessed and eventually consumed. Your love for Phoebe will draw her into the Source’s power and it will pervert both your love and both of your souls,” the Angel confirmed, walking over to Phoebe and touching her shoulder to illustrate his point.

“I can’t let that happen, I won’t.”

“That is why we offer this choice,” the Angel said. Cole began to speak but the Angel held up a hand to stop him. “Before you give your answer, let me make it clear that this is no easy option. Either path you choose contains much suffering for both you and Phoebe. But, this other destiny will allow you to remain Cole.”

“How?”

“We will fill the void before the Source can enter it. With a Quickening,” the Angel replied.

Cole sat down in the nearest chair and looked at the Angel and then Phoebe, his head reeling with the information. He knew what a Quickening meant; he had dealt with Immortals a couple of times in the last century. He would become Immortal and everything that entailed. He had been immortal when he fell in love with Phoebe, he had come to terms with the thought of watching her grow old and die. But their lives were dangerous enough without adding the Game to it.

“Can’t I just tell her what’s happened? Let them vanquish me?” he asked. The Angel shook his head.

“The Source would not allow it.”

Cole nodded his agreement. He had suspected as much himself. There was only one choice left to him then.

“I’ll do it.”

 
 
 
squeakypiggysqueakypiggy on March 27th, 2009 03:15 am (UTC)
I can't help it, I'm a sucker for certain fanfics. Highlander will always be one of them, hee!

My motto when it comes to reading new fanfics is: Make me believe it, I'll enjoy every minute of reading it.

To that extent, I would truely love to see more of this, can totally see this working. :D
But, I don't want to be a pie,: painty methosidontlikegravy on March 27th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
Cool beans, thank you :)

That's always most important to me in both reading and writing: even when it's crack, it ought to make some kind of twisted sense in its own 'verse.
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on March 27th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Hmmm... interesting. So how would this AU go then?

(^_^)/
BEM
But, I don't want to be a pie,: river in egyptidontlikegravy on March 27th, 2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Well obviously Cole doesn't become the Source so everything in that plotline needs to be dumped and changed for starters. And future events where Phoebe's mindset or decision was based on losing Cole. Plus there are plenty of times when him throwing himself in front of an energy ball or darklighter arrow would be really useful...
Black Rook: Susan_SMgrachonok on March 27th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
Oh, I remember how angry I was with the authors because of Cole!

This might be an interesting solution...
But, I don't want to be a pie,: denials fineidontlikegravy on March 27th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, it seems to have become a bit of a habit of mine, facilitating Denial, but I always thought it really unfair that Cole and Phoebe couldn't get their happy ending.
Black Rook: Susangrachonok on March 27th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah... It just seemed so convinient - Piper with angel, Phoebe with demon and Pru with Angel of death... Pity authors didn't leave it like that.
Sophie: squeesophiedb on March 27th, 2009 01:24 pm (UTC)
Like it :)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: river in egyptidontlikegravy on March 27th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks hun :)
Dragonsinger: Paige - nalazhardragonsinger on March 27th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Yes! Yeeees! I love this fix (because I hated when they made Cole the Source). A lovely new AU path to go on, and it was awesomely written. Excellent!

Wait...you wrote another HL/Charmed crossover? I have a terrible memory...did I read that one? Because I love me some HL/Charmed crossovers.:)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: headdeskidontlikegravy on March 27th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
yes...for your birthday...your last one... *cough*

Actually, I'm glad you reminded me - I only posted it to your birthday comm, I've yet to post it here.

Edited at 2009-03-27 03:16 pm (UTC)
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on March 27th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah! *Brightens* My memory is awful, let me tell you. I just wanted to make sure I hadn't missed anything new.:)
But, I don't want to be a pie,: pleased hamsteridontlikegravy on March 27th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked this one though *grin*
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on March 27th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
I hope you play more in this universe.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: river in egyptidontlikegravy on April 2nd, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
I think so, I just really need to focus on Browncoats and Scabbards for a while, it's starting to feel like a millstone round my neck! But I certainly won't leave this alone, I like writing Charmed, and it will (hopefully) be fun writing Immie!Cole and a proper AU, which I haven't tried before.

You were right about The Mentalist, I loved the first episode, can't wait for the second on Sunday. :)
Dragonsingerdragonsinger on April 2nd, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
I thought you might enjoy Patrick Jane and company.:)
Runnin' down a dream: Phole2 - Beautifulkajivar on March 27th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
dragonsinger sent me. Love, love, love this! *squees* How I hate what canon did, let me count the ways. So I love AUs that take it down a different path, and this one is very cool. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing more. :D
But, I don't want to be a pie,: denials fineidontlikegravy on April 2nd, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you, and welcome. :)

I have one or two neglected WIPs that require urgent attention first, but I certainly have no intention of leaving this 'verse yet. So definitely more to come, and hopefully in the near future.

Icon Love btw!
Elistaireelistaire on March 31st, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
clever start! I'd love to see more.
But, I don't want to be a pie,: fixableidontlikegravy on April 2nd, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much. More will be coming, once I've got a few WIPs tidied away *eyes ominously large number of files in WIP folder*
xanth_love on June 15th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
I always did think Cole got a raw deal. And worse, everyone's memories of him were tainted by him being possessed by the Source, even from before it ever happened. Frankly, I was never totally sold with Coop. It was just a little too late in the series, a little too convenient. Meh, maybe that's just me.