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GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise) by Pika-la-Cynique GND182 - Entr'acte (Reprise) by Pika-la-Cynique
(End of the first day of Monster Hunter interviews, like Christine said; Round Two commencing next week.)


Interestingly enough, depsite the Parisian arc and what with all that memory-wiping going on, this is actually Erik and Raoul's first in-comic reunion...

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This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles. Not mine, not making money from it.

Christine, Erik, Vicomte Not-Frequently-Appearing-In-This-Comic deChagny (c) Leroux and Webber

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Really, Erik was in an impossible situation: not announcing his presence for that call would have amounted to an unjustifiable state of eavesdropping!
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Ah, the classic duel-of-words -- biting thrusts sheathed in the most civilised and sardonic of courtesies: my favourite Golden Age movie trope :happybounce:   (Even better than the inevitable swashbuckler follow-up, in which the blades come out for real...)

Honours about even here, I feel, messieurs!

Not quite sure what it says that my first reaction to the second panel is to do a double-take at just how short Christine's skirt is :D
Is this her 'interview clothing'? Or am I imagining that she used to wear them longer?
(If this is Erik's perception, he's clearly not in an entirely disinterested state of affection!)

Plus I actually went to the trouble of transcribing Erik's music-thoughts onto the computer (via a thoroughly user-unfriendly mouse-driven interface) in order to play it back and see if I recognised the snippet:   no, not this time :(


Ouch, poor Raoul: not quite the expression (verbal or facial) one would choose to find oneself addressing to one's longstanding rival. Inadvertently sweet-talking Erik has to be one of the more embarrassing situations to get caught up in! (Although he and Christine don't seem to have that many inhibitions where her flatmate is concerned, so maybe it's not quite that sort of fiery embarrassment for them;  as Sarah complains, they're French...)

One thing I've always enjoyed about this strip is that you show a Raoul who is happily confident about Christine's feelings for him, rather than caught in a state of constant angst and inadequacy: it's a great rarity to get to see the 'normal' side of the relationship -- the characters simply sharing their ordinary lives -- for a change. (Not that I'm complaining about the Parisian Arc; though even there, 'do you love me?' wasn't really the issue in question, was it...?)

I see that Raoul has astutely noted the advantages of residing outside the regular cast (i.e. the Fail-Field...) :p

However, given that one gets the distinct impression that it's Christine who is responsible for the absence of wedding-bells, that particular riposte has to hit home!  (Narrative inertia -- after all, it has been an awfully long engagement -- or deeper insecurities? After all, they're basically living in a state of cross-continental matrimony at the moment.)

Death threats -- however, as Raoul observes, hackneyed in Erik's case -- are not the most convincing method of laying claim to mere 'friendship' with the former lady of one's heart... although for the ex-Opera Ghost, this probably is a reasonably genuine form of friendship. It's not such a very far stretch to imagine him promising the same for Sarah, after all (though I'm not certain I can quite do it).

It does occur to me, all the same, that so far as GND canon goes, Raoul looks statistically far more likely to get 'hurt' in that respect than his fiancee does: on their record so far he has been the one to end up bruised, confused and falsely accused Wink/Razz (Which is slightly amusing, given the context of a 'non-bashing' story...)


I wonder if Jareth is missing those old opportunities for getting his flatmate out of the way by sending him off on wild-de-Chagny-hunts to the yacht club etc?
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Crazykitty2222 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
BUSTED!
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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And a lasping former muderer.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
And/or a lapsing former murderer...?
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NikiMaweird Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Hurt her feelings and I will hunt you down and kill you." Erik sounds like a protective older brother. :D
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ArsGratiaAmoris Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
Awh. :'(
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Eh... any of those works.
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder... was Christine doing research on the possible interviewees? Expecting a call from Raoul? Planning a movie-night-out with Sarah? (or, you know, checking messages and working on updating her class notes and responsible stuff like that?)
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PhantomGirl Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I think it's sweet he's saying "You hurt her, you die." He's like a protective older brother.
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TheDiva1977 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Ooh, burn!

Not that I wouldn't mind seeing Erik having a legitimate reason to go Papa Wolf for Christine (and/or Mag), just 'cause it allows him to put his insanely violent tendencies to good use for a change...
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AnaxErik4ever Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Writer
Can I get a "le busted" over here?!
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Winnyao Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
erik: EEEK!!
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Disgaeagirl565 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
oh hohohohohohohoohhohoh :iconheplz:
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OrangeHuskie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
XD
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Perigwen-f0ab Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Erik deserves so many hugs... His life has been way too hard!
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LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh, right. Actually, I remembered just after I sent that. ^-^" But thank you anyway.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Blind Mag. Go back to re-read "Incongruous" for her introduction in GND, she's been in Roommates a bit longer.
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LaLadayCavalier Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist
OMIGEEEERSH!!! 0o0 DUDE, PLEEEEEEASE tell me who Erik is courting? I cannot remember at all.
AT ALL. OOOH, the angst if it! X3X
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RomanceFreak Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was WONDERING when Moiseure Raoul and Erik were going to clash... :giggle:
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AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
How do you make a mask have expressions and not look wrong?! :heart: This comic is so awesome!
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PastMisfortunes Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
By "someone new," do they mean Mag? Squee~!
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fixed that, ta.
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
(unless the fail-field is as fan-girlly crushing on His Glitteryness as the rest of us...)
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not sure why, but this made me laugh, gleefully. Thank you. Plus it gives me hope for Jareth that maybe, someday, when the fail-field is on somebody else, he and Sarah can have another real conversation and romantic time.

Which brings up the question of who can be the focus of the fail-field for long enough...
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Kyndsie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
(Typo alert... the spelling of our beloved soprano's name in the credits appears to be missing an "r")

Another fan of Erik's facial expression(s) in this. I especially enjoy Christine's double-take about the keys.
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DarthxErik Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Erik's face. Awwww. I feel so sorry for him here! But both of them need to sort of have a friendly talk one of these days. XDD this one's awesome!
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madis-hartte Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh Erik . . . :XD:
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lillithOSS Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Jekyll <3
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FlailingHands Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
*googly-eyes-of-begging*
Pweese!
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is exactly why I'd love for Pika to consider it! The hilarity that would result is right up her alley. So, please, Miss Pika, if you have the opportunity and inclination?
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FlailingHands Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Dear GOD the images!
...my brain!
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Myers, though, is not so solid. He just likes people to think he is. *He* would have serious trouble, particularly if he started sticking his nose in other people's business. Which, being Myers, would probably happen near-instantly. Especially if he stumbled upon Big D in the basement!
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FlailingHands Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
I can see Franks being very effective in this setting. He's such a solid character, the Fail Field whould probably /bounce/.
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autumnsprings Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Can I just give Erik a hug?
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, I don't imagine Skippy and Co. would be allowed anywhere near His Sparkly Highness, and I also don't imagine Owen showing up unless in style, in the Skippy's chopper. I would be rather amused to see Myers and Franks show up, though, just to check the place out and assess potential threats. They would get bogged or punjab'd or otherwise assaulted in half a second.
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FlailingHands Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
I imagine the entire building is in a "no fly zone" for MHI. That much Fae energy has to register on SOMEBODY's radar. And seeing as they're mostly harmless and all temporal anomalies are negligible/self-rectifying, there's no real harm done in leaving them the heck alone.
Seriously, what would the bounty on a King of the Goblins be, let alone major literary figures?
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Art-loving-Fairybug Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
*takes a bow* Good to see somebody else who enjoys the series!
The rating bump could be dealt with, though -- can't you just imagine his dialogue box half-full of little black bars? Or Trip getting bogged for calling Jareth an 'elf'? And I can just imagine all the pranks the goblins would play on Holly. Maybe G-Nome could even make a reappearance.
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missrotem Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
o.o;;;
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Tainted-Peaches Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Student Writer
I have to say I enjoyed their taunting. Poor Erik.
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Hochuuami Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
...

Yes.
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Maroon-Kitten Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Lmao. ah, thank you Pika. I've stayed up giggling myself silly for thirty more minutes than I promised myself. And, in the book, Raoul was a fop. But in the book, the phantom was a lecherous murderous bastard with no redeemable qualities and Christine was an annoying waif. So.............. Yeah. Lol, I'm pretty sure it must get quite confusing for the PtO cast sometimes. *snicker* I wonder if they've asked Az to help them with an exorcism if the multiple reality demons start harping too bad?

Thank you for the laugh. This semester has been intense! If ever near, I owe you at the very least some pants hemming for the entertainment! XD
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LadyMGreystone Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
dun dun dunnnnnn.... oh dear. The OG's put his foot in it quite well, hasn't he?
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FadingStarlights Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I read all of these in one go and am now rereading most of them because they are so good! Please make more soon!!!
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sure thing.
Tripping over phandumb Raoul-bashing every dozen comments whenever there's a E/C/R page just does tend to fray my patience la longue.
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Violane Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
He's entitled. Besides, I'm just poking fun at Raoul. I'm not a rabid Raoul hater. I know you're a bit sensitive about people bashing Raoul, but I respect him and R/C. I just like to rag on him sometimes in a playful kind of way.
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Radishgirl Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Good analogy!
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alpnorman Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
Indeed. Eric _is_ sincerely trying to be a better person. But you don't offer a recovering alcoholic a glass of wine.

-Albert
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Juhux Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012   Writer
HA! Considering how much has gone on I find it hilarious that this is there first in comic reunion. I like how Erik played the threatening concerned friend card here. Even though Christine was less than impressed I totally had a d'aww moment. Leave it to Sarah to forget her keys. Gotta be honest, I keep expecting Sarah's parents to visit. XD
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Vivid-Vivo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH GOSH!! I. Just. DIED. LAUGHING!!! :rofl:
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