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GND218 - Doubling up and doubling down by Pika-la-Cynique GND218 - Doubling up and doubling down by Pika-la-Cynique
Christine is reminded the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. And Raoul has levelled up in trolling since catching up with Arsène. And 'Love Never Dies' is still an unnecessary abominationaddition to POTO canon, kthnxbai. (That's what Raoul is talking about re. Meg)

Meet Cheryl's new colleague Debra! She's trying to get a medical degree. Lets hope she won't be needing it tonight.


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

Blind Mag (c) Smith, Zdunich, and Bousman, Sarah Brightman
Christine Daaé, Raoul de Chagny and Erik (c) Leroux and Webber
Cheryl and Debra (c) me

Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder
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MsRedmobile Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
While I agree 900% with Raoul; dude there is a time and place for this!
I can't help but love Raoul. Stupid yes but so smooth~!
NightShadow13 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Raoul has got so many points and I love him so. I know you're a bit more EC, but I thank you so kindly for not bashing!
LilMissPeppy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I like E/M.
Much more so than E/S. :love:
Figarro-Luv Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NO. The sequel NEVER happened, bogdamnit. -_-
Igenlode Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Erik still signs his restaurant receipts "O.G."? ;)  You can take the Ghost out of the Opera, but...

Mag is really the only one who looks quite happy with the 'extremely awkward' stage... a little odd, perhaps, as the drying-up of conversation would be all the more obvious from her point of view. Or maybe she's just more cautious about keeping up a pleasant front as she can't tell whether anybody is looking at her or not.

Why on earth is Erik carrying spare strings around with him? Spare organ bits I could sort of understand...

Surely Raoul is the one with the most motive of any of them to not mention the sequel! (He is the only one for whom it is unmitigated tragedy, after all, not to mention the one who suffers the most character assassination in the set-up...)

"We've all moved on" -- judging by the evil eye he's getting in this panel, he wouldn't by any chance be quoting a leaden assertion by Christine from earlier in the evening, would he? ;) (Wink) 

"Her own villainous stalker": oh Erik -- ouch!

Erik-baiting: such sweet irresistible pleasure, and never fails. I'd say that Raoul has been taking lessons from Jareth in the art, but I don't think he has had the opportunity.
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Erik always has his Punjab Lasso on hand, or a close equivalent. Lightweight and barely makes a bulge in a fellow's pocket. Making cat's cradles with it is a new and mildly unnerving development to any characters who recognize it for what it is. 'Fortunately' most of his students don't.

Raoul has the most motive to dislike the sequel?? I'm sorry, bashed to the dirt as he may be, he survives it. Christine still gets to be the maddest about the whole offensive and ultimately murderous debacle. And Raoul needles Erik with the cheap jab at that plotline because, as has been faaaaintly hinted at, Erik is the only one to have a smidgeon of a hesitation in casting the sequel plot aside, and that desolidarizes him from his canon-mates. Of course Erik hates the idea of Christine's death, and finds the whole thing ham-fisted and grotesque BUT.... well, in all awfulness, um, ''moonless night'', well, and schadenfreude at Raoul's devolution, and Gustave.... well, Erik's condemnation of the sequel plot ends up somewhat more like a wavery 98-99% rather than 200% NOPE, which is something Raoul can feel legitimately angered by.

Yeah, you've pretty much nailed that ''we've all moved on ~ " panel though. ;)

Igenlode Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ohhh... catgut = lasso! (I think I've always vaguely associated the Punjab Lasso idea with the Thugs of "Nightrunners of Bengal", who performed very similar feats with a length of cloth, and of course fanfic tends to have it as a rope, so I never made the connection.)

Taking "Love Never Dies" at what appears to be its intended face value (which may well be a stretch too far from the point of view of the GND characters...) 'surviving' is not necessarily the happiest outcome of the situation :(
The idea appears to be that Christine gets to liberate her art and expire ecstatically in the arms of her One True Love in true operatic fashion (and apologise to him! For not advertising the bastard that resulted from his walking out on her and leaving her pregnant! *extreme sarcasm*)
Erik gets to grind his old rival's face into the dust and enjoy a (brief) rapturous reunion with the woman of his dreams before being left with Someone To Love Him in the shape of the bonus child. He also, of course, gets to do the nasty retrospectively with Christine.
Raoul gets to lose everything he had and ever thought he had: his wife's life and her affections, their son (and whoever his father, Gustave is a living reminder of Christine), his marriage, his self-respect and even his patrimony... By the end of the show, he is left in the situation where the woman he loves seemingly only ever married him as a last resort to cover up her pregnancy by the man who tried to murder him (and after whom she has instead  been hankering for the last ten years!), the son who, for whatever masochistic reasons, apparently adored him (constantly pulling on his sleeve with cries of 'Daddy! Daddy!' -- and it's Gustave, not Christine, who asks for Raoul when she gets shot) has transferred his affections across to a man who initially terrified him into fits (in addition to being a cuckoo in the nest in the first place) and he's broke, alcoholic, heirless, disgraced and hounded by the Press.
And he has to live with the knowledge that his final attempt at being noble and acting for Christine's benefit rather than his own -- in telling her to go and live with the Phantom and be happy (and, incidentally, in not telling her about the methods used by Erik to obtain this outcome, which he could easily have done: it makes them look equally bad, but Raoul is the one with nothing left to lose in owning up!) -- effectively resulted in her death within half an hour. If Raoul had gone after Gustave on the pier instead of Erik, Meg would almost certainly never have let off that shot: she has no axe to grind where he is concerned.
So yes, he gets to survive... with nothing left to live for, basically. The show was evidently written to be Erik's Tragedy, but the author doesn't much care what he does to Raoul: the result is that he's the one character whose arc is simply Loser with no redeeming tragic features at all.

Whether you want to be part of a tragedy is another matter...
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well argued. I do tend to prefer to channel Chris, and I am heartily sick of fridged female characters, though that is not quite the trope at play; I'd rather focus on the injustice done to her than the resultant man-pain.
Igenlode Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
'man-pain' pretty well sums up "Love Never Dies", really... (And yes, I have spent far too much time analysing it over the past year or so, albeit for purposes of fictional subversion.)

The most psychologically convincing argument I've heard for the nature of its existence is the one that claims that it was Lloyd Webber's subconscious revenge on Sarah Brightman as Christine: while they were married in real life, he was happy with the idea of 'ugly composer loses talented soprano', but by the time he came to write a sequel he ending up presenting the world with a scenario where Christine turned down her genius and has been feeling absolutely awful about it ever since, and can't wait to apologise to him... before ending up safely dead, and hence His For Ever!
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