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Her name was Kristine Klaws Daae. She came to the Paris Opera House and carried only a few belongings with her. She looked for the Count D'Oblong or otherwise known as Raghoul.

She inquired of him at the box-office window and the gatekeeper who stood nearby told her that she'd best wait inside for the new managers to arrive.

The new managers had just relieved Monsieur Gerard of his managing position. The new managers being Monsieur Dewit Nitwit and his aspiring opera singing wife Bridget Carlotta.

Carlotta had sent a new worker down into the catacombs because she wanted to know what the opera house held, in way of hidden treasure, that she may also grab possession of.

Naturally the worker did not return, for he had run into...the Phantom! A legendary opera ghost who stalked the opera house and was feared because of the rumor that his face was a sight of horror. His name was Edrik Drisseloin.

~

Kristine had sung for several years and sang as a child in the firelight of many a gathering of her fellow servants in a small farm town outside of Paris.

When Gerard had heard Kristine singing at a country faire he had invited her to Paris for singing lessons because he thought she should really go into the world of opera because of the beauty and strength of her singing voice.

Gerard of course, would travel with Count D'Oblong as a sort of talent scouting team. They had worked for many years behind the scenes and business ventures of the Paris Opera House and kept it a success. One of the main reasons why it went so smoothly over the years was because of the Phantom. He would send notes and talk through the walls to them and if they obeyed his orders, they were not cursed and nobody ended up downstream from underneath the catacombs, which is where the Phantom lived.

Upon Kristine's arrival to Paris and finding out that Gerard had been relieved of his job, the promising singing career of Kristine sank as she sat inside the opera house quietly distraught. But after a while the gatekeeper came up to her from his post.

"Maybe the new managers will help you, but I can't promise you anything."

So Kristine waited inside the foyer outside the managers offices. The new director André had already signed up Carlotta as the Diva and gave her all power over who would be singing in any of the operas they would premiere. Monsieur Dewit being the new manager, had power over André and therefore Carlotta would be an overnight success.

The Phantom, upon spying out Carlotta, was not happy with any of these arrangements at all. Notes began to fall from the walls and Gerard would give Monsieur Dewit the notes. Dewit was angry, wrathful and broke out in hives upon each disturbing note. Gerard kept a straight face throughout each reading of one of the Phantom's notes.

~

Gerard told Monsieur Dewit to not go down below. That the Opera House is, indeed, haunted by an Opera Ghost.

"If this is a joke, it isn't funny." Monsieur Dewit snapped at Gerard.
"I assure you, it is not a joke." Gerard then went on. "The Ghost has been here as long as I have. He moves everywhere, he moves through doors, he moves through walls. Sometimes it can be frightening. But we obeyed his rules, and all went well."

A heavy picture that hung on the wall came crashing down and startled the new manager.

"Rumor has it he lives far below the Opera House," Gerard continued without flinching. "on the edge of a lagoon. During the days of the Paris Commune there were torture chambers down there. That's his territory. That's his domain. That's where he lives, and anyone who goes down there, does not return. He calls himself the Phantom of the Drama."
"The Drama?" Dewit asked.
"Well, you know...he lives in a place that was formerly a torture chamber. It's gotta be the aura of the decor or something like that."

Monsieur Dewit scooted off and mumbled something obscene and something about not believing in ghosts.

Gerard shook his head as he watched the poor chump run off all blustered. The phantom's voice spoke quietly through the walls to Gerard, who was now left alone in one of the foyers of the Opera House.

"What is going on?" the Phantom asked.

A secret panel in the wall opened and Gerard went in to go tell the Phantom everything.

~

Gerard was now deep within the winding tomb-like corridors of the Opera house. He spoke with the Phantom about the new situations.

"If I had let that stagehand go, he'd have gone right back up. And they'd be down after me in a second. He found out where I live." The Phantom, wearing a mask, stalked as he spoke.
"And he saw my face! Why did you let him go down there?"
"I didn't know he was going down." Gerard said, knowing that the worker Carlotta had sent down was probably hanging from some rafter over the stage, stiff dead and messy.
"But that's your job to know who's sneaking about!" The Phanton said as if shocked at Gerard's blantant disregard to his job.
"I have no job. I've been replaced."
"Replaced?"
"That's why all this happened. I only learned about it today."
"What am I going to do?" The Phantom now distraught, asked Gerard as if he could think of something better than just killing everybody. The rafters creaked in the distances above them.

"I don't know." Gerard answered. Then realized killing everyone at this point would be somewhat messier than just running away from the Opera House, screaming into the night.
"This man who's replacing you - does he, per chance, believe in ghosts?" The Phantom tried to be dramatic as he flung his cloak and turned on a dime to look menacing in the deep shadows and sparse candlelight.
"I don't think so." Gerard answered.
"I will have to make him believe!"
"That may not be so easy."
"If I can't, they will all be down after me, just as I feared."
"Maybe not."
"Of course they will. They'll come looking for..."
"They don't know he's dead."
"They'll certainly know he's missing."
"But I think I can take care of that."
"How?"
"You just leave that to me."
"Why it's all changed now, hasn't it?"
"At best I had a few more years. You must have known that Edrik!"
"I had rather hoped that you might be able to choose your successor."
"So had I."
Silence seemed to engulf them. Suddenly a shrill soprano's voice was heard, warming up.

"My God! The place really is haunted! What is that?" The Phantom looked around in a glaze of torment which just faded to humorous surprise.
"Well without looking, I would say, with confidence, it must be Carlotta."
"Who?"
"A member of the new company. The new star."
"But she can't sing!"
"Well obviously she doesn't know that."
"Well, someone should tell her!"
"She's married to the new manager."
"Good God! What kind of horror are you leaving me in?" The Phantom rolled his eyes that seemed to bulge out of his mask with dread and tearing bloodshot spasms.

"Not only does this man not believe in ghosts; he has no taste! How did he get this position?"
"Bribery." Gerard shrugged. "I gather Carlotta intends to run everything."
"That settles it! I'm coming with you! Ah, but I can't, can I? Sometimes I forget that I am fit for nowhere but these gloomy vaults. Bereaved of light..."
The Phantom continued as he walked away back to his dungeonous abode with a very dramatic description of himself. "Like blackness itself. For I am blackness itself, aren't I? Where are my golden tents? Where are my lambs rejoicing? Where the hell are those stairs?!! AAAH!"

~

Gerard made out a note for Carlotta and stamped it. It was a good way to divert her and the new manager's attention long enough to check the stage and surroundings to make sure the Phantom had gotten rid of the body.

"Take this to Madame Carlotta." Gerard handed a note to Jean-Claude the gatekeeper. He looked astonished as he read what it stated.

It said: I don't like the working conditions, as I may already be dead, don't come looking for me...ever! I am through with this place! YOU go down below and snoop around. My eyes have already been gouged out.

Dewit glanced at Kristine as she stood waiting for the management to show up. "She was sent by the Count D'Oblong." Jean-Claude inserted as Dewit walked up to Kristine.

"He heard me singing at a fair and thought I had talent." Kristine said looking around and thinking that maybe all this was a very bad idea.

"Count D'Oblong is one of our biggest patrons." Dewit said, as he looked suspiciously at her.

Suddenly Carlotta storms into the place with Gerard's note in her hand. Dewit stopped her midway to her suite and smiled.
"Darling? This lovely young girl would like some singing lessons. What can we do?"
"Nothing." Carlotta snapped. "You think this girl can sing?"
Carlotta chuckled audibly. "Look how she stands. Look at what she's wearing! Where did you grow up - on a farm?"
Kristine gave an expression of slight calm that is mingled with someone who positions themselves right before taking their opponent's head off. "Sort of...Madame." She answered.
"The world of opera has nothing to do with farm life!" Carlotta retorted. "Why are you asking me this?"
"Because she has a patron who is powerful." Dewit said with tension under his breath.
Carlotta turned back to Kristine. "Ah. There's only one way to learn to sing. Observe singers! My dear, I am going to let you work for me in the costume department. She has just replaced what's his name as my costumer."
Carlotta thrusted the note into Dewit's face.
"He sent me this note. Doesn't like 'the working conditions'. Can you believe it? After all I've done for that man! Good riddance is what I say!" Carlotta stormed off.

"Where are you staying?" Jean-Claude asked Kristine.
"No place. I have no money."
"I'm not supposed to do this. You mustn't tell anyone."
They went into a corridor and entered off the prop room which lead to a small room with a cot.
"You can stay here till you can afford something else. But! At night, do not wander around the opera house. It's for your own protection. This place is huge. You can get lost. Goodnight." Jean-Claude said as he left.

"This is like a dream come true...in a dismal, dungeonous kind of way. Thanks!" Kristine smiled with a mark of happy sarcasm.

~

After Kristine put her things down, and threw a blanket upon the cot she naturally began to wander around. She eventually found the stage and it was big, dark and eerily silent. She began to sing.

"Here I am to summon an Opera Ghost,
out from the catacombes.
He lurks like a dungeon host.

I got dragged here by some Count Oblong
I don't even wanna know why,
I'm singing a song and wearing clothes
that say I'm not singing this song, la la la..."

The Phantom heard the distant sound of a woman singing and rushed up a stair case. From Box Five the Phantom watched Kristine singing onstage, as she just made up lyrics and sort of danced a little as she sang. Then she found a prop of a sword and killed a prop of a knight that stood nearby. It made a horrible racket and both Kristine and the Phantom ran clean out of that area of the building and hid in their respective hiding holes.

The next day Kristine went about her new job as costumer and slave.

"What shall I do?" Kristine asked her co-worker.
"Sometimes they lay their costumes here, sometimes over there. Their names are sewn in the back. You'll pick up the costumes carefully and put them in this cart. Costumes are like people. You must handle them carefully..." The co-worker told her.

That day was full of rehearsals for the upcoming "Faust". Carlotta was to do the lead as Marguerite and also the lead in another upcoming opera, "Norma".

Kristine went about her work as the Phantom watched her all day from various vantage points. Kristine was still trying not to be pissed about being costumer when she was sent to sing. She had figured it wasn't even worth it and still tried to understand Carlotta's logic about singing, in general. Kristine was a little self-conscious about what she was wearing but figured people sometimes dress like human versions of potato sacks. The lights began to go out around the opera house and Kristine was left alone on the stage once more as she gathered costumes. The Phantom hid in the orchestra pit as he watched her. She was suddenly aware of his presence as she was startled.

"Holy shit! What a scare! I thought you were Louie Armstrong in the orchestra pit!" Kristine yelped.
"Please don't be afraid. I'm a friend. As well as an admirer." The Phantom spoke gently to her.
Kristine moved toward him to see him.
"No, please. I would appreciate it greatly if you were to stay exactly where you are."
Kristine stood still. The Phantom continued. "Mademoiselle, last night I heard you singing. I know, you thought you were alone. But you were not. You have the most astonishing voice. It is like an angel, exquisite in tone and shape, in fact in almost every single detail."
"Shape?...What's with the shape? I can understand tone, but shape? Don't you mean texture? I mean, what's my voice shaped like...a triangle, a square, a polyheptagon?" Kristine asked.

The Phantom paused for a moment, trying to understand what Kristine just said. His mind went blank for a moment before he continued.
"Except. . .but forgive me, it is untrained. Without training, your voice will never attain the heights for which I know it's been destined. I would like to help bring you there. And I can.
I am myself a singer of. . .some renown. There is a condition. I've never taken on any students. For until last night, I have never wanted to. If others hear I am giving lessons, they will want them too. Therefore, if you choose to let me be your guide, I must insist that I remain anonymous. Which is why I'm wearing this mask. Please, there's no need for an answer now. Good night."

As the Phantom disappeared, Kristine was already asleep and had curled up in the costume cart.

~

Kristine hummed merrily as she arranged costumes. She had gotten used to going about her chores without paying any attention to the usual pratter around the place. She secretly kept her ever-growing annoyance of Carlotta well hidden, but she knew that she would break and just do something.

As Kristine passed in the corridor Jean-Claude hurried toward her.
"Kristine! I've found you a place to stay! But far away with a family, and it won't cost you anything!"
Kristine kept walking. "Thank you. But I'm really very happy with my room."
"But I'm not supposed to let people stay here!" Jean-Claude called after her. The Phantom's Voice was heard through the walls as a deep and meaningful echo.
"Jean-Claude..." The voice called.
"What?" Said Jean-Claude frightened.
"Let her stay. . .please, as a kindness to me."

The Opera House was bright and filled with people as the opening of Norma was about to be presented for the first time during the season.

As the Phantom had rigged Carlotta's wig with itching powder, Kristine hid behind the scenes to rig the crescent moon prop that Carlotta would be holding. Kristine had placed a small amount of glue onto the edges of it in various places and would hold it carefully by the unglued surface when handing it to Carlotta before she went on. As Carlotta readied herself in her dressing room, the Phantom's timing was just in the nick of time as Carlotta had noticed her wig missing and in a panic looked for it. The Phantom slid the panel in the wall back down quickly as he managed to put the now rigged wig back without her noticing anything strange. Carlotta had just thought she overlooked it as she put it on.

"Five minutes!" A voice called from outside her door.

With stagehands now putting the last touches to Carlotta's costume, Kristine stood ready to hand Carlotta her moon prop. Carlotta took it and proceeded to the stage. She sang very badly.

"See ditzy oh see porche,
dio tento boritto doritto,
four key bring me dee oranges
tee bee and a pristine Norma"

As she sang, her wig had begun to itch so badly that Carlotta used the prop to scratch at her wig. As she had given up trying to do it in a subtle way, she tried to toss away the prop she held but it stuck to one of her hands as she grabbed another prop with her free hand to stratch at her wig. As the audience had, by this time, given in to hysterical laughter, she tore her wig off and that too seemed to stick to her hand as the glue seemed to get everywhere.

Carlotta's debut was a disaster. The Phantom and Kristine, although hidden back in their respective places, laughed and giggled in fits of delight and mischief.

~

Later that night the Phantom came to fetch Kristine for her singing lessons. As Kristine lit some candles the Phanton spoke to her at an opening in a wall.

"Kristine?" He said as she looked in his direction.
"Maestro."
"You ready for our next lesson?"
"Yes." Kristine then paused to study the Phantom's eyes and tried to imagine the expression on his face.
"Did you see what happened to Carlotta?"
"No. What?"
"Her debut was a disaster!" Kristine was trying to sound sympathetic, but managed to look a little devious instead. She turned to the Phantom and asked if he saw anything of Carlotta's debut.

"I may have seen some of the show, I don't really attend too many shows during the first part of the opera season, I tend to wait for a time." He said while keeping his eyes fixed on Kristine.

Kristine grabbed the Phantom by the ruffles on his shirt and gently drew close to him.

"Look, I don't care what opera you attend or not, leave the revenge up to me, if it weren't for Carlotta, Gerard would still be working here and we wouldn't have to sneak around these dungeonous catacombes like opera stalkers!"

The Phantom held Kristine's shoulders tightly and peered deep into her eyes. "I knew that there was more afoot than my wig trick on Carlotta! But you, Kristine, I'd have never thunk that you were behind any sabotage of Carlotta's debut!"

Kristine pulled away then sat down at the piano where the Phantom joined her before carrying on with the singing lessons.

"Look, Kristine, I know how you feel but let me deal with Carlotta. Just sing. It's all I ask."

"You can't stop me from the only purpose for which I was destined...and that is, to see how many ways there exists to ruin a Diva's opera debuts."

So as the Phantom laughed at what he thought was a joke, and Kristine smiled quietly, they continued on with the singing lessons and they filled the room with his flawless piano playing and her soaring voice.

~

Opening night of La Traviata was underway as Carlotta prepared herself backstage. She had people fussing over her and placing jewelry on her wrists, fingers and ears.

The orchestra began to play the overture to La Traviata. Kristine stayed away from everyone else as she positioned a sling shot and tried to pick off a few glasses from a tray that a stand-in held, but as he kept moving, Kristine kept missing and only managed to knock the head-dress off one of the chorus girls. When the tenor was finished singing his part, Carlotta began and took the glasses of wine to other players on the stage as the stand-in stood near her with the tray. Just as she picked up the last glass to toast everyone as she sang the closing of the duet between her and the tenor, the glass stayed firmly attached to the tray and Kristine knew the Phantom had glued Carlotta's glass to the tray. Kristine silently grew a little peeved that the Phantom was stealing the best ideas.

The Opera House was filled with laughter as Carlotta stormed off the stage. Later that night the Phantom and Kristine were in their private nook, with the singing lessons ritual.

"That was wonderful...again from the top!" The Phantom said. Kristine fell silent and looked away.
"What is it?"
Kristine looked back at the Phantom and spoke gently. "I know that you wear a mask because of your deformity, and I'm a costume girl because I'll never be in high society, and so, somehow this whole dream we're holding onto within this Opera establishment isn't going to be a very promising one."
"Just be patient Kristine, our dream will come true." The Phantom reassured her.
Kristine just shook her head.
"The London Opera is probably where we'll end up, or maybe Vienna..." Kristine said with a faraway look in her eyes.
"What's on your mind Kristine? You can tell me, I'm your friend."
"Raghoul stopped by here today and asked me and all the girls to go to the bistro...to sing, you know?"
"Well, this is the opportunity we've been looking for!" The Phantom said with gallant hope.
"I really wish you'd let me in on the stunts." Kristine suddenly put in.
"Now, now, Kristine, I can handle Carlotta very well without getting you involved." The Phantom said firmly.
"Pfft! Please, you would be fresh out of ideas if it weren't for me helping you out!" Kristine retorted.
The Phantom looked intensely at Kristine as he held her gaze. They sighed and bid each other a goodnight.

~

That next evening, the company went to the bistro to sing and party. Kristine's turn came to sing and after Dewit and his underlings heard her singing, that and the song of 'Russia Is A Cold Herring', she managed to land the upcoming part of Marguerite in Faust.

Carlotta was trying to stop any show from going on, and stormed out of the bistro.
As Kristine became bored after several dozen French beer-drinking songs and one too many Can Can dances, she headed off back to the opera house before anyone could see her. Raghoul had followed her and stopped her, asking if she needed a ride back to her place. She spoke with a smile while telling him that, by night, she has to return to her coffin and that it's not a good idea to follow anyone into a graveyard. Kristine managed to sneak back into the Opera House while Raghoul slunkered off half drunk and terribly confused.

The Phantom haunted into Kristine's chamber and asked her what had happened at the bistro.

"Well, you see, it's like this...I got the lead in Faust." Kristine said.
"Why, that's wonderful news!" The Phantom then looked around and tried to savour the moment. "We certainly have a lot of work ahead of us."

They slinked off into a deeper part of the Opera House so that the Phantom could help her rehearse the singing and stage positioning parts and dance steps that would be required. Upon snooping about Kristine had noticed a whole LOT of tiny barrels of TNT. Her eyes sparkled and her heart was full of mirthful happiness and a new-found hope.
The Phantom thought he had hid those barrels well enough but the hollowed out Trojan Horse that lay belly up, sprouting with the barrels of TNT was just a little obvious for anyone who would have been brave enough to venture far enough down into the catacombs.

~

Kristine and the Phantom practiced the moves and the libretto, but Kristine kept looking over at the bounty of TNT.

After taking a ten minute break, Kristine drank some cold water and tossed a towel over towards the barrels.

"You know I was thinking..." She said as she picked up the towel off one of the barrels of TNT. "that we could use these."
"That is not for you to use or even mess around with! Come, back to Act Two and Marguerite with Dame Martha about the riches she's received!"
"I just need ONE barrel and I promise, it'll be safe and sound in my chamber!" Kristine said.
"I'll give you anything but, the TNT is dangerous, it isn't to be fooled around with."
"I know about the properties of TNT, I'm not a child. All I need are just three barrels from this huge collection and I'll sing any opera, on any stage in the world for you!" Kristine smiled as the Phantom looked at her with a hint of confusion.
"I'll think about it, for yours is the voice of an angel and I'd dearly love to see this Opera achieve the acclaim it so desrves." The Phanton remarked with a warm tone in his voice and a look of hope in his eyes.
"Good. That's all settled then. I'm so very glad. So when we're finished, I'll not trouble you and take only the ten barrels of TNT and hide them in my chamber for you just in case. If you want. I should probably hide them out in my chambers anyway, because nobody ever goes in there..."
"Yes..." The Phantom said, sighing.

~

The opening night of Faust was upon Kristine, and she readied herself for the starring role. Carlotta had, of course, plotted against Kristine. A hired man would bump into Kristine on stage at the opportune time. Carlotta entered Kristine's dressing room and smiled.

"Darling! There you are, I have brought you a present." Carlotta said as she handed Kristine a very keen pair of roller skates.

"Oh my! These are fantabulous!" Kristine then looked suspiciously at Carlotta. "But, what's with the roller skates tonight? Couldn't you have waited until next weekend when the company goes off to Xanadu and roller skates there?"

"Oh no, darling, I brought these for your great performance in Faust! The costume you'll be wearing has not been taken up in the hem and you'll need the height, and no one will see the skates as your skirt will be much too long for that..." Carlotta's eyes gleamed as she smiled at Kristine.
"Oh, alright, I guess so." Kristine put on the roller skates that Carlotta gave her.

After the orchestra began the overture and the cast took their places, Kristine rolled onto the stage and behind the curtain took her place. The curtain went up and everyone began to dance and Faust began proper.
Just as Kristine sang the first part of her intro, the man whom Carlotta hired to sabotage Kristine's big debut, came half-waltzing half-running into Kristine.
Naturally, being on roller skates, she rolled across the stage and off behind it and into a pulley that held down some two dozen ropes. This caused a chain reaction in which the large chandelier that hung overhead of the audience began to shake and eventually fell down.

Amid the chaos, the Phantom, who was watching from Box 5, scurried after Kristine and grabbed her, picked her up and carried her into the catacombs, where she would be safe. They were both in a state of shock but Kristine told the Phantom it would be okay to let her stand on her own feet. When the Phantom gently put her down, she rolled all the way down a smoothed-out ramp that spiraled into one of the sections of the catacombs. The Phantom rushed down after her as she lay laughing.
Then she fainted.

~

The Phantom lay Kristine down in a bed that was hidden in a makeshift cottage that was built into the walls of one of the deeper sections of the catacombs. She slept peacefully as he sang a lullaby to her and removed the cursed roller skates.
The next morning, after the Phantom had watched over Kristine, he was nowhere to be found when she awoke. She sprang up out of bed and went looking for the Trojan Horse. Upon looking around, she spied a portrait of a young woman. Next to it hung upside-down, a severed doll's head with slash marks all over its face and forks stabbed through its head. Kristine shrugged and figured whoever the woman was, he must have really loved her.

The Phantom loomed behind Kristine as she wandered about. Finally he spoke, startling her.
"Holy Catacombs! This batcave is filled with phantoms!" Kristine let out a cry.
"Let's go on a picnic." The Phantom suggested. He grabbed a picnic basket and they were off to some forest that ran off the bottom into an opening that cast some sunlight into a quaint foyeresque wilderness. Kristine and the Phantom ate silently, with solemn expression.

"We gotta rig that TNT." Kristine said finally.
"You leave that to me." The Phantom inserted.
"Look we already know our careers are over, no one will ever buy tickets again. The chandelier's a little loose, ya know." Kristine inserted back, but her curiosity of what the Phantom looked like also came to mind.
"May I see your face?" She asked.
"No."
"Why not? Here we go!" Kristine said as she snatched his mask away and looked upon his face. She studied his features and said finally, "You know they have some great skin graphs these days and surgery is almost a same-day process. They have been doing wonderful things with novacain, lately, too."

Then Kristine gently placed his mask back upon his face, then snatched it back aside then put it back on, then took it back away from his face.
"Mask, face, mask, face, mask, face..."

The Phantom took his mask and tied it back to his face and head.
"Stop teasing me." He said. "These masks are made out of newspapers and gloss, very delicate."

~

Raghoul looked for Kristine all over the Opera House and then snooped around in her chamber.
From far below in the catacombs, Kristine sensed this and began to run up through the darkness. The Phantom grabbed her arm and threw her in a little cage-like structure and locked it.
"What are you doing, you stupid freak?" Kristine asked.
"No one who sees my face is allowed to leave here! I thought everybody knew that!" The Phantom blurted out sternly as he ran back up through the stairways that would lead to Kristine's nook.

"Oh GREAT!" Kristine shook the bars and then let go slowly. "Well, I didn't know that. Looking at the Phantom's face equals not leaving the catacombs and other strange and bizarre rules of this stupid Opera House." Kristine snapped at her empty cell walls.

Raghoul searched for Kristine as the Phantom found him and they fought. Raghoul managed to get away and hide in the costume closet, as the Phantom uncovered about twenty-nine barrels of TNT under Kristine's bed, in a corner and some in plain sight posing as little tables with lace and silk over them. Raghoul slipped into a cape and mask and ventured back out to face the Phantom, but he'd thought he would tell him that he was the police incognito in case he did run into the Phantom.

Kristine had managed to pick the lock and escaped and headed right for the remainder of TNT barrels in the Trojan Horse. As she rigged some fuses up to them she hurried back through the cottage of the Phantom's abode and quickly dressed in a black cloak and put on one of his masks. Then striking a match to the fuses that would lead to one fuse connected to all the barrels, she estimated that she had about five minutes before the blast.

Meanwhile the Phantom had removed the barrels from Kristine's chamber up to Carlotta's suite and rigged them with fuses, lit them and ran.

Kristine was running back up through the Opera House, as Raghoul was trying to run OUT of the Opera House, as the Phantom was running away from anyone in the Opera House.

~

Raghoul, Kristine and the Phantom all bumped into one another and screamed "The Phantom!" and even the Phantom screamed "The Phantom!"
As they scurried to escape the Opera House there came a tremendous explosion and they ended up on the roof. After the smoke and debris settled a bit, they knew they were now on a very weak structure of what was once the Paris Opera House. They all began to laugh and rumor has it that they can still be heard in the Opera House, which was rebuilt, echoing with song and laughter, tears and even the more unsettling, the sound of ticking, like a clock.


THE END
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