Red Rose Thorn

The Music Is Never Over

"Think of me, think of me fondly, when we've said goodbye. Remember me; once in a while please promise me you'll try. When you find that, once again, you long to take your heart back and be free - if you ever find a moment, spare a thought for me," sang out Megan.

I thought two months, two agonizing months of practicing in "The Megan Show." After I was released from the hospital, I told Amber everything. I told her how I tripped into the standing mirror and how I woke up in the phantom world. I told her how I was Christine's sister and how Erik fell in love with me, singing at THE Opera Populair, and much more. At first she too thought it was a dream, but she started to think maybe it wasn't a dream too.

All my friends, cast members (except for Megan), and including my director, came over to visit me to see how I was doing. One of my friends Zoey, who plays Carlotta in the musical, said that the practice had been ok, but was not the same without me. She said everyone was so worried about me; it was hard to practice the show.

After a week of staying home, bed resting mostly, I decided to return to The Phantom of the Opera musical. It took some convincing from my parents, but I was kind of happy to return to the community theater. I told them that I made a commitment and I didn't want to let myself and everyone down.

I stood back stage in my costume waiting for my cue. When the music started to play again, I rushed on stage and handed Megan her wrap for her costume. I skipped back to stage right and nearly bumped into Amber. I could tell she was about to lose it because her face was starting to turn red and her hands are starting to shake.

"Breath in the good air and breath out the bad air. Breath in the good air and breath out the bad air," mumbled Amber.

"You ok," I asked her while touching her shoulder.

She looked right at me and said sarcastically, "Oh yeah, I'm fine. Just having a glorious time hanging out with my new 'BFF.' Yeah actually, she didn't even apologize for purposely pushing me away while we were doing our dance number in the beginning."

I rolled my eyes before I looked back at Megan as she continued to sing out, "We never said our love was evergreen, or as unchanging as the sea - but if you can still remember stop and think of-"

Before she could sing her last note, something drastic happened. She looked up and screamed as a sandbag fell down from the catwalk and slammed right into her head. I gasped in shock as I saw Megan fall right to the ground. People started screaming, panicking, and running to Megan's aid. I was stiff as a board and could not move. The sandbag came out of nowhere and it was like déjà-vu all over again.

I came out of my shock as I ran on stage and looked up at the catwalk. Was it really an accident? Was it one of the old ropes? Did someone forget to tighten the ropes? Or did… did someone let the sandbag go on purpose? I didn't see anything or anyone up in the catwalk at all. I was startled when I felt someone touched my shoulder. I turned around to see it was Danny, who plays the Phantom.

"You alright Brie," he asked me.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Is Megan ok?"

We both looked to see some of the actors assisting the now unconscious Megan, while others were calling 911. Amber was silently laughing at the situation and calling it karma. I thought she was taking it a little too far. About 3 minutes later, Megan started waking up. It was then I saw that she had a long cut on her forehead. Megan placed her hand on her head when she felt something. She slowly looked at her hand to see there was some blood. Megan demanded a mirror and she grabbed the hand mirror out of one of the dancer's hands. It took her a few seconds before she shrieked.

"MY FACE! WHAT HAPPENED TO MY FACE!?"

I tried not to cringe at her glass breaking scream. The director and assistant director was trying to calm her down, but it wasn't working at all. Ten minutes later, the ambulance finally came. I didn't notice that Kevin walked up to me.

"I talked to paramedics and they just told me that Megan's cut is really deep and she'll have to get stitches. She's not going to be able to perform the show, so… you'll have to take her place," he told me.

Ok, so she'll be ok and… wait, what!? I'm going to be Christine!?

My mouth dropped opened with shock. Amber must have heard because she suddenly slammed right into me and crushed me to death with her hug. I was broken from my shock from a loud scream.

"NO, THAT'S MY PART! SHE CAN'T BE CHRISTINE! I AM CHRISTINE!"

I looked over to Megan, who looked as red as a tomato and steam was coming out of her ears.

Kevin stared at Megan and said sternly, "I'm sorry Megan, but you are in no position to take the role now. The play is coming soon and you are in need of stitches. Your parents are going to meet you at the hospital."

Thankfully Megan was rushed out while she was still throwing her fit. I was still in complete awe. My dream was finally coming true!

The day was finally here! All the rehearsals and practices really paid off. It was opening night and the show was sold out. The show was absolutely amazing! Everyone knew their lines, dance numbers, and we all stayed into our characters.

I loved playing the part of Christine. When I sang the song "Think Of Me," I felt like I was back in the phantom world. Heck, I even cried when I handed Danny the prop wedding ring back to him, clearly saying that I had chosen Raoul. However, the back of my neck stood up because I felt like there was something or someone watching me.

I was backstage in my wedding dress costume standing next to Ben who played Raoul as we watched Danny singing out, "You alone can make my song take flight. It's over now, the music of the night."

Danny turned to run, but the ensemble blocked off his exit. Danny ran to the swan bed and threw the black sheet over himself. Amber was acting her character as Meg perfectly. She ran up and grabbed the sheet to pull the sheet off of Danny. To the audience's shock, Danny wasn't there. I laughed to myself when I remembered Danny went through the trap door to make it looked like he had disappeared. Amber dropped the sheet and slowly picked up something off the floor. She showed the audience in her hand was "Erik's" white mask.

As the lights dimmed, the audience erupted with cheers. My heart was about to burst with excitement and happiness. This was the best play I have ever performed in. After the chorus, Amber, and Ben took their bows, I took a deep breath before I walked on stage to take my bow. The lights hit my face; the roar of clapped and cheers hit my ears. I bowed and I stepped aside so Danny could bow next. After Danny bowed, he and Ben grabbed my hands and the entire cast bowed together.

When the curtains closed, we all cheered and congratulated each other. I found Amber and I told her our families were going out to dinner. I just needed to get out of my costume and get my makeup off before we meet our parents in the lobby. I found my dressing room and walked to my makeup table.

As I started to remove my makeup, I thought I heard something behind me. I looked in the mirror and my eyes widen. A flash of unmistakable white! I turned my head swiftly behind me to see… nothing. That's so weird; I thought I saw… no, it couldn't be. I shook my head and turned back to the mirror.

Before I could bring my makeup remover back to my face, I noticed something on top of my table. I gasped as my shaken hands slowly reached for one of the items.

In my hand was a beautiful red rose with a black ribbon tied to the stem. I silently laughed to myself, thinking it was one of Amber's jokes. I placed the rose back on the table, but I picked up the next item.

This item was not a rose or any flower, but it looked like a note. I turned the envelope over to open it, when my hand came to a halt. The note was sealed with a red wax skull. I gradually opened the envelope and pulled out the letter.

As I opened the letter, something fell out of it and landed on the ground. I picked up the fallen object and my heart suddenly stopped. It was… the ring! THE RING FROM THE PHANTOM WORLD! CHRISTINE'S MOTHER'S RING! I looked at the letter and read the message; the message that will forever be in my head.

We will be together again my angel of music.

-Erik


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