A/N: well, this is it, folks. The final encore. The last chapter is here at last, so read, review, and enjoy... it's been a pleasure being your author.


Epilogue

A week after the events at the opera house, the Époque- a local gossip magazine- ran the following article:

Paris- April 23

An apparent suicide was committed last evening at the Paris Opera house. A young man, identified as Monsieur Martin de Croix, allegedly jumped to his death from the rooftop of the Opera, say sources. The Vicomte deChagny- a close friend and colleague of deCroix- refused to comment on the situation, saying only that he "wished more than anything that things had been different."

The suicide of Monsieur deCroix was only the first of strange happenings at the Opera Populaire. Sources have also reported that a young diva by the name of Mademoiselle Clare Darnier has disappeared following the last performance of Aida. Mademoiselle Darnier was last seen in Act 1 of the performance, however in the second act, her role was filled by another singer. Anyone with any information as to Mlle. Darnier's whereabouts should contact the Parisian police...


The mystery of the disappearance of Clare Darnier was never solved. No one ever saw her again, after the final performance of Aida. No one, that is, except for Christine Daae, who took the secret with her to her grave. She left the labyrinth when all between her and the phantom was said and done, and never returned again to the Paris Opera House. After months of separation, she and Raoul finally reconciled with one another, though their marriage was never the same afterward. Even years after the incident, Christine was still plagued by feelings of regret over the choices she had made...

As for the phantom, you ask? No one can say for sure what became of him and his bride, but stories began circulating amongst the dancers, and sometimes they say, if you visit the theatre in the middle of the night, you can hear them still, singing together the music of the night...

THE END

Wow- I can't believe I'm finally done! i know the epilogue seemed a bit vague, but i kind of like it cause you can imagine your own ending. lots of you have asked about a sequel, but as of this point, i don't know. if you have any ideas, feel free to e-mail or tell me about it in a review! love you all!


And now, I feel I must recognize all of my readers! So here we go:

POTCgirl- hey: my first reviewer for this story! Thanks so so so much for all your comments- you always made me laugh!

Fox of the Nova- SO DO YOU LOVE IT? OR DO YOU HATE IT?  thanks so much for your reviews!

Litagirl: I kno ur not gonna see this for a few weeks cause your grounded, but thanks a million for your reviews, especially the 1 about muffins!

Luv ya!

Raveene (aka ..:rav:..)- hey… loved getting your reviews… glad you loved it!

Rio- wow, I loved reading all your reviews (hopefully you've stopped wailing by now, lol) thanks for reviewing every chapter!

Tasha- I consider you one of my best critics on this story, cause you gave me the strong points AND the weak points! Thanks so much for your input- it helped make this story better!

Sparrow's Pearl- heh! I loved reading your reviews- they made me laugh so hard! Tell ye what- ye and your shipmates can come on over, and we'll have a duel over the phantom! What say ye to that, aye? ;) wink!

An Anti-sheep Cheese Muffin- first, may I congratulate you on having the absolute BEST penname I have ever heard! (where DID you come up with that, just wondering?) I don't know about a sequel…. Its questionable at this point. But thanks for your reviews!

Cap'n of the Deep- here be yer epilogue, mate! Hope you enjoyed!

Kristiana Marie- props to you for chucking popcorn at raoul! I laughed when I read your review, then I went and did the same thing! Tee hee

To everyone else, cause this is getting really long: Countess Alana, Phantom Ange, Maridelpiero, ElvenStar5, andersm, faeleigh, angelofmusic45, surf with music, camlann, undomiel2007, smgirl, Galasriniel, Lioness-Rampant, fairygalcaz, Alanna-of-Olau, Jaina Kenobi, secret, aleema-darkrose1, and Pheobe- thank you all SO SO SO SO SO SO much! Hugs and brownies for all!

With that, this story is FINI!

m.C.m.

2/12/05