Okay, if there is anyone left still reading this, PLEASE DON'T KILL ME!
I know it's been, like, forever, but now I'm finally bringing the PoTO story ark to a close. readers cheer
Raven: You just love typing in junk like that, don't you?
Me: Party pooper... Anyways, after this chapter, I'll introduce a few new characters to the story. Some you may know, some that are new. And we'll go back to Disney songs and everything! But for now, enjoy the last PoTO chapter, in which you'll find some new guest stars. See ya!
(I do not own Teen Titans, or any songs sung in this fic.)
After much planning and preparing, Rorek's play was ready to be performed. However, Draco and the others had taken great care to make sure the authorities were there in full force, to arrest the Phantom on sight.
Everyone was busy, readying themselves for the performance, but when Draco went backstage to check on Raven he couldn't find her anywhere.
Finally, after searching everywhere else, he found her alone in the chapel.
"Raven, what are you doing in here?" He asked, as he sat next to her. "Are you okay?"
"What do you think…?" Raven replied softly. "I'm terrified. I don't think I can do this, Draco."
Draco, feeling bad that Raven was so afraid, put his arm around her and held her comfortingly. "Everything will be okay." He said. "We'll catch him, and he'll never bother us again. I promise."
Raven leaned into Draco and closed her eyes, letting out a tired sigh. "Can you be so sure…? What if you can't catch him? What am I supposed to do then, let myself be the bait for this trap or live in fear forever?" Raven let a few tears fall, and put an arm around Draco, holding him tight.
Draco looked down sadly at her, and gently wiped away her tears. He then tilted her head up so she was looking at him and he gave her a smile. "Raven… I know you're afraid but I promise I won't let anything happen."
Raven slowly returned the smile and whispered "Draco…?"
Raven's smile deepened, and she kissed his cheek. "You're so cute when you try to act brave and noble."
Draco seemed confused by this comment for a minute, but soon shared a small laugh with Raven, just before they kissed.
A little later, everything was ready. The actors were in costume, the stage was set, the audience was in the seats, and the police stood ready for the Phantom.
Robin and Draco, as well as Cyborg and Beastboy, were all seated in box 5, waiting nervously to see what would happen. Though none more than Draco.
The curtain finally rose, and after a song from the chorus came Melvin's part. As Rorek had commanded, Melvin was playing Don Juan, dressed completely in black, with a black cape and a mask over his eyes, and he was now in the process of explaining his elaborate plan to seduce Raven's character to his lackey, and the audience.
"Now remember," He said, in an over dramatic voice. "When she arrives I want you to leave, so that I'll have her to myself. Bwahaha!" The lackey nodded, and Melvin took his cue to retreat behind the curtain. However, once he was there, a dark shadow fell over him, and he turned to see someone behind him. Before he could even cry out for help, the figure struck, and Melvin fell to the ground, silent and still.
Back on the stage, Raven walked into view, wearing a black dress trimmed with purple lace. The dress had no sleeves, and left her shoulders bare. (Raven fanboys may take a moment to drool, if they wish.)
Once she was onstage, Raven began to sing the song written for her character "No thoughts within her head but thoughts of joy… no dreams within her heart but dreams of… love…"
Just then, the lackey noticed a darkly clad figure, wearing the same costume as Melvin walk onstage, and for a moment mistook him for Melvin. "Master?" He asked.
Rather than reply, the figure, who's hair was white, sang "…Go away, for the trap is set, and waits for it's prey…"
Rorek, in his Don Juan costume, approached Raven who turned to him when she heard him coming. Not giving her time to realize his identity, Rorek continued. "You have come here… in pursuit of your deepest urge. In pursuit of that wish, which till now has been silent… silent… I have brought you, that our passions may fuse and merge. In your mind, you've already succumbed to me, dropped all defenses, completely succumbed to me… now you are here with me, no second thoughts, you've decided… decided…"
Rorek looked into Raven's eyes, and she returned the glance, almost as though she were in some sort of trance. Knowing his plan was working, Rorek continued. "Past the point of no return, no backward glances. Our games of make-believe are at an end… Past all thought of if, or when… no use resisting. Abandon thought and let the dream descend…" Rorek approached Raven and placed his arms around her. "What raging fire shall flood the soul? What rich desire unlocks its door? What sweet seduction lies before… us…?" Rorek walked away, towards one of two flights of steps nearby. "Past the point of no return… the final threshold. What warm, unspoken secrets will we learn… beyond the point of no… return…?"
Raven stared at the figure before her. She knew he wasn't Melvin, and that all was not right… and yet she couldn't help but fall under his spell, as she sang her role, slowly approaching the opposite flight of steps. Rorek meanwhile, never took his eyes from her. "You have brought me… to that moment when words run dry. To that moment when speech disappears into silence… silence… I have come here, hardly knowing the reason why. In my mind I've already imagined our bodies entwining, defenseless and silent. Now I am here with you, no second thoughts. I've decided… decided…" Raven finally approached the steps, and she and Rorek glanced into each other's eyes, before they both slowly began to ascend the stairs. "Past the point of no return… No going back now. Our passion play has now at last begun. Past all thought of right or wrong. One final question: how long should we two wait, before we're one? When will the blood begin to race? The sleeping bud burst into bloom? When will the flames at last… consume us…?"
Raven and Rorek finally reach the top of the stairs, and approached each other. Soon, they were a breath away from each other, and they sang together, "Past the point of no return… the final threshold…" Raven turned away and Rorek held her from behind. "The bridge is crossed, so stand and watch it burn…! …We've past the point of no… return…"
Meanwhile, on the other end of cyber space, a group of imaginary friends were reading the story, when Wilt, the tall red one with one arm, said "I'm sorry, but I don't really think what they're singing about is that appropriate for kids. Didn't this guy rate this story K+?"
"Si, I think he did." Eduardo, the big purple friend with horns agreed. To which Coco, the bird-plant-airplane thing added "Cococo, co!"
"Relax guys," Said Bloo, the small, blue friend at the computer. "This is culture. This show's been on Broadway for, like, ever!"
"Really?" Wilt asked. "Who wrote it?"
"Aw, some guy called Andy… Lloyd… Webfoot or something. Anyway, let's just get on with the story!"
And… we're back!
By now, Draco and the others had realized that the man in the Don Juan costume was actually Rorek, and Robin was quickly trying to alert the authorities. Draco, meanwhile, looked on with an odd look on his face. As did Starfire, Terra, Cyborg and Beastboy.
On the stage, Rorek still held Raven close. Taking advantage of the moment, he sang softly into her ear "Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime… Lead me, save me from my solitude…" Raven, now snapping out of her daze enough to truly recognize the voice, slowly turned to face tha man behind her. "Say you want me with you, here, beside you…" Raven turned and looked at Rorek, with a sad look in her eyes, and he looked back down at her, as he continued in a stronger voice. "Anywhere you go, let me go, too… Raven, that's all I ask… of…"
Before he could finish, Raven reached up and pulled away Rorek's mask, to reveal his face. When the people in the audience saw it, (however they could from so far away) they screamed in horror. Most of his face seemed normal, but all around his right eye, which was blood red and glowing, was scaly, and purple, resembling a dragon's skin.
Now that he had been given away, Rorek grabbed Raven around the waist and unsheathed a sword which he used to cut a nearby cord. As he had earlier rigged it to do, the chandelier came crashing down, destroying the stages and setting the opera tower ablaze. The audience immediately began to rush out for their lives, while Beastboy and Cyborg lamented their ruined fortunes. Robin, meanwhile, had rushed to help put out fires and assist the innocent people, and Draco rushed to the stage after Rorek and Raven, but they had escaped.
Meanwhile, in all the ruckus, Blackfire found Melvin lying on the ground backstage and rushed to him.
"Melvin!" She cried. "Oh, my poor Melvin… you were so young! Why did you have to die?!"
"I'm… not dead." Melvin said slowly, sitting up. "The Phantom just knocked me out."
Blackfire quickly hit Melvin, knocking him out again. "Shut up! You're ruining the moment!"
"Starfire!" Draco called, when he spotted her. "I have to find Raven, will you help me?"
Starfire seemed hesitant, but when she looked around at all the damage she finally came to a decision.
"Yes, I will." She said, then led him away to a secret door.
Meanwhile, down in the tunnels, Rorek forcibly pulled Raven along, lighting their way with a torch.
As they descended into the catacombs, Rorek sang, angrily (hey, what else is he gonna do?). "Down once more to the dungeons of my black despair, down we plunge to the prison of my mind. Down that path into darkness deep as hell!!!"
Rorek turned to Raven, his red eye glowing with anger, and sang "Why, you ask, was I bound and chained in this cold and dismal place? Not for any mortal sin, but the wickedness of my abhorrent face!"
As Rorek continued to lead Raven down into his lair, a mob formed up in the tower, and they gathered together with their torches and pitchforks, chanting "Track down this murderer, he must be found! Track down this murderer, he must be found!"
As they neared his lair, Rorek continued "Hounded out by everyone, met with hatred everywhere! No kind words from anyone, no compassion anywhere… Raven…" He turned to her, a sad look on his face. "…Why? Why?!" Raven did not answer, So Rorek continued to pull her along.
In another part of the tunnels, Starfire led Draco on his way, then stopped.
"This is as far as I dare to go." She said.
Draco gave her an understanding nod, and thanked her, before she walked away, leaving him to continue alone.
Once they had reached his lair, Rorek let go of Raven and she sat down, glaring angrily at him. "Have you gorged yourself at last in your lust for blood?" She asked—er, sang, and he turned to look back at her. "Am I now to be prey to your lust for flesh?"
Rorek gave her a bitter smile, and replied "That fate which condemns me… to wallow in blood…has also denied me the joys of the flesh…" He tried to touch her cheek, but she moved away. "This face the infection… which poisons our love. This face… which earned… a mother's fear and loathing. A mask, my first… unfeeling scrap of clothing…" Raven turned away, but Rorek turned her to face him again. "Pity comes too late! Turn around and face your fate! And eternity of this…!" He pointed towards his face, which now held deep sadness. "…Before your eyes…"
Raven, feeling less angry now, calmly moved away and uncovered a nearby mirror. She turned with a solemn look to Rorek and sang "This haunted face holds no horror for me now… it's in your soul that the true distortion… lies."
Rorek and Raven looked intently at each other for a moment, as though Rorek was trying hard to understand what had just taken place, when he heard a sound nearby. He turned and grinned evilly at what he saw. "Well, it looks like we have a guest."
Raven also turned, and was surprised to se Draco wading up to the cave's entrance gate.
"Draco!" She called to him, but Rorek restrained her from going to him.
"Sir, this is a delight," Rorek said, smiling cruelly. "I was hoping you would come!"
"Let her go!" Draco shouted, angrily.
"Draco, it's useless!" Raven called back. "Get out of here, quick!"
"Not without you! Let her go you freaky phantom! Don't you have any compassion?"
"Compassion?!" Rorek demanded, his dragon eye glowing red. "The world has never shown compassion to me!"
"Please…" Draco pleaded. "At least let me see her."
Rorek was about to refuse, but then seemed to have a change of heart. Slowly, he turned to the crank which operated the gate and turned it, causing the gate to rise before Draco.
"Be my guest." Rorek finally said, as Draco carefully entered his lair.
Rorek approached Draco, slowly and with a strange smile. "Welcome, Monsieur." He said, cordially. "You didn't think I would harm Raven, did you? After all, why should I make her pay…?" Draco kept his eyes on Rorek, but turned his head when he heard the gate lowering again. "…for the sins that are yours!"
Suddenly, Rorek through a noose around Draco's neck and tightened it, then tied the other end of rope to the gate, along with Draco's arms.
Rorek's dragon eye glowed with a fierce light, as he tightened the ropes and sang "Order your fine horses now! Raise up your hand to the level of your eyes! Nothing can save you now, except perhaps, Raven." He turned to the girl, who looked on in horror. (Why didn't she use her powers?) "Start a new life with me, buy his freedom with your love! Refuse me and you send your lover to his death! This is the choice! This is the point of no return…!"
Raven's eyes filled with tears as she looked between Rorek and Draco, and saw Draco gasping for breath as Rorek pulled tighter on the noose. "The tears I might have shed for your dark fate…" She sang to Rorek. "Grow cold and turn to tears of hate!"
Rorek just sneered. He knew he had won.
"Raven, don't do it…" Draco gasped. "Don't throw away your life for me…" He was silenced by a tug on the rope from Rorek.
Raven remained silent a moment, unable to speak. Finally, she slowly approached Rorek, a sad look in her eyes.
"Pitiful creature of darkness…" She sang, causing Rorek's to look confused. "What kind of life have you known…?" She reached Rorek now, and drew ever closer. The dragon-phantom gasped, but she continued. "God give me courage to show you... you are not… alone…"
And then, to Draco's horror and Rorek's delight, Raven reached up and kissed him on the lips.
At first, Rorek was taken by surprise, but after a moment he closed his eyes and returned the kiss, putting his arms around her.
Finally, Rorek ended the kiss. But, instead of the joy he though Raven's surrender would bring, he felt something else. He felt… guilt?
He began to breathe heavily, as the strange emotion filled him. It didn't help that he could hear the chants of the angry mob coming for him.
Finally, he couldn't take anymore, and he walked away with his head in his hands. "Go, leave me." He said, leaving Raven to untie Draco. "Go now, and don't let them find you. Swear that you'll never reveal what you've seen here!"
Raven quickly untied Draco, and they both looked back at Rorek in confusion and gratitude.
"Go now!" Rorek commanded, as he retreated to the corners of his lair, where he sat sadly.
He stared into space, as the tears came to his eyes. He barely noticed when Raven approached from behind. When he turned to her, all he could mutter was a feeble "I love you…"
Raven, feeling sad for her former teacher, approached and placed something gently in his hand before walking away.
Rorek, confused, looked into his hand, and smiled to see Raven's ring there. He rose and watched as Draco and Raven rowed away in his boat, together.
A tear ran down his cheek, as he remembered the song they had sung that night.
"Say you'll share with me one love, one lifetime…
"Say the word and I will follow you…"
Just before they were out of sight, Raven turned to give one final glance back at Rorek, a tear ran down her cheek as well.
"Share each day with me, each night, each morning…"
"You alone can make my song take flight…" Rorek sang softly. Then, rising to his feet, he sang in a louder voice "It's over now, the music… of… the… night…!" Angrily, Rorek smashed all his mirrors, the last of which revealed a secret passage.
As the mob arrived at the lair and searched, they found no sign of the phantom.
The only clue that was left was found by Terra…
…The Phantom's abandoned mask…
As the dream ended, the Titans finally awoke. Beastboy found his head resting in Terra's lap, Raven and Draco with their arms around each other, and Starfire sitting alone as Robin and Cyborg had somehow ended up laying together.
"EWWW!!!!" They both screamed as they jumped up.
"Wha… what happened?" Draco asked. "I had the weirdest dream we were re-enacting The Phantom of The Opera."
"Me too." Said Raven.
"Dude, no way!" Beastboy exclaimed. "So did I!"
The others all said they had as well. "How is that possible?" Terra asked.
"Do we even wanna know?" Cyborg asked, and everyone agreed.
"Well," Said Robin, looking out the window. "It's morning. Guess we better get to work. How long were we asleep anyway?"
The others shrugged, as they all got up to go about their daily routines.
Draco went to the fridge to get some breakfast, but before he could cautiously open the door, Raven walked up and gave him a kiss on the cheek. "What was that for?" Draco asked, though he grinned from ear to ear.
"I dunno, just felt like being a little out of character," she replied with a small smile. "I'm going out for a walk before Breakfast, want to join me?"
Draco smiled and held out his hand, which Raven gladly took. "It would be my pleasure." The couple walked out, hand-in-hand, enjoying the quiet, peaceful morning.
Beastboy, meanwhile, happened to pass by a calendar and did a double-take, before screaming, "Dude! How long were we asleep?!"
A good question, Beastboy. One that I won't answer, but a good one nonetheless. I hope you all enjoyed this latest chapter, everyone.
Raven: Please, like anyone likes your writing...
(Meanwhile, at Sacred Heart Hospital)
Turk: Yo, JD, what're you doing on the computer?
JD: I'm reading a fanfic called "Teen Titans: The Musical!" It's about the Teen Titans, but the burst out into song now and then like a musical. It's awesome!
Turk: Dude, how pathetic can you be? That sounds totally lame!
JD: It's got a super-smart magical tree in it, too.
Turk: Seriously? Sweet!
Dr. Cox (looking over their shoulders): My God, Shayara, have you and Ghandi stooped so low as to read fanfiction?!
JD: Um... it's got a tree in it? Dr. Cox scowls and leaves
(Back here in Cyberspace)
Me: By the way, I don't own Scrubs either. Anyway, Raven, I'll have you know lots of people love this story, including my girlfriend.
Raven: That annoying girl? I thought you broke up with her.
Me: No, not her! I'm dating a new girl, the one I mentioned last time. You know her, she's Lady Isla.
Raven: Isla? Now that you mention it, she is pretty cool. How'd you ever get her to date you?
Me: Oh, ha-ha. Hey wait, I just realized something...
Me: In that guest appearance from the cast of Scrubs just now, I didn't see the janitor--AH! slips on the wet floor and falls
Janitor(standing over me with a mop): That'd be cause I'm right here. I decided since you've got all those regulars like Bigfoot, Dr. Evil and Sonic, I'd swing by, too, and make ya miserable like I do JD.
Me: How... nice... I think I'll sleep now... passes out
Raven: Nice job, Lurch. You wanna say goodbye, or shall I?
Janitor: May as well give it a shot. Be sure to review, and next time you'll get to see an auther stuffed into a mop bucket!
Raven: Hmm, I'd like to see that. See you next time!