Disclaimer: I own nothing in this story except for the characters of Rose and Caity. The prominent newsie characters, such as Kid Blink, Jack Kelly & Medda, are copyrighted to Disney, while the story is loosely based on Gaston Leroux's novel, The Phantom of the Opera

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POINT OF NO RETURN

Love. Lies. Murder.
Nothing more than a tragic tale of a disfigured newsboy, a wealthy young man and the vaudeville star they both loved.

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Prologue
Overture

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There, in the upstairs rigging of the Irving Hall stage, he sat, fingering the distorted flesh caused by an infection so strong that a mere eye patch could no longer hide it. He let out a small sigh as his hand fell as dead weight to his side and his one good eye, blue as the New York mid-summer sky, scanned the backstage area urgently. Yet, there was still no sign of Rose.

"Where are you, my dear?" he whispered to no one in particular before untangling his slim figure from the ropes and walking nimbly across the planks of wood, taking care to stay hidden in the shadows, as his footfalls landed without a sound. As reached the end of the last board, he pulled an eerily white plaster mask out from under his shirt and positioned it across his face. Once he was assured that it was in place, he ducked into the cove he had built into the ceiling and made for his attic abode. Caity would be performing soon and he must make himself ready.