Hey persons! I'm back with a brand new story! OK, there might be a small rip-off here but it's a good thing. Anyways, this has to be one of my biggest brainstorms I've ever thought of! I'm so excited! Disclaimer: I don't own the Phantom of the Opera, but I give thanks to Andrew Lloyd Webber for making it into a play! WHOOT!
The Icy Spring
The sun started rising over the city of Paris. As the light started shining on the newly refined Opera Populaire, there was only one person inside at the moment. But this person was still sleeping. For she has been asleep for almost a week.One Week Ago…
There is a heaven and a hell for as much as everyone believes, but it isn't as most people have known. Heaven isn't just one place that's high above the clouds. There are four kingdoms hidden in the clouds. The kingdoms of the North, South, East, and West. Each one controls it's own season. The Northern kingdom controls winter, the South is in charge of summer, East has spring, and the West has autumn. There are still angels in this realm, but they are each born into their own season. When a human on Earth dies, they are reborn as an angel. When an angel dies, they're reborn as a human. An angel is born into a kingdom depending on what season they were born in as a human, but when they are reborn on Earth; they're born into another season.
"Your Majesty, your daughter went out into town again." The Princess of the Eastern kingdom is a particular kind of girl. She was a curious girl. She would also get into some trouble too if she wasn't careful.
"Keep an eye on her. Make sure she doesn't make any trouble this time."
"Yes your Majesty." The messenger went out to tell the guards to bring her back to the palace. "Bring back Princess Sophia by all means necessary."
Sophia was a very beautiful girl. She had long black hair that was braided and tied into a bun. She had icy-blue eyes that seemed to shine brightly when she was happy. She had charcoal gray wings, which symbolizes her being a member of the royal family. She also had the most beautiful singing voice anyone has ever heard in the kingdom in centuries. She usually sneaks out of the palace and wanders off to a flower shop in the center of the city.
"What can I help you with your Highness?" The shopkeeper knew that she was there since she was her best customer.
"Yes, I'm looking for a certain bouquet of flowers for my birthday today."
"Oh, you're finally turning sixteen. How wonderful."
"Yes well, that means that I've spent another year in never ending spring." She said glumly. "I want to see the different seasons."
"But you know it's impossible for you to leave the city." The shopkeeper said. "No one is allowed past the walls."
"But it's so boring here." She said. "I'm sick of spring. I want to see the snowfall in winter. The changing colors of autumn. The sunny summer days."
"You are a curious angel aren't you?" She started laughing.
"I guess I was a very curious person when I was a human." She said.
"Well, I heard that your human self dies when she was just a child. That must be why you're so curious." Angels are given some traits from their human life, like their personality, talents, and characteristics.
"I was told she was killed in an accident. Poor dear." She heard something outside. "They've found me."
"The royal army?" She nodded. One of the guards walked into the flower shop.
"Princess Sophia, please report back to the palace."
"But I wanted to buy some flowers for my birthday." She said.
"Well, I know which one's you like." The shopkeeper pulled out a large bouquet of lilacs, cherry blossoms (or sakura for short), sunflowers, roses, and apple blossoms. "There you are your Highness."
"Thank you." She pulled out some money and handed it to the owner. She picked up the flowers and made her way to the door. "I'll come back again."
"I'll be looking forward to it." Sophia pushed open the door and walked out with the guard right behind her.
"How many times do we have to tell you not to go off on your own?"
"Now Gerard, you know I always come back." She said playfully.
"What if you don't come back?" He asked. "Sometimes we think you might be trying to escape to another kingdom."
"I can never make it past the walls." She stated. As they approached the palace gates, they saw someone walk in. "Who's that?"
"I don't know." They walked through the gates and into the palace.
"Father, I'm back." She said.
"I see, Princess." He walked towards his daughter and took her hand. "You're finally sixteen cycles old. You know what this means." She had a confused look on her face. "That means you must be married." A handsome boy came out from behind her father. "This is your fiancé. His name is Marco."
"Father, I don't understand. Why can't I choose my own husband?"
"What? Don't tell me you think that you can just find love in this realm? True love does not exist here in this world. Don't be so foolish." He turned to the boy and shook his hand. "I'll be looking forward to you becoming my son-in-law."
"I would have no higher honor your Majesty." Sophia turned and pouted.
"Suck up." She said. "I'll be in my room." She started for the west staircase behind them.
"Don't mind my daughter." He said.
"Not at all." Marco said. Sophia walked inside her room and sat down on her bed. She picked up and book that rested on her nightstand. She opened it up to her black feather bookmark.
"Father always makes decisions for me when I can make them myself."
Later that evening, there was a giant party going on in the palace. Everyone was dressed in elegant gowns and dashing suits. Sophia was still in her room contemplating whether to go down or not. She was staring at the new dress her father bought her. It was violet with white ruffles and pink lace ribbons. Someone knocked at her door.
"Your Highness, it is time to come down." Gerard called out.
"I'll be out in a moment." She had no choice now. She took off her dress and took down the new dress and slipped it on. As she pushed her wings through the openings in the back, they fluttered a little. "Wings are a pain." She took her hair out of her bun and braid and started brushing it out. "I have to find a way." She opened her door and stepped out.
"You look wonderful Princess." Gerard said. "That Marco seems to be a good man. Give him a chance." She shook her head. "Stubborn as ever."
"You should have expected that Gerard." She started down the corridor. "I wonder what Earth is like…" As the reached the ballroom, she was greeted by over hundreds of people.
"Ladies and gentlemen. I have gathered you all here to take part in the sixteenth birthday of Princess Sophia." Marco made his way over to her.
"Dear Princess, please accept my proposal as decreed by your father." He took her hand and knelt down. Just as he was about to kiss her hand, she pulled away.
"I'm sorry, I decline." Everyone gasped. "I know father is doing what's best for me, but I cannot allow him to make decisions for me anymore." The room was silent. She turned back towards the door. "I'm not feeling well today. I'm going back to my room." As she walked out the door, everyone started asking what happened.
"I don't believe it. She declined." Marco looked at the door. As Sophia walked back to her room, she stopped at a window and looked out at the night sky.
"Someday, I'm gonna leave this place. I'm gonna see all the seasons out there."
That night, she stayed up and watched as the moon slowly moved overhead. For some reason, the night fascinated her to some extent. She looked at the billions of stars high above.
"There's so much out there waiting to be seen." She said. "If only I wasn't in this form. I could see more." She saw a flash off in the distance. "What is that?" There was an explosion off by the south wall. "What in the world?"
"Your Highness! Your Highness!" Someone shouted outside her door. "The west kingdom has declared war on our kingdom!" This news was the worst she heard all day.
"Why?" She asked.
"We don't know! Please, hurry out!" I ran to the door and walked out. "Follow me." She was being led to a secret chamber in the tower. "There's only one way to secure your safety Princess. We must send you to Earth."
"To Earth?" She asked.
"Yes. This portal here will send you there. The location is indefinite, but no one can find you there." He pointed to a swirling vortex of storm clouds in the center of the room. "Please be careful Sophia."
"I understand. Thank you." She looked back then jumped into the storm clouds. She started falling down into endless darkness. She couldn't even tell where she would fall anymore. "I feel tired… Something is making me weak… What's happening?" The clouds started to shift around her as she fell farther and farther. By the time she reached Earth, she was in a deep sleep.The Next Morning…
The Managers of the Paris Opera House looked up at the construction project being done. After the disaster that happened only one year ago, they were becoming concerned with how business would be from now on.
"The Opera Populaire will be finished soon. We can tell everyone that they can come back soon." As they walked through the incomplete building, they could see how it was coming along. But when they reached the stage, they noticed something odd. There was a small dandelion puff.
"What in the world is this?" Firmin asked his partner, Andre.
"I'm not quite sure, but how can it grow like this?" The puff started to get bigger. "What is it doing?"
As the sun touched the inside of the opera house, the once small dandelion puff was now a large cocoon. The managers walked onto the stage and examined the cocoon.
"It seemed to have gotten bigger." Everyone joined the managers and looked at the cocoon.
"What in the world made this?" Carlotta asked. She ran one long nail along the outer surface. She heard something inside. "What?" It started to crack.
"Get back!" Everyone backed away. The crack got bigger. Then it suddenly burst. A sticky clear fluid came out. When they looked again, they saw a girl with black hair lying on the floor.
"Who is that?" Someone asked. The girl started twitching, and then started moving her arms. "Mademoiselle? Are you alright?" The girl tried to get up but kept falling down. She felt her back and noticed there was nothing there.
"Wh-where are they?" She asked. "My wings are missing."
"Is there something we can help you with?" Andre asked. She turned her head and revealed her icy-blue eyes.
"Where is this place? Am I not in the Eastern kingdom?" She looked at the people around her. "You're all humans."
"Of course." Firmin said.
"I made it safely." She tried again to sit up but fell down again. Two people came over and helped her.
"What is your name?" One asked.
"Sophia." She said. "Princess Sophia of the Kingdom of Spring." She looked at her back. "They really are gone. I hope they don't grow back again. I don't want to go through that again."
"What are you, exactly?" Carlotta asked.
"I'm an angel." Sophia answered. Everyone gasped.
"You are? What is it like in Heaven?" Someone asked.
"Well, there's not that much that's exciting. Just the four kingdoms of the seasons hidden in the clouds." She said. "All humans are born there when they die."
"So we do go to Heaven?" Another person asked.
"Yes. Even those who have been bad. There is a hell, but that is the punishing grounds of all those condemned for life. We get that every so often." She squeezed the fluid out of her hair and hung it over her shoulder. "Now, where is here anyway?"
"This is the Opera Populaire, located in Paris, France."
"Interesting. I think I'll stay here until the war is finished."
"War?" Andre asked.
"Oh, there's a war going on between my kingdom to the East and the kingdom to the West. I was sent here to Earth so I wouldn't be involved. I should be able to return when it's over." She looked around. "This place is huge." She tried to walk but she started to feel faint.
"Mademoiselle? Are you alright?" Firmin asked.
"Yes, I guess I need to get use to being human for the time being." She said. They heard a door open on the far end of the room and saw two people walk inside.
"Monsieur Vicomte, you have received my letter no doubt?" Firmin asked.
"Yes, I did." Said the man.
"Mademoiselle Christine, so nice to see you again."
"I'm glad to be back." Christine said. She looked at Sophia and just stared. "What is your name?"
"My name is Sophia." She said.
"Now Christine, you are going to sing once again at the opera house aren't you?" Someone asked.
"Of course. This place is my home after all."
"When will you be opening up again?" Raoul asked.
"Tomorrow." Andre asked. "Now, we need to get this young lady settled in." He looked over at Sophia.
"That's very kind of you." She looked up at the ceiling and saw a shadow. "What was that?" Everyone looked.
"Nothing is there."
"But, I saw a shadow." A cold fear befell on everyone.
"Listen, as long as you stay here, please be cautious. There is a very dangerous being in this opera house. If you're not careful, you could get hurt."
"Why? What is it?"
"He is known as the Phantom of the Opera. He caused a great disaster one year ago and tried to make off with Christine." She shuttered. "He almost had Raoul killed in the process."
"How terrible." She said. "I promise to be careful." She looked out the window and saw something falling from the sky. She ran over and looked. "What is it?"
"We're in the middle of winter." Christine said. "It's snowing outside at the moment."
"Winter?" A bright smile appeared on her face. She ran to the door and outside. As she made it into the streets of Paris, she saw the snow falling everywhere. "Beautiful."
"Come back inside before you catch a death!" She walked back inside. "Why are you so surprised?"
"There's only spring in my kingdom. No winter, summer, or autumn. They belong to the other kingdoms." Sophia explained.
"Well, there's still that mess that needs to be cleaned up."
"What mess?" Everyone looked at the stage and saw that there was nothing there. "Nothing to worry about." Christine looked at the strange girl and sighed.
"Mademoiselle, why don't I take you shopping for new clothes?" She asked.
"Really? You don't have to do that." She said modestly.
"You can't walk around in that all the time." She pointed to her plain white dress.
"I guess you're right." Her face turned red. The Phantom looked at the new girl.
"What in the world is this girl? Why is she here in my opera house?" Sophia felt a chill go down her spine.
"Someone's talking about me."
There's the end of chapter one ladies and gentlemen! Anyhow, the rip-off was sort of from an anime called Haibane Renmei. Good show it was. So, it's the Super Bowl and my family is cheering for the Patriots. I don't like sports so I really don't care. So I get preoccupied with my work. Well, I have to go now. Please R&R. Byebye.