PhantomFan01: Not much action, but you are filled in on everything going on with everybody.

CUSpacecowboy: More like a lonely woman, trying to hold on the one connection that she has. She can be a little hard, because she's trying not to be to vulnerable to things that can hurt her.

Trmo77: Same here, I had such fun writing him!

Phantom Serenity: Very full! And there's a happy ending for everyone.

Shadow of the red rose: Coming from a big family, I love for my characters to end up with big families too.


Epilogue


Two and a half years later,


Nothing's gonna harm you, not while I'm around. No one's gonna harm you, no sir, not while I'm around.

Madame Giry smiled as Christine sang to their two-year old son, Gaspard. Erik smiled as he played the piano. She never forgot the look on his face when he came down holding his son. Madame Giry had thought she'd never see such a look of joy on his face. Gaspard had been born unblemished, which added to his joy. Madame Giry predicted that Christine would find out in a few weeks that she was expecting Erik's second child. Christine was secretly hoping for twins, but she wasn't sure that her prayer would be granted.

Demons are prowling everywhere, nowadays, I'll send 'em howling, I don't care, I've got ways. No one's gonna hurt you, No one's gonna dare. Others can desert you, Not to worry, whistle, I'll be there.

Raymond squeezed her hand fondly and smiled down at her. She smiled back and turned back to the scene. He brushed a strand of her hair back, "you look lovely tonight dearest." He whispered.

"thank you."

Well, they hadn't gotten married that Sunday as he predicted. But, they married the Sunday after that. Madame Giry refused to believe that she'd actually grow to love him, but Raymond was such a fun man and he made her feel young again. Raymond was good to her, he didn't try to change her and didn't force her into anything. He took his time, which was peculiar due to his out-going and forceful personality. Secretly, she loved it, but wouldn't tell him that.

Demons'll charm you with a smile, for a while, But in time. Nothing can harm you. Not while I'm around. Being close and being clever ain't like being true. I don't need to, I would never hide a thing from you like some.

Madame Giry glanced at Meg who was in Raoul's lap. She had her hand over her stomach while he stroked her neck. Madame Giry couldn't believe how blind she'd been to Raoul's charm. He was a good man and she had to agree, the perfect man for her daughter. He loved her very much and they never argued like Christine and Erik. They were going to be expecting their second child in six months.

No one's gonna hurt you, No one's gonna dare. Others can desert you, Not to worry, whistle,, I'll be there. Demons'll charm you with a smile, for a while, But in time. Nothing can harm you. Not while I'm around.

Erik stopped playing and peered at Gaspard in Christine's arms. "he's asleep." He whispered. "We'll be back."

Raoul glanced at Roberta who was sleeping in her pram quietly. He nodded and turned back to Meg who'd nodded off in his arms. He smiled and smoothed her hair.

"a beautiful sight." Raymond said. "happy dear?"

"very. And I don't thinkā€¦that anything could go wrong. From here on out, it'll all be blue skies and rainbows."

"I agree too." Raymond kissed her cheek. "I agree, my love. This is definitely, the peace and happiness most people spend their lives looking for. I know, I was always looking for it, then, I met you, and I knew I'd found it. Thank God, we're alive and living it together."

She smiled and nodded. "together."


The end. I made my goal...over 100 reviews!

Thank you everyone for reviewing and I've got a new fic up already! (Not much of a break? But I had this terrific idea and I just had to get to work on it!) It won't be readable for however long it takes for fan fic to post it, but it should be soon. The story is called 'the beauty underneath' and it's another phantom fic.