Because it’s Raoul week, I get an excuse to post about actual butler!Erik and little master Raoul.
Here was the rundown of my au since I’m so slow with the drabbles:
Erik never made it to the Garnier when he got back to France. He was arrested for his crimes in Persia and sentenced to death. Comte Philbert, who is totally off his rocker in this au, read this segment in the newspaper. He bailed Erik out- instead of dying, he has to spend the rest of his days in Philbert’s service. But Philbert isn’t going to let him go to waste as some menial servant. The head butler died a few days ago so Philbert’s willing to let Erik, a so-called genius, take the position.
If all goes well, Philbert’s going to look really good/edgy in the aristocratic community. Meanwhile, the rest of the staff is pissed like hell at Erik- what right does he have to take that position without starting from the bottom? Literally the only person who likes the new butler is Raoul.
Raoul comes and tries to talk to him every day. Raoul tries to make friends. Raoul tells him every little secret. Raoul tries to make Erik’s days more bearable. Erik doesn’t understand why- this little boy has everything he could ever want- looks, nobility, love. And yet he’s willing to shower some of that love on a lowly servant, a former circus freak, Erik.
Raoul’s shoelace is undone one day and Erik bends to tie it. Because as much as he hates Philbert and Philippe de Chagny, he’s shockingly fond of Raoul de Chagny. Perhaps too fond.