Ok but does Gustave go with Raoul to Paris? Or stay in New York with Erik? Do they raise him together and have a domestic life?
G: “Dad, Can You come here?”
R: “One second!”
G: “*panics* not YOU the other one”
R: “Meg agreed to babysit Gustave for tonight.”
E: “No, no way. I refuse to let her near my child.”
R: “Erik, it’s literally for one hour. What’s the worst that could happen?”
E: “She could try to push him into the ocean. She could shoot him. She could kidnap him.”
R: “that was one time!”
E: “and look what happened! God, letting her babysit is a mistake!”
R: “Our whole relationship is a mistake!”
E: “*gasps* damn you! Take that back.”
R: “*hums ‘Bathing Beauty’”
E: “Raoul, my sworn enemy, step father of my only son, I’ve set aside our differences and learned to get along with you. But if you hum that damn song once more you’ll wish you’d have been shot instead of christine.
Finally read Leroux’s novel and honestly…. would a twenty-something Erik have been a super angst ball of anger that may just quite almost literally melt into a puddle at the slightest sign of affection?
Probably not but Leroux is dead and he can’t stop me.