I get a bit salty sometimes that Ewan McGregor didn’t play Raoul in the 2004 movie because the whole discourse of “Christine should have chosen the Phantom” would have been a lot less worse because OF COURSE CHRISTINE WOULD CHOOSE EWAN MCGREGOR, WHAT EVEN
Basically I had this random idea that maybe in Persia, what with all the assassination attempts, the Khanum decided that Erik needed 24/7 protection because even though he was never that seriously hurt she didn’t want anyone to kill her favourite novelty. So Erik is pissed because he doesn’t want anyone seeing him at night, with his mask off and stuff. He won’t tell anyone the real reason but he insists that the only person he will have on guard outside his room is Nadir.
Fast forward a couple of hours and Nadir hears this ear piercing scream. He rushes in there thinking someone is trying kill Erik. He finds Erik sitting up, crying, barely able to breathe but completely alone. After cups of tea, lots of promises not to judge and a ton of coaxing Erik confesses what his nightmares are made of and him and Nadir talk about everything until the sun rises. This is how they become friends and becomes a nightly ritual.