Halloween Town, a very peaceful world filled with strange creatures, including humans. It has been 40 years since N.E.W. queen Kenashi had been killed by her oldest daughter, but now, inside the opera house, located in the guillotine square, the creatures and people were being auctioned to the public.
A young man with brown silky hair, blue eyes, white pants, black shirt and with a scar running through his face starting at the upper left of his face to the lower right of his chin, appeared at the opera house, searching for something and participating in the auctioning. His name, was Jack, Jack the Strange
''Lot 665, ladies and gentlemen'' said the auctioneer, when a porter showed sometype of musical box, while the auctioneer continued. ''A papier-mache musical box, in the shape of a barrel-organ. Attached, the figure of a monkey in Persian robes playing the cymbals. This item was discovered in the vaults of the theatre, still in working order.''
And the porter holded the item up, so the people and the creatures could see it ''Showing here.'' he said, and he then sets it in motion. The musical tune sounded familiar to Jack.
''My I start at twenty francs? Fifteen, then?
Fifteen I am bid.'' said the auctioneer. Jack had raised his hand, so he could keep it. ''Twenty francs, thank you sir.'' But then a young lady raised her arm also. ''Twenty five francs, thanks Miss Nikita Skellington, twenty five francs ladies and gentelmen.
Jack raised his arm again. ''Twenty five francs, do I hear thirty?'' And Jack raised his arm once again. ''Thirty francs then, and thirty five?'' Nikita didn't raise her arm and was defeated. ''Selling to thrity francs, thrity once, thirty twice. Sold, for thirty francs to the monsieur 'le Strange. Thank you, sir.''
The box is handed across to the young man. He studies it, as attention focuses on him for a moment, and one tear runs through his right chin, as he sung silently:
A collector's piece indeed . . .
every detail exactly as Mother said . . .
She often spoke of you, my friend ....
Your velvet lining, and your figurine of lead...
Will you still play,
when all the rest of us are dead?
Then the silence breaks and the auctioneer continues. ''Lot 666, then: a chandelier in pieces. Some of you may recall the strange affair of Rineykena and Tifa, the Strange's death. A mystery, never fully explained. We are told ladies and gentlemen, that this is the very chandelier which figures in the famous disaster. Our workshops have restored it and fitted up parts of it with wiring for the new electric light, so that we may get a hint of what it may look like when re-assembled. Perhaps we may frighten away the ghost of so many years ago with a little illumination, gentlemen?''
The auctioneer switches on the chandelier, there is an enormous flash, and the past of Jack, the Strange's mother begins. During his mother's past, the opera house is restored to its earlier grandeur when it was beeing finished by the Halloween Town's people. The chandelier immense and glittering, rises magically from the stage, finally hovering high above the stalls.
Many creatures are getting ready for practice of an opera of the title ''Hannibal'', some of the male creatures were peeking on the female creatures dressing room, watching the ladies change and drink some type of liquid.
The others were preparing the backround and making the opera house neat and clean for their opening night. And a fewer people were now rehearsing. And the star of the opera, wich she was a red gargoyle was now singing:
From our saviors
From our saviors
From the enslaving force
With feasting and dancing and song
Tonight in celebration
We greet the victorious throng
Returned to bring salvation
The trumpet of carthage resound
Hear, Romans, now and tremble
Hark our step on ground
Hear the drums!
And Jack's fourth son, Jonathan Skellington starts to come from the group of girls from behind and does his part, acting as Hannibal:
Sad to return
To find the land we love
Threatened once more
By Roma's far-reaching grasp
But Jonathan was interrupted by Kye Skellington, his older brother and also Jack's third son. ''Gentlemen, gentlemen--'' And he, himself got interrupted by his own father, Jack, showing two strange creatures the Opera House by the name of Opera Populaire ''Rehearsals, as you can see, are underway for a new production on Chalumeau's Hannibal''
''Father, If you please, we are rehearsing.'' said Kye, not beeing rude or anything like that.
''Kye, Jonathan, Katie, Emily...'' Jack started to say ''Ladies and gentlemen, please, if I could have your attention? Thank you. As you know, for some weeks there have been rumors of me oing to protect some royal family in Amos. I can now tell you that these are all true...''
''ah-Ha!'' Carlotta interrupted triumphly.
''And it is my pleasure to introduce you to the two gentlemen
who now own the Opera Populaire: Monsieur Richard Firmin and Monsieur Gilles Andre.''
''And we are deeply honored to introduce our new patron,'' said Monsieur Firmin, passing this comment to Monsieur Andre. 'Jack's oldest son, James Skellington himself''
''My parents and I are honored to support all the arts, especially the world-renowned Opera Populaire.''
Kye, beeing a bit shy, started to speak. ''Brother, gentlemen, Signora Carlotta Giudicelli, our leading soprano for five seasons.''
And Jonathan just said ''Brava! Brava!'' sarcasticaly, since he had sometype of grudge againts the Gargoyless Carlotta. James noticed this and directly spoke to Jonothan, with a bit of anger in his voice.
''A dishonor you are doing, signor.'' Then his voice changed calm when he kindly let his younger brother Kye continue. ''I believe I am keeping you from your rehearsal brother. I will be here this evening to share your great triumph. My apologies.''
''Thank you, brother le Vicomte! Once more if you please, Jonathan''
Emily started to give the new owners a tour of the ballet practice. ''We take particular pride in the excellence of our ballet, monsieur''
''I see why.'' Monsieur Andre said, very interested in the excellence, and he noticed a ragdoll dancing gracefuly. ''Especially that little ragdoll angel.''
''My older sister, Katie Skellington''
But Monsieur Firmin was distracted by the creator of this world, Tifa, the Strange, dancing with even more grace and beauty. ''And that exceptional beauty. No relation, I trust?''
Emily now stared at Tifa, trying to give Tifa a good prfile, since the young creator mostly got her head in the clouds. Tifa, the Strange, second official creator of this world, promising talent, Monsieur Firmin, very promising.''
''The Strange, did you say?'' said Monsieur Andre. ''No relation to the Famous N.E.W. queen?
''Her oldest child'' continued Emily. ''She killed her at 10 when she came to live here and train in the ballet dormitories.''
''A murderer, you say?'' That really interested Monsieur Firmin. And the rehearsal continued:
The trumpeting elephant sound
Hear, Romans, now and tremble
Hark to their step on the ground
Hear the drums!
The reahersal ended, and Carlotta started to speak, and she sounded very pissed off. ''All day! All they want is the dancing!''
''Well, my son is very excited about tonight's gala'' Jack said to the two monsieurs when Carlotta came to the new managers, still pissed. ''I hope he is as excited about dancing girls as your new managers. Because I, will not be singing!''
''What do we do?'' said Monsieur Andre to Jack. ''Grovel. Grovel, grovel''
''Right,'' Monsieur Firmin said, starting to do the advice Jack gave them.
''Bella Diva,'' started Monsieur Andre. ''Goddess of song'' Monsieur Firmin continued until Monieur Andre interrupted. ''Monsieur Kye Skellington, isn't there a rather marvelous aria for Elissa in Act. 3 of Hannibal?''
''Perhaps the signora--'' Monsieur Firmin got interrupted.
''Yes, Monsieur Kye?'' asked Carlotta to the young prince. Kye just sighed, but accepted. ''If my diva commands''
''Yes, I do'' Carlotta said to start the song.
I know, too long, LDK Sparda will come in the next chapter and I decided to make this story Phantom Of the Opera style.
Emily Skellington (c) Lily-Pily
Kye Skellington (c) JacksLament13
James, Jonathan and Katie Skellington (c) JackandSally4eva
Nikita Skellington (c) Unknown person from DeviantArt
Jack, the Strange (c) Mine
If I'm missing someone, sorry, coments please ^_^