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GND 322 - Ceci n'est pas une (fr)eek by Pika-la-Cynique GND 322 - Ceci n'est pas une (fr)eek by Pika-la-Cynique
Caution/apology: MILD SPOILERS for later 'Dresden Files' books on this page, possibly more in Comments discussion, Ye Be Warned.


Resuming the situation where we left these three on page 320 - Jareth gets a smidgeon of assistance from Christine willing to hold up a mirror for him, but has to do his own patching-up. Of course he could do it with magic and this is entirely in the intent of guilting/mollifying Sarah.
(um. lets say both the girls lost their little sweaters due to the hottness of the related Kiss and handwave that little visual continuity hiccup...)

is that some genuine magic crystal-related trauma there, or are you willing to risk seven years' bad luck to troll the GK, Chris? Hmm....

(I am sorry this took so long to update! Besides general summer distractions I was actually just a little bit stuck on a plotpoint, found a workaround. :) Thanks to all lovely persevering readers&commenters. :heart:)

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This is a work of fanart and solely intended for shits and giggles. Not mine, not making money from it.


Jareth, Sarah, Blikkins [Labyrinth] (c) Lucas, Froud, Henson; Bowie&Connelly
Christine Daaé, Erik, Raoul de Chagny [Phantom of the Opera] (c) Leroux and Webber


Based on the original Roommates comic by *AsheRhyder



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Shio-bookmark Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2018
Late but to add to the discussion: I'd argue that Christine might dislike dark twisty tunnels or strange men creeping up on her PTSD-wise, but Eric is a mortal and therefore certain steps can be taken to sidestep him (such as the neck brace for Raoul.) She's older now and wise to most of his tricks, outside the Opera he has little power since he can't well sabotage the whole apartment building what with all the unusual residents.
Against Jareth, however, she has no such defenses. She can use her wits and charm to get out of Eric's clutches, but Jareth breaks all the rules and can just cheat with magic. So I'd venture that she's leaning into real trauma, but exaggerating it. That's what makes it realistic. I think she realised she was flinching and just let herself feel that fear rather than processing it like she normally would, in order to get a response out of Jareth. Method acting, essentially.
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
..does the fail-field work on Erik's mortal tricks, or does the Building just have it in for Jareth?
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Shio-bookmark Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2018
I mean yes? xD Erik is in canon doomed to fail in his suit, Jareth? Not so much.
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2018
Weeeell, not that suprised by the fake eek ... ... Chris would have more reasons to get flinching flashbacks everytime Erik is near her, but she does not. :confused:

And I allow myself an immature giggle about the poof/p jokes from the other readers. :giggle:
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Love Christine's smug I-am-a-professional look,  but it might have been clearer if there had actually BEEN a written eek... 
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
hullo are you back?
(and yeah, point. niggling point)
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Igenlode Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Yes -- looks as if they've changed something somewhere and I can get back into the site :)
Though I don't have my regular Mondays any more...
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018
Oh. Right! :sherlock:
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional General Artist
For the sake of arguing the toss, does Christine really have any conditioned memories of fear/sense of danger in Erik's physical presence? There's his outburst when she unmasks him, but I feel he's more of a lurking menace whose invisibility is the threat and source of anxiety for her; when they are together he is rather maxing his seduction moves, both mental/emotional/musical and, to a variable extent, sensual/sexual. At the very least she is explicitly troubled and her fear shot through with attraction (something Raoul is surprisingly mature about, all in all). That's not a turmoil she feels around Jareth (he only ever bothered to turn on the charm for her way back in GND99, iirc....).

Although I'll grant she might be jumpy under elaborate lighting fixtures and doesn't care for Erik's more excited laughter....
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Chepseh Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
*enchanted, humble and speechless by your elaborate answer* :flirty:

"At the very least she is explicitly troubled and her fear shot through with attraction" Hmmm, angstlust, yus.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Professional General Artist
Hmm, addendo against my point, my random playlist has weighed in in the debate -  his "your chains are still mine, you will sing for ME" moment. That's physically intimidating.
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MillieBee Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
A new page of GND is always worth waiting for. :heart:
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Eriin84 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok so i just spent like 3 late nights getting up to date with this little thing you have here...
didn't think i could enter a fandom that is almost as old as me ^^; I was gonna blame you but I think I'll thank you instead, this is soooooo gooooood :heart:
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burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018
I just saw some scans from a print comic book, Labyrinth Coronation--it's Jareth telling Toby the story of another baby who was stolen away to the Labyrinth. Might be relevant to your interests.

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AudreyGolightly13 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Oh snap!! GK, you are TOTALLY BUSTED!!! oh man, it's been ages since the ball..... in real time. not sure how long in comics time, but still. A good while. Damn.
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Angry-Small-Friend Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional General Artist
I love the movement in this page. The way Christine jerks back in fear and the way Jareth's fingers snapped around the crystal. And Sarah's super animated facial expressions are fantastic. As always, I adore this. The continuity always makes me so happy. You don't leave the important stuff hanging. I'm so incredibly grateful. Thank you Pika for another gorgeous page <3
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
nyah, thanks for making it a point to comment. :)
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burkeonthesly Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018
Heartily seconded!
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GothicBlackAngel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Molly!!!
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iheartmoony7 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Student Writer
all these years later and seeing one of your updates still makes my day! :)
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ShadmariaCrazy13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
Guuuuuuurl, you have got me all kinds of whipped. I've read the entire series at least three times in the past, like, two weeks. Checking my notifications every day... Kudos to you for being so committed and talented <3 <3 <3
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2018  Professional General Artist
ah, thanks! I'm sorry that you've come across this in a time of patchier updates rather than good old weekly Wednesday update shenanigans, mais c'est la vie. Glad to entertain!
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BittersweetRowaan Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
I dunno. Kind of seems like Christine had a real reaction that she pretended was faked afterwards. 
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maari-rose Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018
Molly! I love Molly.
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maryfgr23 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Professional Filmographer
*golf clap for the fake Eek*

Well I don't mind Jareth suffering a little bit over the whole mind violation thing.

Maybe it will be good for him to maintain a sense of guilt. Keep him grounded.

You do you, Christine. 
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CatrionaMalfoy Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I know it says "POOF" but it looked like it said "POOP". >.>
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Bookwormgal Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Molly fixed her memories. Nice. And yeah, Christine the actress just pulled off a slick trick. Her "reaction" definitely sparked a very telling reaction from Jareth. Very well done.
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Jenndifurry Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Cool while i was reading you updated woot woot.
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maxridefangirl Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Oh, sweet revenge. Haha! Well done!
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PriestessRaven Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
I may have let out a rather audible squee of joy when I got the notice of this. 
But it really hammers home how badly I need to read Dresden, I may have to suffer the ebook if I can't order it in.
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sh8826 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Did Christine win the betting pool? I'll bet that's why she's so anxious to speak to Crowley in the first panel! After all, she was the most likely to get her wage right, because of being Sarah's housemate and her confident as well.
But I have to admit, I really can't understand what is happening in panels 5-8.
Why does Jareth go from smug and sexy in panel 4 to baffled in panel 6, and finally gets so sad in panel 8? Why does he leave in a hurry?
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KateCollett Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s confused! I don’t really get what Christine’s fake eek/Jareth’s reaction is about... maybe it’s just the length between postings and I’ve forgotten something obvious? Could use some help here 😅
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Retroberrii Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
When he pulled out the crystal ball, Christine faked trauma over having her memories wiped waaaay back in the ball arc, which made him feel guilty and quickly take his leave.
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KateCollett Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Ohhhhh the crystal ball being the catalyst. That makes so much more sense now!
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TzaoTao Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
I wonder if Chris breaking the mirror is foreshadowing of her breaking something else around Jareth as payback,
or she's suffering some trauma from him mindwiping her brain, though that wouldn't be in line with her getting her memories back prior to travelling by goblin crystal to Paris.

Love the slight blush on panel 2 btw, nice to see Jareth embarrased for a change.
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zwartekraai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Im not sure if Dresdens apprentice restoring Christine's memory like that is breaking the laws of magic or not. I think that it falls under one of the councils Grey areas.

Anyway good page I hope we get to see the apprentice in comic one day. 
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MyTeaLaw Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
I like the cute, sketchy style.
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Manon-de Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
HAH I like that he disappears with a *POOP* on this page– if we had any doubts the Fail Field wasn't still going strong....
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IslandOwlArcher Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Well played Christine. Can't say he didn't deserve it.
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GodlyJewel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Ahahahaha! Happy Wolf - Icon 
Oh yes, Chris got him! Hehe Can't wait to see how this one plays out.
Two ladies mad at you? Yep, that guy is in trouble.
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ayehli1977 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Thank you thank you thank you! (No, I haven't been refreshing DA every day like a rodent pushing a food-pellet button, not at all.) Wink/Razz Nice bit of intrigue here, I love that magical manipulations have complicated consequences in this world.
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Nope, she doesn't the moral high ground on him to be 'mad at him' ~ not when she was eavesdropping and threatening him for something he hadn't even done yet. Nope. 

Sorry, i'm in his corner on this one. She actually got off lucky.

seriously, anyone getting in my face over something i haven't done, by way of a conversation they were not invited to, would be sporting bruises at least.
really, why isn't this being addressed?
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Professional General Artist
ehhh... I am all for Death of the Author and YMMV and like very much for readers to have their own opinions and argue it out among themselves, but to be scrupulously fair: Christine didn't eavesdrop per se, she was looped in by Erik (who did not think that through....) ; and she intervened in a "live" situation where what Jareth hadn't done still remained a possible.
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Wynnifredd Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
Wow, I apparently misremembered. Thanks for keeping me honest;)

I would never call for the death of an author~it's their work ! However, I am not above fanficing and substituting my own reality
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CoatNTails Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
No doubts about Chrissy being a fantabulous actress - she is a star - but she'd have to be precognizant to anticipate that moment happening, and damn quick on the uptake to have a 'convincing' reaction... so I'm putting my money on honest trauma >_> 
I was JUST THINKING about this comic today and was so happy to come and find an update!!
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
I have to admit, I’m a touch confused on what happened here. Did she drop the picture frame? But why does it look like it shattered while still up in her hand? What was the DZA sound effect indicative of? And why did Jareth suddenly freak out and flee after a picture broke? And how was that somehow testing him? I love this comic and I love Christine’s smug pose and expression in that second to last panel, I’m just kinda confused.
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Nephtis Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
AH, so I'm not the only one who was really confused by this panel. Glad some people explained!
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah, it was helpful to see an explanation. :)
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sora-seiiki Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
It took me a moment to figure out too - it is a mirror not a picture frame ( I thought at first it was a tablet when looking at the page on my phone, lol) . Jareth was using it to see how to bandage the scratch on this face (gotten from the chickens on a recent page). The scribbles on the mirror before being dropped are   an artistic effect to suggest light reflecting off. Jareth was summoning a crystal ball in the following panel to show Christine what the kiss looked like. However, summoning a crystal ball was ALSO how Jareth casts his memory wiping magic. Christine dropping the mirror in response looks like a sign of PTSD from having her memory wiped. Jareth feels bad and leaves so he doesn't trigger her any further. And this is exactly the effect Christine was going for. Christine's attitude after he leaves shows she deliberately dropped the mirror to prompt this reaction. If he was still completely self centered, he would just have assumed she was clumsy - assuming she is suffering from I'll effects from his treatment shows he is both thinking of her feelings and trying to make things easier on her. Christine is very pleased with having successfully fooled a master trickster, grudgingly pleased he is showing signs of working on being a better person  but still a bit  gleeful to cause him discomfort as revenge for what he did to her.
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Jayie-The-Hufflepuff Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Gotcha. ^^
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