Phantom - Greer Rivers

Phantom

A TATTERED CURTAIN NOVEL

GREER RIVERS

Copyright © 2022 by Greer Rivers

All rights reserved.

Blue Ghost Publishing, LLC

BGP Dark World

No part of this book may be reproduced or used in any form without written permission from the author, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review. For more information, contact [email protected].

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

Cover Design: TRC Designs

Editing and Proofreading: My Brother’s Editor

ASIN: B09WSVTHP4

Paperback ISBN: 979-8-9861242-2-3

Hardback ISBN: 979-8-9861242-3-0

Contents

A Note From The Author

Prologue

Overture

Act 1

Scene 1

Scene 2

Scene 3

Scene 4

Scene 5

Scene 6

Scene 7

Scene 8

Scene 9

Act 2

Scene 10

Scene 11

Scene 12

Scene 13

Scene 14

Entr’acte

Scene 15

Act 3

Scene 16

Scene 17

Scene 18

Scene 19

Scene 20

Scene 21

Scene 22

Scene 23

Scene 24

Scene 25

Act 4

Scene 26

Scene 27

Scene 28

Scene 29

Scene 30

Scene 31

Scene 32

Reprise

Epilogue

Also by Greer Rivers

Escaping Conviction (Conviction Series Book One)

Catching Lightning

Be a Dear and Stalk Greer Here

Acknowledgments

All About Greer

Phantom

She is my muse, and I am her demon of music.

A year ago, I witnessed sweet Scarlett Day’s dark side. She’s been my obsession ever since.

I was content with being her secret. Content with protecting her from afar… until an enemy from my past sets his sights on her.

Our families have a deep history of hatred, and Scarlett is caught in the middle.

Meanwhile, her mind plays tricks on her. When a panic attack goes horribly wrong, I emerge from the shadows to save her.

Now that she’s mine, I can’t let her go.

I’ve mastered the darkness. She tempts me with her light.

But when my mask is gone, will she fear the monster underneath?

Playlist

“Darkness” by X V I

“Twisted” by MISSIO

“Voices In My Head” by Falling In Reverse

“The Devil is a Gentleman” by Merci Raines

“Billie Jean” by The Civil Wars

“Bad” by Royal Deluxe

“Power Over Me” by Dermot Kennedy

“Primavera” by Ludovico Einaudi

“Your Heart is as Black as Night” by Melody Gardot

“Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” by Nathan Sykes

“Monster” by Willyecho

“Beautiful Undone” by Laura Doggett

“La Vie En Rose” by Emily Watts

“Play with Fire” by Sam Tinnesz, Yacht Money

“Pyrokinesis” by 7Chariot

“Scars” by Boy Epic

“How Villains Are Made” by Madalen Duke

“All Is Lost” by Katie Garfield

“Sway” by So Below

“Up Down” by Boy Epic

Get the full playlist here!

A Note From The Author

The Tattered Curtain series can be read in any order and is a series of complete standalones inspired by classic stories and stage productions. Phantom is a dark and spicy retelling of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera with mafia and stalking elements set in modern-day New Orleans. Guaranteed HEA.

TRIGGER/CONTENT/TROPE WARNING

Phantom is a dark romance. It should only be read by mature readers (18+).

Full list of triggers/content warnings and tropes can be found here.

Protect your heart, friends. Reader discretion is advised.

If you or a loved one needs help, there is hope. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255, or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org and save a life, maybe even your own.

Once Upon A Time…

AUTHOR WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER EDITION

In 2014, I suffered my first full blown manic episode. I had to be hospitalized in a psychiatric ward and thereafter began my bipolar journey. And it has, in fact, been a journey. An adventure sometimes, but a damn odyssey most.

I’ve struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember and I’ve been going to therapists and psychiatrists since 2009. Even still, there are many ups and downs in my battle for a healthier mind, combatting my manic alter-ego (who I’ve jokingly named Athena), enduring various medications that doctors have prescribed “just to see” how my brain would react (usually poorly), and severe incapacitating bouts of depression.

I pulled much from my own experience to write this story, and every symptom Scarlett has is something that I’ve personally experienced. You, or someone you know, may have bipolar disorder that presents differently and that’s okay. As with most things, bipolar disorder is not a monolith, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. For me, writing has been an extremely therapeutic outlet. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it, my husband, and my therapist. Oh, and medication, of course.

All this to say, if you have been searching for answers to the secrets your brain insists on hiding… keep going. It’s hard. It sucks. But, your health and happiness are worth it. You are worth it.

Never, ever forget: You are loved. You are wanted. You matter.

To my manic side, Athena, you crazy bitch.

Get some sleep, girl.

“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If