Romeo & Juliet

Star-Crossed Lovers? 

Juliet lay on her bed in the vault where the Capulets kept remains of their deceased relatives. However, Juliet wasn't dead. She was in a coma. Lord and Lady Capulet and her nurse didn't know that. Neither did her beloved Romeo. They all thought she was dead. Romeo came. Balthasar, his servant, followed him, carrying a flashlight. Romeo climbed a ladder to a platform. He took a piece of parchment paper out of his pocket and said, "Hold, take this letter, in the early morning, See thou deliver it to my lord and father." Balthasar took it. "Give me the light." Romeo said, extending his hand. Balthasar gave him the flashlight. "Do not disturb me in my course." He said. He threatened that if he was interrupted, he was going to kill Balthasar and scatter his remains all over the vault. "Therefore hence, be gone!" Romeo ordered. "I will be gone, sir, and not trouble you." Balthasar said. "So shalt thou show me friendship. Take thou that. Live, and be prosperous. Farewell, good fellow." answered Romeo as he took a necklace from around his neck and gave it to Balthasar. Balthasar left. As soon as Romeo and the unconscious Juliet were alone, the bed lowered down to the ground. Romeo came and laid on his side next to her. "Oh, my love! My wife! Death, that hath suck'd the honey of thy breath, Hath no power yet upon thy beauty: Thou art not conquer'd; beauty's ensign yet, Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks, And death's pale flag is not advanced there. Ah, dear Juliet, why art thou yet so fair? Shall I believe that unsubstantial death is amorous, and that the lean abhorred monster keeps thee here in the dark to be his paramour? For fear of that, I still will stay with thee; And never from this palace of dim night depart again: here, here will I remain! With worms that are thy chamber-maids; Oh, here will I set up my everlasting rest, and shake the yoke of inauspicious stars from this world-wearied flesh!" Romeo took the little bottle of poison out of the pocket of his pants. "Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! And, lips, oh you the doors of breathe, seal with a righteous kiss; A dateless bargain to engrossing death! Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavory guide! Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on the dashing rocks, thy sea-sick weary bark! Here's to my love!" He pulled the cork off with his teeth and spat it. Romeo was about to drink the poison when suddenly Juliet stirred beneath him. Romeo flung the bottle of poison. Juliet's eyes opened. "Oh, Juliet!" cried Romeo. "I thought thou were dead." "Nay." replied Juliet. "I was faking death." Friar Laurence came and saw the couple. "Go forth to Mantua." He said. Romeo and Juliet got up and started on their way, but not before sharing a long, passionate kiss. Friar Laurence explained everything to the Prince of Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues. The feuding ceased immediately and the two houses befriended when they heard that Romeo and Juliet had fallen in love and were married. The Prince was happy that the fighting had stopped. Count Paris, Juliet's betrothed before she met Romeo that night at her parent's party, heard that Juliet was alive and went to the Capulets' house. He asked Lord Capulet about continuing with the wedding. Capulet told him that he couldn't marry Juliet and went on to explain that Juliet had met Romeo at the party and they had fallen in love the moment they met. They got married the next day and Juliet had been pining for Romeo after he was banished from Verona, not Tybalt after he was killed. Paris went away disappointed, but he let her go. After he got over his heartbreak, Paris met Rosaline, Lord Capulet's niece and Romeo's old love, and they fell in love. Romeo felt so alive. His wife, his love was with him. Exile or arranged marriage would no longer separate them. He was overjoyed when Juliet told him that Friar Laurence had come up with the plan to have her fake her own death. He was proud of his lady for putting the plan into action in order to remain faithful to him. He was also overjoyed when we heard the news that the feud between their houses had ended and that their families had become friends. Juliet didn't mind living in exile with Romeo at Mantua. When she and Romeo heard the news that Paris and Rosaline had fallen in love, they were happy. Juliet was happy that Paris had found someone else. Romeo was happy that Rosaline had found someone to love. For never was there a story of more woe and joy than this of Juliet and her Romeo.