This is my short story base on the character “Lawrence” in Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet.
For five years, waiting in the church of Verona, seeking chances to execute my plan. To take down the castle of Verona from the inside and save the Verona peoples from this paradoxical rule between the Royal and the two chaotic families. I, Lawrence, will become the Moses of Verona, who will lead the people into goriness, under the control of the Holy Romans. Now, the time has come for me to accomplish my duty. When the moon rises and the Capulets’ gather under torch light in rows of tables, and I’ll bait my prey into the trap. With interest, the Montague boys will also join the Capulet in the feast, to ignite a conflict that will end Montagues and Capulets.
Young and beloved child of the two families, Romeo and Juliet. foolish youngsters always fall into the trap of love. As heartbroken Romeo was, he will join the Capulets and find his new love in the masked dace. Under the candle light, they shall meet. Juliet will be Romeo’s Friday. During the dawn of the new lovers, the surface of Venus will glitter with Pluto’s light. They are holding Pandora’s box. My plan’s succession now only depends if the lovers open the box of destruction and hope. By how long will they realize, and close it, that they have stepped too far onto Charon’s boat.
So, pure, naïve and innocent, Romeo and Juliet. Love for them seems like walking inside the labyrinth, but me holding Daedalus’ hammer. I will forge the path so that every step they take, will be one step closer to the endgame. A love across two enemy families, their love shall not connect, but tear up the families even more. After the swords has been pulled and blood has bled. the war between the two families will turn the Adige river into the New Styx, and the undesired warmongers, the two families that distorted Verona’s balanced Libra will be all sent down the stream into the underworld. At last, peace and prosperity will be brought back to Verona. Though more will be needed than the two descendants and their love. The plan needs some spice.
From now on, as the lovers drown deeper into Aphrodite’s river, I will manipulate them. Their heart, their mind, their actions. Like a puppet. They wouldn’t notice, they are so immersed in their love.
I promised to marry them, during the marriage, I could see from Juliet’s eye, she is pleased, looked at me with smiles, as if I possess no harm. The foolish girl trusted me, but I shall use this trust further more. Later in the week, after Romeo is banished, she asked me for help. I gave her my medicine. Just by a single promise to escape Verona with Romeo, she, no doubt, accepted my potion that will wake her up half way down the Styx. Blessed by Aesculapius, it worked as expected. On the next day’s sunset, the death of the Capulets’ daughter spread quickly. With excitement, I went down to the hill which sits the tomb of Juliet to see what I hoped for.
In front of the cavern, a figure stood there. The cloudy night made it hard to see. I poked my head out of the bushes, The orange light inside the tomb flickered through the wooden gate; Balthasar was guarding the entrance. Romeo had to be inside, or else, why will his loyal servant be here also?
“Who is there!” With knowing clearly, I shouted, “Who is it that guards the tomb of the Capulets in high moon?!”
“It’s me, dear godfather. You know very well who I am.”
I walked out from the dark, seeing Balthasar standing there, tired.
“Balthasar? Why are you here, is Romeo here? Let me see Romeo, let me enter the cavern!”
“I will not open the gate, as my master has commanded me to be on his watch. If he does not exit, or any threat comes, I will not leave my position.”
“Who cares, if you do not open the gate, I will do it myself!” Busted the gate, I walked in. The sudden scene that I saw, put smiles on my face.
The trails of blood stains traveled deeper into the cavern. The torches flickered, it’s the souls that Pluto has taken, traveling out from the tomb. I could smell death and catastrophes. I hurried my paste, laughed with excitement. Turned into the main cavern and… Oh, bless God. What a day! Not only, Juliet and Romeo, Paris was also here! Romeo, dead with an empty bottle of poison and Paris, slain by Romeo’s sword. The smell, not blood, and corps, but the smell of success! This scene, how such a war will it ignite!