Author's Note: I just had to do this one since the idea has been stuck in my head for awhile. Please enjoy and don't forget to R&R! (Btw, I got Willow's translation from Don't Fear Shakespeare)
Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whole misadventured piteous overthrows
Do with their death bury their parents' strife.
The fearful passage of their death-mark'd love,
And the continuance of their parents' rage,
Which, but their children's end, nought could remove,
Is now the two hours' traffic of our stage;
The which if you with patient ears attend,
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
"So, can anyone tell us what Shakespeare was trying to say with this? Anyone at all?" Miss Connors was enjoying herself. Throughout the year she had promised that Romeo and Juliet was going the best part of English class. Yeah, right. I had read Romeo and Juliet before. It was a stupid play. Two teenagers fall in love while their parents are in a war with one another. The girl, Juliet, marries the guy, Romeo, secretly and then almost gets married to another guy, Paris. She doesn't want that to happen, so she fakes her own death. Unfortunately, Romeo, who was banished for killing Juliet's cousin, thinks she's actually dead and kills himself. Juliet finds out Romeo is dead and then she kills herself. The parents find out that their children died for love and suddenly become friends again.
Like I said—stupid! The whole play has a theme of being unable to change your destiny, but really both of the kids were so impulsive it was no wonder they died. It was their fault and not the stars or the heavens or whatever.
"Yes, Willow?" I turned to Willow. She seemed excited about this. Then again, she was a huge romantic and I bet she thought this play was all about undying love.
"I think it goes something like this:
In the beautiful city of Verona, where our story takes place, a long-standing hatred between two families erupts into new violence, and citizens stain their hands with the blood of their fellow citizens. Two unlucky children of these enemy families become lovers and commit suicide. Their unfortunate deaths put an end to their parents' feud. For the next two hours, we will watch the story of their doomed love and their parents' anger, which nothing but the children's deaths could stop. If you listen to us patiently, we'll make up for everything we've left out in this prologue onstage.
Willow waited for the approval of Miss Connors.
"Very good, Willow. Brilliant translation!" I sighed. This was not my idea of fun. Thank God that the bell rang at that moment, because I was seriously considering killing myself. "Don't forget to study your vocab!" Miss Connors called as we left her classroom. Willow caught up to me quickly, smiling happily.
"Wasn't that great, Buffy?" She asked. "I mean the play. To see your true love at first sight, to die for one another? It's so romantic!"
"No, it's not, Willow. I've died before, remember last year?"
"Oh yeah, when you fought the Master." Willow seemed to recall it. "But didn't Angel and Xander save you?"
"See? Romantic!" Willow was having one of her moments. I sighed. It would take her awhile to calm down and become normal. I guess I would just have to wait it out for now. "You know, Buffy," She started. "You and Angel remind me of Romeo and Juliet." I froze in my tracks.
"Excuse me?" I asked.
"Yeah, you remind me of a modern day Romeo and Juliet."
"How so?" I inquired, my interest piqued.
"You two fell in love at first sight—,"
"Wrong. I hated him at first." I corrected.
"Well, Angel was in love with you at first sight." Willow clarified. "You two would die for each other." I didn't argue because I knew she was right. If I could die and save Angel, I would in a heartbeat. I wouldn't even think twice and I knew he would do the same.
"Ok, so what else?"
"Well, then there's the whole," She pulled me closer so no one else would hear. "The Slayer of vampires dating a Vampire logic. That's definitely a forbidden love." I didn't want to hear anymore.
"Please stop Willow that stupid play doesn't mean anything!" The truth was, she was scaring me. If Angel and I were like Romeo and Juliet would that mean our love would end badly too? I couldn't stand it if I lost Angel!
"I'm sorry, Buffy." Willow looked like a sad puppy dog. I felt instantly bad.
"No," I said, pulling her into a hug. "I didn't mean to snap at you. Sorry." Willow returned to her normal happy self.
"It's fine; you're right it is just a stupid play after all."
"Right," I agreed. "It has nothing to do with real life anyway." Willow nodded in agreement and we both went to the library.