A happy peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for joy, will shine forth his head:
Go hence, to have more talk of these joyous things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some rewarded…
Yes, that was good, thought Will, he tried to ease his aching back as he cast his eye over the words he’d written. Leave the audience to workout who was to be ‘pardon’d and rewarded’. He also didn’t want to give away too much as to whether Sir Percy and Mistress Faith (she refused to be called ‘Lady Faith’ for some strange reason) where real or just characters.
After scratching the end of his nose Will went back to his writing…For never was there a tale of such love,
As Sir Percy and his turtledove….
“NO! NO! NO!” Angrily Will scratched out the lines he’d just written and started again…For never was a tale of such joy-oh,
Than Percy and his Faith-i-o…
That was worse than his first attempt, dipping his pen into the ink, Will tried once more…For never was a tale of such affection…
“Ah-ha! I might have something here,” muttered Will, but it seemed as soon as the muse came to him it slipped through his fingers…Than Faith’s passion for Sir Percy’s erection!
While the statement was perfectly true it wasn’t quite what he wanted for the last line of his play. Sighing Will threw his pen on the table and sat back in his chair, he gazed out at the dark night and wondered what terrible fiends were abroad and what foul deeds they were perpetrating.
He didn’t know why he was bothering to continue writing the play; in the weeks he’d been working the council had decided that it was probably better not to make their struggle against the forces of darkness public knowledge. But, once started he had to finish, plus it was a good story and a good play, even though he said so that shouldn’t.
Looking through the pages of ink blotted writing Will read passages to himself and smiled, yes, he congratulated himself that was really very good…that balcony scene for instance…
The thought struck him, if he couldn’t use the play as it had originally been written, maybe…
If he cut out the vampires, Mistress Faith and Sir Percy; maybe use those Romeo and Juliet characters as the main characters of the play…a pair of ‘star crossed lovers’… the phrase came to him in a flash. Picking up his pen again Will started to work through the play striking out passages here and adding a note there.
Yawning he stretched and put down his pen again, he rubbed his eyes with inky fingers and sighed. He’d not get this finished tonight and it was probably best to sleep on the idea and start fresh in the morning.
Standing, Will paused before picking up his quill again; turning to the title page he struck out the original title and in its place wrote…ROMEO AND JULIET.A Play by William Shakespeare.0=0=0=0THE END