AN: OK, this is it - I know I probably been focusing more on Nonnie but keep it mind most of it is supposed to be through her point of view. And here's the final one , might do a series of one-shot of this in the near future but for now I got other fics to advance also. So in the meantime enjoy!
Nonnie still had reservations about the play despite the fact that she and her crush would be playing the true star-crossed lovers. Mostly about freezing or forgetting her lines - and there were plenty. Her friends feel the same fears but decide to do their best, though Nonnie's self-confidence in the performing arts would need a little encouragement.
"What about all those lines what if I forgot one, blank out or freeze up there?" Nonnie was saying to her family over dinner as she looked over the script, "With the people watching especially everyone in the family?"
"That's what rehearsing at home is for." Jaime says with a grin.
The next minute we see the whole family in the living room holding the lines and reading them to help Nonnie rehearse - well, Willow, Jaime and Ebony as the audience while Grandma Eglantine helps direct.
"Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much, which mannerly devotion shows in this," Nonnie read as she walked over to her dad who was holding the script to help, "For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch, and palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss."
Eglantine did the time out gesture, "Now hold on, I saw you walk over here not waltz according to the scene. Remember they are in a party at the Capulets."
The tomboy sighed.
Ophelia and Eglantine were already helping her with her costume - and thank God, it wasn't pink but in different shades of blue.
"Therefore pardon me and not imbue this yielding to light love the dark night has so discovered." Nonnie read as her mother and grandmother put the correct pins on the dress.
"Lady, by yonder blessed moon I vow - where did he come up with this?" Mr. Harker questioned raising a skeptical eyebrow.
"Come on Dad, I've got to learn these lines by Friday night!" Nonnie said earnestly.
"Donovan just keep reading with Nonnie but don't hug her just yet." Mrs. Harker added.
"O swear not by the moon that inconstant moon that changes in her circled orb…"
Now Nonnie couldn't voice it out loud at the time like she did, but the kiss scene was making her nervous enough as it was. She needed to do some romantic research: more specifically about kissing - not the stolen types but the more meaningful romantic kinds.
She watched it on a romantic spanish soap opera, she practiced with substitutes and she watched how teens kiss. Nevertheless she still had practice at home at her mother's insistence after school.
It was a long week and weekend but soon enough, all the practicing and rehearsing paid off - all it took was repetition and repetition.
Finally the big day - or rather big night arrived. A sign outside reads : New Holland Elementary school play tonight.
Now remember if anyone gets mixed up help each other out and no improvising, Edgar this is Shakespeare.
"I guess this is it," Nonnie whispered to Elsa and Weird girl
"Certainly is" Weird girl whispered back, as she caught a glimpse of the audience.
"I'm seriously freaking out here." Nonnie said shaking.
"Look I'm sure if you're calm he'll be too. Just remember to breathe…" Elsa said to Nonnie.
The lights start to dim.
"Oh it's starting! We better get to our places, we're in the next scene."
The play began with Weird girl speaking out the poetic introduction. Her soft whispery voice gave it just the right touch.
"Our play is about two families in Verona Italy
Who feud and fight and hate each other verily
From one family comes Romeo, the other Juliet
These two youngsters fell in love the moment that they met."
Several couples in the audience - including married ones such as the Frankensteins and the Harkers hold or touch hands lovingly.
"No one wishes them to be together although that is their aim.
I'll love Romeo forever vows Juliet, no matter what his last name
They have to meet in secret on a balcony at night
And the more they fall in love the more their friends and family fight-"
Jaime and Willow sit nearby - they'd already been filled in on the spoilers so they wouldn't be too upset after the play. Also in the audience were a few other teachers and parents.
"In the end they find a way to join forever in love and bliss
Romeo and Juliet die together after just one final kiss."
Soon came the balcony scene, Toshiaki wore a dark green costume for his role. He appeared composed yet if one were to take a much closer look, his deep brown eyes showed he was about as nervous as Nonnie was. However he said his lines well.
"But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?" He recited gallantly, "It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."
"Breathe, just breathe." Nonnie murmured under her breath. She was about to walk out onto the balcony almost gets her dress caught but she pulls it free carefully. Luckily no one seemed to noticed - except the fact that she was flushed with nerves - the audience thought she was glowing.
"Her eyes in heaven would through the airy region stream so bright that birds would sing and think it were not night."
"Ay me!" Nonnie said her line.
"She speaks: O, speak again, bright angel!"
"O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?" Nonnie recited hands over her heart, "Deny thy father and refuse thy name; Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, and I'll no longer be a Capulet."
Mr. Cane and a few of the teachers exchanged impressed glances and smiles. Some of the parents whispered something about 'good chemistry'.
Backstage, a few of their friends stared, dumbfounded.
"They're really choked up about this aren't they?" Bob questioned.
If they didn't know any better, he'd have said those two go well together.
And all too soon came the more tragic scene of the play: the death of the lovers.
Nonnie lay upon a stone slab prop.
"Here's to my love!" Toshiaki recites, his voice full of the emotion necessary for the role and then downing the empty glass. Then he gasps, acting as if succumbing to the effects of the poison. "O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."
He falls up on the prop steps.
Edgar walks into view as the Friar. "Romeo! All pale! Who else? what, Paris too? Ah, what an unkind hour is guilty of this lamentable chance!"
Nonnie moans softly and pretends to awaken.
"The lady stirs."
"O comfortable friar! where is my lord?" Nonnie spoke, "I do remember well where I should be, And there I am. Where is my Romeo?"
Edgar said the next lines well, "Come, come away." Thy husband is there lies dead -"
Nonnie gasped and went to the 'fallen' Toshiaki.
"And Paris too." Edgar continued, "Stay not to question for the watch is coming. Come go good Juliet, I dare no longer stay."
"Go, get thee hence," Nonnie answered, shedding a few tears for the part, "for I will not away."
"Okay." Edgar walks offstage.
Nonnie looks down and picks up the goblet from Toshiaki's hand. "What's here? a cup, closed in my true love's hand? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end. O churl! drunk all, and left no friendly drop to help me after? I will kiss thy lips happily some poison yet doth hang on them, to make me die with a restorative." She said caressing his face tenderly.
Backstage, the other students whispered expectantly - here comes the good part. The one part several boys had wanted to avoid.
"This is it the kiss." whispered Victor, both he and Elsa watched intently.
Now all that's left to see how Nonnie does this scene.
The audience became as silent as a tomb - they all wanted to one for the most intense scenes in Shakespeare's romantic play acted out in front of them.
Everyone waits with bated breath. Nonnie slowly leans in and kisses Toshiaki silently yet passionately. The boy opened his eyes briefly to glance around, a pink tinge slowly formed on his cheeks. Mrs. Harker is beaming, Mr. scowls and looks at his watch.
"Thy lips are warm." Nonnie whispered as she pulled away.
"Lead, boy: which way?" come one of the boy's voices.
"Ye, noise? then I'll be brief." Nonnie then picks up the paper mache dagger, "O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die."
The audience gasps at what happened. Nonnie then falls - symbolizing the death of Juliet.
Next is the finale where Nassor playing the prince says the harsh reprimand to the Montagues and Capulets.
"This letter doth make good the friar's words, their course of love, the tidings of her death:
And here he writes that he did buy a poison Of a poor 'pothecary, and therewithal came to this vault to die, and lie with Juliet. Where be these enemies?" He scowls at those playing the head patriarchs of the families, "Capulet! Montague! See, what a scourge is laid upon your hate, that heaven finds means to kill your joys with love. And I for winking at your discords too have lost a brace of kinsmen: all are punished!"
Next, Weird girl says the ending lines: "A glooming peace this morning with it brings;
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head: Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
Some shall be pardon'd, and some punished:
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
And the curtain closes. The audience of parents and friends give a standing ovation - some were crying from the emotion.
Then came the curtain call, the kids were actually congratulating each other for doing their roles well.
"Yeah I think we did good, save for that kiss." Nonnie giggled then blushed, "Awk-ward…"
"Then why'd you kiss me for so long?" Toshiaki asked suspiciously.
Nonnie gazed away still blushing. "I had to make it look good otherwise they'd know something was up."
"I hear the teachers and parents organized a social after the show over at the ice cream parlor." Victor mentioned, "Guess they knew we'd do alright."
"So it would seem." added Nassor.
"I'll eat to that." Bob smiled.
"Likewise." Elsa grinned.
I couldn't really tell Toshiaki, after all these things take time. But at least eating at the ice cream parlor together with my classmates and little siblings was fun.
One things for sure, looks like New Holland has already grown on me. By the way, Jo, I look forward to seeing you this summer vacation.
Sincerely your friend,