After Romeo and his buddies got into a huge scuffle with my family (dad was NOT happy!), the Prince (of Verona) forced a truce between all the boys upon pain of death. Since our families weren’t exactly friends, I really didn’t know much about the Montagues (and I didn’t care much for them at the time either!).
At the time, Paris was trying to convince my dad to let me marry him, but thank goodness dad delayed it for a couple years (I was almost fourteen, after all)! It wasn’t easy avoiding this arranged marriage with Paris, though. Dad still invited him to the annual Capulet Ball we were having that night—an event no one (except the Montagues) wanted to miss. Paris was really trying hard, and to be honest, I was considering his proposal. He even had my mom and nurse singing his praises all the time!
Fast forward a bit, and we are hosting all our friends at the Capulet Ball. Of course, Paris is aggressive about romancing and dancing with me, which was quite flattering, but the more I was around him, the less I enjoyed his company. It was during one of the dances that I saw a cute boy standing near the wall from across the dance floor.
The cute boy, Romeo, approached me, took my hand, and immediately began flirting and using the most ridiculous pickup line to me! He was so handsome and funny that I allowed him to kiss me, and after the wonderful kiss, I replied with one of my own. I knew immediately that I had fallen in love with Romeo, and it was terribly unfortunate that my nurse interrupted us at this moment because my mom wanted to see me. Later, my nurse told me that Romeo was a Montague, and I knew I was in a great deal of trouble for falling in love with him!
It all began when the Capulet clan started some trouble with us Montague boys—which was typical for them. This time, however, our mixup was a sort of blessing in disguise for me! The Prince had been getting pretty upset at our fights (we caused a lot of public damage) and told us that if we “broke the peace” again, the instigator would be punished by death. You could call that a bit of a wake-up call for us!
Little did I know, this guy named Paris (related to the Prince, of course) is trying to persuade Juliet’s dad for his blessing to marry her. Lucky for me, Mr. Capulet told Paris he had to wait two years before he could go through with the marriage.
Juliet wasn’t the only one thinking about a relationship, though. I had actually been pretty down at the time because I was really interested in this girl named Rosaline—who is actually Juliet’s cousin. She didn’t exactly feel the same…and today, I guess you could say I’m counting my blessings because that relationship didn’t happen!
To pull me out of my funk, Benvolio and Mercutio convinced me to go to the Capulet Ball—a big deal in Verona. It wasn’t exactly my finest hour, but they wanted me to see all the other “fish in the sea.” We snuck in (Montagues weren’t exactly welcome at Capulet events, as you might imagine), and I was mainly hoping to see Rosaline there. To my pleasant surprise, I spotted a girl ten times more beautiful than any other girl I’d laid my eyes on: Juliet.
She was dancing with Paris, which wasn’t exactly a sign of encouragement, but I wouldn’t let anything get in the way of meeting this angel. I walked up to her, told her how I felt about her already, and kissed her—just like that!
After the ball, we met up in my orchard after Romeo snuck in. He might have overhead me talking to myself about how I loved him while I relaxing on the balcony—which was pretty embarrassing at the time. He spoke up, though, and expressed his love to me as well. It was a beautiful proposal—and of course I said “yes!” We started planning the marriage almost immediately.
So after meeting this unforgettable girl—Juliet—I couldn’t get her off my mind! Not long after the ball, I actually snuck into the private orchard at the Capulet estate just to see if I could get a glimpse of her. To my surprise, she was actually outside on a balcony in the orchard…and she was talking (pretty loudly) about how much she loved me! Talk about confirmation…haha.
I interrupted her and shared my honest feelings with her and popped the question. She accepted my proposal, and we got down to wedding planning pretty quickly after that.
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