Romeo X Juliet – 11
On top of Cielo, Romeo flies Juliet away from Neo Verona and towards a place where no one knows who they are. They first approach the lake house where Romeo found out about her Odin identity, and Cielo playfully touches the water to get them a little wet. Juliet isn’t afraid of where they go as long as Romeo is with her, so the two proceed past a mountain range and arrive in a deep forest where other winged-horses like Cielo supposedly live. Upon landing, Juliet finds some wild berries and starts to pick them, so Romeo hands her the handkerchief that she embroidered for him. Overjoyed that he has it with him, Juliet vows to sew him a shirt next time. As they feast on berries, Juliet tells Romeo about Cordelia and how Cordelia always combed her hair. Since Juliet had been disguised as a boy, Cordelia had felt that Juliet’s hair was their secret. Cordelia had called it her treasure, so Juliet had never cut it short.
Romeo suddenly picks up the scent of flowers and runs off on his own, so Juliet and Cielo follow him. He finds a large field of flowers nearby, and Juliet runs out to dance and lies down on them. Romeo lies down beside her, and the two enjoy their time together. Later, as they ride through the forest, Romeo explains that Cielo was given to him by his mother for his seventh birthday. She had left the castle the day before, so Cielo was in a ways her replacement because Cielo had prevented Romeo from feeling lonely. On the topic of Romeo’s mother, Juliet feels that Portia really loves Romeo, and he thinks that she’ll definitely be okay. Cielo suddenly notices something nearby, and from the bushes emerges a chestnut-colored winged-horse with an injured leg. Once Juliet manages to gain its trust, they bandage up the leg with some cloth, and the two winged-horses seem to get along quite well. However, they then are approached by three armed men who are after the chestnut horse, making Juliet realize that they were the ones who injured it. When these men attack, Cielo smacks one in the chest, Romeo elbows another, and Juliet kicks the third.
After Romeo makes the men retreat, he decides to let Cielo go so that Cielo can life freely with this chestnut horse. As he walks away, Romeo looks back one final time and wishes Cielo happiness. Seeing Romeo act a little distant afterwards, Juliet questions if this is really okay, but he tells her not to worry. He then notices that they’re approaching a town, and once they get there, he pawns off some jewelry to buy food. As the two eat by the riverside, Romeo reassures Juliet that they’ll manage somehow, and he suggests that they take a boat as far down the river as possible. Juliet falls asleep during the ride, and while she lies in his arms, Romeo thinks about how she must be worrying about the people left behind. When Juliet wakes up, she tells Romeo that she’s okay because he had stroked her hair while she was sleeping. She then reveals how she once saw a bride riding on a similar boat through the city and had wanted to one day wear a beautiful dress and become a bride like that. This had been her childhood dream, and she wonders if Romeo had one too. Romeo can’t think of anything, but he does say that right now is the happiest time of his life, and Juliet agrees.
The two sleep together on the boat as it moves silently down the river, and by morning, they arrive at rocky area with an arch opening. Beyond it is a path that leads them to a field of iris flowers around an abandoned church. In the end, the two enter the church like bride and groom because Romeo wanted to fulfill Juliet’s dream – and because it’s now his dream too. As they face the alter and then each other, Romeo and Juliet vow to share the joy and the sorrow and to be together for eternity through life and death. They then seal it with a kiss.
The whole winged-horse scene had me at first thinking that maybe Juliet would get the chestnut one and Romeo would have Cielo, but it didn’t quite work out that way. I didn’t anticipate that Romeo would end up setting Cielo free, and it was a little sad seeing him part with someone who was essentially described as a family member. Not having a flying horse is gonna be pretty inconvenient for him, though I guess he can replace Cielo with any generic winged-horse if he needs to.
The big surprise though was that I hadn’t expected them to spend an entire episode on Romeo and Juliet together like this, never mind it culminating in them walking down the aisle and getting married. It seems that we’ve proceeded quite far into their relationship fairly quickly, and I would guess that we’re really being set up for a fall soon. As much as I like seeing Romeo and Juliet happily together, I can’t imagine that the story will allow it go on much longer before their true family identities get in the way again and they’re forced to fight against one another. The question is of course how it will happen, and that’s what the next episodes will probably show.