Romeo X Juliet – 12
After having made their vows at the church, Romeo and Juliet continue their travels and come across a small abandoned village. The two decide to stay at one of the houses even though they have to clean it up first, and Juliet finds a skirt inside that she puts on. Later that night, as the two sit on the bed together, Romeo is trying to tell Juliet that he’ll protect her from all sadness, but she falls asleep on him. When Juliet wakes up the next morning, she finds Romeo beside her in bed and comments on how it’s been a long time since she slept soundly like that. The two then try to look for some food, but find only small potatoes in the garden outside. When they’re out getting some water from a stream, Juliet suddenly thinks she hears someone calling. Romeo suggests that it’s her imagination, but on their way back home, Juliet heads into some ruins and finds a huge plant inside. An old man standing on a nearby ledge reveals that it’s a spring and explains that this world is supported by the roots of two trees – one tree has already withered, and the remaining one doesn’t have much longer. Hearing this and seeing the roots in front of her, Juliet reacts with fear and promptly leaves.
Back in Neo Verona, the city guards are going from house to house searching for Juliet and her allies. Since the battle, everyone is scattered around the city: Antonio is still living at home with Cordelia and Benvolio, but Curio is in hiding and Conrad is under the care of William’s mother. Montague meanwhile is getting angry that Romeo hasn’t been found and orders his right hand man Tubal to get his son back. Their break comes when they get a report of a white winged-horse being ridden by a young man and woman in the direction of the east forest, so Tubal goes to investigate. Montague actually latches onto the fact that Romeo was with a girl and remembers the speech Romeo had given about Juliet to parliament. Since Romeo was headed to his mother’s place the last time Montague saw him, the Duke decides to pay her a visit. At that time, Mercutio is disparaging Romeo to Hermione for making her feel sad. Hermione, however, doesn’t blame Romeo but rather the person who is making Romeo sad. Getting angry from thinking about this, Hermione claims that if it were her, she would never make him feel sad.
Montague shows up that evening at the convent to see Portia and comments on her plain living arrangements. Portia, however, has only one thing that she wishes for, and it’s not something that Montague can give her. As Portia is explaining that Romeo learned the truth, Montague notices the iris flower that she has on her desk and remarks that such a lowly flower doesn’t suit the Montague heir. At that moment, Romeo and Juliet are having dinner of just a few potatoes, but before they start eating, someone knocks on their door. Romeo answers it to find food and drink left by the same old man they met at the spring earlier. He finds it strange, but the two eat up anyway. The next day, Tubal and a contingent of soldiers arrive at a nearby town and start forcing their way into people’s homes to look for Romeo. Upon discovering the jewelry that Romeo traded for food, Tubal has the town burned. When Romeo discovers what’s happening, he realizes that it’s all to look for him, so he decides to go help them. However, after their church vows, Juliet isn’t about to let him go alone and get captured, so she goes with him.
The two of them cloak themselves and attack the soldiers with wooden poles, and although they are able to take on a few of them, they have a hard time handling so many. Unable to break through a shield wall, Juliet gets knocked to the ground, and one of the soldiers gets ready to kill her. Feeling that he has no choice, Romeo finally reveals who he is, using his full Romeo Candorebanto Montague name. He wants Juliet to escape, but she instead grabs a sword and tries to go to him instead. When he tells her not to come and to run away, Juliet remembers their vows and decides to reveal her true identity too – Juliet Fiammatta Asto Capulet. Unfortunately, Juliet quickly gets surrounded and knocked out, and Romeo is powerless to do anything but yell out her name.
So when Romeo declared who he was to save Juliet, I was going “Noooo! Romeo you idiot! You gave up that name!” But then Juliet had to go and also declare who she was because of their vow to stay together, and I started banging my head against the wall. Of course both of them end up getting captured, and all this became a big (and very frustrating) step backwards for their relationship. They should have just stayed in hiding, living as happy newlyweds, but no, Romeo wanted to help people. It reminded me of how Hinagiku once told Hayate that he’d never find happiness if he’s not a little bit selfish.
Aside from the end, there were plenty of other interesting things shown, including the tree roots and how Juliet reacted to them, and the old man’s identity and why he brought Romeo and Juliet food. Is he perhaps related to Ophelia and is also a gardener? I also find it noteworthy that Hermione is finally showing signs that she could develop into that villainess role, which is what I originally thought (and still do think) that she’d eventually become.
Finally, on a different note, I’ve had Lena Park’s Inori~ You Raise Me Up on repeat since the single came out yesterday. It’s such a good song, and she sings it so beautifully.