Scenario:Juliet - Hope for Verona

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Hope for Verona

Juliet agrees with (Captain)'s suggestion to build a theater in Verona, but she believes a new play written by Bill the Bard is vital for its success. They decide to ask Sierokarte about the playwright's whereabouts.



Juliet has overcome the many trials that have plagued Verona.
(Captain) and company pay another visit to Juliet, who is busy with public affairs every day.
Vyrn: Hey, Juliet, you're not doing your body any favors if you keep running yourself ragged like this.
Lyria: I'm worried that you might collapse, Juliet.
Juliet: I appreciate your concern.
Juliet: But I need to keep myself busy.
Juliet: If I stop, I won't be able to move again.
Vyrn: Oh, really? Guess we've all felt like that now and then.
Lyria: Yeah. We jumped to conclusions without thinking about how you felt.
Juliet: No, no! I'm glad you all had me in your thoughts!
Juliet: Er, I guess I should apologize too.
Vyrn: Nah, you don't have to apologize for anything.
Lyria: Maybe you could take a break! Is there anything you'd like to do?
Juliet: A break? Hmm...
Juliet: It's been a while since I've seen a play.
Lyria: That sounds like a great idea! Let's go see a play!
Juliet: Unfortunately the stage ship isn't scheduled to come to Verona at the moment.
Vyrn: If they won't come to us, why don't we go to them? We'll take you there!
Juliet: Thank you, but I can't possibly leave just so I can go enjoy a play.
Lyria: Hrm. I wish there was a theater close by.
(Captain) pipes up and suggests that Verona should build its own theater.
Juliet: Build a theater in Verona?
Vyrn: Ooh! That's a great idea!
Juliet: But there are other projects that should be prioritized.
Lyria: I'm sure everyone in town could use a break too! I bet they'd all love it!
Juliet: You think so?
Vyrn: Sure! Haven't the people of this town always loved plays?
Juliet: ...!
Juliet: Very well. You're all so insistent.
Juliet: We'll build a theater right here in Verona!
Vyrn: Woo-hoo! We'll lend a hand too!
Juliet: Thank you! A theater is nothing more than a box. The bigger problem is what to show in that box.
Vyrn: Can't we think about it as we go?
Juliet: I want to design the theater based on the plays that will be performed there, so it's best to decide that first.
(Captain) suggests that they ask the great playwright Bill the Bard for help.
Juliet: Don't be ridiculous! To ask a playwright of such stature would be out of the question!
Lyria: We won't know unless we ask!
Vyrn: She's right! We can't give up before we even try! Let's go for broke!
Juliet: ....!
Juliet: Ah, please! Wait, everyone!
The crew drags Juliet outside.
Vyrn: So where do find this bard person?
Juliet: Bill the Bard's very existence is shrouded in mystery. I don't even know where he is, let alone how to meet him.
Lyria: Hmm, that's a problem.
Vyrn: Oh! What if we ask the Knickknack Shack? I bet we could get some hints there!
Lyria: Come to think of it, Siero was the one who gave us those tickets to Bill the Bard's play!
Vyrn: Let's just swing by the Knickknack Shack for now!
Juliet: Okay! Lead the way, (Captain)!

Hope for Verona: Scene 2

Juliet uses her experiences in Verona to write a heartfelt letter that Sierokarte will to deliver to Bill the Bard. A few days later, the playwright responds by asking Juliet to come visit him.



Sierokarte: Well, well! Hello, everyone! What brings you here today?
After explaining the situation to Siero, (Captain) and company ask her about Bill the Bard's whereabouts.
Sierokarte: Oh, of course I know!
Vyrn: Sweet! That's the Knickknack Shack for you! This'll save us some time!
Lyria: Please, Siero! Can you tell us where we can find Bill the Bard?
Sierokarte: I'd love to introduce you, but I'm under a confidentiality agreement. I can't be giving out personal information willy-nilly!
Juliet: In that case could you deliver a letter and find out if he'd be willing to speak to us?
Sierokarte: Let's see... Yes, I think I could manage to get a letter to him.
Juliet: Thank you so much!
Sierokarte: Now I've never met him face-to-face before, so don't get your hopes up, okay?
Juliet heads back to Verona, mulling over what to write in her letter to Bill the Bard.
As she walks through the streets of Verona, Juliet begins to question her feelings about the theater.
Juliet: (Why do I want to make a theater for this city?)
Juliet: (Romeo... What would you say in this situation?)
Juliet: (What can I write to touch the playwright's heart?)
Juliet converses openly with the townsfolk.
She gets the sense that everyone is mentally exhausted from the reconstruction efforts, and they're looking for fun and comfort.
Juliet: (I'm doing the right thing.)
Juliet: (This will help all the townspeople smile again.)
Juliet returns to her room and pours her heart into the letter to Bill the Bard. She then entrusts it to Siero.
A few days later, Juliet returns to the Knickknack Shack, and Siero hands her a reply.
Juliet: I didn't think I'd get a response.
In the letter, Bill the Bard writes that he wants to meet and talk more in person.
Sierokarte: Ehehe! Isn't that grand? Wouldn't you call this a miracle?
Sierokarte: However, Bill the Bard isn't in the best of health.
Sierokarte: Could all of you go meet him directly?
Juliet: Of course! That'd be no problem at all!
Lyria: This is great news, Juliet!
Juliet: Thank you so much, everyone! This never would've happened without all of you!
Vyrn: All right! Then it's decided! Let's get going!
Their excitement shows no signs of wavering as they board the airship and set off to meet Bill the Bard.

Hope for Verona: Scene 3

Juliet and Bill are engrossed in conversation, and Bill eventually agrees to pen a new play for Juliet.



Using the directions written in the letter, the party arrives at Bill the Bard's house.
Vyrn: I was expecting something fancier.
Juliet: Well, here goes.
Juliet timidly knocks on the door, and an elderly man peeks out from inside.
???: I've been waiting for you, Lady Juliet.
Juliet: Are you the playwright, Bill the Bard?
Bill the Bard: Yes, that would be me. Please come inside.
Bill the Bard leads them into his house.
Juliet: Um, how are you feeling?
Bill the Bard: Not so bad these days, but do you mind if I lie down for our chat?
Juliet: Of course not. Go right ahead.
Bill the Bard: Please forgive my rudeness, Lady Juliet.
Bill looks a bit guilty as he lays back in his bed.
(Captain) and the others stand off to the side so as not to interfere with the conversation.
Juliet: I hope you'll forgive me for asking, but why did you decide to meet with me?
Bill the Bard: Hm. Let's call it fate.
Juliet: Fate?
Bill the Bard: Yes. The young me would have turned you down, even if it was a request from Sierokarte.
Bill the Bard: But I've had a change of heart these days. Maybe it's because I'm getting on in years.
Bill the Bard: I want to try and break away from predetermined stories for a change.
Juliet: What do you mean by that?
Bill the Bard: Lady Juliet, have you not experienced this yourself?
Bill the Bard: Have you ever felt as though another Juliet was observing your moments of joy, rage, sorrow, and amusement?
Bill the Bard: Life is a play that you perform only once. You're the star of the show, but you're also the audience looking on.
Bill the Bard: In times like those, I think I'd rather leave the story to someone else who's better at entertaining the audience.
Juliet: That's a fascinating philosophy.
Bill the Bard: Hehe. I'm glad you think so.
Bill the Bard: Well, I'll leave it at that. Now then, could you tell this old playwright your story?
Juliet: Certainly! I'd be more than happy to tell you.
Bill and Juliet talk and talk as if they were old friends and quickly lose track of the time.
Juliet talks about all manner of topics, from the theater to her own life story.
For once she is acting like a normal youth.
Juliet: Oh my goodness, is it that late already?
Juliet: I don't want to risk your condition getting worse, so I'll be going now.
Bill the Bard: Why thank you for your concern, Lady Juliet. You're every bit the lovely lady I've always imagined you to be.
Juliet: Thank you very much. It's strange. It doesn't feel like this is my first time meeting you.
Juliet: Is it possible we've met somewhere before?
Bill the Bard: Hehe. I'm a playwright. It's only natural that I could sense your personality just from reading your letter.
With that final, mysterious remark, their conversation draws to a close.
Bill the Bard: I'll be honest with you.
Bill the Bard: I was thinking about retiring due to my illness before I received your letter.
Juliet: Really?
Bill the Bard: But after reading your letter and meeting you in person, I've changed my mind.
Bill the Bard: It would be my pleasure to write a new play for you.
Juliet: Thank you. Really, thank you so much.
Bill the Bard: No, I should be the one thanking you.
Bill the Bard: There is, however, one condition.
Juliet: What might that be?
Bill the Bard: From now until I finish writing the play...
Bill the Bard: Would you be my pen pal?
Juliet: Yes, of course! I would love to!
Bill the Bard: Hehe. Wonderful. As for what's transpired today...
Juliet: It's our little secret, right?
They smile mischievously at each other.
A new friendship blooms before the day is over.

Hope for Verona: Scene 4

Months pass, and the opening performance of the play at the newly completed theater is a huge success, which brings a familiar smile back to Juliet's face.



As Bill and Juliet continue to exchange letters, their friendship gradually deepens.
Months pass, and the construction of Verona's new theater is finished. Its inauguration takes place on a bright, sunny day.
Bill the Bard's new play is the talk of the town. All of the seats are soon sold out.
The crowd is boiling with excitement, and opening night looks to be a huge success.
Juliet: Incredible. So this is Bill the Bard's new play.
Juliet: (But why does it feel so different? It's like nothing he's ever written before.)
Juliet watches the play to the end and is overcome with an indescribable feeling.
Juliet: (It feels so new, and yet it's so familiar.)
Juliet: (The pedigree is the same as his previous works, but something is decisively different.)
Juliet: (Even when it handles heavy topics, the entire production is full of energy. The dialogue radiates with hope for the future.)
Juliet: (Sigh. I can't quite put it in words. I wonder what Romeo would think if he saw this play.)
Juliet: (Say, Romeo. How would you describe this feeling if you were in my shoes?)
Vyrn: Hey! Juliet! What are you spacing out for?
Juliet: Yes? What is it?
Lyria: It's time to go up on the stage, Juliet!
Juliet: Oh, that's right! I'll be right there!
Juliet runs up onto the brand-new stage and stands in the center. After catching her breath, she looks out over the audience.
Juliet: Wow.
Juliet is greeted with thunderous applause. She sees giant bouquets of flowers of every color in every direction.
Juliet: (What a relief. I knew I'd made the right decision.)
Juliet looks for any sign of Bill, who she had invited.
She speaks partly to the crowd and partly to Bill the Bard himself.
Juliet: First, I would like to sincerely thank everyone for gathering here on this special day.
Juliet: And I would like to thank Bill the Bard, the playwright who crafted such a wonderful play for us.
Juliet: Thanks to you, Verona Theater's inauguration day has been an overwhelming success.
Juliet: The theater will continue to showcase your play and all the hope it invokes.
Juliet: We will continue to perform it as a symbol of the reconstruction efforts.
Juliet: Thank you so, so much!
Juliet's expression is bright and cheerful amid the ceaseless applause of gratitude.
Time heals all wounds, and so too will the citizens of Verona recover from theirs.