What would she have done if Romeo had left her, not because he was banished, but because he had lost interest? What if Rosealind had given him the time of day and he'd changed his mind? What if, instead of marrying Juliet, he'd just simply dissapeared?
I thought I knew how Juliet would feel...
She wouldn't go back to her old life, not really. She wouldn't ever have really moved on, I was sure of that... Even if she lived untill she was old and gray, every time she closed her eyes, it would have been Romeo's face she saw behind her lids. She would have had to accept that. Eventually.
I wondered if she would have married Paris in the end, just to please her parents, the keep the peace. No, probably not, I decided. But then, she story didn't say much about Paris. He was just a stick figure-a placeholder, a threat, a deadline to force her hand.
What if there were more to Paris?
What if Paris had been Juliets best friend? Her very very best friend? What if he was he only one she could confide in about the whole devestating topic of Romeo? The ONE person who really understood her and made her feel halfway human again? What if he was patient and kind? What if he took the very best care of her? What if she just couldn't survive without him? What if he really loved her and needed her to be happy?
And... what if she loved Paris? What if Juliet loved Paris? Not as much as Romeo, of course, but enough that she needed him to be happy too? If Romeo was really gone never coming back would it have mattered whether or not Juliet had taken Paris up on his offer? Maybe she should have tried to settle into the leftover scraps of life that were left behind. Maybe that would have been as close to happiness as she could get.