by Bill Waters
Note: The author was challenged at last year’s summer fiction party to create a story written entirely in the style of the 140-character Tweets found on the popular social networking site, twitter.com. Accordingly, "Ro & Julie: A Tweet Modern Romance" is a playlet based on “Romeo and Juliet” composed entirely of mock Twitter postings.
Setting: Verona High School, Veneto, California
The Characters in This Family Feud:
Ro17: Roland Montague
JulieXO: Julie Capulet
merQTo: Mercutio Montague, Ro's twin brother
TybALT: Tybalt Capulet, Julie's nasty cousin
TheMan: High School Principal Escarole
Mr.M: Mr. Montague, English teacher
NurseC: Ms. Capulet, school nurse
The Montague and Capulet families are forever making scenes . . .
SCENE 1: THURSDAY MORNING
TheMan Hurling insults at each other AGAIN, Capulets & Montagues? A plague on all your lockers! Detention, today. BE THERE!
Ro17 All Monties have #detention!
merQTo @Ro17 But I'll miss #dramaclub! Come on, @TheMan! We're doing Shakespeare! :- (
JulieXO OMG! All Caps have #detention? Tisn't fair! I wasn't there! (Does anyone care?)
TybALT @JulieXO Blast!!! There goes #fencingteam practice!!! @merQTo, you're to blame for this!
merQTo @tybALT Oh so glib, dear Tyb, but you *know* that's a fib! ;- )