Did Tybalt Capu-let it go too far?

July 12th, 1563

Bloodshed and Banishment

In the heat of Sycamore Grove on Tuesday afternoon as temperatures reached scalding, not only the temperatures but tempers flared and violence erupted ones again between the Montague's and the Capulet's due to the ancient grudge that is refusing to retire, leaving Romeo the only one exiled, and both Tybalt and Mercutio bereft of life.

Montague, Montamurdered and Montogone.

Our fair Verona plummeted into turmoil as the devastation of the slaughter of two of the city's elite augmented the families acrimony towards one another. An anonymous witness says to have seen Mercutio, Benvolio, a page and several servants enter the public place where many were enjoying the newly welcomed heat of July. Soon afterwards the king of cats himself entered along with his aggregation of kittens, scrutinzing his opposition as if they were dogs, goading and taunting. But Mercutio was not one to let the ridiculing be excused, and joined the death marked jeer, mirroring Tybalt Capulets derision. A distraught young page boy conveyed decisively how Benvolio, the benevolent cousin of Romeo Montague attempted desperately on more than one occasion to either cease all belligerent behaviour or else persuade them to depart to a confidential location to reason, away from all spectators who could bare testimony. His endeavour was evidently abandoned.

Undying Hate/Love?

We assume that Romeo Leonard Montague, aged 16 entered sometime before they drew swords due to Benvolio's account that Tybalt immediately alternated his target from Mercutio. Yet Benvolio, an acknowledged reliable civilian also told how Romeo did not accompany Mercutio against Tybalt but instead he became a coward in the eyes of his family and said to Tybalt, Benvolio quotes, "...the reason that i have to love thee doth much excuse the appertaining rage to such a greeting..." This bewildering and rather unsettling change of heart was solitary as it did not change another, and Tybalts animosity remained. Romeo then continued to tell of his brotherly love, exclaiming "...love thee better than thou canst devise, till thou shalt know the reason of my love: and so, good Capulet, -which name I tender as dearly as my own..." Nobody seems to know why or how such love has suddenly been erected for Romeos everlasting enemy. In an interview with Lord Capulet to try and fathom what exactly Romeo specifically had done against his nephew and why Romeo suddenly accommodated a fondness for the Capulet family, Lord Capulet spat his only explanation rather sardonically that "...my short tempered nephew, whom I loved greatly, had been particularly indignant and resentful since Monday afternoon, and as for the lilly liver'd flesh-monger who accepts the venomous, loathsome title of a Montague, and is yet to asset a wife, I do not doubt that the scullion would possess a homoerotic attraction towards my ones handsome nephew and assumed by the attention he was receiving from him, through hatred of course that the feeling was mutual and was forced to confess... " before retreating back into the Capulet Castle, stating that he would not answer any further questions as he must comfort his mourning wife and dismal daughter, Juliet in this time of grief.

Deceased, Damned and Dishonoured

Mercutio was seen to have drawn his rapier first, followed by Tybalt and began the duel, while Romeo was heard to have warned them of the bandying in the street that the Prince prohibited and forbid but his warning came to late and below his arm, the first victim of fate, Mercutio was stabbed. Many spectators gathered and several quote a few of Mercutios last words, or in fact, damns. He repeated the curse, "...a plague o'both your houses!" Proving that both families are as abominable and as villainous as the other. Yet Tybalt did not believe his labor completed and began yet another bloody fray against a fiery and guilt stricken Romeo but was unsuccessful and spilt his own blood only. We assume that Romeo must have ran as Tybalt fell due to the fact that none of the citizens that entered not long after saw the murderer, that is now Romeo Montague. We interviewed The Prince who also trusted a respected Benvolio to repeat the occurrence of the fatal brawl. The prince did not sentence young Romeo to death, but instead exiled him, exclaiming that he "...will be deaf to pleading and excuses, nor tears nor prayers shall purchase out abuses, therefore use none: let Romeo hence I haste, Else when he's found, that hour is his last." He goes on to explain his lack of mercy to the Montagues, "Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill."
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Appetite for Vengeance

Despite the losses the Capulet and the Montague families have suffered the crave for the blood of the other is far from crippling and has only surged far greater than before. The battle is far from resolved and their appetites are far from satisfied.