The Wrongdoer

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Chapter 18: The project begins...

At five o’clock P.M., Mike called Cindy to ask her when he should come over.

“How about seven?”

“Sure,” he replied. “I have supper at six, so that’s great,”

“Great. My house address is fifty-four Gibbard Avenue.” Then she hung up.

At six-fifty P.M., Mike left his house and started walking towards Cindy’s. He had discovered that Cindy’s address was just across Yonge Street from his. As Mike left the house, light water droplets began raining down. Mike went back inside to retrieve a rain jacket and an umbrella. When he arrived at Cindy’s, it was raining very heavily as if sheets of metal were being thrown from the skies. By the time Mike was standing in front of her door, the bottom of his trousers were soaking wet. He rang the doorbell three times before there was an answer. A grouchy woman opened the door. “Yes, what do you want?” she snapped. She was Cindy’s mother.

“I’ve come to work on a project with Cindy,” said Mike calmly just as Cindy appeared at the door. The woman gawked at him with her dark brown eyes, pushed her purple glasses back up the bridge of her nose, and headed back into the kitchen.

“Come in Mike,” Cindy said in that sweet voice of hers. Mike shook the water off his umbrella and stepped inside the nice warm house. After he had untied his plain white Nike running shoes and hung his coat up to dry, Cindy ushered Mike upstairs to her room.

“You have a lovely house,” he complimented as he stared at the trampoline in the backyard, the flat screen television in the family room, and the dining room the size of three rooms. He didn’t have any extravagancies such as these. He was what the rich would call “not very wealthy”. He realized that Cindy’s room had everything he ever wanted in his. She had a computer containing internet, a beanbag chair, and a big screen television. Mike knew he’d never have any of these things in his room unless he bought them when he moved out.

“So,” said Cindy as she sat down on her brown wooden chair close to the computer, “did you bring the book?”

“Yeah,” replied Mike. “It’s in my jacket pocket.” He dashed downstairs.

When he resurfaced, he found Cindy chatting on M.S.N. Had he really spent that long downstairs? He didn’t want to disturb her but he knew he hadn’t shown up to watch Cindy chat with her friends online so he tapped her lightly on the shoulder. She turned around to see Mike standing over her.

“You got the book?” she asked as she changed her icon from Online to Busy. Mike showed her the book. “Great, let’s get to work.” She grabbed her notebook and Mike’s pen off her desk. Mike opened the book and started reading again.

“Well you already know that Romeo is in love with Juliet, but before this happens Romeo is in love with another girl named Rosaline. Romeo feels that Rosaline is too good for him.” Kind of like me, he thought. Cindy wrote:

-Romeo is in love with another girl named Rosaline.

-Romeo feels that Rosaline is too good for him.

Mike kept on reading. “Romeo also says that if he screws up with Juliet there’s no way Juliet will love him.

Well, in that hit you miss: she’ll not be hitWith Cupid’s arrow; she hath Dian’s wit;And, in strong proof of chastity well arm’d,From love’s weak childish bow she lives unharm’d.’”

Cindy wrote:

-Romeo knows that if he tries his luck with Rosaline and fails he knows Rosaline will never love him.

Cindy watched Mike flip the pages until he found something else. “Well the nurse feels that Juliet should get married at age fourteen and two people, that I’m guessing are Romeo’s friends, say that he should not give up on love. Romeo’s two friends are Benvolio and Mercutio,” Cindy wrote:

- Nurse believes that Juliet should get married at age 14.

-Benvolio and Mercutio believe that Romeo should not give up on love.

After an hour of Mike flipping through the pages and Cindy jotting down notes, they felt that they were ready to write their review. Cindy had written:

Romeo and Juliet

-1597.

-Romeo and Juliet’s families are having a feud.

-Romeo wants love but also fears love.

- Romeo is in love with another girl named Rosaline. Romeo feels that Rosaline is too good for him.

-Romeo knows that if he tries his luck with Rosaline and fails he knows Rosaline will never love him.

-Romeo feels that Juliet is too good for him.

-Nurse believes that Juliet should get married at age 14.

-Benvolio mentions that Romeo should find another girl.

-Benvolio and Mercutio believe that Romeo should not give up on love.

-Capulet wants Paris to marry his daughter Juliet and plans a party for her.

-Romeo and his friends appear at the party uninvited.

-Romeo is hoping to see Rosaline at the party.

-When Romeo sees Juliet at the party he falls in love with her at first sight. (love at first sight)

-Romeo and Juliet realize they can’t be together because they’re on different sides and they’re between the “enemy’s lines”.

-Romeo climbs Capulet’s wall so he can be with Juliet.

-Romeo finds out that Juliet loves him too and they decide to marry.

-Juliet says she’ll send a messenger to make plans for their wedding.

-Romeo’s friend Friar Laurence agrees to marry them.

-The nurse (who’s Juliet’s messenger) arrives and the wedding is set for later in the day.

-Romeo and Juliet get married.

-Romeo kills Tybalt and is, therefore, banished from ever seeing Juliet.

-Capulet does not know that Romeo and Juliet are married so he arranges for Juliet to marry Paris.

-Juliet refuses but it is no use.

-Juliet fakes her death by drinking a potion

-Romeo finds out about Juliet’s death and comes to see her while bringing poison.

-Friar Lawrence tries to inform Romeo of Juliet’s plan but Romeo does not listen.

-Romeo kneels beside Juliet’s coffin kisses her, drinks the potion, and dies.

-Juliet wakes up finding out that Romeo is dead; she stabs herself in the heart and dies.

-The feud between the two families ends.

After Cindy had finished the jot notes, she said to Mike, “It’s very sad that Romeo and Juliet had to kill themselves in order to be together.”

Mike nodded. He looked up at the clock above Cindy’s desk. It was nine-o-five P.M.. He had to get home! He grabbed his book and apologised for leaving.

“I’ve—got to go; I told my parents I’d be home at eight-thirty.”

Cindy nodded and followed Mike down the stairs and to the door. After Mike had his runners on, his jacket with the book inside, and was holding his umbrella, Cindy kissed Mike’s cheek and closed the door. Outside in the pouring rain, Mike stared at the large white door in front of him; shocked at what had just happened. Cindy had kissed him! He walked proudly to his house swinging the closed umbrella in his hand even though it was still raining. He hoped that this night had not been a dream.

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