“Shhh,” cautioned Romeo, opening the fire escape door. 

Only a paper-thin wall separated Annalese from the hall so she was well aware of the couple’s escapades; she dubbed them “Romeo and Juliet” even though they did not fit the classic story. 

It was two months ago when she first heard them.  A trip down the escape stairs was a weekly event. Last week Juliet came back alone.  Annalese heard Juliet sob, “Oh, Romeo, Romeo, how lonely you have left me.”

This week Juliet trysts with “Hamlet.”

“Oh, Hamlet, are you to be or not to be?” Fondly, Annalese remembers her own Shakespearean melodramas.


Rochelle’s 100 word story based on picture prompt. You can find more stories at PHOTO PROMPT © Lisa Fox Go visit Rochelle and see how others have been inspired by this picture challenge.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    Very nice! I like how you transitioned Juliette from Romeo to Hamlet.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Frank. I’m glad it worked. I had a sentence saying she had dubbed the new guy “Hamlet.” But it had to go because of the 100-word limit. I’m glad it worked to take it out.

  2. C.A. Post says:

    For a minute there, I thought YOU were claiming to remembering Shakespeare, and someone would need to tell you that we’re not THAT old! 😂

  3. Salvageable says:

    That Juliet! She’s as fickle as a cat in a birdhouse! J.

  4. I saw Romeo and Juliet but my love story took a dark turn.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes, indeed, a major bad ending. I believe we discussed before that she decides the call the fire department to rescue the innocent. I’m glad others did not suffer from her suffering, except of course, the insufferable villian in the story.

  5. Iain Kelly says:

    I hope Juliet knows Hamlet ends in tragedy too! Nice take.

  6. Shakesperian stories often end badly. After Hamlet, who next!

  7. Bill says:

    Clever and well done.

  8. msjadeli says:

    Very finely crafted story, Oneta. I enjoyed it very much!

  9. Margaret says:

    Your Juliet really needs to think her taste in boyfriends. Does she know about Ophelia? I like how you’ve given Annalese’s point of view here.

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