"To you, Juliet," said Romeo. He raised the vial of poison to his lips. "Noo!" cried a voice from far away, but it was too late. Romeo was already sinking into the darkness...
"Romeo. Romeo!" cried a familiar voice.
"Wha...?" Romeo sat up and looked around. He saw the shards of the vial of poison, smashed, lying upon the ground. It's contents smoked eerily as they spread along the floor.
"That's right," said Mercutio. "You never even drank any. You always were a drama queen."
"Mercutio! But...you're dead! I saw Tybault murder you with his foul blade...How are you here now? This cannot be..." Romeo then realized that Juliet was kneeling beside him. "Oh, joy of all joys! If this isn't heaven I know not what heaven is." He embraced Juliet. "Mercutio, I implore you to explain this miracle to me, lest I believe it is but a dream."
"The reason I am here is simple," replied Mercutio calmly. "I didn't die. Prince Escalus dragged me to the local doctor, who believed me to be dead. However, his apprentice knew otherwise. "
"Why did I not hear of this?" asked Romeo angrily. "You could have saved me from some very strong, dark moods, old friend" he added quietly.
"If you hadn't noticed, I never had a funeral," chuckled Mercutio. "But the reason was simply this. The local doctor's apprentice did not want to disrespect his master, so he treated me in a private ward. Nobody was alerted because the apprentice feared failure. I have just woken up this very night, and headed straight to Friar Laurence to hear his news. And I'm glad I did. Once I heard his story, I hastened here and made it just in time to knock the vial from your hand."
"But...how...Juliet?" asked Romeo weakly. Friar Laurence immediately launched into the story of all that took place since Romeo's banishment. Soon, a small crowd formed to hear the story of Romeo and Juliet. As the Friar finished, Romeo fell over backwards. Everyone gasped and thought he had fainted again, until they heard his merry laughter. Romeo sat up and thanked all of his clever friends for making this miracle come true.
"I think this really is heaven; for I can see an angel." He hugged Juliet tightly. The prince rolled his eyes, and sang softly to the stars:
For never was a story more sappy,
Than Romeo and Juliet ending up happy.