Part One A Mid Summers Nightmare

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When Juliette betrayed the family - the right of marriage turned to her older sister; Hermia. But there were powers at work even more devastating than a misplaced teenage love this time around ... …

When Juliette betrayed the family - the right of marriage turned to her older sister; Hermia. But there were powers at work even more devastating than a misplaced teenage love this time around ... and Puck Summerdream had other plans.

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  • 1. Perhaps you may know the tale of Romeo and Juliette, perhaps not. But there is more to the Capp family drama than just the betrayal of the youngest daughter - in fact, there is much more. Juliette, the youngest daughter of the Capp legacy ran off and married the youngest son of the Monty legacy; Romeo … but there is another, older, daughter; Hermia. And where as Juliette was impetuous, strong willed and self directed - Hermia, was more than content with her predestined role in life: the anticipation of being the future Capp bride and now female heiress. Or was she?
  • 2. Due to Juliette’s actions, and the subsequent betrayal of her betrothal to influential Veronaville son; Andre Hamilton, the Capp house was thrown into quite a dilemma. As was customary for the society of that time, a great deal of money had been bartered as a bride price for Juliette - to assure the marriage and eventual bonding between the houses in exchange … which would have improved the Hamilton standing. But once Juliette betrayed the family, the contract was still in effect. And so, in exchange, Consort offered up his remaining granddaughter; Hermia, instead.
  • 3. Of course, Hermia was the dutiful daughter - regardless of her personal feelings about the situation. She had always known that it was her destiny to be just as she’d been raised: a Capp heiress, destined to be wife and mother of the future Capp legacy. Though, in some place inside her, she understood and agreed with Juliette’s ultimate decisions (so much so that she’d helped her sister with her scheme to escape the family prison) … but she could never dream of doing anything like that for herself. And so she followed the patriarch’s dictates - moving into the Hamilton house as …
  • 4. … future Hamilton bride, awaiting the day when she’d be made as such in full rights. If taken for what it was, Hermia didn’t mind the transition to the Hamilton house or her new status as betrothed to Andre. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton were gracious and well educated, if distant socially … while Andre himself was a brilliant youth with a promising future and great aspirations to guide him. It wasn’t difficult to develop a sort of tender feeling for the boy: considering they both enjoyed music and literature and had grand hopes for a full and budding family. But there was one problem …
  • 5. … and his name was Puck Summerdream. Not unlike her sister before her, Hermia too had fallen in love with someone not of Consort’s choosing. Though the family of the Summdream’s were not considered enemies, they were still unwelcome to the bloodline. Being “quietly” considered as the outsiders, or the “rejects”, of polite society. Their blood was “muddied” by their strangeness and that thing they called magic. And Consort Capp would never abide one of his own consorting - much less marrying - one of these outsiders: regardless of their potential royal standings.
  • 6. But unlike her sister; Juliette, Hermia chose to abide by her grandfather’s wishes for her life … despite her feelings towards the impish Puck. She knew it was considered her duty, and she took that responsibility very seriously. So she followed the dictates: learning how to run a house, carefully minding her lessons in sewing and cooking … while even allowing a small bit of feeling to flourish between herself and Andre. Though Andre was not like the mysterious and dashing Puck, he still had charms that she could readily associate with, especially on a day to day sort of level.
  • 7. Puck, on the other hand, was not nearly so gracious. It is a well known character flaw of the fey that they tend to be an irrational - and often extraordinarily passionate - folk … and when one chooses a mate: that choice is for life. Doubly so with their marital vows. In fact a vow of marriage is so binding that nothing can break that contract between a pair … regardless of situation, feeling, or behavior (just look at Puck’s parents; Oberon and Titania, for instance). And Puck had settled himself on Hermia for his desire: despite her sense of morality and social obligations.
  • 8. And so as Hermia prepared for her wedding day - and Andre finished his own privileged rights of male passage (a tour abroad and a college education, as they were almost considered a requirement of manhood for that society) … Puck began to lay out his own very elaborate, and very covert, scheme to entrap the lovely Hermia as his. Oberon and Titania tried to warn him that such an endeavor could only end in disaster … but their pleas fell upon deaf ears. And so on the eve of Hermia’s eighteenth birthday; and the night before her wedding arrived - all was in readiness.
  • 9. During the witching hour of that late night, as midnight blanketed the land and hid his actions from the casual sight … Puck slipped into Hermia’s bedchamber and cast upon her a deep sleep spell; before carrying her off with him into the shadows. By the time dawn had roused and the house was aware of her departure … Puck had Hermia long gone; he having taken her to an enchanted wood and hidden here beneath a cloak of magic. At first the houses were frantic, searching far and wide for Hermia … but as the weeks progressed slowly into months, all hope began to fade.
  • 10. What they didn’t know – or could never expect - was that they would never find Hermia … at least not as they’d known her … again. For as she lay sleeping, like Sleeping Beauty in her rest, Puck worked his magic upon her … day and night … taking her from her mortal form and altering her, permanently. Her flesh he twisted, her spirit he changed - heightening her senses, carving her figure, imbuing her with powers not unlike his own … and from the recesses of his power he transformed her into a fairy: just like himself. But that was not the only change he worked, for …
  • 11. … during her sleep, he also tampered with her mind: blocking memories, altering perceptions, twisting and changing her ethical beliefs in order to help the aid the transition from mortal into fey. And … as an anticipated side effect: it also helped to block her very real sense of obligation and commitment in her betrothal to Hamilton son; Andre. When, she awoke - transformed and changed - she knew little of the life she’d lead before … only vague sensations of a memory haunting her. Like the fleeing taste of a dream upon her tongue. It was still a shock to discover her new …
  • 12. … existence in the blink of awakening; leaving her - perhaps even more than she might have been otherwise - dependant upon Puck’s familiar presence to get her through. Though a side effect of his schemes, Puck nurtured the fostered closeness - encouraging the affection that they had always shared into a fully realized romance. Of course, Puck nudged this natural progression along with some more of his magic crafts - until, with the veil still carefully befuddling the reality in her mind; Puck committed to Hermia - and for better or worse, claimed her as his Princess and bride.