Romeo: O, here, will I set up my everlasting rest. Eyes, look your last! Arms, take your last embrace! (Drinks the poison) O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die…
Juliet: Stop right there!
Romeo: Huh? Hey, I thought you’re dead.
Juliet: I can’t and neither can you.
Romeo: Because you love me so much? Oh, I am so moved! Are you suggesting that we discard Shakespeare’s plot1 and live happily ever after instead?
Juliet: Well, I don’t care about that too much, actually. All I know is that the mayor of our village has banned the residents from dying.
Romeo: You mean that he issued an edict that forbids the villagers to die?
Juliet: Exactly. It goes: “all persons not having a plot2 in the cemetery and wishing to be buried are forbidden from dying in the parish.”
Romeo: Why would he do that?! I can understand if he disapproves of suicide, because we can choose not to die. But, unlike us, some old people have no choice. Sometimes they cannot help it!
Juliet: I know, but the mayor says that our cemetery is overcrowded. He cannot fit any more dead people in the church graveyard.
Romeo: Er. That would be a problem. You don’t really want to see dead people reposing on the concrete floor by the road.
Juliet: Nope. But the court has ruled that the acquisition of adjoining private land to extend the cemetery is not justified. So the mayor cannot really expand the cemetery.
Romeo: Maybe he can try put in some double-deck tombs. You know, like in some of the parking garages, where there are some mechanical devises that move the parked car underneath another car.
Juliet: Sounds like a good idea. Maybe you should go and tell the mayor.
Romeo: But we are supposed to die in the story. I cannot just stand up and walk out well and alive.
Juliet: Well, you must. The mayor says that the offenders of his decree will be severely punished.
Romeo: You mean people who die will be punished? By what?!
Juliet: By some fate worse than death. You go figure.