Stone Crossed is so much more than a Romeo and Juliet tale set in the Stone Ages. It is a commentary on how fear and division have pervaded humanity since the beginning of time. It is also a statement on how the power of love can bridge even the deepest of divides.
Divided by fear
Stone Crossed tells the tale of a world divided by fear of the unknown. Unlike other Romeo and Juliet-esque tales, the two sides of the Arkose fault line don't actively fight. Rather than being driven to confrontation, there is complete disengagement on both sides of the fault line, with anyone who their side believes to be an "other."
Questioning the status-quo
In Stone Crossed, Stoney and Jewel meet despite being from two sides of the fault line. As they begin to fall in love with one another, they realize that they have no idea why the fault line division exists. Everyone simply believes the division always will (and should) exist, because it always has. It's written in stone, afterall.
As Stoney and Jewel begin to test the limits, they realize that they are not a threat to one another, and that the fear-based stories passed down for generations are just that: stories. Ultimately, they choose a life together over the division that still pervades their society - despite the potential consequences.
Love bridges the divide
The themes of Stone Crossed reflect a somewhat utopian vision of a world in which asking the hard questions leads to love. In the end, the movement of the fault line serves as a reminder of our humanness in nature, and that taking the leap in the name of love is how we move into a new future of acceptance, togetherness, and freedom from the dogmas of the past.
As the song “Celebrate” goes, although on the exterior we all appear different, ‘the red blood runs through each one of you.’
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