“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 10 (PG-13, S): Affairs of the Heart, Part 1, February 27, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #710)

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch.10 (PG-13, S): Affairs of the Heart, Part 1,   February 27, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #710)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood;  & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
(All Rights Reserved; No copyright infringement intended)[(1) story logo, top right]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Sir Guy of Gisborne found there to be many secrets and lies abounding at the Friday, March 29th, 1199 celebratory feast in his honor. Not everything is clear. Especially regarding Prince John hinting that their kinsman John Oxbridge, Earl of Leicester–their Gordon Castle hostess Lady Rebecca’s husband–might be gravely injured, or even dead. And Sir Guy does suspect that Sir Roderick might prove to be a worrisome aspect of their lives. And Sir Guy knows that his eldest son Seth Gisborne will have questions about his birth and his birthright now that Sir Jasper has let slip about Seth’s legitimacy degree. Yet now all Sir Guy wants to do is sleep this night before he and Seth ride home to Gisborne-Middleton Manor. But restful sleep will prove to be elusory, delightuflly so.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 10 (PG-13, S): Affairs of the Heart, Part 1

Thankfully for Sir Roderick, the Gisbornes decide to retire early from Friday night’s feast since their younger children six year old Lady Helen and four year old Louis are with them. As Sir Guy wishes Sir Roderick a good night before he retires to bed as their guest in their guest suite’s sitting room, Sir Guy notices a restlessness in the younger man. And Sir Guy wonders if it has anything to do with their hostess, Lady Rebecca, whom Sir Roderick escorted into the feast. Sir Guy is not one for idle speculation about the nature of the acquaintance between Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick–considering Lady Rebecca’s seemingly genuine distress that her husband might be injured or dead in the Holy Land. But Sir Guy also knows that Prince John would love to have the lovely Lady Rebecca as a pawn in his noble’s betrothal and marriage market scheme–and the fair Lady Rebecca and strong Sir Roderick do make a handsome couple.

Sir Guy: Sir Guy begins solicitously. “Are you feeling pain in your shoulder, Sir Roderick? Perhaps you should drink some more wine to dull your senses.”  Sir Guy holds out a cup with wine in it to the younger man.

But his senses dulled is not what Sir Roderick wants this night if he is to go to his Lady Becca.

Sir Roderick: “Nay.” He smiles good naturedly at his host. “I thank you for your solicitude, Lord Gisborne. My shoulder does have a steady throbbing to it.” Sir Roderick rolls his eyes wincingly. “But I will endure it. And given your largesse in inviting me to stay with your family, I will surely heal more swiftly. I am unused to such fine accommodations as these since I have been traveling our Northern territories for the crown.”   He gestures toward the bed prepared for him at one end of the Gisborne’s guest suite’s sitting room. “I am accustomed to sleeping in the open space of a moonlit night, the stars being my canopy.” Sir Roderick shrugs sheepishly.

Sir Guy: “Ah. Well then, perhaps a turn about the garden in the fresh night air would do you good? My valet will readmit you to our guest suite upon your return.” Sir Guy beckons to his valet whose sleeping cot has been placed in the sitting room, near the door to the corridor. The valet nods his compliance.

Sir Roderick: Bowing to his host Sir Guy, Sir Roderick smiles cordially. “I thank you.” He turns and leaves the Gisborne’s guest bed chamber suite in Gordon Castle.

***

Sir Guy having vascillated between sharing his concerns with his wife Lady Roseanna and keeping them from her, now decides that he must give her an inkling–if only to insure that she is on her guard. However, his wife will prove more resistant to intrigue than he would have thought, and pleasantly so.

Looking up to see her husband Sir Guy enter their guest bed chamber as she dismisses her ladies maid, Lady Roseanna in her nightgown and wrapper places their now sleeping six month old baby daughter Lady Diana in her nearby crib. Their other children sleep with their nurses and such in the second bedroom of their guest bed chamber suite in Gordon Castle. So Sir Guy relishes the small modicum of privacy that he has with his lady wife Roseanna–and he bolts their bed chamber door shut.

Lady Roseanna: “Guy!” She sighs softly so as not to waken baby Lady Diana. “Has Sir Roderick returned, or must you yet wait up for him?”

Sauntering over to his wife, Sir Guy smiles lovingly at her as he takes her into his arms. His intent has changed from disclosure to of an amorous nature.

Sir Guy: “He came … and went.” She looks at him quizzically. “He claimed to need to clear his mind so I suggested a moonlit stroll in the garden. My valet will let him back in when he returns. I have told my valet that we are not to be disturbed.”

Lady Roseanna: “Oh?” She smiles.

Sir Guy: Then Sir Guy growls. “Hmmm. It has been too long since I held you close in my arms, beloved.”

Lady Roseanna: “It was last evening.” She smiles coquettishly.

Sir Guy: “Precisely! This business of being honored is tedious at best.”

Lady Roseanna: Snuggling into his chest as he embraces her, she asks. “And at worst, my husband?”

Rather than tell her just yet about the plots against him just yet, Sir Guy misdirects his wife with humor as he gazes down at her upturned face.

Sir Guy: “Indigestion, brought on by spurious nobles with over weaning egos engorging themselves at our hostess Lady Rebecca’s expense.”

Lady Rebecca: “Ha ha ha ha ha!”  She claps her hands with glee. “You are a most harsh judge of your noble peers.”

Sir Guy: “Truly Rose, I had no idea that Lady Rebecca would be forced to entertain the lot of them at Gordon Castle when Leicester Cathedral was proposed as the site for my investiture.”

Lady Roseanna: “Afterall, it is a very big castle. And you would not go to London to see your investiture done properly. So you only have yourself to blame.” She fixes him with a pixieish grin.

Sir Guy: Returning his thoughts to his original intent, Sir Guy smiles wickedly. “My Rose? You are quite right!   It is a big castle. And we must relish this fine bed chamber granted us.”

Sir Guy steps back from his wife and expeditiously removes his tunic, under shirt, boots, and breeches–him now standing in only the thin fabric of his drawers. He walks over to his wife and gently removes her robe and kisses her now bare shoulder revealed by her sleeveless night gown. He draws his hand gently down her spine through the soft fabric. Arching her back tingling with his pleasing touch and breathing in quick breaths, anticipating her husband’s loving attentions, she asks.

Lady Roseanne: “And how might we do that?”

She turns toward him again, with her back now toward the bed. Sir Guy draws his Lady Rose Guy-and-Roseanna-kissing-areRichardArmitage-andDanielaDenby-Ashe-inNorth&South-epi4-340-Jan0114ranet-sized-brt-crop2brtinto his embrace again as he kisses her adoringly–their hungry mouths clinging to each other in feverish kisses [(2) right], even as Sir Guy divests himself of his drawers. The firelight at the foot of their bed casts a warm glow in the room, even as it warms the now exposed skin of Sir Guy’s backside. Lady Rose’s hands around her husband move lower still as she revels in his handsome physique. A man of forty five years Sir Guy of Gisborne might be, but he is glorious in his masculine perfection in her eyes and to her touch.

Sir Guy: Tugging at the thin fabric at her hips, he asks hopefully. “Are you not overly warm with your covering on, My Love?”

Sir Guy smoulders with his heated gaze at his beautiful wife, wanting only to feel her soft skin against his hard sinews–to feel her under him, or over him. Both are mutually pleasurable. He begins kissing her neck and she tilts her head to one side as she, in turn, kisses his muscular shoulder. Then his hand caresses her lovely womanly curves, giving special attention to that which he most wishes to free from their silken covering. Her desire now inflamed with his loving ministrations, give him no doubt about her wanting him this night.GuyImageisRichardArmitageasLucasNorthinSpooks9Promo-45Mar2913ranetCropTatoosRemovedGratianaLovelaceFlipClrDrk-GuyBodyManip

Lady Rose: “I am almost persuaded that I am over warm.” She teases him brazenly. Her eyes  roam admiringly over his muscular torso with his hair held back neatly [(3) right] with a leather string–but which she quickly loosens to run her fingers through his hair.

Sir Guy lifts his Lady Rose up into his arms as he holds her around her torso, her feet not touching the ground as he walks two feet forward to their bed side. Setting her feet on the ground, he pauses and seeks assurance from her that this is what she wants as well–since the fatigue of her nursing their baby Lady Diana often makes her too tired for love making –before he grabs the hem of her nightgown, pulling it up and over her head.. Lady Roseanna’s eyes glisten with desire for her husband as the evidence of his love and desire presses against her. And then he lays her down in their bed

Sir Guy: “My Rose, my beautiful Rose!” He sighs lovingly as he slides into bed with her and their arms and legs instantly entangle with each other.

Sir Guy gaze, caresses, and kisses his lady wife with love and wonder–relishing the fullness of her breasts as she strokes his back encouragingly.  Her sighs and trembles with his kisses and caresses stir him on to complete his purpose in making love with his wife this night.

Their lovers dance is always pleasing and pleasurable as they seek to fulfill their own and each other’s desires. But tonight, Sir Guy feels an even greater need to become one with his beautiful Lady wife Roseanna. It is true that their age difference sometimes bothers him, worries him–with him being eighteen years her senior. But now with the threat of extinction hanging over him due to the uncovered assassination plot, Sir Guy is eager to experience every joy if his life is to be fleeting. And, he longs to give his wife another son to grow strong and to protect her in future years when he is gone.

Gently, he guides her legs to open for him, resting his hands at her hips, his thumb stroking her abdomen, and more. She is ready for him, eager for him, as they join their bodies together again and again, and again, and again. Lady Roseanna feels her husband’s strength in his muscle arms on either side of her holding himself up as he loves her.

Rose glides her hands along his powerful arms and back until his loving ministrations are about to make her tremble with bliss. And she clutches at him–somehow managing not to dig her nails into him. Though Sir Guy is so rapt up with the feeling of her, of them together–as he strains to hold on until her pleasure is assured, such is his control–it is doubtless being scratched by her nails would even register with him.

As their desires increase, Rose begins to feel the tremors of their passionate coupling surging through her in waves and she cries out his name in fevered sighs.

Lady Roseanna: “Guy! Ohh! Guy!”

And as his Rose raptures in exquisite bliss, Guy now allows himself to feel the bliss of their lovemaking. He shudders with his sensual release as he spills his seed within her. And he prays that god grants them another son. Sir Guy stills as he lowers his torso to leaning partially upon his wife–yet still propped up by his elbows since he is a tall and muscled man.

Lady Roseanna: “Don’t go.” She whispers. “Stay.” Being joined with her husband is such a delicious and powerful feeling.

Sir Guy: “But am I not too heavy for you?” He asks in concern for her comfort.

Lady Roseanna: “Yours is a weight I bear with relish.” Rose brazenly wraps her legs around her husband’s hips and pulls him toward her.

Spurred on by her boldness, Guy rolls them such that he is now lying upon his back with her above him. It is a pleasing prospect. But even virile husbands need a recovery period. Pulling her to lie down upon his chest, he whispers.

Sir Guy: “Let us rest a bit, and then I will indulge you, My Love.” His eye brow rises in promise of shared bliss, again.

Lady Roseanna: Nestling her face into his neck and kissing it, she asks contentedly. “Promise?”

Sir Guy: “I promise.” His deep voice smoulders with desire as he kisses her tenderly once more.Guy&MarianLyinginBedJan0812Maltysalivejournalcropbrt

Then these two lovers–husband and wife–cuddle, with Sir Guy spooning behind his sweet Lady Rose as they drift off to sleep [(4) right].

Tomorrow will come soon enough–when Sir Guy must tell Lady Roseanna of the danger to himself and their family. But this night belongs to them as lovers.

To be continued with Chapter 11


“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 10 References, Feb. 27, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #710)

1) Story Logo for Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at

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2) Sir Guy of Gisborne kissing Lady Roseanna image is Richard Armitage as John Thornton and Margaret Hale as portrayed by Daniela Denby-Ashe in the BBC’s 2004 drama North & South found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode4/ns4-340.jpg

3) Sir Guy of Gisborne bare chested image is Richard Armitage  as Lucas North in Spooks, series 9 Promos, pix 45 found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spookspromo/album/series9-45.jpg

4) Cropped image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) and image of Lady Roseanna (is Lady Marian as portrayed by Lucy Griffiths) representing Lady Roseanna is a beautiful photo manipulation artwork created by the talented artist Maltysa and was found at http://maltysa.livejournal.com/355.html

 

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Thespian Thursday: Richard Armitage’s Gaze is Melting Me …, February 26, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #709)

… into a puddle of womanly essence.   *whimper*   Purrrr!   Sighhhh!

Thanks to Laura Day, for tweeting this mesmerizing portrait of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage!

 

And for added fun, here is my edit of the RA portrait above:

2014--RichardArmitageClsGazing_Feb2515LauraTweet-sized-drkn2
jameson-empire-awards-2015-logo_Feb2515empireonlineOh and, you can vote for Richard Armitage and THBOTFA at the Jameson Empire Awards 2015 site here.

 

 

Update, 7:25am:  And if you need a refresher about Richard Armitage and his role as John Proctor, here is the just released brief video interview by Digital Theatre:

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 9 (PG-13, D): Secrets and Lies, February 23, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #708)

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 9 (PG-13, D): Secrets and Lies,
February 23, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #708)

avaaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan2415GratianaLovelace-180x280sidebarsize[An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood; & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace] (All Rights Reserved; No copyright infringement intended)  [(1) story logo, top right]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Having been warned away from seeking the eleven year old Lady Caroline’s hand in marriage by Prince John’s Toady Sir Jasper, Sir Roderick finds their hostess, Rebecca Lady Leicester, at the behest of her three year old son Lord Graham Oxbridge. However, Sir Roderick has another motive for finding Lady Rebecca, for she is his childhood love Becca who was torn away from him–as he was torn away from her–five years ago, each of them forced to marry another. Lady Rebecca wed the Earl of Leicester, Lord John Oxbridge and bore him two children–their daughter borne after he left to join King Richard at the crusades. Sadly, Sir Roderick’s marriage ended with the death of his wife and heir in childbirth eighteen months ago. And though he still mourns their passing, Sir Roderick is drawn to Lady Rebecca as if she holds the key to his future happiness. But she is not free, locked within a loveless marriage for the sake of her children. Both of them are unhappy and give in to their poignant longings in a tender heartfelt kiss, before coming to their senses. And though Sir Roderick vows to return to Lady Rebecca briefly this night after the feast celebrating Sir Guy of Gisborne’s upcoming investiture to a Barony–a chaste meeting is all that they may entertain–there is still the feast to endure. And their secret love might not be concealed for long.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 9 (PG-13, D)–Secrets and Lies

Sir Guy of Gisborne stands tall and imperious looking [(2) right] as he purposefully gazes Guy-inIndigoTunicManip-isRichardArmitagesHead-inRH3epi5pix108_masked-toBanquetHallManipFeb2115GratianaLovelaceabout the crush of nobles in the busy Great Banquet Hall of Gordon Castle in Leicester this night of Friday, March 29th, 1199 celebrating his impending elevation to a Barony. Sir Guy of Gisborne’s eyes are narrowed in worried concentration as he does not find what he expects to see. His prominent nose appearing even more beak like as it strains forward from the tense muscles of his taut hawkish face and neck.

Forgotten is Sir Guy’s discomfiture with his overly elegant indigo velvet tunic–his thoughts now replaced with a sense of foreboding. His children Seth and Lady Helen nearly falling to their deaths from the top of the keep tower earlier today serves as a portent of a sinister nature–beyond the revelation of a plot to prevent his investiture to a Barony taking place, with his assassination being plotted. Sir Guy’s utmost concern is to protect and to defend his family–nothing is more important to him.

At the center of Sir Guy’s concerns are this new knight, Sir Roderick Merton, who has come into their lives as the savior of his children from falling to their deaths from the top of Gordon Castle’s keep tower. He wonders how certain are they about Sir Roderick’s character and his intentions? Did his and his wife Lady Roseanna’s gratefulness to Sir Roderick over shadow their good judgment in being cautious about whom to bring in to their inner circle as they invited him to stay with them in their guest quarters as he healed from his dislocated shoulder injury. Worst of all, Sir Guy worries that Sir Roderick might be a spy for Prince John and his cronies, him being especially suspicious of Sir Jasper–and that Sir Roderick saving his children was a serendipitous circumstance that might now put his family in danger.

Sir Guy does not willingly entreat these fell thoughts to inhabit his mind and his heart. But he knows all too well the evil and devastation that reckless and malicious nobles can do–because he was once of their persuasion, doing Sheriff Vasey’s and Prince John’s bidding in order to advance his own ambitions.   And Sir Guy dreads that it will not be he that pays for his sins, but that his family will be made to suffer. They almost lost Seth and Lady Helen this day. What will happen next?

Sir Guy leans down to his wife who is animatedly speaking with their daughter Lady Helen and Lady Caroline Havorford who holds on to little Lord Graham’s hand.

Sir Guy: “My Lady Wife, I thought that Seth was charged to be Lord Graham’s guardian this night, I do not see him near–nor even in the Banquet Hall.” His deep voice whispers in concern.

Lady Roseanna: “Oh?” She looks up and around the room. Then turning to the sweetly young Lady Caroline Havorford–her brother’s sister-in-law–she asks. “Caroline, Dear, have you seen Seth recently.”

Lady Caroline: Lady Caroline replies with a confused expression upon her countenance. “Seth? No, I have not. Nor have I seen Sir Roderick. Sir Roderick was so brave in saving Seth and Lady Helen.” She gushes with obvious interest in the handsome knight.

Lady Roseanna and Sir Guy share a worried look between them. Their plan to betroth their ten year old son Seth with the eleven year old Lady Caroline Havorford will falter if her wishes lie elsewhere. They both hope that she is merely infatuated with Sir Roderick.

Lady Helen: Tugging upon her mama’s hand, Lady Helen speaks up. “Mama, I saw Seth follow Sir Roderick out of the banquet hall. May haps Seth had to …” She stops, not wanting to mention a private action in company, lest they be overheard by other nobles in attendance at the banquet. “…you know.” She rolls her eyes and tilts her head.

However being only three years old and feeling no compunction for delicacy–despite how well mannered a little noble boy he is–a now squirming little Lord Graham makes his wishes known as he looks up hopefully at Lady Roseanna and Sir Guy.

Lord Graham: “I need a chamber pot!”

Lady Roseanna: Reaching for the little boy’s hand, she offers soothingly. “I will take him.”

Sir Guy: Staying his wife’s hand he intercedes, speaking urgently. “Nay, Rose! I will do it. It will give me a chance to find Seth as well.” Sir Guy looks at his wife pointedly, he will not be overruled.

Lady Roseanna: “As you wish, My Love.   Thank you.” She smiles agreeably. Her husband is up to something, but she knows not what. Then she places her arms about her daughter Lady Helen’s and their kinswoman Lady Caroline’s shoulders. “Girls, let us see how Lady Mary is faring. She looks quite fatigued this night.”

Indeed, the extended family is worried for Lady Middleton whose advanced third pregnancy seems to be stressing her small frame more than her first two boys pregnancies did. And Lady Mary so longs for a girl this time. But she will have to wait to learn her fate.

Sir Guy nods and he clasps little Lord Graham’s hand in his as they stride purposefully Seth-isTommyBastow-inDressBlueTuinicManip_maskBanquetHallFeb1515GratianaLovelacetoward the arched entrance to the Banquet Hall. Little Lord Graham struggles to keep up with Sir Guy’s long strides, so Sir Guy has to slow his pace. And in his line of sight he is relieved to see his son Seth [(3) right] returning to the Banquet Hall–only to have his relief replaced with concern as Prince John’s toady Sir Jasper intercepts Seth. And the fact that Sir Jasper seems to have changed into his ceremonial chain mail protective suit is also troubling to Sir Guy. For what need for armour does anyone have at a banquet?

Sir Jasper: Firmly clasping Seth Gisborne’s shoulder, which stops Seth’s forward progress, Sir Jasper inquires. “And where have you been young Gisborne? What were you about?” Sir Jasper’s eyes narrow beadly.

Seth: Not in pain, but not able to move from Prince John’s aide’s firm grasp, Seth relents and replies. “I was … I was…” Seth remembers his father Sir Guy telling him earlier, not to trust Sir Jasper, nor to reveal what he knows.

Sir Jasper is instantly suspicious of Seth. Why does the boy delay? Does he know something? What does he know?

Sir Jasper: “Come now! Speak of what you have been up to!”

Seth: “Up to? My Lord? I do not know what you mean?” Seth stammers, trying to delay responding.

Sir Jasper: “You are true Gisborne, as taciturn as your father Sir Guy.” Sir Jasper sneers petulantly.

Annoying–for Sir Jasper–Seth straightens up proudly, despite Sir Jasper’s continued hold on him.

Seth: “I thank you for the compliment, Sir Jasper.” Seth glares pridefully at hSirJasper-smiling-maliciously-isLessRoss-inRH2epiWalkabout-vlcsnap-00577_Feb2215RACentral-cropsized-brtis accuser.

Sir Jasper: “Hmmm.” Sir Jasper furrows his brow. Then he thinks of another approach. “And to think, it was I who served as messenger for Prince John in bringing your father, Sir Guy, your legitimacy papers five years ago. You should show me more respect and answer what I ask of you.” Sir Jasper smiles menacingly [(4) right].

Seth frowns. He does not know what Sir Jasper is talking about–because his parents have never told him the full story about his birth.

Seth: “I do not know to what you refer.” Seth warily admits.

Sir Jasper: “Oh? Then let me enlighten you.” But before he can ooze his venom, Sir Jasper is interrupted.

With little Lord Graham in tow, Sir Guy providentially reaches his son Seth before Prince John’s toady, Sir Jasper, can enlighten Seth about his parentage. Sir Jasper slowly releases his hold upon Seth.

Sir Guy: “Seth! There you are! Come help me with Lord Graham.”

Sir Jasper: “What? No greeting, Sir Guy? And I was just telling Seth here that it was I who brought you the royal decree that made him legitimate.”

Sir Guy: Glowering at Sir Jasper, Sir Guy hisses in reply. “At the moment, your agency in that long ago matter is of no consequence.”

Seth: “Papa?” He looks up at his father with curious seeking eyes. Seth wonders why would he have need to be made legitimate?

Lord Graham: “I need a chamber pot! Now!” Little Lord Graham pleads to Sir Guy and Seth.

Sir Guy: “Seth, come!” And Sir Guy takes both boys out of the Banquet Hall to an ante room down the hall arranged as a guest convenience. Sir Jasper glares at their retreating forms.

Once in the guest convenience, Sir Guy helps remove Lord Graham’s tunic to prevent messes–after siring five children, the great Sir Guy of Gisborne is conversant with tending to children–Sir Guy situates Lord Graham on the chamber pot and steps to the side with Seth to give the toddler some privacy in attending to his personal matter.

Sir Guy: “Seth! Where were you? And what were you and Sir Jasper talking about?” Sir Guy speaks urgently, forcefully.

Seth: Stunned by his father’s anxious manner, Seth replies truthfully. “He wondered where I was as well. But I told him nothing, as you warned.”

Sir Guy: Proud that his son obeyed him, his eye brow rising in curiosity, Sir Guy asks. “And what did you conceal from Sir Jasper?

Seth: “Papa, Sir Roderick is not as noble as he seems!” Seth fumes. “He is not fit for Lady Caroline’s admiration.”

Sir Guy: “Ahhh! Is that your considered observation, or is your jealously for Lady Caroline clouding your thoughts? What do you know?” Sir Guy’s eyes narrow.

Looking over at Graham still sitting contentedly on the chamber pot, lost in his own thoughts, Seth whispers to his father.

Seth: “I witnessed an … assignation… between Sir Roderick and a … Lady.” Seth dissembles, him not wanting little Lord Graham to overhear them.

Sir Guy: “Perhaps you mistook what you saw and over heard. None of us are without fault. And it is folly to speculate an ill purpose to another person’s actions.”

Seth: Bridling at not being believed, Seth hisses. “I saw him kiss her, Lady Rebecca. And she kissed him back. They are lovers.” Seth’s mind has jumped to a logical conclusion, but it is not a conclusion yet reached by those whom he besmirches.

And at the tender age of ten years old, Seth is only beginning to understand mature matters–such as love and romance. So he does not fully understand the true meaning of two people being lovers. He simply applies the term as Sir Roderick and Lady Rebecca acting lovingly toward each other–as his Mama and his Papa act lovingly in the presence of their family and in the privacy of their family home. Seth has not yet had the talk about men and women from his Papa.

Sir Guy: “Enough! Such slander is not fit to come from your lips, Seth. You are a Gisborne and above such malicious gossip!” Sir Guy admonishes.

Seth: “But I saw them, Papa.” Seth whines. “Lady Caroline admires Sir Roderick. But she would not admire him so if she knew he loved another.”

Sir Guy: Putting his arm about his son’s shoulders firmly but gently, Sir Guy commands. “Seth, we will not speak of it again. It is not for us to judge. Only God will pass judgment.” Sir Guy’s face sorrows, for he fears that his own judgment has yet to befall him.

Lord Graham: “I’m done!” He exclaims proudly. Little Lord Graham has only recently stopped wearing wrappers at night and has only had a few accidents while he slept. So his daytime chamber pot prowess is also improving–in terms of his timely usage of it.

Sir Guy: Rolling his eyes with a smile, Sir Guy slaps his son on his back. “Come! Let us attend to Lord Graham and then return to the Banquet Hall for the feast.”

They do that, rejoining Lady Roseanna, Lady Helen, and Lady Caroline still standing chatting with a sitting with a fatigued Lady Mary.

Lady Roseanna: “There you are, Seth!”

Lady Roseanna holds out her arms to her son and Seth leans in to kiss her cheeks as she kisses his cheek. Seth would rather have his Mama treat him with more reserve when they are in company, as she would if he were a young man. Seth straightens up as he leans away from her.

Seth: “Mama.” He nods his head. Then he looks longingly at Lady Caroline, who is not looking at him.

Lady Caroline: “And are you feeling better, Lord Graham?” Lady Caroline smilingly takes his hand and Little Lord Graham stands by her side.

Lord Graham: “I am, Lady Caroline, thank you. And thank you, Lord Gisborne.” Little Lord Graham smiles up at the tall and imposing Sir Guy of Gisborne. Sir Guy smiles kindly at the boy and pats his head. Little Lord Graham is without a father or father figures. So he likes the tall and imposing, but fatherly Sir Guy.

Lady Roseanna:   Noticing her husband’s unease, Lady Roseanna queries him in a hushed voice. “Guy? What is the matter?”

Sir Guy: “All is well.” He affirms–though it is far from the truth. His wife will have to wait for the privacy of their bed chamber before further explanations will be forthcoming from him.

Lady Caroline: “I still do not see Sir Roderick.” She looks moonily around the room.

Seth glances at his father, whose head imperceptibly shakes a no to him. Now is not the time–if ever–for Seth to reveal what he thinks he saw.

Seth: “Hhhhh!” Seth sighs heavily as he scowls–a mirror image of his father’s oft used facial expression.

Lord Graham: “And I still do not see Mama. Will we ever eat dinner tonight?” He is only three years old and hungry–not a good combination. At least he is already pottied.

***

And happily, Lord Graham receives a ready answer.

Then all heads turn as Rebecca Lady Leicester enters the Great Banquet Hall upon the arm of Sir Roderick. Sir Guy of Gisborne looks up at them standing across the large space. And he wonders how the knight who saved his children’s lives could now seemingly be attached to their hostess, Lady Rebecca, so quickly. Despite what Seth told him he saw, Sir Guy was inclined to believe that Seth had misunderstood because of his feelings for Lady Caroline. Now, Sir Guy wonders what secret Seth might have unknowingly uncovered.

Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick feel the fifty pairs of eyes staring at them. For Lady Rebecca’s reputation, they must not seem on familiar or intimate terms–indifference and disdain should reflect upon their faces, and it does. Yet them walking in together betokens some preference to those in attendance. Then would be lovers are saved by her son little Lord Graham calling out her name and dashing to her.

Lord Graham: “Mama!   Mama!” Little Lord Graham is creating a spectacle, as a three year old–lord or no–and he does not care. However Seth Gisborne and Lady Caroline Havorford follow quickly behind him to keep him out of trouble.

Bending down to hug her son Lord Graham, Lady Rebecca lifts him up into her arms and he nestles into her–regardless of the wrinkle damage that he is inflicting upon the silk fabric her gown.

Seth comes screeching to a halt in front of Lady Rebecca–as does Lady Caroline behind him, her full skirt wooshing around her.

Seth: “My apologies, Lady Leicester. Little Lord Graham was eager to see you.” Seth says politely, but he cannot help looking at Lady Rebecca with curious eyes. Then he masks his face to one of disinterest, after slightly frowning at Sir Roderick.

Lady Caroline: “He is, My Lady.” Lady Caroline nods and she pats little Lord Graham’s back.

Then Lady Caroline smiles shyly up at the handsome Sir Roderick [(5) right] standing SirRoderick-isChris-Hemsworth-as-thor-the-dark-world-6_Feb0515collidercom-cropto-armsling-undercaperespectfully off to the side, even as she absentmindedly takes Seth Gisborne’s purposely offered arm. She is smitten with Sir Roderick–and a scowling Seth knows it. But he is bidden by his Papa to say nothing of Sir Roderick’s behavior nor of his character. And Sir Roderick seeing the very young Lady Caroline take Seth Gisborne’s offered arm, hopes that the young lady will turn her marital hopes to that more suitable direction.

Lady Rebecca: Lady Rebecca addresses her son in mock indignation. “What is this, young man? I leave you in Seth Gisborne’s capable hands and you slip away from him?” She asks with a smile threatening to curl at the corners of her lips.

Sir Roderick watches Lady Rebecca’s interaction with her son mesmerized. If they had been allowed to marry, she would be holding his son now, their son.

Lord Graham: “I am sorry, Mama. But you were not where I could see you. And there are so many people here I do not know. And I am hungry.” Little Lord Graham admits sheepishly as he lays his head upon her shoulder. Little ones have simple wants–chief among them, their Mamas, chamber pots, food, and sleep.

Lady Rebecca: “Well, I am sorry that you were unsettled, Graham. I needed to find a quiet corner before the party starts.” Lady Rebecca explains honestly–though she leaves out the part about meeting in secret with Sir Roderick. And she can feel her son nod his head up and down in understanding. “Let us eat dinner, then you may go to sleep. It is almost past your bedtime.”

Seth remains silent–gritting his teeth to prevent him from revealing what he saw of Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick to Lady Caroline. Though Lady Caroline notices Seth arm that she is lightly holding stiffens and his hand balls into a fist, and she wonders why he seems tense.

Lord Graham. “Hhhh!” Little Lord Graham yawns. “Thank you, Mama.” He is a very good little boy, polite, and remembers his manners most of the time–except when he is tired and hungry.

After settling Lord Graham with Seth, Lady Caroline, and Sir Roderick at the children’s table, Lady Rebecca takes her place in the center of the head table. Prince John is on her left, followed by the very pregnant Lady Mary Middleton and her husband Lord George Middleton, and then Fr. Bale. To Lady Rebecca’s right is the guest of honor, Sir Guy of Gisborne, his wife Lady Roseanna, then his brother Lord Archer and his wife Lady Saline, and finally, Br. Tuck.

After a suitably short dinner blessing by Father Bale, the meal is served and everyone eats and converses freely. The feast is sumptuous and merry as the musicians play wind and string instruments during the feast–entirely too merry on Prince John’s part thinks a wary Sir Guy and his brother Lord Archer and brother-in-law Lord George. As they await desert–and ever a person to seize the moment–Prince John leans over to Lady Rebecca to comment.

Prince John: “This goose flesh was quite fine and succulent. However did you find such plump birds?”

Lady Rebecca smiles at Prince John’s obvious enjoyment of the meal, though he did not expressly tender his compliment.

Lady Rebecca: “I am glad that you enjoyed it, My Liege. The birds are left to live full lives upon our estate, then fattened up with extra grain feedings before they are cooked for our feasts.”

Sir Guy: However Sir Guy does tender his compliments to their hostess. “The meal was delicious! I thank you!”

Lady Rebecca: “You are most welcome, Baron Gisborne. I am pleased that you think so. ” She courteously addresses Sir Guy by his title a few days before the investiture.

Prince John: “Do not be hasty with Sir Guy’s new title, Lady Rebecca. His investiture is still three days away on April 2nd.”

Lady Roseanna: Leaning forward, Lady Roseanna glares across her husband Sir Guy, at her cousin the Prince Regent. “Johnny! The royal decree for Guy’s Barony was signed by King Richard one month ago. The investiture ceremony is merely a formality.”

Prince John: “Perhaps, but the investiture ceremony is a necessary formality. Until Sir Guy receives his enrobing and swears fealty to the crown as a newly established Baron, his elevation to be Baron Gisborne is just on parchment.” Then with a lilt to his voice, Prince John adds unnervingly for Sir Guy. “Anything can happen between now and the investiture.”

All pretense of civility gone, Sir Guy’s tightly coiled reserve and control crumbles.

Sir Guy: “What do you mean by that?” Sir Guy hisses to Prince John. He feels that Prince John is probably behind the secret plot against his life–or associated with it somehow.

Prince John: “Temper, temper, Sir Guy. We must all behave with decorum in front of our lovely hostess, Lady Rebecca.”

Lady Rebecca: “Thank you, My liege.” She smiles politely at Prince John and wincingly at Sir Guy.

Prince John: “And considering the terrible strain you must be under, Lady Rebecca, I marvel at your courage and fortitude. But you are young yet, and your powers of resilience are admirable.”

Lady Rebecca: “Resilience, My Lord? What need would I have for such a quality?” She looks at Prince John quizzically.

Prince John: “To be so young and left without your husband and the father of your children.” He relates straightforwardly.

Lady Rebecca: Lady Rebecca replies as expected with grace and poise. “We live in hope of my husband’s return to us soon.”

Sir Guy’s eyebrow rises, given what his son Seth revealed to him about Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick possibly having an intimate connection with each other. But he keeps his own counsel and says nothing. Sir Guy resolves to not even mention it to Lady Roseanna, though it is very difficult to keep a secret from her. Then Prince John completely unnerves the head table with his next statement.

Prince John: “My apologies, Lady Rebecca. I thought Fr. Bale had already conveyed the news to you.” Prince John looks quite startled, truly–or his practiced false courtesies have burnished his skills of seeming to be sincere, when he is not.

Lady Rebecca: “News?” She asks with dread and turns to look at the cleric seated at the far end of the head table.

Fr. Bale: With sincere remorse, Fr. Bale related the news that he was obligated to share–vainly trying to soften the blow. “My lady, the information regarding your husband is uncertain. But I had learned from King Richard when I was in France before I traveled to England with Lord Gisborne’s Barony decree, that the earl, your husband John Lord Leicester, had been gravely injured in a skirmish during the final campaign of the their Crusade several months ago.”

Lady Rebecca: “No!” She gasps in dread, for she has faithfully promised her children that their father would return to them.

Fr. Bale: “He was hit in his back by a glancing blow by a burning wooden ball that has weakened his constitution. And sadly, an ember also entered his armour’s visor, burning one eye beyond all powers of healing.”

Murmurs of gasps and cries of anguish from those at the head table learning of Lord John’s fate follow in the wake of Fr. Bale’s revelation. Lady Rebecca covers her mouth in shock, silently cursing her own wickedness for kissing Sir Roderick when her children’s father suffered so for the crown.PrinceJohn-frowning-isTobyStephens-inRobinhood-series3-epi6-pix0095_Jan3115ranet-crop-sized-crop2

Prince John: “Poor fellow! Distasteful business, the Crusades. You have my sympathies, My Lady. Of course, you must go into mourning for a time, though you were not married long.” Prince John looks and says the right words of condolence [(6) right], but his sentiments are hollow, devoid of proper feeling or sensitivity.

Fr. Bale: “I did not say that Lord John had died!” Fr. Bale exclaims quickly.

Prince John: “But with such injuries, how could he survive? I will send emissaries to discern the matter for you, Lady Rebecca.” And if she is now a widow, thinks Prince John, she will be a comely addition to his nobles marriage betrothal and dowry taxes schemes. For Prince John has elaborated upon the process, him now also taking a tribute from prospective bridegrooms as he considers whom to betroth to whom.

Lady Roseanna: “Lady Rebecca, we will pray for Lord John’s recovery and for his swift return to you and your children.” Lady Roseanna says soothingly. Then she glares daggers at her cousin. “Johnny! Please leave Lady Rebecca to her private concerns for now.”

Lady Rebecca: Returning the kindness of her kinswoman Lady Roseanna with a smile, Lady Rebecca fervently states. “I will pray for my husband’s safe return. Our children have waited patiently to meet him. Graham was but a baby when his father left. And his only memories are what I have shared with him. Our daughter Rachel was born nine months later, her never having even being held by her father.”

Lady Rebecca’s eyes are brimming with tears. Her guests at the head table believe her tears are for her injured husband and for their potentially fatherless children–and they are correct, in part. But the truth is that she worries that God is punishing her through her children, by taking their father away from them. Lady Rebecca’s freedom to love Sir Roderick would be gained at the cost of her children’s anguish–and she cannot wish for that.

From his side table dining location with the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley-Oxbridge children, Sir Roderick Merton has noticed the hushed voices and distraught faces at the head table as he gazes with concern upon Lady Rebecca’s evident distress. Would that he were allowed to go to her and comfort her, he would. But he must bide his time and wait until he may see her this night to discover what is wrong. Were he to do otherwise and go to her now, it would bring their newly rekindled relationship out into the open–and risk condemnation by society.

Sir Guy observes Prince John, and Lady Rebecca to see if he can discern who is being false–their Prince in telling of Lord John’s fate, or Lady Rebecca in mourning it. And with each passing moment, there seems to be new issues adding to Sir Guy’s burden. Must Sir Guy now also protect Lady Rebecca from Prince John’s machinations? And what of Sir Roderick, whose position in Sir Guy’s mind is still suspect. Though Sir Roderick seemingly amiably dining with their children gets him a good mark from Sir Guy.

And Sir Guy knows that Seth will need some answers at some point to the nature of his birth now that Sir Jasper has purposely goaded Seth with a tale of his legitimacy decree five years ago. Would that Sir Guy could decline his royally decreed Barony, quit this farce of forced celebration, and whisk his family home to safety, he would do so this night. But that is not to be, it is too late–and he can not back out now without arousing suspicions about his reasoning.

However, Sir Guy of Gisborne and his son Seth will ride home to Gisborne-Middleton Manor in the early morning of Saturday to determine whether all is well and not under threat of Prince John’s soldier’s discovering the buried Nottingham Treasure, then return to Gordon Castle in Leicester in the afternoon.

But tonight still holds more secrets to foster–and their natures, when finally revealed, will rock the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley-Oxbridge family to its very core.

To be continued with Chapter 10

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 9 References, Feb. 23, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #708)

1) Story Logo for Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at

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2) Sir Guy of Gisborne in indigo tunic against Banquet Hall manip (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 5 (pix 108) (2009) was found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_108; with tunic manipped from the original image of http://img3.etsystatic.com/004/1/6566908/il_fullxfull.386289903_51ms.jpg ; Masked upon Medieval Italian Banquet Hall themed image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/9e/68/e09e68168d3c8bf840a19556ea1552ef.jpg

3) Seth Gisborne at 10 years image is a manip composite of:
a) actor Tommy Bastow’s head, the young actor who later portrayed the young Sir Guy in the BBC’s Robinhood, series 3, “Bad Blood” (2009) was found at http://www.listal.com/viewimage/2338634; for more about this actor, visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2921012/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1; and
b) A daytime tunic (manipped blue to be a dessy tunic) found at http://pixgood.com/medieval-fashion-men.html and made navy blue;
c) Masked upon Medieval Italian Banquet Hall themed image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/9e/68/e09e68168d3c8bf840a19556ea1552ef.jpg

4) Sir Jasper smiling maliciously is Lee Ross in the BBC drama Robinhood, Series 2, Walkabout episode and was found at richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=52433

5) Sir Roderick Merton is Chris Hemsworth in a still from Thor the Dark World (manip with left arm sling hidden under cape) that was found at http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/thor-the-dark-world-chris-hemsworth6.jpg; for more information, visit http://collider.com/thor-2-dark-world-images/

6) Prince John frowning image (crop) is Toby Stephens in the BBC’s Robinhood (2009) season 3, epi 6, pix 95 that was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0095.jpg

 

Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 8 Blog Link

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/02/20/sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-8-pg-13-reunion-february-20-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-706/

 

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Fun Day Sunday: Richard Armitage Autographs Thorin Card and Nibbles, February 22, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #707)

The exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage is also  adorable and quirky—-especially when he tweets his selfiesLove the gleam in RA’s eyes here (my edit below):

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My tweet reply to his tweet:

“Well, good sir, how does one obtain such a treasure as this?  Autographed and nibbled on, please.”

Ha! And thanks to Teresa A for pointing me to the tweet!
Have a gReAt Sunday everyone!

P.S. Here is the link to the autographed card seen below (thanks to M.I.Rogers):

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 8 (PG-13): Reunion, February 20, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #706)

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 8 (PG-13): Reunion,   February 20, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #706)

avaaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan2415GratianaLovelace-180x280sidebarsize[An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood; & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace] (All Rights Reserved; No copyright infringement intended) [(1)story logo, top right]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Prince John wasted no time in advancing another betrothal at the Friday March 29th , 1199 celebratory feast for Sir Guy’s upcoming Barony–but between unknown and unwilling participants in Sir Roderick Merton and the eleven year old Lady Caroline Havorford. The extended Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley family were near apoplectic–especially Seth Gisborne, whose mind and heart are coming around to liking Lady Caroline very much. Sir Roderick also has a romantic past that makes him melancholy and reluctant to enter into another marriage–him being widowed eighteen months ago after a brief but fond union. And upon meeting the pouting three year old Lord Graham Oxbridge, son of Rebecca Lady Leicester, Sir Roderick eagerly resolves to find and bring the lady to comfort her son. Or, does Sir Roderick have another motive?

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 8 (PG-13)–Reunion

As Sir Roderick makes his way out of Gordon Castle’s Great Banquet Hall to find and bring Lady Leicester to her son little Lord Graham–observed by the curious Sir Guy of Gisborne–Sir Roderick’s seemingly expectant urgency draws the attention of a courtier whom one should never cross–Sir Jasper, Prince John’s longtime sycophantic aide. And the sheen of gentility and grace by virtue of Sir Jasper’s fine clothes and courtly manners fool no one into thinking that he is harmless–for they know better. After telling his even more nefarious looking companions to meet him in the Gordon Castle gardens after the feast to discuss some important matters, Sir Jasper intercepts Sir Roderick just leaving the Great Banquet Hall–by holding out his sword to prevent Sir Roderick from passing.

Sir Jasper: “Well, well, well. You are in rather a hurry, Sir Roderick.   Off to curry favor with our Prince?” He sneers.

Sir Roderick: “Ah! Sir Jasper.” Sir Roderick bows politely. “Prince John? No?” Sir Roderick looks at Sir Jasper quizzically. “I am doing the bidding of a child.” Sir Roderick explains without explaining.

Sir Jasper: “Ah!   If you think that you can ingratiate yourself with the Middleton family to win the hand of that Havorford girl, you will only be disappointed. You had best graze in other pastures. That girl and her dowry are spoken for.”

Sir Roderick:   His eyebrows rising in wariness, Sir Roderick asks cautiously, to draw Sir Jasper out. “And am I to know who stands in competition with me for the fair lady’s hand?” Though Sir Roderick has no intention of offering for the eleven year old Lady Caroline, he does feel protective toward her–like an elder brother might.

Sir Jasper:   “That is not for you to contemplate. It is enough for you to know that she is off limits to you.”

Sir Jasper is well aware that a young girl might be tempted by the strong looking Sir Roderick. But that Sir Jasper’s own situation and connections to the royal house via Prince John are impeccable.

Having an inkling that Sir Jasper possesses the arrogance to think himself a suitable match for Lady Caroline, Sir Roderick now sneers.

Sir Roderick: “I believe, Sir Jasper, that any man attempting to win the hand of Lady Caroline will have to prove his worthiness to ensure her future happiness. And only Lady Caroline can make that determination–with the supportive guidance of her family. I fear that neither myself–nor even such an august personage as you–will hold any sway in that marital decision.”

Sir Jasper: Narrowing his already beady eyes, Sir Jasper glowers in annoyance. “We shall see. And do not think that Sir Guy of Gisborne will hold any sway for you with Lord Havorford regarding his daughter. Gisborne’s influence is not a continuing factor to be concerned with.”   Sir Jasper says rather ambiguously–given his well defined plans for Sir Guy of Gisborne.

Sir Roderick: Sir Roderick eyes Sir Jasper questioningly about his last remark. But he chooses not to pursue it at the moment. “Now if you will excuse me, Sir Jasper–please lower your sword–I will attend to my commission.” Sir Roderick says flippantly.

Sir Jasper: “Very well.” Sir Jasper lowers his sword.

Then as Sir Roderick steps past, Sir Jasper purposely grabs Sir Roderick’s injured shoulder and Sir Roderick cries out in pain.

Sir Roderick: “Aargghh!” Sir Jasper releases his hold on Sir Roderick’s shoulder and stares at Sir Roderick who is trying to catch his breath as the pain subsides as he adjusts his arm in the sling. “Hhhh!   Hhhh! Hhhh!”

Sir Jasper: “Just remember Sir Roderick, courtiers like you come and go within Prince John’s circle. But I always remain by Prince John’s side. I am his eyes and ears–and his agent.” There is a not so veiled threat being made.  “Understood.” Sir Jasper glowers.

Sir Roderick: “Understood, Sir Jasper.”   Sir Roderick replies warily, wondering what Sir Jasper is about. Sir Roderick has only just returned to court and is not familiar with all of its machinations.

Sir Roderick backs away, keeping his eyes on Sir Jasper until he heads back into the banquet hall. Then Sir Roderick goes in search of their hostess, Rebecca Stafford Oxbridge, Lady Leicester as his commission for her son, little Lord Graham.

***
Whilst everyone else is mingling before the feast is to begin, the youthful twenty one year old and attractive Rebecca Lady Leicester steals away to an out of the way quiet corner bench window seat of Gordon Castle and she looks out upon her lovely moonlit gardens shining with an almost iridescent glow. She bows her head wistfully [(2) right], her thinking LadyRebecca-isTamsinEgerton-asGuinievere-inCamelot_Feb1915charubcom-sized-drstored2that she is surrounded by such natural beauty, but she has no such beauty of love in her personal life–but for the love she shares with her two wonderful children. And she laments that she was given in marriage to a man who did not love her–the father of her children Lord John Oxbridge, the Earl of Leicester–long gone away from her at the Crusades with King Richard now three years ago. A tear escapes her watery eyes and she brushes it away–knowing the foolishness of wanting what she cannot have.

Lady Rebecca has been musing for several mintues when she hears booted footsteps as someone approaches from behind her. She lifts her head up, seeing a young, virile, and handsome knight before her. And she is stunned to see him–her childhood love, Sir Roderick Merton. But she notices that he looks so different now from when she last saw him five years ago–all of his former boyishness now banished with his maturity. He is much larger as a man of strength and agility, and his hair is long but neatly tied behind him. Yet, he seems to be injured with his left arm in a sling under his dark grey cape covering his similarly colored velvet tunic underneath. Seeing his powerful frame encased in such elegant finery makes Lady Rebecca see Sir Roderick as more of a gentleman, rather than the fierce warrior that he is.

With his uninjured hand upon his heart as he gazes lovingly at Lady Rebecca, Sir Roderick SirRoderick-isChrisHemsworth-REX_chris_hemsworth_thor_kab_Feb0515abcnewscom-sized[(3) right] speaks from his heart in a deep and clear voice.

Sir Roderick: “My Lady Rebecca, you are a vision of loveliness that I had not dared hope to see ever again. Hhhhh!” with her softly curled golden hair, her almond shaped brown eyes, and her rosebud lips, he cannot help but sigh in wonder at his precious lost love before him–belying his otherwise tightly controlled emotions. All thoughts of seeking Lady Rebecca for her son Lord Graham’s needs have temporarily evaporated from his mind.

Lady Rebecca stares at Sir Roderick in shock and awe, her thoughts unbidden remembering his kisses upon her lips so long ago–how his mouth covered her own, pressing his passionate kisses to her willing surrender. She had given him her first kiss and her heart. To be enfolded in his loving arms then was sheer joy–albeit chaste joy. But their love and hope to marry was thwarted by her parents and her duty to them and by his parents and his duty to them.

Lady Rebecca: “Roderick! You are here! How?” She is thunderstruck to see him. So consumed with supervising the final preparations for the feast this night, Lady Rebecca had not heard the full details of the Gisborne children’s rescue–nor whom their rescuer was.

Sir Roderick: “I am here.” He gazes at her soulfully. “I could not stay away when my Prince summoned me to join him here.”

Realizing that Sir Roderick’s visit to her is not entirely his own doing–which she feels slights her pride–Lady Rebecca regains her practiced poise, and asks him diffidently.

Lady Rebecca: “And is Lady Merton with you?” She looks away, not wanting to see the face of her love as a husband to another.

Lady Merton is the wife Sir Roderick was beholden to take five years ago for her parents to impress upon Lady Rebecca that she could never be his–nor he hers. And so Lady Rebecca’s arranged married the Earl of Leicester, the absent Lord John Oxbridge, proceeded.

Sir Roderick: “No.” He says chokingly and turns away from looking at her–his sorrow sweeping over him once more.

With both Sir Roderick and Lady Rebecca looking away from each other, they can not see the mutual anguish that they both feel. But their desire for each other is too great and they once again engage with each other.

Lady Rebecca: Now facing Sir Roderick, but studying her hands, Lady Rebecca asks. “Did she not feel the roads were sufficiently dry to make the journey from the North?” Lady Rebecca says this a bit more disdainfully than she should. She wonders how she can be jealous of him when she, herself, is also married to another?

Sir Roderick’s eyes glistening with tears rise to meet Lady Rebecca’s eyes. Then he speaks haltingly, in a choking whisper.

Sir Roderick:   “Becca. Some eighteen months ago, my Lady Wife Gwen … died in childbirth.”

Lady Rebecca:   Lady Rebecca’s head jerks up to look at him. “No!” She hopes to stave off him telling her more of his tale of woe so that her heart does not soften again to him now.

But Sir Roderick has come this far in relating his deep pain, and he will not be stopped.

Sir Roderick:  “Our son Harold came too soon, and he did not survive beyond a few hours after his birth. He was buried with his mother two days later.”

Sir Roderick relates sorrowfully as his grief filled tears fall upon his cheeks. For all the lack of love that Sir Roderick had for his wife in the beginning of their arranged marriage, when they knew they were to welcome a child, he grew ever fond of her. They began to share a fond closeness with each other.  And when she died, he truly mourned her passing.

Lady Rebecca: Lady Rebecca instantly regrets her frosty tone and her heart melts in sympathy toward him. “Oh Roddy. I did not know.  I am truly sorry for your loss–both mother and child, so sad.” Lady Rebecca apologizes softly as she covers her mouth in shock and tears of empathy fall from her eyes.

Lady Rebecca would caringly embrace Sir Roderick to comfort him–as they did when young, before their love was torn asunder. But the rigid societal rules she must now follow as Lady Leicester do not allow her to show her compassion to him, not even as a fellow human being. For if they were discovered together unchaperoned–however chastely they might be acting–it would lead to her disgrace. And her disgrace would forever taint her children–and that, she could never live with.

Sir Roderick: “It is not widely known.” He explains in a hushed voice.   “I have not been in society much these past eighteen months as I sought my solace in distraction–through holding fast our Northern boundaries from Celt and Viking raiders. My only recently returning to court in the past few weeks is at Prince John’s behest, now that the Northern raids have ceased.”

Lady Rebecca: She falters, hardly knowing how to delicately ask her next question. “And did you and Lady Merton have … well, are there other children?” For she knows that he was married a little over five years ago, before her marriage to Lord Oxbridge. So there might have been other children from their union.

Sir Roderick: Solemnly, Sir Roderick answers her query. “No. Becca, I was not the best husband to Lady Gwen in the beginning of our marriage. I own that I did not love her as I should. I only loved you. And I blamed her in error for our arranged marriage, when she was as much a victim of it as I was.”

Lady Rebecca: “You a victim? I never thought of it that way–that the husband could also be a victim of an arranged marriage.” And she wonders about her long absent husband Lord John–if he had another love whom he was forced to give up in order to marry her?

Sir Roderick:   “It was only … It was only after I learned that you had given birth to Lord Oxbridge’s son, your little Lord Graham, that I felt that you were lost to me forever. And I stopped punishing my wife for not being you.   She had born my insolence and neglect without complaint the first two years of our marriage–bearing herself with dignity and poise. She was a good and true wife to me, I did not deserve her. She believed herself to be in love with me and always hoped that I would return her feelings one day. And in time, I did. And when we finally developed a fondness for each other and truly began our marriage, our joy was fleeting–snatched away with her and our son’s death.” Tears fall upon his cheeks in remembrance and regret. There is so much that he would have done differently–not just with his love Becca, but with his wife Gwen.

Lady Rebecca: “And now you are back at court–by Prince John’s request?” She dreads what he might tell her.

Sir Roderick: “Yes.” He sighs heavily. “Though I did not know this was his purpose, Prince John wishes to contract a marriage for me with Lady Caroline Havorford–Lord George Middleton’s young sister-in-law. I have only briefly met her just now in the Banquet Hall.”

Lady Rebecca:  She looks at him uncomprehendingly, wondering if he would once again contract himself in marriage where he does not love.   “Roddy, at twenty five you are four years older than I am. I believe that Lady Caroline is but eleven. You would marry a child fourteen years your junior?” Lady Rebecca stares at him accusingly.

Sir Roderick: “Nay! I will not be a party to making that young girl marry me against her wishes–as was done to you. If I ever marry again, it will only be with the woman I love–with you as my wife!”

Lady Rebecca: “How I wish it could be so. … But we can never be. My husband Lord John though far away in the Holy Land, will eventually return one day now that King Richard’s Crusades are over and he busies himself with reclaiming French territories.” In truth, she cannot understand why her husband has not returned yet. “And I am his wife. I am trapped! Roddy, we must not torture ourselves with hoping for the impossible.”

Sir Roderick: Taking a step closer to her, now standing closer than he ought, he sighs. “We are both trapped. I love only you, Becca. I want only you. If losing my Gwen and our son Harold taught me anything, it is that life is fleeting–we should not waste it with regret and lost chances.”

Sir Roderick reaches for Lady Rebecca with his good right arm and he pulls her into his embrace and she does not resist. Risking a further intimacy, Sir Roderick places his forehead against her forehead. Lady Rebecca closes her eyes, her breathing shallow–fearful yet hopeful for what might happen next.   Then he tilts his head down and he gently kisses her cheek and then her lips in soft tentative entreaty. But the sweet tenderness in the communion of their lips soon ignites their mutual passions as he kisses her adoringly, pouring out his love for her in tenderness and adoration. And she cleaves herself unto him, drinking in the passion of his kisses–wanting so much more. And yet after several minutes pass, Lady Rebecca comes to her senses as she pulls away from him and whispers.

Lady Rebecca: “We cannot become lovers! It is forbidden by God’s law!” She gazes at him forlornly. She shakes her head with the absurdity of society and etiquette thrust upon her with this feast. For if she and her Roddy were alone, she might make a very different choice.

Sir Roderick: “May we talk more? May I come to you tonight?” He asks shyly, hopefully. “I am the guest of the Gisborne’s after my having saved their children from falling from the keep tower. So I must return there at first. But I will slip away, somehow.”

Lady Rebecca: “It was you who saved Lady Helen and Seth?”

Sir Roderick smiles, not in bragging, but in relief that the children did not plummet to their deaths and perish.

Sir Roderick: “Yes, so the Guy and his wife Lady Roseanna  have kindly and graciously installed me in a full size bed in their sitting room–since my cramped cot in the armory would have greatly hindered my shoulder healing from being dislocated. My absence from the Gisbornes’ hospitality for too long this night would be an insult to them–and rouse suspicions as to where I am. But I must see you in private again.”

Lady Rebecca thinks that she knows what Sir Roderick is asking–to come to her bed. And though she has just now resolved not to take him as her lover, she will not be able to resist him for long. Though he, himself, has said that he cannot stay long. So she doubts that they will make love tonight.   And she knows the risks to her are great if she is found out. Yet, she cannot refuse her love for him any longer.

Lady Rebecca: “Come to me then, after the last of the guests have left the banquet hall for their rooms. You will find my bed chamber at the end of the family bed chamber corridor where the Gisborne’s suite is located. Bring something with you–as if it were a gift for my son Graham, in case you are discovered. My door is at the very end of the corridor. It has a rose carving motif on the stone door frame. You should be able to see the carving from the candle sconces nearby.”

Sir Roderick: “I will be with you this night, my love!” He also knows that they dare not risk her reputation. But he must be with her, if only for a little while this night.

Lady Rebecca: “Be careful and insure that no one sees you walking to my bed chamber! I cannot risk the ruin of my children through my actions. But I can no longer deny what is in my heart.”

Sir Roderick, gently kisses Lady Rebecca’s hand and they gaze lovingly into each other’s eyes.

Sir Roderick: “Nor can I, Becca My Love.”

Lady Rebecca: Feeling cautious, she tries to slip her hand from his grasp–but his hold is too firm.“I must return to my guests.” She looks at him pleadingly.

Sir Roderick: “Of course. But since it was at little Lord Graham’s request that I came in search of you, let me escort you to the banquet.” She looks at him quizzically. “Lord Graham was being carefully watched over by Seth Gisborne and Lady Caroline Havorford as you requested, but at three years old, Lord Graham still felt overwhelmed by the large gathering in the banquet hall.” Sir Roderick winces. “He is a fine boy, Becca.”

Lady Rebecca: “Thank you. Graham and his sister Lady Rachel have been my only joy. But if we are to return to the Banquet looking as if we were disinterested acquaintances, we must cease this sharing of intimacies.” Lady Rebecca admonishes him–and herself.

Sir Roderick: “My Lady, I will do as you bid me.” He bows his head in acquiescing to her request.

Then Lord Roderick straightens up to his full height, and adopts a placid expression upon his face–befitting a noble knight. Rebecca Lady Leicester also masks her emotions. And Lady Rebecca places her arm upon Sir Roderick’s outstretched right arm and they begin to walk to the Great Banquet Hall to rejoin her son and her guests–chief among them the Prince Regent, Prince John, and the Guest of Honor, Sir Guy of Gisborne.

To be continued with Chapter 9

 

                       “Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 8 References, Feb. 20, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #706)

1) Story Logo for Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite of:
a) Sir Guy of Gisborne portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at

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2) Image representing Lady Rebecca Stafford Oxbridge, Lady Leicester is that of Tamsin Egerton portraying Guinevere in Camelot and was found at https://img.charahub.com/c116529_dd684dc156ff28b65cfce17e4acddf77.jpg

3) Sir Roderick Merton is Chris Hemsworth in a still from Thor the Dark World that was found at   abcnews.com/images/Entertainment/REX_chris_hemsworth_thor_kab_140107_16x9_992

 

 

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WCW: A “Do Over” CRAzy Captions Wallpaper, February 18, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #705)

Back up! Trash that initial post #705. Deep breath. Reset. Adjust my _________ for comfort. Try again.

Whew! I feel better! And now, focus! What is my core mission here at Something About Love? Oh right!

               The four R’s:  Reading, wRiting, Romance, and Richard Armitage

So for your consideration, a recent CRAzy Captions that I created with two related 2014 Richard Armitage portraits–that were shared by KK (Thanks!) in the Richard Crispin Armitage group in Facebook. My edit creating the tall wallpaper with my captions appears below.

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Grati: “Nice boots! *wink*” And I’m *thighhhhing*! *THUD*

Just me celebrating a mild mannered fangirl moment by playing with graphics. Much better! Cleansing breath! Do over is complete!

P.S. I believe these RA portrait images by Francesco Guidici were among a group taken for a July 2014 Sunday Times article about Richard Armitage that I wrote about previously.

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 7 (PG-13): Intrigues at the Feast, February 16, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #704)

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 7 (PG-13): Intrigues at the Feast,   February 16, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #704)

[An Original FanavaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398 Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood;  & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
(All Rights Reserved; No copyright infringement intended)  [(1)story logo, top right]

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: As all assembled for the celebratory feast at Gordon Castle in Leicester to honor Sir Guy of Gisborne’s upcoming elevation to a Barony this evening of Friday, March 29th, 1199, Lady Rebecca Stafford Oxbridge–the Countess of Leicester–greets her guests with her three year old son Graham at her side since her husband the Earl and Graham’s father is away in the Holy Land. After the guests of honor, the Gisborne’s arrive–and she overhears Seth Gisborne’s parents musings about his interest in Lady Caroline Havorford–Lady Rebecca hopes that both children’s wishes for their future spouses will be considered.   And yet, this night has only just begun. And as the hours unfold, the night will reveal its secrets.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 7 (PG-13): Intrigues at the Feast

Sir Roderick Merton [(2) right], as the Gisborne children’s savior in preventing them from SirRoderick-isChris-Hemsworth-as-thor-the-dark-world-6_Feb0515collidercom-cropto-armsling-undercapefalling over the five story high Gordon Castle keep tower–and now the Gisborne’s guest in their family guest bedchamber suite–quietly enters the Great Banquet Hall of Gordon Castle through a side entrance, his left arm in a sling to rest his injured but healing shoulder and hidden under his cape.

With the celebratory feast in honor of Sir Guy of Gisborne’s upcoming elevation to a Barony just beginning to get underway, Sir Roderick’s hope to arrive unnoticed at the banquet is quickly quashed.

Standing in the middle of the room amidst a coven of courtiers–and waving his raised forearm in a gesture that is both a beckon and a wave–England’s Prince Regent Prince John calls out imperiously.PrinceJohn-smirking-isTobyStephens-inRobinhood-series3-epi6-pix0094_Jan3115ranet-crop-sized

Prince John: “You there! Sir Roderick, pray you to come hither and attend upon me!” Prince John preens [(3) right]. He so enjoys ordering people about.

Naturally, heads turn to see who is so singled out by their Prince Regent. Jealous courtiers, in particular, sneer at Sir Roderick’s good fortune in obtaining the notice of Prince John. Sir Jasper standing off to the side takes notice of Prince John’s attentions to the young knight. And he does not like it one bit.

Though to Sir Roderick’s viewpoint, him being noticed by Prince John is something akin to a horse being unable to deflect a pesky flea’s burrowing attentions. Yet, Sir Roderick must obey. So he adopts a decent resemblance to a smile, turns toward the voice of the Prince Regent, walks over to Prince John, and bows to him.

Sir Roderick:   “Sire. May I be of assistance?” Sir Roderick asks courteously. With his arm in a sling for the coming week due to his now healing dislocated shoulder injury incurred during the Gisborne children’s rescue this afternoon, he will not be doing any heavy lifting, nor sword fighting.

Prince John: “Nay! It is I who will assist you. Do you see the comely young lady standing over there next to my cousin by marriage, Seth Gisborne, whom you rescued earlier today?”

Prince John is most discourteously pointing to Lady Caroline Havorford [(4) right], the LadyCaroline-isDakotaFannings-head-manipped-on-ivory-gown_fromtumblr-thenmasked-toBanquetHall_Feb1515-GratianaL-drknyounger sister of Lady Mary Havorford Middleton. Though Prince John was born and bred in a castle, but as the coddled son of his then doting mother Queen Eleanor–when they were in a happier relational state–his manners are often atrocious. And Sir Roderick’s and several pairs of eyes in the large two story hall, turn to the sweet Lady Caroline Havorford  set amidst the splendor of Gordon Castle’s Great Banquet Hall.

Sir Roderick: “Ah! Yes, My Liege. The lady is perhaps a little young, but time will diminish that current deficit.”

Prince John: “Precisely! She is Lady Caroline Havorford, the young noble lady whom you should consider courting.” Prince John is matchmaking again, hoping to earn a dowry tax payment of ten percent–or 1,000 pounds–in Lady Caroline’s case.

Sir Roderick: Not being able to help himself, Sir Roderick startles in shock. “Nay my Prince, Lady Caroline is but a child–despite her tallness for a girl  at her age. She must be given time to mature before thoughts of betrothal and courting would be entertained–by me or by anyone else, for that matter.” Sir Roderick adds for emphasis.

Prince John: “Nay, Sir Roderick! It is best to express your interest now, while the extended family is feeling grateful to you. Your betrothal to her will then be more easily accomplished than I thought.”

Sir Roderick: “But I am not interested in Lady Caroline, My Prince.” Sir Roderick speaks sotto voce, so as not to have his voice carry over the din of other guests conversations, and risk offending Lady Caroline. Then seeking to present a logical reason for his objection, Sir Roderick states lamely. “And I know not of her nor her family–nor she of me and mine.”

Prince John: “Then use this evening’s feast to rectify your ignorance!” Prince John whines with annoyance–his well chosen words conveying a double meaning.

Sir Roderick: “But my Prince, I ….” Sir Roderick stammers.

Snapping his fingers at Sir Roderick–a very bad habit that Prince John began with servants, that now carries over to his courtiers–Prince John requests.

Prince John: “Follow me to my family congregated near Lady Caroline. I will facilitate your introduction to her.”

***

And with that, Prince John strides over to the Gisborne, Middletone, and Locksley family SirRoderick-isChrisHemsworth-REX_chris_hemsworth_thor_kab_Feb0515abcnewscom-sizedgrouping standing at the children’s table before seating themselves at the head table with Prince John and Lady Leicester, Lady Rebecca. Sir Roderick follows his Prince, with Sir Roderick [(5) right] plastering a courteous smile upon his face, but dreading what will soon transpire at Prince John’s direction.

Upon Prince John’s and Sir Roderick’s approach to them, the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley men and boys bow and the ladies and girls curtsey to each other. Lady Caroline sneaks a glance at the tall, imposing looking, and handsome knight with Prince John as he is greeted warmly by Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna. She has, as of yet, not met the cordial looking Sir Roderick Merton, though the tale of his bravery in saving Lady Helen and Seth from falling has been told to her.LordArcher-inFineClothesl-isCliveStanden-inRH3_maskedtoBanquetHallFeb1515GratianaLovelace

Lord Archer: “To what do we owe the pleasure of your company, Prince John?” Lord Archer [(6) right] sneers. He has managed to keep Prince John at bay these past five years, regarding the Nottingham Castle rebuilding and supposed treasure. And that has given Lord Archer a false sense of bravado.

Sir Guy rolls his eyes at his younger brother’s foolish words and manner and hisses under his breath.

Sir Guy: “Archer!”

Prince John: “You underwhelm me as usual, Lord Huntington.” Prince John eschews calling Lord Archer familiarly by name, as a slight–and instead, uses Lord Archer’s earldom title.  Prince John is being churlish. “I wonder if I should remove you as Lord Sherriff of Nottingham, and then you might show proper deference to the crown?”

Lord Archer:   “Oh I do respect the crown.” By which Lord Archer means King Richard of England.

Intervening between her kinsmen displaying their immaturity, Lady Roseanna steps up and kisses her cousin’s cheek.LadyRoseinPinkVelvetGownCompositeCrop-isEmmaWatson-maskedtoBanquetHallFeb1515GratianaLovelace

Lady Roseanna: “Johnny, you must pardon Archer. He is merely grumpy because he has not had his evening meal yet.” Then Lady Roseanna [(7) right] adds diffidently. “Is that also your excuse?” She smiles falsely sweetly at her cousin by marriage. “I do not need to threaten you with spiders to make you behave. Do I?”

Prince John:   Prince John shivers at the thought of spiders. “Rosie, you are rather chastising tonight.” Her cousin by marriage Prince John whines poutily.

Sir Guy: “If you only knew.” Sir Guy mutters as he now rolls his eyes at Prince John. Lady Roseanna wrinkles up her nose at her husband. “And My Prince, you would rue the day you remove Lord Archer as Sheriff of Nottingham–because he skillfully and tactfully manages the Northern nobles in Nottingham’s territory.” Sir Guy states without rancor. “You would not be able to find another noble to take his place who could equal the service that he provides to you as Sherriff of Nottingham.”  Lord Archer straightens up to hear such lavish praise of himself from his elder brother.  Sir Guy not being known to lavish.

Prince John:   “Is that so? Well, today’s hero, Sir Roderick Morton, here would make a fine candidate given his bravery this day saving your children, Lady Helen and Seth.”

Sir Guy, Lord Archer, and Lord George exchange looks of concern–them wondering if Prince John might set aside Lord Archer as Sherriff. Sir Roderick stands there uncomfortably, him not having met the Middleton’s and their extended family in the person of Lady Caroline Havorford yet.

Sir Roderick: “Kkkkh!   Merton, Sire.” He corrects Prince John about the pronunciation of his name.

Prince John: Narrowing his eyes petulantly, Prince John glowers at Sir Roderick. “Merton, Morton. What of it? You should have come to court with a name that is not so easily confused, Sir Roderick.” Then Prince John smiles leeringly. “Especially if your hoped for betrothed Lady Caroline is to remember your name.”

Sir Roderick: “Hhhh!” Sir Roderick gasps loudly for the indelicate manner in which Prince John broaches the betrothal. Even though, it is not a betrothal that Sir Roderick wants.

Seth: “Betrothed?” Ten years old–but trying to seem older for Lady Caroline’s Seth-isTommyBastow-inDressBlueTuinicManip_maskBanquetHallFeb1515GratianaLovelacebenefit–Seth Gisborne [(8) right] sputters as he stares at a very surprised Lady Caroline. And then he glares daggers at the good knight who saved he and his sister Lady Helen from falling to their deaths from the keep tower. Seth thinks that Sir Roderick is less of a hero to him now that he is competition for Lady Caroline Havorford’s hand in marriage.

And Seth’s whole family–parents, aunts, uncles, sister, brother, and cousins look stunned. And no one is more stunned than Lady Caroline’s sister, Lady Mary Middleton who is great with child. Perhaps it is partly due to her delicate and taxing condition and partly due to her witnessing her sister-in-law Lady Roseanna’s irreverence for her cousin Prince John, but the twenty year old Lady Mary intercedes upon her sister Lady Caroline’s behalf with poise and dignity.

Lady Mary: “Prince John! Or, may I address you as Johnny as well, since we are family? In my father’s absence, my husband Lord George Middleton and I, are guardians of my sister, Lady Caroline. We are not authorized to enter into any betrothal negotiations, nor even to contemplate such a turn of events. My sister is only eleven years old–too young to become betrothed to anyone.”

Seth nods his head up and down unbidden. Sisters-in-law Lady Roseanna Gisborne and Lady Saline Locksley share a knowing look with stifled smiles–regarding Seth’s parents hopes for betrothing their son Seth to Lady Caroline, and seemingly his own romantic leanings.

Prince John: “But Lady Mary your father and hers, Lord Havorford, is actively seeking a husband for her.” He counters.

Lady Mary: “Papa is mildly entertaining future betrothal possibilities. I was not betrothed and married until my fifteenth year–nor is my sister likely to be.” She dissembles–her being aware of the Gisborne’s interest in proposing a match between their son Seth and Lady Caroline. “And, Papa has nothing better to do at the moment.” She rolls her eyes. Then she lays a purposeful hand caressingly upon her pregnant belly. “Now My Prince,” Lady Mary is not so unwise as to risk a familiarity–even in her with child condition. “… unless you want me to be so distressed that I have this baby upon one of the banquet tables here, I suggest that we choose another topic of conversation.” She officiously cuts off the discussion.

Sir Guy’s eyebrow raises and he bows his head [(9) right] shielding his half lidded eyes as Guy-inIndigoTunicManip-isRichardArmitagesHead-inRH3epi5pix111_masked-toBanquetHallManipFeb1514GratianaLovelacehe gazes at Lady Mary’s hapless husband, his brother-in-law, Lord George Middleton standing next to him. And Sir Guy is also feeling a bit discomfitted with the royal indigo blue tunic with gold embroidery finery that he is being forced to wear this evening by his dear wife–him preferring leather more than velvet or brocade. But as the guest of honor as the soon to be Baron, he must, regrettably, dress the part.

Lord George: Leaning over to Sir Guy, Lord George mutters under his breath.   “Mary always becomes … unsettled … as she awaits our baby’s births.” Agitated is more like it, Lord George thinks privately–him choosing to be discreet and considerate in this instance. Maybe my brother is maturing with his discretion thinks Lord George’s sister Lady Roseanna.

Sir Guy looks upon his brother-in-law Lord George with some sympathy, thanking god for his more even tempered wife, Lady Roseanna. But of course, Sir Guy is suffering from memory loss at the moment, because Lady Roseanna is as feisty and fiery as ladies come.

Trying to ease the awkwardness imposed by Prince John’s hasty suggestion of a betrothal between he and Lady Caroline, Sir Roderick attempts to smooth over the situation.

Sir Roderick: “My Lady Caroline, it is an honor to meet you. You are quite charming.” Sir Roderick states sincerely as he bows to Lady Caroline, and she curtsies with a sweet smile. Seth frowns. “But your sister is most correct regarding your age and betrothal musings. And were you my sister, I would also wish for you to protect this sacred time of your leaving childhood behind as you consider what you wish for your future.”

Prince John: “Well! Sir Roderick! If you take this reticent approach with every maiden whom I suggest to you as a potential bride, then you will never marry again.” Prince John throws up his hands in dismay–no dowry tax portion to look forward to today.

The Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley family adult members exchange curious glances with each other before gazing quizzically at Sir Roderick. They did not realize that Sir Roderick had been married. For divorce [(10)] is not generally accomplished in their time–the church in Rome is quite adamant about that–and if divorce is finalized, it is not done so easily.

Sir Roderick’s face saddens as he gives the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley’s extended family adults a minimal explanation, him speaking solemnly, in a hushed tone of voice.

Sir Roderick: “My Lords and Ladies, I was widowed eighteen months ago after a brief but fond marriage. I beg your forebearance that you will understand this private matter is most painful for me to talk about.” Sir Roderick lowers his eyes, him not wanting to go into further elaborations.

Lady Roseanna: “Of course. We will respect your wishes. You have our condolences, Sir Roderick.” Though she wonders if it was injury or illness that caused Lady Merton’s death. Or, if something more sinister was at work.

Sir Roderick: Sir Roderick looks up and smiles wanly at Lady Roseanna. “Thank you.”

***

Then there is the additional social embarrassment about there not being enough room at the head table for Sir Roderick to join the adults–what with Lord George and Lady Mary being added to the mix at the head table along with the other adult family members, Prince John, Lady Rebecca, and their clergy, Fr. Bale. But Sir Roderick good naturedly states that it will be his pleasure to sit at the side table with the children–him not wanting to be on display. And Sir Roderick has one other reason for not wanting to be seated at the head table–though he will not confess it.

While they await the arrival of their hostess, Rebecca Lady Leicester, Sir Roderick sits down at the side dining table with the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley children. This company includes the slightly older ten year old Seth Gisborne and the eleven year old Lady Caroline Havorford. Seth facilitates introductions of the children for Sir Roderick. Seth being a bit more disposed to liking Sir Roderick again–since Sir Roderick stated that he is not actively seeking Lady Caroline’s hand in marriage. But Seth should take note of Lady Caroline’s shining eyes of admiration for the handsome knight, Sir Roderick Merton.

And being a most affable fellow–Sir Roderick would have to be, to not mind being seated with the children–before Seth can make the introduction, Sir Roderick engages in conversation with the well behaved little boy in a fine red velvet tunic and lace edged collar seated next to him.

Sir Roderick: “And who are you, little man?”

Lord Graham: At first shyly and then with more confidence, the little boy replies. “I am LordGraham3yrs--isYoung-Boy-Writing_byElisabethVigee-lebrun_Feb15141startgallerycom-sizedbrtGraham, … Lord Oxbridge–and Earl of Leicester until my Papa returns home from the Holy Land to be the Earl. I am three years old.” Little Lord Graham [(11) right] says proudly with a smile as he holds up three fingers–one of which is his thumb.

Sir Roderick: Mesmirized, Sir Roderick’s voice catches in his throat as he gently asks the little boy. “Oh! So you are Lady Leicester’s son?”

Seth: Seth interjects pridefully. “Yes, Sir Roderick, he is. Lady Leicester placed Lord Graham into my care this evening.”

Lord Graham: “Yes.” Lord Graham nods. “My Mama is busy greeting people. But I do not see her now.” Lord Graham looks around the room for his Mama. There are many people here in the castle this night and little Lord Graham is not with one of his usual servant minders. So Lord Graham is a bit worried.

Lady Caroline: Sensing little Lord Graham’s unease, Lady Caroline says soothingly as she rubs his back. “Lord Graham, I am certain that your Mama will join us soon. The feast will begin when she arrives–that is, after Fr. Bale gives the blessing.” She gestures to the simply dressed but kindly looking cleric standing talking with the adult family members.

Sir Roderick: In a kindly tone, Sir Roderick tells the little boy. “Yes, little one. Your Mama will be here soon. You are a fine little boy.” Sir Roderick is transfixed looking at little Lord Graham–and dreaming of what he does not yet have, a family.

Lord Graham:   “Thank you, Sir Roderick.” Lord Graham replies courteously, as he has been taught. Then feeling overwhelmed with all of the new people here tonight, little Lord Graham says forlornly, but quietly. “I want my Mama.”

Sir Roderick:   Standing up eagerly, Sir Roderick suggests. “I will find her for you, Lord Graham–and I will bring her to you now.”

Graham: “Oh will you?”   Lord Graham’s cherub face perks up.

Little Lord Graham has been ever so patient with all the goings on at his castle home today–and the preparations leading up to their guests arrivals. And though much fuss was made about Prince John’s coming, little Lord Graham met him earlier and does not think him that special. Then thinks little Lord Graham, when my Papa Lord John Oxbridge comes home, he will be special.

Sir Roderick: “I will.” Sir Roderick nods at little Lord Graham, Lady Caroline, and Seth before setting out upon his mission.

But unbeknownst to the Gisborne-Middleton-Locksley extended family, Sir Roderick Merton has more than a passing interest and motive in finding Rebecca, Lady Leicester for her three year old son Lord Graham.   With Sir Roderick being a part of Prince John’s retinue in attendance at Gordon Castle, it was inevitable that Sir Roderick and his hostess Rebecca, Lady Leicester would meet … again.

To be continued with Chapter 8

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 7 References, Feb. 16 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #704)

1) Story Logo for Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at  thedubs-staging.com/images/hamiltonhodell/600x600FFFFFFf/_uploads/userassets/images/griffithslucynewpic11

2) Sir Roderick Merton is Chris Hemsworth in a still from Thor the Dark World(manip with left arm sling hidden under capte) that was found at http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/thor-the-dark-world-chris-hemsworth6.jpg; for more information, visit http://collider.com/thor-2-dark-world-images/

3) Prince John smirking image (crop) is Toby Stephens in the BBC’s Robinhood (2009) season 3, epi 6, pix 94 that was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0094.JPG

4) Lady Caroline in ivory gown for the feast is a composite of two images:
a) Lady Caroline Haverford age 11 image (head) is that of Dakota Fanning and was found via Google search, but the fansite seemed to have a virus,so I am not providing that link;
b) Medieval ivory gown was found at https://31.media.tumblr.com/13bbc0c5701127b237e9082174961213/tumblr_inline_mmkaj8QYwC1qz4rgp.jpg ;
c) Masked upon Medieval Italian Banquet Hall themed image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/9e/68/e09e68168d3c8bf840a19556ea1552ef.jpg

5) Sir Roderick Merton is Chris Hemsworth in a still from Thor the Dark World that was found at http://a.abcnews.com/images/Entertainment/REX_chris_hemsworth_thor_kab_140107_16x9_992.jpg

6) Image of Lord Archer of Locksley (portrayed by Clive Standen) in the BBC’s Robin Hood, Series 3, is a composite image of Mr. Standen’s head (cropped) found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_093.jpg ; and a Medieval type man’s formal attire found at  http://www.medievalcollectables.com/images/Category/medium/158.png

7) Lady Roseanna image manip is that of British actress Emma Watson (head only) and was found at http://images.werdyo.com/2011/01/10/watson/emma-watson-pink-dress-0.jpg composited with Drew Barrymore’s pink gowned body from the film “Ever After” (1998) was found at http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EOk2VCc5f0Q/Tj-Uz–J9OI/AAAAAAAAAn4/-l5axymiDtw/s400/breathe12.jpeg; Masked upon Medieval Italian Banquet Hall themed image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/9e/68/e09e68168d3c8bf840a19556ea1552ef.jpg

8) Seth at 10 years image is a manip composite of:
a) actor Tommy Bastow’s head, the young actor who later portrayed the young Sir Guy in the BBC’s Robinhood, series 3, “Bad Blood” (2009) was found at http://www.listal.com/viewimage/2338634; for more about this actor, visit http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2921012/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1; and
b) A daytime tunic (manipped blue to be a dressy tunic) found at http://pixgood.com/medieval-fashion-men.html and made navy blue;
c) Masked upon Medieval Italian Banquet Hall themed image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/9e/68/e09e68168d3c8bf840a19556ea1552ef.jpg

9) Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) entranced, image from the BBC’s Robin Hood, series 3, episode 5 (pix 111) (2009) and was fofund athttp://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_111.jpg; and Masked upon Medieval Italian Banquet Hall themed image was found on Pinterest at https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/e0/9e/68/e09e68168d3c8bf840a19556ea1552ef.jpg

10) Historical views and policies regarding divorce or separation was found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divorce

11) Little Lord Graham Oxbridge at 3 years old is represented by a painting titled Young Boy Writing by Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun   that was found at   http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/thumbnail/186363/1/Young-Boy-Writing.jpg

 

Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 6 Blog Link (Post #702)

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