“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 33 (PG-13, D): Tears in Heaven, May 25, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #753)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Historical Fiction Fan 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)

[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/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, 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 Baron Guy momentously meets Lady Anne/Marian this new day of Thursday July 10th, 1199, he realizes that God has appointed the time for him to atone for his sins–to atone for killing Lady Marian.   And Lady Anne/Marian will begin to discover part of her past.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3) , Ch. 33 (PG-13, D): “Tears in Heaven”

Baron Guy turns his head and looks with shocked amazement upon the face of the lady LadyAnne-imageis-Lucy-GriffithsSep1713celebheightslistscom--manipwithveil-hires-oval-bw_tanbkgrndpresented to him, Lady Anne/Marian [(2) right]. Seeing the vision of Lady Marian before him, a pale faced Baron Guy drops to his knees at her feet in abject guilt and grief as he gazes up at her in supplication.

Baron Guy: His voice cracking with guilt and remorse, Baron Guy pleads. “Oh My Lady! Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” Then Baron Guy falls forward and lies prostrate upon the ground in front of Lady Anne/Marian. “I submit myself to your judgement. Do with me as you wish. God’s will be done.”

Everyone is startled by a thunderstruck Baron Guy humbling himself before Lady Anne/Marian– Lady Anne/Marian most of all. She is too stunned to move or to speak.

And with these two people–Baron Guy and Lady Anne/Marian–meeting after so long being separated, it is a turning point in each of their lives.
Baron Guy: Baron Guy repeats himself. “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Please forgive me, My Lady! I beg of you! I am wracked with guilt!”

Baron Guy is grief stricken and weeping–him not realizing that he is speaking to a living person. Baron Guy thinks that an apparition of Lady Marian has come to him to finally make him atone for his sin of killing her. Baron Guy now believes that God has waited until he was at his most happiest, to now take it all away as his punishment—as Baron Guy took all away from Lady Marian when he killed her.

The others–Lady Roseanna and their son Seth, and Lord John–remain frozen as the drama unfolds before them.

Lady Anne/Marian: Not unaccustomed to dealing with distraught persons, Lady Anne/Marian seeks to aid the man before her. “Good Sir, please rise and tell me your troubles. I have not yet taken my holy vows as a nun yet. But if I may be of spiritual aid to you, I will be.”

Lady Anne/Marian looks upon the strong and now vulnerable knight before her with compassion. However, she has yet to be formally introduced to him with his new title of Baron Guy of Gisborne. And she does not recognize him–nor who he is to her.Guy-isRichardArmitage-inRH3-epi13_023_May2415ranet-sized

Baron Guy slowly looks up [(3) right] at Lady Anne, his face is one of confusion and guilt.

Baron Guy: “My Lady, I do not understand. Are you not an apparition sent to me from God to require that I atone for my sins?”

Lady Anne/Marian: She smiles caringly. “My Lord, we all must atone for our sins. None of us are without guilt.” Lady Anne/Marian states peacefully and serenely, born of her seven years of contemplation and reflection with the good sisters of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent outside of Jerusalem in the Holy Land.

Baron Guy clasps Lady Anne/Marian’s pale slight hand in his and kisses it as he continues to kneel before her–marveling that he can feel her touch, as if she were truly standing before him.

Baron Guy: “But you were without sin, My Lady.   You were good and noble and kind. I am but a poor creature full of faults and errors.   And my past actions, my sins, have condemned me–no matter that I have chosen the path of right these past seven years.”

Baron Guy stops and shakes his head. Then Baron Guy looks imploringly at his wife Lady Roseanna, seeing her tears streaming down her cheeks. Though her husband Baron Guy has not told her, she has guessed the truth of Lady Anne/Marian in an instant–though she knows not how it is possible that her husband’s first love is returned to him. And Lady Roseanna mournfully wonders what Lady Marian/Anne’s return means for she and Guy and their family.

Lady Roseanna: “No!” Lady Roseanna chokes out with a sob. Their son Seth embraces his Mama and tries to comfort her.

Seth: “Papa? I do not understand. What could you have ever done that was a sin?” Seth gazes upon his strong and commanding hero of a father now penitent and humbling himself before the lady postulant nun.

Baron Guy closes his eyes in dread of his sons and daughters discovering the true answer to the question of what he has done. It is a secret past that he has kept from them for seven years. Seth at almost eleven years old is the only one of their children old enough and who might truly understand the evil that his father did to Lady Marian and to the people of Nottingham. But Baron Guy would rather leave his family knowing not of his crimes–as a severely burned Malcom Locksley left Robin to think he was dead after the argument that claimed his love Guy’s mother, the Lady Ghislaine Gisborne. Baron Guy shakes his head to clear his thoughts. No!   It will not come to him committing one final ignominy–of cowardice in abandoning his family and slinking away in the dark.

Lady Anne/Marian: Then the lady in question speaks to Baron Guy again. This time, Lady Anne’s voice sounds more forceful–as of old. “Why do you speak of goodness in me, as if it is no longer?” She looks questioningly at Baron Guy, yet to be introduced to her. “Lord John?” She raises her hand to him and Lord John comes to her side, but he says nothing. Lord John is as much confused at Baron Guy’s reaction to Lady Anne/Marian as is she.

Baron Guy sees Lord John Oxbridge clasping the apparition’s hands and thinks that he is beyond all hope of redemption if his mind has broken into pieces. Baron Guy’s hands grab at the sides of his head, woefully pulling on his hair.

Baron Guy: “I have gone mad with my guilt, and I am in a purgatory of my own making. God has truly wrought his judgement against me!”

Lady Anne/Marian: “My Lord, I assure you, you are not mad. And this is no purgatory. This is a very pleasant estate and the family is quite congenial. Will you not tell me your name? You must be a friend or relation if you are with the kind and gracious Baroness Gisborne. I am Lady Anne, postulant nun  of the order of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Convent outside of Jerusalem in the Holy Land.” She smiles sweetly.

Sir Guy: “Lady Anne?” Baron Guy looks at her uncomprehendingly and stands, holding out both of his hands to her–then one hand strays downward in a gesture to the gravestone marker at his feet. “But you are ….”

Lady Anne/Marian: “Do you know me?” She asks excitedly. “My injury seven years ago erased all memory of my life before. I have been adrift, not knowing who I am, nor who I belonged to as family. They called me Lady Anne because that is what they thought I said my name was when I was delirious with pain in my first weeks of recovery.” Her words come out swift and slightly garbled in her zeal to tell him about herself–or what she knows of herself these past seven years–in the hope that he might be able to tell her more about herself.

Sir Guy: “Your injury?”   Baron Guy shrinks back in horror again at what he had done to her.

Lady Anne: “I do not know the circumstances surrounding my injury, but I was stabbed by a sword. I almost died several times, my good sister nuns told me. But I clung to life and gradually became well again with their tender care and God’s blessing. Though, I do not know who I am–other than I was the late King Richard’s ward. King Richard would not tell me who I was–he and the physician healer felt it better for me to remember on my own. But if you can help me remember who I am, I will greatly appreciate it and I will be in your debt, Sir.”

Lady Anne/Marian looks at Baron Guy eagerly, with such a sincere look of hope that Sir Guy has never seen upon her face before when she had looked at him in the past. He LadyAnneMarian-isLucyGriffithsRH2epi06_156GuyMrnchkJan1311ranetbrt-crop2cannot help himself and he lifts his hand to her face, pushing back her wimple to look at her face and hair–she has not changed in appearance in seven years and she looks at him questioningly [(4) right]. Lady Roseanna stiffens when she witnesses even this small intimacy between her husband Baron Guy and his former love, the Lady Anne/Marian.

Baron Guy: “My Lady Anne?” Baron Guy begins slowly, carefully using her current name and she nods with a smile as he drops his hand from caressing her face. “I am Baron Guy of Gisborne. Seven years ago, I was known as Sir Guy of Gisborne.”

Baron Guy braces himself, waiting for Lady Anne/Marian to recognize his name, his person, and who he is to her. Lady Anne/Marian does recognize him, but not in the manner that he expects as she smiles sweetly to him.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Oh! Then you are our host, Lady Roseanna’s husband.” Lady Anne/Marian nods with a sweet smile at the now more composed Lady Roseanna, who nods back at her. “I am nurse to Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester who has returned from the Holy Land to recuperate from his injuries and reunite with his family.” Lady Anne/Marian gestures to Lord John who nods again at Baron Gisborne. But Lord John looks upon Baron Guy with greater suspicion now.

Thinking rightly that their lives have become more complicated than he could have ever imagined, Baron Guy asks questioningly.

Baron Guy: “You are nurse to my wife’s cousin who has returned from the Holy Land?” He repeats woodenly.

Lady Anne/Marian: “I am.” Lady Anne discreetly raises her wimple to cover her hair and tucks stray strands within it. She is unaccustomed to having her hair on display–as if she were a lady, and not a soon to be nun.

Baron Guy: “And, … you do not know …” He hesitates. “Me?”

Lady Anne/Marian: “No? My Lord Gisborne?” She shakes her head quizzically. Then she asks haltingly. “Should I know you? Are you someone to me?” For an unknown reason, Lady Anne/Marian dreads Baron’s Guy’s response to her queries as she unconsciously leans back into Lord John’s arms.

Baron Guy: “I … I am …” Baron Guy’s throat is dry.

Feeling that they are at the precipice of more revelations than can be endured this day, Lord John intervenes.

Lord John: “Perhaps, we should adjourn to the manor. The clouds above look ominous. And we have walked much this day.” He says with great fatigue at standing for so long.

Lady Anne/Marian: Solicitously, Lady Anne/Marian turns and walks over to Lord John and she caresses his face. “Are you feeling overtired, Lord John?”

Baron Guy notices the caring way that Lady Anne/Marian interacts with Lord John. And he wonders about the nature of their relationship–feeling the old jealousy of him still not being Lady Marian’s focus for her love nor her caring attentions. Then he immediately silently chastises himself for the folly of his old hurts and disappointments with regard to Lady Marian having any place in his heart and mind today–when he is blessed to be a loved and loving husband and father.

Lady Roseanna: Summoning her confidence in her husband’s love for her as she goes to his side and he embraces her, Lady Roseanna suggests. “Let us return to the manor to break our fast this morn. All will not be discussed this day, but hopefully resolved in due course.”

Baron Guy: “Yes. Let us go home.” Baron Guy tenderly kisses his wife’s forehead–feeling her tenseness lessen with it.   “Lord John, you and Lady Anne may take the horses to ease your way there. We will walk the 100 yards or so home to the manor.”

Everyone nods at the sense of Baron Guy’s suggestion and they all begin to make their journey back to Gisborne-Middleton Manor. Seth walks along side his father, sneaking glances at his his studied impassive face, Seth wondering what he witnessed this morning is all about. And Seth notices how subdued his mother also is. This morose behavior is so unlike his parents. Seth’s parents are a joyous and loving couple–making their home happy and nurturing for he and his brother and sisters, their family. Seth hopes that his parents will return to happiness soon, for it troubles him greatly not to have the felicity of their cheerfulness.

For his part, Baron Guy feels that God has truly punished him, by eradicating him from Lady Marian’s memory–and burdening him with the added guilt of her not even knowing who she herself is. Baron Guy has often wondered if at the end of his life when he would receive God’s judgement, if Lady Marian would come forward to accuse him and send him to hell? Or if she would take into account his attempts to make amends where he could and ask God’s forgiveness for him. However in each scenario, Baron Guy had envisioned Lady Marian at least knowing his name and remembering their less violent times together–when he loved her and tried to make her see his love. He realizes now that all of his attempts to prove his love to her were vain and arrogant–presuming her love for him would develop in time, because he loved her.

Love is not like that–reciprocated automatically when one wishes it. Baron Guy now knows through these past seven years–of having a loving marriage and building a family together with his wife Lady Roseanna–what real love is with his beloved and loving wife Lady Roseanna. And Baron Guy remembers the bible verses reading at his marriage to his Lady Rose seven years ago–it was from 1st Corinthians 14 verses 4-8 [(5)]:

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.

And Baron Guy knows now that for all of the tears in heaven [(6)], they will not make Lady Marian/Anne love him–nor it seems, for her even to remember him. And that saddens him. But Baron Guy realizes that he should not focus upon himself, but upon Lady Anne/Marian and her emotional state and well being.

Baron Guy wonders reflectively as he walks toward his manor home, if it will it serve Lady Anne/Marian well to know the whole truth of what happened with her death–and what they were to each other? Whatever that relationship was. And knowing that Brother Tuck is traveling with Lord John and Lady Anne/Marian, Baron Guy plans to consult with the cleric after their morning meal as to what is best for all concerned, especially for Lady Anne/Marian–so that Baron Guy is certain that he is not simply doing what is best for himself.

For if, as Baron Guy believes, that he will never be allowed to love Lady Marian/Anne as he would have wished to long ago–nor even as a friend now–then he hopes that he may at least persevere in his devotion to her until he sees that she has found love with another, perhaps with someone very close to her, he surmises.

To be continued with Chapter 34

 

 “Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 33 References, May 25, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #753)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image 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 from 2006-2009 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) Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton Gisborne is that of actress Emma Watson and was found at http://www.hollybollyhub.com/emma-watson-hot-image.jpg

3) Sir Guy of Gisborne (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 23) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_023.html
4) Lady Anne/Marian is Lucy Griffiths as Lady Marian and Richard Armitage as Sir Guy (hand) from Robin Hood found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode6/slides/rh206_156.jpg

5) 1 Corinthians 13:4-8New International Version (NIV) “Love is Patient…” is found at

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+13%3A4-8&version=NIV

6)  “Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven” is a video by Kyle Akasaka that was found at

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 32 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #751)

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-32-pg-13-turning-point-may-22-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-751/

 

 

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Fun Day Sunday! A Day of Rest and RelAxation for RA? May 24, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #752)

I don’t know about you, but my Sunday has story writing, begonia planting in my deck 2014--AllFilm-RichardArmitage-ingreyplaid&beard-bySarahDunn_Dec1414ranet-cropboxes, and such in it. Not scintillating, but relaxing.

What about Richard Armitage? These past twelve months, he has wrapped two films and promoted a third film, filmed a 6 part tv series, voiced a 9 hour audiobook and a much shorter cd of love poems, doodled a donanza (donation bonanza), and he wowed us in a play, etc.

The guy deserves a rest. Somehow I don’t think that he’ll take it. Ha! Mr. A is probably lining up his next role as he keeps his career momentum on the international stage going. More power to him! We look forward to experiencing and supporting his storytelling art.

But don’t forget to rest up yourselves. Have a gReAt day!

Cheers!   Grati ;->

Sarah Dunn portrait image of Richard Armitage is courtesy of RANet (Dec. 14, 2014 news section). And here is a December 2014 audio interview with RA link that RANet provided.

For more of Ms. Dunn’s wonderful portraiture, please visit her website at http://www.sarahdunnphoto.co.uk/

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 32 (PG-13): Turning Point, May 22, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #751)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Historical Fiction Fan 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)

[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/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, 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: Baron Guy is tired from his journey home from Nottingham. Riding a horse for hours on end bruises the back and the backside.   Yet the pull of his loving family drove him onward. And reuniting with his wife in the late hours of Wednesday night into Thursday morning was joyful and loving.   After their tenderly making love, Baron Guy encompasses his wife Lady Rose within the caring and protective cocoon of his loving arms as they slumber peacefully together.   The morning will be here soon enough–and with the morn, it will bring changes to Baron Guy’s life that he could never have anticipated nor would he have dreamed would come about. This new day, Thursday July 10th, 1199 will be a turning point in his and in their lives.   And nothing will ever be the same again.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement”, Ch. 32: Turning Point

After seeing to her own morning ablutions Thursday July 10th, 1199 as a guest at the Gisborne-Middleton Manor–the day after arriving there as their last stop before Leicester in a journey that started in the Holy Land–Lord Oxbridge’s nurse and friend Lady Anne/Marian dresses in her simple postulant nun gown and head draping wimple. The soft morning light illuminating her beauty as she gracefully descends the stairs to head down to the kitchen with a servant’s guidance around 7 o’clock in the morning. In finding the kitchen a bustle with activity, she requests tea and cake for herself and Lord Oxbridge–to tide them over until joining the family breaking their fast in the conservatory at 8 o’clock.

And after the cook vehemently insists that a footman must carry the breakfast tray to the second floor family and guest bedchambers when they are traversing the servant stairwell that brings them to the far end of the second floor bed chamber hallway, Lady Anne finally succeeds in wresting its control at the top of the stairs. Lady Anne glares a steely withering look at the footman who capitulates the tea tray to her care. Lady Anne thinks she must have acquired such presence in watching their Mother Superior Sister Ignatious quietly overwhelm all in her presence. Though she does not remember it–how she used to be–her own inner fortitude is still in the make up of her character.

Lady Anne/Marian then carries the tray of tea and cakes through the bed chamber hallway toward Lord Oxbridge’s guest bed chamber. The sounds of her movement alerts the almost eleven year old Seth and the four year old Louis Gisborne to the household being awake and they open their bed chamber door and go and investigate. Stopping near the top of the grand central staircase and seeing the Lady who was with Lord John and Br. Tuck last night–but who was not introduced to him–Seth asks forthrightly as he rubs his eyes while standing barefoot in his long night shirt.

Seth: “Who are you, My Lady?”

Lady Anne/Marian is slightly startled and she turns her head to the obviously young boy whom she finds to be surprisingly taller than she.

Seth is not so self conscious about his appearance in nightclothes to feel embarrassed to be seen in such a state of disarray by a guest in their home as a young man might–thus hinting at his still present but waning boyishness. However, for Seth’s four year old brother Louis, it is a wonder that the younger boy is clothed at all. His sleeping humors are vexingly changeable–ranging from him feeling overwarm–causing him to cast off all manner of blankets and clothing– to him feeling chilly and wanting more bed warming bricks. The scorch marks on his bed sheets unfortunately attest to the latter condition’s frequency.

Lady Anne/Marian: “I am Lady Anne, Lord Oxbridge’s … nurse.” She states simply as she tilts her head at his bed chamber door–for children need not be burdened with the complexity of adult relationships.

And even Lady Anne/Marian is confused as to what she and Lord Oxbridge are to each other–each of them assuming they are not free to love the other. Lord Oxbridge restrains his emotions around Lady Anne because he is married and he has nothing honorable to offer her. And Lady Anne does not give hope to her heart’s wishes because her grievous injury seven years ago has made her barren–or at least her health would be endangered by becoming with child–and also because he is married.

Seeing the cakes on her tray, little Louis’ mouth salivates and he licks his lips. He is hungry this morn.

Seth: Remembering his manners, Seth suggests. “My Lady, Pray let me open Lord Oxbridge’s bed chamber door for you.” He offers helpfully. She nods her thanks, points to the correct door, and he knocks, then he opens the door.

Lady Anne/Marian: She smiles at Seth, then looks down at Louis. “Lord John, It is I–and Seth and Louis Gisborne.”

Then Lady Anne/Marian looks up and sees Lord John standing before her frozen with embarrassment–with him wearing his drawers and nought else so surprised by her swift entry into his bed chamber that he had not the time to dress. Seth wearing only his nightshirt thinks nothing of seeing Lord John without his shirt on.

Seth’s papa is often informally attired when the family are gathered in private–such as bedtime stories or swimming in the pond–and even on the practice field. His father Baron Guy’s manly physique is what Seth aspires to attain–and then maintain–when Seth reaches his own maturity a few years from now. And Baron Guy might be a fortyfive year old man–and a noble one at that–but he is in peak physical condition. And Baron Guy has found a renewed zest for life with his wife and children that finds him being quite more mellow than was his own noble family etiquette driven upbringing.

Then with both of Lord John and Lady Anne blushing, but not saying anything as they gaze at one another. Little Louis looks back and forth between the two adults–still hoping for some cake, and not guessing what their stillness is about. So he decides to make his request known.

Louis: “May I please have some of your cake, Lord Oxbridge?” He asks directly and politely, because Louis has learned that adults work better with simple, straightforward requests. Of course, the adults do not have so easy a response from Louis when they make simple straightforward requests of him.

Seth: “Louis! Those are Lord John’s cakes.” Seth admonishes his younger brother. But truth be told, Seth is hungry, too.

Lord John: “What?” Lord John recovers from his stupor and he quickly grabs for his trousers and hastily puts them on, and then his blousy under shirt, and finally his tunic. All the while, Lady Anne/Marian averts her eyes to give Lord John his privacy.

Louis: “Cake, please?” Louis does not say anything about Lord John being not dressed yet–for Louis is still only in his nightshirt–no trousers or drawers present–and Louis’ knees are showing given that at four years old he is also having a growth spurt–much like his eleven year old brother Seth had recently–and he needs a bigger and longer nightshirt.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Oh!   Of course.” She smiles benignly as she sets the tray down on a low table and she sits on a nearby sette.

Then Lady Anne/Marian offers the cake plate to Louis and Seth and they each select one cake and take a bite as they all sit on the chairs and sette in Lord John’s guest bed chamber as if they were having an impromptu picnic. After tea is poured for the adults and they partake of their own cakes, Louis starts on a second cake with crumbs from the first cake still trailing down his nightshirt. Seth rolls his eyes at his little brother’s poor manners. Then Seth looks back and forth between the two adults sharing cakes in companionable silence with small glances between each other, and he wonders if there is something more between them than nurse and patient.LordOxbridge-imageis-KevinMcKidd76376-Sep2213KevinMcKiddonline-May2115compbyGratiRev

Also curious about this man who has come to visit, little four year old Louis walks up to Lord John and examines his chiseled, weather beaten, battle scarred, and stubbled face. Lord John [(2) right] smiles benignly at the lad. Then Louis gently touches the strap of Lord John’s eye patch. Lord John holds still and does not flinch.

Louis: “Does it hurt?” Louis wonders.

Lord John: “No, little one.” Lord John shakes his head with a small smile. But that is not entirely the truth. “Well, at least not so much as when I was first injured in battle.”

Lady Anne/Marian studies Louis’ reaction, noting the confused expression upon the little boy’s face.

Seth: “Battle? Like in the jousting tournaments? Our Papa usually wins, and he is never hurt.” Seth states pridefully.

Lord John: “Something like that.” Lord John dissembles so as not to distress the young children by laying bare the realities of war–even a Holy War–people die and are injured, grievously as in his case.

Wanting to change the subject, Lady Anne/Marian redirects Seth’s and Louis’ attentions.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Seth, I do not see your dog Prince with you. I heard tale from Br. Tuck on our journey here that he is never far from your side.”

Seth: Now looking at Lady Anne more fully, Seth replies distractedly. “A servant is walking him so that he does not make a mess in the manor. Mama does not like messes.” Seth stares at Lady Anne’s blue-green eyes.

Lady Anne/Marian blushes to be under such scrutiny. And Lord John is intrigued by Seth’s intense gaze. Of course Lord John thinks Lady Anne is beautiful.

Lord John: “Seth?”

Seth: “Uh huh?” Seth replies without taking his eyes off of Lady Anne’s face.

Lord John: “Seth? What intrigues you so about the lovely Lady Anne?” She blushes at his compliment of her being lovely.

Seth: Seth points at Lady Anne and looks at Lord John. “She has blue-green eyes.” Seth sighs.

Lord John: Looking closer at Lady Anne for effect, but already well acquainted with her blue-green eyes–Lord John replies bemusedly. “And so she does. Is that significant?

Seth: “They are pretty.” Seth smiles at the pretty lady.

Lady Anne/Marian: Slightly blushing with first Lord John’s and now Seth’s compliments, she replies sincerely. “Thank you, Seth.” Lady Anne/Marian caresses Seth’s cheek and bestows upon him a caring smile.

Seth: “You are the only lady with blue-green eyes that I know–except for my Papa’s lady friend who we prayed for at her funeral in our graveyard several months ago.”

Lady Anne/Marian stills and a chill passes over her heart that she cannot account for. And Lord John’s suspicions are aroused.

Lord John: “Your Papa’s Lady friend?” Seth nods. “Will you take us there before breakfast, Seth?”

Seth: “I am not supposed to go alone.” Seth relates sheepishly. He is one month shy of his eleventh birthday–almost a man–and Seth feels that he should be allowed to roam further afield on their estate without minders watching him at every turn. His younger brothers and sisters need such supervision, but he bristles. However Seth’s parents have other ideas–and he must watch over his younger siblings like little Louis.

Lord John: “And you will not be alone. We will be with you.” Lord John gently clasps Lady Anne’s hand in his hand.

Lady Anne: “Lord John, I will stay behind. You take the boy.” Lady Anne feels uncharacteristically unsettled, as if she is teetering upon the edge of a cliff.

Lord John: “But are you not curious, Lady Anne?”   She slowly shakes her head no. “Well then! It looks like it will be just you and I, Seth. A short walk in the fresh air before we break our fast will do me good. Away from the heat and dust of the desert, I feel more invigorated here.”

***

Separately, Baron Guy has risen to have a ride with Lady Roseanna before breakfast–as they did when they were courting and first married. Baron Guy maneuvers his horse Pegasus to maintain his place behind his wife ahead of him so as to enjoy the view. Her hair flying in the wind from its loosened braid as her horse, now Seth’s horse, Wildfire swiftly and gently gallops–the horse sensing intuitively that his mistress is with child and cannot withstand the jostling of a true gallop.

Quickly coming to a stop near a stream, the beauty of the forest setting with soft morning light filtering through the branches of the tall trees serving as a canopy over their heads. Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna rest awhile as they lie cuddled together on a soft cushion of tall grasses bent for their comfort. They talk of this baby they will welcome and of the future.

Baron Guy: “Are you well, Rose My Love? The ride did not harm you or the baLadyRoseImageisEmma-Watson-hot-imageAug1912Hollybubbe?”

Lady Roseanna: “I am well, Guy. As you see.” Her smile dimples her cheeks and Lady Roseanna [(3) right] leans in and sweetly kisses him.

Baron Guy: “May hap we should set up camp here and await the child’s birth.” He fixes her with a cheeky grin.

Lady Roseanna: “Oh? And how should we fare in the wild? I am not an out of doors, lady. I prefer my comforts. Would you have the servants join us here, too, to tend to us?”

Baron Guy: “Nay. It was an impractical suggestion.” He smiles and gently caresses her slightly swelling belly. “Oh Rose, I wish for many things for our new son or daughter. But most of all, I wish the love and contentment that you have given me and that you bring to our family. I do not know how, my fortunes changed to be honored with the gift of your love.” He gazes at his beloved wife in loving sincerity.

Lady Roseanna: “So my dowry played no part in your interest in my, My Lord Husband–even if Cousin Johnny wanted to take half of it?” Of course, her cousin, is now the King, King John.

Baron Guy frowns slightly at the question. He knows that she does not doubt him as surely as he knows the sun will rise each day. She has given him this sense of calm and hope in his life.

Baron Guy: “Nay, My Rose. Wealth, position, and prestige are fleeting–not to be aspired to.   Only love with you and our children is what I seek. All else is illusory. You have taught me that–about love everlasting.”

Lady Roseanna: “Husband, is that a hopeful thought I hear you expressing?” She asks minxishly. Her eyes gleaming with triumph.

Baron Guy: “Perhaps.” He draws out slowly to tease her.

Lady Roseanna; “No no, Guy. You cannot rescind what you have spoken. You are content, I know it!” She smugly squeals and then she kisses his lips adoringly.

Baron Guy: Affecting a disdainful air with pouty lips–quite similar to their four year old son Louis when he does not get his way–as if Baron Guy’s former grumpy self has returned. “God’s Teeth, woman! Do not think I am soft in my dotage. I am simply grateful for the boon of you and our family. It is right to thank the almighty for such providence. Happiness is a destiny that I did not think would ever be mine.” Baron Guy is not teasing now, he speaks in earnest.

Lady Roseanna: “Guy, this new baby–be he a son or a daughter …”

Baron Guy: “He?” He asks wryly with a twinkling smile.

Lady Roseanna: She swats his shoulder and smiles mirthfully. “Do you not admit that you long for a third son to match the legacies of my brother George and your brother Archer?”

Baron Guy:   He shakes his head ruefully. “It is foolish of me to want more blessings than  God has already granted me. We have two stout sons and three adorable daughters. This babe will only enhance our perfect family.”

Lady Roseanna: “But ….” She smiles impishly at her husband, her knowing his thoughts even before they reach fruition in his mind.

Baron Guy: “But a son does not require a dowry.” He makes a face at her and laughs. “Ha ha ha ha ha ha!”

Lady Roseanna: “Ha ha ha! Oh Guy! Only you would think of frugality with regard to the fruit of your loins.”

Baron Guy: “Well. It is difficult enough to navigate the negotiations with Lord Havorford for Seth’s potential betrothal to Lady Caroline. I cannot imagine how to assure the sincerity of suitors for Helen’s, Sarah’s, and Diana’s hands in marriage when I must entertain such negotiations in the future.”

Lady Roseanna: “May hap the girls will choose for themselves–as I have done.” Lady Roseanna gazes adoringly up at her strong and commanding husband.

Baron Guy: “Then heaven help the men who come pleading for our girls. For if they have half the spirit of their Mama, they will set their betrothed’s and their husbands on a merry chase.”

Lady Roseanna: “You do not seem imposed upon.” She states cheekily.

Baron Guy: “Nay! I am the most fortunate of men.”

Baron Guy and Lady Roseanna kiss and cuddle some more. They do not make love–no time since their guests will soon arise and must be met for breaking their fast. In due time, the happy couple mounts their horses and take a leisurely and winding canter back to Gisborne-Middleton Manor.

***

After everyone was dressed this morning–and Lord John had greeted his childrenLadyAnne-imageis-Lucy-GriffithsSep1713celebheightslistscom--manipwithveil-hires-oval-bw_tanbkgrnd Lord Graham and Lady Rachel again in the nursery and promising to see them at table this morn after their nurses bathe and ready them for the day–Lord John Oxbridge follows Seth Gisborne to the Gisborne-Middleton family cemetery and crypt. And being cajoled to go along, Lady Anne/Marian [(4) right] accompanies them.

For Lord John’s benefit,  they walk slowly the few hundred yards to the park like cemetery.  And Lord John asks some questions of Seth.

Lord John: “Did you know you Papa’s lady friend whom you honored?” It is unusual for a married man like Baron Guy to openly mention a lady friend, let alone, to honor her in his family cemetery. Lord John believes that Lady Roseanna must be most understanding.

Seth: “No.” And since Lord John is family, Seth does not think it unwise to share what he knows–what his Papa gold him about Layd Marian–though he has yet to name her. “Papa said that she was a good and kind lady who helped people, but that she died too young.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Oh, that is sad–not to live long enough to enjoy life.” She bows her head and crosses herself. Yet, her self imposed devotion to God is choice that will not give her enjoyment, per se, but she hopes to find peace.

Lord John: “Yes, it is. I knew many young knights struck down. My cousin, your Uncle George Lord Middleton was also grievously injured in the Holy Land as I was.”

Seth: “Yes.” Seth nods. “Uncle George’s arm is lame.” Then Seth stops as they come to a small but intricately carved gravestone that has vines growing over it that Seth kneels down to pull away.   “But at least he lived and returned home from the Holy Land. Lady Marian died and was buried there. Our funeral mass for her was to honor her memory, even if she lies buried thousands of miles away.” Seth finishes clearing the gravemarker and kneels back.

Lady Anne/Marian looks upon the beautifully carved gravestone–glossing over the name it bears, Lady Marian Knighton, beloved daughter and friend–she is transfixed.

Lord John: Noting his love’s quietened mood, Lord John asks. “Are you alright, Lady Anne? Is the sun too warm? Did you perhaps wish to sit in the shade of the tree over there?” He motions to a nearby bench, not six feet away and he takes her there and sits with her.

Lady Anne/Marian: “Yes, thank you, Lord John.” She replies tonelessly. It is as if she is lost deep in thought. She does not know why the story of this lady affects her so. But it does.

Coming into view of the church and surrounding cemetery, Baron Guy and Lady Roseanna spy Seth kneeling at Lady Marian’s grave–seemingly alone. And he is worried for his son’s safety since marauding bandits could kidnap him and hold him for a pretty ransom.

Baron Guy: “What is Seth doing there alone? I told him always to be with someone.”

Lady Roseanna: “Now Guy. Seth is but 100 yards from the Manor. Go easy on him. Please?” She pleads.

Baron Guy’s horse canters to within six feet of his son Seth and stops. Baron Guy swings his leg over the pommel of his saddle and slides to the ground in one fluid motion. Seth jumps up with a start.

Seth: “Papa! You are home!” Seth smiles joyfully and runs to his father, embracing him.

Lady Roseanna raises a mirthful eyebrow at her husband. Baron Guy nods and softens.

Baron Guy: “I am. I found I was done with Nottingham’s rebuilding and quit the place as soon as I could. But what are you doing here alone And at Lady Marian’s grave?” A worried look crosses Baron Guy’s face as he now kneels down at the gravestone marker and touches it reverently.

Seth: “But I am not alone, Papa. Good Morrow, Mama.”

Lady Roseanna: “Good Morrow, Seth.” She smiles sweetly at him as she holds out her arms and Seth helps her alight from the horse.

Lord John stands up from the bench under the shade tree and makes himself known as he walks toward Baron Guy and his family.

Lord John: “My apologies Lord Gisborne, I am Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, come home from the Holy Land and stopping briefly to visit my cousin Rose.”

Baron Guy stands and nods respectfully–as does Lord John–then Baron Guy turns to look inquisitively at his wife, Lady Roseanna.

Lady Roseanna: “Yes, Guy. You remember. I told you last night.”

Baron Guy: “I confess that I did not listen properly, My Love. I was tired from traveling–and my mind was occupied with other matters.”He intones deeply suggestively regarding their lovemaking when he returned home. Lady Roseanna’s face pinkens into a becoming blush.

Lady Roseanna: “And this is Lord John’s Nurse and friend, the Lady Anne.” Lady Roseanna gestures and Lady Anne stands and walks the several yards forward toward them, now joining the conversation and waiting to be introduced to the tall gentleman with Lady Roseanna. As of yet, she can only see his back.

Baron Guy turns his head and looks behind him with shocked amazement upon the face of Guy-shocked-isRichardArmitage-inRobinHoodseries3-epi13_024_Feb0815ranet-cropsized-bkgrndmaskthe lady presented to him, Lady Anne/Marian. Seeing the vision of Lady Marian before him, a pale faced Baron Guy drops to his knees at her feet in abject guilt and grief as he gazes up at her in supplication [(5) right].

Baron Guy: His voice cracking with guilt and remorse, Baron Guy pleads. “Oh My Lady! Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.” Then Baron Guy falls forward and lies prostrate upon the ground in front of Lady Anne/Marian. “I submit myself to your judgement. Do with me as you wish. God’s will be done.”
Everyone is startled by a thunderstruck Baron Guy humbling himself before Lady Anne/Marian–Lady Anne/Marian most of all. She is too stunned to move or speak.

And with these two people–Baron Guy and Lady Anne/Marian–meeting after so long being separated, it is a turning point in each of their lives.

To be continued with Chapter 33

 

Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 32 References, May 22, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #751)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image 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 from 2006-2009 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) Lord John Oxbridge image is a composite of two Kevin McKidd images :
a) body and background found at http://www.kevinmckiddonline.com/uploads/2/0/2/4/202457/76376.jpg;
b) head found at http://i2.dailyrecord.co.uk/incoming/article925860.ece/BINARY/kevin-mckidd-image-6-748739633.jpg

3) Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton Gisborne is that of actress Emma Watson and was found at http://www.hollybollyhub.com/emma-watson-hot-image.jpg

4) The image of Lady Anne/Marian is a composite image: that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at

at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm;

and of the modified wimple was masked from http://www.aveleyman.com/ActorCredit.aspx?ActorID=4524; for more about wimples, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimple;
and a Photoshop Elements teakwood background

5) Sir Guy of Gisborne (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 13 (pix 23) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_023.html

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 31 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #749)

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/05/18/sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-31-pg-13-s-baron-guy-arrives-home-this-night-may-18-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-749

 

 

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WCW: A Walk on the Wild Side with Richard Armitage’s Bad Boy Characters, May 20, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #750)

I think that there are different degrees of wild, depending upon your sensibilities. And over time, your definition of wild might relax a bit–in the sense that what you once thought wild and wanton is, not so much.

Each of us grows along a certain path, sometimes diverging from it. But like a rubber band springing back into shape, we find ourselves back along that path–if we stay true to ourselves.

But what if one person’s path is careful and calm? And the other person’s path is wild and wanton? Which path do you hope to traverse? For myself–as I surmise for many of us–it has been, and continues to be, a little bit of both.

And we can say the same about the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage’s characters–some of them are strong and good and kind and compassionate. The others are, well, perhaps the bad boys of Richard Armitage’s psyche–such as he has said that in some of his roles, he gets to experience the kind of behavior that isn’t socially sanctioned.

Hmmm. Is the gentlemanly and consummate professional Richard Armitage an inner baddie? Is he a deliciously naughty man when he wants to be–“pre-coital or post”? He certainly explores the range of human behavior with his character portrayals–past, present, and future? Some roles such as the doctor in the yet to be released film “Sleepwalker” have yet to be revealed.

So below is a little collage of some of these bad boy RA characters [(images courtesy of RANet)] and an RA trivia challenge just for fun. How many RA characters can you match to their Wild Side? And which RA character’s bad boy side would you most like to live with?

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  1. I am a philosopher of sorts, a dreamer of a utopian society turned inside out–with the have nots rising up and rebelling. And I’m a leader of the leaderless–a role model for those with no role models. Oh, I don’t have book smarts–that’s for toffs. But give me a mallet and I could bash things all day. I know, you consider me beneath you, an outlaw. But I would deny it at every turn and thwart your attempts to entrap me.
  2. I have never lacked for ambition–just the means to channel it appropriately.   And when I became an adult, I resolved to make up for the material things that I lacked in my childhood. I have done that many times over. And if you are the lady that I couldn’t have back then, I want you even more now. And I will draw you into my web of lies to capture your heart. And when you learn the truth about me, what does it say about you that you accepted my façade of success–without worrying about how I achieved it?
  3. I know quality when I see it. Gems sparkle, and so does the lady directly in my sights. I will woo her, encourage her, even love her, in my way–as long as she looks up to me. But if she doesn’t need me anymore and I feel neglected, I will find my solace elsewhere without apologies. But if you like a bit of the lascivious in my nature and in yours–and you know how to give and take in a relationship– well then. *growl* I’m your man.
  4. Loverboy could be my nickname. But it really doesn’t do justice to my rapacious sexual appetites. I am more comfortable out of my clothes, than in them. And I will charm your clothes off of you with my roguish and boyish handsomeness. *wink* Though my milieu is somewhat confined, the variety of women in my territory of contacts are as plentiful as they are abundantly in need of my romantic attentions.
  5. I will go mad if I don’t have you this instant! We are meant to be together. I stalk and prowl and smoulder my way through life because I can’t have what I want–you! Do you know how easily I could take you to my bed and make you mine? And you would beg me to do so every day. Yet, I control myself–barely–for you. Do not be fooled by that boy who likes to play the hero and panders for adoration. He is not worthy to touch the hem of your gown–nor does he seem to court your favor much, anyway. However, my desire for wealth and position and power is all for you. And my life will be meaningless without you.

Now match the character description above with the Richard Armitage role below:
A. Percy Courtenay, Marie Lloyd, 2007
B.  Ricky Deeming, George Gently, 2009
C.  Sir Guy of Gisborne, Robin Hood series 2, 2007
D. John Mulligan, Moving On, Drowning Not Waving, 2009
E.  Lee Preston, Cold Feet, series 5, 2003

And which RA character’s bad boy side would you most like to spend time with?

Richard Armitage [(right, portrait by Mitchell Nguyen McCormack, 2014)]  portrays the 2014--RichardArmitage-lookingsexy-inCharcGrey-portrait-byMitchellNguyenMcCormack_Dec1914viaRobinT-May2015GratianaLovelacebad boy seducer archetype with ease–and dare I say, with relish?–despite his personal gentlemanly demeanor. And Mr. Armitage embues each role with nuanced shades of phrasing and behavior that helps to illuminate their characters’ motivations for me. Whether it is Ricky’s cynical bravado in his focused sneering gaze, Lee’s teasingly pouting lothario’s tilted head, Sir Guy’s leathered hip striding swagger, Percy’s sly smirk when dominating women, or John Mulligan’s overeager smile masking a coldly calculating heart, Richard Armitage is all of them and none of them.

So is Richard Armitage, himself, just a little bit wild and naughty? I sure hope so!   Ha!

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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 31 (PG-13, S): Baron Guy Arrives Home This Night, May 18, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #749)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Historical Fiction Fan 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)

[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/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, 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: After Lady Roseanna takes her distressed and anguished returned cousin Lord John Oxbridge to his children sleeping in the nursery, then everyone heads to bed. And Baron Guy of Gisborne having finished his work with the rebuilt Nottingham Castle’s rededication and a few days with his brother Lord Archer’s family, he heads home. And Baron Guy needs to reach home, his sanctuary of happiness with his wife Lady Rose and their children. Then all will be right with his world–or so he hopes.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement”, Ch. 31 (PG-13, S): Baron Guy Arrives Home This Night

Just as Lady Roseanna had hoped earlier this late evening of Wednesday July 9th, 1199–when her cousin Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, Lady Anne, and Brother Tuck arrived unexpectedly around nine o’clock–her husband Baron Guy of Gisborne finally makes his way home to their Gisborne-Middleton Manor in the wee hours of the morning the next day. Baron Guy as of yet has not been informed about the arrival of Lord John, nor the departure of Lord John’s widow Lady Rebecca now married to Sir Roderick Merton and with child by him.

Riding by himself on his steed Pegasus, Baron Guy made the trip from Nottingham to the countryside West of Leicester quicker than by carriage–even stopping for an hour at an inn to rest and feed his horse Pegasus and himself before continuing on. Upon entering his Gisborne-Middleton estate stables around midnight, Sir Guy wakes up the stable boy sleeping there, asking him to remove Pegasus’ saddle and blanket and wipe him down to make him more comfortable.

Then upon entering Middleton Manor through the servants’ entrance in the back–so as not to waken anyone but the footman who lets him in–Baron Guy takes a quick and much needed bath in the kitchen mud room tub since the coals are still warm on the stove for heated water. He bathes often here when coming in from hunting so as not to trek dirt throughout their home. It is a lesson learned from Baron Guy’s beloved late Mama Lady Ghislaine Gisborne, and now appreciated by his wife Lady Roseanna. And Baron Guy grabs a robe that he has stashed in a cupboard to go over his night shirt from his traveling bag. And he leaves his boots and dusty traveling clothes there for his valet and their servant laundress to tend to them.

Then Baron Guy wearily climbs the back servant stairs to the second floor where his bed chamber with Lady Rose is, with him clad only in a fresh nightshirt and robe. He has to walk past a few guest bed chambers on the way to his own bed chamber and he stops for a moment at the top of the main central stair case. Though Baron Guy does not know it, Lord John Oxbridge and Lady Anne are asleep in adjoining rooms in the two bed chambers before him–with Brother Tuck ensconced down the hall in his usual bed chamber as well. All are asleep, not knowing that their host has arrived home.

Baron Guy feels … odd–and he stands stiffly for a few moments–warily looking about him, his eyes returning to the closed guest bed chamber doors. Naturally, Baron Guy presumes his unsettled feeling is a result of his fatigue from traveling so far this day. But nothing is amiss that he can tell, the guest chamber doors are closed without any light showing beneath them to indicate that they have guests. But, of course, the lateness of the hour precludes each bed chamber’s candles still being lit where Lord John Oxbridge and Lady Anne slumber unnoticed in their respective beds.

And Baron Guy sees nothing untoward in the darkened passage way leading to his and Lady Roseanna’s. He has traveled this passageway of their home thousands of times in the seven years that they have lived here–he could find his way blindfolded if need be. It is, perhaps, the sense of his home being a haven of peacefulness, calm, and rest–especially when the children are asleep he thinks wryly–that anchors Baron Guy’s growing contentment with his life at present. He is resolved to take each day as it comes–cherishing the time he has been gifted with.

As Baron Guy walks toward his bed chamber with his love Lady Rose, his way is illuminated only sparingly by infrequent wall sconces to light a person’s way along the hallway’s expanse. And he can’t help himself and stops to peek into the children’s room. Baron Guy is almost disappointed to see that they are asleep as they should be. He loves his children with a reverence that betokens the very great gift they are to him.    But he does not disturb their rest by going in to kiss them goodnight. For he knows that if he wakens them, the children will be too excited that he is home–and their wanting their presents that he brought them for them–for them to get back to sleep quickly, if at all. So Baron Guy smiles lovingly at their slumbering forms–Seth, Helen, Louis, and Sarah–and he quietly retracts his head from their room.

Then at last, Baron Guy is at the destination that has ever been his goal since setting out for home from Nottingham seven hours ago. Slipping quietly into their shared bedchamber, Baron Guy sees his Lady Rose lying on her side in their bed–facing the bassinet where their baby daughter Lady Diana sleeps while Lady Roseanna clutches his pillow to her breast in comfort. His wife is a sight of such sweetness that Baron Guy has only dreamed about during these past several days that he has been away from her. And now, with the rebuilt Nottingham fortifications and its rededication completed–Baron Guy will not need to be away from home so much. Indeed, he prefers not to step beyond the boundaries of the Middleton and Gisborne lands for some time to come.

Baron Guy kisses the cheek of their sleeping baby girl Lady Diana. She gurgles and waves her little balled fists in the air before settling back down again with her soft blankie. Then Baron Guy removes his night shirt– the cool air of the early morning hours causing the hairs to stand up on his unclothed skin–before he takes the pillow from his wife Lady Rose’s arms and he slides into its place, enveloping her in his loving arms. Lady Rose stirs even as she snuggles into his chest, kissing it and him while she is yet asleep.

Lady Roseanna: “Hmmm.” She moans in the comfort of being in her love’s arms again.

Baron Guy:   Gently kissing his wife’s forehead, cheek, and lips, Baron Guy murmurs into her Guy&RoseLyinginBed--isaManipofGuyandMarianLyinginBedJan0812Maltysalivejournalcropbrt-sized-clrear [(2) right]. “I am home, my Love–never again to leave, unless you bid me to.”

Lady Roseanna: Drowsy, but slowly awakening, Lady Roseanna asks, still with her eyes half closed. “Husband?”

Baron Guy: Baron Guy responds impishly. “Were you expecting someone else, Rose My Love? Ha ha ha ha ha!”

Lady Roseanna: “Oh Guy!” She squeals delightedly in a hushed whisper so as not to awaken their sleeping baby three feet away from them. “How I have missed you so!”

Lady Roseanna peppers her husband’s face with kisses, even as he kisses her face–each urgently seeking to savor their reunion. And then Baron Guy kisses his wife Lady Rose lovingly, longingly, and lustfully for several moments as she kisses him back. His lips only break away briefly as he pants in his growing ardor.

Baron Guy: “And I have missed you so very much, My Love.”

Baron Guy gently pulls his Lady Rose flush against him and she can feel the evidence of his statement even as his hands move to carress her tenderly–his mouth and lips following where his hands lead. With Lady Roseanna being past her third month and its morning sickness, she is also quite desirous of her handsome husband. Her soft curves molding perfectly with his hard sinews. Their loving conjugations is what has begat four and now a fifth Gisborne child soon to be born of their union.  And giving herself over to her husband’s loving ministrations, Lady Rose spends a blissful half hour being adored quite rapturously by her husband.

Then after some time passes–with Baron Guy and Lady Roseanna lying naked in each others’ arms as they cuddle after their lovemaking–the fatigue of her not partaking of her rest becomes quite evident.

Lady Roseanna: Hhhhh!” She yawns. Then she giggles sleepily and claps her hands over her mouth. “Ha ha ha ha ha!” Her eyelids droop closed. “My apologies, husband!” She grins sheepishly.

Baron Guy: “I have overtired you, My Love.” He winces apologetically.

Lady Roseanna: “No, no!   But I have not had much rest this night, with all manner of vistors to our home.” And she is now much sleepier and does not even remember to tell him of the Merton’s hasty departure.

Baron Guy: “Indeed? And who might be descending upon us now? Family, friend, or foe?” He asks cheekily. Then his eyes bulge out in worry that Prince … scratch that, King John might be visiting. Then he realizes gratefully that their large home is not extravagant enough for their cousin King John–who tends to stay at the three times larger and more lavish Middleton Hall, Lord George’s and Lady Mary’s family’s home.

Lady Roseanna: “Family … and friends! They arrived about four hours ago now. And I thought that I would see you earlier then, when it was Br. Tuck and my cousin Lord John Oxbridge and his nurse Lady Anne who arrived late last night.” Her sleepy eyes flutter open again, but only just. Being the sole caretaker for seven children–albeit with several nanny nurse helpers–has been exhausting for Lady Rose, especially in her delicate condition.

Baron Guy: “Hhhhh! Visitors!” Baron Guy sighs with small annoyance upon arriving home only to be pressed into service as a host. And in his fatigue and sleepy haze, he only heard Brother Tuck mentioned by her. “Go back to sleep, Rose, My Love. We can talk about it in the morning.”

Baron Guy is asleep almost before he finishes uttering his thought. Virile and loving a husband Baron Guy might be. But as a forty five year old man who traveled all night to return home–and then to vigorously make love with his live–well, let us just say that, his or anyone’s powers of endurance have their limits.

Lady Roseanna: “Uh huh.” Lady Roseanna nods then drifts back to sleep herself.

As the mother of the now nine month old nursing baby Lady Diana–and mother to their four other children, and now pregnant again, and also mother figure to her cousin’s two children in her charge–Lady Roseanna needs all the sleep she can get.

Baron Guy is also tired from his journey. Riding a horse for hours on end bruises the back and the backside. Baron Guy encompasses his wife Lady Rose within the caring and protective cocoon of his loving arms as they slumber peacefully together.

The morning will be here soon enough–and with the morn, it will bring changes to Baron Guy’s life that he could never have anticipated nor would he have dreamed would come about. This new day, Thursday July 10th, 1199 will be a turning point in his and in their lives.   And nothing will ever be the same again.

To be continued with Ch. 32

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 31 References, May 18, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #749)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image 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 from 2006-2009 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) Cropped image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) and image of Lady Marian (as portrayed by Lucy Griffiths) representing Lady Roseanna is a beautiful photo manipulation artwork created by the talented artist Maltysa and was originally found at http://maltysa.livejournal.com/355.html

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 30 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #746)

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-30-pg-two-fathers-may-15-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-746

 

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Fun Day Sunday: Dreaming of the Spooks Movie with Richard Armitage, May 17, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #748)

Love this four part Empire Online interview article with the cast of Spooks–past, present, and future!

http://www.empireonline.com/spooks/


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TETBA Richard Armitage (who portrayed Lucas North) quote excerpts from Empire Online Interview, Part 3:

“Armitage: Fans didn’t like [the Lucas North/John Bateman twist]. They were very upset about that turnaround. I feel like they felt like the rug was being pulled out from under their feet. But I remember sitting down with (producer) Andrew Woodhead before we went into series nine and he said, “We’ve got this crazy idea for the character, what do you think?” and I said, “Yeah, do it!”” “

“Armitage: I was always living with the hope that he hadn’t died (laughs). He could be out there, trying to infiltrate the CIA.”

To that I/Grati say a resounding and rapturous–a  la When Harry Met Sally.  Yes!  Yes!   Yes!   See!   My in the works fan fic “Lucas, True North” would even have RA’s support. Ha! Here is where I started my thoughts on this fan fic with a ficlet.

And were the Spooks movie people to cast Richard Armitage in it as a returned Lucas North/ John Bateman? I am 99% certain his loyal fans would see it in droves!  I would. Think of the great drama they could excite between Harry Pearce and Lucas North. Sounds like box office bonanza to me.

Thanks to RANet (www.RichardArmitageNet.com) for the link–and pointing out that Richard’s quotes appear mostly in parts 2 & 3.

Image of RA as Lucas (in series 7 epi 1) from Empire Online Part 3: http://www.empireonline.com/spooks/img/part3/midback.jpg

Have a gReAt day!

P.S. Whew!  Three posts, three days in a row.  I know. Grati is going crazy.  Well, my next “Sir Guy’s Atonement” chapter  post will be Monday–making it four for four.  What with the kitchen faucet having to be replaced on Saturday–necessitating a cleanup due to the water leakage–and spending several hours working at the office Saturday, too, I’m tuckered out.  But when the mood and muse strike, I’m just a gabby girl.  Ha!

 

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Sexy SatuRdAy! To Richard Armitage Sir Guy with Love! With Thanks to @NellinDreams and Kudos to Mabelalexa Tumblr, May 16, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #747)

As you know, I am quite fond of the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage’s 2014--AllFilm-article-andRichardArmitage_May1615PortraitbySarahDunnPhotography-crop-sized[portrait by Sarah Dunn in 2014, right]–I should just start abbreviating that as TETBARA, Ha!– character of Sir Guy of Gisborne.

Heck! I have a trilogy of stories built around him–Sir Guy that is–with Book 3 “Sir Guy’s Atonement” that I’m currently serializing. And I have an unrelated to that story line Sir Guy short story that I had excerpted here a while back that I have now finished and am waiting until the first trilogy ends to serialize it–but after a few of my contemporary era stories are serialized.

But I was not always as enamored of the tall dark man in leather, Sir Guy. Shocker! I warmed up to him and his angsty endearing hopeful storyline. Yes, hopeful. Sir Guy wanted to be a better man–and in the end, he was. I was hooked. Hey, I watched the whole series of 39 episodes via iTunes episode rentals–that is true dedication since the download took forever each time. I didn’t have DSL back then, just dial up.

Then I bought the Robin Hood boxed set of all three years of the series and I was a very happy Fangirl. Links for Richard Armitage film and television, and audiobook dvds/cds are available here via www.RichardArmitageNet.com’s (RANet) Amazon affiliate link.   And what is an added benefit when you buy through RANet’s Amazon link, the commissions that RANet earns are all donated to one of Richard Armitage’s sponsored charities. So you are helping out a good cause.

And though my first Richard Armitage character love was Richard Armitage’s John Thornton in North & South (BBC 2004) when I first experienced it in February 2010, I have come around to Sir Guy. Oh Dearies, I’m all in! Ha!

We can never get enough Sir Guy–nor Richard Armitage–right ladies? And I just saw 2009--SexySmileRichardArmitage-asSirGuyofGisborne_May1515mabelalexa-tumblr-viaNellindreamsTweet-sized@NellinDreams tweet (Thanks!) of this stunning Mabelalexa tumblr image of Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne [right]. Sighhh!

Guy/Richard in 2009’s Robin Hood series 3 is gorgeous in this portrait! Hair you can run your fingers through, brightly shining blue eyes, Roman nose you would love to nuzzle, chiseled jaw with stubble, and a hint of muscular neckage underneath his leather jacket, waiting to be nibbled. Sighhhh! He is beautiful–the epitome of male handsomeness!

And the talented Mabelalexa shares more than just Richard Armitage’s Guy character portrait edits on her tumblr. There are John Porter and John Thornton images, too. And many others–stills and gifs. *Grati smiles gleefully*

So take a gander here at Mabelalexa’s Tumblr archive page and enjoy!

http://mabelalexa.tumblr.com/archive

Hope you have a gReAt weekend! Cheers!   Grati ;->

P.S. I usually try to leave at least two days between posts. But this Richard Armitage as Guy portrait by Mabelalexa just grabbed me. If only. Ha! So I had to share.

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