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

thedubs-staging.com/images/hamiltonhodell/600x600FFFFFFf/_uploads/userassets/images/griffithslucynewpic11

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

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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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“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 30 (PG): Two Fathers, May 15, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #746)

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 is surprised with a late night visit of her recently returned from the Crusades in the Holy Land cousin Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, she breaks the news to him of his wife’s remarriage and her subsequently finding herself with child. Lord John is incensed–which perturbs Lady Anne/Marian. Then reassuringly Lady Roseanna begins to take her distressed and anguished cousin Lord John to his children sleeping in the nursery.

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 30: Two Fathers

So, Lady Roseanna and her guests–Brother Tuck, her cousin Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and his postulant nun nurse Lady Anne– walk down the family bed chamber corridor until they come to the nursery–while Lady Roseanna’s now nine month old baby Lady Diana lies sleeping in her Mama’s quiet bed chamber with her nurse attendant until her mama returns. Lady Roseanna listens at the nursery bed chamber door for the hushed sounds of sleeping children. But the children have other ideas, as shrieks and thuds seem to emanate from the room. Lady Roseanna throws open the nursery bed chamber door to find a pillow fight of toddler to ten year old proportions wreaking havoc in the room.

Seth: “Got you!” Almost eleven year old Seth squeals to three and a half year old Lord SethImage_Jean-Leon-Gerome-Portrait-of-a-Young-Boy-Oil-PaintingJan2912paintingforallflipGraham Oxbridge just as Seth’s Mama opens the nursery bed chamber door. “Uh oh!” Seth freezes in chagrin his lips in a pout, much as they did when he was a toddler [(2) right]- –him guessing that he will be punished for keeping the younger children up so late.

The adults filter into the room and Lord John is helped to a chair because his injuries have left him in a chronic state of fatigue. There is a mixture of amusement and laughter on the adults’ faces, save one. Lady Roseanna’s face is studiedly stern looking. The children scramble for their beds–Seth, his brother Louis, and Lord Graham to one side of the large room in side by side beds and Lady Helen, Lady Sarah, and Lady Rachel to side by side beds on the other side of the room.

Lady Roseanna:   “What is the meaning of this? You should have been asleep hours ago?”   Lady Roseanna fumes in mock anger. For at twenty seven years old, Lady Roseanna still has a youthful spirit.

Seth: “Sorry Mama.” He hangs his head remorsefully.

Lady Helen: Six year old Lady Helen jumps out of bed and runs to her Mama’s legs. “We are sorry, Mama.” Lady Helen pouts contritely as she looks up at her Mama. Two year old Lady Sarah stays in her bed, but quickly nods her head up and down several times in agreement. “But we were having too much fun to go to sleep.” She reasons.

Lord Graham and Lady Rachel merely wave from their beds. They are guests of Lady Roseanna, and guests are usually afforded some leeway in the rules.

The adults stifle the grins threatening to erupt upon their faces.

Lady Roseanna: Lady Roseanna picks up a pillow lying at her feet and looks at the children RoseImageisEmma-Watson-hot-imageAug1912Hollybubcropsolemnly. “Children, you must promise me something.” The children all nod their heads up and down several times in eager agreement.   Lady Roseanna lightly throws the pillow at her son Seth. Then she smiles slightly [(3) right] and makes a face at them. “Please wait for me to join in the next time you have a pillow fight. Ha ha ha ha ha!”

Children: “Ha ha ha ha ha!” The children giggle uncontrollably and bound out of their beds toward Lady Roseanna–landing in a heap at her feet.

Lady Roseanna: She turns to the other adults and smiles with a shrug. “We have one rule in our home–never go to sleep without mending a quarrel or conflict.”

Lord John: Assessing the happy mayhem in the nursery bed chamber, Lord John muses wearily appreciatively. “Lady Rose, it looks like you were born to be a mother.”

And though Lord John spoke with no intent to harm, Lady Anne lowers her eyes and winces–her despairing of never knowing the joys of motherhood.

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Little three and a half year old Lord Graham Oxbridge stands up and walks over to the sitting man and touches his arm. Then seeing the man’s eye patch, Lord Graham [(4) right] shyly asks.

Lord Graham: “Are you a pirate?”

Lord John: “Ha ha ha! No little one, my eye was hurt and I cannot see out of it.”

Lady Roseanna lifts Lady Rachel into her arms and walks up behind Lord Graham.

Lady Roseanna: Lady Roseanna kneels down and whispers in Graham’s ear, loud enough for all to hear.   “Graham, this is your Papa Lord John come home to you.”

Lord John smiles hopefully and holds out his arms to his son. Little Lord Graham is the image of his Papa with blondish red wavy hair and gray blue eyes.

Lord Graham: “Really? My Papa is a pirate?” He looks at the pirate man in excited wonder. Though Lord John had tried to disabuse his son of that notion–of him being a pirate–little ones tend to latch onto an idea and it is hard to turn them from it. Then Graham climbs up onto his Papa’s lap and pats his face. “I am glad that you are home, Papa.” Lord John tenderly hugs his son–taking care not to crush him in his zeal.

Br. Tuck and Lady Anne smile at the tender scene.

Lady Roseanna: With little Lady Rachel almost asleep as she leans into Lady Roseanna’s neck, Lady Roseanna kisses her forehead before transferring her to her father’s waiting arms. “And this is your daughter, Lady Rachel.”

Lord John embraces little Lady Rachel gently and gathers her into the crook of his arm as she falls asleep. Then he pushes her night cap up with his nose and he kisses her forehead, while fingering her long blond braid tied with a pink ribbon at the end. She looks so like his wife Rebecca, he thinks.

Lady Anne’s heart tugs because she will never know what it is like to hold a child of her own in her arms.

Lord Graham: Speaking up helpfully, Graham pats his sister’s arm as he sleepily leans into his father’s neck. “Rachel is only two years old. I am more than three years.” He says proudly. “Hhhhh!” He yawns. Lord John smiles. “Sorry Papa. I am sleepy.   May we play together on the morrow?LordJohnOxbridge-imageis-KevinMcKidd-asLuciusVorenus-in2005sKingdomofHeavenSep2213sinemablog-with-eyepatch

Lord John: “Yes, both of you sleep now. I will see you in the morning.” Lord John [(5) right]. bids them goodnight.

Little Lord Graham nods sleepily. Then he climbs down from his Papa’s lap and trudges over to his bed and climbs into it–falling fast asleep. Lady Roseanna lifts the sleeping Lady Rachel from Lord John’s arms and lays her in her bed and tucks her in. Then she does a round of kissing all the children’s foreheads and more of tucking them in before heading out of the door with the other adults. She nods and the two nanny nurses reenter to stay the night with the children–for the children are always under watchful caring eyes.

***

Lord John: “Whispering in the hallway as they walk back to their guest bed chambers, he asks. “Rose, my children seem unfazed that I am home after being absent for three years. How can that be so? ” He queries.

Lady Roseanna: “John, they are children, and children adapt well when they are little.”

Lord John: “But what of their, mother? Her leaving must have been hard on them.”

Lady Roseanna:   Lady Roseanna stops and turns to face Lord John. “Hhhhhh! It was. But John, I confess that I kept hoping that Lady Rebecca would change her mind and return to them. So I told them that their mother went away on a little visit–not that she has left them. I even pretended to read a good bye note to the children to buoy their spirits. I wondered if I did the right thing or not in doing so.”

Br.Tuck: “You could be right and Lady Rebecca will return.”

Lord John nods, now feeling much more calm about the situation of his wife remarrying and bearing that man’s child. To be sure, he is not happy about it, but he recognizes his own culpability with his long sojourn with the Crusades in the Holy Land.  And as of yet, Lord John has no idea how to extricate themselves from this predicament.

Lord John: “Yes. So there is no need to distress little ones unnecessarily.” He nods his head in agreement with Lady Roseanna’s actions.

Lord John slightly raises his eyebrows. For if his children’s mother does not return, it will be up to him to explain her continued and permanent absence from them. And with her shame–and her shaming him–he does not know if he wants her to return.

Lady Roseanna: “Thank you for that, Br. Tuck. Well, and here we are. John, you can have the room on the right and Lady Anne, the room on the left.” She nods

Lady Anne: “Thank you. But I will attend to Lord John first, to insure his rest.” She holds up a small bag that contains her medicines.

Lady Roseanna:   “Of course, I will leave you to it.” And Lady Anne and Lord John walk into his bed chamber. Then Lady Roseanna turns to Br. Tuck. “Br. Tuck, the footman here will show you to your usual room down the hall and attend to your needs.” She smiles warmly at him.

Br. Tuck: “Thank you. We have been on a long journey.” He nods and leaves.

Then Lady Roseanna tiredly heads back to her own bed chamber for her nightly rest, after lovely kissing baby Lady Diana in her cradle.

***

Meanwhile in Lord John’s bed chamber, Lady Anne sets out her medicines on a table, while Lord John goes behind a screen and removes his clothes above his waist and he washes his face in the basin. Walking round the screen holding a towel to his bare chest, he sees Lady Anne waiting patiently for him.   He blushes. Though she has seen him in this state of undress–and more when he was first injured–now that he is not confined to his sick bed, he feels embarrassed to be thus exposed to her view.

If Lady Anne feels a similar embarrassment, she does not speak it. Though a delicate blush forming on her cheeks and neck is the tell tale sign of her reaction to Lord John’s near nakedness.

They stare at each other for a moment.

Lady Anne: “John, if you wish to get into bed, I will bring you the medicine to drink. It works very quickly and it should help you sleep.”

Lord John nods and walks toward the bed. He stops, then sits on the bed and removes his boots. Then he hesitates. Normally, he would remove his trousers as well. But she is in the room with him.

Lord John: “My Lady Anne, might you turn around while I remove my trousers and get into bed?” Though he wears undergarments, he feels so tenderly for Lady Anne that she would surely notice his arousal due to her close proximity.

Lady Anne: Her blush deepens in mortification for her staring at him. “Oh! Of course! Please forgive me.” She winces and turns around. She can hear him untying his breeches’ laces, then sliding the trousers down his legs and off of his body.   Lady Anne has heard Lord John removing his clothes dozens of times before when she attended him. But somehow now, in England, what happens between and with she and Lord John seems so very different. He slides into bed.

Lord John: “I am covered. You may turn around.” He blushes while clutching the sheets over his bare chest, covering himself up to his neck.

Lady Anne: Lady Anne turns to face him, showing him what she hopes is a benign smile on her face. “This powder dissolved in water will help you to rest tonight.” She holds the glass up to his lips and he sips it–his eyes never leaving her eyes. “You should fall asleep very soon.”

Lord John: He smiles as his eyes begin to droop. “My children are charming, are they not?”

Lady Anne: “Yes. You are very blessed.” She nods her head sincerely.

Lord John: “Indeed!” Then his brow furrows, even has his eyelids become heavy and almost close. “But my wife’s unfaithfulness will make my children a social pariah.” The bitterness in his voice is palpable.

 

Lady Anne: “Now now.” She gently pats his shoulder. “Children cannot be blamed for their parents’ actions.”   Or, inactions she thinks. Then she wonders where that thought came from? Did she have a parent who failed to act?

Lord John: Drowsily slipping into unconsciousness, his guard down, Lord John suddenly clasps Lady Anne’s hand in his hand. “Would that you could be my children’s mother and my wife. That is my dearest wish, My Love, My Anne.” Lord John brings Lady Anne’s hand to his lips for a kiss, then he clasps her hand to his bare chest, startling her. “Never leave me, my Anne. You have my heart and you must tend it or I will surely whither away without your love.”

Lady Anne: Shocked at his declaration of love for her, she realizes that it is merely the sleeping medicine causing him to speak so out of character for him.   But she answers him truthfully. “And you have my heart, John.” As Lord John drifts off to sleep smiling, his hold on Lady Anne loosens, and she extricates herself from his embrace. But one last time, Lady Anne leans further forward and kisses Lord John’s forehead. “My love.” She whispers to his sleeping countenance.

Then Lady Anne quietly leaves Lord John’s bed chamber for her own bed chamber and she lies down to sleep. Though their time together is waning, Lady Anne and Lord John will have a little more time together before they must part. And for that, Lady Anne is grateful. For Lady Anne feels that whatever she may or may not uncover about her past while she is in England, if her future will not include Lord John, then she must return to the convent in the Holy Land and take her final vows as a nun.

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Earlier in the day, a day’s ride away in Nottingham–actually at his brother Lord Archer’s manor in Locksley–Baron Guy of Gisborne walks into Locksley village’s St. Matthew’s Church [(6) right] .

This visit to Nottingham to rededicate the rebuilt and expanded Nottingham Castle fortifications has been a success–everyone said so. Baron Guy’s brother Lord Archer Earl of Huntington–known for his effusive ebullience–outdid himself in his praise of Baron Guy’s vision and strategic design. Baron Guy was rather embarrassed.

And being esteemed as he is now, is something that Baron Guy is having to become accustomed to as he is no longer the dead Sheriff Vasey’s lackey–nor anyone else’s. Baron Guy of Gisborne is his own man, Lord over his Gisborne-Middleton Estates,  advisor to his brother-in-law Lord George Middleton, and above all, a loving and beloved husband and father.

And yet, the unsettled nature of Baron Guy’s heart with respect to the death of Lady Marian StMatthewsMadonnaStatue--image-is-Lucy-GriffithsSep1713celebheightslistscom--manipwithveil-hires-oval-Apr0515GratiL-BW-stonecarving-sized-rustbkgrnand Baron Guy’s role in that sorrow is why he finds himself once again drawn to the the statue of the Madonna that bears the countenance of Lady Marian [(7) right]. In the stillness of the chapel, Baron Guy converses with Lady Marian which gives him some solace.

Baron Guy: “Hhhh!   You were remembered on Sunday at the rededication, Marian. The people miss you. I miss you, Marian.” Baron Guy smiles knowingly. “Perhaps I should have donned a brown suede and leather kit as you did as the Night Watchmen and helped the people with you back then.” He pauses. “But I felt that I had no options back then, I felt that I had to do Vasey’s bidding.” He looks up at the marble face of the Madonna, of Lady Marian. “No, that is not entirely true. I chose to remain under Vasey’s patronage–such that it was.”

Baron Guy pauses to think about the malevolent cretin that was Sherriff Vasey. He shudders to think what might have happened if Vasey had attained the power that he was scheming for with the Black Knights. And Sir Guy sincerely regrets the reign of terror that he perpetrated upon the populace at Vasey’s command–and Baron Guy has tried to make amends over the years. But sadly, not all sins can be washed away.

Baron Guy: “It is only now with my own family and our new life together that I truly understand and appreciate your perspective of what it means to care for the people. Our estate employs and is home to over 100 people. It is like a small village. And we take care of them. I take care of them. I have learned my lesson about the greater responsibility that I Guy-Head-bowed-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_015_Jan3115ranet-sized-hairmanip-shrp-crop2owe to the community, Marian. And you helped me see that I could be a better man. At least, I hope that you think I am a better man now.” The statue is silent, its eyes gazing intently but not seeing. “I will take your silence as agreement, My Lady.” Baron Guy smirks slightly [(8) right]. The statue’s small smile seems to agree with him. “For silence was never your strong suit.”

Baron Guy’s lips curly up at the corners in fondly remembering how thoroughly Lady Marian vexed him at times. Though Baron Guy’s tormenting guilt in having killed Lady Marian is still a palpable force in his life and shapes his character, Baron Guy is slowly coming to terms with it–as evidenced by his slightly irreverent tone with the Madonna/Lady Marian statue.

Baron Guy makes the sign of the cross over his heart, bows at the Madonna statue, he bows to the alter, and then he turns to leave and sees his brother Lord Archer standing at the back of the chapel.

Lord Archer: Interrupting his brother’s reverie, Lord Archer reminds him. “Brother, the afternoon is waning. If you wish to reach home before midnight–and sleep in your own bed this night– you had better be on your way.”

Baron Guy: “Eager to be rid of me, are you?” Baron Guy teases his younger brother.

Lord Archer: “Certainly not! You know well I value spending time with you, Guy. These past two leisurely days without the press of the Nottingham rebuilding to attend to, have been a welcome respite. But I know that you are as much or more a family man than I, and that you are missing your wife and family.”

Baron Guy:   Baron Guy smiles wistfully. “I do miss them. They are like the air to my lungs, giving me life.”

Lord Archer:  “That is rather poetic, Guy. I detect a classical influence. Homer?”  Lord Archer has broadened his interests via the rather extensive library he found at Lockesly Manor when he became the Earl and returned to his father’s house.

Baron Guy: “No.” Archer raises his eyebrow petulantly. “Gisborne.” Sir Guy smirks more broadly now.
Baron Guy and his brother part with a heartfelt manly hug–after Baron Guy says farewell to his various nieces and nephews and the Lady Saline, Lord Archer’s wife. Then Baron Guy just 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 thinks.

To be continued with Chapter 31

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 30 References, May 15, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #746)

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) Image representing Seth Gisborne as a 3 year old is a “Portrait of a Young Boy” by Jean-Leon Gerome (1924 – 1904) and was found at http://www.paintingall.com/Jean-Leon-Gerome-Portrait-of-a-Young-Boy-Oil-Painting.html ; Jean-Leon Gerome (11 May 1824 – 10 January 1904) was a French painter and sculptor in the style now known as Academicism. The range of his oeuvre included historical painting, Greek mythology, Orientalism, portraits and other subjects, bringing the Academic painting tradition to an artistic climax.

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) Little Lord Graham Oxbridge at 3 years old is represented by a painting titled Young Boy Writingby Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun   that was found at   http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/thumbnail/186363/1/Young-Boy-Writing.jpg ; for more information about this painting, please visit http://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Elisabeth-Vigee-Lebrun/Young-Boy-Writing.html

5) Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester’s image is of Kevin McKidd as Vorenus in the 2005 film Kingdom of Heaven found at   http://www.sinemablog.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/10/lucius-vorenus-played-by-kevin-mckidd.kucukresim.jpg

6) Baron Guy is Richard Armitage in Robin Hood series 3, epi6, pix 139 found at http://www.RichardArmitageNet.com

7) The image of Lady Marian’s countenance as the Madonna figure of St. Matthew’s Church in Locksley manip is a composite image of:
a) 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;
b) and of a modified wimple that was masked from http://www.aveleyman.com/ActorCredit.aspx?ActorID=4524; for more about wimples, vist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimple;

8) Sir Guy bowing his head is Richard Armitage in Robin Hood series 3, epi 5 pix 15 found at

 

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 29Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #744)

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