“Guy’s Rose”–Ch. 9 Chastened & Ch. 10 Found Out, 11/25/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post # 63)

“Guy’s Rose”–Ch. 9 & 10, 11/25/11 by Gratiana Lovelace
An Original Fan Fiction Script Story Adaptation
of the BBC’s “Robin Hood, Series 3”
(no copyright infringement is intended; all rights reserved)
[(1ab) “Guy’s Rose” story graphic]

“Guy’s Rose” (WIP), Chapter 9:   A Chastened Sir Guy has an early Tuesday Morning Ride to clear his thoughts (PG-13)

Remembering the kisses and embraces that Lady Roseanna [(2) left] experienced with Sir Guy had kept her up most of the night.  His lips still burned onto her lips as she remembered his tenderness–even if it was not for her.  If she slept, it was fitfully.  So at first light, Lady Roseanna rises, washes her face, attires herself in her Oxbridge garb [(3) right], mounts Wildfire, and they gallop into the nearby woods.  Lady Roseanna hopes that the fresh air might bring her some ease to sleep.

Sir Guy [(4) right] did manage to sleep some after Lady Roseanna left him.  But in the early morning hours of Tuesday, he feels embarrassed to have revealed his torment and shame to such a gracious lady as Lady Roseanna.

So, hoping to avoid Lady Roseanna this morning–and anyone else for that matter–Sir Guy heads to the stables and mounts a horse he is given by Tanner, and rides into the woods [(5) left].  It is not long until Sir Guy slows his steed by a shallow stream and dismounts to walk with his horse a little ways.

Around a bend in the river, he spots the Lady Roseanna napping–her hair has romantically fallen out of her boyish cap and tumbles about the shoulders of her form fitting tunic.   Now that Sir Guy knows that this boy garbed person is Lady Roseanna, he wonders how he could not recognize her womanly form when they first met?  Because now, he only sees her as a woman.

Sir Guy turns to leave Lady Roseanna in peace at her rest when their horses snort and greet each other–waking her.  At first, she cannot see him in the light of morning streaming above his head as he looks down at her.

Lady Roseanna:  Trying to shield her eyes from the bright sun, she asks, “Who is there?”

Sir Guy:  “It is Sir Guy, Milady.  I am sorry to have disturbed you.  I will leave you in peace.”  He bows and starts to turn away. Sir Guy [(6) left] is still embarrassed by what transpired between them last night when she awakened him from his nightmares and he kissed and caressed her thinking that she was Lady Marian.  But Lady Roseanna stops him from leaving.

Lady Roseanna:  “Nay Sir Guy, it is no disturbance.  Pray sit with me and rest awhile.  It is a peaceful spot sitting against this large oak tree with the bubbling brook nearby.”  In truth, Lady Roseanna is curious about the woman Marian who seems to have such a hold on him.

Sir Guy:  “It is Milady.  Thank you.”  Sir Guy ties up his steed and sits near Lady Roseanna and leans his back against the tree.  They sit like this for several minutes–not talking, just enjoying the scenery.

Lady Roseanna:  “Are you well rested, Sir Guy?”  She inquires caringly.

Sir Guy:  “As well as can be expected for a man in my situation.”    He says a bit cryptically and closes his eyes in dread–of having to reveal his guilt to this lovely lady.

Lady Roseanna:  “Sir Guy, you have dealt honestly with me.  And I judge you to be an honorable man.  What troubles you so?”  This is rather a bold question since they barely know each other.  But then, boldness is one of Lady Roseanna’s [(7) right] strengths.  She gets right to the heart of the matter.   And this is a matter of the heart.

Sir Guy:   “I grieve for my lost love, Lady Marian.”  He says without ceremony, but also holding back the full truth.

Lady Roseanna:   “Oh. Then I am sorry for you, Sir Guy.  You must have been very much in love for you to still dream about her.”

Sir Guy:  “She haunts me.   It is my torture and my solace.”  He says sadly.

Lady Roseanna:  “I am sorry for it.”  She looks at him compassionately.  “ But you are lucky, Sir Guy.”

Sir Guy:  “Lucky?”  He asks her questioningly.

Lady Roseanna:  “I have never had such a love–nor am I like to.  I will be married off as a matter of State to someone not of my own choosing whom I will not love and who will not love me.”  She says ruefully.

Sir Guy:  “Love is sometimes too painful to bear Milady–especially when it is not returned.  I do not seek it anymore.”  Sir Guy [(8) left] shakes his head ruefully as he looks down at his hands–the hands that killed Lady Marian.  And tears form in his eyes.

Lady Roseanna:  “Ah, so yours is an unrequited love.   I am sorry.”  She says caringly as she turns and looks at him, now seeing his continuing distress and this moves her.  She places her hand on his arm and says “But Sir Guy, your nobility and station are such that you could pick any woman you choose for your bride.  Can you not find anyone else to your liking?”  She asks him sincerely.

Sir Guy:  “I will not lie to you Milady, I have tasted love and lust with many a willing woman in my time.”  Lady Roseanna blushes at his frankness.  Except Sir Guy has not loved lustfully since he became besotted with Lady Marian over two years ago.   “But I have never experienced the love that I have for my Lady Marian with anyone else.”  He says forlornly.  Sir Guy does not know why he is telling his story to Lady Roseanna–except that his anguish has been eating him up inside and he needs to talk to someone.  The great and fierce Sir Guy of Gisborne needs to be consoled.

Lady Roseanna:  “I respect and honor your pledge of love and fidelity to your Lady Marian, Sir Guy.   It makes what I wish to request of you all the more easier for me to ask.”

Sir Guy:  “What is it Milady?  If I can be of service to you, I will.”  He says turning to look at her.

Lady Roseanna:  “Now more than ever, I realize that I need protection from my cousin, Prince John.  And I believe that you might offer that to me.” Lady Roseanna says matter of factly.

Sir Guy:  “If it is in my power to do so, I will.”  He says like the noble knight he wants to be.

Lady Roseanna:  “Good.  I need you to accept my cousin’s suggestion and become my pretend suitor.”  She looks at him pleadingly.

Sir Guy:  Taken aback and feeling unworthy of what Lady Roseanna requests of him, Sir Guy [(9) left]  asks, “But Milady, surely there is someone better to your liking whom you could ask.”

Lady Roseanna:  “Sadly there is not, Sir Guy.   And you have proven yourself honorable by revealing my cousin’s plot against me.  We two shall now become allies in turning the plot around against my cousin.   We need not really marry–only to let my cousin think that we will marry.  I will give you a handsome reward once I turn 21 and claim my inheritance in two months time if you pretend to be affianced with me.”

Sir Guy:  His eyes narrow.  “I see.”  Of course, the irony–of Sir Guy pretending to court a lady who does not want him, is not dissimilar to his real courting of Lady Marian, who did not want him–is not lost on Sir Guy.

Lady Roseanna:   “Of course you may decline my request if you have someone else whom you wish to court.  I would not want to get in your way.”  Lady Roseanna [(10) right] realizes that what she proposes is an imposition.

Sir Guy:  “There is no one I have designs on at present, Milady.”  He says thinking of his lost love Lady Marian.

Lady Roseanna:  “Then do you consent to be my pretend suitor and we will out fox cousin Johnny together?” Lady Roseanna asks him hopefully.

Sir Guy:  “I do, Milady.”  He says with a small wry smile–some might call it the beginnings of a smirk.  “This will be a palace intrigue of a different sort than I am accustomed to.”  No assassinations being required of Sir Guy [(11) left] here–merely assignations.

Lady Roseanna:  “Then let us seal our bargain.”  She holds out her hand to him.

Sir Guy:  “What?  No kiss?  We must keep up appearances as fiances.”  He says teasingly holding her hand in his hands.

Lady Roseanna:   “Nay Sir Guy.  Since I am connected to the royal household our courtship may not progress beyond holding hands–and embracing can happen only when we are dancing.”  She smiles sweetly coquettishly at him.  Of course, they had already kissed last night, she thinks.

Sir Guy:  “Then I will take every opportunity to hold your hand to make sure Prince John knows we are in earnest.  Shall we return to the palace and tell him ‘our’ good news?”  He asks mischievously–for her minxish ways have considerably brightened his mood–as he holds out his hand to help her up [(12) right].

Lady Roseanna:  “Yes, let us be off.  I will race you back!”

And with that Lady Roseanna jumps up, tucks her cap into her waist band, mounts Wildfire and gallops off toward the palace–her long hair flying in the wind behind her.  Sir Guy also jumps up and mounts his horse and speeds after her in hot pursuit.   Both of them are smiling and laughing.  For anyone watching Lady Roseanna and Sir Guy from a distance, they would think that this is truly a love match.  Time will tell.

To be continued with Chapter 10


“Guy’s Rose” (WIP), Chapter 10:  Returning to the Palace Stable Yard, the ‘Fiances’ are Found Out (PG-13)

Riding her horse first into the palace stable yard from the woods–followed closely by Sir Guy [(13) left] and his horse–Lady Roseanna waves her arms triumphantly in the air.

Lady Roseanna:   “I win!  I beat you, Sir Guy!”  She smiles with impish joy as she dismounts her steed Wildfire.

Sir Guy:  “That you did, Milady Roseanna–this time.”  He says with a knowing smiling and raises his eyebrow.  He could have caught up to her if he had wanted.  But he enjoyed seeing her hair flutter in the wind as she rode–with her thighs tightly clasping her horse.  A sight he could only enjoy from behind her.

Lady Roseanna:  “Are you saying that you could have beaten me, Sir Guy?  Wildfire has no equal for speed.”  She smiles coquettishly as she pats her horse’s neck.

Sir Guy:  “Well then, perhaps Milady Rose will let me ride him some day and experience that for myself.” Of course, Sir Guy is thinking about something else at present as well–since he has been without the comfort of a woman’s love and tenderness for over two years.  But he pushes that out of his thoughts since the Lady Roseanna is a lady.

Lady Roseanna:  “Perhaps.”  She shrugs her shoulders.  “But I did not give you leave to call me Rose.”  Lady Roseanna says a bit self importantly.  Well, she is related to the royal family–even though it is not by blood.

Sir Guy:  “Milady, if we are to be fiancés, I must be allowed some familiarity.  May I not?   If not Rose, what shall I call you?”  He says lifting her hand to his lips and kissing it.

Lady Roseanna:  “Very well.”  She sighs.  “Rose is fine.  And what am I to call you?  Gisborne?” [(14) right]

Sir Guy:  “No Milady.”  He winces perturbedly–because his ‘betters’ always use just his last name when addressing him.  “Perhaps you might simply address me as Guy, in a familiar tone.”  He requests respectfully.

Then Tanner [(15) left] comes out of the stables to collect the horses and sees ‘Oxbridge’s’ long hair about her shoulders.

Tanner:  “Ox?”  He asks Lady Roseanna questioningly–seeing the familiar attire of his friend, but now seeing the woman instead.

Sir Guy:  “Tanner, this is Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton, my betrothed.”  Sir Guy says with a smirking smile.

Lady Roseanna:  She smiles warmly at Tanner and says, “I’m sorry Tanner, I didn’t mean to deceive you.  I just liked having the freedom that pretending to be a boy gave me.”  She says resting her hand on Tanner’s shoulder.  “I hope you will forgive me and still be my friend.”

Tanner:  Gulping in surprise he says “Yes, Milady.  You sure had me fooled.  I mean … I can tell that you’re a lady now.  But you sure played the part of a boy well.”

Lady Roseanna:  “Thank you.  Now if you will take our horses, Sir Guy and I have some business to attend to.”  She nods at Tanner, then she takes Guy’s offered arm.

Sir Guy:  “Shall we my Lady Rose?”

Lady Roseanna:  “Lets, Sir Guy.”  And with that, they head to the Palace arm in arm to find Prince John and tell them their ‘happy’ news–that they are engaged to be wed.

To be continued with Chapter 11


(1a)   Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–Sir Guy, as portrayed by Richard Armitage, drawing by Judiang and initially shared at

(1b)  Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–rose graphic found at http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_D8VwTKAphks/TQ5I9nYhgdI/AAAAAAAAN6k/vdOKQ4QsSsU/s1600/pink_rose_petals.jpg

(2)  “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas, Image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at

(3)  “Portrait of a Boy” by Eugene de Blaas, Image representing Lady Roseanna disguised as Oxbridge the Valet

(4) Image representing an embarrassed Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 6 (pix 45) on RANet

(5)  Image representing the nearby woods, painting by Thomas Moran http://www.paintinghere.com/painting/Forest_Scene_6269.html

(6) Image representing Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) embarrassed when meeting Lady Roseanna in the woods; the picture is from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 5 (pix 62)

(7) “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas, cropped image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at

(8) Cropped image representing a sad Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) looking down at his hands that killed Lady Marian; from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood Series 3, episode 5 (pix  95)

(9) Cropped and brightened image representing an incredulous Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) who feels unworthy; from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood Series 3, episode 5 (pix 96)

(10)  “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas, image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at

(11)  Cropped and brightened image representing an intrigued Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage); from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood Series 3, episode 5 (pix 99)

(12) Image representing Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) offering his hand to Lady Roseanna; from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood Series 3, episode 5 (pix 101)

(13) Image representing Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) galloping back to the palace behind Lady Roseanna; from the  BBC’s production of Robin Hood Series 3, episode 5 (pix 01)

(14)  “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas, image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at

(15)  Image representing Tanner the stable boy was found at

Guy’s Rose Previous Story Links:

Ch. 7 & 8: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/guys-rose-ch-7-caution-ch-8-comfort-112111-by-gratiana-lovelace-post-59/

Ch. 5 & 6  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/18/guys-rose-ch-5-dancing-ch-6-dowery-111811-by-gratiana-lovelace-post-57/

Ch. 4:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/%E2%80%9Cguy%E2%80%99s-rose%E2%80%9D-chapter-4-lady-roseanna-dines-with-prince-john-and-sir-guy-monday-evening-111411-gratiana-lovelace-post-54/

Ch. 3: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/%E2%80%9Cguy%E2%80%99s-rose%E2%80%9D-wip-chapter-3-sir-guy-sups-with-prince-john-at-monday%E2%80%99s-midday-meal-pg-13-111111-gratiana-lovelace-post-52/

Ch. 2:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/guys-rose-ch-2-sir-guy-bathes-in-roses-apartments-110711-gratiana-lovelace-post-49/

Ch. 0 – 1:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/guys-rose-ch-0-1-a-fan-fiction-110411-gratiana-lovelace-post-47/

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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10 Responses to “Guy’s Rose”–Ch. 9 Chastened & Ch. 10 Found Out, 11/25/11 Gratiana Lovelace (Post # 63)

  1. kathryngaul says:

    Oh, I am really enjoying your story, Gratiana…it is so romantic. Can’t wait for the next installment!


    • Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks for your nice note. I’m a romantic at heart. I will post the next chapter(s) on Monday. Have a great weekend!
      Cheers! Grati ;->
      P.S. Today and Saturday, I’m working on a video project for next week. But there will be a special low key activity treat for Fun Day Sunday. So, please visit again on Sunday.


  2. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati!
    I agree with Kathryn, it’s a nice romantic story, a bit like the Beast being tamed by the Beauty. What else but the love of a beautiful and intelligent woman to make Guy a worthy, honest, better man? We all knew he had the potential for this, so good to see it happening.


    • Good morning Fabi!
      Thanks for your nice note. I agree with you whole heartedly. Goodness, kindness, honor, decency, and love make all things possible in my mind–even in “reforming” Sir Guy. Especially for Sir Guy, because he had lacked having people treat him well–and without a hidden self interest on their parts –until Lady Roseanna. Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna meet as equals–which is a good basis for any relationship.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. Fabi says:

    Forgot to say: I love their dialogues!


  4. Ania says:

    Thank you for the next exciting chapters.♥ More and more I like Lady Roseanna, and especially her directness in the conversation with Sir Guy. :-) Oh and I hope that Guy will not betray their specific alliance.


    • Hi Ania,

      Thanks for your kind remarks. I’m glad you’re enjoying my story, “Guy’s Rose”. Since Lady Roseanna is a noble–and connected to the royal family–her status gives her much more freedom and lattitude than other women of her day would have had.

      I think I recall reading that Richard Armitage remarked once when asked if he would have like to live during the time that the Robin Hood show is set in, that he would definitely have had to be a noble–because the peasants had such a rough life (or something to that effect).

      And you’ll just have to wait until the next installment of “Guy’s Rose” on Monday to see how things progress between the two of them. I have through Chapter 19 written and posted on DF–with more chapters to follow–with me making little tweakings of wording as I post the chapters here. So, no spoilers from me.

      Cheers! Grati ;->


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