“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 22: Guy and Rose Plan their Secret Wedding, 1/13/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #103)
Author’s Scheduling Note: “Guy’s Rose” will continue being serialized here on my blog on Mondays and Fridays until the story line is completed. Links to earlier chapters are found after the image references.
After dressing again following their second new lovers’ tryst this day–the beauty of their love and their lovemaking lingering in their hearts–Sir Guy and his betrothed Lady Roseanna make their way to the secluded Palace chapel [(2) right] to consult with Father Bale about secretly marrying them this eve. Theirs is a bold plan–to deceive Prince John and gain the upper hand in palace intrigues. It will not be easy. Walking into the small chapel, Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna see Father Bale kneeling on the stone floor in prayer before an altar and gleaming gold cross reflecting the afternoon sunlight streaming in through the window. They stand reverently back out of respect, while bowing their own heads in prayer. In a few moments, Father Bale finishes his prayers and he stands to greet them.
Fr. Bale: “Lady Roseanna my child! It has been too long.” He says warmly as they kiss cheeks in familiarity.
Fr. Bale: Taking Lady Roseanna’s hands in his, Fr. Bale says. “My dear, I learned of your betrothal only this morning when I returned from my journey back from your estate at Leicester.” Fr. Bale looks carefully at Sir Guy [(3) right], taking the measure of the tall handsome rogue of a man whose past nefarious actions are well known to him. “This seems … sudden.”
Lady Roseanna: “More than you know.” She says impishly. “Sir Guy and I wish to be wed by you this evening in secret.” Lady [(4) right] Roseanna looks at the cleric pleadingly.
Fr. Bale: “Kkkk!” Coughing in surprise, he continues. “But Milady, there are the banns and royal protocol to follow. You are planned to wed in six weeks time. Why the haste?” Not to mention the danger he will be placing himself in for wedding them should Prince John find out.
Sir Guy stands still and says nothing, letting Lady Roseanna spin what tale she wishes to convince him to perform the ceremony–since Fr. Bale is her family’s retainer. Sir Guy just does not expect Lady Roseanna to take the approach she does–complete honesty.
Lady Roseanna: Blushing she says, “We are in love and we do not wish cousin Johnny to part us out of malice. Well, you know him.” She looks at the cleric knowingly.
R. Bale: “Sadly, I do my child.” He sighs heavily.
Lady Roseanna: “And … I could be with child.” Sir Guy stiffens at Lady Roseanna’s bold revelation and he also blushes. Lady Roseanna has played her trump card well to the cleric.
Fr. Bale: After recovering from his initial shock at her scandalous confession–and glowering at Sir Guy–Fr. Bale says. “Then you ‘must’ wed my lady. Kneel down before me now.”
Taken aback that their rushed secret wedding will be now–and not this evening–Sir Guy finds his voice.
Sir Guy: “Is this what you truly wish, Milady Rose?”
Lady Roseanna: Putting her hand on his chest and gazing up at him lovingly, she says. “Yes Guy, I wish to be yours forever.”
Fr. Bale: “Very well.” He nods his head satisfied that Lady Roseanna has not been tricked into this secret marriage a seduction. “Kneel down.” He entreats them again, and they do. “I will dispense with the usual formalities and get right to the heart of the matter.” Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna nod. “Lady Roseanna Middleton, Do you of your own free will take this man Sir Guy of Gisborne to be your wedded husband–to have and to hold from this day forward as long as you both shall live?”
Lady Roseanna: Saying solemnly, but with love as she glances at Sir Guy. “I do.” Sir Guy smiles lovingly at her.
Fr. Bale: “Sir Guy.” Sir Guy whips his head in attention back to Fr. Bale. “Do you of your own free will take this woman, Lady Roseanna Middleton to be your wedded wife–to have and to hold from this day forward as long as you both shall live?”
Sir Guy: Smiling broadly with love for his Lady Rose, Sir Guy says commandingly. “I do.”
Fr. Bale: “Then stand and face each other and repeat after me in unison,” Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna do as he bids them, clasping their hands together looking lovingly at one another. “I Roseanna/Guy take you Guy/Roseanna.”
Lady Roseanna/Sir Guy: “I Roseanna/Guy take you Guy Roseanna.”
Fr. Bale: “To be my lawfully wedded husband/wife.”
Lady Roseanna/Sir Guy: “To be my lawfully wedded husband/wife.”
Fr. Bale: “To love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, til death do we part.”
Lady Roseanna/Sir Guy: “To love and to cherish, in sickness and in health, til death do we part.”
Fr. Bale: “With the power of almighty God I declare you to be husband and wife. What God has joined together, let no man put asunder. You may kiss your bride, Sir Guy.” Though with Lady Roseanna’s admission earlier, Fr. Bale thinks that may be unnecessary. Their marriage bed has already been consummated by them.
Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna look at each other lovingly. Then Sir Guy leans down and softly and tenderly kisses Lady Roseanna’s pinkened ripe lips briefly. They are in a chapel, after all, and the emotion of the moment must give way to decorum. Lady Roseanna receives Sir Guy’s offered kiss with her upturned face beaming with love for him. At this moment, Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna are as near to heaven as the law of man will.
Fr. Bale: “I will draw up the marriage license and bring it to you this evening after the feast.”
Lady Roseanna takes Sir Guy’s offered arm and smiles at Fr. Bale.
Lady Roseanna: “Thank you Fr. Bale. We are most grateful.”
Sir Guy: “We are in your debt, sir.”
Fr. Bale: “Sir Guy, the only debt you have to repay is in insuring Lady Roseanna’s happiness for the rest of her life.” He admonished him.
Sir Guy: “It will be my honor and privilege to see to this charge.”
Lady Roseanna smiles. She is a bride on her wedding day and all is right with her world–for now.
To be continued with Chapter 23
(1a) Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–Sir Guy, as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the BBC production of Robin Hood–drawing by Judiang and initially shared at http://www.jagrant.com/watcher/creativity-guy-drawing/
(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
(1c) Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton was changed to grayscale and cropped to head only of “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas was found at http://www.paintingall.com/images/P/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-A-Portrait-Of-A-Young-Lady-Oil-Painting.jpg
(2) Image representing the Medieval Chapel in Nottingham castles is a photo manipulation of the image from Robin Hood Series 3, episode 6 (pix 138) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0138.html
(3) Image Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in Nottingham Chapel from Robin Hood Series 3, episode 6 (pix 138) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0139.html
(4) Image representing Lady Roseanna is a composite of: head only of “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas was found at http://www.paintingall.com/images/P/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-A-Portrait-Of-A-Young-Lady-Oil-Painting.jpg; and the pink renaissance dress found at http://www.buzzle.com/img/articleImages/3442-13.jpg
Guy’s Rose Previous Story Links:
Ch. 13 & 14: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/guys-rose-ch-13-getting-ready-ch-14-betrothal-feast-120511-gratiana-lovelace-post-70/
Ch. 12: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/guys-rose-ch-12-announcing-their-engagment-120211-gratiana-lovelace-post-68/
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/