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.
Author’s Note: This chapter is rated PG-13 for sensual situations.
The palace dinner that evening–the night of Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna’s secret wedding–had been a quiet one for Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna after the pre-dinner intrigues. Lady Roseanna barely spoke to anyone during dinner–and least of all to Sir Guy. She was and is perturbed at him–and annoyed with him. Sir Guy is bound to fulfill his mission to kill Robin Hood if he is to stay in Prince John’s favor–and remain Lady Roseanna’s betrothed. But of course, Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna gave themselves in love to one another this day and then they were secretly married this afternoon by Fr. Bale. Lady Roseanna is not happy with the turn of events–fearing that her love, Sir Guy, her champion, will be snatched away from her by her cousin Johnny only to be killed. Not only does Lady Roseanna love Sir Guy, but she realizes how precarious her situation at court would become were he not at her side offering her his protection. So as Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna enter the Middleton Apartments in the palace, there is an initial unease between them. They are greeted by their servant Bessie.
Bessie: “Good evening, Milady, Milord. Would you like anything to drink before you retire?”
Lady Roseanna: “Bessie, it is still only middle evening since the dinner was early. I am not tired.” Lady Roseanna says with great composure. Yet Lady Roseanna’s young face looks drawn–from her weeping about her deceased parents earlier and now her worry for Sir Guy. “Sir Guy, perhaps we might get ready for sleep and then talk by the fire?” She asks him formally, returning to addressing him as ‘Sir Guy’ around Bessie.
Sir Guy: Sensing her unease now more fully–Sir Guy [(2) right] having been distracted at the dinner with more of Prince John’s entreaties about his mission to kill Robin Hood–thus creating an unease within himself, he says courteously. “Of course, Milady. I will change in my bed chamber and then return to you in the sitting room.”
Bessie: As Bessie helps her mistress change, she asks her. “What’s wrong, Milady? You were so happy earlier. But now?” Bessie stops. As a servant, she has been taught not to pry into her mistress’’ life. But Bessie is fond of the kind and benevolent Lady Roseanna [(3) right] as her mistress.
Lady Roseanna: “Bessie, Sir Guy and I have much to discuss in private about our future. We need to be alone. I need you to not sleep in the apartments tonight.”
Bessie: “But, My Lady! There would be talk were you to be found alone with Sir Guy and not married. I would not have anyone speak loosely about your honor. And I am bound to stay by Prince John’s orders.”
Lady Roseanna: “Nay Bessie, nothing new will happen between Sir Guy and I tonight.” Well, Lady Roseanna is speaking in half truths, because with she and Sir Guy having made love already, them lying with each other again would not be ‘new’ to Lady Roseanna. “I will smooth it over with cousin Johnny if we are discovered.” Bessie nods, but they continue with changing Lady Roseanna into nightclothes in silence. Then, Bessie [(4) right] curtsies to her mistress and leaves her for the night–heading to the laundry to sleep as her mistress bid her. Lady Roseanna sits on the edge of her bed to think.
Meanwhile, Sir Guy has changed out of his dress clothes and into night clothes on his own–since he has no valet. Although Bessie had helpfully laid out his night things for him again. And, he finds a sealed leather pouch on his pillow. He breaks the seal and opens the pouch, removing its rolled cylindrical object. Now breaking the seal on the rolled parchment in his hand, he opens it to reveal his and Lady Roseanna’s marriage certificate–including a section for the dispensation of the banns. He should be smiling at this memento of their union, but he is not. A pall had settled between he and Lady Roseanna after he agreed to take up Prince John’s mission for him to kill Robin Hood. He feels they must talk. But he does not know how they can do so privately, with their servant Bessie so close at hand due to Prince John’s orders. And, this is technically Sir Guy’s and Lady Roseanna’s wedding night–a night that should belong to them as lovers, not as disagreeing spouses.
Sir Guy walks into the shared sitting room and he does not find his Lady Rose there. He stands by the fireplace, warming himself for a few minutes. But when she does not come, he realizes that he must go to her. So, he knocks on her bed chamber door–still thinking that their servant Bessie is nearby.
Sir Guy: “My Lady Roseanna, may I enter?”
Lady Roseanna: “Yes Sir Guy.” She says calmly and formally–as if Bessie were here. But of course Bessie has already left the Middleton Apartments for the night. So Rose is displaying a fit of pique in being so formal with Guy.
Sir Guy enters Lady Roseanna’s bed chamber and looks about the room. He does not see Bessie.
Sir Guy: “Are we alone?” He asks hopefully, thinking that it might be a sign that his wife Rose has guaranteed their privacy on their wedding night. But he is getting ahead of himself as she will let him know.
Lady Roseanna: “We are.” She says solemnly.
Perhaps Sir Guy’s first clue that all is not well in his barely six hours old marriage is not only the dispirited tone of Lady Roseanna’s voice, but also her brevity in speaking. Guy moves to ‘his’ side of the bed to see his Lady Rose [(5) right] sitting up in her nightgown and pushing her hair out of her eyes and while her face reddens in distress. He sits down next to her on the edge of the bed and takes her in his arms. She stiffens at his touch, her reticence being unfamiliar to Sir Guy since their morning lovemaking.
Sir Guy: “Milady Rose, is everything alright?”
Lady Roseanna: “Why did you do it?” She asks looking up at him pleadingly.
Sir Guy: “Do what?” But he knows what she is referring to–his mission.
Lady Roseanna: “Do you deny that you have willfully gotten yourself trapped by my cousin Johnny into this folly of a mission?” She asks accusatorially.
Sir Guy: “I had no choice.” But isn’t that always Sir Guy’s excuse?
Lady Roseanna: “What about us? What about me? Do you care nothing for me, to go off and put yourself in danger while leaving me unprotected?” She asks clearly and succinctly.
Sir Guy: “I know. It is folly. But if I succeed, then Prince John will reward me by making me Sheriff of Nottingham.”
Lady Roseanna: Then she says a bet petulantly–well, she is a slightly spoiled not quite twenty-one year old. “What care I for Nottingham? It means nothing to me. We do not need it. I have estates that can serve our needs.” She finishes a bit haughtily, like one who is accustomed to getting her own way as an extended member of the Royal Family.
Sir Guy: He explains delicately and truthfully. “Maybe ‘we’ do not need Nottingham, but ‘I’ do. I have nothing to give you now that Vasey has surely stolen my wealth hidden at Locksley Manor. But, if I am made Sheriff of Nottingham, then that is a prize worthy of my Lady wife.” Sir Guy’s insecurities about his position are still very present in his mind.
Lady Roseanna: “Everyone leaves me–my parents, my brother George, King Richard.” Then she softens her tone and reveals her true worry as she clings to him. “But what if you are killed, my husband? I can not bear to lose you now. I love you too much.” She gazes up at him with tears in her eyes. Her tears begin to fall.
Sir Guy: “Shhh. There, there, my love.” Sir Guy [(6) right] says soothingly. “I will not be killed. I cannot believe that God would let us find love with each other and then snatch it away.” But Guy is forgetting how unfairly life has treated him thus far–and sadly prophetic about what his fate will be.
Lady Roseanna: “You must be careful, my Husband, and not let any harm come to you.” She says clinging to him.
Sir Guy: “I will be careful.” He promises her solemnly. “It is for Robin Hood to worry.”
Lady Roseanna: “But is it not this Robin Hood the man who saved your son’s life? How can you kill him now?” She looks at him with uncertainty. For her, choices are always right and wrong, good and bad–there is never a ‘gray’ area to consider.
Sir Guy: “Robin Hood is an outlaw who has vexed the crown greatly. And, it is what my prince wants, so I must obey.” Again, Sir Guy blindly following orders–against his own growing better judgment–will be his undoing.
Lady: “Very well.” Lady Roseanna tilts her head, acknowledging Sir Guy’s logic, if not his reasoning.
Sir Guy: “But when my mission is over, we will be wed formally for all to see and begin our lives together anew.” He says stroking her back and kissing her gently on her lips. “You are my Lady Wife, and I am your loving Husband. Do you not wish to speak of this more pleasant topic?” He entreats her seductively as his gentle kisses move to the soft skin of her neck.”
Lady: “I do, my Husband.” She sighs.
Lady Roseanna trembles with her loving husband’s touch. Sir Guy gently guides his wife Lady Rose to lay back onto their marriage bed as they kiss and caress each other adoringly. This night, they share their love as two souls bound together forever. Their lovemaking is tender, heartfelt, passionate, and adoring–as new lovers are. Sir Guy and his Lady Rose cleave unto one another in love and joy several times throughout the night. Theirs is a grand passion of loving pleasures beyond all imaginings, or words to describe them. When morning dawns they will have time enough to worry about what fate may bring them. But tonight is theirs, and theirs alone–until their passions are spent and they fall into a deep and restful sleep in each others’ loving arms. [(7) above]
To be continued with Chapter 25
(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) Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 7 (pix 9) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodeseven/slides/7_009.html
(3) “A Portrait of a Young Lady” (head only) by Eugene de Blaas, Image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at
composited with Drew Barrymore’s pink gowned body (cropped for torso only) from the film “Ever After” (1998)
(4) Image representing Bessie (cropped for torso only) was found at
(5) Cropped image representing Lady Roseanna was found at http://www.paintingall.com/william-mcgregor-paxton-girl-combing-her-hair.html
(6) Cropped image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 7 (pix 2) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodeseven/slides/7_002.html
(7) 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 photo manipulation created by the talented artist Maltysa and was found at http://maltysa.livejournal.com/355.html
Guy’s Rose Previous Story Links:
Ch. 19: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/guys-rose-ch-19-lovers-new-beginning-as-they-negotiate-their-place-in-the-palace-10212-gratiana-lovelace-post-94/
Ch. 18: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/guys-rose-ch-18-guys-and-roses-relationship-changes-forever-r-rating-123011-grati-post-91/
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/