“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 25: Sir Guy’s and Lady Roseanna’s Last Night Together Before his Mission Occurs All Too Soon, 1/23/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #112)
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.
Over the next five weeks, Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna’s lives settle into a predictable pattern of domesticity and intrigue. Their love and loyalty to one another grows daily. Their mornings are spent with Sir Guy slipping back into his bed chamber after their nights of love when Bessie is convinced to leave them alone. They have their morning ride to the forest where they often make love again before returning to the palace for breakfast and their daily routines. Whilst Lady Roseanna busies herself with wedding preparations and trousseau fittings, Sir Guy trains Prince John’s elite palace guard for their mission to hunt down and kill Robin Hood. Lady Roseanna tempts Sir Guy with new and delicious foods at their mid day meal as promised for her wedding present to him. Then their evenings are spent dining with Prince John and slowly acquainting themselves with which nobles might be allies of theirs, versus who might be firmly sycophantic to Prince John. It is a delicate business trying to appear to further Prince John’s agenda while all the time attempting to undermine it.
And, Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna have not been able to persuade Prince John to let either of them leave the palace–ostensibly to visit her estate in Leicester–because they secretly want to bring Sir Guy’s son Seth to the palace. So, they have a letter couriered to the black smith’s family caring for 3 year old Seth via their trusted family confidante Fr. Bale. Their plan is to have Fr. Bale collect Seth and bring him to the palace. They just hope that Fr. Bale will return to the palace in time for Sir Guy to see his son before he must leave to go to Nottingham and carry out his mission to kill Robin Hood–just two weeks before Sir Guy’s and Lady Roseanna’s planned formal wedding.
So, their last night together is a poignant one as they ready for the evening’s feast. They have made their preparations for Sir Guy’s leave taking. His elite palace guard are well trained–with a secret weapon. And he has packed his necessary garments and battle gear for his triumphant journey back to Nottingham as the Prince’s lieutenant–and not Sheriff Vasey’s. For her part, Lady Roseanna has tried to be supportive of her secret husband–seeming to be cheerful for his sake, while all the while dreading his leaving. And her feeling poorly of late has not helped her mood. But, Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna are forgetting something. Or, perhaps it is more correct to say, they have missed something. Lady Roseanna’s servant Bessie is the one who ‘reminds’ her as she helps her mistress dress for their last evening together.
Lady Roseanna: “Thank you Bessie.” Lady Roseanna [(2) right] smiles at her reflection in the mirror. “Perhaps, I wear this gown too often, but it is my h… my betrothed, Sir Guy’s, favorite.” She catches herself before she slips and says ‘my husband’.
Bessie: “Have you told Sir Guy, Milady?” She asks delicately as she finishes arranging Lady Roseanna’s hair.
Lady Roseanna: “Told Sir Guy what, Bessie?” She asks absentmindedly as she puts her rings on her fingers.
Bessie: Bessie looks at her mistress, wondering if she does not know since Lady Roseanna is so young. “Your courses have not come in some time, My Lady.”
Lady Roseanna: “Haven’t they?” She looks up at Bessie, with a look of surprise on her face.
Bessie: “It is alright My Lady. You and Sir Guy will be wed soon and none will be the wiser.”
Lady Roseanna: Lady Roseanna’s eyes widen in understanding. Then she blushes profusely, because she realizes Bessie no longer thinks she is a maid. “Bessie, are you certain?”
Bessie: “My Lady, it has been two weeks since your courses should have come and they have not. And you have not felt well lately–not able to eat food.” Lady Roseanna looks at Bessie in wonder. “My Lady, you are with child.” Bessie [(3) right] says this with a small tender smile. She does not judge her mistress for having done what others have also done–loved before they wed.
Lady Roseanna: Not wanting Bessie to think her a wanton woman, Roseanna clarifies. “We must keep this babe a secret from all but my husband, Bessie.” Bessie looks at her curiously. “Sir Guy and I were married in secret over a month ago.”
Bessie: She smiles broadly now. “I’m ever so glad, Milady. You will tell him before he leaves, won’t you?”
Lady Roseanna: “I will tell him now before the feast.” Lady Roseanna smiles up at her servant Bessie.
Just then, Sir Guy knocks on Lady Roseanna’s bed chamber door.
Sir Guy: “May I enter, My Lady Rose?” He asks lovingly.
Lady Roseanna: “You may, Guy.” She says familiarly. Sir Guy enters Lady Roseanna’s bed chamber for what might be the last night for several weeks while he is away on his mission for Prince John to kill Robin Hood. “Bessie, thank you. Please leave us.”
Bessie: She curtsies. “Yes Milady.” Bessie looks over at Sir Guy with a knowing smile, curtsies to him and leaves.
Sir Guy: “She is acting strange. Don’t you think?” Sir Guy looks at Lady Roseanna curiously as he leans down and kisses her lips.
Lady Roseanna: “Bessie is perhaps keeping a secret.” Lady Roseanna smiles joyfully up at him.
Sir Guy: “You told her of our marriage? A servant? My love, I fear she could be too easily ‘convinced’ to betray us. Nottingham castle dungeons are full of such servant confidantes tortured to tell what they know–or make it up to stop the pain.” He says thinking of the dungeons and torture devices that he formerly used and now abhors.
Lady Roseanna: “She will not betray us my love.” Lady Roseanna stands and puts her hands on his leather doublet covered chest. “But she also told me a secret that I had not guessed.”
Sir Guy: “Hmmm. Is this some palace gossip that we have not yet heard? The servants are always in the know before the nobles, it seems.” He smiles wryly.
Lady Roseanna: “No my love. It is not palace gossip. And you must come back to me soon so that it does not become so.”
Sir Guy: Intrigued and a little confused by her obfuscating remarks, he asks her plainly. “Pray tell me wife. What is this about?”
Lady Roseanna: “It is about your child, our child.” She embraces him around his waist and clings to him.
Sir Guy: Still not understanding and thinking she refers to his 3 year old son Seth, he says “But how could she know about Seth?”
Sir Guy: “Oh! My Lady Rose!” Sir Guy [(4) right] exclaims, gathering her into his arms for a tender embrace.
Lady Roseanna: “Are you pleased, my husband?”
Sir Guy: “Am I pleased? I am overjoyed!” And Sir Guy kisses Lady Roseanna soundly for several minutes.
Lady Roseanna: “I am glad!”
If they could have stayed in their bed chamber to love each other in celebration of the pending birth of their first child, they would have. But they are expected at the feast for Sir Guy’s send off. It was a long and tedious affair–made more so by Sir Guy’s and Lady Roseanna’s wish to be in private with one another. And with the joyous news of Lady Roseanna being with child, Sir Guy was even more attentive to her than usual at the feast–if being more attentive than he already was is possible. But the feast evening ends eventually and Lady Roseanna and Sir Guy quickly make their way back to their apartments where they share their love and joy with one another in being hopeful future parents to be. This, their last night together for many nights to come is full of love and tenderness for one another–Sir Guy being especially gentle with his Lady Wife Rose who is carrying his child–being careful not to lay on her too long since he is a tall, broad shouldered, and muscular man. After their lovemaking, they drift off to sleep clinging to each other as if they will never let go.
To be continued with Chapter 26
(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) “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)
(3) Image representing Bessie (cropped for torso only) was found at
(4) Image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armaitage) cropped from the BBC’s production of Robin Hood Series 3, episode 7 (pix 174) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodeseven/slides/7_174.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/