“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)

“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)

An Original Fan Fiction Script Story Adaptation of the BBC’s “Robin Hood, Series 3”
(no copyright infringement is intended; all rights reserved)
[(1abc) “Guy’s Rose” story graphic]

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.

Bessie:  “You look very beautiful in your pink velvet gown, Milady.”  She stands back and admires her mistress.

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?”

Lady Roseanna:  “Bessie does not know about Seth.”  She smiles up at him.   “My lord, I am carrying our child.”  She says a tad triumphantly and waits for his response.

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

References

(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
http://www.paintingall.com/images/P/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-A-Portrait-Of-A-Young-Lady-Oil-Painting.jpg
composited with Drew Barrymore’s pink gowned body (cropped for torso only) from the film “Ever After” (1998)
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-EOk2VCc5f0Q/Tj-Uz–J9OI/AAAAAAAAAn4/-l5axymiDtw/s400/breathe12.jpeg

(3)  Image representing Bessie (cropped for torso only) was found at
http://www.paintingall.com/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-Venetian-Flower-Seller-Oil-Painting.html

(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. 24: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/guys-rose-ch-24-a-fitful-wedding-night-12012-gratiana-lovelace-post-109/

Ch. 23:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/guys-rose-ch-23-sir-guy-lady-roseanna-ferret-out-intrigues-at-dinner-11612-gratiana-lovelace-post-105/

Ch. 22: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/guys-rose-ch-22-guy-and-rose-plan-their-secret-wedding-11312-gratiana-lovelace-post-103/

Ch. 21:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/guys-rose-ch-21-sir-guy-reveals-a-further-secret-to-lady-roseanna-10912-gratiana-lovelace-post-100/

Ch. 20: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/guys-rose-ch-20-r-rating-they-love-once-more-and-make-plans-10612-gratiana-lovelace-post-98/

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. 17:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/12/16/guys-rose-chapter-17-morning-brings-a-fresh-beginning-between-guy-rosepg-16-121611gratiana-lovelace-post-79/

Ch. 16:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/guys-rose-ch-16-pillow-talk-tuesday-night-leads-to-understanding-121211-gratiana-lovelace-post-76/

Ch. 15:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/guys-rose-chapter-15-betrothal-kiss-and-blessing-pg-13-120911-gratiana-lovelace-post-74/

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. 11: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/guys-rose-ch-11-breakfast-a-deux-112811-gratiana-lovelace-post-65/

Ch. 9 & 10: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/25/guys-rose-ch-9-chastened-ch-10-found-out-112511-gratiana-lovelace-post-63/

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. 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)

  1. We are overjoyed for Guy and Rose as well!
    All we, Sir G.’s ladies think he deserves a family with children (a girl, maybe).

    I wonder if next chapter is the last one, as your story is almost crossing the TV series.
    I can’t believe it is over! Please, tell me it is not!

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    • Hi Carla/Cassia,
      Thanks for your note. I’m glad that Sir Guy almost having everything any man could want pleases you. And Lady Rose, too, grows in maturity with what her new status as a wife–albeit a secret wife, and now mother to be.
      As to the end of my story “Guy’s Rose” being near? Not quite. My storyline now crosses over into the rest of the Robin Hood Series and continues for several more chapters. The events that follow will have an impact on Guy and Rose, to be sure. Their fates will twist and turn–just as we know Sir Guy’s fates twist and turn.
      But, no spoilers. You will have to wait and see how I end this tale.
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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  2. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati,
    I’m quite involved by this beautiful love story, thanks for sharing and posting twice a week, so the waiting isn’t too long.
    Now I have mixed feelings. One hand, I want to see Guy and Rose happy together forever, and the other I don’t want to see the story ends. LOL

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    • Good morning Fabi,
      Thanks for your very kind note! I will be sorry, too, when my story, “Guy’s Rose”, ends. I am enjoying tell their tale. But we have several more chapters to go as I mentioned to Carla/Cassia above. So take heart. The end is not quite here, not yet. And I hope that the ending to my tale of love here satisfies my readers–and my own–need for closure with Sir Guy and his fates. But, no spoilers.
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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  3. fitzg says:

    Very happy that Seth might feature in the story. That was a tale left untold.
    I thought of writing a letter from Annie to Lady Marian, assuring Marian of Seth’s progress, but my Middle English isn’t that great. :) And Annie wasn’t literate, anyway. Will play with it for later in the future. Play with it yourself, if you wish. :)

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  4. Ania says:

    Hi Grati,
    I think you know how much I like your story. I’m not going to persuade you to spoilers, but when I think about Sir Guy is my impression that this man is condemned to an eternal struggle. Struggle for the realization of his ambitions or the obligations made voluntarily or under pressure. Therefore, such it’s nice to read your story because you are giving him so much love from Lady Roseanna. *sigh*
    OK, it will be better if I go to bed because I get sentimental.

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    • Hi Ania,
      Thanks for your nice note. That is a nicely succinct assessment of Sir Guy and his struggles you provide.
      To quote the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “character is destiny” (http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Heraclitus). And the choices we make define our character.
      So will Sir Guy in my story finally, make the “right” choices for himself and Lady Rose? Or will he be forever doomed to follow a path that only leads to despair, torment, and everlasting regret?
      Can a man with so much blood on his hands be redeemed? Can he atone for his past sins and be granted a second chance at happiness? And even if that happiness is short lived, can that happiness sustain a person for a lifetime, or even an eternity? We will see.
      Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->

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