“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 26: Sir Guy’s Mission Leave Taking Occurs with One Final Intrigue, 1/27/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #116)
An Original Fan Fiction Script Story Adaptation of the BBC’s “Robin Hood, Series 3”
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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.
When Sir Guy awakens in his secret wife, Lady Rose’s loving arms the following morning [(2) right], the moment is bittersweet. They will soon be parted from one another for at least two weeks–and maybe more, which might delay their formal wedding that is scheduled for two weeks hence. Sir Guy watches Lady Rose sleep peacefully and resolves not to waken her just yet. She needs her rest now that she is bearing his child. A child of their love! He can scarcely believe it. But it is true and Sir Guy rejoices in his heart. He does not want to leave his lady wife now. But he must. Now that he will have a family, it is more important than ever to Sir Guy to secure their future with a successful mission to Nottingham to kill Robin Hood and have Prince John give Sir Guy Nottingham as his prize.
So Sir Guy slips back into his bed chamber and readies himself for his mission. It is not long before he hears Bessie arrive and go into Lady Roseanna’s bed chamber. She helps Lady Roseanna dress quickly and join Sir Guy in their sitting room for a small breakfast of fruit toast and omelets. Sir Guy smiles at Lady Roseanna’s choice. It is the first new delicacy she introduced to him when they met nearly two months ago. They have a cordial breakfast–staving off the inevitable tears from both he and her that will accompanying Sir Guy’s leave taking. For Sir Guy has learned that his heartfelt loving emotions for his wife Lady Roseanna are nothing to be ashamed of. They are on the cusp of having everything they want to start their new life together as couple, as a a family. It is just that the gods must still have their reckoning for Sir Guy’s past misdeeds–and they are not done with him yet.
As Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna glide serenely through the palace hallways to the back courtyard where an impressive assembly of soldiers await Sir Guy’s command, they are full of hope. Though Fr. Bale has not made it back in time with his 3 year old son Seth for Sir Guy to see him, Sir Guy is certain that Lady Roseanna will help Seth settle in with her at the palace. If Lady Roseanna can transform the great and fierce Sir Guy of Gisborne into becoming the noble knight that he is meant to be, then she can certainly tend to a small child. This is his reasoning any way. As they walk into the open air of the courtyard, cheers rise up from all quarter but one. Jasper is back–and he is not alone.
Jasper, that sycophantic courtier of Prince John’s–always angling for position–has a noble with him who is unfamiliar to Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna [(3) right]. But this unfamiliarity is not for long–unfortunately. Prince John beckons Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna to join he and Jasper and the noble, so they walk over to them. Lady Roseanna and her cousin Prince John kiss cheeks.
Prince John: “Milady Rose, you look lovely this morning.”
Lady Roseanna: “Thank you Johnny.” She says rather familiarly in front of the unfamiliar noble.
Prince John: “So Gisborne, are you and my elite guard ready to seek out and kill Robin Hood?”
Prince John: “Oh! My manners. Jasper you know.” Prince John [(4) right] waves his hand dismissively. Sir Guy and Jasper nod their heads politely at one another. “But I don’t think you have met Sir Isaiah.” Sir Isaiah regards Sir Guy suspiciously.
Sir Guy: “No, I have not had that privilege, Sire.” Sir Guy bows respectfully at Sir Isaiah. But Sir Isaiah does not reciprocate.
Jasper: “Sire, perhaps Sir Isaiah Knighton would like something to drink.” Jasper asks solicitously maliciously–waiting for Sir Guy’s reaction. And he gets one. Sir Guy’s eye brows raise. But before Sir Guy can say anything, Lady Roseanna–not recognizing the name–intervenes and graciously welcomes Sir Isaiah.
Lady Roseanna: “Sir Isaiah.” She extends her hand and Sir Isaiah kisses it. “I am Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton, cousin to Prince John and betrothed of Sir Guy.” She smiles sweetly.
Sir Isaiah K.: “My Lady.” He bows but does not reveal to her who he is. However, Jasper takes care of that.
Jasper: “My Lady Roseanna, Sir Isaiah is the uncle of that poor murdered girl, Lady Marian.”
Everything stops, birds don’t chirp, horses don’t snort, and Sir Guy doesn’t breathe. Prince John gleefully looks back and forth between the five of them. Lady Roseanna tightens her grip on Sir Guy’s arm, trying to support him in what is her weasel cousin Johnny’s attempt to put Sir Guy off balance.
Lady Roseanna: But Lady Roseanna stuns them all with her sympathetic and poised response as she lays her hand on Sir Isaiah’s arm. “I am sorry for your loss, Sir Isaiah. I have heard much about Lady Marian’s courage and compassion from Sir Guy. She must have been a remarkable woman. Though she can not be brought back to life, her life remains an example that we would all do well to follow–to honor her memory.” Then Lady Roseanna turns to Sir Guy and asks. “Is that not what you have told me my love?”
Sir Guy: “Yes, my love.” Sir Guy [(5) right] says remorsefully–as the murderer of Lady Marian–knowing that he must atone for her death somehow.
Lady Roseanna: Returning to Sir Guy’s side and arm, she says humbly. “We are none of us without sin. The sin is in not recognizing it. Our Lord Christ admonishes us to live a right and just life–to go and sin no more if we truly repent and wish to atone for our sins.” She says reverently as a person of deep faith and convictions.
Sir Guy stands tall, solemn, and resolute–in that he knows where his duty, love, and loyalties are owed now, to England and to Lady Roseanna.
And Lady Roseanna has once again played her trump card well with her cousin Prince John and the loathsome Jasper.
Prince John: “Yes. Jasper and Sir Isaiah, please excuse Sir Guy and I as we consult before his mission.” Sir Isaiah and Jasper walk away dejectedly.
Lady Roseanna: “Did you wish me to retreat as well, Johnny? Shall I say my good bye now?”
Prince John: “Yes Rose, you should.” He turns away from them for a moment–to give them their privacy.
Lady Roseanna and Sir Guy hold both of their hands together and stand looking at one another. They desperately want to fling themselves into each others’ arms and kiss each other, but they can not due to court protocol. This is the last time they will see each other for several weeks–perhaps forever if Sir Guy is not successful. They gaze at each other lovingly–a wealth of meaning and understanding and love passing between them. Then Sir Guy brings each of Lady Roseanna’s hands up to his lips and kisses them. Those assembled–even Prince John–are struck by the touching and tender scene.
Sir Guy: “My Lady Rose, I carry you always in my heart.” Sir Guy’s eyes are moist.
Lady Roseanna: “Sir Guy, my love, you will never be far from my thoughts. Come back to me, my beloved.” Her tears begin to fall.
Sir Guy: “It is my fervent wish to return and be your husband, my beloved.” Then, as he did when he comforted Lady Roseanna about her deceased parents, he opens his arms wide and Lady Roseanna nestles into them [(6) right]–putting her arms around his waist, court protocol be damned. Sir Guy kisses her forehead chastely. “I will love you always, My Rose–even death will not part us.” He says prophetically.
Lady Roseanna: “Guy, I will love you even unto the end of time.” They embrace for a few moments. Then they stand apart, and Sir Guy kisses her hands again.
Then with all the willpower he can muster, Sir Guy quickly turns to walk over to his Prince as a weeping Lady Roseanna is comforted by Lady Talkington.
Sir Guy: “Sire, I await your command.” He says nobly.
Prince John: “Kill Robin Hood and everything shall be yours. Do not fail me, Gisborne.”
Sir Guy: “I will not fail, my Prince.”
The two men look at each other for a moment–the knight striving to be a better man and the Prince who wouldn’t know a better man, even though one is standing right in front of him now. Then Sir Guy turns, mounts his horse and begins to lead his troops out of the Palace courtyard. As his horse trots away, Sir Guy notices something white sticking out of his vest pocket. He pulls it out. It is a delicately embroidered fine linen handkerchief with the initial R on it and the scent of roses when he brings it to his face. Sir Guy stops at the courtyard gate and turns back to look at Lady Roseanna watching his every move. He puts his hands to his lips, then stretches out his hand to her. Lady Roseanna touches her own lips and outstretches her hand to him. Then Sir Guy turns and rides out of sight. And the weeping Lady Roseanna is lead back to her apartments in the palace by Lady Talkington.
To be continued with Chapter 27
(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) 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
(3) Image representing Lady Roseanna is “A Portrait of a Lady” by Eugene de Blaas and 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
(4) Cropped image of Prince John (as portrayed by Toby Stephens) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 6 (pix 94) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0094.html
(5) Cropped image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 6 (pix 92) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0092.html
(6) Image representing Lady Roseanna–but of Lady Marian (portrayed by Lucy Griffiths)–and Sir Guy (portrayed by Richard Armitage embracing in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 2 episode 7 (pix 81) http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode7/slides/rh207_081.html
“Guy’s Rose” Previous Story Links:
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/