“Guy’s Rose”, Chapter 36–Sir Guy Heals and Learns of his Sister’s Fate, 2/17/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #132)

“Guy’s Rose”, Chapter 36–Sir Guy Heals and Learns of his Sister’s Fate,  2/17/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #132)

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:  My Guy’s Rose” story is almost at its close.   It will continue being serialized here on my blog for a few more chapters, until it concludes.  Links to earlier chapters are found after the image references.

That Saturday evening of the castle collapse, through the night, and as dawn breaks the next day, Brother Tuck and Little John tended their wounded but healing comrade Sir Guy of Gisborne.  They have not had time to return to the Hood outlaw encampment so their friends there are becoming worried–that some of the Nottingham Castle soldiers who escaped have reached Prince John with the tale of the Sheriff’s death.  The outlaws did not notice the pigeons flying away from the castle and to Prince John in London the morning before the explosion.  So, Archer–the late Robin’s half brother and the not dead afterall Sir Guy’s half brother–is sent to look for them.  Archer sees smoke coming out of a cottage hear the destroyed Nottingham Castle and goes to investigate.

Archer:  He knocks on the cottage door and speaks his purpose.  “It is I, Archer [(2) right], I am looking for my friends.”

John:  Opening the door wide, he says in a whisper as he quickly ushers Archer inside “Pipe down man, ye brother is resting.”

Archer:  “My brother?”  Archer asks incredulously as he walks in and looks around John to see Brother Tuck spoon feeding broth to someone lying in bed.

Br Tuck:  Turning around to greet Archer–Tuck [(3) right]  leans back, revealing Sir Guy lying in the bed.  “Archer!  Come see your brother who lives again.”

Sir Guy smiles weakly at Archer–the son of his mother and Robin’s father–the brother he only just met days ago.

Archer:  “My god!”  Archer exclaims in total surprise.

Br Tuck:  “Precisely!  Sir Guy has survived what few men could have.  It is only through divine intervention that he has survived.”  He says in amazement.

But Sir Guy’s face clouds over, remembering that Lady Marian did not survive him stabbing her with his sword last year.  Despite his belief in Lady Marian’s forgiveness, Sir Guy still weeps for his lost love and his guilt in killing her as a single tear falls upon his cheek.

Archer:  Moving to sit in the chair that Brother Tuck just vacated, Archer touches Sir Guy’s arm and asks “Brother, what is wrong?  You have come back to us.”  For Archer is a simple soul, not bothered with remorse for his own actions–how Sir Guy used to be.

Br. Tuck:  “John and I will leave you to speak in private. But Sir Guy, don’t strain yourself in talking too much.” Sir Guy slowly and slightly nods his head.  Then John and Tuck walk through the cottage door.

Archer:  “How can you be alive?  I watched you die.”  He looks into his brother’s eyes searchingly.

Sir Guy:  “I know not, but that I am still alive.  When others …?”  His voice trails away, wondering if Robin succumbed to Isabella’s poisoned blade.   And what of Isabella herself?  Brother Tuck and John thought it best not to burden Sir Guy with this news during his initial recovery.

Archer:  Taking a hold of his brother’s hand, he says in measured tones. “Vasey is dead.  The castle wall toppled in on him as we hoped.”  Sir Guy searches his brother Archer’s face.  “And our sister Isabella was with him.”

Sir Guy’s [(4) right] face goes pale and saddens.  He knows that stopping the Sheriff and Isabella is what they were trying to do when they left the byzantine fire barrels in the castle.  But to hear it confirmed–his little sister’s death–is something altogether different.  For Sir Guy remembers Isabella now as his little sister who used to toddle after him, her big brother when they were young and carefree–before their parents’ deaths set them both on their present paths.

Sir Guy:  “It is done, then.”  He says solemnly.  “And what of Robin?  Has he survived, too, as I have done?”

Archer:  Slowly shaking his head no, he says  “Nay brother.  Isabella’s poisoned blade claimed our brother yesterday morning.   He died not long after shooting the flaming arrow that ignited the byzantine fire that then exploded the castle.”

Again, Sir Guy’s remorse overwhelms him.  Good people die–his mother Lady Ghislane, Lady Marian, Robin–yet he who does not deserve to live still lives.  But Sir Guy cannot think of himself, he must think of others first.  Frantically, Sir Guy admonishes Archer to act quickly.

Sir Guy: “Archer, you must take your rightful place as Robin’s heir as Earl of Huntington.  You must secure Nottingham from Prince John’s clutches and become sheriff so he cannot send someone even worse than Vasey to savage the people.  They have suffered enough.”  Sir Guy squeezes his brother’s hand with as much strength as his frail health will allow.

Archer:  “Be easy, brother.  All will be done in due time.” Archer [(5) right] tries to calm his brother, Sir Guy.

Sir Guy:  “No!  There is no time to waste.  You must ride to London this day to assure this.”  Sir Guy coughs a bit for over tiring himself.  Archer hands him some water to sip.  Then Sir Guy tells Archer of his secret.  “You must also ride to London to get word to my wife, Lady Roseanna Middleton that I am alive–she is Lady Gisborne now, because we were married in secret nearly three months ago.  You must tell her that I am alive before anyone can tell her differently … or I fear …”  His voice trails away.

Archer:  “Of course brother, I will do as you ask.  But what do you fear?”  He tries to soothe him.

Sir Guy:  “I fear that if she hears that I am dead, the grief will cause her to miscarry our child in her womb.   She was but two months with child when Prince John parted us with my ‘mission’ to kill Robin Hood a month ago.”  Sir Guy looks mournfully over at his brother Archer.

Archer:  Looking at his brother, Sir Guy, with an open mouth of complete and utter astonishment, Archer says “You not only have a secret wife, but you are expecting a child together?”  Sir Guy nods slowly.  “Brother!”  Archers squeezes Sir Guy’s hand in his firmly.  “And I thought my life was full of intrigue.  I see you have out done me!”  Archer laughs and smiles broadly at Sir Guy.

Sir Guy:  Sir Guy smiles wanly, but contentedly [(6) right].   “My Lady Roseanna is a gift I treasure beyond all rewards that life could bring to me.  She knows my past …”  Sir Guy’s face clouds over, thinking of Lady Marian.  “… and still she pledged herself to me.  My Lady Rose has given me a second chance at life and happiness that I do not deserve.  But I will endeavor to be worthy of her, to cherish her all my days.  Her happiness is my only goal.”  And Sir Guy’s teary eyes shed another tear–this time of happiness.

Archer:  Such a heartfelt speech by Sir Guy brings tears to even the jaded Archer’s eyes.  Though he would not admit to being sentimental himself as he rubs his eyes distractedly.  “Brother, I will do as you request of me.  I will consult with Brother Tuck and the others what is the best approach to Prince John.”

Sir Guy:  Squeezing Archer’s hand and pulling him to him, he says in a whisper as he raises his head up a bit from his pillow “Be wary of Prince John.  Prince John is worse than even Vasey or Isabella ever were–he is the devil.  And Prince John has battalions at his command.  I will be of no use to you, healing for at least another week or more–and even then, I cannot travel as far as London.  You must go to London to protect and rescue my wife, My Lady Rose from Prince John’s tentacles, or I fear she will be lost.   Bring her to me.”

Archer:  Patting his brother’s clenched fist in his, he says soothingly  “Brother, all will be well.  I have weaseled my way out of many a scrape in my day.  I will be cautious around Prince John and find the upper hand with him.  I promise.”

Sir Guy:  Sinking back onto his pillow, he says weakly.  “Maybe it takes a weasel to best a weasel.”  He smiles thinking of how his Lady Rose refers to her cousin, Prince John.  “Archer, that shall be your password to my bride Lady Roseanna–that ‘Johnny is a weasel’.  My Lady Rose [(7) right] will know you come from me since she only shared her confidence with me on that matter.”

Archer:  “Depend upon it, brother.  I will bring your lady wife to you within one week’s time.  Then she can give you wifely comfort as you heal.”  Archer says with a twinkle in his eye.  Sir Guy smiles wanly and blushes, thinking of his sweet and lovely Lady Rose.

To be continued with Chapter 37


(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 Archer (as portrayed by Clive Standen) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 12 (pix 92) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_092.html

(3)  Cropped image of Brother Tuck (as portrayed by David Harewood) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 12 (pix 60) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodethirteen/slides/13_060.html

(4)  Image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage)   BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 9 (pix 16) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodenine/slides/epnine_016.html

(5)  Cropped image of Archer (as portrayed by Clive Standen) in the BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 12 (pix 93) was found at   http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_093.html

(6)  Image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage)   BBC’s production of Robin Hood series 3, episode 9 (pix 7) was found at    http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodenine/slides/epnine_007.html

(7)   Cropped 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-P ainting.jpg


                                  Guy’s Rose Previous Story Links

Ch. 35:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/guys-rose-chapter-35-sunday-morning-the-palace-learns-incomplete-news-about-nottingham-21312-gratiana-lovelace-post-128/
Ch. 32-34:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/guys-rose-ch-32-34-sir-guy-falls-and-its-aftermath21012-gratiana-lovelace-post-126/
Ch. 29-31:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/02/06/guys-rose-ch-29-31-seths-new-home-sir-guys-fates-lady-roses-worry-20612-gratiana-lovelace-post-123/
Ch.  28:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/guys-rose-ch-28-presenting-seth-to-prince-john-sir-guys-dream-20312-gratiana-lovelace-post-121/
Ch. 27:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/guys-rose-ch-27-little-guy-arrives-at-the-palace-13012-gratiana-lovelace-post-118/   Other story links may be found at the above site, below the references.  There was some extra ping backing going on–when I listed all of the links the last time–that I hope to avoid here.  So  I hope that you don’t mind taking an extra click to reach those story link references.


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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12 Responses to “Guy’s Rose”, Chapter 36–Sir Guy Heals and Learns of his Sister’s Fate, 2/17/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #132)

  1. Hurry up Archer! You have a mission to perform.
    Speed your pace and find Rose before she got a heartbreak for bad news about her husband.
    I wonder how Archer could persuade Prince John to become the new Sheriff of Nottingham….

    A little more patience, we will know next week!
    Thank you Grati!


    • Hi Carla/Cassia,
      Thanks for your nice note! Archer is a charmer, seducer, and con man–the perfect person to do “battle” with Prince John. Ha! Monday will come soon enough with Archer reaching Lady Rose. That’s all the teaser you will get from me. Ha!
      Thanks for visiting commenting! Cheers! Grati ;->


  2. Fabi says:

    Good morning Grati,
    Now all is in Archer’s hands and skills. Apparently Nottingham isn’t far from London, but I don’t know how fast a horse can run. Lady Rose was going away to her estate in Leicester. Maybe it’s the same road and they would meet on the way.
    I know, no spoilers. Just wondering. :)
    I hope Guy and Rose can get together soon. But this will be the end of the story – oh nooooo.


    • Good Morning Fabi,
      Thanks for your note. Here’s a little clarification on the timeline. Archer is told Sir Guy is alive and they plan what to do on Sunday morning the day after Nottingham’s fall. That is also when Prince John made his incorrct announcement to Lady Rose that Sir Guy was dead. Archer speeds to London that very afternoon by fast horses–probably needing to change horses along the way. It will probably take 8 to ten hours for Archer to travel to London and he will get to Lady Rose late Sunday evening. But, that is all the teaser you will get from me until Monday’s installment.
      Have a great weekend! Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. fitzg says:

    Oh, poor misguided Isabella! (OK, she deserved it. :D But… )
    Archer should make the day’s ride to London and he and Rose could very well meet en route – not many roads, after all. Or horse-paths….


    • Hi Fitzg,
      Nice thought. But with Rose packing up Sunday afternoon and evening–well the servants are packing for her–she is set to leave for her estate in Leicester Monday Morning. So, if Archer’s horse can get him to Rose in Londay late Sunday night, then that would work. Remember, Archer also has to try to get Prince John to give him Nottingham as Sheriff–crumbled and destroyed though it may be, for the townspeople’s sake. We wouldn’t want Prince John letting that sneering sycophant Jasper to get in there, now would we? Hmmmm.
      Besides, Archer will actually meet someone else along the way to London who will prove most useful. But no spoilers.
      Have a great weekend! Cheers! Grati ;->


  4. fitzg says:

    Trust Archer/Flynn – easily diverted. :D


  5. fitzg says:

    Errol :D


    • Hi Fitzg,
      Ah! We were thinking you making a play on words for the “In like Flint” movies last night in chat. But, good one about Errol Flynn. Clive Standen who played Archer does bear an uncanny resemblance to the actor Errol Flynn. Maybe it’s the moustache? Ha!
      Cheers! Grati ;->


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