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