Richard Armitage portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in Robin Hood (BBC 2006-2009) brought to life a complex tragic soul whom many of us fell in love with. In RH 2, episode 6, I suspect that Sir Guy has no more tears to shed. Sir Guy is a man bereft of friendship, of love, of a sense of belonging in the world. And it is the always fickle, unfaithful, disloyal Lady Marian–played to perfection by Lucy Griffiths–who forever spurns his overtures of love and goodwill–extinguishing what light of hope for goodness that remained in his heart.
Were I transported to Sir Guy’s time and place–inhabiting Lady Marian’s body–I as Lady Marian would mend Sir Guy’s broken heart and ease his burdens. So, I offer you a brief tale of Guy and Marian.
“Shelter in My Arms” by Gratiana Lovelace, 7/27/12
Sir Guy [(1) right] returns from his latest reprimand from the Sherriff–his eyes cast down, his spirits lost to shame and degradation. I/Marian wonder how much more of this existence Guy can take. I caress his slightly stubbled face and guide him to gaze into my eyes and see the love that resides in my heart for him alone.
Guy: “It is nothing for you to trouble yourself with.” He stands erect and proud–though his mind is in turmoil.
Marian: “Guy, we each choose wrong paths for different reasons. You believe that I am fated to be yours–at all costs. And I deceive you–and myself–when I do not admit my love for you. Apart from each other, we are melancholy creatures, destined to wither and die. But together, we might thrive anew as we learn to love each other.”
Guy: Carressing my face now, Guy beseeches me [(3) right]. “Dearest Marian, I desire you above all women. Though, I know I do not deserve you. If you could but grant me a precious moment in time, thinking you were mine, I would cherish our love until my dying breath.”
Marian: Hesitatingly, I surrender. “Guy, I have no more excuses, no more feeble attempts to delay us from being together. I know now that your love for me is true. My only wish is that my love for you will meet your love in equal measure. I pay my debt to you with a gladful heart. Ask of me, and I shall grant what you ask–I am not afraid.” Though her trembling belies this last statement.
Guy opens his arms wide and I nestle into his leather doublet covered chest as he wraps his arms around me. He kisses my forehead.
Guy: “This is what I ask of you–to shelter in my arms, to feel our hearts beat as one, and to promise me that you will not pull away from me before I pull away from you–and that I will never do.”
Marian: “Guy, teach me how to love you–to ease your troubled heart, to make your countenance merry, and to let me see your eyes shine with joyful purpose.
And our unspoken heartfelt love mingles with our tears of joy as we begin our lovers’ dance [(5) right].
1) Richard Armitage portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s Robin Hood (2006-2009), series 2, episode 6 (pix 103) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode6/slides/rh206_103.html
2) Richard Armitage portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s Robin Hood (2006-2009), series 2, episode 6 (pix 102) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode6/slides/rh206_102.html
3) Richard Armitage portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s Robin Hood (2006-2009), series 2, episode 6 (pix 156) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode6/slides/rh206_156.html
4) Richard Armitage portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s Robin Hood (2006-2009), series 2, episode 6 (pix 153) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode6/slides/rh206_153.html
5) Richard Armitage portraying Sir Guy of Gisborne in the BBC’s Robin Hood (2006-2009), series 2, episode 8 (pix 142) was found at http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode8/slides/rh208_142.html
P.S. I know you were expecting another installment of my original story “Fire & Ice”–and you shall have it on Monday. But sometimes, I like to revisit Sir Guy and Lady Marian. Hence today’s ficlet.