“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch.10 (PG-13, S): Affairs of the Heart, Part 1, February 27, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #710)
[An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood; & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace]
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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Sir Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Tommy Bastow as the young Seth Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as the spectre of Lady Marian, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, etc.]
Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.
Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Sir Guy of Gisborne found there to be many secrets and lies abounding at the Friday, March 29th, 1199 celebratory feast in his honor. Not everything is clear. Especially regarding Prince John hinting that their kinsman John Oxbridge, Earl of Leicester–their Gordon Castle hostess Lady Rebecca’s husband–might be gravely injured, or even dead. And Sir Guy does suspect that Sir Roderick might prove to be a worrisome aspect of their lives. And Sir Guy knows that his eldest son Seth Gisborne will have questions about his birth and his birthright now that Sir Jasper has let slip about Seth’s legitimacy degree. Yet now all Sir Guy wants to do is sleep this night before he and Seth ride home to Gisborne-Middleton Manor. But restful sleep will prove to be elusory, delightuflly so.
“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 10 (PG-13, S): Affairs of the Heart, Part 1
Thankfully for Sir Roderick, the Gisbornes decide to retire early from Friday night’s feast since their younger children six year old Lady Helen and four year old Louis are with them. As Sir Guy wishes Sir Roderick a good night before he retires to bed as their guest in their guest suite’s sitting room, Sir Guy notices a restlessness in the younger man. And Sir Guy wonders if it has anything to do with their hostess, Lady Rebecca, whom Sir Roderick escorted into the feast. Sir Guy is not one for idle speculation about the nature of the acquaintance between Lady Rebecca and Sir Roderick–considering Lady Rebecca’s seemingly genuine distress that her husband might be injured or dead in the Holy Land. But Sir Guy also knows that Prince John would love to have the lovely Lady Rebecca as a pawn in his nobles’ betrothal and marriage market scheme–and the fair Lady Rebecca and strong Sir Roderick do make a handsome couple.
Sir Guy: Sir Guy begins solicitously. “Are you feeling pain in your shoulder, Sir Roderick? Perhaps you should drink some more wine to dull your senses.” Sir Guy holds out a cup with wine in it to the younger man.
But his senses dulled is not what Sir Roderick wants this night if he is to go to his Lady Becca.
Sir Roderick: “Nay.” He smiles good naturedly at his host. “I thank you for your solicitude, Lord Gisborne. My shoulder does have a steady throbbing to it.” Sir Roderick rolls his eyes wincingly. “But I will endure it. And given your largesse in inviting me to stay with your family, I will surely heal more swiftly. I am unused to such fine accommodations as these since I have been traveling our Northern territories for the crown.” He gestures toward the bed prepared for him at one end of the Gisborne’s guest suite’s sitting room. “I am accustomed to sleeping in the open space of a moonlit night, the stars being my canopy.” Sir Roderick shrugs sheepishly.
Sir Guy: “Ah. Well then, perhaps a turn about the garden in the fresh night air would do you good? My valet will readmit you to our guest suite upon your return.” Sir Guy beckons to his valet whose sleeping cot has been placed in the sitting room, near the door to the corridor. The valet nods his compliance.
Sir Roderick: Bowing to his host Sir Guy, Sir Roderick smiles cordially. “I thank you.” He turns and leaves the Gisborne’s guest bed chamber suite in Gordon Castle.
Sir Guy having vascillated between sharing his concerns with his wife Lady Roseanna and keeping them from her, now decides that he must give her an inkling–if only to insure that she is on her guard. However, his wife will prove more resistant to intrigue than he would have thought, and pleasantly so.
Looking up to see her husband Sir Guy enter their guest bed chamber as she dismisses her ladies maid, Lady Roseanna in her nightgown and wrapper places their now sleeping six month old baby daughter Lady Diana in her nearby crib. Their other children sleep with their nurses and such in the second bedroom of their guest bed chamber suite in Gordon Castle. So Sir Guy relishes the small modicum of privacy that he has with his lady wife Roseanna–and he bolts their bed chamber door shut.
Lady Roseanna: “Guy!” She sighs softly so as not to waken baby Lady Diana. “Has Sir Roderick returned, or must you yet wait up for him?”
Sauntering over to his wife, Sir Guy smiles lovingly at her as he takes her into his arms. His intent has changed from disclosure to of an amorous nature.
Sir Guy: “He came … and went.” She looks at him quizzically. “He claimed to need to clear his mind. So I suggested a moonlit stroll in the garden. My valet will let him back in when he returns. I have told my valet that we are not to be disturbed.”
Lady Roseanna: “Oh?” She smiles.
Sir Guy: Then Sir Guy growls. “Hmmm. It has been too long since I held you close in my arms, beloved.”
Lady Roseanna: “It was last evening.” She smiles coquettishly.
Sir Guy: “Precisely! This business of being honored is tedious at best.”
Lady Roseanna: Snuggling into his chest as he embraces her, she asks. “And at worst, my husband?”
Rather than tell her just yet about the plots against him, Sir Guy misdirects his wife with humor as he gazes down at her upturned face.
Sir Guy: “Indigestion, brought on by spurious nobles with over weaning egos engorging themselves at our hostess Lady Rebecca’s expense.”
Lady Rebecca: “Ha ha ha ha ha!” She claps her hands with glee. “You are a most harsh judge of your noble peers.”
Sir Guy: “Truly Rose, I had no idea that Lady Rebecca would be forced to entertain the lot of them at Gordon Castle when Leicester Cathedral was proposed as the site for my investiture.”
Lady Roseanna: “Afterall, it is a very big castle. And you would not go to London to see your investiture done properly. So you only have yourself to blame.” She fixes him with a pixieish grin.
Sir Guy: Returning his thoughts to his original intent, Sir Guy smiles wickedly. “My Rose? You are quite right! It is a big castle. And we must relish this fine bed chamber granted us.”
Sir Guy steps back from his wife and expeditiously removes his tunic, under shirt, boots, and breeches–him now standing in only the thin fabric of his drawers. He walks over to his wife and gently removes her robe and kisses her now bare shoulder revealed by her sleeveless night gown. He draws his hand gently down her spine through the soft fabric. Arching her back tingling with his pleasing touch and breathing in quick breaths, anticipating her husband’s loving attentions, she asks.
Lady Roseanne: “And how might we do that?”
She turns toward him again, with her back now toward the bed. Sir Guy draws his Lady Rose into his embrace again as he kisses her adoringly–their hungry mouths clinging to each other in feverish kisses [(2) right], even as Sir Guy divests himself of his drawers. The firelight at the foot of their bed casts a warm glow in the room, even as it warms the now exposed skin of Sir Guy’s backside. Lady Rose’s hands around her husband move lower still as she revels in his handsome physique. A man of forty five years Sir Guy of Gisborne might be, but he is glorious in his masculine perfection in her eyes and to her touch.
Sir Guy: Tugging at the thin fabric at her hips, he asks hopefully. “Are you not overly warm with your covering on, My Love?”
Sir Guy smoulders with his heated gaze at his beautiful wife, wanting only to feel her soft skin against his hard sinews–to feel her under him, or over him. Both are mutually pleasurable. He begins kissing her neck and she tilts her head to one side as she, in turn, kisses his muscular shoulder. Then his hand caresses her lovely womanly curves, giving special attention to that which he most wishes to free from their silken covering. Her desire now inflamed with his loving ministrations, give him no doubt about her wanting him this night.
Lady Rose: “I am almost persuaded that I am over warm.” She teases him brazenly. Her eyes roam admiringly over his muscular torso with his hair held back neatly [(3) right] with a leather string–but which she quickly loosens to run her fingers through his hair.
Sir Guy lifts his Lady Rose up into his arms as he holds her around her torso, her feet not touching the ground as he walks two feet forward to their bed side. Setting her feet on the ground, he pauses and seeks assurance from her that this is what she wants as well–since the fatigue of her nursing their baby Lady Diana often makes her too tired for love making –before he grabs the hem of her nightgown, pulling it up and over her head.. Lady Roseanna’s eyes glisten with desire for her husband as the evidence of his love and desire presses against her. And then he lays her down in their bed
Sir Guy: “My Rose, my beautiful Rose!” He sighs lovingly as he slides into bed with her and their arms and legs instantly entangle with each other.
Sir Guy gaze, caresses, and kisses his lady wife with love and wonder–relishing the fullness of her breasts as she strokes his back encouragingly. Her sighs and trembles with his kisses and caresses stir him on to complete his purpose in making love with his wife this night.
Their lovers dance is always pleasing and pleasurable as they seek to fulfill their own and each others’ desires. But tonight, Sir Guy feels an even greater need to become one with his beautiful Lady wife Roseanna. It is true that their age difference sometimes bothers him, worries him–with him being eighteen years her senior. But now with the threat of extinction hanging over him due to the uncovered assassination plot, Sir Guy is eager to experience every joy if his life is to be fleeting. And, he longs to give his wife another son to grow strong and to protect her in future years when he is gone.
Gently, he guides her legs to open for him, resting his hands at her hips, his thumb stroking her abdomen, and more. She is ready for him, eager for him, as they join their bodies together again and again, and again, and again. Lady Roseanna feels her husband’s strength in his muscled arms on either side of her holding himself up as he loves her.
Rose glides her hands along his powerful arms and back until his loving ministrations are about to make her tremble with bliss. And she clutches at him–somehow managing not to dig her nails into him. Though Sir Guy is so rapt up with the feeling of her, of them together–as he strains to hold on until her pleasure is assured, such is his control–it is doubtless being scratched by her nails would even register with him.
As their desires increase, Rose begins to feel the tremors of their passionate coupling surging through her in waves and she cries out his name in adoring sighs.
Lady Roseanna: “Guy! Ohh! Guy!”
And as his Rose raptures in exquisite bliss, Guy now allows himself to feel the bliss of their lovemaking. He shudders with his sensual release as he spills his seed within her. And he prays that god grants them another son. Sir Guy stills as he lowers his torso to leaning partially upon his wife–yet still propped up by his elbows since he is a tall and muscled man.
Lady Roseanna: “Don’t go.” She whispers. “Stay.” Being joined with her husband is such a delicious and powerful feeling.
Sir Guy: “But am I not too heavy for you?” He asks in concern for her comfort.
Lady Roseanna: “Yours is a weight I bear with relish.” Rose brazenly wraps her legs around her husband’s hips and pulls him toward her.
Spurred on by her boldness, Guy rolls them such that he is now lying upon his back with her above him. It is a pleasing prospect. But even virile husbands need a recovery period. Pulling her to lie down upon his chest, he whispers.
Sir Guy: “Let us rest a bit, and then I will indulge you again, My Love.” His eye brow rises in promise of shared bliss, again.
Lady Roseanna: Nestling her face into his neck and kissing it, she asks contentedly. “Promise?”
Then these two lovers–husband and wife–cuddle, with Sir Guy spooning behind his sweet Lady Rose as they drift off to sleep [(4) right].
Tomorrow will come soon enough–when Sir Guy must tell Lady Roseanna of the danger to himself and their family. But this night belongs to them as lovers.
To be continued with Chapter 11
“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 10 References, Feb. 27, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #710)
1) Story Logo for Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res); and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at
2) Sir Guy of Gisborne kissing Lady Roseanna image is Richard Armitage as John Thornton and Margaret Hale as portrayed by Daniela Denby-Ashe in the BBC’s 2004 drama North & South found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode4/ns4-340.jpg
3) Sir Guy of Gisborne bare chested image is Richard Armitage as Lucas North in Spooks, series 9 Promos, pix 45 found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/Spooks/spookspromo/album/series9-45.jpg
4) Cropped image of Sir Guy (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) and image representing Lady Roseanna (is Lucy Griffiths portraying Lady Marian) is a beautiful photo manipulation artwork created by the talented artist Maltysa and was found at http://maltysa.livejournal.com/355.html
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