[An Original Historical Fiction Fan 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/King John, Dakota Fanning as Lady Caroline Havorford, Chris Hemsworth as Sir Roderick Merton, Tamsin Egerton as Lady Rebecca Oxbridge Merton, Lee Ross as Sir Jasper, Sir Derek Jacobi as Fr. Bale, Judi Dench as Mother Superior, David Harewood as Brother Tuck, Kevin McKidd as Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, and Lucy Griffiths as Lady Anne/Marian, 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: After Lady Roseanna takes her distressed and anguished returned cousin Lord John Oxbridge to his children sleeping in the nursery, then everyone heads to bed. And Baron Guy of Gisborne having finished his work with the rebuilt Nottingham Castle’s rededication and a few days with his brother Lord Archer’s family, he heads home. And Baron Guy needs to reach home, his sanctuary of happiness with his wife Lady Rose and their children. Then all will be right with his world–or so he hopes.
“Sir Guy’s Atonement”, Ch. 31 (PG-13, S): Baron Guy Arrives Home This Night
Just as Lady Roseanna had hoped earlier this late evening of Wednesday July 9th, 1199–when her cousin Lord John Oxbridge Earl of Leicester, Lady Anne, and Brother Tuck arrived unexpectedly around nine o’clock–her husband Baron Guy of Gisborne finally makes his way home to their Gisborne-Middleton Manor in the wee hours of the morning the next day. Baron Guy as of yet has not been informed about the arrival of Lord John, nor the departure of Lord John’s widow Lady Rebecca now married to Sir Roderick Merton and with child by him.
Riding by himself on his steed Pegasus, Baron Guy made the trip from Nottingham to the countryside West of Leicester quicker than by carriage–even stopping for an hour at an inn to rest and feed his horse Pegasus and himself before continuing on. Upon entering his Gisborne-Middleton estate stables around midnight, Sir Guy wakes up the stable boy sleeping there, asking him to remove Pegasus’ saddle and blanket and wipe him down to make him more comfortable.
Then upon entering Middleton Manor through the servants’ entrance in the back–so as not to waken anyone but the footman who lets him in–Baron Guy takes a quick and much needed bath in the kitchen mud room tub since the coals are still warm on the stove for heated water. He bathes often here when coming in from hunting so as not to trek dirt throughout their home. It is a lesson learned from Baron Guy’s beloved late Mama Lady Ghislaine Gisborne, and now appreciated by his wife Lady Roseanna. And Baron Guy grabs a robe that he has stashed in a cupboard to go over his night shirt from his traveling bag. And he leaves his boots and dusty traveling clothes there for his valet and their servant laundress to tend to them.
Then Baron Guy wearily climbs the back servant stairs to the second floor where his bed chamber with Lady Rose is, with him clad only in a fresh nightshirt and robe. He has to walk past a few guest bed chambers on the way to his own bed chamber and he stops for a moment at the top of the main central stair case. Though Baron Guy does not know it, Lord John Oxbridge and Lady Anne are asleep in adjoining rooms in the two bed chambers before him–with Brother Tuck ensconced down the hall in his usual bed chamber as well. All are asleep, not knowing that their host has arrived home.
Baron Guy feels … odd–and he stands stiffly for a few moments–warily looking about him, his eyes returning to the closed guest bed chamber doors. Naturally, Baron Guy presumes his unsettled feeling is a result of his fatigue from traveling so far this day. But nothing is amiss that he can tell, the guest chamber doors are closed without any light showing beneath them to indicate that they have guests. But, of course, the lateness of the hour precludes each bed chamber’s candles still being lit where Lord John Oxbridge and Lady Anne slumber unnoticed in their respective beds.
And Baron Guy sees nothing untoward in the darkened passage way leading to his and Lady Roseanna’s. He has traveled this passageway of their home thousands of times in the seven years that they have lived here–he could find his way blindfolded if need be. It is, perhaps, the sense of his home being a haven of peacefulness, calm, and rest–especially when the children are asleep he thinks wryly–that anchors Baron Guy’s growing contentment with his life at present. He is resolved to take each day as it comes–cherishing the time he has been gifted with.
As Baron Guy walks toward his bed chamber with his love Lady Rose, his way is illuminated only sparingly by infrequent wall sconces to light a person’s way along the hallway’s expanse. And he can’t help himself and stops to peek into the children’s room. Baron Guy is almost disappointed to see that they are asleep as they should be. He loves his children with a reverence that betokens the very great gift they are to him. But he does not disturb their rest by going in to kiss them goodnight. For he knows that if he wakens them, the children will be too excited that he is home–and their wanting their presents that he brought them for them–for them to get back to sleep quickly, if at all. So Baron Guy smiles lovingly at their slumbering forms–Seth, Helen, Louis, and Sarah–and he quietly retracts his head from their room.
Then at last, Baron Guy is at the destination that has ever been his goal since setting out for home from Nottingham seven hours ago. Slipping quietly into their shared bedchamber, Baron Guy sees his Lady Rose lying on her side in their bed–facing the bassinet where their baby daughter Lady Diana sleeps while Lady Roseanna clutches his pillow to her breast in comfort. His wife is a sight of such sweetness that Baron Guy has only dreamed about during these past several days that he has been away from her. And now, with the rebuilt Nottingham fortifications and its rededication completed–Baron Guy will not need to be away from home so much. Indeed, he prefers not to step beyond the boundaries of the Middleton and Gisborne lands for some time to come.
Baron Guy kisses the cheek of their sleeping baby girl Lady Diana. She gurgles and waves her little balled fists in the air before settling back down again with her soft blankie. Then Baron Guy removes his night shirt– the cool air of the early morning hours causing the hairs to stand up on his unclothed skin–before he takes the pillow from his wife Lady Rose’s arms and he slides into its place, enveloping her in his loving arms. Lady Rose stirs even as she snuggles into his chest, kissing it and him while she is yet asleep.
Lady Roseanna: “Hmmm.” She moans in the comfort of being in her love’s arms again.
Lady Roseanna: Drowsy, but slowly awakening, Lady Roseanna asks, still with her eyes half closed. “Husband?”
Baron Guy: Baron Guy responds impishly. “Were you expecting someone else, Rose My Love? Ha ha ha ha ha!”
Lady Roseanna: “Oh Guy!” She squeals delightedly in a hushed whisper so as not to awaken their sleeping baby three feet away from them. “How I have missed you so!”
Lady Roseanna peppers her husband’s face with kisses, even as he kisses her face–each urgently seeking to savor their reunion. And then Baron Guy kisses his wife Lady Rose lovingly, longingly, and lustfully for several moments as she kisses him back. His lips only break away briefly as he pants in his growing ardor.
Baron Guy: “And I have missed you so very much, My Love.”
Baron Guy gently pulls his Lady Rose flush against him and she can feel the evidence of his statement even as his hands move to carress her tenderly–his mouth and lips following where his hands lead. With Lady Roseanna being past her third month and its morning sickness, she is also quite desirous of her handsome husband. Her soft curves molding perfectly with his hard sinews. Their loving conjugations is what has begat four and now a fifth Gisborne child soon to be born of their union. And giving herself over to her husband’s loving ministrations, Lady Rose spends a blissful half hour being adored quite rapturously by her husband.
Then after some time passes–with Baron Guy and Lady Roseanna lying naked in each others’ arms as they cuddle after their lovemaking–the fatigue of her not partaking of her rest becomes quite evident.
Lady Roseanna: Hhhhh!” She yawns. Then she giggles sleepily and claps her hands over her mouth. “Ha ha ha ha ha!” Her eyelids droop closed. “My apologies, husband!” She grins sheepishly.
Baron Guy: “I have overtired you, My Love.” He winces apologetically.
Lady Roseanna: “No, no! But I have not had much rest this night, with all manner of vistors to our home.” And she is now much sleepier and does not even remember to tell him of the Merton’s hasty departure.
Baron Guy: “Indeed? And who might be descending upon us now? Family, friend, or foe?” He asks cheekily. Then his eyes bulge out in worry that Prince … scratch that, King John might be visiting. Then he realizes gratefully that their large home is not extravagant enough for their cousin King John–who tends to stay at the three times larger and more lavish Middleton Hall, Lord George’s and Lady Mary’s family’s home.
Lady Roseanna: “Family … and friends! They arrived about four hours ago now. And I thought that I would see you earlier then, when it was Br. Tuck and my cousin Lord John Oxbridge and his nurse Lady Anne who arrived late last night.” Her sleepy eyes flutter open again, but only just. Being the sole caretaker for seven children–albeit with several nanny nurse helpers–has been exhausting for Lady Rose, especially in her delicate condition.
Baron Guy: “Hhhhh! Visitors!” Baron Guy sighs with small annoyance upon arriving home only to be pressed into service as a host. And in his fatigue and sleepy haze, he only heard Brother Tuck mentioned by her. “Go back to sleep, Rose, My Love. We can talk about it in the morning.”
Baron Guy is asleep almost before he finishes uttering his thought. Virile and loving a husband Baron Guy might be. But as a forty five year old man who traveled all night to return home–and then to vigorously make love with his live–well, let us just say that, his or anyone’s powers of endurance have their limits.
Lady Roseanna: “Uh huh.” Lady Roseanna nods then drifts back to sleep herself.
As the mother of the now nine month old nursing baby Lady Diana–and mother to their four other children, and now pregnant again, and also mother figure to her cousin’s two children in her charge–Lady Roseanna needs all the sleep she can get.
Baron Guy is also tired from his journey. Riding a horse for hours on end bruises the back and the backside. Baron Guy encompasses his wife Lady Rose within the caring and protective cocoon of his loving arms as they slumber peacefully together.
The morning will be here soon enough–and with the morn, it will bring changes to Baron Guy’s life that he could never have anticipated nor would he have dreamed would come about. This new day, Thursday July 10th, 1199 will be a turning point in his and in their lives. And nothing will ever be the same again.
To be continued with Ch. 32
“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 31 References, May 18, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #749)
1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image 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 from 2006-2009 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) 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 beautiful photo manipulation artwork created by the talented artist Maltysa and was originally found at http://maltysa.livejournal.com/355.html
“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 30 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post #746)