Dark hair touched his bare chest, red lips kissed his neck. Her light skin, her breasts… Her body…
Guy of Gisborne woke up with a jerk. He sat up and looked around the room, breathless. It was only a dream. He sighed deeply and let himself fall down with a thump back in to the chair.
Forget her. She left you! She does not love you! Guy closed his eyes hard and tried to fall asleep.
It was exactly three weeks since Marian had left him humiliated at the altar, when she had left him with a bruised cheek, a broken heart and without a wife. They had not even spoken to each other since then…
Marian, why did you have to do that?
Marian sat in her window with one of her dresses in her hands. She put the needle carefully in the dress and then saw a bloodstain on the fabric. She sighed and threw the dress on the floor.
I cannot do this! I am not made to be doing this! She thought to herself and went away from the window. She went to her door and opened it. Just then she saw her wedding dress that she had thrown into the corner of her room a couple weeks ago.
“Guy…” she whispered to herself as she rested her head on the door frame. She took a deep breath and continued to walk out of the room.
Sir Edward sat down at the dinner table and ate some bread and cheese while he saw his daughter coming down the stairs. He put a smile on his face.
“Good morning,” he said as he drank some of the water he had left in his goblet.
“Good morning, father…” Marian said, not even aware of what she was saying.
Sir Edward looked at her and saw the disturbed look in her eyes.
“Marian, sit down…” he said, offering the chair in front of him.
She sat down and put her face in her hands. “I have destroyed everything!” she mumbled into her hands.
“I know this is hard for you right now, but you have to talk to Sir Guy…” Edward said, looking straight at her.
“I know, thank you…” Marian said rather quickly as she heard a horse coming outside. She went to the door and opened it to find herself face to face with the man she had left.
“Sir Guy…” Marian said, her voice was a bit weak. She took a step further outside and closed the door behind her; she did not want her father to hear them.
“Guy… I wanted to sp – ” Marian began but he cut her off.
“I am not here to hear your excuses. I am here on the Sheriffs order. He wants you and your father in the castle,” Guy said rather angrily not meeting her eyes.
Marian looked up at him. She could see the hurt she had caused him. She did not dare to start an argument with him, so she just stood there for a moment, letting her eyes fall and focus on the ground.
Two guards went past her and into the house to bring Sir Edward out.
“Marian! What is going on? What is happening?” Edward looked worried and tired. He saw Sir Guy on his black stallion.
“Sir Guy, please…” Edward continued but one of the guards hit him hard in the back and he fell to his knees.
“Father!” Marian screamed and started to run towards him. She did not come very far before the other guard took a grip of her arm and stopped her. It was over…
When they arrived in Nottingham, the Sheriff already stood at the bottom of the stairs and waited for them. There were guards all over the place and the people were not daring to go any closer. One guard took Lady Marian out of the carriage and the Sheriff stepped forward.
“Well, Missy. Isn’t this nice? ” Vasey said with a sarcastic tone in his voice. He put one of his fingers under her chin to make her look at him. She drew her head away and stared at him with great hate in her eyes.
“Do not touch me!” She spat.
“Watch your tone, young lady, or I will hang you right now!” Sheriff Vasey said and then ordered the guards to take Lady Marian and Sir Edward to their rooms.
Marian tried to make eye contact with Sir Guy the whole time, but he did not even look her way.
The Sheriff disappeared into the castle and Sir Guy was right behind him. Vasey did not like Lady Marian, not even a little bit. He had heard that Lady Marian left Gisborne on horseback, fetched by Robin Hood, and that is unforgivable. Hood was the only thing that stopped Vasey’s plans and if Lady Marian worked with him, she had to be punished.
Night had fallen. It was very cold in the room. The fire was burning, but it was still freezing cold. Marian tightened the grip around the blanket she had wrapped around her shoulders. She sat in the middle of her bed, thinking. First, she thought of Robin. She was very angry and disappointed with him. Where was he this morning? Why didn’t he come to save me from this place?
Then, she thought of Sir Guy… She left him. Of course he was angry. Who would not be?
It was not meant to be this way. I like Guy… No, I do not like him. He is kind sometimes and I know he can be a good man, but as long as he is at the Sheriffs side… It is never going to work.
And I love Robin. Robin, my first love… I love him. Or do I?
She covered her face with the pillow and tried to calm down. She could not think of this now. Now she had to think of a way to talk to Sir Guy. And get out of this room as a start. She walked over to the door and pressed her ear against it. She could hear the guards. Three? No, two… Two guards. She then heard a maid outside. Marian quickly went away from the door as the maid opened it.
“Lady Marian, I was just wondering if you needed anything,” The young maiden said, closing the door.
“What is your name?” Marian asked.
“Jenny… My name is Jenny, my lady.”
“Very well, Jenny. I want you to do something for me…” Marian began.
When Jenny walked out of the room and turned right, Marian pressed her ear to the door again. She could not hear much, but it was enough to find out if her plan had worked.
“Robin Hood! Robin Hood is here! Please come quick! Guards!”
Marian heard the guards’ quick footsteps. Then, it went completely silent. She carefully opened the door.
Thank you, Jenny. I owe you one! Marian smiled as she hurried down the hallway towards Sir Guy’s bedchamber.
The Knight was sitting in his chair, like he used to do late at night, just watching the fire burning. He had his black, long-sleeved tunic and his leather trousers on, but he was barefoot; feeling the warmth from the fire running through his body. His eyes were lightly closed and he started to dream.
“Daddy, Daddy come quick!” a four year old girl said as she ran through the garden. Her dark hair flew behind her as she ran to where her father was standing.
“What is it Sweetheart?” her father asked as he bent down to be the same height as her.
“I saw an angel in the forest! She was beautiful!” said the little girl as she started to pull at her father’s hand. He followed his daughter into the forest and they stopped in front of the waterfall.
“Look Daddy, look!” the little girl said and pointed to the end of the waterfall.
The angel looked at them and smiled. She had long dark hair, eyes that looked like crystals and her smile was very familiar. The little girl ran towards the angel and stopped beside her.
“Guy…” the angel started to say. The little girl’s father looked at them. “Guy…” she repeated.
“Guy?” Marian said again with a soft voice, trying to wake him.
Guy woke up and grabbed his sword from his belt. But put it down rather quickly as he saw who it was.
“Lady Marian, what are you doing here? How did you get out of your room?” he asked as he began to rise.
“Well, I wanted to speak with you…” she began, looked rather uncomfortable since she just realised that she was in Sir Guy’s bedchamber, alone.
Guy looked at her, wondering why she did not just speak.
“So, what is it?” Guy said.
Marian stared at him; he looked so relaxed when he did not have his leather jacket on. And his piercing blue eyes… He really had wonderful eyes. She had not noticed that before.
She woke up from her daydreaming.
“I-I just wanted to say… That I am sorry I hurt you…” she looked at him.
He walked away from his chair towards her. She began to walk backwards, soon feeling the wall against her back. He stopped right in front of her, looking down at her.
“Really? And why is that?” he asked with a serious expression on his face.
“I… I never wanted it to be this way…” she continued.
Guy put his right hand against the wall beside her head and bent down, his lips meeting her ear.
“I do not want your apology,” he whispered. Her body shivered as she felt his warm breath against her sensitive skin.
She put her hand on his scruffy cheek, soon to feel his jaw slowly soften.
“But I am still sorry…” she whispered back, their eyes meeting.
At that moment, Marian thought that he was going to kiss her.
Guy, still looking at her, backed away a few steps and called for his private guards. When the two guards came into the room he looked at them.
“Take Lady Marian to her room. Make sure she stays there.”
“Yes, Sir,” one of the guards said and they started to walk out of the room with Marian in front of them. The door closed and Guy walk over to his bed. He sat down and looked at his hands. Yes, he was shaking.
When the guards closed Marian’s door she let out a frustrated sigh. She walked to get some fresh air and clean her thoughts at the window.
I thought he was going to kiss me. He was so close to me. But he did not kiss me… Why didn’t he kiss me?
Guy woke up very early the next morning. He had not slept much, still thinking about Marian and wondering if she really meant what she had said last night… He strolled over to the window to look out. Then wishing he had not.
No! No! No! This cannot be true! Damn you Hood! What is he doing here now? Guy thought with an angry expression on his face before he dressed quickly and left the room.
Marian could hear someone in her room. She sat up, opened her eyes and started smiling.
“Good morning, Lady Marian,” Jenny said while she started to prepare Marian’s new dressing gown.
“Good morning, Jenny,” she said and walked out of the bed. Her knees were a bit weak… Maybe because she still thought about last night, when she was in Guy’s bedchamber.
Oh Guy… She was a bit disappointed actually. She could admit her feeling for Guy had grown more and more within the last few days. But would he ever trust her again?
As Jenny left the room, Marian sat down on one side of the bed soon feeling a single tear running down her cheek.
Guy is not a horrible man! I can make him a good man, I can and I will… I just need a little help… she thought while lying on the bed.
Robin Hood and his gang were running through the castle gate with the Sheriff’s tax money; the money Guy was supposed to be watching. There were over ten guards going after Robin, and another ten after the rest of the gang, since they split up when they came out of Nottingham market.
Robin carried a bunch of bags filled with gold as he ran towards the road along Sherwood Forest. The rest of the gang were running with the other bags in the opposite direction.
Most of the dumb guards started to ride after the gang instead of Robin; they were easier to see. But Guy eventually came out of the castle on his big black horse and rode after Hood himself.
The long road lead to a smaller road with many bushes and trees, Guy had to jump off his horse and run after Robin by foot.
“It is over, Hood!” Guy yelled as he started to get closer to Robin Hood. Robin looked over his shoulder and let out a small laugh.
“Ha! No, I don not think so, Gisborne,” Robin said and started to slow down when he saw the end of the cliff.
Guy could hear the thunder of the waterfall; and by ear, he could make out that they were a long way over the stream. He also slowed down and drew out his sword. Robin stood at the edge and looked down. It was probably over fifty yards down to the water.
“Let us end this the easy way, shall we. You give me back the Sheriff’s money, and I let you go,” Guy said in a heavy breath with a smug grin on his face, pointing his sword at Robin.
“You are right,” Robin said and took a step towards him. “I really do not like that way!” Robin said and threw the moneybags at Guy, made him almost drop his sword.
Robin grabbed a wooded stick and punched him in the stomach making him fall to the ground on his back. Guy kicked at Robin’s leg. Hood fell down on his side and Sir Guy rolled over him and punched him hard in the face. After a few punches, Robin kicked Guy in the stomach making him fall on his back again.
“Is that the best you can do, Locksley?” Guy smirked as he started to pull himself up.
Robin picked up Guy’s sword and slowly started to walk towards him.
Guy stepped backwards as Robin came closer. Robin watched Guy’s steps, smirking. Guy did not understand why at first, but then he did, very clearly.
He slipped at the end of the cliff, falling over but quickly grabbing the edge. He breathed hard and tried to pull himself up again, but it did not work.
Robin walked over to him and bent down, looking straight into Gisborne’s horrified stare.
“Now, it is over,” Robin whispered and then stamped hard on Guy’s hand. Hood stood at the verge, watching as Guy disappeared into the running water.
Additional note: So, this is the first chapter of my fanfic One Last Try. I will publish a new chapter every Monday for the next couple of months. I really hope you all will enjoy this story. I wrote this one many years ago, if you have comments about grammar, spelling or things like that – please, save it. I know. English is not my native tongue, I don’t need to have it thrown in my face. LOL! Besides, I wrote this when I was very young. And even though I’ve been editing the story I can still miss things. I’ve tried NOT to edit too much, because I want to save the story. I mean I can start changing LOTS of things in this story but it wouldn’t be the same. But yes, read, enjoy, leave comments, whatever you want!