"Sir Guy's Dilemma", Ch. 23 End (R rated) Love Conquers All

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"Sir Guy's Dilemma", Ch. 23  End (R rated) Love Conquers All,   March 3, 2013 Gratiana Lovelace

(An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC's Robin Hood;  & a Sequel to "Guy's Rose" 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, Clive Standen as Lord Archer, Emma Watson as Lady Rose, and James McAvoy as Lord George, etc.]

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Author's Mature Content Note:  "Sir Guy's Dilemma" 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 (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  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:  The fathers, bride grooms, and Sir Guy traveled to London to broker the reconfigured betrothal couples' marriages.  Although Prince John did not say no, there is the sticking point with the Talkington dowry--Lord Talkington not wanting to be subject to the marriage tax when he was exempt before.  Lord Archer has made his pitch to pay the marriage tax for Lady Saline's dowry--raising suspicions in Prince John's mind about Lord Archer and the whereabouts of the yet to be revealed Nottingham treasure.  Prince John sends Sir Jasper to spy around in Nottingham.  But with Sir Guy's astute planning and quick thinking, they are able to turn the tables on Sir Jasper--who is now out of favor with Prince John.  Lord Archer also gave helpful and practical romantic advice to Lord George regarding adapting his lovemaking due to his lame arm in order for him to be able to have a less anxious wedding night.  Prince John will arrive at Middleton Hall in two weeks to attend the family pre-wedding celebrations--and he will give his answer then about the betrothals and dowries.

"Sir Guy's Dilemma", Ch. 23 End (R rated)  -- Love Conquers All

When the gentlemen returned from London and their audience with Prince John, the fathers and bridegrooms elected to maintain their silence on the somewhat precarious nature of their hoped for marriages to their new betrothal partners.  The grooms, especially, do not want to cast a pall over the happy state that they find their brides to be in when they return. Sir Guy can not fault them for that.  Many a husband knows the truism of a happy wife equals a happy life. The next two weeks fly by with happy wedding planning and betrothal couples who somehow find  time to steal precious moments alone together--away from prying eyes.  Yet, they remain mostly chaperoned.

With the weddings still ten days away, the ladies spend some time to themselves while the men and Seth head  off for a day of hunting--the bridegrooms enjoying their last moments of freedom before they wed, bonding in manly pursuits.  The fox, hare, bird, or deer might think differently about that, though.  Ha!   The ladies embroider away industriously in the large parlor of Middleton Manor--both in preparation for the brides' trousseaus and for Lady Roseanna and Lady Eliza's pending births in the new year.  Lady Eliza Talkington and Lady Isabelle Havorford and the two younger Havorford daughters--eleven year old Lady Ariadne and six year old Lady Caroline--sit across the room from the Ladies Roseanna, Saline, and Mary.

Lady Isabelle:  Seeing that her daughter has changed to embroidering a larger piece of cloth, she asks her. "Mary dear, what are you embroidering there?" 

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