Author’s Mature Content Note: “Guy’s Rose” is a sweeping romantic love story set amidst the intrigues of the 12th century English court and British politics. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (R rated) and some passages involving intrigue and some violence. I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to 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 those chapters. This is my disclaimer.
“Guy’s Rose”, Ch. 0b-- Roseanna’s Perspective, by Gratiana Lovelace, 8/19/12
Once a weasel, always a weasel--or at least, that is how Roseanna [(1) right top] feels about her cousin by marriage, Johnny. He had teased her mercilessly as they grew up together within the cocoon of their extended family--Johnny being ten years older than she is. He always lorded it over her that he was older and his mother’s little prince and that she was just a cousin who came to live with them after her parents died two years ago--albeit she is a cousin with extensive lands and properties that she shares with her older brother, George.
Ever since Johnny was left in charge--and made Roseanna’s guardian by his older brother Richard--Johnny has become completely insufferable with sycophants fawning over him, trying to win his favor--as if that could ever happen. Roseanna knows Johnny too well. Johnny plays people against each other and then he sits back and watches with a malicious glee that would make his mother, her Aunt Eleanor, cringe.
And now that Roseanna is on the cusp of turning 21 years old and claiming her inheritance, Johnny has become even more tiresome--eagerly trying to marry her off and take a kickback of half of her dowery, as he has done with several of her other female cousins. A marriage not of her own choosing is abhorrent to Roseanna and something that she is determined she will never let happen. Roseanna will take herself to a nunnery and give them all of her money and property before she will let her cousin Johnny marry her off to some smelly old toad who only wants her for her money and her connection to the royal family.
If only Lady Roseanna’s brother Lord George hadn’t gone away with their cousin King Richard to the Holy Land, then she would be safe. But without even her Aunt Queen Eleanor--who is living in France--to protect her, Lady Roseanna has had to live by her wits, which are considerable. If men want a honey toned sweet compliant wife to decorate their arm, then Lady Roseanna will be the opposite when her cousin Prince John presents them as potential suitors. She eschews womanly attire in favor of breeches and tunics most of the time. Actually, except for her long and lustrous auburn brunette hair--that Lady Roseanna keeps tucked into a man’s cap because it is her one vanity and she can not bear to cut it--she usually moves about the palace grounds in London or when they are at the country palace with ease and little notice. Lady Roseanna mostly frequents the stables under the alias of her middle name of Oxbridge and she pretends to be a lad [(2) right middle]--riding out into the country side for the freedom it gives her. Lady Roseanna also adopts the purposeful air of someone who has to be somewhere. And she has learned to swear manly oaths that would make her Aunt Queen Eleanor blush.
It is only when etiquette dictates that she present herself as a lady in lovely gowns and jewels [(3) right bottom]--usually on Sundays for church or on State occasions--that anyone realizes they are in the presence of Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton, a lady fair of not yet 21 years. No, most of the time, Lady Roseanna is just the boy Oxbridge--valet for the Middleton family-- to those who do not know better amongst the servant class working outside of the palace walls itself. She is just one of the lads--and that is the way that Lady Roseanna likes it. But the Lady Rose--as her Aunt Queen Eleanor lovingly addressed her when she stroked Lady Roseanna’s rosy child’s cheeks--will soon find herself embroiled in even greater palace intrigues than she could have ever imagined. And, Lady Roseanna will also discover that rare gift for nobles who are forced to marry for power, for prestige, and for property--she will find and know love with a man for whom love has always been elusive.
To be continued with Chapter 2
(1 right top) Image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton is that of British actress Emma Watson (edged) and was found at http://www.realbollywood.com/up_images/emma-watson96867.jpg ; the original graphic used was “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blaas found at http://www.paintingall.com/images/P/Italian-Academic-Classic-Painter-Eugene-de-Blaas-A-Portrait-Of-A-Young-Lady-Oil-Painting.jpg
(2 right middle) “Portrait of a Boy” by Eugene de Blaas, Image representing Lady Roseanna disguised as Oxbridge the Valet
(3 right bottom) Image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton is that of British actress Emma Watson and was found at http://www.wallpaperex.com/thumbs/emma_watson_hairstyle_16-t2.jpg
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"Guy's Rose" (Book 1), by Gratiana Lovelace, 2012Fanfiction
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