I don't know if any of you, besides DKoren, paid much attention to the comments in this post. Therein, basically, Natalie and I were freaking out over BBC Robin Hood, as is our wont, and we were talking about how awesome it would have been had the screenwriters included a clip of Guy and Marian reconciling in the final scene of the show. Basically, what I would have LOVED to have seen was Marian forgiving Guy, and then seeing the two of them, along with Robin and Meg, talking and laughing together in the forest after the rest of the gang went to bury Robin's body. However, 't'is apparent that the powers that be didn't share our vision *sniff*. Now, please understand, I'm not complaining about the finale. It was aching and beautiful and real and gorgeous and pretty much destroyed me. BUT, I'd still like to have seen this. So, eventually, I decided to just write up a HISHE for RH for myself. Here goes (I hope this doesn't get too cheesy…). And please, keep in mind, this is a very rough approximation of what I'd like to have seen--it's not that amazing of a write-up, but I know that, so bear with me;)
The fragrance of long-lost memories lingered in the fading light of Sherwood as the last of the soft white cherry blossoms fluttered about Robin and Marian's blissful forms.
Robin gently set down his wife. For a time, neither spoke; speech was inadequate and almost a desecration of the hallowed reunion. Eventually, however, they began to talk of many things--of their beloved gang, of joy, of sorrow, of beauty, of devotion.
"Marian…" Robin began hesitantly. "Did you--do you--Guy became a part of the gang. I--I forgave him, in the end."
Marian smiled. "I am glad to hear it, my love. I forgave him, too. There is nothing but forgiveness now."
They both turned at the sound of footsteps coming toward them. Out from the thick greenery of the forest stepped a young woman with tousled curls.
Robin started. "I remember you! You were the girl Isabella tried to execute, alongside of Guy. He told me how it all ended. I believe you redeemed that man's purpose of living, young lady."
The girl smiled. "Guy always knew he was meant for something more--I think he just needed to be reminded." She turned back to the glade from whence she'd appeared.
"Guy?" she called softly. "Why do you not come out?" Robin and Marian glanced at each other. Silence. Then Marian stepped resolutely forward and echoed Meg's invitation.
More silence. Then--a tear-filled voice responded: "I can't--I can't face you, Marian." Sighing, Marian moved toward the sound of Guy's voice, until she came upon him, crouched at the base of a tree, unwilling to look up at her.
"Guy." Her voice was firm, but gentle. "You must face me."
"Guy," she persisted. Finally, slowly, the broken man raised his eyes to meet Marian's.
"Marian…" he managed. "I destroyed you. I destroyed myself. I destroyed Robin. And I don't ask for your forgiveness--I know there is no possible way you could grant it--but I do want you to know that ever since that day…that…I'm sorry. More than words will ever be able to express, I am so sorry."
Guy's eyes shifted, apprehensive of what he thought she would say. "What is it? Whatever it is, I know I deserve it."
Softly, Marian took Guy's hand and raised him to his feet. Gently, she leaned close to his ear and whispered three words. "I forgive you."
Guy stumbled back, tears streaking his face. "You can't."
"But I do. Forgiveness is stronger than everything, Guy--stronger than hate, stronger than revenge, and stronger than regret. Whether you believe what I say is your choice, but my forgiveness is and will be yours, along with my friendship."
"And mine," Robin agreed. Guy looked from Marian, to Robin, to Meg, and back to Marian, and hope finally began to spread over his features.
"You can." Marian's voice was calm and sweet as she smiled at him.
Hesitantly, Guy smiled ever so slightly as he began to accept the forgiveness and love offered so freely to him. He took Marian's proffered hand and allowed her to lead him back to Robin and Meg. Meg wound her arm around his waist and looked up at him with a beaming face full of trust. Robin clapped him on the back and winked. "Looks like you've found a home with us, Guy," he said.
Marian touched his hand once more and whispered to him, "Be at peace. You are forgiven."
Sunlight waned from Robin Hood's forest as the laughing voices of four freedom fighters drifted up through the dappled Sherwood leaves.
I hope you all enjoyed this little attempt at a fanfiction! Oh, and I just had an idea--would any of you be interested in participating in a Robin Hood Blog Party? It might be fun to have an RH week dedicated to reviews, character sketches, and picture posts! And we wouldn't even have to restrict this to BBC's version of Robin Hood. It could include all versions. What think you?