By Sandy Neumann
It was a warm summer day. The water was cool and refreshing. Angel always made sure no one followed her to the stream. She didn't want to take the chance of anyone seeing her scars when she bathed. She wanted to make sure she was clean and fresh for the night's special event. Will had been planning this evening together for a long time. He kept reminding Angel to wear her best dress.
Angel and Will had grown very close over the past months since she had arrived. Robin had talked her into coming home with him after she had helped him escape from Lord Langton. She also had technically escaped from Lord Langton. He had abused her during the time she lived with him, but only Robin knew of this. So he offered her a home in Sherwood Forest with him and his friends.
Angel was coming out of the water, starting to get dressed, when she heard someone approaching. She was rushing over to some bushes to hide when she heard her name called out. "Angel, it's just me," Robin called out. Angel breathed a sigh of relief. She was worried that perhaps Lord Langton had finally tracked her down. She rushed to put on the rest of her clothes before Robin saw her. She came out of hiding to where Robin waited.
"I'm sorry to bother you here and now, but I needed to speak with you without Will or anybody else around."
"How did you find me here," she asked.
"Well, I kinda followed far behind you, but I didn't see a thing," Robin said, grinning. Angel just looked at him and shook her head.
"So, what's up," she finally asked him.
"I hate to bring this up to you and you can tell me if I'm out of place in doing so, but I think it's time you tell Will a bit more about yourself and what you've been through. He's been asking me about you and it's not my place to tell him."
Angel sighed out and sat down on the grass. Robin sat down besides her. "You know the last few months for me have been wonderful. I've hardly even thought about the past. The only time I think about it is when I see my scars. But you, Will, and all the others have made life for me livable again. I feel like if I tell Will, things will change. It won't be the same anymore."
"Angel, Will cares for you very much and you'll see that tonight," Robin hinted. Angel got a bit excited. "You mean you know his plans for tonight?"
"Yes, I've been helping him out getting things arranged," Robin smiled. "But that's all I'm telling you about that," he laughed seeing her excitement.
Angel looked at him, getting more serious again. "I've seen the questioning in Will's eyes. I know he knows there's more to me than it seems. I just fear how his eyes will look at me after I tell him. Pity and sadness, I don't want to see that in his eyes." Robin put his arm around her.
"I know about you. Do I have the pity and sadness in my eyes," he asked.
She looked into his eyes. "No, you don't. Your eyes are warm and loving," she smiled.
"Then what makes you think Will shall be any different."
"You're right, but I just can't help feeling this way. I will tell him, though, when the time feels right," she decided. Robin smiled. "Good! I think Will deserves the truth."
"Yes, he does," agreed Angel.
Robin walked back to camp with Angel. She kept asking him questions about Will's big plans for her. He just kept laughing and telling her that she'll find out.
"How do is look," Will asked Robin. Robin just chuckled.
"Will, you look fine. It's not like it's the first time she's seen you."
"Yeah, but Robin, yer know tonight's right important. I want ter 'ave a look me best."
"Well, you look your best," Robin laughed.
" Good! Then I'm off ter het 'er. Wish me luck," Will grinned.
"I don't think you'll be needing it," Robin said as Will left his tent.
Marion had been helping Angel get her hair done. "I would have never believed a few months ago that I'd be getting all dressed up for a date. I didn't even dream of a future. Now tonight maybe the beginning of one," Angel said to Marion. "Well seeing the way Will looks at you is definitely a sign that he's in love. I've never seen him act so smitten with a woman before, until you came along." Marion looked at Angel.
"I'll tell you the truth, Angel. When you first came here, I wasn't so sure you'd fit into our lifestyle. I mean you had been living in a castle most of your life. Now to the great outdoors and the life of an outlaw. I didn't think you would stick around for long. I thought maybe you would go out and find your own little niche somewhere else in the forest."
"What do you mean? People more like me, with powers and stuff. More like an outcast," Angel retorted back.
"Angel, no, no. You got me all wrong. I just thought that since you were finally free of Lord Langton that you would want to go out and explore the world on your own. That's all I meant. I didn't say anything about you being different," Marion said with caring eyes.
"Oh, I'm sorry Marion. I didn't mean to jump down your throat like that. I'm just always worried about what people think of me. I think it's because of the way Langton treated me," Angel sighed. "Well, you don't have to worry about how we feel about you. I've come to think of you as a sister. You always are so kind and willing to help out. That's why I'm helping you with getting ready for this evening,"
Marion smiled. "Well, I do appreciate it. Thank you so much," Angel said.
"Ok, hair is finished. Stand up and let me take a look at you,"
Marion said. Angel spun around in her dress. The white skirt flowed with her as she moved. She seemed to glow in her all white outfit. Marion had piled her hair on top of her head and let little ringlets hang around her face.
"Well," Angel asked. "Will is gonna be speechless when he sees you. And that's saying a lot," Marion laughed.
Marion walked out of the tent. Will stood outside waiting with Robin. "Is she ready," Will asked eagerly.
"Yes, Will go on in."
Marion walked off with Robin. They knew that it was time for Will and
Angel to be alone.
Will walked into the tent to see Angel standing, awaiting his arrival.
"Wow! You looks incredible," Will gushed. Angel walked up to him and took his hand. "And you Sir, are the most handsome man ever to walk the earth," she said smiling at him. His brown eyes sparkled in embarrassment. "Come on Angel, yor makin' me blush."
Will's dimples smiling back at her. "Are you ready ter go, then, luv," Will asked.
"Yes, I'm as ready as I'll ever be." "Well, let us go out ter my 'orse, so we can be on us way," Will said taking Angel's hand. Angel could feel the butterflies inside her. She had never been out like this with a man before. She cared for Will very much and was eager to find out what he had planned.
They walked out to Will's horse. He lifted her up onto the horse. Then he jumped up behind her. He put his left arm around her waist and held onto the reigns with his right hand. They rode off. Angel asked him where he was taking her. He just kept responding, "You'll find out!"
The sun was beginning to set in the sky. Angel was just enjoying the ride in her man's strong arms. Will started humming a song. His singing voice was so melodic. She put her head against his chest to feel the vibrations, coming from him. She felt so comfortable and relaxed listening to him hum.
"We're 'ere!" Will announced. Angel had become so emersed with his humming, that she hadn't even paid attention to where they were.
Twilight had set in. In front of them was a little cottage. Will dismounted from his horse, then helped Angel down. He took her hand and led her into the cottage. When he opened the door, all Angel could see were candles burning everywhere. It was beautiful.
Inside was a small table with two chairs. The table and chairs were carved with designs of flowers and trees. There were some blankets and pillows set up against the right wall. The pillows looked like something Lord Langton had in his quarters. They had fringe, lace and were of regal colors. With the candlelight shining everything looked beautiful. Then she caught the whiff of fresh bread. It smelled marvelous. She looked over to the other side and saw a small brick oven. and some food on top of a smaller table.
Angel looked up at Will's grinning face and asked," How did you do all of this?" "Wiv a wee 'elp from me friends," he said with a wink.
Will led Angel over to the table and pulled out a chair. "Please take a seat, my ladee." Angel sat down. Will walked over to the oven and pulled out the still warm bread. He sat it down on the table. Then he went back and got a jug of water and poured some into Angel's and his cups.
Last thing he put on the table before he sat down was the venison. Angel smiled at Will. "The Friar did all this didn't he."
"Wot, I'm bloody well not capable of doin' this," Will laughed. "I can smell Tuck's unique blend of herbs," Angel teased. "Well, the 'oole idea were mine," Will gleamed.
"And I think your idea is absolutely wonderful. I can't believe you had all this set up for me. You're incredible," she said as she held his hand.
"This is just the beginnin'," Will said with dimples showing.
While they ate, Will told Angel how he came across the little cottage and organized the whole set up of it. He was beaming with pride. After they both finished their meals, Will cleaned up the plates and approached Angel with a wrapped gift.
"You got something for me," Angel asked looking up into his expressive brown eyes. Will smiled down at her as he handed it to her. He took his seat and watched as Angel took the wrapping off. She opened up the box and pulled out the gift.
"Oh, it's beautiful, " Angel exclaimed. It was a wood carved figure of an angel. It had been painted and was finely detailed. "You made this for me,"
Angel asked. Will nodded yes.
" 'Ave a look at it closer," he told her.
She looked at it very closely. "Oh my God, Will! It's me. It's my face," she exclaimed, tears welling up in her eyes.
"Yes, it is you. You are me Angel," Will said, his face glowing with love. Angel got up from her seat and went over to hug him.
"No, Will! You're wrong. You are my saving angel," she said through her soft sobs. "Looks, I didn't mean ter make you cry," Will apologized. "No, it's not that Will. It's just your so good to me and you hardly know anything about me, " she sobbed.
"All I need ter know is that I luv you," Will told her, holding her chin in his hand, looking into her dark green eyes. "Robin told me about your curiosity with my past. I've also been thinking it's time for you to know," Angel sighed out. "I need to tell you, it will free my fears about you finding out later and not wanting me anymore."
"Angel, that's not possible. I will never stop on lovin' you, no matter wot yer tell me. Yous got ter believe me," Will pleaded, holding her face in his hands. Angel pulled away from him and started walking towards. Will jumped up and grabbed her shoulder to stop her. "Where are you goin'? Please bloody talks to me," Will pleaded with her.
Angel turned around to look at him. Her eyes were red and puffy from crying. "You have to promise me that you won't look at me with pity and sadness after you find out about my past," Angel told Will.
"Angel," he said holding her hands and looking deep into her eyes. "I promise wiv all I am!"
Will took her over to the pillows and blankets that laid by the fireplace. They sat down facing each other. "I don't know where to start," Angel said wearily. "Where ever you feel comfortable, my luv," Will said, his eyes warm.
"Well, maybe I should start with who I am and where I come from," Angel said. Will just realized he never heard her last name. Everyone just knew her as Angel and assumed she was somehow related to Lord Langton. She began her story.
End of Chapter One
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