The New Adventures of Robin Hood:

                                                              The Price of Honor

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                                                     ACT TWO


INT. - OLWYN'S LIBRARY

Olwyn is leafing through his books. Robin walks up to Olwyn.

ROBIN
Anything new?

OLWYN
(nodding)
Simon speaks truth. For Marion to
survive, you must bring her to him,
and pay whatever price he demands.
There is precious little time left.

ROBIN
Olwyn, there has to be some other
way! Can't you...

OLWYN
I can not. It is a powerful spell,
Robin, and can only be broken by he
who cast it.

ROBIN
I can't just give her to Hensley!

OLWYN
Lord Hensley does not want Marion.
He will not harm her.

ROBIN
Then what does he want?

OLWYN
He wants you, Robin. I can not
advise you in this matter. This is
a decision that must be made by you
and you alone.

ROBIN
What decision? If it's the only
way to save Marion's life then I
don't have a choice.

OLWYN
On the contrary, you must remember
what it is that you mean to these
people. Can the fight for justice
continue without you?

ROBIN
(turning away)
I don't know.

OLWYN
Consider it wisely, my young
friend. I can tell you no more.

ROBIN
Then I'm going back to Marion. I
want to be with her.

OLWYN
As you should be.

Robin nods and then walks out.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - SIMON'S OUTER CHAMBER
Simon is seated at his desk penning a letter. Aldrich sits
on a wooden perch just beside the desk.

Aldrich squawks.

SIMON
Yes, I think Prince John will be
very pleased. It's a beautiful
scenario.

Aldrich squawks.

SIMON (CONT'D)
No, no, Aldrich... I give credit
where credit is due.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - HALL OUTSIDE SIMON'S OUTER CHAMBER

A page, a boy of only 14 years, is walking along the hall and
when he hears Simon, he stops to listen.

SIMON
(from off camera)
Using Robin Hood's love for the
strumpet to get him here is genius,
I must admit...

The page realizes what he is hearing and tries to hear more.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - SIMON'S OUTER CHAMBER

SIMON
But having the arrogant dog
tortured in the square until he's
willing to bend knee to the Prince?
(snickering)
That was art, my friend.

Aldrich squawks.

SIMON (CONT'D)
No, I mean it. It's brilliant.

Simon folds the page, heats his wax square, presses it to the
fold, and picks up his seal.

CLOSE UP: SIMON'S HAND PRESSING THE SEAL INTO THE WAX

SIMON (CONT'D)
(calling out)
William!

The page walks into the room.

WILLIAM
Yes, my lord?

SIMON
(handing him the letter)
Bring this downstairs to the
courier. You can retire for the
night afterwards.

WILLIAM
Thank you, my lord.

William bows and walks out with the letter.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - HALL OUTSIDE SIMON'S OUTERCHAMBER

William stops and looks behind him to be sure Simon hasn't
come out of the room after him. Convinced that he's alone,
he holds the letter up to one of the torches, trying to read
it.

Seconds later, William manages to read something and
instantly he runs down the hall.

INT. - FRIAR TUCK'S TENT
Robin sits beside Marion, holding her hand and looking into
her pale face. Friar Tuck sits to her other side trying to
keep her face cool with a damp cloth.

Little John enters the tent with a bucket of water.

LITTLE JOHN
Robin, I think you'd better come
outside for a minute.

Robin nods.

ROBIN
(to Friar Tuck)
Stay with her.

Friar Tuck nods.

EXT. - ROBIN'S CAMP
In the center of the camp, two men guard William, who is
struggling to catch his breath.

Robin lifts the tent flap and walks outside. Little John
joins him.

LITTLE JOHN
They said he was just running
through the forest, shouting for
you. Do you know him?

ROBIN
No, I don't think so.

Robin and Little John arrive at the trio.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
What's your name, boy?

WILLIAM
(anxious)
William. Are you really Robin
Hood?

ROBIN
(smiling)
If I'm not I put on the wrong man's
breeches this morning.

WILLIAM
(still upset)
I had to talk to you.

ROBIN
Calm down, William.
(to Little John and the
others)
It's okay. Go on.

Little John nods and goes back into Friar Tuck's tent. The
other two men go to sit at a nearby fire, giving Robin and
William some privacy.

WILLIAM
Lord Hensley just sent a message to
Prince John.

ROBIN
And?

WILLIAM
He tells the Prince that you will
be in his dungeon by morning. He's
arranged to have you brought to the
castle in two days... in chains...
(turning away from Robin)
And... and...

ROBIN
What is it, William?

WILLIAM
(upset)
He's going to have you tortured in
the Square until you're willing to
kneel to Prince John.

ROBIN
(setting his jaw)
That will never happen.

WILLIAM
Then you'll stay away?

ROBIN
(sighing)
I wish I could, William, but the
Lady Marion's life depends on it.
My own life is a small price to
pay.

WILLIAM
Please, Robin.

ROBIN
I can't... I have to bring her to
him.
(putting his hands on
William's shoulders)
It was very brave of you to come
here and warn me.

Robin gestures to the two men and they come back to him.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
These men will take you home.


END ACT TWO


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