The New Adventures of Robin Hood:

                                                              The Price of Honor

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                     ACT THREE

INT. - FRIAR TUCK'S TENT
Little John and Friar Tuck sit waiting by Marion, who seems
to be even worse. Her shivers have progressed into
occasional seizure-like convulsions.

Robin walks back in. He avoids making eye contact with
anyone.

LITTLE JOHN
What was that all about?

ROBIN
Brave kid. He came to warn me
about Hensley's plans.

FRIAR TUCK
And?

ROBIN
And it's something that I'll just
have to bear. I've made my
decision.

LITTLE JOHN
(as Marion starts to
seizure again)
Robin, please!

ROBIN
(losing his temper)
Look at her!

FRIAR TUCK
(quietly)
Robin.

Robin's temper cools as quickly as it flared. He sighs.

ROBIN
I'm sorry.
(earnestly)
I have to go. Our work will
continue without me; you and Marion
will see to that.

LITTLE JOHN
But it won't be the same.

ROBIN
Everything changes, Little John.

LITTLE JOHN
I know.
(looks up at Robin)
But I'll miss you.

Robin and Little John grip hands, and Little John pulls Robin
into an embrace.

ROBIN
Me, too.

LITTLE JOHN
Goodbye, Robin.

Little John stands and walks from the tent, clearly broken
up.

ROBIN
(quietly)
Goodbye, Little John.

FRIAR TUCK
Are you sure this is what you want?

ROBIN
(nodding)
I am.

FRIAR TUCK
Then is there anything I can do?
(hesitates)
You know what they're going to do
to you.

ROBIN
They'll make a spectacle of me.
And yes, you can do something.

FRIAR TUCK
Anything.

ROBIN
Keep Little John and Marion away
from the square while I'm being
held there. What's going to happen
to me isn't going to be pretty, and
I don't want them to see it...
Especially Marion.

FRIAR TUCK
If that's what you want.

ROBIN
It is.

EXT. - SIMON'S CASTLE

Robin rides up to the castle gate. His horse pulls a tiny
cart. Marion lies on the cart, finally resting peacefully
but covered in sweat.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - ROOM FROM WHICH ROBIN STOLE THE
DAGGER

Robin, the dagger in its sheathe tucked in his belt, gently
carries Marion into the room and lays her down on the table.

Simon enters with Aldrich, and Robin turns toward him. The
hawk flies to his perch.

SIMON
So, you've returned.

ROBIN
You knew I would.

SIMON
You had no choice, assuming of
course that you want Marion
Fitzwalter to see another day.

ROBIN
Yes.

SIMON
(amused)
And you need my help.

ROBIN
Yes.

SIMON
(smugly)
Then beg.

Robin does nothing.

SIMON (CONT'D)
Beg, or she dies.

ROBIN
(sighing)
Please, Simon...

Marion moans in pain. Robin looks back at her, a tortured
expression on his face.

SIMON
On your knees.

Robin drops to his knees before Simon without a second's
hesitation.

ROBIN
Please... I'm begging you. Help
her. Let her live... Please.

SIMON
Such assistance will not come
without cost.

ROBIN
(still on his knees)
Name your price.

SIMON
Ah, but it's expensive.

ROBIN
(standing to look Simon in
the eye)
Anything you want.

SIMON
In a word: I want you. You'll
fetch a handsome reward from Prince
John.

ROBIN
Not to mention recognition for
yourself.

SIMON
Quite true.

ROBIN
Then that's the bargain?

SIMON
It is.

ROBIN
(without hesitation)
Done.

SIMON
(smiling)
And you won't try to escape from
me?

ROBIN
You have my word.

SIMON
Well then, we have an accord. You
brought the dagger?

ROBIN
(taking it from its
sheath)
Of course.

Robin holds the dagger out by the blade so that Simon can
take the hilt.

SIMON
Then we'll begin.

Simon grabs the dagger from Robin, slicing the meat of
Robin's hand as he does it. Robin flinches but makes no
outcry.

INT. - FRIAR TUCK'S TENT
Friar Tuck and Little John sit together in the tent,
distracted and silent. It's so quiet that the crickets can
be heard chirping outside.

LITTLE JOHN
I don't like this.

FRIAR TUCK
(after a pause)
No... No, me neither.

Little John nods. They sit in silence for another moment.

FRIAR TUCK (CONT'D)
You want to go after Robin?

LITTLE JOHN
Absolutely!

Both men get up immediately and rush from the tent.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - ROOM FROM WHICH ROBIN STOLE THE
DAGGER
The dagger has been stuck in the table above Marion's head.
The light in its jewel is pulsating and with it, a light of
the same color on Marion's face.

Simon picks up his bowl on the table and rubs his fingers in
the solution he has prepared there. He rubs the mixture on
Marion's lips. He then grabs Robin's wrist and holds his
wounded hand over Marion.

SIMON
Give her your life's blood.

Robin squeezes his hand tightly into a fist, forcing a few
drops of blood to fall on Marion's lips. He winces.

ROBIN
Are you sure this will work?

SIMON
As sure as I was that poisoning
Lady Fitzwalter would bring you to
me.

ROBIN
You'd better be right.

SIMON
Just remember your promise.

ROBIN
I keep my word, Hensley.

Simon tosses Robin a clean rag.

SIMON
Wrap your hand.

ROBIN
Thank you.

SIMON
(amused)
I don't deal in damaged goods.

Robin, his hand bandaged, walks back by Marion, staring into
her face for any sign of recovery.

ROBIN
How long until we know if this
worked?

SIMON
It's working already. Touch her
skin.

Robin leans down and kisses Marion's forehead. He lets his
lips linger on her skin for an extra moment.

ROBIN
(surprised)
She's cool. Her fever is gone.

SIMON
She'll be back on her feet by
tomorrow, assuming the physician
you employ has any modicum of
skill.

ROBIN
(relieved)
She'll be okay.

SIMON
Take her back to your horse.

Robin nods and lifts her gently. He carries her out of the
room. Simon hold his arm out for the hawk, who returns to it,
and then he follows Robin.

EXT. - SIMON'S CASTLE

Robin lays Marion down in the cart and covers her up to her
waist with a blanket.

Simon joins him but walks to the horse. Aldrich takes off
and flies circles above them.

SIMON
In what direction should I send
him?

ROBIN
North. Send him north.

Simon touches the horse's head, and for a split second the
horse's eyes glow.

Robin takes a folded piece of paper from his vest and presses
it into her hand.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
(quietly, to Marion)
I just hope I can make you
understand.

Robin kisses her one last time, and then turns to Simon.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
I'm ready.

Simon slaps the horse on the rump and he starts off at a run.
Robin watches her go.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
(watching her fade away)
Thank you. You didn't have to let
me say goodbye, and I appreciate
it.

SIMON
We're not friends, Robin of
Locksley. You'll be spending the
next 24 hours in my dungeon, and
when the Prince's men arrive, I
will turn you over to them without
the slightest qualm.
(to the hawk)
Come, Aldrich.

The hawk returns to Simon's arm.

SIMON (CONT'D)
This way.

Simon leads Robin back into the castle.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - HALL OUTSIDE HIS DUNGEON
Simon and Robin follow William, who has lit a torch and
carries it with him. Aldrich is on Simon's arm.

Simon opens the door to his dungeon and motions for Robin to
step inside.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - DUNGEON
Inside the dungeon is total blackness. William's torch
provides the only real light as they step in.

William, Robin and Simon enter the dungeon. Simon points to
a pair of empty shackles hanging from the wall.

As William puts the torch into a sconce on the wall, Robin
walks over and snaps a shackle around one of his wrists. He
raises the other wrist into place and William walks over and
reaches up high to fasten the shackle around it.

Aldrich squawks.

SIMON
(snickering)
Oh, I'm sure the rats will keep him
company.

William looks into Robin's eyes, a pained expression on his
face, and then he looks away and goes to retrieve the torch
and stand behind Simon.

SIMON (CONT'D)
Enjoy your night.

Simon walks out of the dungeon and William follows him.

The room plunges into darkness as soon as the door closes.
Robin hears the key turn in the lock. In the darkness, which
is all but complete, Robin sighs.

EXT. - SHERWOOD FOREST - THE ROAD

Friar Tuck and Little John are riding along the road when
they see Robin's horse and cart in the distance. The horse
has slowed to a canter.

LITTLE JOHN
Friar, look!

FRIAR TUCK
(squinting)
Is that Robin's horse?

FRIAR TUCK (CONT'D)
Marion!

LITTLE JOHN
(simultaneously)
Marion!

Friar Tuck and Little John spur their horses until they catch
up with Robin's horse and cart.

LITTLE JOHN
She looks better.

FRIAR TUCK
(putting his hand on her
forehead)
She is better. Her fever's broken.
We should get her back to camp.

LITTLE JOHN
But what about Robin?

FRIAR TUCK
I don't know that there's anything
we can do for Robin, but I do know
I can help Marion.

LITTLE JOHN
Is she going to be okay?

FRIAR TUCK
I think so. But someone's going to
have to tell her about Robin when
she wakes up.

Little John reaches over and takes the reins of Robin's
horse. He turns his own horse around and Friar Tuck does
likewise. They start back down the way they had come.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - DUNGEON
Robin is still shackled to the wall.

The sound of a key in the door startles him.

William opens the door letting torchlight spill into the
dungeon. He walks in and puts the torch he carries in a
sconce on the wall. Rats skitter back into their holes in
the walls. After so much time in the blackness, Robin
squints his eyes against the light.

A serving girl, probably no older than 7 or 8 years old,
comes into view through the doorway. She is holding a
heaping plate and a jug of wine

William takes the plate and jug from her and lays them down
on the floor in the center of the room.

WILLIAM
(to the serving girl)
Fifteen minutes, Roberta. A
quarter hour and no more.

The serving girl, Roberta, closes the door and locks it again
with William inside. William removes a set of keys from his
belt.

WILLIAM (CONT'D)
(quietly as he unlocks
Robin's shackles)
How are you, Robin?

ROBIN
As well as can be expected
considering the situation.

Robin rubs his sore wrists.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
Does Hensley know you're here?

WILLIAM
Of course he knows.
(quietly)
I think Lord Hensley knows
everything. Please, eat.

ROBIN
(sitting down in front of
the food)
He doesn't quite know everything.

Robin starts to pick at the food.

WILLIAM
Then you've got a plan? You can
escape?

ROBIN
No.

WILLIAM
Then let me help you. I know
there's a way...

ROBIN
No, William. There will be no
escape.

WILLIAM
But...

ROBIN
I gave Lord Hensley my word. I
won't try to get away.

WILLIAM
But they'll kill you!

ROBIN
(sighing)
William, Prince John took my
father, my title, and my lands.
Over the next few months or so,
he's going to try his hardest to
take my pride. He may even
succeed. But the one thing he can
never take from me is my honor...
And I refuse to take that from
myself. I would rather die. Do
you understand?

WILLIAM
I think so.

ROBIN
Honor is the only thing that
separates me from them.

WILLIAM
Not the only thing, Robin... Just
the most obvious.
(pause)
You should eat. There isn't much
time and you need your strength.
Lord Hensley said if I was here any
longer than a quarter hour, he'd
punish you.

ROBIN
How charitable. I'm surprised he's
bothering to feed me at all.

WILLIAM
He said something about "damaged
goods." Said you'd understand.

Robin grunts, recognizing the phrase, and tucks into the
food.

INT. - FRIAR TUCK'S TENT
Marion is back on the bed, the letter from Robin still
clutched in her hand. Little John sits beside her while
Friar Tuck stands at a small table.

Friar Tuck is mixing ingredients together.

LITTLE JOHN
When do you think she'll wake up?

FRIAR TUCK
There's no way to tell for sure.
The fever is gone, but it was a bad
one. She could wake up a few
minutes from now. On the other
hand, it might take another day or
two.

LITTLE JOHN
That long?

FRIAR TUCK
There's nothing we can do to speed
it up, I'm afraid. Marion will
come around in her own time.

LITTLE JOHN
But Robin...

FRIAR TUCK
Robin wanted to give his life to
keep this woman safe and that's
exactly what I'm going to do.
(pauses then continues
gently)
Besides, Prince John's soldiers
won't even arrive at Hensley castle
until tomorrow. We still have
time.

LITTLE JOHN
I hope so, Friar.

FRIAR TUCK
(under his breath)
Me too.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - DUNGEON

Robin is finishing up the plate of food when there is a knock
at the door.

WILLIAM
(calling out)
It's okay, Roberta.

Roberta unlocks and opens the door. She seems meek and keeps
her eyes downcast.

WILLIAM (CONT'D)
(to Robin)
Do you need to... You know...

William stands, walks to the doorway and grabs a bucket from
right outside the door. He brings it back to Robin, who
gives a half smile.

WILLIAM (CONT'D)
I'll wait outside.

William grabs the plate and jug and walks out.

INT. -SIMON'S CASTLE - HALL OUTSIDE HIS DUNGEON

William hands the plate and jug to Roberta and closes the
dungeon door.

ROBERTA
(meekly)
Is he really Robin Hood?

WILLIAM
You bet he is.

ROBERTA
Is Lord Hensley going to hurt him?

WILLIAM
No, Lord Hensley won't. But Prince
John will.

ROBERTA
I don't want Robin Hood to get
hurt.

WILLIAM
Me neither.

There's a knock on the dungeon door from the inside.

INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - DUNGEON

William opens the dungeon door and comes back in.

WILLIAM
(gesturing with his keys)
I have to, um...

ROBIN
(nodding)
I know.

Robin starts walking to the wall and Roberta, having put the
plate and jug down, runs to Robin and throws her arms around
his legs. Robin turns around. Roberta looks up with tears
in her eyes.

WILLIAM
Roberta!

Robin kneels to wipe away her tears.

ROBERTA
I don't want Robin Hood to get
hurt.

ROBIN
It's okay.

Robin gives Roberta a little hug and then gently pushes her
away. William takes her by the shoulders and pulls her back
a few steps.

Robin walks over and clasps one shackle around one wrist.
William leaves Roberta to close the shackle around the other
one.

WILLIAM
(closing the shackle)
I'm sorry, Robin.

ROBIN
I know.

WILLIAM
I'll be back at supper. Prince
John's guards shouldn't be here
until morning, so if you change
your mind...

Robin gives William a reassuring smile. Roberta dutifully
picks up the bucket but hesitates, not wanting to leave.

William takes the torch and ushers Roberta out of the room
before him. The door closes and locks, and Robin is in
darkness again.

EXT. - SHERWOOD FOREST - SUNRISE

A rooster in the distance crows.

INT. - FRIAR TUCK'S TENT
Marion is still on the bed. She still holds the letter from
Robin. Friar Tuck and Little John have both fallen asleep in
chairs beside her.

Marion begins to stir. Little John wakes immediately and
begins to shake Friar Tuck.

LITTLE JOHN
Friar! She's coming to!

Friar Tuck wakes up groggily.

FRIAR TUCK
What's that?

LITTLE JOHN
Marion. She's waking up.

Marion opens her eyes.

MARION
(slowly)
Where am I? The last thing I
remember was fighting Hensley's men
in the woods.
(looking around)
Where's Robin?

FRIAR TUCK
(exchanging glances with
Little John)
Robin is gone, Marion.

MARION
(sitting up a bit)
Gone? What do you mean gone? When
will he be back?

LITTLE JOHN
I don't think he's coming back.

FRIAR TUCK
(gently)
What was the last thing you
remember?

MARION
Just what I said. I was fighting
Lord Hensley's men. I took a
scratch across the back, and then
nothing.

FRIAR TUCK
Lord Hensley put you under a very
powerful spell: a magic poison, one
that only he could break. Now he
was willing cure you... for a
price.

Marion sits quietly for a moment while the meaning of "for a
price" sinks in.

MARION
You didn't let him do it? You
wouldn't have let him do something
so crazy, would you?
(pause)
You did.

FRIAR TUCK
I think the letter in your hand
might explain it.

Marion looks down and notices the letter. She unfolds it and
begins to read aloud.

MARION
Marion, I can not expect you to
approve of the things that I have
done, but I ask you to try to
understand. Were the

MARION (CONT'D)
(her voice fading out)
Situations reversed, I know

ROBIN OVERVOICE
(simultaneously)
(his voice fading in)
Situations reversed, I know

FADE TO:

END ACT THREE




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