The New Adventures of Robin Hood:

                                                              The Price of Honor

                                                                                                                                By Julie-Rae Mandell-Clemons
                                                                                             Email her at yakkorat@hotmail.com


                                                                                 
                     ACT FOUR
               INT. - SIMON'S CASTLE - DUNGEON

Simon opens the door to the dungeon to let some dim daylight
in. Several soldiers walk into the dungeon and unshackle
Robin from the wall. He makes no resistance. They manacle
his wrists together in front of him and take him by the upper
arms to lead him out of the dungeon. Robin's overvoice
continues while these actions occur.

ROBIN OVERVOICE
You would not have hesitated to do
the same for me. But above all, I
beg you to forgive me. There is so
much I haven't said. I always
thought there would be more time.

EXT. - SIMON'S CASTLE

When the soldiers lead Robin out of the castle, Robin squints
and turns his head away from the bright sun after his
incarceration in darkness. The soldiers attach Robin's
manacles by chain to a cart so that he will have to walk
behind it. They start on their march and Robin begins
walking with the cart. Soldiers ride before, after, and
beside him. Robin's overvoice continues while these actions
occur.

ROBIN OVERVOICE
Now, all there is time to say is
I'm sorry.
(pause)
Sherwood is yours now. You and
John and Tuck will have to carry on
without me. Good King Richard is
depending on you...

EXT. - THE ROAD TO PRINCE JOHN'S CASTLE

Robin trudges behind the cart, overheated and dehydrated.
One of the soldiers rides close and kicks his back, causing
him to stumble forward. Robin's overvoice continues while
these actions occur.

ROBIN OVERVOICE
And so are all the innocent people
of England.
(pause)
And one final request...

EXT. - THE ROAD TO PRINCE JOHN'S CASTLE
The caravan has stopped. Robin is sitting behind the cart.

A soldier throws Robin a bladder or canteen with water, and
Robin gratefully opens it. He drinks deeply. Robin's
overvoice continues while these actions occur.

ROBIN OVERVOICE
I've been told that Prince John
plans to place me on display in the
Great Square. I want you to stay
away. This is my wish...

EXT. - THE ROAD TO PRINCE JOHN'S CASTLE
The caravan is moving again. Robin is still plodding along
behind the cart, but there is very little slack left in the
chain because he is exhausted and falling as behind as his
bonds will allow him.

A soldier rides up close to Robin, leans down and hits the
back of Robin's knees with his riding crop. Robin's knees
hit the ground and he struggles to get back up while the cart
keeps moving and the chain threatens to drag him. Robin's
overvoice continues while these actions occur.

ROBIN OVERVOICE
And I pray you respect it as my
last.
(pause)
I'll remind you one final time that
this is a choice I made knowing
full well of the consequences.

CLOSE UP: ROBIN'S FACE

ROBIN OVERVOICE (CONT'D)
It was my decision, so...

FADE TO:

INT. - FRIAR TUCK'S TENT
Marion sits up in bed, with Little John and Friar Tuck
hanging on her every word.

ROBIN OVERVOICE
(his voice fading out)
Give yourself no blame.

MARION
(simultaneously)
(her voice fading in)
Give yourself no blame.

MARION
I will remain unto my very last
breath...
(beat)
Your Robin.

Marion's eyes well over with tears. Friar Tuck and Little
John look equally heartbroken.

MARION (CONT'D)
We have to do something.

Little John and Friar Tuck do not respond.

MARION (CONT'D)
We're not just going to let it
happen, are we?

FRIAR TUCK
He did expressly forbid us to
interfere.

LITTLE JOHN
He knew before he left here that
this would be the end. He doesn't
want us there.

MARION
I'm not interested in what he
wants! I'm interested in what he
needs! He needs us. Tuck? Little
John?

Little John and Friar Tuck exchange glances.

MARION (CONT'D)
I can't believe you're just okay
with this.

FRIAR TUCK
We're not, Marion, but you're
hardly at full strength.

MARION
Then we wait until tonight. It's
more than a day's ride from
Hensley's castle to Prince John's,
even if they ride hard. And I
doubt they'll give Robin a horse.
It would be too easy for him to
escape.

LITTLE JOHN
She's right, you know. They'll
have to make camp, or stop at an
inn. At least it's a chance.

FRIAR TUCK
We could at least check it out.
(to Marion)
Now you lie down, and I'll get you
some stew. You have to save your
strength. With any luck, you'll
need it tonight.





INT. - A COUNTRY INN
Robin is in a small bedroom on the second floor. No guards
are in the room with him but his wrists are still manacled
together. The room contains a simple bed and a desk and
chair. There is a vase of flowers on the desk, and a candle
burning there which provides the only addition to the
moonlight coming in the open window. Robin looks a little
bit battered after the long day of marching and minor abuses
by the soldiers.

Robin paces back and forth in his room and then sits down on
the edge of the bed. He puts his head in his hands and sighs
deeply. His hair cascades down on either side, hiding his
face.

EXT. - A COUNTRY INN - NIGHT

Guards sweep back and forth in pairs, circling the perimeter.

Marion, Little John, and Friar Tuck creep nearer and nearer
the inn.

FRIAR TUCK
(quietly pointing to a
second floor window)
He's there. I saw him pass by the
window a moment ago.

MARION
They're farther along than I
thought they would be.

FRIAR TUCK
They must have pushed hard, even
with Robin on foot. In a way
that's a good thing.
(in answer to Marion's
questioning look)
At least the soldiers haven't had
time to mistreat him.

LITTLE JOHN
(to Marion but looking at
the window)
Can you climb up there?

MARION
You bet I can. But first we have
to get rid of these guards.

Little John stands up just between the two guards and knocks
their heads together.
He and Friar Tuck drag the bodies behind the hedge. Little
John repeats this 3 more times in quick succession until
there is a pile of 8 soldiers behind the hedge.

Marion nods at Little John and Friar Tuck and begins to climb
the inn's wall.

INT. - A COUNTRY INN
Robin's head is still in his hands.

Marion drops into the window all but noiselessly.

Robin looks up at the slight sound. He is shocked, relieved
and astounded all at the same time.

ROBIN
Marion!

Robin stands. There's a short moment in which Marion and
Robin just drink up the sight of each other, and then they
move together with unity. Robin grips Marion's shoulders.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
I didn't think I was ever going to
see you again.
(relieved)
And you're okay.

MARION
I'm fine. Now come on. We can
talk later. Right now we've got to
get you out of here.

ROBIN
I can't.

MARION
What do you mean, you can't?

ROBIN
I mean I can't. I gave Hensley my
word that I wouldn't try to escape.

MARION
So you're going to let yourself be
tortured and killed because that
magical thug blackmailed you into
giving your word?

ROBIN
(turning away)
That's about the sum of it, yes.
(pause, still without
looking at her)
Marion, I can't deny that I'm happy
to see you. Knowing for certain
that you're all right gives me
strength... And it's strength I'm
going to need...
(choking on the words)
To die well.

Robin turns back to Marion, who is anguished.

ROBIN (CONT'D)
I meant what I said about not
coming to the square.
(stroking her cheek)
There's no reason for you to see
that.

MARION
Robin, don't talk like that. We're
taking you home.

Robin turns to the window and looks out.

ROBIN
I told you. I gave Hensley my
word.
(trying to make light of
the situation)
As much as I'd like to avoid being
tortured to death...

Marion comes quietly up behind him with the vase from the
desk.

MARION
I can't accept that.

Marion hits him soundly on the back of the head with the vase
and Robin falls to the floor, unconscious.

Marion rushes to the window.

MARION (CONT'D)
Little John!

HER POV - LITTLE JOHN EMERGING FROM HIS HIDING PLACE

MARION (CONT'D)
Can you catch him?

LITTLE JOHN
Toss him down, Marion.

Marion pushes Robin up the wall and out the window.

EXT. - A COUNTRY INN

Little John catches Robin without difficulty as Friar Tuck
also emerges from his hiding place. Marion begins climbing
down the wall.

FRIAR TUCK
Is he all right?

MARION
He'll be fine.

The sound of guards approaching puts them all on alert.
Marion hops down the remaining 5 feet or so.

MARION (CONT'D)
Come on. We don't have time for a
fight. We've got to get out of
here before he wakes up.

LITTLE JOHN
(puzzled)
Huh?

MARION
Just trust me.

Marion, Friar Tuck, and Little John with Robin in his arms
all sneak off.

INT. - ROBIN'S TENT - MORNING

CLOSE UP - ROBIN SLEEPING

Robin comes to in his own bed.

MARION
Welcome back.

SHOT PULLS BACK TO INCLUDE MARION.

Robin smiles and props himself up on his elbows.

ROBIN
Home sweet home.

MARION
Before you say another word: you
didn't escape. You were kidnapped.

ROBIN
So I was. And I have the bump to
prove it.
(rubbing the back of his
head)
Did you have to hit me so hard?

MARION
Yeah, I really did. Maybe the next
time you get the urge to do
something so stupid... you won't.

Marion offers her hand to Robin and helps him up.

EXT. - ROBIN'S CAMP

Marion and Robin emerge from Robin's tent. They walk to the
tables where Little John is sitting.

LITTLE JOHN
(grinning hugely)
Good to see you, Robin.

ROBIN
It's good to be seen.

Friar Tuck walks up with a steaming loaf of bread.

FRIAR TUCK
Just out of the oven. It smells
delicious.
(sitting at the table with
Little John, Robin, and
Marion)
We'll have your strength back up in
no time.

ROBIN
That's good, because we have work
to do.

MARION
Work?

ROBIN
We set out to stop Simon.
(looking pointedly at
Marion)
I'd say we have a few extra scores
to settle with him now.

MARION
I'd agree. But how do we fight
him?

ROBIN
Marion, if he got to you, what
chance do you think those villagers
have? No, he's got to be stopped.

MARION
I understand the "why." It's the
"how" that I'm not so sure of.

ROBIN
I think I've got an idea about
that.

FRIAR TUCK
What kind of idea?

ROBIN
Well, Olwyn once told me that
there's a big difference between
being a wizard, like he is, and
being a sorcerer. He said that
often times sorcerers need what he
called a "focus" to contain their
magic. If you destroy the focus,
you destroy their ability to reach
their powers.

MARION
And you think you know what that
focus is for Hensley?

ROBIN
(nodding)
I think it's the hawk. If it's
not, then Hensley is a man that
gets much too personal with his
pets.

FRIAR TUCK
It would make sense. Historically,
hawks have been common familiars.

ROBIN
Then by all means... Let's go pick
a fight.

Robin and the others get up from the table and head toward
their horses.

MARION
(mounting her horse)
Are you sure about this?

ROBIN
What's the matter?
(smirking)
Don't you trust me?

Robin, Friar Tuck, and Little John mount their horses and
they all start to ride off.

EXT. - SIMON'S CASTLE

Robin, Marion, Friar Tuck, and Little John sneak up to the
castle and hide behind a hedge. Marion is holding Robin's
bow and quiver of arrows.

MARION
But I don't know if I can do it,
Robin.

ROBIN
Marion, the second Hensley sees me
he's going to zap me with
everything he's got. Now out of
Tuck, John and you, you're best
with a bow.

FRIAR TUCK
You can do it, Marion.

Robin looks up at the castle wall and sees Simon walking
above the portcullis.

ROBIN
There he is. This is going to
hurt.

MARION
(protesting)
Robin!

Robin steps out from behind the bushes into the open.

ROBIN
(shouting)
Fine day, isn't it Hensley?

Simon walks to the edge of the wall to find Robin. Aldrich
takes off from his arm and swoops down, circling, squawking,
and looking for them.

SIMON
Locksley!

Simon lashes out with his magic and catches Robin with the
atypical lightening bolts from his hands. Robin tries to
bite back a scream and falls to the ground, writhing. The
lightening's hold on him continues.

SIMON (CONT'D)
Tell me how.

PAN TO: THE BUSHES

Marion is fitting an arrow into the bow, trying not to be
distracted by the sounds of Robin writhing in pain.

LITTLE JOHN
Come on, Marion!

FRIAR TUCK
Better make this one count.

Marion takes a deep breath, aims carefully, and lets lose.

The arrow finds its mark. As soon as it hits Aldrich, the
lightening stops.

SIMON
Aldrich!

The hawk falls within the castle grounds and Simon leaves the
rampart to go to him.

Marion and the others rush to Robin, who is groaning. Marion
helps him sit up on his elbows.

LITTLE JOHN
Robin! Are you all right?

ROBIN
Now that's what I call killing two
birds with one stone.
(to Marion)
Nice shot, Marion. What took you
so long?

Little John and Marion help Robin to his feet.

MARION
I was aiming, Robin. Not everyone
has your skills.

ROBIN
You better believe it.

They all chuckle, but the laughter hurts Robin and he groans.

EXT. - ROBIN'S TENT

Robin is laying on his bed, just relaxing. Marion enters.

MARION
Are you feeling any better?

ROBIN
(smiling)
I am now. What about you?

MARION
Tuck took good care of me. Tuck...
And you.
(pause)
I want to thank you for what you
did.

ROBIN
You would have done the same for
me.

MARION
That may be... But when I woke up
and read that letter...

ROBIN
(grimacing)
About that letter... There may
have been some things that I...

MARION
No, no... you were under a lot of
stress. It's already forgotten.

ROBIN
Oh, good.

Robin doesn't look as if he's too certain that it's a good
thing.

MARION
Come on. Tuck's made some stew to
get us back on our feet.

She clasps wrists with Robin and pulls him to his feet. When
standing, he holds her wrist just a second too long. She
smiles, almost shyly, and they walk out of the tent together.



END ACT FOUR


Act 1 / Act  2 / Act  3 / Act 4 

Home  / Story Page  Seventh Edition