At Locksley Hall, Marian heard the sound of horse's hooves approaching.
"Robin!" she happily shouted and raised herself from her bed. She looked out from her arched window and panicked when she saw not Robin and Little John, but twenty soldiers coming up the path bearing the banner of King John. Marian moved swiftly throughout Locksley, hurriedly shouting orders to Robin's men. She, having no time to escape, armed herself with a bow and arrows, her bugle-horn, and a sword at her side.
"Surround them!" King John ordered his men. "Make sure no one escapes!" He and his men attacked Locksley viciously. Since there were only a dozen men at Locksley, King John soon overtook them. Inside he met Marian, standing tall and fully armed.
"Oh Marian," sighed King John, "you, after five long years, still remain the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on."
"Flattery will not save your soul," Marian replied as she raised her bow, aiming at King
John's heart. With a subtle sign from the King, ten of his men also raised their bows threateningly.
Marian took no notice. "What have you done with my Robin?" she asked.
"Oh," King John casually lied, "I only executed him last night. Dear Marian, why must you always have a bow at hand?"
Four of King John's men, one being the Sheriff, leapt upon Marian, quickly unarmed her, and thrust her to the ground.
King John cruelly chuckled. "Marian, will you not ever learn? You will be my wife whether or not you intend to."
Before he finished saying those words, an arrow whizzed above his head and pierced the evil Sheriff through the heart. King John turned to find Robin Hood and his men approaching. He anxiously began shouting orders and, dragging a struggling Marian, hurried to escape. He did not get far though, before and arrow lamed his horse.
"Leaving so soon, King John?" came a voice behind him.
King John turned and faced Robin Hood, who approached with an arrow set to his bow.
King John only laughed. "I am afraid you did not arrive soon enough, Robin Hood," he chuckled. With a sudden jerk of his arm, a dagger glimmered in the morning sun and pointed at Marian. Robin stopped short. The King smiled cruelly. Marian though, now that she knew Robin still lived, was not fearful. Suddenly, she twisted out of King John's grasp and tripped him. As he fell to the ground, Robin shot an arrow that knocked the dagger out of his hand. Marian quickly scooped up the dagger and courageously held it to King John's throat.
"Any last words, Prince John?" she asked.
"King John," Robin corrected.
Marian only shrugged, becoming annoyed. "It will no longer matter in a moment," she said. As if out of nowhere, six of King John's men leapt at Marian and Robin, giving King John a chance to escape. Robin and Marian soon overtook the soldiers, but could only shout after the King and remind him never to come back. The King did not need a reminder though, for he still shook vigorously and felt the coolness of the dagger against his throat. They had proven too strong for even him and his men. To be safe though, Robin gathered more of his old Sherwood followers, and they all lived with him at Locksley Hall, including Little John and Friar Tuck, who decided the life of a hermit was not to his liking.
For many years Robin and Marian continued their happy lives and had many children. Robin often told them stories of his time as an outlaw. Marian laughed softly to herself as the children gathered around their father to hear the tales of Robin Hood's glorious adventures in Sherwood Forest.