It was in the days of King Harry the second when a boy named Robert of Locksley cockily sauntered into the home of his uncle and namesake, Robert Gamewell. Rob lived with his uncle because his parents had both died of scarlet fever when he was very young. He did not remember his parents much due to his young age and he was quite content to live elsewhere. Rob's uncle had a son named William who was in fact Rob's favorite cousin. William hated his name and insisted that everyone call him Will, which is the name he shall be known as in this narrative.
Will, being three years older than Robert, taught the boy everything to know about being a forester. Will watched the foresters that came through the tavern at Nottingham town and learned many petty tricks from the drunken rangers, which he, in turn, taught to Robert. Archery was a favorite sport of the pair and they were quite good at it.
Then came the day that the student bested the teacher. Rob out shot his cousin. Will was upset at this turn of events and flew into a rage and dared the young man to test his skill at the annual Nottingham festival. The poor Rob was devastated that his cousin would turn against him in this manner, both knowing that Rob's skill was no where near that in which he would have to be in order to be accepted into the competition.
The hurt and dejected Rob fled from his uncle's house and went straight to his childhood friend, Much the miller's son's, home. He was welcomed with open arms and as he told them the story of his cousin's anger he resolved to prove to Will that he was the best archer of the fair. He spent the next few weeks practicing his archery, eating little and only stopping at sundown. He practiced with such determination that soon he could hit the target with such accuracy that he began aiming at twigs. He was now sure that he could at least qualify for the fair's competition. He received a letter from his uncle asking him to return home and in that letter he was also informed that Will was apologetically humbled and also wished to see his cousin again.
Robert was overjoyed to hear this news and bid his friend, Much, a fond farewell and headed towards home.