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Title: Perdition
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog
Fandom: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Thomas Barrow/OMC
Rating: Adult
Word count: 24826
Warnings: Some mention of suicide, in reference to Edward Courtenay.
Summary: Thomas is manipulative, ambitious, and ruthless. He's also lonely as hell.

And then the new gardener starts at Downton, and everything changes.

(a slightly alternate look at season three, or: Thomas might be mean but he also needs a hug)


So, at the beginning of last week, [livejournal.com profile] katie__pillar and I were emailing, as we like to do, and then all of a sudden THOMAS FEELINGS sprang into existence and it became of the utmost importance that someone, somewhere, liked Thomas for who he was. So we invented Alec Thwaite, the new Downton gardener, and I emailed Katie this story all week as I wrote it, only stopping to watch Thomas fanvids on YouTube.

This can be seen as an alternate series three for Thomas--Sybil and Branson stay in Ireland, other bits and pieces happen, Thwaite starts work and joins the servants for lunch every day. There has been little historical research done into this (although I do know more about 1920s alarm clocks than I did last week) and all mistakes are firmly my own. I also made up Thomas' family background.

It should be noted that me and Downton Abbey are on A Break at the moment, so I haven't seen the last couple of episodes, although Katie has kept me up to date on what's happened.

Beta by [livejournal.com profile] hermette. Thank you, bb. <3

Warnings for some discussion of suicide, mostly in reference to Edward Courtenay.

This fic owes a nod of gratitude towards E.M. Forster's Maurice, particular Alec's name.

For [livejournal.com profile] katie__pillar, and Thomas, who nobody loves.

Perdition (AO3)
There are 6 comments on this entry. (Reply.)
 
posted by [identity profile] valn.livejournal.com at 04:08pm on 03/11/2012
Riveting!
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posted by [identity profile] sunsetmog.livejournal.com at 11:54am on 23/11/2012
Thank you!
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posted by [identity profile] dimestore-romeo.livejournal.com at 04:15pm on 03/11/2012
This was lovely. I haven't even been able to bring myself to watch the latest episode because I feel so bad for Thomas - I feel kind of Luke Skywalker about it. "There is still good in you."
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posted by [identity profile] sunsetmog.livejournal.com at 11:54am on 23/11/2012
I still haven't seen the two episodes prior to the finale, but I LOVED the finale.
 
posted by [identity profile] cellophane_ria.livejournal.com at 06:05pm on 03/11/2012
Ugh, so good and painful, and just, FEELINGS. I'm so glad about the note at the end; as much as Forster's note at the end of 'A room with a view' gutted me, I firmly believe that when the writer says it's going to be alright, it will. For both Alecs. So, thank you.
Also, oh my god, the scene in the end, I'd kiss you if I could? *sniffle*
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posted by [identity profile] sunsetmog.livejournal.com at 11:55am on 23/11/2012
Thank you, bb <3333

And yes, I agree re: the end of Room With A View.

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