Fandom: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Thomas Barrow/OMC
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, 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 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.
, and Thomas, who nobody loves.