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10 November 2011 @ 06:37 pm
As the newborn babe (Carson/Hughes, prompt: innocence)  
Written for downton_land's drabble challenge; winner of the third place award.


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His childhood had been miserable, his young adulthood a disgrace. In middle age he had arrived at Downton and there was born again.

He never thought of his youth. He never allowed himself to think of his years on stage. When he felt nostalgic it was for those early years as footman, the memories he replayed in his head at night of that innocent time.

Planning half-days together so they could run off to the woods.
He would chase after her, catching her about the waist and swinging her around in the air.
She'd laugh and her lilting voice would murmur sweet words in his ear.
Laying her down in the long grass, in a bed of fallen leaves the color of her hair.
Kissing her lips until they were as red as the berries he'd pick for her along the way.
Dreaming of the day they'd change their world as housekeeper and butler.


If anyone had caught them they would not have thought it innocent. They would have been dismissed without character or reference. If, in their present positions, they found some servant acting as they'd acted, there would be hell to pay. But they'd been different.  It wasn't slap-and-tickle. He and Elsie had been as pure as Adam and Eve in Eden, free of sin because sin had not yet been invented. He'd loved her then, for herself and as part of this magical world of Downton.

He sometimes still slipped into her bedroom after the house was asleep. Moonlight kissed her face and her hair covered the pillow like a dark russet river. The years fell away and she was still young and innocent and his. He leaned down to kiss her eyelids, hoping some trace of him entered her dreams.

He loved her and Downton still.

 
 
 
our little life is rounded with a sleep: A/R because I can't live without herdefyingnormalcy on November 10th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I've given in. My friends and I literally have an all day DA date scheduled after exams at my place. You and bsg_aussiegirl are bad influences.

I'm hoping that your fanfic will make more sense to me once I watch, though I find this line, Moonlight kissed her face and her hair covered the pillow like a dark russet river. The years fell away and she was still young and innocent and his. He leaned down to kiss her eyelids, hoping some trace of him entered her dreams. hauntingly beautiful despite my lack of knowledge about the characters.

misspuppetmisspuppet on November 10th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
It´s very touching, I think you´ve captured the essence of why he loves Downton so much very well.
akachankami: dirty little secretakachankami on November 10th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
(*o*) ♥ the image of them running in the woods, young and careless It wasn't slap-and-tickle. He and Elsie had been as pure as Adam and Eve in Eden, free of sin because sin had not yet been invented ♥ i wish we could see that early stage (*-*)
but i don't mind having this too: He sometimes still slipped into her bedroom after the house was asleep. ♥ squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
and what follows is even better! He leaned down to kiss her eyelids, hoping some trace of him entered her dreams. ♥ that's so sweet =D
why haven't i read this before?
ellie987: elsie in greenellie987 on November 10th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC)
The more I read it, the more I love it! It's so beautiful and poetic. Specially the flashback! But it leaves me with a sense of sadness too somehow.

Congrats on the third place! :)
fragrantwoodsfragrantwoods on November 10th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)
Lovely, sweet, and very touching. You show the beauty of their past youth and the beauty of their later years so well.I love the mention of his love for Downton and how he is born again from his time there. That's a powerful image next to the bleak images of his younger pre-Downton days.
aussiegirl: ce in bed togetherbsg_aussiegirl on November 10th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
er...3rd place? They have M/M shippers or something? *not going to join another comm, not going to join another comm*

That flashback is GUH.

And just pretend I copied and pasted the entire 2nd last paragraph. *sniff* So beautiful. (So rct?! what's going on?) Such beautiful descriptions throughout the whole drabble.

I'm going with her knowing he's there and weeping quietly when he leaves. *sniff*
The Geriatric Fangirl: JCcarsoncrazymaryt on November 11th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
Loved it. So beautiful.