Hibernian letters – Part 1: Prologue

imageFandom: Downton Abbey
Genre : General, Epistolary, Friendship,
Characters: Tom Branson, Original Character
Synopsis: Before he had Sybil as a confidant, had Branson anyone back home to confide in? And before he arrived at Downton? Let’s say that he had someone in his family who partly understood him and shared some of his concerns. This will lead to interesting exchange of letters through the years, and sometimes a few one-to-one conversations. Series of one-shots.

.Part 1 – Prologue

  1912, Ireland.

“Tom! Don’t leave your cousin stand here all by herself… Go and ask her for a dance!”

“But mummy–” said-Tom tried to drawlingly plead with his mother.

“No ‘but’, m’lad” a kind-faced woman in her late forties intervened between mother and son. “Your mum is right: young people are to enjoy themselves among themselves; Lire la suite

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The feather, the shamrock, the rose and the thorns

plume trèfle rose épines - Copie (2)Getting out of the car, back from the hospital where she was working  flat out tending the wounded of this dreadful war, Lady Sybil Crawley wasn’t particularly anxious to get in to change for diner, to swap her nurse uniform for an evening gown.

Casually flipping through the book Branson had laid on the Renault’s front seat, she came across the strange item he was using as a bookmark. White, elegant, seemingly light and trivial; but she knew these appearances were deceptive, and wondered why the devil did Branson not discard it. But the lad often did strange and seemingly odd things, and she was only mildly surprised by this. However, reminding the symbolism attached to this item, she felt sorry for him:

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