Matthew smiles, coming up from behind her and hugging her to him, smoothing his hands on the silk covering her hips, and he grazes her neck with his nose and then brushes the skin of her exposed shoulder with his lips.
"Already up?" he asks pointlessly, his voice still thick with sleep.
Mary makes a noncommittal sound with her throat, as she pushes back against him just slighly, and she’s rewarded with a soft groan against the side of her neck, her hand sliding over his on her stomach.
"It feels good to be back," she whispers, "but mostly, it feels good to do this," she says, as she turns in his arms, hooking her arms around his neck, and finally kisses him soundly.
I saw this painting, and it had to be done. Nothing special, but it feels good to just write again :)
I think you should read it because… S2 speculation fics are a joy to read. Some include the new love interests, some just jumps right into the war drama, and one way or another, it’s always an exciting world to explore, known and yet different, familiar and yet anything but.
So what if Matthew was on leave, what if Mary took a chance? What if we let these characters take us for a new, short, but amazing ride?
Downton Abbey’s Christmas special is set to draw an audience of millions, but the BBC is hitting back with a version of PD James’ sequel to Pride and Prejudice.
So, I was reading this over lunch (thanks to a friend for pointing it out to me), while rewatching The Devil Wears Prada for the tenth time, and this line confuses me:
(Mary’s) torment is over whether she should marry to secure the future of Downton and her young son, George, or follow her heart.
I’ll let out what ‘follow her heart' could mean, because it could either mean that Mary wants to stay faithfull to Matthew's memory or that she's (already) in love with one of her suitors, which in this case would've happened basically off screen since I don't believe she's in love with any of them by the end of S4 - but I might be wrong.
What really confuses me, though, it’s the “she should marry to secure the future of Downton and her young son” part, which basically means… that she and Downton need money?
Which brings me to the question: wasn’t a better management of Downton one of Mary’s (and Tom’s) storylines this past season? Shouldn’t that have been enough to protect Downton, along with Matthew’s money? Did they fail at that? Or the taxes are just too much and the only solution is a new injection of money? AGAIN?
I’m so confused. Thoughts?
But then again, it’s the Daily Mail, so it might all be not even true.
I love Mr. Crawley more than anything else in the world… but I’ll never tell him
After watching the deleted scene from 3x01 with Mary going to Carson, I have to say I’m a little bit disappointed.
Considering all the show so far, Mary said she loved Matthew three times.
She tells her mother straight away, just after Matthew proposes, and it’s a very important scene, because it makes it clear to the viewers that her later motives for delaying her answer to Matthew have nothing to do with her feelings: it’s not because she’s not sure of him or of her love that she delays, but for very different reasons.
She never says the words in S2, and I think she couldn’t bear to said it aloud- but her love for Matthew was in everything she did really, and other characters mention it, both to her (Carson 2x02), or later in the show to Matthew (Violet, Isobel). It’s heartbreaking, and heartwarming at the same time.
Then this scene in S3. I wish they’d kept it. Mary received a lot of hate/attacks early in S3 because she seemed somehow roothless in getting what she wanted - the money to save Downton - and in pushing Matthew to accept Swire’s money when he so clearly could not, so I think a little scene in which she said loud and clear that she loved Matthew more than anything else in the world would have been great. Plus, the scene is a lovely call back to the Mary/Carson scene in 2x02.
Lastly, if I’m not wrong, Mary tells Gillingham - virtually a stranger - she loved her husband very much in S4?
So… why didn’t we get to see her telling Matthew that she loved him?
I have no doubts Mary said it to him. She doesn’t wear her heart on her sleeves like Matthew does, but she has no hesitation in telling other people she loves him, and yet we never heard the words from her.
I don’t think it was essential to hear it, but… yes, I am disappointed, because it would have been nice…
Specifics: multi chapter ~ 35 chapters, work in progress. Rated T.
Notes: S2 AU-but AU is an understatement :P Inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead. Multi ships.
Summary: What if the Zombie Apocalypse took place immediately following WWI? What if the poison gas used in WWI caused serious, biological repercussions, that brought the dead… back to life? What if the men and women of Downton Abbey, both upstairs and downstairs, had to unite to fight off a horde of flesh-eating monsters?
I think you should read it because… brilliant doesn’t even start to cover it. If you’re a fan of TWD you’ll love to see that reality reworked to fit Downton’s world, and even if you never watched it, I’m sure you’ll love to see your favourite characters struggling even more than they did during WWI to wrap their own mind around this new reality, adjust to it, fighting to survive while still trying to sort their complicated feelings.
Mary: What a time we’ve had. Poor Sir Richard must have thought he’d come to the mad house.
Anna: I don’t expect it’ll put him off.
She catches Mary’s eyes for a moment.
Mary: I’m going to accept him.
But Anna does not comment. She just goes on plaiting.
Mary (CONT’D): Do you think I should?
Anna: That’s not for me to say. If you love him more than anyone in the world then of course you should.
Mary: It’s not as simple as that.
Anna: Oh? It is for me, but then I’m not your ladyship.
Mary: Did you love Bates more than anyone else in the world?
Anna: I did. I do. I’ll never love again like I love him. Never.
Mary: Well, there you are, then. One day you’ll meet someone else and you’ll marry. Perhaps it will be second best, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have a life.
Anna: I think it does for me.
And she ties a ribbon into a bow to finish the plait.*
*Anna’s moral position is higher than Mary’s here. Anna is prepared to be alone for the rest of her life if Bates never comes back. Mary, on the other hand, is not prepared to be on her own forever if Matthew never returns. But, to be honest, I am on Mary’s side. I think Anna is throwing away her life. So, in one sense, in terms of romantic fiction, we’re supposed to approve of Anna’s abnegation and sacrifice, but in reality I approve of Mary’s getting her act together and being determined to make another life. So, in the Downton way, I hope the audience is divided.
And yet Anna is in a very different position than Mary, because Anna is a working woman, and even with a war on, and with people starting to want different things for themselves than a life spent in service, being a house maid is still regarded in this period of time as a secure job, that gives her a roof above her head and some economic security.
Mary on the other hand, has no income unless her father specifically leaves her something upon his death, if not, she’ll live on her cousin’s generousity. And even if this cousin is honorable, good Matthew, it’s still not a very appealing situation for Mary, while looking for a second best in a way means that she’ll be able to live a more independent life.
But in reality choosing a husband and moving on only means that she will pass from under the autority of her father to that of yet another man.
Really, if it’s not for love, the only thing Mary can do is to pick up what looks like the more eligible man and hope for the best :(
Can you blame that charmer, having waited for almost ten years????
Oh, I loved that they were so eager (how could they not?), and that by the beginning of S3 they were so at ease with each other that of course they would spoke about their desire out loud. Mary’s “don’t make me blush” was the appropriate answer, but the glint in her eyes revealed what she was really feeling.
I so wish we’d had a glimps of the wedding night…
Now, if only someone would get on with their fic :P (you know who you are :D)