Featured: Thomas (Chapter 24)
Downton Abbey: Sybil the First, Sybil the SecondRating: PG
How Could I Ever Know?Tom gazed numbly at his newborn daughter. A nightmare had come to pass: Sybil was dead from childbirth complications. The young mother had given birth to her first child and eclampsia had stolen her from Tom and their baby.
Downton Abbey: A Period of Adjustment -1/7Series: Trying to be Nicer
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Downton Abbey: Sybil the First, Sybil the Second
Genres/Themes: Character Study (Thomas, Sybil, Tom), Angst, mild Hurt/Comfort (Sybil towards Thomas, Thomas towards Branson), Introspection (Thomas), Fluffy, Grief
Relationships Featured: Friends: Thomas / Sybil, Thomas / Tom Branson, Thomas / Baby Sybil. Romantic: Thomas / Edward (one-sided, only brief mention)
Spoilers: up to season 3, ep 5
Length: a little over 1700 words
Summary: After walking for a moment down memory lane, Thomas finally meets Sybil's daughter.
Notes: This is a prequel to a Redeemed!Thomas fic series I'm working on,"Trying to be Nicer," but it can stand alone.
DISCLAIMER: Thomas Barrow, Tom Branson, Sybil Branson, Sybil Crawley, Edward Courtenay, Richard Clarkson, Sarah O'Brien, Charles Carson, Alfred Nugent, Robert Crawley / Earl of Grantham © Julian Fellowes / ITV / PBS. This is just fanfiction, not an official story for the series, and no profit is being made by the author.
How Could I Ever Know?
Tom gazed numbly at his newborn daughter. A nightmare had come to pass: Sybil was dead from childbirth complications. The young mother had given birth to her first child and eclampsia had stolen her from Tom and their baby.
All those years that he’s waited, hoped that she would return his feelings, and they were finally able to marry, despite His Lordship’s disapproval. The woman that he’d loved since they’d first discussed politics with each other, whom had been his wife for barely two years, was gone. Their new daughter was all that was left of Sybil.
As much as he loved this little girl, he could still see her mother’s face. He would forever remember that those horrible last moments that her mother was alive. And the sound of their daughter crying just moments after Sybil’s last breath…! Tears stung his eyes and he tried to keep his face from contorting as sobs fought to escape his throat.
What would he do, now? How could a widowed father su
Downton Abbey: A Period of Adjustment -1/7
Series: Trying to be Nicer
Title: A Period of Adjustment
Chapter Title: Mottos and Commandments
Genres/Themes: Character Study, Drama, Angst, Introspection, Character Study
Prominent Characters: Thomas, Bates, Anna, Mrs Hughes, Carson, Jimmy, Alfred, Lord Grantham, Mrs Patmore, Daisy, Ivy, an OFC, and an OMC, and, offscreen, Sybil, William, and Edward
Relationships Featured: Friends: Thomas / Bates, Thomas / Anna, Thomas / Mrs Hughes, Thomas / OFC , Thomas / OMC, Thomas / Jimmy (one-sided), Thomas / Lord Grantham (sort of), Thomas / Daisy. Romantic: Thomas / Edward (one-sided, off-screen), Thomas / OC (off-screen)
Spoilers: All the Downton Abbey episodes up to the Season 3 finale (before the Christmas Special).
Summary: After The Incident, Thomas knows he cannot resume his life exactly as it was -- those who ignore the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. Thankfully, traumas have a tendency to ge
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Sybil Branson hung up her coat in the hallway before going off to hunt more thoroughly for her husband.
"I'm in here m'darling" came a faint reply from upstairs and Sybil smiled and ran up the steps two at a time, just as she used to as a child.
He was leaning against the doorway of what he rather impressively (if inaccurately) called his study and watching her with surprise, humour twinkling in his blue-green eyes.
"And what, may I ask, is the big occasion?"
She nearly told him right then, but she didn't want the news just blurted out, it wouldn't be right, so she simply raised her eyebrows slightly and said:
"Do I need an occasion to be happy to see my husband after working all day?"
He laughed and reached out to take her hands, pulling her towards him for a kiss. It still fascinated Sybil that even after nearly a year and a half of marriage, the slightest touch from him could still make her feel so warm and complete, that something as simple as a kiss could still make he