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Author has written 25 stories for Downton Abbey.

Thank you so much to everyone who has favorited, followed, and above all, reviewed my stories. I have loved writing for Downton Abbey and most especially for Tom and Sybil Branson. After the horribleness that was Series 3 I have found it extremely difficult to write. I hate that, because I love fanfiction so much, and I truly did love writing for these two. It just hurts too much at the moment. I'm setting aside my writing for the foreseeable future, with perhaps a short story or drabble here or there, most of which can be found on my tumblr page: piperholmes(dot)tumblr(dot)com. Again, I am hugely grateful for those in this fandom who have written such wonderful stories and those who have always helped me feel welcomed. I hope one day to really get back to writing for this amazing couple.

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Downton Abbey & Zombies by The Yankee Countess reviews
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? Inspired by AMC's "The Walking Dead"
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Horror/Drama - Chapters: 38 - Words: 269,567 - Reviews: 362 - Favs: 57 - Follows: 115 - Updated: 4/8 - Published: 9/27/2012
A Life Well Lived by Mosteyn reviews
Formerly Behind Closed Doors - A series of scenes and events that take place throughout Tom and Sybil's marriage. Post WWI AU. Chapter 14 - Devon, April, 1923 Part II
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 14 - Words: 49,482 - Reviews: 123 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 83 - Updated: 4/7 - Published: 7/28/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson
In Good Hands by magfreak reviews
Based on two anon prompts: Tom's mom and sister come to Downton Abbey from Dublin to help see Sybil through childbirth. Complications, both emotional and medical, ensue. Canon through the start of 3x05.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 6 - Words: 16,613 - Reviews: 73 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 4/7 - Published: 3/31 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Thicker Than Water by repmetsyrrah reviews
"The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb." Sybil Branson survives the birth of her daughter, barely. Tom takes her care into his own hands.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,555 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 10 - Published: 4/4 - [T. Branson, Sybil C.]
Home by wslowry reviews
The lives of Tom and Sybil Branson, both in Dublin and Yorkshire, as told through an anthology of stories. Proudly AU from 3x05 onward. Now up: Chapter 20, "Out of the Dark, Part II," October 1925. The Bransons keep vigil at their son's bedside, and are soon thrust into an unfamiliar world.
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 20 - Words: 152,013 - Reviews: 211 - Favs: 60 - Follows: 84 - Updated: 3/2 - Published: 11/16/2012 - T. Branson, Sybil C.
Liam by repmetsyrrah reviews
Set in my blind Tom AU. Despite agreeing not to exchange gifts, this year Sybil does have a Valentine's Day surprise for Tom.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 981 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 4 - Published: 2/17 - [T. Branson, Sybil C.]
Fearless by Mosteyn reviews
Sybil has some important news to share with her family. My contribution to the S/T Valentine Fic exchange for the wonderful Piperholmes !
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,786 - Reviews: 26 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 2/15 - Published: 2/14 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
All That Jazz by wslowry reviews
Returned to Downton for Lord Grantham's birthday celebration, Tom and Sybil find themselves in an impossibly embarrassing situation, and little Sybbie is their only hope. Part of the Tom/Sybil secret valentine exchange - this ones for Pointless Things!
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,949 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/14 - T. Branson, Sybil C. - Complete
Snowed In at Sundance by The Yankee Countess reviews
Tom Branson is a screenwriter, and his wife, Sybil Crawley is an actress. Both are in Park City, Utah, promoting their film "Time Has Brought My Heart to You". However, on the day they were meant to be leaving to return home, a huge blizzard hits and they are forced to wait it out. What's a couple to do? Across-the-Rubicon challenge: "Branson's Snowed In" **NOW** WITH A FOLLOW UP!
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 11,613 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 1/24 - Published: 1/24/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Moving Forward by ScarletCourt reviews
The Bransons move out of Downton to the Estate Manager's Cottage. An AU where Sybil and Matthew live and Edith marries Sir Anthony in 3x03. Same universe as The Journey to Happiness and Branson and Crawley. Chapter 9: We're Home! - Final Chapter - Sybil and Tom finally feel like the cottage is home. Birthday fic for the amazing PiperHolmes!
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 9 - Words: 20,944 - Reviews: 58 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 11 - Updated: 8/24/2013 - Published: 8/17/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Make You Feel My Love by elleisforlovee reviews
On their first return to Downton after their marriage, Sybil and Tom find that the promises of the past are still very relevant in the present. *ONE-SHOT / BIRTHDAY FIC FOR PIPER*
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 10,896 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 5 - Published: 8/17/2013 - [Sybil C., T. Branson] - Complete
In Her Daughter's Footsteps by magfreak reviews
AU one-shot in which Tom and Sybil are not forced to leave Ireland, and Cora travels to Dublin shortly after Sybil has given birth. Canon through the series two Christmas special.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,539 - Reviews: 18 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 3 - Published: 8/17/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson, Cora C. - Complete
The Unexpected by Mosteyn reviews
Manchester, 1934. Sybil gets some surprising news...an outtake from A Most Delightful Evening.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,702 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/8/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
I'll Keep You Warm by LittlePoppett reviews
Modern AU, so something a bit different from me Snippets of Tom and Sybil's life together - likely pretty fluffy! Massively out of order with the timeline I intended but I will sort that later! Hope you like it. LP. x P.S. When selecting the characters I nearly got 'S.O'Brien' by accident - now that would be an unexpected story!
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 10 - Words: 25,199 - Reviews: 57 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 30 - Updated: 7/4/2013 - Published: 10/31/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson
Waiting for the Day to Come by afraidnotscared reviews
Watching Tom with Saoirse now though, she couldn't help but feel that after everything they had been through and how hard they fought for what they had, as little as it might seem to some, this was always the way it was meant to happen.
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,629 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/22/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
An Educational Afternoon by Mosteyn reviews
Post S3 AU: Tom, Sybil and their daughter visit Mary and Matthew one summer weekend shortly after Mary has announced she is expecting. An unexpected shopping trip gives Matthew some practice looking after a baby...
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,973 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 5 - Published: 12/1/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Life Line by crimsonrhodelia reviews
Downton Abbey, 1920. As Tom Branson adjusts to his new role, one constant keeps him grounded. A quick one-shot speculating about what Branson may be thinking during those dialogue-less background scenes in the first episode of season three. Very mild spoilers. Companion piece to "Sight Line".
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 631 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/9/2012 - T. Branson, Sybil C. - Complete
First by sakurasencha reviews
Sybil and Branson learn that beginnings must always be preceded by endings. A S3 speculation fic based on the ITV promo.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,473 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/9/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Stranded! by sakurasencha reviews
A country drive turns disastrous when a broken down motor leaves Mary, Matthew, Sybil and Branson as the title so aptly suggests.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 3 - Words: 13,269 - Reviews: 36 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 7/13/2012 - Published: 6/29/2012 - Mary C., T. Branson, Sybil C., Matthew C. - Complete
so far away that I can't find you by thelastcountess reviews
"It had been more than a week since he'd been grabbed by the collar and dragged into an RIC vehicle on Kildare Street..."
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,170 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 58 - Follows: 3 - Published: 12/5/2011 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Strange New World by Ash Light reviews
"Violet Crawley, young wife of the equally young Earl of Grantham, prides herself on having never been afraid." The Dowager Countess, and five moments in the birthing chamber.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,945 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 61 - Follows: 5 - Published: 9/23/2011 - Violet C. - Complete
Seep Into Skin by Jaded reviews
In the second year of the war, Branson's letters stop coming.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,008 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 38 - Follows: 1 - Published: 3/8/2011 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Ever Afters by Bespectacled reviews
Once upon a time... Sybil tells her niece a fairy tale.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Fantasy/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,414 - Reviews: 9 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/11/2011 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
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A Fool's Errand reviews
World War 2 AU-Nurse Sybil Crawley has spent the last year surviving the bombs dropped on London, long shifts at the hospitals, & the horrors of war, but now she faces the disgrace of returning to Downton a compromised woman. Tom Branson, recovering from wounds sustained in battle, has grown very fond of his nurse & is desperate to help. But will their impulsive plan work?
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 7 - Words: 13,044 - Reviews: 104 - Favs: 20 - Follows: 47 - Updated: 4/5 - Published: 1/24 - Sybil C., T. Branson
A Hard Sacrifice reviews
Series 2 AU: Despite Sybil & Tom's best efforts, following their secret marriage, Sybil falls pregnant towards the beginning of 1918. Tom wants to immediately tell her family and claim the baby and her as his, but Sybil fights him, knowing they don't have enough money, and that if Tom were to lose his employ they would have no where to go. But how long can she hide her pregnancy?
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 6 - Words: 19,919 - Reviews: 129 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 93 - Updated: 3/1 - Published: 9/21/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson
Born Sleeping reviews
This is my contribution to the S/T Valentine's Exchange. I was lucky enough to get the delightful Shannen1 (katsthoughtsonthingsbigandsmall on Tumblr) and her marvelous prompt: Sybil/Tom story crossed with "Call the Midwife": new to the eastend of London, Sybil goes into labour-both Sybil and Tom are very nervous after having lost their first child.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,899 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 3 - Published: 2/15 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
No Going Back reviews
"Did you hear?" the woman asked her comrade. "They've arrested Branson." -Life in Ireland is a dangerous fight for the future the Bransons believe in. For Rachel (afraidnotscared) who mentioned this idea to me once. Originally posted on Tumblr. Chapter 2 rated M.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,358 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 6 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/7 - Published: 1/6 - Sybil C., T. Branson, Matthew C. - Complete
Any Difference reviews
My Secret Santa Fic exchange gift for gothamgirl28! She requested a different ending to the drawing room scene when Tom and Sybil declare their intentions to marry. AU ending for 2X08.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,617 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 4 - Published: 12/24/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
A Better Place reviews
For STEAMM. Part 3 of the "In Love and War" Series. Sybil's Story: as a nurse serving in war torn France Sybil meets war correspondent Tom Branson late one dark night in the bitter cold of winter. With despair all around them, perhaps there isn't a better place to find hope
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,964 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 10 - Published: 9/15/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Strip reviews
This had become the routine. A new mother. A new father. A new baby. Of course this meant change. It meant adjustment. It meant Tom Branson kept eyes forward as they both dressed bed. How does love, romance, and a new baby mix? Rock the AU challenge!
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 7 - Words: 14,861 - Reviews: 88 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 45 - Updated: 8/31/2013 - Published: 2/27/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson
Without A Compass reviews
Written for the EAST Alliance. Being a parent brings untold delight and heartache. When the youngest Branson is born with physical challenges, Tom has to learn how to be able to balance his fierce love for his daughter and her desire to grow up. Luckily Aunt Edith and Uncle Anthony have a few words of advice for him.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,053 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 4 - Published: 8/4/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson, Edith C., Anthony S.
One More Night reviews
Tom Branson is Chief of Staff to Labour MP Evelyn Napier. Sparks fly when Napier hires new researcher Sybil Crawley, who belongs to a famously Tory family. Tom's convinced she's up to no good & is out to prove it. She does have secrets & so does he, but there is one secret they share & both could lose their careers if it ever got out. But they can't keep away from each other.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,504 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 12 - Follows: 34 - Published: 7/5/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson, Evelyn Napier
For Good reviews
Sybil's eyes grew large with shock, her gaze flew to her father, then her son, and finally her husband. She could't have heard correctly, not this, not after all this time. But the shame and heartache that burned on Tom's face testified to the truth. Everyone sat frozen, waiting, as the words her little boy had uttered buzzed about, stinging the lies of complacency. And it hurt.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,555 - Reviews: 52 - Favs: 30 - Follows: 62 - Updated: 2/6/2013 - Published: 7/25/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson
Burn with the Brightest Flame reviews
"What I want is for you to be happy, for you to be true to yourself. Sometimes a hard sacrifice is needed for a future worth having," her words carried the impact of a memory, the feelings of hope and desperation that had plagued him for so long. She pressed her hand more fully against his, her wedding ring warm. "You believed that once, and you made me believe it." Rock the AU!
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,617 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/27/2013 - Sybil C., T. Branson
Intimate reviews
"They didn't always talk afterwards, not needing words to express what their bodies had already so perfectly and poetically communicated. But truthfully she loved these conversations. The honesty and love in those moments; the confessions, the dreams, all vulnerable revelations that were never to be shared with anyone else. It was perfect, comfortable, unequivocal intimacy."
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,241 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 2 - Published: 12/1/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
When a Good Woman Goes to War reviews
With a firm resolve, Cora rose from her vanity and pulled on her dressing gown and slippers. As armor went, it wasn't very protective, but rather strategic. After all, this wasn't about her, it was about her baby. Cora/Robert, Cora/Tom, S/T.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,541 - Reviews: 40 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 17 - Updated: 11/4/2012 - Published: 10/28/2012 - Cora C. - Complete
Glimpses reviews
"She couldn't ignore it any more. The tightness in her belly and the shooting pain in her back had reached the point where Sybil knew it was time." Ten drabbles surrounding the night Sybil gives birth. Written before 3X05 aired and NOT CANON COMPLIANT. This one ends well folks.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,758 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 3 - Published: 10/13/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Con She Called Love reviews
He had been prepared as he had entered their room, and found her staring out the window. His beautiful, sweet companion felt so keenly the hurt of others and the added weight of their baby only seemed to strengthen her tender side. He knew the pain of her sister's disappointment would flow through her almost as powerfully as if she had experienced it first hand. 3X03 one-shot.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,995 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 2 - Published: 10/7/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
This, Again? reviews
Kneeling in front of her, Tom placed his warm hands on her stretched skin. Dark lines had begun to form along the curve and her belly button poked out, and with any other person in the world she would have felt rather insecure, but not with Tom. Not when he stared at her with such awe. A 3X02 one-shot.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,651 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 13 - Published: 9/29/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Disappointment reviews
"Listen everyone; Mr. Gray has given my brother-in-law something to make him appear drunk," Mary announced to the table. Sybil's heart, which had already taken permanent residence in her stomach, seemed to only plummet further at her declaration. It wasn't enough that they ridiculed him for his clothes, and station in life, now they had to physically humiliate and hurt him. 3X01
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,191 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/18/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Baptism reviews
"There," Sybil breathed lazily, lounging rather unlady like against him, "Isn't that better?" Tom couldn't help but agree. Leaning against the back of the tub, his knees up, allowing her room to sit between them, as the two adults tried to fit in their tiny bathtub meant they were well and truly pressed together. The night before they leave to return to England in 3X01.
Downton Abbey - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,988 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 1 - Published: 9/16/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Working Title reviews
"Ah, right," she smiled, her finger wagging at him. "The Chauffeur who ran off with the Earl's daughter." Her pleasant demeanor didn't change at all, her eyes dancing, but Tom couldn't measure her authenticity. As much as he hated it, at least the Dowager gave no scruples about her objections. Martha Levinson left him confused.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,903 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/12/2012 - T. Branson, Sybil C. - Complete
So Close reviews
"Tom turned from his dinner plate to see a ridiculously over-sized silver tray baring a small folded piece of paper nearly shoved under his nose. For a moment he could only stare at it, his breathing deepening as his stomach tightened." Yes, inspired sorta by THAT moment in the trailer.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,419 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 17 - Follows: 8 - Published: 9/10/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Still reviews
"Her heart began to beat quickly, a shiver, a thrill of excitement, all rushing through her as his lips pressed more fully to hers. She reveled in the pleasure of how easily they fit together as they lazily sought each other." Yes, based off THAT kiss. WARNING: Series 3 spoiler speculation.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,970 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 5 - Published: 8/13/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Where to from Here reviews
She stared at his lips, blinking rapidly, sending a single tear down her cheek. Branson knew in that moment there was nothing he couldn't forgive her. Episode 1X06 AU, what if things went a bit differently during the count incident?
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,050 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 33 - Updated: 7/31/2012 - Published: 5/31/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson
Nursing reviews
Sybil laughed. "It seems I'm always to be scandalizing my family with nursing." And she was quite contented. A little bit of fun with the idea of Sybil and Nursing. A bit of a continuation with my other story First Breath.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,382 - Reviews: 15 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 3 - Published: 6/19/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
First Breath reviews
She watched as her husband laid eyes on his son, watched as his mouth opened slightly in awe, watched as his free hand moved to hover protectively over the tiny child and finally tentatively stroke a ruddy cheek with his finger. A family moment.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,211 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 26 - Follows: 4 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete
Silence in the Library reviews
The awkward silence extended endlessly between the two men, punctuated by the occasional mewling of the infant in Branson's arm. Lord Grantham has to face what he's tried to ignore: Sybil and Tom. Winner of two Highclere Awards: Best Oneshot and Best Characterization, Robert.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,090 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 51 - Follows: 9 - Published: 5/12/2012 - Sybil C., T. Branson - Complete