Edward Carson
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Joined 07-14-15, id: 6938506, Profile Updated: 02-07-18
Author has written 26 stories for Downton Abbey.

My primary objectives are very good writing and characters (if not plots) consistent with canon.

Downton Abbey is one of my passions. Mr. Carson is the reason why.

All my stories will eventually be finished. I have the structural outlines for all the multi-chapter ones. I like to shift between stories, so some of them will occasionally lapse. But I'll get back to them, eventually.

DISCLAIMER: I do not own nor do I profit in any way from the use of the characters, settings, plotlines, or ideas drawn from Downton Abbey. Everything belongs to Julian Fellowes.

PS: Old stories love reviews, too.

Author's Update February 2018: Yes, I am still around and yes, I am still interested in my Downton Abbey fiction. Some of those trials of life that we all encounter and that demand attention have been absorbing me for the past four months and continue to unfold, though perhaps more sedately at this point. I am working on "Cornering a Killer," with the idea of finishing it up before posting. And then I WILL return to Downton 1926 and to I Loved Her First, and to the production of new stories. - EC

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Definition of a Date by newgirl87 reviews
If you give a Carson your hand to hold, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. No, wait. If you give a Carson your hand to hold and he catches you with another man, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. No, ugh, *sigh*, just read it. [post-Series 4 - pre-Series 5] [ONE SHOT]
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,475 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Published: 7/30/2015 - E. Hughes, C. Carson - Complete
Sister Berthe: The Fun Nun by lemacd reviews
She's not all about kissing the floor! She's got a bottle of wine and she's not afraid to share it... please read and review even if it is to tell me that this is the dumbest thing you've ever read.
Sound of Music - Rated: K+ - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,884 - Reviews: 30 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 3 - Published: 3/15/2015 - Maria R., Sister Berthe, Sister Margaretta, Sister Sophia - Complete
A Woman Who Noticed Things by Katie Duggan's Niece reviews
Cranford fanfiction based on the 2007 BBC series. When lovers are parted by circumstances, they have no greater ally than a sensible, strong-minded woman. Complete.
Cranford - Rated: K - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,217 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/18/2014 - Deborah J., Jessie B., Major Gordon, Captain Brown - Complete
Round the Bend by Silvestria reviews
After the bazaar, two of Mary's desire of suitors drive off together. But what on earth do they talk about?
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Humor/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,139 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 2/17/2014 - Anthony F., C. Blake - Complete
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Downton Abbey 1926 reviews
A Season 7 project. This story takes up Downton Abbey where Julian Fellowes left it, beginning midway through 1926. This is a serious attempt at a "real" season, embracing all the major characters, and most minor ones, and major/minor plotlines for each of them. There will be 7 (or 8) episodes plus a Christmas Special. Rated T for allusions to mature subject matter.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 34 - Words: 174,627 - Reviews: 509 - Favs: 49 - Follows: 112 - Updated: 7/7 - Published: 12/31/2016 - Robert C., C. Carson, E. Hughes, Thomas
Cornering A Killer reviews
Who killed Mr. Green? Concerned for Anna's welfare and exasperated by Scotland Yard, Mrs. Hughes decides to make her own inquiries. This is set sometime in Season 6 and assumes there has been at least one wedding at Downton Abbey. Parallel to the pursuit of the killer, a little Mr. and Mrs. Carson romance unfolds as well. NO SPOILERS.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 16 - Words: 75,473 - Reviews: 165 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 49 - Updated: 4/16 - Published: 8/17/2015 - C. Carson, E. Hughes, Thomas
I Loved Her First reviews
An exploration of the father-daughter relationship between Carson and Lady Mary from the beginning. "Even a butler has his favourites," Carson tells Mary early in Season 1. This story will follow them from the first time they set eyes on each other through the end of the series in 1926. Because their stories are intertwined, Mrs. Hughes eventually comes into it.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 15 - Words: 60,260 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 36 - Updated: 10/3/2017 - Published: 5/1/2016 - Mary C., C. Carson, E. Hughes
In the Wine Cellar reviews
Carson and Barrow get locked in the wine cellar for an evening and have to talk to each other. It's not something either one of them really enjoys.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,558 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 5 - Published: 2/8/2017 - C. Carson, Thomas - Complete
My Beauty, My Baby reviews
Cora and Sybil share a moment on the eve of the birth of Sybil and Tom's child. This story takes place in Season 3, sometime between Episodes 4 and 5. This is a bit of a departure for me, but the title words were an inspiration.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,064 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 9 - Follows: 1 - Published: 10/28/2016 - Cora C., Sybil C. - Complete
Fear and Loathing reviews
A violent incident obliges Barrow to revisit his perspective on a few things and forces Carson to confront some unpleasant truths. The Carsons are married, but this story is non-canon, set in 1926. The rating is for violence in the first chapter and for the discussion of "mature subjects" in subsequent chapters.
Downton Abbey - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Angst - Chapters: 8 - Words: 26,914 - Reviews: 59 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 8/12/2016 - Published: 7/23/2016 - C. Carson, E. Hughes, Thomas - Complete
Sisters reviews
Elsie hasn't visited her sister Becky in some time. When Cora offers her the opportunity to do so, Elsie must address her conflicting feelings for Becky. Meanwhile, Cora gets to exercise a little noblesse oblige in her housekeeper's favour. Not my usual bailiwick..., but Becky as one-time-plot-device struck me as a little callous.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 15,382 - Reviews: 32 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 8/4/2016 - Published: 3/28/2016 - Cora C., C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
Getting Married reviews
Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes find out that getting married is a lot more complicated than a proposal and an acceptance. This story charts their progress through the obstacle course between engagement and wedding breakfast. Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes feature prominently, but the story is told from the perspectives of different characters. Canon in spirit, with much original material.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 19 - Words: 70,092 - Reviews: 194 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 7/9/2016 - Published: 5/24/2016 - C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
If You Want Me reviews
Mrs. Hughes is apprehensive about some "aspects" of marriage that she had not considered when she accepted Mr. Carson. This story explores her internal agonies as she tries to come to terms with the problems of a woman in "late middle age" approaching marriage for the first time. Meanwhile, Mr. Carson is dealing with his own demons in a related matter.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,997 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 18 - Updated: 6/4/2016 - Published: 5/26/2016 - C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
Man of Discretion reviews
John Bates is a man "who keeps himself to himself." This account provides some of the backstory to Bates's life before Downton and also seeks to give context to some of the dramatic developments involving Anna. The style here is heavily introspective and the narrative largely adheres to canon.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,408 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 4 - Follows: 5 - Updated: 5/3/2016 - Published: 7/18/2015 - J. Bates
In the Church Yard reviews
Carson and Robert grieve at the grave of Robert's father, the Sixth Earl of Grantham, and take the first steps in forging the relationship that will see them through the next three decades in the life of Downton Abbey and make them, eventually, friends. Set about 1897. Introspective and a little melancholy in places. One-shot.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,471 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/30/2016 - Robert C., C. Carson - Complete
Enough of That reviews
Troubled by Carson's behaviour, the Dowager intervenes. Subsequent chapters chronicle Carson's adjustment to a post-Downton life through conversations and interactions with Elsie, Robert, Thomas, Mary, and (eventually) Edith...! A POST-SEASON 6 story. This story offers an antidote to the journey explored in "The Way We Live Now," which ought to be read first.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Friendship/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 10 - Words: 41,146 - Reviews: 91 - Favs: 15 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 4/26/2016 - Published: 1/17/2016 - Violet C., Robert C., C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
Disagreements reviews
They may love each other very much, but Charlie Carson and Elsie Hughes/Carson have always had their disagreements and this isn't going to change. This is a series of vignettes exploring how their changing circumstances affect what they disagree about and how they negotiate those disagreements: what to call each other, Mr. Green, Lady Mary, intimacy, cooking!, and Becky.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 8 - Words: 31,421 - Reviews: 85 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 37 - Updated: 4/24/2016 - Published: 8/21/2015 - C. Carson, E. Hughes
That Luncheon at Eryholme reviews
As the Granthams gather at Eryholme on the eve of their anticipated departure from Downton, Cora reflects on Carson's disturbing revelation about Mrs. Hughes's health. An expanded account of that family outing in the country in Season 3, Episode 3.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Angst/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,008 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 1 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/22/2016 - Cora C. - Complete
The Baby and the Bath reviews
An idyllic family moment in the Bates' house inadvertently draws John's attention to a tragedy in the past. A disturbing revelation obliges him to make a tough decision about how to address it. This is mostly John Bates introspection flavoured with Anna, John, and baby Robbie enjoying some domestic bliss. POST-SEASON 6.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,478 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 1 - Published: 4/2/2016 - J. Bates, Anna S. - Complete
Lessons From the Heart reviews
A Carson and Mary story. Carson advises and comforts Mary in the wake of that huge argument with Tom in S6E8 over the Marigold revelation. Here, Tom prevails on Carson to deal with Mary instead of dragging the Dowager back from France to handle it. My preference for how this should have gone. One-Shot. Now with a Chelsie Postscript.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 4,263 - Reviews: 23 - Favs: 5 - Updated: 4/2/2016 - Published: 3/30/2016 - Mary C., C. Carson - Complete
Maybe I Am reviews
Mrs. Patmore meditates on the missing elements of her life as she reflects on the wedded bliss of the Carsons. A one-shot focused on Mrs. Patmore's inner thoughts. She deserves much more attention. The genres don't really do the content justice.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,182 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/26/2016 - Mrs Patmore
The Way We Live Now reviews
Three glimpses into the evolving nature of the relationship between Robert and Carson as they "navigate the choppy seas of change" in a POST SEASON 6 world. More on the life-long friendship between my Downton favourites.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,284 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 1/16/2016 - Published: 1/13/2016 - Robert C., C. Carson
Going Another Way reviews
Elsie Carson encourages her husband to confront a more personal aspect of the new challenge in his life. SEASON 6 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SPOILERS. The circumspect summary reflects a desire to give nothing away.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,817 - Reviews: 19 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 9 - Published: 1/11/2016 - C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
What You Mean To Me reviews
Lady Mary is a woman of action more than words. An upcoming event allows her to show Mr. Carson the place he holds in her heart. POST-SEASON 6.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,241 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/10/2016 - Mary C., C. Carson - Complete
Old Friends reviews
Adrift in his own sea of uncertainty, Robert finds strength in offering support to Carson as they both confront the turbulence of change. A story about the long-standing friendship between my two favourite Downton men. POST-SEASON 6. One-shot.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,490 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 1/7/2016 - Robert C., C. Carson - Complete
Voice of Experience reviews
Carson offers Barrow some helpful advice in the wake of events in SEASON 6, EPISODE 8. They are worlds apart, but even these two lives know some common ground.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,999 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 23 - Follows: 5 - Published: 1/5/2016 - C. Carson, Thomas - Complete
The Unknown Country reviews
A little melancholy and tender one-shot of Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes on the brink of great changes in their lives. This was inspired by the Season 6 trailer scenes of Mr. Carson looking bereft. I mourn for him.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Angst/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,599 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 5 - Published: 9/4/2015 - C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
Breaking With Tradition reviews
The romance of Christmas 1924, focusing on what follows Mr. Carson's enchanting proposal. This is a narrative of the 48 hours after the proposal, with reactions to the news by almost everyone, with emphasis on Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes themselves. Disclaimer: Mr. Fellowes created them, Mr. Carter and Ms. Logan gave them life. I am only borrowing them for a little while.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 11 - Words: 37,330 - Reviews: 95 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 8/6/2015 - Published: 7/21/2015 - C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
The Writer's Dilemma reviews
Season Six in 23 scenes with Prologue and Epilogue. A satirical rendering of the final season, it is not quite what we hope for or expect for our favourites. Apologies to Julian Fellowes for dragging him into this. Disclaimer: Characters, concept, and setting belong indisputably to Mr. Fellowes. They are only borrowed here in good faith and good humour. NO SPOILERS FOR SEASON 6.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K+ - English - Drama - Chapters: 24 - Words: 12,851 - Reviews: 29 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 5 - Published: 7/17/2015 - Mary C., Edith C., C. Carson, E. Hughes - Complete
Lord Grantham's Revelation reviews
Lord Grantham reviews the whole Pamuk incident and is dismayed.
Downton Abbey - Rated: K - English - Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,820 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Published: 7/15/2015 - Robert C., Cora C. - Complete