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Downton Abbey Fic

I never found the Downton Abbey fic I was looking for, though I did find this:  Letters from the Trenches, an epistolary Thomas/O'Brien fic that is absolutely top-drawer.  Not what I had in mind, but excellent in its own way. 

In order to get what I had in mind, I had to write it myself. After some consideration, I decided that what I really I wanted to see was despairing!Thomas whose black-market dreams have just been crushed paired up with somebody who sees through his multiple layers of bullshit and likes him anyway.  There isn't anyone in canon who I see as a viable candidate for the role (barring a gender-swapped O'Brien), so it's Thomas/OC.  It's jossed by the last (pre-Christmas-special) episode of Series 2, and doesn't make a whole lot of sense.  In particular, I have no satisfactory explanation for how the OC happened to turn up at that particular moment.  I think he's in the vicinity of Downton visiting Dr. Clarkson, with whom he is somehow acquainted.  Beyond that, I don't know; the plot device fairies dropped him there I suppose. 

I'm not really sure why anyone would want to read it, but I wanted to write it, so here it is. 

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