repmet said: I don't know how specific these are supposed to be but I'd love to see you write a fic surrounding the immediate aftermath of Tom being drugged in 3x01. Like the rest of the night, Sybil taking care of Tom and maybe how the dinner continued too. I know it was a while ago but I really want more fics about that and I know you'd do it well.
Once they were out of the stuffy dining room and in the main hall, the cooler air helped Tom get his bearings a little, and he walked, with Sybil’s support, all the way to the bottom of the staircase before he needed to stop. After grabbing the bannister and putting his foot on the first step, he felt a sudden wave of nausea coming on, almost as suddenly as the dizziness and confusion that he’d felt at the dinner table had done so. He squeezed his eyes shut, but that only worsened the spinning sensation in his head. He opened his eyes again and tried taking several deep breaths.
"Can you make it up the stairs?" Sybil asked quietly.
Tom glanced over at her for a moment before looking down again, trying to focus on keeping the contents of his stomach exactly where the were. Getting sick all over the Crawley staircase was the last thing he needed. These past few days had already been humiliating and trying enough.
After another deep breath, he finally replied, “Just give me a moment.”
Ugh, words can never describe how much I love that scene and this fic is just the perfect continuation of it.
Perfect, you hear.
I have an extreme weakness for hurt/comfort and this most definitely was exactly what I love to read.
Sybil helping Tom obviously I adored, and bonus Alfred! (never a bad thing) I loved his offer of the shoes too :P But the best parts were Sybil’s realisation of how truly hard this was for Tom and that it wasn’t his fault, as easily as it had been for even her to think that (thankfully briefly).
I loved her apologising to Tom and assuring him she had made a mistake but not dwelling. People do make mistakes, especially when it comes to family and loved ones and Sybil’s not perfect but she is mature enough to see it and accept it and then start to look to fixing it and making sure it doesn’t happen again.
I loved Tom apologising too because he would (and he did in the show too) but I’m very glad Sybil put him straight right away. And of course he’s a hopeless romantic even drugged to high hell lol.
But the best part, THE BEST PART, was Sybil asking Mary not to invite Larry. I can’t even describe how happy it makes me to read a scene where Sybil draws the line firmly and tells her family that making this work isn’t on Tom. It takes work from everyone, including the Crawleys.
I’m glad Mary agreed too, I didn’t find it out of character at all, perhaps barring the whole family, but certainly not agreeing Larry should stay away. And if Lord Merton’s reaction at the dinner was anything to go by, I don’t think she’ll have too much to worry about with a whole-family boycott.
Ugh, this was perfect. Thank you so much!!!!