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    Mr. Green is back, and Elsie has promised she wasn't going to let him touch Anna again. But he didn't have his eyes set on the maid, he wanted someone more powerful from downstairs.

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    Who is this fellow she's walking out with? And such a rough looking sort, according to Molesley. I've tried so very hard to tell her how I feel, to show her at least. I'll have to see for myself, there she is now, knocking on Mrs. Crawley's door. My god, it couldn't be, not… Charlie Grigg! I… I can't… no, I need some time… the ruins, that's the place… I can breathe, think… Later, whirling at the sharp crack of a twig behind him, "Elsie, please, I… just tell me… why h-him?!"

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    "Gòrach bodach!" she grumbled affectionately, moving the silver frame to gather the inventory sheets forgotten on his desk. Turning it to catch the soft lamplight, she gasped and hurried back to her parlor. Charles looked up to find Elsie standing beside him silver frame in hand. "I don't understand, Charles," she said hesitantly. Trying to keep his own voice calm, "Because Alice is my past, and you are my present," he said carefully, "And if I am a very lucky man…"

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    His eyes sought the comfort of her face as the last verse of the poem rumbled from his chest. Even as she dabbed at teary eyes, he thought her the most beautiful creature. He knew she cried over young William on this day of remembrance and would have liked nothing more than to gather her in his arms to comfort her. The sun dappled through the trees, setting off red and silver sparks in the hair peeking from under her hat. A tilt of her head brought his gaze to rest in hers

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    With the family away at a garden party, he leaned back in his chair, enjoying the muted sounds of servants and maids scurrying to and fro. His gazed focused on a scrap of paper tacked to the doorjamb, "Follow the Signs". Moving into the empty hall he noticed another scrap, and another, leading him deep into the Abbey as he collected them. The curious quirk to his brow turned to a deep scowl when he saw light flickering from what should have been a locked door.

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    Elsie watches out the backdoor as the last of the hallboys trots up the drive towards the village. She's been sending her "chicks" home for Mothering Sunday for twenty years, she should be used to it by now. That feeling of emptiness, empty house, empty table, empty heart. Nothing to be done about it at this stage of life. Taking a deep breath & pulling her shawl tighter against the cold March wind blowing through the courtyard, she turns & closes the door firmly behind her.

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    He watched from the hall, mother & daughter, or as good as. Hurrying to the kitchen when Anna left, he gathered up the wine & reached for the tin of shortbreads that Beryl kept hidden above the sink. He entered without knocking & locked the door behind him. "Will you tell me now, what's been going on?" "I'm surprised you've not heard about it from Mr. Bates," she replied with a grim smile. "Bates is even more surly than he was before & I'd like to know what the problem is."

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    The staff was called upstairs for an announcement. The Dowager Countess had succumbed to the pneumonia that had stricken her days before and the house would be plunged into mourning once again. Charles… Elsie's first thought was of him, her eyes darting around the room, searching for his hulking form. "Pardon me, your Lordship, Mr. Carson…" she began. "Carson took it rather hard," grimaced Lord Grantham, "said he wanted to walk from the Dower House, has he not arrived yet?"

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    Charles scratched the back of his neck in frustration, she had taken to avoiding him & seemed to be angry with him. He'd tried to ask her what he had done wrong but Elsie would only scowl & march off shaking her head, mumbling something about keeping her word. She & Anna seemed to be at odds as well, and when he finally cornered her in one of the empty bedrooms & refused to let her leave until they'd settled whatever it was that was coming between them, she burst into tears.

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    Elsie had admonished him to leave the serving on the sand covered beach to the younger and more agile footmen but he had taken her remark as a slight to his abilities as Butler and insisted on being in attendance the entire day. Charles performed admirably but at the very end of the day, he was hot and tired and took a misstep in the sand. They both heard a loud popping sound followed by a crack as he collapsed into a heap on the sand.

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    "Mr. Carson, shall we… walk back together?" Elsie scurried to catch up to him when he paused to consider her question, smiling to herself when he shuffled to place her to the inside, the way any gentleman would for his lady. They walked along in companionable silence until the Abbey came into view from a small rise in the road. Turning to look down, he studied her with unabashed curiosity, causing her to blush and turn her own gaze to study the tips of their shoes between them.

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    It is the end of the night, Charles has shoo-ed the staff off to bed with empty threats of early morning tasks. He walks into her parlor bearing a tray and after pouring two glasses, he sits next to her on the settee. "There was only one serving of the Crepe Suzette, will you share with me?" He holds the fork out such that she has to lean in to receive the bite of crepe. Caramel sauces drips down her chin and she giggles as she reaches up to wipe her chin with her finger.

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    Elsie & Charles retired a year when he was called back for a party. Afterwards Charles, anxious to return home, decided not to wait for a ride. Hiking in the storm, he found a large pond across the road. Half-way round, he heard splashing & yowling from a tiny ginger tabby swimming the other way. "Vermin, serves you right!" He was about to turn when the kitten disappeared. Pausing and waiting for the mewling to let him know the kitten had surfaced, the night air was silent.

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    A week since the funeral and Carson was still climbing the stairs every whip-stitch to check on his precious Lady Mary. Elsie wanted to be cross with the girl for causing him such stress but found she couldn't. She shoo-ed him upstairs and with quiet reigning throughout the house, she made her way upstairs to his room. Opening the door, she peered in to find him sleeping against the headboard, his reading glasses at the tip of his nose, hands clutching the book in his lap.

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    Charles Carson decides to take the long path back to Downton Abbey on his half day off. Coming into a secluded glade on the lakeshore, he gazes longingly at the cool water lapping against the wooden dock and decides to shed his clothing in favor of a quick dip. Rising from the water after twenty minutes or so, he finds Elsie Hughes standing at the end of the dock with his clothing in her hands and a mischievous smile on her face.

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    Charles and Elsie have both retired into neighbouring cottages. One night Charles is closing his bedroom curtains when he notices from there he can see directly into Elsie's bathroom; where she is currently taking off her robe ready for her bath.

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    The last of the servants has finally left for the fair in Thirsk and Charles has slipped down to the kitchen for sandwiches and a large portion of Mrs. Patmore's apple tart. He is walking past her parlor when he hears a low contented sigh and is surprised she didn't go with the others. Tiptoeing up behind her settee, he is startled to find that she has removed her skirt and blouse and is sitting in the dark in her shift and stockings, trying to keep cool in the summer heat.

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    Charles Carson glances out an upstairs window to find Elsie Hughes in the side yard, teaching one of the new housemaids how to beat the carpets properly. He notices the flush of her cheeks and the sweat upon her brow as well as the fact that she has undone the top buttons of her blouse in the summer heat.

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    Though it was his afternoon off, he was not in the habit of missing supper. She remembered him heading out, book in hand and a rug tucked over his arm. She found him asleep under the old oak tree, one arm carelessly tossed over his head, rogue curl hanging over one brow. Mind wandering to thoughts of what it might have been like to come across him asleep like this in the lofts over the stables when he was a young lad, she felt her cheeks flush hot as she knelt beside him.

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    Charles Carson cannot account for 3 of his Lordships best bottles of wine. He's checked his ledgers and the wine cellar, 3 times. Taking a deep breath, he rubs at his temples, willing his headache to recede. Elsie Hughes knocked and gently opened the door of his pantry so as not to startle the man. She stood silently at the sight of him leaned back in his chair with his eyes closed, her tummy clenching when she saw his brow furrow and a small grimace cross his face.

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