Charles Carson, Butler of Downton Abbey

Mr. Carson Position in Staff: Butler Portrayed by: Jim Carter Ship(s): Mr. Carson/Mrs. Hughes Personality: Mr. Carson is a strict yet proper man. He’s in charge of all the male servants at Downton Abbey and has worked for Lord Grantham since time immemorial. He has seen the Earl grow up and he has seen his daughters grow up. Mr. Carson is probably the man who knows Downton best of all. free counters

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

charles-carson-butler:

"Yes, you’re correct about everything."

Except I never said it was for convenience.

"I’m still slightly tired; why don’t we take a nap like we intended to? You can wear your dressing gown — the flannel one — no strings attached." Charles turned back towards her, and…

"Friends can be reassuring, can’t they? We can be friends, you and I, and we don’t have to complicate things with romance. We can live together, if we have to go, and be content. Do we have a deal?"

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Flannel isn’t exactly the sort of thing to make you feel ‘loved up’, is it? Ok Elsie, I won’t make any more overtures towards you, and you can again be ‘comfortable’ with your flannel."

"Thank you. If we do end up moving in together, it would become awkward, your trying to seduce me because it was convenient."

"Yes, you’re correct about everything."

Except I never said it was for convenience.

"I’m still slightly tired; why don’t we take a nap like we intended to? You can wear your dressing gown — the flannel one — no strings attached." Charles turned back towards her, and opened his arms. "It’s ok; you once said you never slept better than with me by your side, remember?"

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Certainly not your ‘old flannel dressing gown’; probably some brand new silk number you have."

"In front of Davie? An old, thick , flannel thing. He needs a Mum, not someone who’s trying to look loved-up."

"Flannel isn’t exactly the sort of thing to make you feel ‘loved up’, is it? Ok Elsie, I won’t make any more overtures towards you, and you can again be ‘comfortable’ with your flannel."

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"An old flannel dressing gown?! Me?! Charles Carson is no old flannel dressing gown!" He turned onto his side, away from Elsie.

Charles knew he wasn’t the man he once was; he was much older, his hair a bit more gray, his heart was dicky….but to hear the comparison was devastating.

"Pity. There are days when the only thing getting me through the day is knowing my dressing gown is waiting for me at home."

"Certainly not your ‘old flannel dressing gown’; probably some brand new silk number you have."

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"I gave it my best," Charles shrugged. "Ok, no fun. But you didn’t exactly jump out of the bed….or out of my arms."

"You’re comfortable. Like snuggling in to an old flannel dressing gown." Elsie knew the comparison would make Charles wince; he preferred to think of himself as devastatingly sexy.

"An old flannel dressing gown?! Me?! Charles Carson is no old flannel dressing gown!" He turned onto his side, away from Elsie.

Charles knew he wasn’t the man he once was; he was much older, his hair a bit more gray, his heart was dicky….but to hear the comparison was devastating.

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

We know you do it out of bed….I thought maybe you’d like to try in bed.”

"You wish."

"I gave it my best," Charles shrugged. "Ok, no fun. But you didn’t exactly jump out of the bed….or out of my arms."

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Did you want to dominate me, love?"

"In or out of bed?"

We know you do it out of bed….I thought maybe you’d like to try in bed.”

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Well, maybe it was ok 5, 10 years ago….but it was too much. All day, all night….multiple times….I like to be in charge sometimes too!"

"Well, there go my plans for tonight," Elsie quipped.

"Did you want to dominate me, love?"

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Maybe I extended it because she was getting too demanding — did you ever consider that idea?"

"You never used to have a problem with a woman being demanding in bed. You used to rather like it, if I recall correctly."

"Well, maybe it was ok 5, 10 years ago….but it was too much. All day, all night….multiple times….I like to be in charge sometimes too!"

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Because there was nothing to tell! It was a very small episode, and Jack wanted to err on the side of caution. I’m ok though, I told you."

"That’s some side of caution — it’s longer than he told us to be careful. There’s more to this than you’re letting on."

"Maybe I extended it because she was getting too demanding — did you ever consider that idea?"

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Yes, well….I’ve been having a bit of a problem with my heart, and Jack suggested I take it easy for a few weeks. It made things a bit difficult with Jessica, but there it is. I’m ok now, though."

"You’ve been — heart problems again, Charles? Why didn’t you tell me?"

"Because there was nothing to tell! It was a very small episode, and Jack wanted to err on the side of caution. I’m ok though, I told you."

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"I meant for us. As for me….it has been a while. A good month, in fact."

"A month? But you’ve only just broken off with Jessica."

"Yes, well….I’ve been having a bit of a problem with my heart, and Jack suggested I take it easy for a few weeks. It made things a bit difficult with Jessica, but there it is. I’m ok now, though."

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

charles-carson-butler:

thelovelycarsons:

charles-carson-butler:

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"An’ you! It was great to have a real family."


"Is that what you want? To be like other people’s families?"

"Yeah," he answered quietly. "I want a Mummy *an’* a Da. Then…

I am glad you’re happy. :)

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

thelovelycarsons:

charles-carson-butler:

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"An’ you! It was great to have a real family."


"Is that what you want? To be like other people’s families?"

"Yeah," he answered quietly. "I want a Mummy *an’* a Da. Then those boys won’t make fun of me anymore."

Where can I read this from the beginning? ?

You can either go to my archives, or those of my beautiful wife, and scroll back. I’m not sure when it began!

The Time Bomb Hotel AU || Charles and Elsie and Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"It’s been a really grand day, and I thought a bit of fun would add to it. It’s been a long time."


"Oh, yes, it must have been hours for you."

"I meant for us. As for me….it has been a while. A good month, in fact."