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, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"I don’t have much of a choice, do I? You’ll take him away from me….I’ll never see him…."

"He deserves a father, Charles. And that father deserves all of Davie’s love, not having to compete with a living ghost. You’re in or you’re out."

"Isn’t it rather apparent….I’m in. Why would I be doing this if I weren’t?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"You’re certain you know what you’re doing this time? You realise you could be stuck with me forever."

"We have a child together. I’m stuck with you forever one way or the other. But you — why are you finally agreeing to be the father Davie needs?"

"I don’t have much of a choice, do I? You’ll take him away from me….I’ll never see him…."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"I am sure they would not agree with that. They’ll want to make sure that you know what you’re doing."

"I pride myself on always knowing what I’m doing. There are few times I’ve failed myself in that."

"You’re certain you know what you’re doing this time? You realise you could be stuck with me forever."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Maybe they can’t understand it, because they think it’s not best for you."

"What does that matter? It’s Davie who’s important here, not me."

"I am sure they would not agree with that. They’ll want to make sure that you know what you’re doing."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Why not just tell them the truth? You’re with me because you want the lad to have his father. They should get that, don’t you think?"

"They should, but they don’t. I don’t understand them — it’s so obviously for his best."

"Maybe they can’t understand it, because they think it’s not best for you."

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"I don’t have a best friend anymore," he replied quietly. "I don’t believe I have *any* friends any more. I don’t need them. Why? Who is *your* best friend now?"

"Davie, I suppose, though in a very different way than you were." Elsie pushed a bit of waffle around her plate. "My friends — they love me and support me, but they don’t understand me. They wouldn’t understand what we’re doing here with you, for example."

"Why not just tell them the truth? You’re with me because you want the lad to have his father. They should get that, don’t you think?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

Davey was fully aware of what that tone of voice meant; no arguing with Mummy. He pushed the waffle along on his plate, not sure if he was hungry. Da was to teach him how to ride a bicycle….though at least his Mummy would be with him….and he’d get a Playmobil set, maybe!

Charles looked at the lad, then over at Elsie. “You were *my* very best friend, as well.”

"And who is your friend now, Charles?" Elsie asked, her voice weary and sad.

"I don’t have a best friend anymore," he replied quietly. "I don’t believe I have *any* friends any more. I don’t need them. Why? Who is *your* best friend now?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Why he isn’t any more?"

"It’s a long story, Davie, and not one you need to hear."

Davey was fully aware of what that tone of voice meant; no arguing with Mummy. He pushed the waffle along on his plate, not sure if he was hungry. Da was to teach him how to ride a bicycle….though at least his Mummy would be with him….and he’d get a Playmobil set, maybe!

Charles looked at the lad, then over at Elsie. “You were *my* very best friend, as well.”

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"You used to be friends?"

"Your da used to be my very best friend." Elsie was never sure, though, what she ad been to Charles.

"Why he isn’t any more?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"You know the most, Mummy!"

"About a lot of things, yes. But your Da was my mentor when it came to running a hotel. It’s how we first became friends."

"You used to be friends?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

The only thing young Davey could do, was to look at his mother, his mouth open. *He* liked Playmobil….*he* wanted the hotel set more than anything! Didn’t his Mummy remember that!?

"*I* like Playmobil, Mummy….I’ll take it!"

Elsie smiled. Carson men were pitifully easy…

"You know the most, Mummy!"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

I can’t offer that to you, he thought.

"How about if we go to the store, and get you a toy? Sorry, that’s more something that a young lad would like. Too bad there isn’t a young lad here who would want that. As for you, how about flowers, or chocolates?"

"I don’t know. I saw an amazing Playmobil set the other day… A whole hotel and all the people and rooms in it. But I suppose I’m too old for it, aren’t I? Too bad no one else I know like Playmobil."

The only thing young Davey could do, was to look at his mother, his mouth open. *He* liked Playmobil….*he* wanted the hotel set more than anything! Didn’t his Mummy remember that!?

"*I* like Playmobil, Mummy….I’ll take it!"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

Charles was being ignored, and it disheartened him. Better to concentrate on Elsie; he’d never win his lad over.

"Yes, anything….what would you like?"

Elsie pretended to think it over. “What’s the biggest thing you’d offer me?”

I can’t offer that to you, he thought.

"How about if we go to the store, and get you a toy? Sorry, that’s more something that a young lad would like. Too bad there isn’t a young lad here who would want that. As for you, how about flowers, or chocolates?"

The time bomb | Hotel AU | Charles, Elsie & Robert

mrs-hughes:

charles-carson-butler:

"Good! And since you are being so nice about learning from me, I think we’ll give you a treat after each lesson….as a reward. Anything you’d like," he added, casting a glance at the lad.

"Anything I like? That could be a rather big order." It was only then that Elsie noticed where Charles was looking. Of course…

Charles was being ignored, and it disheartened him. Better to concentrate on Elsie; he’d never win his lad over.

"Yes, anything….what would you like?"

Anonymous asked: Charles, bro.....I think Davie is spoiled rotten and there needs to consequences for disrespectful behavior. Actually...I think that goes for the adults here too. Just sayin. Carry on.....

Hello Anon!

You shouldn’t think too bad of the lad, he is young, and he rather views me as an interloper.

As for me, my behaviour is always bad, and in need of correction. Elsie is always willing to lend me a hand, thankfully.