Slow Burn (Downton Abbey Fic)

Author: Glofigs

AN: as requested by @matthewmaryforever 

Characters: Matthew, Mary, and Lady Edith

Plot: After dinner in the Drawing Room, Mary and Matthew are discussing one of Lady Mary’s many suitors, including her newest one Sir Gilbert Barol.

Spoilers: Takes place in the middle of Season 1.

Fandom: Downton Abbey

“Yes, too true Sir Gilbert.” Lady Mary says, walking away and laughing heartily. She goes over and sits down next to her cousin Matthew Crawley.

“Was that Sir Gilbert Barol you were talking to?” Cousin Matthew asks Lady Mary.

“Yes indeed. You know what I like about him? He is uncomplicated and so diverse in languages.”

“And rich beyond belief.” Matthew interrupts, teasing her.

“Yes, all right. What is wrong with that?” Lady Mary asks.

“Do you honestly think him a serious prospect? Really?” Matthew says with a hint of jealousy but teasing at the same time.

“Well, why not? He is as worthy as anyone. More so than most people in this room.” Mary replies.

“I’ll have you know that there are far better men than him” Matthew says.

“Oh really?” Mary teases.

“How many have there been again?” Matthew teases back.

“Oh Matthew, there hasn’t been that many.” Mary answers.

“Lets see, there was Kemal Pamuk the turkish gentleman, Gillingham, Evelyn Napier, Patrick Crawley, and Me.”Matthew recounts.

“That’s not that many.” Mary argues.  

“Maybe so but it wasn’t like any one of them were love at first sight or anything.”  Matthew says.

“Who says they weren’t?” Mary replies.

“Mary, do you believe in love at first sight?” Matthew asks hopefully.

“What a silly question. What has gotten into you tonight Mr. Crawley?” Mary asks. Matthew, feeling a little taken back by the questions answers,

“Nothing! It is just a question Mary!”

“Matthew! What is wrong with you tonight?” Mary asks, a little concerned.

“Sorry, I don’t know what came over me. I am terribly sorry Mary.” Matthew replies. Unbeknownst to both of them what came over him was love. His love for Lady Mary. Just then Lady Edith comes over and says to Mary,

“Mary, Papa wants to introduce you to a Mr. Kenneth Lovell.”

“Oh, do excuse me Matthew.” and before Matthew can reply, Lady Edith whisks Mary away to meet yet another suitor.