rafael castillo

Downton Canon prompt challenge

Hello everyone! As most of you know, I’m on writing hiatus, but that doesn’t stop quotes jumping out at me, and suggesting beautiful ideas for stories.

So, I thought I’d share them all with you, and challenge you all to create some wonderful Downton things.

This is open to stories, videos, manips and art work (I’m not sure how other mediums would work, although I would love to see what people could come up with!).

There are just two rules for this prompt.

1). Any pairing, and any form of relationship applies, so long as they are canon, or inspired by canon (i.e. Baxley or Patmore and Mason, who aren’t couples when the series ended, but heavily implied that they would be). The reasoning behind this is down to the second stipulation ….

2). Anything written must be canon, or a continuation of canon. No modern AUs for this one. BUT, to ensure those who still love ships which have sunk (and I do like a well written Richobel), sunk ships can be used so long as they don’t overtake canon (again to use the Richobel example, romantic fics are fine as long as they don’t surplant the eventual outcome for Isobel).

I hope that’s not too draconian ….. I’ve been feeling the lack of pure canon stories in recent months, and others I’ve chatted to have felt the same. I love all the modern takes, but my poor heart yearns for some pure canon!

Now, without further ado, here are the quotes (most are under the cut, for length reasons – there are A LOT, because I’ve been gathering material for a bit. Make sure to read to the end!). Some, you will notice, are from works of literature, some are from post 1920s works/people. It’s up to you how you incorporate them, although if anyone wants to know what my first thought was for one of them, send me a message!

Above all, have fun!!!!

‘There’s a light in a woman’s eyes that speaks louder than words.’ – Arthur Conan Doyle

‘That’s why I like you so much. Your heart isn’t dead.’ – Albert Camus

‘She loved him because he had brought her back to life. She had been like a caterpillar in a cocoon, and he had drawn her out and shown her that she was a butterfly.’ – Ken Follett

‘If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.’ – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

‘There is a painful difference between the expectation of an unpleasant event and its final certainty.’ - Elinor Dashwood, Sense and Sensibility (1995)

‘A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.’ – Ingrid Bergman

'Will you marry this foolish, frightened old man … who needs you more than he can bear to say … who loves you, even though he hardly knows how?’ – Shadowlands

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