4To Each Other We'll Be Facing He's here for whichever Isobel shows up on any given day, at any moment. This particular version, soft and vulnerable, does a number on his self-control, the compulsion to wrap her up and secret her away a strong one. It's neither what she wants nor likely will allow, but there are certain overtures she's never been able to refuse. -OR- Love in the time of COVID, Richobel-style
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance & Hurt/Comfort, words: 5k+, favs: 2, follows: 2, 9/16, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
8Anéanti anéantir [aneɑ tiʁ] v (Fr): to destroy, annihilate (détruire); wipe out; obliterate. Of Richard and Isobel; evenings and alcohol and infatuation. Tipsy fluff. Rated *M* for language at this point. Compliant with Look After You and the other modern Newton-verse AU fics. Guest appearance by Charles and Elsie Carson.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, words: 2k+, favs: 1, follows: 2, 4/29/2020, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
123 Sink or Swim » After Downton Cottage Hospital was acquired by The Royal Yorkshire, Doctor Richard Clarkson took his cue and moved on. Happy and fulfilled in his new position, he hasn't looked back. What will happen when he crosses paths with Isobel Grey, Baroness Merton? Consider this my take on how the film should go. *Now rated M*
Downton Abbey, M, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, chapters: 13, words: 49k+, favs: 17, follows: 28, updated: 3/16/2020 published: 10/15/2018, [Isobel C., Dr. Clarkson]
9Our Endless Numbered Days » "There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days." -Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) Series of prompts chronicling various moments in the romance of Reginald and Isobel Crawley. Modern-set but could likely have occurred at any time in the 21st century. Every period from childhood to university, from marriage to widowhood will be covered. Rating will vary by chapter.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance & Drama, chapters: 2, words: 6k+, favs: 1, follows: 1, updated: 12/31/2019 published: 5/11/2018, [Isobel C., OC]
6 Who's Dreaming This Dream About to become grandparents, Richard and Isobel uncover a shared secret that demands each one face up to old fears and unrequited longings. *NSFW for Things Married People Do*
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance & Family, words: 11k+, favs: 2, follows: 1, 12/29/2019, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
34Look After You » In the final days before their retirement, Richard and Isobel spend a week apart for the very first time. The effects of a short separation. "Absence makes the heart ..." and all that. Compliant with my other modern retirement AU fics.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, chapters: 4, words: 14k+, favs: 4, follows: 7, updated: 11/7/2019 published: 5/22/2018, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
6 In Spite of Us: Love Of mornings and marriage. *NSFW*
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, words: 4k+, favs: 4, follows: 1, 5/16/2019, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
8 Changing Tides Isobel and Reginald Crawley, five years into marriage. On the changing nature of love. Set in the fairly recent past; can be read as a companion piece to Our Endless Numbered Days.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, words: 8k+, favs: 1, follows: 1, 4/13/2019, [Isobel C., OC]
650 Words, 1 Sentence: Richobel Inspired by a very old blog post I stumbled upon, the premise of which was a list of fifty one-word prompts, each one answered in a story of one sentence. Perhaps unusual but may give rise to future fics and/or updates of ongoing ones. Some responses are canon; others are period AU or modern AU. Some predate Richard and Isobel's acquaintance. Ratings vary by prompt, K to M.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance & Family, words: 1k+, favs: 1, follows: 2, 12/29/2018, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
18 Can't Quit You » "Running through my blood/You are the rarest drug/With every word I breathe/I see the way you've changed me/Around then throw me down/Shine a light then turn it out" -Phillip Phillips. Love is old and new, wild and gentle. It's push-me-pull-you; it will break you down and make you soar. Smutty, married Richobel. Compliant with the modern retirement AU. ***Very NSFW***
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, chapters: 3, words: 15k+, favs: 5, follows: 1, updated: 10/7/2018 published: 9/7/2018, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
16Yorkshire Love Song » "Falling in love you remain a child; rising in love you mature. By and by love becomes not a relationship, it becomes a state of your being. Not that you are in love — now you are love." Even mature love continues to grow, as Richard and Isobel spend Valentine's Day at the Newton House with their grandson. *Rating jump at Chapter 3*
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance & Family, chapters: 3, words: 14k+, favs: 5, follows: 6, updated: 4/18/2018 published: 2/18/2018, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.] Matthew C., George C.
6 Keep Us "Though the ground may shake and we'll think we've had enough/ We must raise our flags for the ones we love." -Peter Bradley Adams. Newly married, Reginald and Isobel Crawley learn to move through hardship towards mature love and passion. ***TW for pregnancy loss***
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance & Hurt/Comfort, words: 6k+, favs: 4, follows: 2, 2/11/2018, [Isobel C., OC]
7Coming Around Again "I believe in love/ Now who knows where or when/ But it's coming around again" - Carly Simon. Born headstrong, Isobel has planned the direction her life will take, and romance is not a part of that plan. The story of love found in the last place one might ever think to look; of loss and grieving and rising again; of love's triumph over all. Isobel/Reginald; eventual Richobel.
Downton Abbey, K+, English, Family & Romance, words: 1k+, follows: 5, 12/18/2017, Isobel C., OC
40Feel Again » Isobel's thoughts following the events of One More Morning, Chapter 9. Yet another piece of the modern Richobel retirement AU puzzle; this is "The One Where Matthew Doesn't Die." ***Strong M***
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, chapters: 5, words: 29k+, favs: 9, follows: 7, updated: 12/2/2017 published: 9/14/2017, [Isobel C., Dr. Clarkson] Matthew C.
19 I Should Be So Fortunate A closer look at the events of the Grigg storyline early in Series 4. What Elsie would have said to Charles, had she been free to do so.
Downton Abbey, K, English, Friendship & Romance, words: 2k+, favs: 16, follows: 3, 9/25/2017, [C. Carson, E. Hughes]
229 Daniels Lane, Sagaponack "Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes/Everything is good." Portrait of an evening with Harry and Erica, two years after the closing scene. A one-shot, probably.
Something's Gotta Give, M, English, Romance & Family, words: 4k+, favs: 4, follows: 1, 8/2/2017, [Erica B., Harry S.]
72One More Morning » "Lift my eyes to the dawning to see life start again/Just to see one more morning/Just to feel it all begin" -Steve Winwood. Richard and Isobel share more in common than ever they would have believed. Of loss, and remembrance, and finding a way forward together. Now rated M; possible TW for mentions of pregnancy loss. Eventual Richobel sweetness, I promise.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, chapters: 9, words: 36k+, favs: 13, follows: 16, updated: 7/25/2017 published: 5/14/2017, [Isobel C., Dr. Clarkson] Matthew C., OC
16Sweet Seasons » Of Richard and Isobel and their new life in the Yorkshire countryside. Picks up where Time Stand Still leaves off.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, chapters: 2, words: 13k+, favs: 10, follows: 15, updated: 3/29/2017 published: 3/7/2017, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.] [C. Carson, E. Hughes]
17 Time Stand Still » Fourth installment in the series that began with Rewrite This Tragedy; an interlude between the two successive New Years that are intended to comprise Ring in the True. Modern AU. A celebration of love coming round again. Serendipity, Richobel-style.
Downton Abbey, M, English, Romance, chapters: 3, words: 9k+, favs: 3, follows: 5, updated: 2/24/2017 published: 2/7/2017, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]
18Ring in the True » "Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow: The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true." - Alfred, Lord Tennyson. A modern Richard and Isobel celebrate two consecutive New Year's Eves. Picks up after Chapter 4 of Rewrite This Tragedy; third in the retirement AU series. Rating subject to change.
Downton Abbey, K+, English, Romance, chapters: 3, words: 6k+, favs: 4, follows: 8, updated: 1/30/2017 published: 1/17/2017, [Dr. Clarkson, Isobel C.]