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Belle Époque by songbird (G)

Title: Belle Époque
Fandom: Downton Abbey, The Eagle
Pairing: gen + Marcus Flavius Aquila/Esca Mac Cunoval
Categories: Fusion/Crossover, Drama, Humor, Matchmaking
Length: Medium (10,896 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: songbird on AO3

Summary:
Written for the prompt: Downton Abbey/The Eagle fusion. Esca MacCunoval is part of the Grantham family[...]Marcus is the new driver.

Review:
This story is so much fun! I freely admit I know very little about Downton Abbey other than bits and pieces caught on PBS, so take all comments about that fandom with a grain of salt. I don't know if Violet Crawley the Dowager Countess is canon accurate, but she's an absolutely enjoyable and hilarious narrator, though commenters on the story did indicate she is. As one bookmarker on pinboard (thebodyeclectic) said in their bookmark notes, "it's like Shit the Dowager Countess says."

Beyond the humor, there's the story of Marcus--the Countesses new chauffeur, invalided out of the French Foreign Legion--and Esca--Violet's beloved great-nephew, who recently lost his close family to the Spanish Flu--and their friendship. Both are suffering from their recent tragedies, and when Esca visits the family at Downton Abbey, the two becomes friends (and perhaps more).

While that all makes the story seem to be entirely about Esca and Marcus, it's certainly equally about Violet. It's a great series of snapshots of Violet's life, with her visiting relations, observing everything around her and her internal (and not-so-internal) commentary on it.

Violet sees the relationship, and what it does for the two, and encourages it. The climax of the story, in which Violet fixes this to her satisfaction and everyone elese's varying levels of surprise and bafflement, is a delight.

The new chauffeur is a most curious creature, Violet thinks, as he hands her out the motor-car with a quiet 'm'lady.'

A stoic sort, she notes with approval, and in the privacy of her own mind she is quite inclined to admit him a rather handsome sort to boot.


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