Fandom Category: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Mary Crawley/Matthew Crawley
Fic Title: Hope Maketh Peace
Genre: Romance, Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: No; One-Shot
Why This Must Be Read: If you need a brilliantly characterized story about hope and redemption after the angst-fest that was the S2 finale, then this story is the one for you. The characterization of Matthew is particularly well done, the dialogue sharp and witty, and the fact that it is far from the end for the two of them made poignantly evident.
"I think the stars have all aligned more times than we've agreed on anything."
"We may be more in agreement now than we ever were before," he said, thinking of words exchanged long ago about black and white. "…I don't know. If there is redemption, it seems to me that some people must be beyond all hope of it."
"Really? You don't think that, if it exists, no one is beyond it?"
A sudden, almost violent urge to argue the point came over him. It was like stirring from a dream—waking up from whatever it was that had been hanging over his head for so long.