Pairing: Mary Crawley/Richard Carlisle
Fic Title: A Girl in Black
WIP?: Yes (Although the first installment can be read as a one-shot)
Why This Must Be Read: Not that many people write (or read) this ship. And it's not one of my favs in this fandom, but mrstater writes them so lovely and in character :) It takes place right after the events in the first episode of season 1 and describes the first meeting between Richard and Mary. It's an AU that asks 'what if Mary met Richard before she met Matthew?'
Sir Richard chuckles, low and rumbling, and when her eyes meet the blue ones again the twinkle tells her he knows that she knows who he is, but that he'll play along with her little game. As that sort of person must, Mary reminds herself.
Although when he speaks, she isn't entirely sure it is her game, after all.