Downton Abbey AU
1919: Lavinia Swire regains her health and self-worth, informs Matthew that she loves him dearly, and leaves him. She goes to London, where she is hired by a newspaper man and rival to Richard Carlisle. As violence worsens in Ireland, political tensions rise in the capital, and Lavinia Swire, investigative reporter, is soon working to expose the very corrupt politician she robbed to protect her father.
1920: Edith Crawley regains her sarcasm and self-worth, informs her family that she loves them dearly, and leaves them. She goes to London, where she puts all thoughts of suitors from her mind and pours herself instead into poetry and novels. When some of her work is published in a prestigious journal, London’s literary community discovers and welcomes Edith and her talent. But their boredom with their own lives reminds Edith too much of home, and she longs for a new way to see the world.
1921: Edith’s friends take her to a new dance hall, where the women wear short dresses and even shorter hair. Drinking and dancing, she stumbles quite literally into Lavinia Swire. At first they aren’t pleased to see each other; memories of Downton are painful for both. But they get to talking, and then to dancing, and within the month they are writing together. Within a year they are lovers.