All these Valentino posts inspire me to make one more input to the bank of Thommy ideas - how about silent movie era AU?
Let’s say Thommy secret relationship is revealed one day and Thomas and Jammers have to leave Downton - no money, no references; the only capital they’ve got are their looks and our boys try to make some cash out of it. They start modeling (maybe even in some erotic photoshoots, huh?) and soon are noticed by one ambitious director who brings them in his new film for supporting roles - mostly because of Thomas’s a la Valentino appearance and Jimmy’s common handsomeness and funny face. Their acting doesn’t demonstrate the sparks of great talent but their scenes together seem to arise something electric in the air. Eventually they’re given the main roles in an eccentric comedy (some Wodehouse stuff adaptation, for example) and the sudden success of our dynamic duo is so reverberating it’s even heard at Downton where the maids organize a sort of fanclub. Once Mrs Hughes recognizes the familiar faces in the pile of glamorous photos the girls drooling over she cunningly invites Mr Carson to the flicks. And when he sees Thomas and Jimmy on screen all the Cheerful Charlies’ years float before his eyes. Silent scene. The end.