Rating: T for language
Six months later (Mary's POV)
Lexi's cries had woken Mary but Marshall had beat her to the room.
She watched from the doorway as Marshall gently bounced Lexi as he paced the floor of the nursery, humming. She couldn't help but smile at the sight.
She had expected it to be awkward living with her partner of eight years, but Marshall had moved into the guest room and it felt like something that had been missing had finally settled into place. Before a week was up, Mary had suggested he make the move permanent. Marshall had been eager to agree.
They had an unspoken agreement that they weren't going to label their newfound relationship, but there was no question about Marshall's role in Lexi's life. They already had a bet on whether she would say "Mama" or "Dada" first. Every single moment she spent building her family with Marshall, she fell more in love with him. But it was times like these, when she saw the two most important people in her life together that she was almost overwhelmed.
"You can go back to bed, Mare. I've got her," Marshall whispered, snapping her out of her reverie.
"And miss you in full on dad mode?" she teased, pecking him on the lips. "Never."
She settled into one of the wicker rockers as Lexi continued to fuss.
"Shhh, shh, Lexi. Daddy's here. Daddy's got you."
"Fatherhood suits you."
"I always wanted to be a dad," he admitted, meeting Mary's gaze. "Even more than I wanted to be a marshal."
"Are you disappointed that this isn't the most conventional way to make a family?" she asked after a moment.
"Not at all." He laid Lexi back in her crib now that she had settled and sat down next to Mary. "It may not be conventional, but it's perfect. Because it's with you."
"I have no idea what I did to deserve you."
"Me neither," he shrugged.
She rolled her eyes and punched him in the arm. Marshall swatted her back.
"Jackass. I can't believe you'd hit a girl." She glared at him in mock outrage.
"You're no girl," he practically snorted.
"I thought I was your girl," she batted he eyelashes innocently.
"Actually, you're my exotic animal."
Mary laughed and kissed him.
"Shut up, doofus. You're talking too much again."
"One last thing." She waited expectantly. "I love you, Mary Shannon."
"I love you too, Marshall Mann. And I love our happy little family."
A/N: So this is it. The end of the road for this story. Thanks so much for reading and favoriting and following and reviewing. You all are the absolute best readers an writer can ask for. I hope you've enjoyed reading this story as I have writing it. I just love our two favorite marshals so much! Anyways, I do have a sequel planned, but right now I don't have the time to write it. :( But hopefully, things will settle down soon and I'll be able to tell you more about it, and give you some more Mary/Marshall fluff! Thanks again for everything loves. 3 Stay lovely.