Disclaimer: I still down own these characters.
A/N: Wow, this has been at least a year in the making, I can't believe it's finally finished. Since I wrote it so long ago, nothing in the last season has happened yet. In fact, I haven't even gotten around to watching all the episodes of the last season; some of them are still chilling in my DVR! Anyway, you didn't need to know that, back to the stuff you do need to know. BuJyo is the MOST AMAZING beta in the world! She read through this fic numerous times making sure everything fit. If she hadn't…well let's just say this wouldn't be posted and it definitely wouldn't be very good. Alright, after these rambles, we can get to the story now. Enjoy!
At the tone, please record your message. When you have finished recording you may hang up or press one for more options. Mary sighed as she began to speak. It was just like him to not record his own message.
"Hey, it's me, Mary. I hope things are going well with you. I know, I don't usually leave voicemails, especially not to you, because you know better than to ignore my calls, and I haven't left one yet, but…well, now I want to and you have every right to ignore my calls now.
"It's been four months and two weeks since you left, but I still refuse to go on a transfer with anyone. Stan goes with me if I must transfer a witness and that's almost worse than going with any replacements. I hate going on long trips with anyone but you. Stan can really get annoying after a while. Then again, at least I know Stan has my back. I trust Stan more than I do any of your replacements. I would much rather have you though. I always felt safer with you.
"I also have to do my own paperwork now. That new kid, Tony, would definitely fill it out wrong. He can barely fill out his own paperwork. Besides, even if he could fill it out correctly, I'm scared he might fill it out wrong just so I wouldn't push it off on him anymore, and then I would have to check it anyway, so I don't see the point in giving it to him if I'm just going to check it after he does it. I'm actually surprised you never did that. I was complaining to Stan about filling out my own paperwork and he said I got lucky with you. He was right, but I'm sure you knew that and were just waiting for me to figure it out, so…thank you. I never knew how good you really were to me. It was more than that though. You did more than my paperwork. You kept me going. You picked up my slack, you were my…my anchor.
"I'm going to get cut off soon by the voicemail, so I guess I'll go now. I just wanted to give you an update on what's going on around here. I know it was my fault that you left and I know that I have no right to ask you to come back, nor will you ever have a reason to come back again. I guess it seemed like I wanted you to leave, but you know I say things without thinking and I'm glad you listen to me so well, but you should have known I didn't mean what I said. I'm going to go now, it's just…God, Marshall, I miss you. Maybe someday when I call, the hate you have for me will have diminished and we can actually talk. I'm truly sorry, Marshall. Goodbye."
Mary sat down on the couch and squeezed her eyes shut. Don't cry, don't cry Mary repeated like a mantra in her head. That had been her mantra since the day Marshall left; her life just wasn't the same without him.
When she had finally composed herself, she got up from the couch, threw her notes for the voicemail (yes, she made notes of what she wanted to say, this call was a big deal for her and she couldn't let her emotions get the best of her) in the trash and began to walk towards the kitchen to fix dinner. She changed her mind on the way to the kitchen and reached for her phone again to call take-out. Cooking dinner in that kitchen after the phone call would just be too much for her today.
Hmm…didn't you just read my rambles like 626 words ago? Yes, yes you did. This was a very very short chapter. I realize that and I am very sorry, but I wanted to hook you. Did I? If I did, I'll continue, with (hopefully) longer chapters in the future. If I didn't, well then I guess I won't continue at all. Please leave me a review so I know what to do and thanks for reading!