A/N: Again, I do not own Downton Abbey the characters and show belong to Julian Fellowes, also the title for this story is the name of a song from Of Monsters and Men (go listen to it!)
"And they all lived happily ever after, the end." Mary closed the book of fairy tales and looked down at her son who was snuggled as close as he could be to his mother as she read him his bed time story.
The book of children's fairy tales had been a Christmas gift for George from Matthew and her the year before, and at three years old George wanted a story read to him each night. Being a mother was something Mary actually enjoyed, for the longest time she wasn't sure motherhood was for her, and then she met Matthew and couldn't imagine not having two or three children with him. George was a perfect blend of his parents: blonde hair a shade darker than his father and his temperament combined with Mary's complexion and chocolate brown eyes; all in all he was a handsome little boy.
The sound of the front door closing pulled Mary from her thoughts, and brought a smile to her face; Matthew was finally home from work. Having just been made partner at his law firm had kept Matthew at work later than usual which meant Mary had the baby to herself most evenings. Easing a sleeping George down in to his bed and giving him his favorite teddy bear to cuddle with, Mary kissed his head, turned off the light, and quietly crept out of the room. Walking down the stairs Mary could hear Matthew shuffling papers in his study and his sigh of relief as he was able to put all of the stress of the day behind him.
"Hello darling, long day?" Mary asked as she walked into the study and over to Matthew who was sitting behind his desk organizing everything for the next morning.
Matthew looked up at hearing Mary's soft voice, "Mmmmm very long, I am so glad to be home." He took one of her hands, placing it in his hair; a sure sign he wanted her to run her fingers through it as that one little gesture always helped him remember he could relax and just enjoy being a husband and father.
"Poor darling, anything I can do to help?" Mary asked.
Mathew contemplated that question for a few moments; there were so many answers he could give her, and not all of them proper."
A/N (again): First off, 'thank you,' to everyone who reviewed and favorited my last story, your support means so much to me. Secondly, this story would not have been possible without the wonderful Oiseaus, who did the editing and suggested the title; the words of encouragement and all of our talks have inspired and entertained me greatly. Matthewandmaryfluffalert, your support has been invaluable, thank you. This new story is dedicated to both of you, I hope you enjoy it! Lastly, I hope anyone else who reads this enjoys it as well! Review and tell me what you think, your opinions matter very much to me…and oh yeah, this story is going to have chapters, so no worries that this is a one shot. ;)