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[IPS] [Gen] [K+] What's in a Name

Title: What’s in a Name
Fandom: In Plain Sight
Genre: Gen, Humor
Characters: Mary, Marshall
Length: 384 words
Rating: K+ (where the plus is for a mild curse word)
Credits: Thanks to the Wonder Twins and the Pixie (a.k.a. goodisrelative, bets_cyn, and pixie_on_acid) for beta-reading. Dedicated to Jenn, just because.

Summary: When Mary and Marshall first meet.

What's in a Name

Stan’s phone rings just as he walks Mary to her new desk. He gestures from Marshall to Mary, indicating they should introduce themselves.

Mary steps forward and reaches out her hand; Marshall stands and accepts it. “Mary.” She pauses. “Shannon.”

Marshall smiles slightly, confused. “I’m sorry, which is it?”


“Mary or Shannon?”

She grimaces – when your last name is a common first name, this happens a lot. “First name Mary, last name Shannon.”

“Ah. Sorry.” He folds his long frame back into his chair. “You can call me Marshall.”

“And you can kiss my ass,” she says with a smile that’s turned anything but friendly. “You do realize I’m a marshal, too? I’m not here to get your fricking coffee!”

“Two Ls,” he replies calmly, reaching for a file in his drawer. When you’re a marshal named Marshall, this happens a lot.

There is a long pause while she tries to figure out what the hell he could be talking about. “What?”

“Marshall, two Ls. My name.”

“Oh.” Mary sits down and fiddles with a pencil – the only thing on her empty desk. “First name or last?”

“First,” he says offhandedly. “Marshall Mann.”

“Maybe we should try this again.” Her chair scrapes loudly across the floor as she stands. She pointedly extends her hand in his direction. “Hi, I’m Mary Shannon.”

Marshall grins up at her crookedly for a moment before playing along. He stands and shakes her hand. “Marshall Mann, nice to meet you.”

Mary grins back and they both take their seats. “That’s funny,” she says, as though she’s merely making a note – there’s no indication of what she finds humorous. Marshall cocks his head at her and waits patiently until she clarifies. “You have two last names…”

“Ah.” He nods his head. “We could trade.”

“Marshall Shannon?” Mary weighs it aloud.

“Inspectors.” From the door of his office, Stan beckons them both.

They both get to their feet and head toward the boss’s office. Marshall leans closer to Mary and carries on the joke, whispering, “You could be Mary Mann.”

Mary punches him in the arm, hard enough that his hand automatically moves to rub away the sting. He stops in his tracks, and she looks back over her shoulder with a wicked grin. “Don’t get your hopes up, Cowboy.”



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Jun. 27th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
Squee... cute!!!
Jun. 27th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Thank you! The idea just struck me so funny - her with two first names and him with two last names. I wonder if they did that on purpose?
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Jun. 27th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeee! *does happy dance* Love. It. Perfectly in character, too. XD
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's hard to know if something is in character when it's so new. (So new to me as a writer and so new in general!) Thanks for the feedback!
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Jun. 27th, 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
First Meeting
Very nicely done! I can easily imagine this as a flashback, with no change to the dialogue at all. I don't know if it rings true for her to punch him when they first meet, since it seems overly familiar, but everything else works for me as if the show's writers had penned this. Congrats!
Jun. 27th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Re: First Meeting
Thanks so much for the feedback! And I totally understand what you're saying. To me, it seems like Mary has plenty of boundaries around her, but takes absolutely no notice of other people's boundaries, so it didn't seem out of the realm of possibility for her to be overly familiar. But the characters are so new, who's to say, right? We're all filling in the blanks at this point.
Jun. 27th, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Squeeee!! I love it! XD
Jun. 27th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC)
Awwwwww. *loves* So cute! :D
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Eeee! Thank you! I'm happy you liked it!
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
This was absolutely adorable, and I am SO HAPPY to finally get a Marshall/Mary fic that doesn't take place in the hospital! Not that those aren't good, but... it was nice to have a change of pace, and this was exactly what I was looking for. The "Mary Mann" bit particularly made me squee, and I can easily see that punch on the arm being the very moment that Marshall fell for her. &hearts This was awesome, loved it! I hope you plan on writing more M&M in the future!
Jun. 27th, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! I am so thrilled that you liked it!

You made me laugh, mentioning the hospital fic. When goodisrelative pushed me to write something for M/M, I was this close to adding to that phenomenon. But then I thought about the names, and it just made me laugh, so I had to write it.

Yes, I will definitely be writing more M/M! (Though I confess, the next one may be from Trojan Horst. I promise, no hospitals though. *g*)
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
Oh this was undeniably cute and very in-character! Loved it!
Jun. 27th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thank you so much! I'm tickled that you liked it!
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
SO cute. haha
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
*gleee* Thank you! I'm glad you think so!
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Awww. Great fic. :)
Jun. 27th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Oh my god, I love this! Everybody's already gone on about why it's awesome so suffice it to say I agree with everybody. And (even if I contributed to the trend myself—although, in my defense, I was like the second person to do it) yes, thank you for not another hospital fic. :)
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
Hey, I have hospital fic bunnies myself, and goodisrelative's hospital fic was the thing that got me started! Hospital fic is good! :-)

Thanks so much for the feedback! What a welcoming community IPS has!
Jun. 28th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
that was beyond perfect, like it was taken straight out of the show. and funny I didn't realize she has 2 first names and he had 2 last.
Jun. 28th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Wow, that's high praise! Thanks so much!

When the name thing occurred to me I just cracked up. I really wonder if the writers did that on purpose.
Jun. 28th, 2008 03:44 am (UTC)
Wow, this could really happen. Loved it.
Jun. 28th, 2008 03:57 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm really glad you think so!
Jun. 28th, 2008 04:49 am (UTC)
This has now become official personal cannon for how they met in my mind. Brilliant.
Jun. 28th, 2008 04:53 am (UTC)
High praise! Thank you so much - I'm flattered!
Jun. 28th, 2008 06:54 am (UTC)
That was great! Very cute and funny and totally in character. :)
Jun. 28th, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm delighted that you think so!
Jun. 28th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Ooooh I'm a beta-er for the great one!
Ha ha!
I love the change, much better!
And I, personally, totally think Mary would punch Marshall for that "Mary Mann" [hilarious] comment!
Jun. 28th, 2008 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And thanks for the help. I giggled when I got the document back with notes from both of you. Wonder Twin powers, activate!
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Jun. 28th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
D'aaaaaaaaaaawh! Bless. I like :D
Jun. 28th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
*g* Thank you so much!
Jun. 28th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
second half of the Wonder Twins here.
This fic still makes me giggle.

I am glad you didnt do my prompt. This is just awesome. :_)
Jun. 28th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Don't think I won't! The two prompts you gave me are still swirling around in my head. Although, you did a great job with the first one. (That's my definitive version of the hospital story. I read all the others - I love the ending of yours.)
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Jun. 29th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC)

Fecking adorable this is. Yup-yup-yup!

You wins dar internetZ!
Jun. 29th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
I win! YAY!

Thanks so much. I'm glad you liked it!
Jun. 29th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
i loved it! don't get me wrong the hospital fics are good but this is a good change in pace. very nice!
Jun. 29th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm delighted that you liked it so much!
Jun. 29th, 2008 04:17 am (UTC)


That deserved two yays!
Jun. 29th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)
*giggle* Thank you! Thank you!
Jun. 30th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
*snuggles Marshall*

Lovely job. Unless canon tells us otherwise, I choose to believe this is how it all went down. :D
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:31 pm (UTC)
*grin* Thank you! I love being personal canon!
Jul. 2nd, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
This is adorable, I loved it.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Awww! So cute! Love the banter, you got that real well! And Mary getting all pissy at him cause of his name :D

Very nice!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! They're very fun to write.
Jun. 28th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
haha so funny can't wait to read another one.... by the way luv the last line!!!!
Aug. 26th, 2009 03:26 am (UTC)
Nice! I'm a little wary of "how they meet" fics, just because we don't know much about their past, but this fits perfectly with what we do know.
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