Great story. I love that they're both happy and successful in ways they never would have been in Scranton. And I'll admit that as I read this I was afraid with them and Karen in NY that their paths would cross at some point.
I'm in love with this story. Even though it's a completly different life, you still remain true to the characters. It's still very Jim and Pam. It's all so believable. I can really see Jim as a professor and pam as a sculptor living in Queens and travelling the world. I always pictured a picket-fence, 2.5 kids and a minivan for these two, but this shoe fits too. And, I kind of like the way it feels.
And things like this do happen, I ran off to Vietnam in September. I'm living in Saigon, eating a lot of noodles and teaching English for spending money. It's great.
I don't even know what to say about this. The last two paragraphs - Pam's disorientation when she stops to think about her old life - somehow, I felt disoriented. You did such an excellent job of creating a whole life for them, that I forgot all about Roy and answering phones and all of it. I ran away in my twenties and lived in a treehouse in the Caribbean for two years. It can happen and you wrote it so well. Just amazing and wonderful.