Date: November 22, 2017 07:13 pm Title: Chapter 1
I LOVE The Office, because many parts of it are SOOOO GOOD. I'm a total JAM addict, and although I started out hating Michael (in fact, he's the reason I never watched the show until last year when my daughter made me hang in there for a few episodes), eventually they gave him some depth and empathy and vulnerability. They did the same with Dwight. But they made most of the rest of the characters pretty one-dimensional, including Toby and Kelly, PLUS they never really explained why Toby would tolerate the endless abuse. When you have such great, believable, rich characters portrayed by such fabulous actors, and then put Flat Stanleys next to them, it damages the whole show. So I really resented the presence of the one-dimensional, non-genuine characters like Kelly and Toby. Which is why I AM LOVING THIS STORY!!!! Finally, I can fill in the missing pieces, the black holes of the show with something real and believable and lovable!!! This is beautifully, patiently, lovingly written, and although it leaves the shows storyline in several places, it totally fits, explains and deepens their characters in ways that does not threaten the canon of the show. Wow! I am blown away. I love this! One more chapter to read!
Date: May 07, 2009 08:16 pm Title: Chapter 3
What a lovely ending. I'm so glad that Toby had his therapist to help him sort out his feelings and help him accept Kelly's feelings for him for what they were. I wasn't too happy w/Pam's reaction to Kelly's news but looking back at it, I guess it would be a typical way for her to react. And Michael - gah! What an insensitive jerk. You really brought me into this and made me really feel so happy that Toby has Kelly. Great job!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the whole thing. It's funny, neither Jim nor Pam are my favorite characters so I think I'm harder on them than other people are when writing them, but what I was intending was Pam was just really taken aback by Kelly's admission and the relationship and just said a few things without really thinking - not in a mean way necessarily, but probably not the most sensitive either. I hope that came across. And Michael is fun to write. Thank you again. I hope you enjoy the other fics I've written - I don't know if you read the first two in this series, but it might round things out a little bit.
Date: May 07, 2009 08:10 pm Title: Chapter 2
Sasha's conversation with Kelly brought tears to my eyes. How heartbreaking to see your dad treated so badly at work. What a sweetheart she is. And I'm so glad she likes Kelly and wants them to get married. This was a very moving, very heartfelt chapter.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the Sasha part.
Date: May 01, 2009 08:38 pm Title: Chapter 1
GAH! Steph! This is so awesome. I'm making my way through all your awesome Toby stories, and I have to say, you completely rock at this! The Kobyness is making me all giddy.
"...what it must be like to take everything in the worst possible way."
Oh, God. This makes me so sad. Just to think about about long these two have been fantasizing about finding the perfect ending... when all along, they were RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. It kills me.
But in fics like this, we can forget what the show has done to Kelly and Toby.
Author's Response: Thank you so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying it. I'll have the next part up tomorrow maybe. Hope you're enjoying all the other Koby stories - I have no idea why I love writing them so much, but I just do. And thank you for reviewing, fellow Koby-shipper. Yay for Koby-shipping. And I'm all for forgetting what's been happening on the show.
Date: May 01, 2009 07:11 pm Title: Chapter 1
This was my first time reading one of your Toby and Kelly stories and I really enjoyed it. I've always felt so badly for how Toby is treated by Michael and some others so its refreshing to read a story where he's involved in a happy relationship. I'm going to have to catch up with your other Toby and Kelly stories this weekend.
Author's Response: Thank you! Almost from the beginning, Toby's been my favorite character and I just enjoy writing him so much. And I feel so sorry for him too. I hope you enjoy my other fics as well! I have so much fun writing him and Kelly together.