Date: January 07, 2018 08:29 pm Title: Chapter 1
I normally don't review older stories (mostly because the chance of the author every seeing it is small), but this one really stirred something in me. I am absolutely in love with this story. Kelly is so perfectly in character with her dress and her stubbornness and her desire to make Ryan jealous just one last time and Toby is so perfectly in character with his binder of questions and the scars of his divorce and his fear of dying alone. I never saw Toby and Kelly as compatible in any sort of way, but this completely changed my mind. I'm in awe of how well this flows; it feels like a deleted scene from an episode. Their dialogue feels so natural, and I laughed when I read Kelly's thoughts on Gabe taking her old desk. You've really managed to draw out a similarity between Kelly and Toby that I never would have picked up on my own. Beneath their personalities and quirks, they both just want to be loved by someone, and the difference comes in the way they go about doing so. Toby's quiet and has come to an acceptance of who he is, while Kelly throws herself into the arms of men who don't deserve her and agrees to marry Ravi (who I don't think she really loved). There's something so sad yet beautiful about the two of them sitting on the annex floor on Kelly's last day, talking about love and dying alone under the pretense of an exit interview, and the kiss between them feels like the most natural thing in the world. Kelly's reaction afterward is so perfectly Kelly, and Toby's abrupt exit mid-conversation is so perfectly Toby (he never seems to get what he deserves). I teared up at the end (a testament to your incredible writing) when Kelly gave him her chair. It's such a small gesture, yet so meaningful, representing the tiny seed of hope she left him with. This story is truly a masterpiece.
Date: August 15, 2012 09:26 am Title: Chapter 1
I have a total soft spot for Kelly and Toby and this was a perfect little snack for my afternoon! I loved her giving up her chair and it is Soooooo true to life that there would be a lame sending off. Totally in character. Totally awesome. Thanks for writing about these guys.
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm sure it's obvious but I have a soft spot for them as well. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Date: July 02, 2012 09:21 am Title: Chapter 1
Bravo, Steph! Well done. I adore your Kelly&Toby stories. They are always thoroughly entertaining and so well written. My favorite bit: “What for?” she asked. “So he can say something about how awesome Erin is, then maybe sing something, tell me something stupid about Cornell and blah blah blah?” She waved her hand dismissing the idea. “Whatever.” I'm sure many will say that that sums up S8 :D
Author's Response: Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it. I'm so sad these two aren't going to be on the show anymore.
Date: June 30, 2012 02:08 pm Title: Chapter 1
Great stuff, Steph. I love your Toby/Kelly and it is pitch perfect. Any chance we could get you writing for the show? If I had to pick a favorite part, this would be it - so perfectly sadly practical Toby, after his dismissal of Gabe: “Still.” He looked down at his notes before mumbling, “Besides, you won’t be here so it won’t be your desk anymore.”
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I would love to write for the show, but just for a few of the characters. You guys would hate what I did with Jim and Pam.
Date: June 29, 2012 06:11 am Title: Chapter 1
Steph!!! ::tacklehug:: I love your Kelly so much. Your Toby, too. This was wonderful, and probably not too far off what's going to happen! (Though I hope Pam at least will want to send Kelly off in some style.) Well done, lady! Don't be a stranger. :)
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this.