Date: August 13, 2019 05:52 am Title: Chapter 1
Oh, I liked this. It's a great illustration of how one minor-seeming change could have nudged everything on track. Well done.
I especially like this line towards the end: "“I’m going to add matchmaker to my resume… What’s Ryan’s story?” she adds. He chuckles and heads back to his desk. “That was a serious question,” she murmurs to his retreating figure."
Poor Karen. Just...Scranton's not your place, is it...
Author's Response: Thanks Comfect! Poor Karen is right, that line of hers where she essentially says: “it turns out it’s not so hard when your boss isn’t an idiot and your boyfriend isn’t in love with someone else,” sums up Karen’s journey so well - everything pans out better for her outside of Scranton...
Date: August 12, 2019 06:59 pm Title: Chapter 1
I loved this! It's simple but a whole new way to tell the story. I love to see chapter 2 at Pam's apartment.
Author's Response: Thanks Sprinkles! I was planning on leaving this a one shot, but you never know...
Date: August 12, 2019 02:37 pm Title: Chapter 1
Adorable story. I love that it was thanks to Karen’s perception that Jim finally noticed Pam’s feelings.
So, what happens after work? Maybe add a new chapter? 😉
Author's Response: Thanks Merria! I was hoping it was a bit of a unique take on it all... There are no plans for a follow up chapter at present, but I have noted your interest! Who knows if inspiration may strike...
Date: August 12, 2019 02:32 pm Title: Chapter 1
Oh yes, I love this! The start is great, I can imagine Jim all through S3 constantly repeating in his head that his relationship with Karen is what he wants and failing to convince himself. I love how Karen’s comment very unintentionally sets the whole thing off and that it clears the fog Jim’s in just enough for him that Pam does indeed want to be “more than that” now (I still get mad when Jim brushes off Pam’s coffee invite, she’s asking you out, you dolt!).
Pam saying leaving Roy wasn’t the hardest part of the year then saying what was? Ugh right in the gut (in a good way). And everything else in the car was great.
The “hi” “hey” is one of my all time fave moments and I love you incorporating it in.
Just all around a great treat of a fic that avoids the S3 angst, which I’m all for. Great job!
Author's Response: Thanks NLM! It’s so nice to hear that you liked it. I too still get mad that Jim turns down Pam’s coffee date - he should really pay more attention when everything he has ever hoped for is right in front of him...
Date: August 12, 2019 10:43 am Title: Chapter 1
Very cute. This fixes so many of the issues with S3. In this universe Karen is free to be a friend, for both Jim and Pam, rather than a rival. We don't have to deal with a whole season of angst. And of course most importantly, Jim and Pam are together a lot sooner.
That it's Karen's words that provide the spark is a nice idea. Good for Jim to being willing to be open to the idea. Good for Pam for having the courage to open herself up to him so much sooner.
Lots of fun.
Author's Response: Thanks Warrior. I feel like this never would have happened in canon, but that’s the fun of fic - quick, relatively angst free resolutions!