Date: January 03, 2022 10:16 pm Title: Flower Power
*It had been a little over a month since Jim and Pam officially began dating. But unlike a conventional newly-paired couple there was no getting to know each other period. Similarly, they never had to play those silly games counting the days till it was acceptable to call one another again. There was no pretending they had other engagements so to space out the time between dates so neither one of them would seem too eager. Of course, working in the same office made it impossible for them to play at that but they wouldn’t have anyway – not when their years together as best friends had long since given them an intimacy that surpassed what could be attained from going out to dinners, seeing movies together, marathon phone calls or even the physical acts that followed a requisite number of dates.*
This is SO ACCURATE and I just love it. It really does seem like our headcanons align so well. Although I had them wait a week for sex. I thought that was generous, lol.
I learned a new word: mellifluous!
*They found it slightly hard to believe they were getting this much special attention from a waitress they’d only met the one time. But they had spent a bit of time chatting with her at the end of their last visit, explaining how it was their first date but they’d known each other for 4 years. That after having to explain why two grown-ups were still playing jinx.*
This is great because it makes sense why Beth would remember them. It's a very cute way to make her part of their lives. I'll have to go back and read the origin story next.
*“Seems like you two have a crazy history.”
Jim winked at Pam and smiled again at Beth
“Absolutely, we do.”*
SO CUTE. The romance is just lovely. I'm eating this up.
I loved that because they had been together for years their relationship was already natural and comfortable when they began dating.
I had a lot of fun creating the Beth character and the restaurant in the first story, so I felt an urge to bring them back - I do share most of what is needed to know in this story so it is not necessary to read the origin to appreciate, but if you do - just know it was my first ever fan fic - fun stuff in it but maybe not my best writing.
But I'm pleased you are enjoying the complete fluff here. Be warned there will be a lot of fluff - a little angst to come but a lot of fluff first.
Thanks for the review.
Date: March 10, 2021 07:20 pm Title: Flower Power
I really loved the way you've filled out the details of their first summer here. There are a lot of really strong little touches. The idea that Pam isn't quite used to having a *good* boyfriend, who doesn't flirt with other women on their dates and remembers the flowers she likes, makes a lot of sense and it's lovely seeing her come to the realization that this is how things could be. (And I adore the new resonance the peonies have taken on and the landmark they end up being in their relationship.
Definitely appreciate your attention to their sneaking around, too, which feels like it would have been very much on their minds at this moment.
Obviously, I knew from previous stories that Beth remembered them fondly, but it's nice to see it starting, and how startling that is for them... and the detail that she knows how much it takes to get banned from Chili's is a nice and VERY amusing touch.
Thank you for always noticing the little things - like the stuff about the hostess and the contrast of her life with Jim versus what she endured so long.
Flower Power - who would have thought it would be peonies that would *take them there*. (holds two thumbs back at herself - this gal).
But I had been really nervous about tackling this act in their relationship since I'm not much of a steam writer so I'm so pleased you liked that too.
I can always count on you to appreciate the bits of humor and amusement I try to add - we can both agree how much it is part of their relationship so it needs to be part of their stories.
Having friends like you reading and reviewing really is the joy of sharing on this site so once again my great thanks for your words.
Date: March 10, 2021 07:46 am Title: Flower Power
Oh Max, oh my heart! That was beautiful, but what I really loved about this was the little details you put in, like tiny flecks of paint building into a picture where one can see it all. And it didn't need explicit smut (not that I'm not partial to a little of that, it has its place),but that second section was some of the most erotic writing I have read in a while. Superb work.
You are too kind and I am so thrilled you enjoyed this. I had been really nervous about writing about their "first time" but knew somehow it had to be in my narrative somehow. I'm so glad you appreciated how I depicted it and the details that made it even more magical experience for them.
I'm so glad to have you reading and reviewing - it's just like sharing my vision with a good friend.
Date: March 01, 2021 11:59 pm Title: Flower Power
OK, so you're the reason I'm now here at 1:30 AM writing a review! /jk (No, I'm not ending John Krasinski, but we STILL don't have an Internet joke or sarcasm font.(Speaking of JK, when are they going to finish Jack Ryan 3? I'm blaming you for that, too!)) I went back and re-read All That Glitters before reading Chapter 2 here.
Pete was a tepid character in ATG, but perhaps he was just overshone by Beth. He's better here, but he'll NEVER come out of Beth's shadow unless a truly creative writer works her magic on him. Lucky he has one in you!
Your reviews are always so fun-but how did I become responsible for the hold up for Jack Ryan ? (JK)- I'm waiting too you know.
You reread All of ATGIG? Wow - I do have to get back to it - there are still some ideas there. Most of them I'm tackling through these Series stories (Originally New Year's in New Jersey was meant to be a chapter or 2 in that but worked better as it's own story) but I think I left it in a good place right?
Pete's okay - but he's not Beth. They just didn't know better to ask for her section.
Thanks as always for your fun, fantastic review - See you Friday (will you be sharing that Champagne?)
Date: March 01, 2021 07:15 pm Title: Flower Power
Nice way to get a bit of a sum up for that first date. Same with a look at their first summer together. I do like how you had them make sure they were in a good place emotionally before they took things further physically. However one gets the sense that once they did take it further, well lets just say there's 100% no complaints from either one of them, nor is there any chance of either of them looking for anything outside of what they have in each other.
Continuing to love the descriptions of Christopher's. Sometimes you just need a fancy date. I love that they have this place that's just for them here. It fits the bill wonderfully.
The return of Beth! She's turning out to be one of my favorite OC's in the archive. Always fun to get a glimpse there.
Lovely job as always.
Well thanks Warrior - I must say I sometimes forget Beth is my creation -she feels so real to me - I'm glad you enjoy her.
I do believe that a little waiting was important (not too much, after all there was a lot of pent up desire there) and I'm glad your imagination and mine were in sync with how they were together.
Christopher's has definitely gotten way more romantic and enchanted than the real place I remember - it's become an amalgamation of a few places including some wedding halls I'd been to - but that's the beauty of its real life location, it can be anything I dream up.
Thanks for reviewing. Always great to hear from you.