Date: March 22, 2023 10:00 am Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
"ThIs HaS bEeN wRiTtEn FoR mOnThS"
Not cool. You're not allowed to do that ever again.
You are, however, allowed to break and mend my heart in this manner whenever you want. The part where she replays all their moments was peeeeeeeerfect. Paper Airplanes on delicious steroids.
Please don't wait months to post the epilogue. I love this story too much.
Date: March 21, 2023 07:07 am Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
Ah, finally the light starts to dawn. Same problem with these kids as always: they'll do *anything* for each other except communicate.
"I don’t just want you home more, I want you to come back to me." Um.
“You are what makes me happy. Nothing else.” Excuse me.
"When we finally started dating, I had to constantly remind myself that I wasn’t dreaming. Sometimes I still have to remind myself." Ma'am.
“I’m not going to give up on you.” Who do you think you are.
"She can’t give up on him, either." What gives you the right.
Date: March 19, 2023 08:05 pm Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
You! You! You! You just freaking did THAT!!! Here I was getting all sorts of ready to have my heart ripped out and YOU FREAKING DO THAT!!! Who in the hell gave you the right!!
Okay, now that I've got that out of my system. Good god what an update. Jim finally realizing what he's in danger of missing. Pam still trapped in her fear. Then when she tells him to leave, he finally does the right thing. He doesn't. He shuts the door and comes back to her. And of course the memories roll and at long last they've back together. Yes there will be stress, but they'll face it together. Thank you for bring in that moment and for Pam realizing just how much he's been there all these years. Outstanding resolution to all of this. Oof, ok, hopefully I can breathe now.
Date: March 18, 2023 12:26 pm Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
Great chapter and lovely to have this back, I did go back and re-read the whole thing, which was a pleasure!
Date: March 18, 2023 05:06 am Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
Reading the chapter, it made me want to hit Pam over the head with a frying pan, to see if she clears up. Good thing she did in the end.
Date: March 17, 2023 02:20 pm Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
Oh god this was so angsty, I was preparing myself for a heartbreaking cliffhanger. So thank you for not hurting my heart like that. I loved Pam remembering everything at the end there. Looking forward to the epilogue!
Date: March 17, 2023 02:07 pm Title: I don't know how this river runs But I'd like the company through every twist and turn
I have to say that it was good to see Jim realize that
he could actually lose Pam. I do wish that Pam would stop being so hesitant about moving on from Dunder
Mifflin because her hesitancy is what caused her to stay with Roy for so long and the hurt she, and Jim had in season three. Someone on FB said that they didn’t like how Jim(and even Roy) got to end the show with the job that he loved but Pam was never happy with her career options. It was like the writers wanted her to be all about the man in her life instead of letting Pam have something just for herself,
like her art, and I think that played a part in the problem Pam and Jim had in season nine. 🤔
Date: December 03, 2022 09:10 am Title: You Don't Ever Have to Leave, If to Change is What You Need
Thanks for the new chapter. It's amazing that Jim is still so lost about the one Pam wants or needs. I loved that she told him to his face that he doesn't give a shit about the company. But the encounter between them has been wonderful.
Date: November 06, 2022 10:47 am Title: Want You Stealing My Time Even Though I Said I Wanna Be Alone
“Just let me do it, okay? She’s gotten used to me doing it.” Who do you think you are. What gives you the right.
"She’s praying and hoping that dropping the kids off at their dad’s won't be a normal occurrence, but at this point, she’s not sure, and she hates that." Thanks, I hate it too.
Okay. Ow. Why are you doing this to me. Ow.
Congratulations on managing to turn steam into a bummer, btw.
"She’s never had a one night stand, was never interested in sleeping with some random guy she met in a bar just for the fun of it, but she imagines the walk to her car is similar to what the walk of shame might feel like." wtfaly.gif
Date: November 05, 2022 01:57 pm Title: Want You Stealing My Time Even Though I Said I Wanna Be Alone
It’s interesting that Pam felt like their current situation is like what it was in season three
because that’s how I always felt it was as well.
As much as I love JAM it always drove me crazy with their lack of communication. At least the Pam in this story is being upfront with her feelings and boundaries.
Date: November 05, 2022 12:16 pm Title: Want You Stealing My Time Even Though I Said I Wanna Be Alone
"He starts to pull back but she doesn’t let him, figuring that she’d rather suffocate this way than how she would if he stopped." EXCUSE ME?! Who gave you the right?
This was so fullllll of beautiful angst and my heart hurts. I hate watching them realize how far apart they have grown but I trust you will fix that. Or I might have to disown you as a soul sister.
Ow. Let me go ice my feelings.
Date: November 05, 2022 09:59 am Title: Want You Stealing My Time Even Though I Said I Wanna Be Alone
Ouch. I want to say so close and they're making progress, but there's still so much hurt and pain. Clearly they still need and want each other, but Pam's right nothing's fixed. However this time I'm putting the responsibility on Pam. Jim was there offering to talk, to listen, to be with her. And she leaves this time. So yeah, that's a much worse walk of shame at the end. I get that she's hurt, but she's also giving off huge mixed signals. Telling Jim everything she wants and when he offers to start working on it, she turns away from him.
So maybe a tiny step forward, but they're still a long way away from fixed.
Date: November 05, 2022 09:32 am Title: Want You Stealing My Time Even Though I Said I Wanna Be Alone
Just stab us in the heart, why don’t you?!?! OMG the angst! I’ve recently been watching these episodes and they are SO. DAMN. HEAVY. and this chapter is no less!! Pam dropping the kids off at Jim’s Philly apartment? Waaaayy too similar to a routine kid exchange if they were divorced. Her pulling Jim
back up because she “couldn’t be with her thoughts alone”?!?!? Pam having to leave before the morning?!?!? Them both not saying I love you?!?! Baby Phil in a pack and play and little Cece in a giant bed at not their home?!?! Killing us here! Please say it gets better! Pleeeeeease?!?!
Date: November 05, 2022 01:58 am Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
I love the stories that happen in season 9. I'm pro Pam the whole series, even during all her failures (Roy, Pratt, Michael Scott Paper Company), but I'm mostly pro Pam in season 9. Maybe because we live those disappointments in our daily lives and I saw myself reflected, or maybe because Jim showed how selfish and idiotic he is, something we already knew, but it was especially seen in season 9.
All this to tell you that I like your story. I like Pam who is determined and fights for what she wants, and I like that Jim got what he deserved. I hope you continue it.
Date: September 29, 2022 07:39 am Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
My heart just broke and it hurts … I can really imagine them both as it would have happened . This is so good . Wow … brilliant !
Date: June 23, 2021 05:20 am Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
I somehow missed there was another chapter of this! And an even more heart-breaking one. Jim not knowing the latest with Pam's routine is such a good (and sad) nod to them not being quite in sync at the moment, and the fact that he's not been listening to her lately like he usually does. I really like that Pam stands up for herself on the phone with him - even though I feel for him - because it's important for her to call him out for some of this stuff (which I sort of wish we'd seen on the show). Him almost going to her and then making a u-turn, but for very different reasons to the last time he did, is so hard to read (in the best possible way). I also love, love Pam's moment with Dwight at the end. I really need this to have a happy ending though because that last line has killed me!
Date: June 16, 2021 08:19 pm Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
Yeah, I have a lot of questions
Number one how dare you
(This is beautiful and sad and very real and you are doing an amazing job of breaking my heart, keep it up. Also Dwight made me teary eyed and I never thought I’d say that.)
Date: June 12, 2021 08:50 pm Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
Aly, why must you hurt us like this?
Keep doing it, but OUCH!
Date: June 12, 2021 08:46 pm Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
Ugh, the detail at the beginning of Jim having totally missed how Pam is running the house without him there stings. A lot.
You're continuing to do a good job with the ways their past in coming into play here - the way some of the unresolved resentments from their earlier years are rearing their ugly head and the way they've declined from some of their more adorable moments. And I think you're doing well portraying them even-handedly here - Pam wants impossible and unrealistic things, but she's also been forced into a situation with no good options; Jim has completely reasonable desires, but is basically asking Pam to trust him when he doesn't have a lot of deposits to withdraw from the trust bank.
I love a good Dwight-Pam moment. *sigh*
Update soon. Please don't leave Pam crying alone at Reception for too long.
Date: June 12, 2021 03:11 pm Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
The thing that really struck me here is that Jim, who once knew everything about her, was unaware of the change in the schedule, even after she'd told him. That shows how very far he strayed from the man he once was.
Back when it was about not trusting the solidness of their relationship, the right thing to do was to turn the car around (which has got me thinking of a song here my musical friend- can you name it?) but this time I wished he'd kept going.
The little bit with Dwight was uplifting but the vision of Pam crying in the empty office - how could you leave us like that?
Date: June 12, 2021 12:29 pm Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
Oof. Seems the only thing going for them here is that Pam was really able to get some things out in the open to him. She's right. This isn't the Jim she fell in love with. The Jim who would pay attention to every little detail about her. Espcially if he's forgetting important things like arrangments with the kids. Hard to see them like this, that's for sure.
Dwight is offering a sliver of hope though. Knowing that she is the best thing for him and acknowledging her hurt. Nice to see that aspect of the Dwight/Pam friendship.
Date: June 12, 2021 10:18 am Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
“She wonders when her life turned into the kind of movie she just wants to turn off.”
This is a really nice line, it compliments what she says in the finale about never wanting to put the book of their story down.
I love the little interludes she has with Dwight, they’re the teeny bright spot in this angstfest (loving it btw)
Date: June 12, 2021 10:12 am Title: And You're Not Here, To Get Me Through It All
Oh my god you’re killing me with this.
(Also, I love that Cece has a crush on a Michael)
Date: June 12, 2021 10:12 am Title: Do Me a Favor, and Hang Up the Phone
*sigh* You guys are getting really good at getting me to read angst.
You did such a good job with this phone call, aly. The way Jim is thinking about Roy is just so painful and real and I love how you hinted at it in the beginning and then had Jim make that statement: “Like you did with Roy.” Brilliant.
This might not be the right conclusion to draw, but I actually think Jim made the right decision on the U-turn. It was a beautiful, angsty parallel and you did such a good job with it.
Date: June 11, 2021 02:02 pm Title: And You're Not Here, To Get Me Through It All
This is definitely breaking my heart a bit - the chapter title alone - but it's so so good! Pam not answering his calls and not talking to him on the phone with Cece is just gut-wrenching, and I love the way you've written Jim's genuine confusion and fear (and the fact that they've never gone to bed angry or upset with each other before, which is a really nice - and heart-breaking - touch). I am enjoying Pam standing up for herself though. Really interested to see where this goes!