Date: December 19, 2022 03:31 pm Title: Chapter 14
So I read this a day or two after you posted it but I haven't had the chance to drop a review but wanted you to know I am enjoying reading how all the couples are coming back together and finding each other again (or in Michel and Holly's case for the first time) - I love your best things about Holly, they feel very Michael. But where I think you really nail the voices is with Angela and Dwight.
It feels like you're bringing this puppy home so I'm glad there seems to be a little more up your sleeve first.
Thank you so much! Really glad to hear you're enjoying them coming back together, and that's so great to hear on Dwight and Angela especially :) I am gradually bringing it to a close - I think a couple more chapters, as they've still got a bit of work to do...
Thanks very much for the review!
Date: December 06, 2022 11:15 pm Title: Chapter 14
Another amazing chapter and I feel that I’m finally recovering from the angst. Phew!!
Loved Jim and Pam getting back to them. Your callback to the deleted scene of Jim watching Pam and startling her awake was amazing!
I’m just as relieved for Mark and Isabel. Glad they look like they’ll be ok!
Dwight and Angela going off their schedule was hilarious. I really hope they conceived a baby up again thst tree.
Kelly and Ryan. All j have to say is HILARIOUS
Michael and Holly 😍
Amazing work. Gonna be sad to see this one end soon 😭😭
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Haha, pleased to hear you're recovering from the angst. (I can promise the angst is probably now finished, if that helps). That deleted scene with Jim is one of my favourites, so I'm glad you enjoyed it here. And the Kelly and Ryan, lol. I will also be sad to finish writing this one, although I realise I'm now coming up to a year since I started this...so it's probably about time, oops. Thanks very much for reviewing!
Date: December 06, 2022 06:01 pm Title: Chapter 14
So all in all things are working out. Love that Jim and Pam had the heart to heart talk they needed. Clearly they both realized what they mean to each other and how to protect that. The image of Cece and Phil clambering onto their bed is just lovely.
Mark taking care of Iz and then a REALLY nice morning was delightful too. They were the ones I was worried about, but it seems like they'll pull through. Glad to hear it too.
It took some doing, but Dwight and Angela were able to pull the stick up their butts out an inch or so and actually relax, for them. Nice to see that.
Ryan is still the doucebag that he always is. So yeah he misses Kelly, but only when she's not there to satisfy him and his needs. He may call it love, but it's not love at all. Kelly using all his lines against him like that was great though. Loved that he got caught in his own double standard.
Michael and Holly are just perfect for each other. Perfectly written too.
And it's Andy who had the hot pink lipstick on his chin. Interesting pairing for sure there.
Nice chapter that feels like were almost about to bring this one in for a landing. Well done as always.
Author's Response: Thanks very much! And yeah, domestic bliss for Jam + Cece and Phil is always so nice to write :) Lol at the stick only being an inch out of Dwight and Angela, but that is very accurate. I wondered if it was going a bit out of character, but then I remembered how chilled they were in the finale, and that it is possible to have happy Dwangela. So hopefully it still works here. And ha yes - Ryan will never not be a douchebag, but I did want Kelly to have some comeuppance for once. Thanks for the review!
Date: November 30, 2022 05:08 pm Title: Chapter 13
What a great chapter! I love how everyone is starting to fall back into their rightful places… maybe Michael isn’t so crazy after all… his road to get their is nuts, but eventually, he gets them there! While I’m truly glad at the Jam reconnection, I was most struck by how happy I was to see Mark and Isabel reconnect, as they seemed the MOST destined for divorce in this story. I’m excited to see our couples reconnect, continue their conversations, and enjoy some paradise with each other. And the surprise Oscar Toby pairing is just delightful! You are making Toby a likable character for me! I loved the Jam dialogue as they tested the waters at the bar… so flirty.. so funny… so sweet! Thanks for continuing this great AU! Loving the trajectory of where this is headed—thanks for sharing your excellent work!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! I'm really glad you enjoyed it - and haha yes, there is (almost) method to Michael's madness? I'm not sure it's entirely intentional. But anyway. Ah and that's great to hear on Mark and Isabel - and on Toby! I do have a soft spot for him lol, despite his moments of being very annoying with Pam. Thank you very much for reading, and for taking the time to review - I really appreciate it :)
Date: November 30, 2022 08:51 am Title: Chapter 1
Ah, you’ve done it again! I am quite excited to read this premises and I love the story so far, I just have not gotten myself caught up all the way as life has been busy here in St. Petersburg, but nevertheless I am excited to continue to read this story of yours.
I was and still very much am a fan of “Calm like you” and just added it to my favorite list in fact because it’s such a treasure.
I thank you for sharing another wonderful story with us!
Author's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! I'm really glad you're enjoying so far, and that you liked Calm Like You - that's really lovely to hear :) Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to review!
Date: November 27, 2022 04:38 pm Title: Chapter 13
Oh thank goodness you're back!! Please don't ever leave us this long again on this kind of cliffhanger!
Excellent chapter as always. I loved the reveal of Jim having her crumpled note and using 'not enough for me...you are everything'
And Mark and Isabel. THANK GOD.
All I can say is MORE, MORE please!!! And a hugely deserved congrats for AOTM!
Author's Response: Haha, I apologise (and for the delayed response to this) - but thanks very much! Really glad you liked the note and Mark/Isabel :) And thanks again on AOTM!
Date: November 27, 2022 02:52 pm Title: Chapter 13
The Jim/Pam fake first meeting banter... I mean, I can *hear* that so clearly in their voices. And also see Toby accepting his inevitable fate in the background. And this waterfall scene... you've been very much missed.
THAT'S RIGHT ISABEL. PAST ISABEL HAD IT ALL FIGURED OUT. GO GET YOUR HAPPY ENDING. This is a very sweet reunion for them, and one that really feels earned.
The Michael/Holly hook-up does well with their mixture of ridiculousness and real emotion. "But I thought…I thought you only wanted to be friends.” “No, no, I want to have sex!” Amazing.
"I realized that I’ve spent months not listening to what I actually need. I’ve been holding onto this idea of what I think it should be, instead of paying attention to what it is." The Isabel-Angela semi-heart-to-heart I didn't know I needed.
Even Oscar and Toby get their happy endings! EEEEEP.
Author's Response: Ah, thanks very much! And poor Toby lol. I did want to give him some kind of happy ending after that. Haha, I'm really pleased you enjoyed the Misabel reunion (it turns out it is actually harder to write angst for characters that should have everything figured out). I feel like I always wanted an Isabel-Angela heart-to-heart on the show - or at least some kind of bonding over Dwight / acknowledgement that they must have something in common if they both find him attractive - but alas. So this was mainly satisfying for me. Thank you so much as ever for your review!
Date: November 26, 2022 11:18 pm Title: Chapter 13
Ok so first off, welcome back.
Next, this whole chapter was just the biggest sigh of relief and thank you so much for it.
Starting off with some just superb JAM banter. I mean that's just classic JAM right there. Despite being so AU it's them. Yes there's a few things they'll still need to address, but it very much feels like the Jim and Pam we know and love, the ones who annoy everyone else with how lovey dovey they are about each other, the ones who will be able to weather any storm together are at long last sitting next to each other at that bar. Glorious to see.
Kind of a harrowing moment for Iz there. Kind of feels like it kind of had to come to a make or break moment for her. And in the end, she didn't break. She saw what was being offered, and despite it being what just about anyone would want, it's not what she wants. Good for her for that moment of clarity.
Drunk Angela stewing on the floor like that is just so 100% on brand. Same with Holly and Michael. Especially that lie where Michael just straight out says he wants to have sex with her and so much more. I mean gotta hand it to the guy, he says what he wants. Fortunately for him Holly is cut of the exact same cloth and you did them proud with that whole scene.
Then my friend, let us talk about this whole waterfall thing. I mean that's where you bring in the "you are everything?" I mean, of all the places in all the AU's, in all the fandom, that's where you so perfectly slot that line in? Right in there with the loving heart to heart they've needed for so long. Just sheer and utter perfection for them. It's an amazing scene to envision. Just perfect everyway you look at it.
Can't wait to see how we all come down from everything here.
Thank you so much! (and sorry for delayed response to this). Ha, I'm glad this one was a relief after all the angst. Lovey dovey JAM is one of my favourite JAMs. And yeah, I felt like Isabel needed something close to make her realise what she actually wanted.
Drunk Angela is a lot of fun to write! And Michael and Holly always are, haha. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the waterfall scene, thank you for your kind words :)
Thanks as ever for the review!
Date: September 28, 2022 09:22 pm Title: Chapter 12
Finally caught up with this! I enjoyed every second I spent reading this fic and I'm really glad you're updating again.
Season 9 Jim and Pam, despite being painful to watch, is actually one of my favorite story arcs and you've executed it here perfectly. I really feel the struggles that the two of them are facing, from failing to read one another especially in the things that matter to their inability to communicate. It's a tough two week vacation for them but it's one that they needed.
Another thing you've done well is making me care about Mark and Isabel like wow, I never expected to be invested in their marriage since they're very very minor characters in canon.
Also, fuck Charles Miner.
Can't wait for the next update! Have a jellybean!
Ah, thanks so much! I'm really glad you're enjoying it. Yeah, I also really enjoyed the season 9 arc (despite the angst), so have enjoyed combining it with a handy couples retreat lol. And ha yes I realise I am wildly making up Mark and Isabel at this point - but they have been fun to write! Thanks very much for the review and jellybean :)
Date: September 22, 2022 07:29 pm Title: Chapter 12
As MTT's resident Misabel shipper, you've done some really good work here drawing out why the conflict between them is so difficult to resolve... their relationship just isn't built around that kind of communication, and what they want out of each other isn't necessarily something they're prepared to deliver themselves. You've also done well making it clear there's something worth fighting for. Their courtship story is delightful.
"If she breaks her heart herself, she thinks dizzily as he looks her up and down, does that mean no one else can break it?" Um. Ow?
"It’s not clear what happened to Ryan, but Jim doesn’t care too much about that." I've missed your take on Ryan.
Oh, Michael. He's so charmingly buffoonish. (And the incongruity of Toby running a successful and wild-ish singles resort is used to good effect here. The air quality regulations being the last straw for him is perfect.)
Given my observation on the last chapter, nice to see them also very explicitly pushing their fellow couples in the right direction here as well.
The hi/hey at the end!!! Feels like a real breakthrough in progress for Jam...
Author's Response: Thanks so much! And haha as MTT's resident Misabel shipper, I think not doing them justice/ruining your ship was one of my worries, so that is a relief to hear! They are really fun to write, angst aside. I have to admit I can't take loads of credit for the whole other people in the resort initially driving the couples apart and then helping push them in the right direction, as that is the basic premise of the movie (I think), but really glad you think it works here. And yeah, the hi/hey is I think maybe one of my favourite moments from the show so I feel like I stick it in wherever I can lol. Thanks very much as ever for your review! :)
Date: September 22, 2022 07:04 pm Title: Chapter 11
OKAY, finally getting a chance to dig into this. Sorry to hear life got away from you, but again: I'm glad to see this back, and please don't ever leave us again.
I don't know what I love more about this opening sequence: Andy's songs or Oscar's musings on Michael getting scammed on knock-off brands.
"Kelly’s dramatic removal of her wedding ring. Twice." Never change, Kelly. Although on a darker note, between her and Ryan's exchange with Mark... I reread the early chapters to catch myself back up, and I'm struck by how often in this fic these folks have through miscommunication or intention ended up interfering in each other's relationships for the worse. Color me nervous about this Eden trip. (Flip side - it's nice to see Jim and Mark getting some tough love from someone they might conceivably listen to.)
"Mark raised a brow over the pina colada he’d been nursing for the past hour. The pina colada that Jim didn’t think he’d taken a single sip of. Like he’d given up on even that." Oooof. Humbly requesting a happy ending for Misabel too please.
The contrast between him finding her in the snowdrift and not being able to Find her on the island is a gut-punch.
Michael rediscovering his American side is great fun.
AHHHH. CHARLES MINER ALERT. Well. Glad I don't have to wait for the next chapter.
Author's Response: Haha, thanks very much! I feel I'm always at risk of getting slightly carried away with Andy's songs/Oscar's musings, so really glad you enjoyed them here. And sorry for all the Misabel angst. Also ngl, my tendency to forget that Michael is pretending to be French in this probably chimes well with Michael's own ability to remember...so part of me is looking forward to him fully rediscovering his American side :D Thanks so much for the review!
Date: September 15, 2022 10:48 pm Title: Chapter 12
Awwww now this was one spectacular chapter in your writing and I love the way you’ve given us character vignettes in what feels like a split screen. So so glad that Jim and Pam are finding their way back to each other. Worried about Isabel though, I hope she’s not going to do anything stupid!
Author's Response: Ah thanks very much, that's so great to hear! I am actually finding all the split screens for this one slightly trickier to write lol, so glad they seem to be working for now :) And an update on Isabel is now up...
Date: September 15, 2022 02:47 pm Title: Chapter 12
So I'm so glad you came back to finish up this story because it would have been a shame to miss out on what you'd been getting to with this chapter. Really, really enjoyed all you had going on here...Michael's heart to heart with Jim felt very much like many of the ones on show and when he comes to understand Holly is not off-limits to him only to her patients - well I cheered as he ran off.
Loved getting more backstory of Iz and Mark and what you are doing with these characters is so well written and developed.
Toby owns the singles resort - that's good! Very inspired.
SO much great stuff in the chapter - Mark and Dwight, Izzy and Miner and the end with Pam and Jim.
Really enjoying this story and once again glad it is back!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Really glad you enjoyed this one :) And the Iz/Mark stuff is definitely what I'm most nervous about given I'm basically making up them up lol, so that's a big relief to hear! Thanks very much for the review!
Date: September 14, 2022 07:15 pm Title: Chapter 12
So still kind of worried about Iz and Charles there. Now granted I've never been a big fan of Charles but your description of him being a predator feels very on point.
A heart to heart between Mark and Dwight! Nice. When I think on it, yeah it seems that it would be those two who finally break through to each other. Nice job.
Lots of introspection all around. Iz and Mark reflecting on when and why they fell in love. Feels like a big moment.
Same with Jim and Pam. Once Toby takes off that is. Sorry Toby, she's taken. Really great to see that they've made some good progress on thinking about what exactly is going on. And to end this chapter with "Hi/Hey" *chef's kiss*. Just brilliant. Looking forward to seeing where we go from here.
Also Michael running off into the jungle to find Holly was great to envision too.
Author's Response: Sorry for slow reply - and thanks very much! Really glad you enjoyed the Mark and Dwight heart to heart, and the Jim/Pam at the end (sorry Toby lol). I feel like on reflection Michael running off wildly into the trees has come up a few times in my fics...but I do always love the image of it haha. Thanks for reviewing, as ever :)
Date: September 12, 2022 11:04 pm Title: Chapter 12
Oh man, you have written this SO well that I’m just in incredibly invested in making sure Mark and Isabel are ok! They need to make it ok? Please don’t break them up, I’m not sure I can take it!!
Michael realising he can date another therapist and running off 😍 go get her!!
Ugh Toby and Charles are THE WORST. So glad Jim made it there, before anything bad happened. God I hope Mark does too
Awesome chapter, can’t wait for the next update!!
Author's Response: Ah, thank you so much! (and sorry for slow reply). I'm really glad you're invested in Mark and Isabel haha, I am really enjoying writing them. I am also enjoying writing Toby and Charles lol - I forgot how unlikeable Idris Elba manages to make himself on the show. Thanks so much for the review! :)
Date: September 07, 2022 03:48 am Title: Chapter 11
So happy to see you and this story back. Had to refresh myself as to where we were before I could dive into this one. Good fun with Andy and his singing, Very telling with Holly and her insights and a perfectly played Kelly. I always find your flashbacks so poignant- this one of Pam's car stuck in the snow well placed and I loved (multiple heart eyes) this line
'He’d found her then, in the middle of a snowstorm. So why was finding her on this tiny island proving so hard? Why couldn’t they find each other here?"
OH and I'm very excited for more Major Miner.
Thank you so much! And yes haha, it has been a while - I also had to go back through the story to remind myself, oops. Really glad you enjoyed the flashback (they're always some of my favourite things to write). Major Miner is coming up...
Thanks for the review! I also realise I am HUGELY behind on Three Hundred Sixty Turns - I feel like you know you've been gone for way too long when it's gone from something like 5 chapters to 35. But this is very exciting!
Date: September 06, 2022 11:20 pm Title: Chapter 11
Lovely to have you and this story back! (And I owe you a reply on the discord from many months ago.) was a pleasure to read this chapter. Lots of progression in this chapter too, and looks like the next one is going to be quite explosive!
Author's Response: Ah, thanks so much! (And haha no worries at all, I am fairly terrible at remembering to check discord). Really glad you enjoyed this chapter - thanks for the review! Next one is coming up...
Date: September 05, 2022 07:17 pm Title: Chapter 11
First of all, welcome back. You and this story have been missed.
More drama from Kelly and Ryan lead to other issues. What else is new really. However the feelings that lead everyone there make it quite interesting. Angela, under her hard exterior, really does care and doesn't want to see anyone get hurt. Iz is pissed and not really focusing on what's going on with her and Mark. Pam is scared. She was open, vulnerable, and honest and she's scared. So, they all retreat.
Of course, Dwight jumps to the wrong conclusion about everything. However, it does galvanize the men into action so I can't blame him for that. Mark seems to be reeling here. It really does feel like he's done with everything. Jim's not done yet and good for him to hear the thing he's needed to hear the most. Pam misses him.
Kind of fun to see Holly and the rest of the staff moving out to find Michael. Nice call back to canon.
And Charles is back and making a beeline for Izzy. Feels like that won't bode well. Should prove interesting for sure.
Author's Response: Thank you so much - and thanks for the kind welcome back :) Yeah, I had a bit of manoeuvring to do to get them all headed towards the singles resort, so I'm really glad you thought it worked for all the different characters haha. And Holly going in search of Michael is one of my favourite moments between them, so I couldn't resist adding it here. And I had to bring Charles back...thanks so much for the review!
Date: September 05, 2022 09:18 am Title: Chapter 11
Well this brightened up my weekend! So happy to see an update from you.
I'm glad Pam opened up. I wish she didn't feel sorry for what she said or how she said it. She has a right to be angry with Jim. She feels badly that she left him but isn't that what he's been doing for months? He hasn't really been with her for moat of the trip either.
It's kind of heartbreaking that she is so torn over what she said to him. I think she was still holding back and Jim still hasn't had his epiphany.
Loved this chapter! The girls, Michael/Holly, and oh snap, here comes Charles!
Ah thank you, that’s so kind of you to say! I’m really glad you enjoyed this chapter :) And yeah, I struggled a bit with Pam here, as I feel like she doesn’t so much regret what she said, more that she’s now worrying about the impact it’s had on Jim. But I 100% agree, a Jim epiphany is needed 😁 And haha, Charles is indeed on his way…thanks so much for the review!
Date: September 05, 2022 04:36 am Title: Chapter 1
I’m SO excited to see that this is back!! It was worth the wait!! I am going to reread some of the earlier chapters and remind myself of the fabulousness this is! I love Holly following the trail of Michael like in canon. I love the inner dialogue of Jim and Pam going over their current state of emotions. I hate that they are struggling but can’t wait until work this out. I also love Angela being the one who follows after Kelly! I love the girl group interactions and the guy group interactions. Why do I not trust Ryan, or think something else is going on with him? Love Oscar’s common sense too.. “One if you’re walking, two by boat, and three is you’re Michael in a boat..”🤣🤣🤣 Can’t wait to see what happens next! Please update soon!!!
Aw, thank you so much! I’m so thrilled to hear that. I possibly had to reread several of my own chapters to try to remind myself of where everyone had got to…I’m really glad you’re enjoying all the girl/guy group interactions too, they’re a lot of fun to write! And lol yes, Oscar sense. Thank you so much for reading and for taking the time to review - I really appreciate it!
Date: September 05, 2022 12:43 am Title: Chapter 11
I am SO happy that this fic is back, I can't even express it. I literally squealed when I saw the update!
I had to go back and re-read the last chapter again, and at 7am I wasn't ready for that much angst. It hurts!!! Ok, I pulled myself back together to find out where they all went.
Love all the songs that you have Andy singing in this, they are just GENIUS! And the Ray Bands & Guci & Armanii? That is Michael down to a tee!
I adore all the jam moments that you call back to in this - the pop art show, the fuchsia, the snow storm - you can see how in love they are with each other through all the call backs. Which makes it hurt even more.
Love Dwight going into kidnapped mode as the only explanation for why Angela is gone. It's him perfectly.
Michel dipping in and out of the French accent is hilarious and SO Michael, I can literally picture this so clearly.
Loved the image of Jim soaking wet and pissed off after the disastrous canoe ride. And I loved how Holly called it too. Even though there was just a tiny moment there, you can see how in love with Michael/Michel she is.
God, and Mark giving up on Isabel. No! Don't do it!! I wanted to hug both him and Jim in that part, and then shake them both back to their senses, although, I feel like Jim knows what he needs to do.
Angela getting accidentally/maybe on purpose drunk is just all sorts of great
And Major Miner is back!!!!!
Such a great chapter and I can't say enough how happy I am that you're back!! I'm out of jellybeans, but I'm sending you a bottle of Oscar's good wine. The straw is optional
Oh wow thanks so much - I’m really pleased you enjoyed it! And sorry to make you re-live the angst, lol. I can only apologise. I’m slightly cracking myself up with Andy and his songs (and have now got most of them in my head), so glad someone else is enjoying them 😂 Also really glad you’re enjoying the rest! I’ve been away for so long that I’ve missed the Jam, so might have snuck a few more moments in than I planned…I also realised that this is not my first story to feature Jim getting soaked/injured from a canoe/kayak incident, whoops. But it is fun to write. Thank you so much for the review! (And for Oscar’s wine - can confirm it’s best with a straw).
Date: September 04, 2022 10:47 pm Title: Chapter 11
Okay, I will read this in the morning, but HOLY CRUD YOU'RE BACK. YAAYYYY.
Hello! Thanks haha, I am really glad to be back. Also hoping I’ve not forgotten how to write. Hope you’re well!
Date: September 04, 2022 07:38 pm Title: Chapter 11
Okay, I squealed when I saw you’re back. I still haven’t read this (I’m terrible with WIPs) but I plan to. Also have a jelly just for coming back. xo
Thanks so much! And thank you for the jellybean haha
Date: September 04, 2022 07:06 pm Title: Chapter 11
I think Pam had every right to be upset with Jim,
and to tell him what she’s thinking and feeling.
Jim has taken her, and their marriage for granted.
Jim needs to hear what a awful job he has been doing as a husband, even if he does feel hurt by it.
In fact feeling hurt maybe actually be a good thing for him because in this chapter it seems that Jim
is opening eyes to how he has been acting as a husband.
Thanks! Yeah, Jim definitely does need to hear some of this…thanks very much for the review :)