Date: August 06, 2023 06:46 am Title: Chapter 4
I love a fic that gets Mark and Isabel together, so I’m hoping they get their own happy ending here too!
The idea of Pam dancing around with a happy meal toy cracked me up 🤣
Looking forward to Jim and Pam banging it out at Macy D’s…
Date: August 04, 2023 05:12 pm Title: Chapter 4
I’m liking the potential of Isabel and Mark,
and how they think alike when it comes to their friendships. I agree that what JAM really needs is
a meeting of the minds to clear the air between them and to be upfront about what they are truly thinking,
and how to move forward because right now they are
stuck in place like they were in canon. So they are making themselves miserable.
Date: August 04, 2023 01:46 pm Title: Chapter 4
You're welcome for the surname for Mark. Glad you found it helpful. The fact that both Izzy and Mark had the same idea to get Jim and Pam sobered up is wonderful. A late-night meal and a friendly shoulder to lean on are just the things they need for sure. The fact they know each other is just a bit of icing on the cake. I love how they have Pam and Jim's best interests in mind through all this too. Can't wait to see what happens, though there is still Karen to deal with. Nice job.
Date: July 21, 2023 05:24 am Title: Chapter 3
Yeah sounds just about right Jim being ready to flee again. But I loved the 'when versus if' observation. Very telling...I'm glad Pam said her bit about him not misinterpreting but more glad Jim has Mark in his ear, telling him what is clearly right in front of him ...but because after CN he put on blinders and he can't see it. Go Mark...now where are they going?
Author's Response: Thanks Max, all will become clear very soon…(and it may not be where you expect… no DM parking lots involved, haha)
Date: July 18, 2023 11:15 am Title: Chapter 3
It looks like Pam was right in that Jim thinks of her when he’s with Karen, which is further proof that Karen was just a distraction for him.
Jim really is immature when it comes to not getting what he wants so it’s nice to see he has a friend who can see right through Jim’s BS.
Mark was right that Karen made the choice to go to Scranton, even if Jim led her on. Yes Jim was using Karen, but she let him use her by staying with him after Jim admitted to having feelings for Pam.
Jim was not obligated to stay with Karen just like Pam wasn’t obligated to stay with Roy.
Author's Response: Thanks so much NH, and I absolutely agree on Karen, which should help unpicking that gordian knot.
Date: July 17, 2023 05:33 pm Title: Chapter 3
So the first part, Jim wanting to run. Yeah, that tracks. When he gets scared he runs. At this point in his life Jim is rarely the kind of guy to stand his ground. He has his moments, like Casino Night, but when things don't pan out he runs and then lets life steamroll over him. This feels similar, but at the same time not quite the same. In large part due to what Pam says right there as he's leaving.
HUGE props to her for being so honest and trying to break through the metric butt ton of ice that is still between them. I mean a lot of it's already smashed and melting, but there's still a significant amount in the way that needs blasting away for sure.
Then it's time for Jim to get some much needed perspective. Really like the conversation he has with Mark. A no-nonsense buddy who blows right past all the bullshit because he really does care. And also probably is sick of all of Jim's sob stories. Feels like the continued kick in the ass Jim needs. But where are we off to now? Can't wait to find out.
Author's Response: I am so delighted with the response to “my” Mark - I thought from the little we saw of him at the BBQ that he could be a bit of this sort of character, they’d been friends since college and sharing a place after all. I absolutely agree that he has heard enough of Jim mooning after Pam for so long that he sees an opportunity to change it. And he may have some help…
Date: July 17, 2023 05:16 pm Title: Chapter 3
Omg omg omg… I was so excited to see a new chapter come out!!! And short, yes, but did not disappoint! Love he went to talk to Mark, perfect way to sort out some of it since Mark heard all about Pam. More more soon!! (Yes, I am greedy)
Author's Response: Thank you so much and more is coming!
Date: July 17, 2023 04:04 pm Title: Chapter 3
Ohhhh I like this!!! So sorry this is only my first review!! It’s so good! I love that Jam’s sexual frustration has built up to this! And thank you Pam for being honest this time!!! I’m hoping that once Jim changes his boxers and finishes his talk with Mark he realizes that he needs to try this thing with Pam… “when we actually have sex, not if”.. and you’re thinking about her when you’re with Karen? Come on Jim! I love your Mark… I wish he was a character in canon we saw more frequently. Can’t wait to read more— interested to see what you do with the “logistics” of Karen, which is always so cringe. Yes, I do feel bad for her— but she has to be a casualty of Jam. Great work!!
Author's Response: Please, no need to apologise, I really appreciate the review and your comments! You are absolutely right about Karen and the minefield of writing the consequences of Jim’s realisation. I am giving it a lot of thought as to how I approach it. The “easy” option would be to have her cheat on him (and I’ve seen that done very well in other fics) but I don’t think she would, she’s pretty keen. I think someone is going to get hurt and there is no way around it…
Date: July 17, 2023 01:46 pm Title: Chapter 3
Ok am I glad that Mark was there to talk some sense into Jim because, man I could not take the angst in the first half! I really like how you write Mark, he made me chuckle.
Very glad Jim got to clean himself up though.
Looking forward to the next chapter!!
Author's Response: Why thank you! I always felt Mark was a bit Chandleresque... We can't have Jim wandering around with jizz in his pants, can we? That sounds like it would be terribly uncomfortable!
Date: July 05, 2023 04:34 am Title: Chapter 2
Nothing like a heated session of angry truths to be engage all the pent up desire these two have for each other. Getting shades of Fleetwood Mac and Daisy Jones as Jim accuses her of a Karaoke attack. And her line "I was doing Karaoke..." - loved that.
You did well at having them get to much of what they hadn't been able to say before... the lines about giving her no time to process and the waiting in particular. Now it is odd to hear Jim curse (but only because its a non-no on network so not used to it) but it seems like a natural response when trying not to act on what eventually happens anyway.
A terrible mess indeed but one we are all waiting for.
Author's Response: Awww Max, you know I absolutely LOVED Daisy Jones and The Six, and I'm a FM fan as well (lucky enough to see the full original line up at the O2 in London in 2014, before people were sacked or died.)
I don't think this is anything not seen in fics before but this feels like an appropriate fix to right a writers' wrong I always felt was done at Phyllis's wedding and beyond.
Date: June 25, 2023 01:44 pm Title: Chapter 1
Another great chapter! Jim will have more to think about later then hot, clothed, wall sex (HCWS). Hopefully he remembers all that was said and not just HCWS. When the chapter ended where it did I was as frustrated as Dwight with a stapler stuck in jello. More please.
Author's Response: Thank you! Oh, Jim's thinking very hard (TWSS) about the HCWS. And an old friend is going to help him... (no, not like that; talk therapy!)
Date: June 25, 2023 10:01 am Title: Chapter 2
It’s good to see this story back.
I loved seeing Pam stand up for herself to Jim.
She was right about Jim not having a right to judge her about Roy since was being hot and cold with her while shoving Karen in her face. Please update soon.
Date: June 25, 2023 09:35 am Title: Chapter 2
Kinda figured that they'd have a big moment like this. The kind of excited, buzzed, argument that ends up in them aggressively making out like that. Hey rom-com tropes exist for a reason after all.
Though now that the dam has broken, there's no going back from it. Even more than back on Casino Night, the cards are out on the table, and they can only play the hand. What happens later when the booze wears off and the reality of their situation hits will prove just as dramatic, I think. For now, though they seem to just want to simply live in the moment.
Author's Response: Thanks Warrior! And you are absolutely right, no going back, although they may need to both go on a little detour before the happy ending.
Date: June 25, 2023 09:07 am Title: Chapter 2
Oh my my my…. M well earned and fantastically done. Great push/pull with their argument and all the intensity had no where to build but there.
Author's Response: Thank you. Some serious release was needed by those two I think. And we're not done yet...
Date: June 12, 2023 08:12 pm Title: Chapter 1
Ooh this is off to a great start. Season 3 Jim was kind of a dick. Pam had every reason to think he wouldn't want to hear from her due to how he left. It was a great song choice. He did move on awfully quick for a guy in love. Can't wait for this conversation! #TeamPam
Author's Response: Thank you IC and I agree! I'm #TeamPam too!
Date: June 07, 2023 04:42 am Title: Chapter 1
Sorry it took me so long to read and review but hey, it took you a while to post it up -and I'm so glad you did because I really enjoyed reading it.
Nice, (Kevin voice) this look at a Pam who had gone from rueful and apologetic about the Roy attack of Jim to feisty and loud (at least while singing). Picked up on the dual use by them both of "sophisticated fun" - yup sounds right.
Well done with the internal dialogue starting with 'Poke the wasps’ nest, Jim.' during their confrontation.
Yikes - what's gonna happen now? This should be interesting with a very heated Jam going into next chapter.
Author's Response: Thanks Max! Read the appropriate bit in a Kevin voice :D I really feel that after Phyllis's wedding something clicked for Pam and it was the final piece for her to work out who she was. Some big stuff in chapter 2...