Safe by AmeliaHalpert
Summary:

What started as a single little one-shot of what may have happened after Stress Relief.  (Jim was panicked, Pam was scared.  They needed a place to feel safe.) This has now become a little series of vignettes I can't let go of.

Enjoy! 


Categories: Jim and Pam Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Fluff, Pregnancy/Babies, Romance
Warnings: Adult language
Challenges: None
Series: None
Chapters: 4 Completed: No Word count: 5266 Read: 2274 Published: March 01, 2023 Updated: May 29, 2024
Story Notes:
I own nothing expect a mind that can’t stop thinking about unseen interactions… always filling in gaps as my brain sees fit.

1. Safe and Sound by AmeliaHalpert

2. Shout It by AmeliaHalpert

3. Five to Seven Minutes by AmeliaHalpert

4. A Little bit of Beans by AmeliaHalpert

Safe and Sound by AmeliaHalpert
Author's Notes:
Do not really anticipate this will be anything more than a one shot to clear the thought from my brain :) 

I am not losing Pam this way…no fucking way.  We spent too long apart and this is not how we are going to end.  Jim’s mind was in overload.  There was smoke and screaming and everyone was scared.  


And Pam’s face.  The look he saw in her eyes when he heard her yell and looked up at her.  He hadn’t seen what she was yelling at, but he had seen fear in her eyes.  


His driving thought was ‘get her out of here…NOW’ and the only way to get her out was to smash something, he needed her next to him, behind him, something to ensure he could protect her.  


And it was all a fucking fake.  That nitwit did this to us all on purpose!  Pam was safe, but Stanley almost died!  All because that idiot thought he needed to create a ‘real world scenario’ to install fear and force us all to learn.  


He drove them home in silence, thankfully Corporate had called and closed the office after Stanley left in the ambulance.  Pam cried, letting all the fear run out of her.  Just silently cried all the way home while he held her hand.  


He got them in the house as fast as he could, ushering them upstairs and getting their work clothes off them (and in to a garbage bag that he threw out the window toward the garage) as fast as he could.  He got the water hot, letting the shower fill with steam, and pulled them both in.  They just stood there, holding one another, under the hot spray, letting the smell of smoke leave their noses.  


Pam reached for the shampoo first, but he took it from her.  He hadn’t needed to save her life today but he was ready to and now he wanted to take care of her …no, he needed to take care of her.  He gently massaged her head, running his hands over her elongated curls.  He breathed in the soft smell of vanilla to clear his own head.  He turned her to rinse it out and held her against his chest while he did.  He tried to pull away for the body wash, but she wouldn’t let go.  She held him, crying in the stream of the water, and he wrapped his arms around her.  He let her cry it out until she was ready.  


Dutifully, he used every product in the damn shower to clean them both after that.  He hoped all the stench of burning butane and paper would be off from them for good.  


He wrapped her in a fuzzy towel, patting her hair dry like he had seen her do. And then wrapped a towel around himself.  He took her hand and pulled them to the bed, snuggling in behind her and wrapping his arms around her, pulling her tightly to his chest.  She moved her hips and legs back In to his, getting as close to one another as possible.  They lay there, breathing and snuggled in to one another a long time.  When he heard her softly say “I was so scared…” he lost it.  Jim felt the tears come up and fall across his face on to the pillow.  He tried to pull her closer, but she was turning herself over to face him, then buried herself in his neck.  They both cried a while together, uncertain what it is you are supposed to say or do when a coworker tries to scare you all to death.  


“Pam, I am so sorry…” Jim did not know what else to say, but he felt like he had failed her.  He had not gotten her out.  It didn’t matter there wasn’t a reason to get her out, he had been unable to if there had been.  A deep sob came up from his chest.


“I am too.  I couldn’t get us help, I couldn’t help Stanley and I felt just frozen.”  Pam stumbled over her own words as her eyes welled with tears again.  


They held one another that way for a long time.  Determining neither could eat, they at least grabbed glasses of water in the bathroom, and got in to their comfiest pajamas.  Jim pulled Pam in, under the covers, and they held one another tightly until she fell asleep.  He felt her relax, and once she did, he was able to relax…she felt safe, she was safe, in his arms.  

Shout It by AmeliaHalpert
Author's Notes:

Company Picnic follow up d84;a039; 


He would never, ever, in a million lifetimes, forget this moment.


Pam, sitting in her silly ‘Scranton’ t-shirt and pink zip, smiling at him.  


Smiling at him as he registered what the ER doctor had just said.  


Pregnant.


Pam is pregnant.


She is pregnant, with our baby.


In that moment, her face all lit up (not at all from having been in the sun playing volleyball all day) and glowing, was the most perfect moment of his whole life.  


He thought he had loved Pam.  


Truly.


Until that moment, through all the moments they had been through up to that moment, he thought he loved her.  


Paper doves.  Teal teapots.  Yogurt lid medals.


Stolen kisses, moves to get away, missed opportunities.


Roy, Katy, Karen, Roy.


They came through all that.  


Managed to clear away all the moments that took them away, and make new moments that brought them here.


And, it wasn’t until this moment, right now, that he found a whole new level of love for Pam Beesly. 


Nothing more amazing could happen than this.  


Jim couldn’t stop hugging her, kissing her, tears just on the edge of his eyes, noting every single movement of her body as they walked from the hospital.  


He wanted to carry her to the car.  But she insisted her ankle was fine.  


He wanted to keep her safe.


Wanted to keep them safe.


Their little amazing bundle of cells and their DNA mixed together to become their baby.


He wanted to shout from the bottom of his chest, yell louder than any shout at March Madness, till his chest and heart burst with happiness.  


So he did.


In the parking lot of this middle-of-nowhere hospital, before he opened her door, he wrapped his arms around her and lifted her to swing her around in gleeful happiness and screamed “WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!!!!!!


No one here knew them.


No one here would give away their new secret.


The whole ride home felt like a dream, their hands intertwined on the console, as the warm sunshine of early summer elevated the already blissful mood of the car.  


Pam had his hand in hers, bringing it to rest on an abdomen that would soon be swelling with their own little goofball.  


Her head leaned back, soaking in the sun, while Jim slowly rubbed her belly willing all his love and commitment to be conveyed there.  


Grow little bit, grow.


When he got them all home….all….not both….all… he decided there was only one place he wanted to be.


He kicked off his sneakers to the closet and she followed suit.  


He took her by the hand and led her upstairs.


To the bathroom they went.  Stripping off sweaty clothes of the day and climbing in for a perfect temperature shower for the warmth of the day.  


Jim loved that she had not stopped smiling.  Had not stopped the satisfied look in her eyes, of peace and contentment. 


They had barely said more words the whole time than ‘a baby’ and ‘oh my goodness’ wince leaving the hospital.  Here, in the safety of their shower, he wanted to show her just how happy he was.  


He washed her hair, massaging conditioner in to her scalp.


Sweet, fruity, smiling body wash was lathered and massaged in to every muscle of her body.  Even her slightly red ankle (note, get an ice pack on that after the shower).


Rinsed and selling amazing, he wrapped her in a towel and coerced her to the living room.  


Feet up, on the ottoman, ice on the ankle, iced lemonade in hand, he settled next to her on the couch.  


“Pam, I….” voice cracking.


“Me too…” smiling tears falling.


“Mommy” “Daddy” said at the same moment.


And Jim cried with her, while they smiled like fools; hands on the little spot where their little bundle was starting its journey to join them.  



End Notes:

Hope that was a sweet for you, as it was for me.

My dad, in the 70's (before computers & cell phones) could get no one on the phone when he found out he was going to be a dad for the first time.....My mom said he was so excited about me that he opened the window of the house and just SCREAMED it out the window....this was my love letter to him, because I miss him so much. 

Five to Seven Minutes by AmeliaHalpert
Author's Notes:
This one just wouldn’t leave me alone, so I had to get it out.  I have several others in mind along their life, so this one needed to move on out of my noggin to make room. I own nothing but a love of this fictional world and a desire to escape our own. 
Enjoy ;)

         Five to seven minutes…


Safe


                       Safe 


          SAFE


Why is she making it so hard to keep them safe?!  


Why are we HERE?!


We should be home.


We should be with her family.


We should be with my family.


We should be at a hospital.


We should be anywhere but at work.


He wanted her to be at home, alone with him.


         Five to seven minutes…


When the contractions started around 4am, she assured him they were barely noticeable.  


Her due date was in two days, so it made sense they had started now.


All the books said labor can often start while you are relaxed and sleeping.  


They had stayed in bed, watching her belly, talking to their baby, preparing to welcome them.  


Jim had laid his head on her belly and talked to their little.  Sternly scolding that they needed to make this process as kind as they could to their mother.  Pam giggled as he gave the baby instructions how to exit her body, and that he would be ‘inspecting’ the path in one month for any damage and the bill would be presented to them upon their 18th birthday. 


When the next contraction didn’t come until 5:30, she had insisted on going to work.  She wanted to save all her time off for after the baby arrived.


Okay


Let her feel safe.


If she wants to make sure she has more time later, we will go to work.  Work is closer to the hospital by three minutes anyway.  She promises they will go to the hospital when the contractions are closer together.  Five to seven minutes is what the books say.  


But there is NO WAY she is standing in the shower herself.  What if another contraction comes and she falls?  


Thank you God.  She is open to my help.


         Five to seven minutes…


Shave her legs, apparently the hospital staff will care about that while she is spread open and pushing a human being out of her body.  


Shampoo & condition her hair, you betcha.


Scrub her whole body, focus on her back & legs because she can’t reach them now, hold her up when her thighs start to cramp.


Help her dry off.  Use her favorite lotion, kiss her repeatedly, remind her how much you love her.


Stand behind her while she insists on doing her hair.  Every woman should apparently care about hair and makeup while in labor.


Help her get dressed, touch and check every inch of her again for signs of…  of what…?  You think there is some digital countdown clock like microwave popcorn that will illuminate from her skin?


Pam looks so calm.  


She is a liar.


On the outside she is calm, but she knows when he is looking at her… she tries to hide the facial expressions that tell him she is over-thinking.


But she insists she is fine.


If nothing else, the last eight months he has recognized when he can and cannot argue with her through reason.  


         Five to seven minutes…


She will eat breakfast, good.  She needs some calories in her.  Everything he has heard from friends and birthing coaches is what she is about to do is a goddamn marathon worth of work.  Feed her.  


Scrambled eggs with spinach… check.


Toast… check.


Bacon… yuck.


Herbal tea… check.


Kevin will feed her again in two hours.  She had really come to enjoy her snack/meals with Kevin.  And, weirdly, Kevin didn’t make any of it sexual innuendo. 


Time to go to work.


         Five to seven minutes…


He watches her through the morning, sucking in breaths, trying to hide the contraction pains.  


Closer together.


Well under an hour now….hell, we are under a half hour apart now…


She promised ‘five to seven minutes’ and here we are… negotiating with a promise to leave at five minutes.


She holds her back, crutches over and I am supposed to just watch.  Because I can’t touch her, I can’t wrap her up in my arms and force her to accept my help.


I am just supposed to sit here.


I am supposed to work.  


I am supposed to sit idly by as if my wife is not in whole-body pain and my child is trying to squeeze its way through her.  


Go AWAY Michael.


         Five minutes…


I don’t want him here.


I don’t want US here.


I don’t want to be watching everyone pay attention to her while I am supposed to ignore her.


I want to be sitting behind her, in our bed, while we watch silly TV and I rub her back through contractions.  


I don’t want to be sitting in a conference room while Andy gives a shitty performance of Dance Dance without music.  


         Five minutes…


I want to pick her up and put her in our car and go home or to parents houses or to a park even… anywhere but the office. 


I don’t want to be here.


She is holding my hand, crushing it in pain.  And in front of these goddamn cameras I have to pretend it doesn’t bother me or worry the fuck out of me.  


I have to pretend that it is totally normal I can’t have private, loving time with my wife as she labors for our child.


I cannot sit still when they start talking about how to slow labor.  Meredith running out of the room for a nipple-less shirt.  I feel a jerk in my spine, shooting me straight up when Kevin suggests sticking things inside my wife’s ass.  


What the fuck.


This is NOT how our baby should be born.


         Five minutes…


We should be home.  Together.  Talking and preparing and supporting one another.  


I shouldn’t be alone at my desk, not touching her and monitoring her.


I shouldn’t be in the hallway, freaking out with birthing books and a goddamn camera crew in my face.


“Five to seven minutes……. Five to seven minutes……. Six minutes, different, but not really…..” 


I gotta get out of here.  Everyone in here is making me crazy.  I want to kidnap her out of here and she won’t let me.


Angry, frustrated and out of options.  Go sit in the car, don’t upset her.


         Five minutes…


Try sitting in silence.


    Definitely no


Try listening to music.


     Nope.


Try calling dad.


     Not answering the phone.


She’s going to be fine.


They are going to be fine.


         Five minutes…


A girl……


A little baby girl….


Her water….       WHAT?!?!?!?!


         Five minutes…


Fucking UltraFeast… Fucking Kevin…. 


We need to GO….


She promised… five minutes…


Promised….


Please, baby, don’t be scared.  


Don’t be scared, you got this.  


You can’t be scared because I am fucking petrified.


         Five minutes…


TWO MINUTES…. WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!


Get her to the car, get her to the car, get her to the car….


I don’t even care that Michael is going to drive, get her to the car…


Hours and hours and hours


                                                     ….teal teapots....


Dear God, you are so incredible.


Does she have any idea how in awe I am of her every single day?


Breathe baby… just breathe… she will be here soon…


I am right here.  


                                                     ….rooftop picnics….


Squeeze my hand, break it if it helps, I learned how to diaper one handed from both hands.


Come on babe, let’s walk a little.  Maybe gravity will help get her moving.


How much more can she take?  Ten hours….


                                                     ….stolen kisses….


Babe, you are so amazing… I wish you knew just how incredible you are…


Another check.  Another not ready from the professionals.

How many people are going to stick their hands in there?!


We got to two minutes apart over ten hours ago….


She is so tired.  I have never seen her so exhausted.  You need to rest, let me rub your back.


                                                     ….are you free for dinner….


If I could take any of this pain away from you I would.


Breathe.  Breathe.  


How can she make it through this.  Every contraction… she is in so much pain.


                                                     ….more socks….


Come on… she has to be ready….


Eighteen hours…. Please, God, this can’t last much longer….


                                                     ….meet me at the exit 17 rest stop ….


Someone, anyone, a janitor for Heavens sake… come in here and check her and tell her she can push.


                                                     ….how I feel when she walks in a room….


Her body just can’t take anymore.  


She is so tired, can’t rest, can’t sleep.


                                                     ….she made a sale….


You can do this my love, my everything.


Come on, just a little more.


                                                     ….we are having a baby…..


Time to push.  


                                                     ….mental picture…..


Arm behind her back, is that all I can really do?!


Kiss her head.


Whisper words of love.  You are right… I don’t yell.


                                                     ….perfect end to a perfect day…..


Tell her how amazing she is.


Yep? I can shut up… 


Okay, yes, I will keep talking.


“I love you Beesly… you are doing so amazing… bring our little girl to us, you’ve been a little selfish with her the last nine months, I think it’s time for dad to carry her a while… come on love…”


Her whole body shining with sweat and exertion.  


Watching every muscle in her legs and neck, every uncovered inch of her straining….


“Come on baby… so close… you are so incredible… I love you so much…”


Scream all you want for both of us my love. 


Oh….


Oh wow…..


Look at her… 


Look at them….


They are so beautiful….







                                                     ….you are everything…..



End Notes:

Hope you liked it.  Always appreciate the reviews.
A Little bit of Beans by AmeliaHalpert
Author's Notes:

A sweet little revisit of a silly and wonderful day.

A nod to the OL podcast and my version of the events that led up to the day.

Also a nod to grc73 and the wonderful “Phillip’s Display of Anguish”.  I adored that fiction and felt it deserved confirmation.


She was looking out the window with a small smile on her face.  She was quietly humming a little, not loud enough for Cece to pick up on in the backseat.  He was smiling too, though he couldn’t stare out the window and daydream, he had to keep his eyes on the road and drive.  He has to keep them safe.


They were up early, the boxes in the trunk, ready for the garage sale.  The little stack of handmade bean envelopes was sticking out of Pam’s purse on the floor.  Pam’s hand lettering “Professor Copperfield’s Miracle Legumes“ was peeking out the top of the pocket, only “Professor” being visible.  He had loved her idea to ‘age’ the envelopes by putting them in their pockets a few times and then she would shift them around in her purse.  They had diligently been sliding them around in the junk drawer of the kitchen too.  Committed to the process as they both were, it created giggles every time.


All six envelopes were now well-worn, no longer pure white, and even a little scuffed.  She had put so much time and effort into making them last month, insisting he needed several identical packages in case he needed to ‘destroy’ them more than once.  The minute the office had decided to hold a garage sale, they had enjoyed a good laugh over dinner planning how to goof with Dwight.  Pam had mentioned overhearing him going on and on about some guy who traded a paperclip for a house.  She said there were a lot of steps, not all she could follow, where the clip was traded for something else and that was traded for something better.  They had both assumed Dwight was going to play that out, try to prove the concept.  Jim had brainstormed about what would be the most intriguing item he could talk Dwight into buying.  They almost owed one another a Coke when they shouted at the same time “SEEDS!!!”  Jim’s mind had raced after that moment, concocting a story about magic beans he got in Jamaica.  It blended Dwight’s farming acumen with his curiosity about ‘exotic’ places he didn’t really know about.  They agreed it was the perfect opportunity.


But the prospect of the prank was now a bit funnier.  They had spent the last month preparing beans… and they had devolved into laughter over it this morning.


They had been up early for other reasons this morning.  Other wonderful reasons.  He would remember this morning forever.  


When they turned onto the street for daycare, he reached over and rubbed her thigh gently.  “I will take Cece in… you keep enjoying your daydream.”  


She took his hand, raised it and kissed his fingers before putting his hand back on her leg. “Okay” and tipped her head to lean against the headrest “sounds good.”


“I’m happy.” He smirked.


“Me too.  Really happy.” She sighed. 


“I happeeee tooooooo!” They heard a little singsong voice from the carseat behind them.  They echoed back her song and she squealed with glee, kicking her feel against the backseat.


Hearing the laughter, the little ‘stompy’ kicks on the cushion, the sunshine streaming in the window despite the cold morning, he was reminded he was doing a good job.  They were happy, his family was happy, and they are safe.



Cece dropped off, tables in the warehouse set up, first argument of the day with Dwight out of the way (seriously, the whole warehouse door needed to be open? Come on.) and Pam off to grab coffee while he sat as bait.  


It had not taken long.


Dwight was indeed making his way around the room, holding out a thumbtack.  Jim tried to look disinterested, not as if he was watching Dwight’s every interaction.  


Pam was jumping out of her skin when she came back, he had no idea how she hadn’t spilled the cups of coffee.  He stood to grab them and she leaned toward him, nearly out of breath from running, she got out a few whispered words “Michael…. Gas... fire…. Holly… pose…”


He was alert and alarmed. fire?!?!?! “Michael, gas, fire, Holly, pose…?  What do you mean?? Is there a fire?!” His hands were around her waist and he was moving past her toward the door.


“No! No fire…..” She had grabbed his hand.  Bent a little and took a couple breaths, looked around to make sure no one was listening.  “Michael… he, that sweet idiot, he is going to propose to Holly.  I went to get coffee and Michael was outside, he was pouring gasoline on the pavement, trying to write something to Holly and he was standing on some of it and he wanted to me to light a match!”


His face showed his alarm, voice cracking with incredulity “He WHAT?!” 


“Shhhh….” she scolded “I rescued him, don’t worry, we are all safe and he is changing upstairs.  But, JIM!  We have to help him plan something, wonderful, and not ‘Michael’ style.”


“Yeah, if we leave it to him we will all be trying to rescue him from paragliding off the roof with a training sign….” He looked at her meaningfully “How long have you left him alone up there?” 


They both laughed at that.  


“You need to round up a couple people to help talk sense with him.  Get Ryan.” She whispered.


“Good idea, he will want his best friend’s opinion.”  They snickered at that.  “I will grab Oscar too, Oscar talks sense into him sometimes too.  Can you wrangle Michael in like 20?  Dwight will be hitting our table in about 10.”


“You got it.  Don’t let Dwight know, okay?  He will get over the top and we have to keep Michael calm about this.” She was now in full copilot mode.


“Absolutely, I will make sure they know it is need to know.”


She was about to walk away, but stopped and looked up at him he cheeks blushing.  “This is a good day.”


“A very good day Beesley.” He beamed.


He watched her brain work for a split second before she quipped “That’s MamaBees to you.”


His heart swelled with how amazing it was that someone so quick witted and creative was willing to love him.  “Well, I stand corrected.  A very good day, MamaBees.”  He handed her the cup labeled decaf. “A little warm beverage for habit, if not for the caffeine.”


She took the cup “I don’t need caffeine to be awake today, not after all this.” Another smile “I will bring Michael to the conference room in 20… PapaBees.” She walked away with a little skip in her step.


…..PapaBees……


Dwight’s attention captured, his tale of a mysterious man with a cart swirling around Dwight’s mind as he moved off to the next table.  He went to Oscar first, they both went to Ryan together.  Thankful that Ryan was willing to play along, they headed upstairs.  


He stopped at his desk to check messages, while listening he looked across the room at the door to the alcove where the doc crew stores their stuff.  He smiled thinking of their Valentines Day… ahem… walk… that had led to their excitement this morning.


All because of Michael and Holly, and their inability to keep their hands off one another.  


Watching Pam’s cheeks rose with her smile as she told of how perfect his proposal had been had been added icing to the cake on the day.  Michael could downplay it all he wanted, their rainy-spur-of-the-moment-in-a-gas-station proposal had been perfect.  


They had spent about 30 more minutes prepping and planning what was a simple, yet fabulous, way for Michael to propose.  They were going to need a lot of help.  And Pam knew who would be able to do it.  


He took her aside quick after they all disbanded to go do their tasks.  “You up for all this?  Not too tired?” 


“Not right now, I am so excited!  Jim, our Little Michael is growing up!” She smiled so brightly, he laughed and nodded.  


“Okay, okay, you are right.  Took us longer than anticipated to kick him out of the nest, but by gum, I think he just may do it.”


While Pam convinced the former party-planning committee to keep mum and assist, each of them took surreptitious leaves from the garage sale to go run quick errands to gather candles.  Jim played out the goof on Dwight, ‘destroying’ seed envelope number one.  He hoped he would get to do that one more time, he had created such an over-the-top fearful expression at the horror of a second packet returning intact.  But, he was also really excited to help set up the afternoon.


Michael still wanted to have it be a “fiery” proposal, so they had compromised on many (many) candles in the office where he fell in love with her.  Michael said he wanted to “sit where they had sat then.”  Though, none of them really knew what that meant, it meant something to Michael and that was what mattered.  Each of the group went to their assigned store to buy all the candles they had on the shelves.  


While Michael kept Holly at the sale, he had worked in the Annex with Pam, Oscar, Ryan, Angela and Phyllis to clear every surface and cover it in a ridiculous number of candles.  Pam was moving around like someone put a cloud under her.  How she wasn’t roasting in the long blouse and long sleeve sweater he would never know.  His heart sped up each time he caught her looking to him, smiling or biting her lip.  His love, his wife.  So many amazing things in his life, all because of this place.  


And, all because of Michael.  


Michael told him, zip tied to that boat, “don’t give up.”  


He hadn’t.  And, now here they were.  His family.


He would open and unpackage 100,000 candles to repay Michael for talking to him that night. 



Soaked, cold and confused, he heard Pam say “what?” And he echoed her sentiment.


Michael was standing, Holly smiling in his arms, telling them through the sprinklers that he was leaving.  


Michael was moving to Colorado.


His hand on her hip, he felt Pam’s hip drop and her back sag when she recognized what Michael had said.


Michael and Holly looked so happy, her ring (that giant rock) glinting on her finger as they kissed in joy.  Pam’s arm had gone around his waist and her hand squeezed his side.  He looked to her.


She is worried, anxious.



As they dried off, best they could, grabbing some clean work-towels from Bob Vance’s crew, Pam looked a bit shell shocked.  She had gone from elated and contented to stone-faced so quickly.  Everyone decided pretty quickly to go home early, since the office was soaked and a crew would need to come in to clean it out.  


He ran down to warm up the car, while Pam grabbed their personal items.  Getting it set to full blast, he ran back up to help her.  He didn’t want her to slip.  


“Hey.” He took her elbow and led her to the elevator.


“Hey.” Glad she was responding.


“How about we go home and get all dried off before we, or I, go back to pick up Cece.”


“Okay.” As the doors opened downstairs. “Jim… what are we going to do?”


“Hey… what do you mean?” He stopped walking and turned to her.  The vestibule empty while Hank was upstairs angry about the fire system being set off.


Her chest heaved and she started crying.  “What are we going to do?  Change… Jim, we have had Michael as a boss for so long.  We know what to expect, or not to expect day to day.”  Her words were spilling out in a torrent.  “And now… we have changes coming, I don’t want to learn a new boss now.”


She is scared. She shouldn’t be scared, not today.  


He wrapped his arms around her, arms under hers and pulled to him, her arms quickly wrapping up around his shoulders like her life depended on it.  


“Pam… we are going to be okay.  Today was unexpected, but it will be okay.”


“But…” her rebuttal was paused by his lips on hers.  


He kissed her briefly, then pressed his forehead to hers. His hands slid down her back.  One hand on her lower back, the other moved around her hip to rest on her abdomen.  “You will both be okay.”


I will keep you safe.  He knew, with all his heart, when the little stick displayed the ‘plus’ symbol… the same as he had when the doctor in the ER had surprised them with news of Cece coming, that he would be just as protective and loving of their next child on the way.


She seemed to calm and lean a bit into his hands.  “Michael is moving on, his life is growing, and so is ours.  I know change is hard and it is really weird to think of coming to work and not having Michael behind me, but it is happening whether we want it or not.”  She nodded her head against his.


One of her hands came off his shoulder to rest on his over their new ‘little bean’.   


“Pamela Morgan Beesly Halpert… I promise you, we will all be okay.  We can weather whatever comes.”


She let out a little half-laugh “Even an indoor rainstorm?”


He wrapped both hands around her back and pulled her close “yes, even an indoor rainstorm.”  He kissed her forehead.  “Now, let’s get you home, warm and into dry clothes.”


And feeling safe again.






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End Notes:

Hope you enjoyed!  I enjoy playing around in this sweet little ‘no angst’ world between chapters of ‘Everything’.

 

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