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Summary: According to Michael Stipe, the end is near. According to Jim, Dwight is paying the price for antagonizing his co-workers. According to Pam, it’s just nice things are back to normal.

A cold open set between “Conflict Resolution” and “Casino Night.” #13 in the Rejected Cold Opens series.
Rated: K
Categories: Jim and Pam, Other, Past, Episode Related Characters: Creed, Dwight, Jim, Jim/Pam, Kelly, Pam, Phyllis, Ryan, Ryan/Kelly, Stanley
Genres: Angst, Humor, Oneshot, Workdays
Warnings: No Warnings Apply
Series: Rejected Cold Opens
Chapters: 1 Completed: Yes
Word count: 2436 Read: 544 ePub Downloads: 0
Published: November 11, 2022 Updated: November 11, 2022
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Story Notes:
This was inspired by the use of a classic REM song in the trailers for Rainn Wilson’s show Utopia, which was canceled in November 2020 just to give you an idea of how long this has been sitting unfinished in my drafts. Again, I’ve tried to seed all the information you need into the fic, but just in case:

Lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/rem/itstheendoftheworldasweknowitandifeelfine.html
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0GFRcFm-aY
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFSKBllxRIw

Picture this: Snowy ash drizzles from the sky. A ravenous pack of dogs surrounds you as the flame at the end of your stick dies out. There's only one hope left for you. The door to my shelter. You pound, you beg, Dwight! Please let me in! But I ignore your cries and do not let you in. You wanna know why? Because you laughed at me! Kevin will be eaten! Pam will be taken slave! Jim will be made a warlord's jester! Creed will write fanfiction without acknowledging that all publicly recognizable characters, settings, etc. are the property of their respective owners; the original characters and plot are the property of the author; the author is in no way associated with the owners, creators, or producers of any media franchise; and no copyright infringement is intended! Meredith will do ok. Be assured this day will come. It's just a matter of time.

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