Penname: HonestAndCourageous Real name: Not THAT honest and courageous yet!
Member Since: November 22, 2019

Bio:

The Office helped me laugh through a really difficult time in my life and change some things about myself, inspired by the character Pam's transformation.  Thanks to all the authors here for continuing the story!

While I don't plan to write, I so enjoy  reading what the authors here create. 


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Summary:

 Like many high school sweethearts, Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly were sure nothing could ever break them up. And, like many high school sweethearts, life after graduation proved too much for their relationship to bear and they ended up going their separate ways. When their paths cross again 10 years later, old feelings are stirred up, but will Pam and Jim have a second chance at first love?


Categories: Jim and Pam, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Karen, Pam, Roy
Genres: Drama, Drunk Pam/Jim, Fluff, Humor, Romance, Travel, Workdays
Warnings: Adult language, Mild sexual content, Other Adult Theme
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 16106 Read Count: 5969 ePub Downloads: 11
[Report This] Published: November 07, 2016 Updated: May 02, 2020
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: May 02, 2020 Title: Chapter 7: Different But The Same

NLM!!! Where has this been hiding?!
So glad you brought this back and dusted it off. It's excellent, and I usually don't like high school fics. Your writing just flows so well. But please promise you'll update more quickly! :)
Thanks for including the image at the end and please be a nerd and make up the mock website!
Thanks for writing!

Summary: Past Featured Story

The Office meets Parfumerie/She Loves Me/Shop Around the Corner/You've Got Mail. Pam and Jim meet earlier in life in AOL trivia chatrooms without knowing who each other are. 

In addition to the above-mentioned sources, also owes a lot to a number of fics on this site, most notably Expressions in Emoticons and the Love-Song of Squirrel McPants. 

Now Complete: AU, starting before S1 (and thus also a Prior Meeting), running into S2.


Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Past, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Dwight, Jim, Kelly, Oscar, Pam, Roy, Toby
Genres: Angst, Childhood, Drunk Pam/Jim, Fluff, Holiday, Inner Monologue, Romance
Warnings: None
Challenges: Prior Meeting, Instant Messaging
Series: None
Chapters: 32 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 32205 Read Count: 22709 ePub Downloads: 17
[Report This] Published: December 01, 2017 Updated: December 26, 2017
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: February 22, 2020 Title: Chapter 32: Epilogue

I just stumbled across this story today and it is absolutely fantastic! Made my day!
I liked all of it, but especially where Pam really ponders the relationships that she is in in Chapter 25. Nice to see her thoughts. I like that she is in the driver's seat as far as what happens when she realizes who everyone is...
The way you wove quotes and different situations that happened in TO was seamless- great job!

Thanks for writing this- a definite favorite of mine now!

Author's Response: Thank you! I really liked writing this one, so I appreciate the feedback, especially the specific point about ch 25. Thank you so much!

Summary: Set during and just after the events of "The Job," at the end of Season 3. Jim is in New York at his interview when a certain something causes him to pause. *Recently updated to fix a few sentences and make it more in line with my other stories.*
Categories: Jim and Pam, Episode Related
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Romance
Warnings: None
Series: Jamie and Morgan
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 6753 Read Count: 1845 ePub Downloads: 4
[Report This] Published: June 01, 2018 Updated: June 01, 2018
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 16, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ok, that was sweet and a great job for being your first Office fic! I am always up for post "The Job" stories, and this one doesn't disappoint - well written and original in that I never thought of them having a "redo" of casino night. This is one I will come back to and read again!

Author's Response: I was very pleasantly surprised to see a new review for this story. I'm very glad you liked it. It was a lot of fun to come up with everything for it. I remember I'd just finished binge watching the series and thought there had to be fanfic out there for The Office. A couple days later this was the result. Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. 

Summary: It's 1963 and West Scranton High's new math teacher Jim Halpert has a secret. When it rears its ugly head and puts both him and librarian Pam Beesly in danger, how will he react? Will they be able to outrun his dangerous past or will his enemies catch up to him, once and for all?
Categories: Jim and Pam, Past, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Suspense
Warnings: Adult language, Moderate sexual content, Other Adult Theme, Violence/Injury
Series: None
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 43374 Read Count: 8192 ePub Downloads: 26
[Report This] Published: July 04, 2018 Updated: August 21, 2020
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 15, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Ok - this is my first time reading this one (where was it hiding ?!)! Fantastic and sucked me right in... and that shirt, the definition, the setting- so fun! I will be binge reading the other chapters tonight!

Author's Response: Lol! It was hiding in the little known “I had an unplanned almost two year absence” section of MTR! 😂 thank you so much for your kind words! I hope you enjoy the rest!

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 15, 2020 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

Ok - I'm all caught up from chapter 1! Wow! I'm hoping that there won't be a 2 year wait for an update- you'd be killing me not so softly there...
Like Pam, I have a lot of questions. And Jim, what self control you have-a perfect gentleman there (well, minus the almost getting her killed)!
Looking forward to the next chapter.
Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: I’m hoping to have Jim exercise a little less self control very soon. 😉 thanks so much for reading it all and letting me know what you think!!

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 25, 2020 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

I was excited to see an update for this fic!
Good to get some backstory on how Jim ended up at the school and his "secret " life. The dialogue between them is just perfect- I forgot I was actually reading!
And this:
“I like that job.” Jim met her eyes and their gazes locked. It felt significant."
Oh, it was significant alright!
Can't wait for the next chapter!
Thanks for writing

Author's Response: Thank you so much! I enjoyed filling in the backstory for this version of Jim. I hope you keep enjoying!

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: May 12, 2020 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter 10

Whoa...
That was awesome.

Author's Response: Thank you! I hope you keep enjoying!

Summary: Jim has a rough conversation ahead after the events in "After Hours."
Categories: Jim and Pam, Episode Related
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Married, Oneshot
Warnings: None
Series: Jamie and Morgan
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2407 Read Count: 5068 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: August 25, 2018 Updated: August 25, 2018
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 16, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I always wanted the "Kathy Issue " to be addressed and dealt with, and here is my answer!
I always felt that their true thoughtfulness and kindness towards people was something that drew Jim and Pam together as well as something they appreciated about each other. I see that here as Kathy didn't get what she deserved...
I do like that Pam got a little spicy there at the end!
Thanks for writing

Author's Response: You're just going through all my old stuff now aren't you? Not that I'm complaining mind you, I love getting reviews. This was another fun story to bring to light. It's my contention that when Jim and Pam are truly together, there's nothing that can pull them apart. Not distance pushy temp workers. They are also kind souls. Few of their pranks are actually destructive and by this time they've realized that it's important to be honest. Thus we get this talk at breakfast. Thanks for the review.

Notices by Comfect Rated: T [Reviews - 123] 38
Summary: Moments when Pam, Jim, and Roy notice each other. Not a continuous narrative, but now complete.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Episode Related
Characters: Jim, Pam, Roy
Genres: Angst, Fluff, Inner Monologue, Workdays
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 44 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 48000 Read Count: 15048 ePub Downloads: 4
[Report This] Published: January 03, 2019 Updated: February 12, 2019
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: February 05, 2020 Title: Chapter 44: Happy

I really enjoyed this story because of the way you wrote it and the care you
took in writing it... sentences like these:
She was aware of Roy in the way one was aware of the weather or the traffic. His moods were borderline predictable, in the way that February would be cold or rush hour busy, but still bore watching: the difference between a day he felt slighted and one when he’d won the warehouse poker game was as stark as between a blizzard and a thaw.

And this level of writing took place throughout the story. So many funny and unique phrases that were so in character (like Roy getting her wings AND jalapeno poppers - yeah that'll fix it, Roy...) and Jim noticing how he no longer had to hold back when interacting with Pam, something I hadn't thought must have defined their relationship in the beginning and a big change for them once together and out of the office.
I could quote something from each chapter, but I'll refrain and just say great job retelling this in a fresh way. Thank you for writing and sharing. I've read some longer fics that fade out in attention to detail toward the end and this one definitely didn't. Again, thanks for writing!

Author's Response: Thank you. I really appreciate both the time you took on this comment and the specificity of it. It's really wonderful to get feedback like this and I really am thankful!

Summary:

Pam and Jim’s friendship is fragile and their hearts even more so, will a Christmas time prank on Dwight be just the thing they need? 

Canon divergent after A Benihana Christmas. For the Secret Santa Fic exchange


Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related
Characters: Angela, Dwight, Dwight/Angela, Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam
Genres: Angst, Claustrophobic Spaces, Holiday, Romance
Warnings: Other Adult Theme
Series: Secret Santa Fic Exchange 2018
Chapters: 4 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 7957 Read Count: 3600 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: January 14, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2020
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: December 19, 2019 Title: Chapter 3: Mistletoe and Holly

You've really got Angela and Dwight down pat, here! Very in character IMHO! Especially the Angela/Dwight/Cat conversation in ch 1!
I was wondering if Angela really saw Jim - it's interesting how these four tiptoe around the truths in their relationships with each other and no one really wants to tip the scales too far!
Can't wait to see what happens at Pam's apartment!!!
A side note - I looked at your artwork on your Tumblr site.... Oh my! You have a gift - I am absolutely amazed! I was an art major in college, so know that I truly appreciate the dedication that went into your pieces... A lot of heart, too. Thanks for sharing your gifts!

Summary: Companion piece to "This Thing Called Life." Here's the Season 3 angst-fest I mostly skipped over last time. Also inspired by the song "Walk Me Home," by P!nk.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related
Characters: Jim, Mark, Roy
Genres: Angst
Warnings: Adult language
Series: Jamie and Morgan
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: No Word count: 5855 Read Count: 1155 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: October 17, 2019 Updated: November 19, 2019
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: December 09, 2019 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Just dropping in to see if this story was updated as I've really enjoyed it! I liked knowing more of Jim's perspective and emotions and even how Roy was affected as well as his family. Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: Thank you. There will be more updates once life slows down a bit. I'm glad you're liking this story so far. It's been interesting getting into the heads of the characters like this. Hope to hear more from you as this story goes on.

Summary: Jim chronicles the adventures of two weeks spent looking after baby Cece.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Cece, Jim/Pam
Genres: Fluff, Humor, Kids/Family
Warnings: None
Series: Jamie and Morgan
Chapters: 14 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 18969 Read Count: 4112 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: November 05, 2019 Updated: May 29, 2020
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 09, 2020 Title: Chapter 9: Day 9

Ok, I think one of my favorite things about this whole story is that you are weaving in your experiences with your family with one of your favorite things (The Office). That makes this a much more personal and lasting piece, IMHO, because of its personal nature in recording some of your early experiences with your own kiddo.
Nicely done! Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: Aww, thank you H&C. It's been fun to incorporate some personal things with this story. It's probably about 20% stuff from my experience, 80% making it up for the fic just to let you know. Glad you're enjoying this.

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 19, 2020 Title: Chapter 10: Day 10

Why is it that I love the Pam and Dwight friendship so much? You wrote it well here, just enough annoyance, some truth and a sprinkle of kindness and understanding. And I think I'm going to take Dwight's advice as well! (not about the sinus headache!)

Author's Response: Thank you. That was exactly the tone I was going for so I'm glad it came across.

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: March 25, 2020 Title: Chapter 11: Day 11

Oh. I have to say thank you to the nod to Persuasion - I reread it every summer! And thanks for the backstory on Superman. I've never read comics, so it helped me to understand where Jim was coming from.
Jim gets five stars here for cleaning up, making dinner, taking care of the baby and arranging a thoughtful surprise!
This was a nice break from these crazy times! Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: The nod to Persuasion is also a nod to the current Regency-JAM story being written by Dernhelm, but I'm glad you liked it too. No problem about the Superman backstory. The comics I reference are among the greatest story arcs of the character. Glad you liked how Jim was taking care of things at home. Glad I could give you and everyone else a quick break. 

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: April 11, 2020 Title: Chapter 12: Day 12

I think that one of the things about Jim and Pam that resonates with so many people is that they both had dreams of accomplishing something career wise and ended up with a job that just paid the bills. I thought the nod to that here was very realistic and balanced out the sweetness of this chapter. Of course, for some of us (as is with JAM), pursuing the dream of loving someone else is more important than the career, which I think this chapter highlights very well.
I've enjoyed the story! Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: That's a great point about Jim and Pam's relationship. Thanks for your very insightful comment.

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: May 09, 2020 Title: Chapter 13: Day 13

Jim always thinks of something!
A nice, sweet, peaceful end to this one. I enjoyed the read.
Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: Thanks for commenting. Yeah nothing to exciting for this chapter. Not everything in life is big and dramatic so makes sense to follow that theme here.

Summary:

After the events of Casino Night, Pam is adrift and Jim is anchored. 

A spin on early Season 3 that relies far too heavily on nautical imagery and references to Titanic... 


Categories: Jim and Pam
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: In Stamford
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 24362 Read Count: 5789 ePub Downloads: 6
[Report This] Published: November 22, 2019 Updated: February 16, 2020
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: December 10, 2019 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

I'm relatively new here and have been following this story from the start. I've really enjoyed the "Pam in Stamford" setting!
I couldn't help grinning through this entire chapter... I love how patient Pam is being with Jim's guarded behavior and how slowly and softly you have them coming back towards each other here.
It's also nice to be able to enjoy Karen here, though I've been secretly worried she'll somehow slide in and derail Jim!
And Andy and pig Latin? Perfect! Nice to have that in the middle of this chapter to give pause to Jim and Pam's sweet and cautious interactions. Can't wait for the next chapter!

Author's Response: Thanks for the review! I had a little bit more fun with chapter, I feel is if they’re returning to themselves a little bit more. I’m glad to see that translated well. I have no plans to use Karen for evil in this particular story... 

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: January 27, 2020 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter 6

YAY! You updated this! I've been waiting!
I got lost in the dialogue and storyline- so good! I'm glad that they are taking it slow, but maybe, not really taking it slow.... I've enjoyed the continuation of the sea metaphors woven through this chapter as well. I also like that her friendship with Karen is continuing.
As far as I'm concerned, you can add as many chapters as you like. I will be sad to see it end!

Author's Response: Thanks so much! It’s so lovely to hear you’ve been enjoying this. 

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: February 05, 2020 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

Yaaaaaaaay! You updated again!
This was great- every time Jim got all doubt-y about going overboard (sea metaphor there) with his attentions to Pam, I got nervous right with him that this was going in a terribly angsty direction, but it didn't and I thank you!
I'm glad Pam's sticking to her guns about taking it slow, but also struggling with it mightily.
Thank you for the update!

Author's Response: I loved this review - thanks so much! I sea what you did there ;) 

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: February 07, 2020 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter 8

Yes! Two chapters in one week!
I liked seeing (seaing) the reactions in the Stamford branch as the ship was sinking. Jim didn't need to save the receptionist, either!
I think you wrote Jan very well. I could hear her bustling through the office and see that vindictive smile! And I've always had had a soft spot for Pam and Dwight's little friendship. Thanks for putting that in there, too. I have to admit that a part of me hoped Pam would get to stay and paint the sea! But I'm happy as long as Jim and Pam are together!
Such a good story... I'll be sad when it's over but so glad to have read it as it was being written! Thanks for writing!

Author's Response: Oh I’m glad my Jan worked. I was a little worried about writing her. 

I have a huge soft spot for the Dwight/Pam friendship too. It’s one of my favorite things. 
Hopefully I’ll have the final chapter up sooner rather than later... 

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed
Date: February 16, 2020 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter 9

Well, bless your hyperactive cotton socks (that was great! )! It's finished! So lovely! Can't wait to see what you will do next...

Author's Response: Haha, that was one of my favorite lines! Nice to see it repurposed here ;) Thanks for reviewing! 

Summary: A Regency AU Jam story. 
Categories: Jim and Pam, Alternate Universe
Characters: Ensemble, Jim/Pam
Genres: Drama, Romance
Warnings: No Warnings Apply
Challenges: Another Decade
Series: None
Chapters: 15 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 36378 Read Count: 3615 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: December 03, 2019 Updated: May 03, 2020
Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: December 05, 2019 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I had to check this out as I am also a huge Jane Austen fan (another vote for 'Persuasion' as the favorite, here!). I would be sad if you didn't continue... Looking forward to what's next!

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: December 09, 2019 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

I was glad to see an update! I am enjoying your blend of Austen with The Office. I had to smile when Pamela noticed "a horseman in the distance" - excited to see how this unfolds. :)

Author's Response: Thank you! And sorry for not answering earlier. It's a little bit challenging to mix modern realities of 'The Office' with Regency world, but I'm truly thrilled about it :)

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: January 27, 2020 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter 5

It's been a while since I've been read and I think that your writing improves with each chapter! I think you are doing a fantastic job weaving The Office and Jane Austen together. I am eagerly awaiting the next chapter!

Author's Response:

Thank you so much! I do my best and I'm glad you noticed improvements :)  

Reviewer: HonestAndCourageous Signed 1
Date: February 16, 2020 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter 7

Somehow, I have missed seeing your updates... these past few chapters were such fun. You are doing such a fantastic job weaving JA, TO and your own touches into this story. I have been very pleasantly surprised! Thank you for writing! Looking forward to the arrival of the guests!

Author's Response: Thank you for your kind words! They mean a lot for me :)