Penname: rational Real name: Tess
Member Since: April 26, 2020

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Summary: The Office documentary airs each Thursday night and some of its fans are compelled to write fan fiction. Some of them have more insight than others........
Categories: Jim and Pam
Characters: None
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: Mild sexual content
Series: Reality Reality TV
Chapters: 11 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10455 Read Count: 16321 ePub Downloads: 5
[Report This] Published: April 14, 2007 Updated: April 26, 2007
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 24, 2020 Title: Chapter 11: Epilogue

What a clever idea! I do love these stories where the show airs in real time and Jim and Pam use the online community as a way to work out their stuff.

Summary: Spoilers for Beach Games.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Past
Characters: Dwight, Jim/Pam, Karen, Roy
Genres: Angst, Childhood, Travel
Warnings: None
Series: Reality Reality TV
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3619 Read Count: 17380 ePub Downloads: 2
[Report This] Published: May 11, 2007 Updated: May 12, 2007
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 24, 2020 Title: Chapter 5: Lake Scranton Redux

*I* legit teared up at that last chapter. I really enjoyed this, watching Pam change and grow through these little glimpses into her character.

Summary:

An inevitable conversation following Beach Games.


Categories: Jim and Pam, Episode Related
Characters: Jim/Pam, Karen, Pam
Genres: Angst, Romance
Warnings: Adult language
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10275 Read Count: 33491 ePub Downloads: 3
[Report This] Published: May 14, 2007 Updated: June 06, 2007
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 25, 2020 Title: Chapter 8: Back From the Dead

So sweet!

Talk by Annabel Winslow Rated: M [Reviews - 171] 71
Summary: Past Featured StoryJim and Pam and two telephones, post-Season 3.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Romance, Steamy
Warnings: Adult language, Moderate sexual content
Series: None
Chapters: 7 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 8370 Read Count: 54427 ePub Downloads: 11
[Report This] Published: July 16, 2007 Updated: August 02, 2007
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 7: Daybreak

Oh wow! I love the tone of this. It really feels like they're good friends who've just discovered their relationship can actually gave this whole other side they've only dreamed about, but still everything goes so easily and isn't weird. It's so sweet and fun to see them discover each other this way. Not to mention how hot it is when they trade fantasies!

Open by Annabel Winslow Rated: M [Reviews - 19] 16
Summary: Past Featured Story

Mid-season 3, Michael takes the staff out for some much-needed fresh air.


Categories: Present, Jim and Pam
Characters: Ensemble
Genres: Steamy, Weekend
Warnings: Adult language, Moderate sexual content
Series: None
Chapters: 8 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 9146 Read Count: 31291 ePub Downloads: 3
[Report This] Published: July 27, 2007 Updated: July 27, 2007
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 25, 2020 Title: Chapter 8: Vespers

Such a sweet story! It was crazy hot, but I think what really stuck with me was how slightly awkward and not quite right it was both times they had sex and yet they just didn't care because still so amazing.

Summary: Past Featured StoryWhat if Pam had gone along with Michael and Dwight to the convention? Was she ready to see Jim? Was Jim ready to face Pam?
Categories: Jim and Pam, Past, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Angst, Travel
Warnings: Adult language, Explicit sexual content
Series: Reality Reality TV
Chapters: 13 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 29494 Read Count: 118446 ePub Downloads: 21
[Report This] Published: September 04, 2007 Updated: September 29, 2007
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 24, 2020 Title: Chapter 13: How Long, How Long, Woman Will You Weep?

I really enjoyed this story! All the angst was so painful but in a good way. I cried at their perceptions of each other before they finally worked things out. But it was so good to see them resolve it! And it was satisfying at the end to see them work it out again!

Summary: Past Featured StoryPam and Jim reconnect after the events of Casino Night.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Past
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Fluff, Oneshot, Romance
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1517 Read Count: 4733 ePub Downloads: 1
[Report This] Published: January 07, 2008 Updated: January 07, 2008
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 24, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Three Rings and An Answering Machine

This is so cute!

Summary: Jim's biggest fan guides him through Season 3
Categories: Jim and Pam, Past, Episode Related
Characters: Jim
Genres: Workdays
Warnings: None
Series: Reality Reality TV
Chapters: 10 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 13735 Read Count: 32425 ePub Downloads: 2
[Report This] Published: February 03, 2008 Updated: April 11, 2008
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 25, 2020 Title: Chapter 10: Postmark The Future

What a sweet story! Such a fun concept. I really like this version of what Jim wrote in the Christmas note!

Summary: Past Featured Story


NOW COMPLETE!!!

"Jim, why don't you tell Pam how you really feel?" 

 Jim and Pam deal with the stuff that comes with being on a hit show...talk shows, radio call-ins, and press junkets. They say there's no such thing as bad publicity, but is that really the case? Watch as Jim and Pam deal with being in the public eye and under the thumb of manipulative network producers. The story is told through interviews, transcripts, web pages and photos.


Categories: Alternate Universe, Jim and Pam, Past
Characters: Ensemble, Jim/Pam
Genres: Angst, In Stamford, Inner Monologue, Romance, Travel
Warnings: Adult language, Moderate sexual content
Series: Reality Reality TV
Chapters: 21 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 54070 Read Count: 66562 ePub Downloads: 23
[Report This] Published: April 17, 2008 Updated: March 15, 2009
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 27, 2020 Title: Chapter 21: Abby's Afterward

What an interesting way to tell the story! I was sad that there were some crucial conversations that we didn't get to see, but is a cool thought experiment about things might have changed and how things might have stayed the same if they were in a public spotlight.

I also think it's really interesting that you have this character of Brian, the camera man who cares a little too much about them as people, that I've noticed across different stories of yours. At first I assumed it was the canon character Brian the boom operator, but then I realized that you were writing these years before he appeared! Crazy! Is that just a coincidence?

Summary: What happens if Pam overhears something she shouldn't? An alternate take on "The Secret".
Categories: Jim and Pam
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Romance, Workdays
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 3 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2628 Read Count: 6759 ePub Downloads: 1
[Report This] Published: February 15, 2010 Updated: February 15, 2010
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 23, 2020 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter 3

This was sweet. I really loved how you worked in the dialogue from Casino Night and flipped around who said it. When that part first started, I thought it wasn't going to work, but it honestly totally did! The different emotional content provided by Jim's expressions made it all make sense.

Author's Response: Thank you! I'm sort of stunned that you found this older fic, but I'm delighted! It was a fun one to write, and was written for a good cause. I am glad you enjoyed it.  Getting this comment made my day! 

Summary: What if Jim had driven Pam home from the Dundies?
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Angela, Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam
Genres: Angst, Claustrophobic Spaces, Drunk Pam/Jim, Oneshot, Romance
Warnings: Adult language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 2222 Read Count: 3819 ePub Downloads: 2
[Report This] Published: July 19, 2010 Updated: July 21, 2010
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: So let go, jump in...

This hurts me.

Author's Response: :í-(

Summary: Past Featured StoryThe first time she does it, it’s simply to answer a question: how quickly can she pack the essentials and make it out to the car? She doesn’t know exactly why she wonders; something, surely, related to a friend having to pack an overnight bag during a pregnancy or an episode of Oprah or something.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam
Genres: Angst, Fluff, Inner Monologue, Oneshot, Romance
Warnings: No Warnings Apply
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1353 Read Count: 2971 ePub Downloads: 1
[Report This] Published: July 19, 2010 Updated: July 19, 2010
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: With all of the strength and all of the courage, come and take me from this place

I kind of love this little story. The end made me tear up.

Author's Response: d84;a039;

Author's Response: d84;a039;

Summary: Jim has no idea how he’s gotten into a situation where beautiful, sweet, engaged Pam is fiercely kissing him in a dark corner at a party at Phyllis Lappin’s house at Christmas, but he knows that there are only a handful of possible outcomes, and while they range from one end of the spectrum to the other, there’s only one good one he can think of, and it seemed the least likely.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Alternate Universe
Characters: Angela, Dwight, Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam, Phyllis, Roy
Genres: Angst, Drama, Fluff, Holiday, Oneshot, Romance
Warnings: Adult language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1490 Read Count: 3287 ePub Downloads: 4
[Report This] Published: December 23, 2010 Updated: December 23, 2010
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Beautiful, Sweet, Engaged Pam

So sweet! I really like this take on what Jim wrote in the card.

Author's Response: Thank you! I have always wondered what he wrote. I think heíd go out of his way to just skirt the edge of telling her everything so he could still fall back on plausible deniability if she didnít return his feelings, hence, what I wrote.

Summary: Past Featured StoryJim's POV during Paper Airplane.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Episode Related
Characters: None
Genres: Angst
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1841 Read Count: 2611 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: May 01, 2013 Updated: May 01, 2013
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: June 01, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Oh man, I just rewatched this episode yesterday, and then I happened to come across this story. I am legit crying. This reminds me of rough patches in my own 19-year relationship, that terrible feeling where you can sense a wall between you but you're not sure how to take it down. Thank goodness Jim and Pam have a sturdy foundation to get them through it.

Summary: Five times Jim almost kisses Pam, and one time he does without the cameras catching it.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim/Pam
Genres: Angst, Claustrophobic Spaces, Holiday, Inner Monologue, Oneshot, Romance, Steamy
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 3689 Read Count: 4028 ePub Downloads: 4
[Report This] Published: August 29, 2014 Updated: January 09, 2015
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 2: ...And one time he did

Are you trying to kill me? Okay, but I really love this stolen kiss that wasn't caught by the cameras.

Author's Response: <3<3<3

Summary: He'd been thinking this was all fine and that he could just be her friend and be in love with her so long as she was happily with someone else, but the thing is, he knows she's not happy, and it's fucking torture.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related
Characters: Jim/Pam, Roy
Genres: Angst, Inner Monologue, Oneshot
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1574 Read Count: 2343 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: August 29, 2014 Updated: January 09, 2015
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: 'Cause there's beauty in the breakdown

God, Casino Night just tears me up.

Author's Response: d84;a039;

Summary: Pam asks her question. Jim answers it.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Angela, Jim/Pam
Genres: Drunk Pam/Jim, Fluff, Oneshot, Romance, Steamy
Warnings: Mild sexual content
Challenges: Can I Ask You A Question?
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1415 Read Count: 3266 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: August 29, 2014 Updated: January 09, 2015
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Those damn cameras, ruining everything!

Author's Response: Srsly!

Summary: She’s been wondering if he ever thinks about her, or when he does, or why. She wonders when she'll stop thinking of him in this way, or if she ever will, or if she'll ever find out what his lips feel like. She’s thinking about this as she’s getting ready to leave at the end of a long work day, when the phone rings. And it’s him.
Categories: Alternate Universe, Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam, Ryan
Genres: Angst, Fluff, In Stamford, Oneshot, Romance, Travel, Workdays
Warnings: None
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 883 Read Count: 1849 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: August 30, 2014 Updated: January 09, 2015
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

Awww! I love angst but, god, there are so many moments where things could have been completely different if they'd just done a tiny thing differently!

Author's Response: So true! I love a big dose of angst with a side of happily ever after 😊

Summary: The moon bounce is still there when she leaves work that evening.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present, Episode Related, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Karen, Pam
Genres: Angst, Claustrophobic Spaces, Fluff, Oneshot, Steamy, Workdays
Warnings: Adult language
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1309 Read Count: 2475 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: January 10, 2015 Updated: January 10, 2015
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Moon bounce

This is adorable. I just love it when Pam is brave!

Author's Response: So do I! So does Jim 😊 Thanks for the review!

Summary: stories/3297/images/pictureformystory.jpg

After the events of beach day, Pam decides that desperate times call for desperate measures. She only has three days before Jim has his big job interview and she's got to do something to show him why he should stay right there in Scranton. 

 Just a sexy AU about how the time could have been different.  

Spoilers from season 3 especially Beach Day and The Job.   

A MILLION THANKS TO LADAMA FOR THE STORY ART. It's amazing and so are you.  


Categories: Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Jim/Pam, Karen, Kelly, Michael, Ryan
Genres: Humor, Inner Monologue, Steamy
Warnings: Adult language, Explicit sexual content
Series: None
Chapters: 5 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 10119 Read Count: 14116 ePub Downloads: 11
[Report This] Published: April 21, 2017 Updated: April 22, 2017
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 25, 2020 Title: Chapter 5: STILL WEDNESDAY

This was fun! Hot, crazy, kind of out of character, but who really cares when Pam is hardcore coming on to Jim while he tries to hide behind the copier or purposely pouring water on herself? I also loved Jim being driven increasingly insane until he suddenly realized what she was actually doing.

Summary: Jim & Pam's first date (weekend) as a couple. Set after The Job.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam
Genres: Drunk Pam/Jim, Fluff, Humor, Inner Monologue, Romance, Steamy, Weekend, Wet Pam/Jim
Warnings: Adult language, Explicit sexual content, Other Adult Theme
Series: None
Chapters: 24 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 29537 Read Count: 72275 ePub Downloads: 33
[Report This] Published: July 06, 2017 Updated: July 07, 2017
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 28, 2020 Title: Chapter 24: Subtext

I love this! Totally hot, whew, wow. Like, give me a second to take a cold shower. But also, so heartwarming and sweet! Their love for each other is just palpable. Really beautiful!

Summary: Past Featured StoryNo one's ever had a crush on her as far as she knows. Roy, maybe, but that was so long ago it doesn't feel like it even counts.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Pam, Pam/Roy, Roy
Genres: Angst, Claustrophobic Spaces, Steamy, Workdays
Warnings: No Warnings Apply
Series: None
Chapters: 2 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1955 Read Count: 3621 ePub Downloads: 4
[Report This] Published: July 20, 2017 Updated: July 21, 2017
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter 2

Heartrending! Pam's point of view was so shocking and world-altering, and then Jim's was just like a gut shot. It makes me so curious what would happen next! Pam could surely never go on the way she did before after that.

Author's Response: Thanks so much! I wonder, too, haha. I think Pam was so deep in denial su was basically submerged by this point, and so she was able to explain every encounter with Jim away as being perfectly normal and logical. I donít know how she would have shaken this one off as perfectly normal, but Iím sure she would have!

Summary: Michael takes the office apple picking.
Categories: Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Kelly, Michael, Oscar, Pam, Stanley
Genres: Angst, Oneshot, Steamy
Warnings: No Warnings Apply
Series: None
Chapters: 1 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 1534 Read Count: 1006 ePub Downloads: 0
[Report This] Published: July 21, 2017 Updated: July 21, 2017
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 31, 2020 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

So sweet! With just the right amount of angsty yearning.

Author's Response: d84;a039;

Safety First by Rach3l Rated: MA [Reviews - 15] 25
Summary:

An unexpected threat surfaces, testing Jim and Pam's deepening bond in ways neither could have anticipated.

The sequel to Freedom First. Intrigue, drama, sprinkled with fluff, smutty in all the right places (and a few of the wrong ones).

AU: Cameras, cameras everywhere, with a far more sinister purpose. Set in a dystopian version of America, but the people aren't taking it lying down.

**This story picks up a couple of weeks after Freedom First ends. If you haven't read that story, this one may not make sense. 


Categories: Jim and Pam, Alternate Universe
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Other, Pam
Genres: Angst, Drama, Drunk Pam/Jim, Inner Monologue, Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Suspense
Warnings: Adult language, Drug Use/Abuse, Explicit sexual content, Other Adult Theme, Violence/Injury
Series: Give Us Liberty or Give Us Death
Chapters: 16 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 35972 Read Count: 11472 ePub Downloads: 13
[Report This] Published: November 24, 2017 Updated: November 24, 2017
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 30, 2020 Title: Chapter 16: Chapel of Love

I really enjoyed this series! Such a grim, dark version of our world (which is a really cool thought experiment and I love what you've done with it), but it leads to these versions of Pam and Jim that are in some ways so...innocent? Neither of them having any relationship experience or history makes their relationship so sweet and naive, which is adorable. And yet they figured things out pretty quick and also had some crazy hot sex!

In the first story, I felt like you ripped my heart right out when Jim told Pam they'd find a way out of their marriages and she thought he didn't really care about her and was just pitying her. And yet that was ultimately just a misunderstanding, so easily rectified, compared to her *father* trying to kidnap her. Heartbreaking! I assume it's not likely that you'll finish the third part now, but man, I'm so curious about the fallout from that! Like, how do you even navigate that situation? Can't go to the police, for obvious reasons. But can you just ignore him? I mean, Penny still lives in his house!

Not to mention that I'm dying to know what Pam painted for Jim! And to see their Poconos vacation! Anyway, this series is really great and engaging and scary and sexy. Great job!

Author's Response:

Thank you <3 I'm beyond flattered there is still an audience for these stories, given their age. I actually have a half-finished part 3 for Freedom First on my hard drive (which was originally intended as a trilogy). I'm focusing on my own work these days, so I don't foresee coming back to The Office fandom, but I have a really hard time publishing unfinished stories. I'm such a perfectionist, and I never actually decided how to end the Freedom First storyline. My intention was/is/remains for JAM to leave Freedom First and end up safely(ish) in Canada, but how would they get there? Would Pam inadvertently end up pregnant along the way? Would they bring Larissa and Penny along, or focus on themselves first?  What body parts or portions of innocence would be lost in the process? 

Truthfully, I was toying with the idea of a "choose your own adventure" ending because I could not make up my GD mind. One of the options (my personal favorite) was a madcap out-of-the-blue rescue involving Dwight, Mose, an armored amphibious vehicle, Angela, Michael, and other rural renegades of Wayne County, PA.

Sin Aesthetics by Rach3l Rated: MA [Reviews - 11] 28
Summary: A dark take on JAM from The Office, if everyone in the world had superpowers. TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, sexual assault, sexual violence. Not glorified, posted with mod permission.
Categories: Alternate Universe, Jim and Pam, Present
Characters: Jim, Jim/Pam, Mark, Other, Pam/Roy, Roy
Genres: Angst, Drama, Drunk Pam/Jim, Horror, Humor, Romance, Weekend
Warnings: Adult language, Dubious Consent, Explicit sexual content, Violence/Injury
Series: None
Chapters: 9 Table of Contents
Completed: Yes Word count: 19970 Read Count: 8444 ePub Downloads: 5
[Report This] Published: March 29, 2018 Updated: March 29, 2018
Reviewer: rational Signed 1
Date: May 22, 2020 Title: Chapter 9: Epilogue-Into the Sunlight

This is a really cool world you've built! I like all the little bits of background that got tossed out across the course of the story. I also really enjoyed how, even though this is such a dark version of their story, Pam and Jim can work things out incredibly quickly if he can just touch her and see how she feels.