Date: September 27, 2023 05:35 am Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
DC- I want you to know that when you posted this update I had just finished the book I was reading and rather than start one of the many books on my nightstand that were "next up", I made this one my next read. When I say this one, I mean I started from the beginning-in part because I have an old mushy brain that couldn't quite remember the story thus far - only that I loved reading it the first time just as I loved reading it again.
I do hope you will update sooner than three years although I'm sure I'd enjoy another reread. You have a great style in your storytelling - I love the little extra details and backstories and how you use the characters and elements from the show, along with some pop-culture bits that I can tell you are having fun with.
Gotta say - JO is especially well-used here and I laughed at the whole 'plot of the notebook' bit. And using Dawn Tinsley - very clever.
I also have to tell you how connected I felt in this chapter to Pam's experience both up front and at the end (bookends for me) and the memories you evoked. Though it was many, many, many years ago, reading about Pam in her new apartment, you managed to capture the same feeling I had in finally getting my own place after a breakup and move-out from the post college apt I lived in with a serious boyfriend. That sense of freedom and empowerment...and when later my new boyfriend (husband now) the feeling of pride being able to share MY space.
The end, with the bit about Betsy and Gerry -brought a similar rush of memory about losing the relationship with that boyfriend's mother - no text messages in my time -I got a letter, but the feeling of loss hit me the same.
As for everything in between - great read - love details like he didn't change passcode from her birthday, love Karen and Pam banter, love that Pam is getting a job offer, Pam's insecurity about the ex-wife, that Jim's past booty calls coming back to haunt him (and how that unfolded - terrif)
Again I do hope another chapter - bring on Betsy and Gerry, and the whole Halpert clan - can't wait to see wat you bring to them. (ps I know you had no itentions on doing more about Karen and Paul but please do)
Date: September 01, 2023 07:14 am Title: One foot in and one foot back
I’ve popped in and out of this page for ages, and always forget my login info so it takes something I REALLY love to motivate me to go through recovery and login to leave jellybeans and add to favorites. This story did it. I don’t know how I missed it the first time around but I just started from the beginning and I am so into it. I have mixed feelings about seeing the long gaps in posts - I might get stuck in a cliffhanger with no ending, but I might also have lots more to look forward to. Your writing is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing. I would give way more than 5 jellybeans if I could. In hindsight I wish I’d saved them for later chapters as they deserve the love, but I think, like me, everyone else is out of beans because it’s ALL so good!
Date: August 19, 2023 09:33 am Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
I’ve been sitting here at the kitchen table with a bowl of half eaten and now cold oatmeal processing how I feel after having not only reread the entirety of what you’ve previously posted of this story, but now something new. And I just-you know, right? That your writing is akin to spellcasting in that it puts the reader in a trace so that all they can do is keep reading, keep feeling the ache of “they love each other, they want this so bad, but they’re both so scared and hurt” and keep feeling the joy of “they’re finding each other again! They’re being honest!” And keep feeling the joy and love and heart that they all (and I mean everybody in this story, not just the main characters) have, because YOU have put them there. God. Incredible. You have to know that, and if you don’t, I’ll tell you forever.
This update was such a perfect turning point. All the stuff from Jo, the way they’re tiptoeing around opening up more about what they want and who they are to each other, the JOB omg. I can’t wait to see what else you do in this universe, how you have greased the cogs of the story and now are about to set them turning. No pressure or rush but like, I need the next chapter yesterday.
Date: August 12, 2023 09:14 am Title: Somebody that I used to know
I first read this story as a lurker if I remember rightly and as time went on I didn't think it would ever be updated. Thank you so much for proving me wrong!! I love this story so much and don't see this sort of dynamic! I love the friendship between Karen and Pam and I'm just itching for Jim and Pam to get back together for good!! PLEASE don't leave it another 3 years to update, MTTers NEED this story in their lives!
Author's Response: Oh my goodness! These kind words! d84;a039;d84;a039;d84;a039; Honestly I wasn’t sure if I would ever update it again, but these two get me every time. I’m soooo glad you like the Karen-Pam friendship. It’s truly the Office friendship we all deserved to have. I definitely won’t let it go another three years!
Date: August 03, 2023 10:43 am Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
Please don't leave this another three years. I think you last updated it around the time I joined MTT. It's so, so good.
Author's Response: Yes, three years was too long. Thank you for hanging in there while these two dummies worked through some stuff in my head.
Date: August 03, 2023 07:47 am Title: Raise your hopeful voice, you have a choice
I love seeing this version of Karen.
Best line of the chapter:
"“That thing you’ve always done. Stand in a room full of people and look at her like you’ve never seen a woman before.” Happy sigh.
Author's Response: Oh thank you! I had forgotten that line but I really think it describes him, right?
Date: August 03, 2023 07:21 am Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
I won't lie, when I checked MTT and saw this at the top, I did a double take and then gasped on speaker while on a conference all (yes I was multi-tasking). And such a great update. Really loved seeing this peek into their dynamic now and Pam be so vocal about her insecurities and concerns. I just cannot rave about this enough because it felt so satisfying to read after a break.
Hope you update again and wrap up the story, thank you for the delightful surprise!
Author's Response: Yes to that multi-tasking!! Thank you for the kind words. I promise I’ll try to update sooner. And maybe it will coordinate with another conference call. 😆
Date: August 03, 2023 06:23 am Title: You know by now that we will meet again
So nice to have this story back, having to go back and read the whole thing again from the beginning, which is a pleasure in itself. Slight shades of Carrie and Aiden from AJLT (in a good way, let's hope that comparison doesn't come back to haunt me)
Author's Response: Oh thank you for the reread! That really means so much! And *gasp* because someone told me to watch that Carrie & Aiden date scene and it made me swooooon! Yes, here’s hoping all of our fictional ships sail into a happy ending.
Date: August 02, 2023 08:34 pm Title: Somebody that I used to know
I, too, spent several days re-reading from the beginning, including my birthday! As I approached the last (newest) chapter, my anxiety built, because I am completely hooked on this story again, and I know how very sad I will be if I have to wait THREE YEARS for the next chapter! Please have mercy on us Darlin! Your writing is so captivating and addictive. Thank you for this amazing universe!
squeeze, squeeze, squeeze
Author's Response: Clover, I gasped when I saw your review! Happiest of birthdays to you!! Thank you for always loving this story and being such an encouraging reviewer. You are a bright light in this community that I’ve missed so much. I will definitely update sooner than three years. 🥰
Date: August 02, 2023 07:24 am Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
Wow, this is so amazing. I really hopr its not another three years until you update!! Ive binged the whole thing and now i want more!
Author's Response: Thank you for the binge read!! Such kind words. I hope it won’t be as long either. 😉
Date: August 01, 2023 07:50 pm Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
Somehow I missed this story back when it was first posted so I just spent the last 2 days reading the whole thing and slightly neglecting my family. Worth it. What a masterpiece. Looking forward to seeing the next update.
Author's Response: Oh I’ve had some fics like that so I take that as the HIGHEST of compliments. Thank you for your really kind words. I look forward to keeping up with these two yahoos a little more. 🙂
Date: August 01, 2023 01:13 pm Title: Somebody that I used to know
I’ve been lurking on the archive for a couple years now and let me tell you I SCREAMED when I saw this story got updated! This is without a doubt one of my favorite stories on the archive and I was so excited to see it got updated!
Anyways, My favorite parts of the chapter are definitely Jo and Karen (everyone needs friends like them who will call you out on your bs.) It was also very refreshing to see Pam finally be honest not only with herself but also with Jim! Excited to see how Pam seeing Jim’s family will go too.
Side note: I can’t take his phone password being her BIRTHDAY!!! Please my heart can take this anymore lol
thank you so much for updating this fic and can’t wait for the next update! (Hopefully it won’t be another three years lol)
Author's Response: Oh man this review… Thank youuu! I’ve missed writing these two fools. And I will always be a sucker for female friendships and we don’t get enough of the on The Office. I’m so glad you liked that part and the birthday password. 🥰 I will definitely update sooner than three years. 😂 Thank you for the kind words. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
Date: July 31, 2023 11:42 pm Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
So....there was equal parts excitement and trepidation that hit me when I saw this update. Excitement because of the fact you're back and that means a chapter of superb writing. Trepidation because your superb writing also tends to throw everyone's feelings through the emotional wringer. But dive in we go.
Starting out with that flashback of wonderful, lovely, JAMMY flirting. Excellent! That's just classic JAM flirty fun banter. Contrasted to the levels of uncertainty we see Pam relate to Karen and then Jo. It had been so good at one point, then it fell apart and someone new grew out of those ashes. Now Jim's back and they're falling in love again. Have fallen in love again. It crashed once, it feels very real that it could happen again and what would THAT fall out mean? Good on Jo though to power through some of that and get it all out of the way.
Then the call from Mark. I mean if she's still looking for a sign, there it is in big flashing neon lights. And of course Jim's right there to support her.
Great bit of honest connection too with getting rid of the number old flames. Dawn Tinsley's name coming up. Nice one.
But also the "I love you" squeezes coming back. It's really starting to feel like the great parts of their past are starting to make themselves known. Love seeing that.
Hopefully we won't have to wait as long for an update, but I for one will be here whenever the next chapter does drop. Welcome back. You've been missed.
Author's Response: Thank you for taking the time to review! I hope it won’t be as long either. 😁 I’ve definitely missed this group as well.
Date: July 31, 2023 07:06 pm Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
OMG! I bacame a mtt subscriber because of this fic. Is my all time favorite and I can't belive its back! Thank you for this beautiful update because last chapter I thought that Jim was really just passing time with Pam until he needed to go to Austin and was so hurt by it, but it seems that things are moving in the right direction for the star-cross-lovers and it makes me so happy.
Thank you for this, and please don't forget us when your famous and give us another update soon.
Author's Response: Oh wow! What a nice review! Love that this encouraged you to become a subscriber. Thank you so much for loving this little fic that could, even if it takes me forever to finish it.
Date: July 31, 2023 05:58 pm Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
Oh my goodness what a wonderful surprise to see an update to this awesome story! Frankly I had given up waiting for an update, wrote it off as another awesome story abandoned. Thank you so much for not abandoning this story, please keep the updates coming!!
Author's Response: Ha! Frankly, there were times I had decided to abandon it. Thank you for reading and reviewing with your kind words.
Date: July 31, 2023 02:47 pm Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
I am ridiculously happy to see an update. I may have spent most of the day reading the entire story from start to finish when I should've been working. This story is one I come back to and is the top of my "Where did you go,I want more please" list.
The Karen-Pam friendship, Jo, mural makeouts, yes, yes, yes. It is all so good, even the painful parts. This chapter was wonderful, angsty but not as gut-wrenching as some of the others. I am hoping they work things out and Slick Jim fades into the background. Douche canoe indeed!
So happy you are back! Hmmm, I wonder if your other unfinished work will see some action.
Author's Response: Oh thank you so much for those kind words! We won’t tell anyone how you spent the day. 😉 I’m tempted to work on another update soon! 🥰
Date: July 30, 2023 11:24 pm Title: I Don't Love You But I Always Will
The sound I made when I saw this update...
DC!! I'm being so genuine when I say this fic may be my very favorite fic ever. It's so amazing and this chapter is no exception. I mean, three years is kind of a long time, but I forgive you wholeheartedly. The three squeezes. Jo Bennett's moments. THE THREE SQUEEZES. Ugh.
But listen, I had an entire child who is basically a toddler now since the last time this was updated and lady, I simply cannot have another child to pass the time between now and the next update so try and make it quick.
In all seriousness, it's so so good to see you and this fic back! It makes me very happy. :)
Author's Response: Oh this makes my heart soar with the eagles nest. Thank you for loving this fic so much and for such incredibly kind words. Also I laughed really hard that you can’t just keep having babies to pass the time between updates. I honestly can’t believe it’s been that long!!
Date: July 04, 2021 08:39 pm Title: Somebody that I used to know
I've read this a few times, one of my favorites. I adore the Karen & Pam friendship & you have Karen's voice down perfectly.
I'd like to knock Jim & Pam's heads together! It's obvious they belong together but Jim has changed so much, could it possibly work?
Hope there will be more updates! Your writing is just brilliant!
Date: December 20, 2020 01:52 pm Title: Let's burn the pages, we'll start anew
“They both knew”
The anticipation. I can’t even deal. This build up is actual perfection. Them both making their respective purchases? It’s too much (in the very best way).
“An impressive feat for two people practically vibrating with pent up sexual tension” And this whole story is a testament to you being the master of writing two people vibrating with pent up sexual tension.
His old pajama pants. I —
"You can stay," Oh. Just fuck me right up why don’t you.
Cool girl Dana! What a perfect name choice.
“Not uttering a word but saying a million things” The way this is a perfect line.
“her brain is only functioning on the level of bright lights and explosions and freefalling” DC. Girl. This line, these passages. Holy god. They are so, so very brilliant.
“Pam easily allows herself to slip back into 2011” That... that gets me right in the heart.
Oh. OH. DC. We’re back to miscommunication & misunderstandings because of course we are. The way you nail these characters never ceases to amaze me.
If those aren’t about to be the most famous of last words...
Look. I was trying to review this as I read & then we got to the bowling alley & there went that plan...
You know that feeling where something is so damn good that you literally can’t put it down, not even for a second? That was this chapter. That’s my review. That’s all I’ve got.