Date: September 02, 2023 12:44 pm Title: Chapter 1
I normally avoid stories with smoking and cigarettes mentioned at all costs (because it grosses me out to no end), but this one just sucked me in, because it is so well written, the premise is unique and I simply cannot wait to find out each of Jam's stories. Love it!
Date: January 21, 2021 10:14 pm Title: Chapter 2
So, some things I really liked about this chapter:
Pam reacting to Sam's kindness with horror.
The line "in the Beesly house we tied the know on reminders and left them on the curb."
Pam's determination to help girlfriend!Larisa escape her mistakes, complete with battle plan.
The last sentence, which is gorgeous.
But mainly I am reviewing to note that this is charitably my fourth time through this story and I *just now noticed* the reference to Wake Me Up.
Date: December 14, 2020 03:35 am Title: Chapter 15
The best serenity prayer hot take of all time.
“the atmosphere was supercharged” this whole paragraph. Holy god. The tension. I’m dying. You write it so well.
This whole Dwight prank is perfection. Jim getting his high from Pam’s reaction is everything.
“so that I could sit on her couch staring at her while she stared at a television screen” I am catching so many feelings.
“four including you, but I don’t know if you count” Oh. OH. This whole Ryan thing, I am living for it. I can totally see it playing out that way.
And then you end with it’s a date & damn AG imma start bugging you for an update ASAP.
Date: November 23, 2020 03:34 am Title: Chapter 15
"lord help me to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can, and the goddamn patience to not snap dwight schrutes neck, amen" I CACKLED
"directly deposited to the nearest Dunkin’ because I was making twice a day appearances to remain an approachable human being." I mean, of course?
“Hey. We’re each other’s narks, remember? If I see you slipping, I’m getting you the hell out of there. You do the same for me. Agreed?” --- this is probably my favorite thing about this story. THIS.
I was so excited you picked this story to update because I love it so much and it did not disappoint.
Date: November 21, 2020 12:01 pm Title: Chapter 15
This is such a great chapter. It's a mix of cuteness between the two of them, along with the challenge of them being in a bar. The part with the darts and Ryan? Well, that was perfect. I like how she's not sure she should count sleeping with Jim. This story is so good. It's real and sweet and gritty.
Date: November 21, 2020 01:36 am Title: Chapter 15
The prank sequence in this is just great – aligned with canon and also a natural outgrowth of their desire to explore their connection and distract themselves from the drive to drink. (Plus, that prank is clever, and very much on the natural Jim and Pam level. Even though Pam is just objectively wrong about Ghost Rider over National Treasure.)
It’s funny, but this sort of normal Jim-longing has become a sign of growth here. She’s still a lifeline, but she’s also just someone whose hand he wants to hold again. Same thing with a burgeoning friendship with Kevin. He’s starting to get steady on his own feet again.
The multi-sense assault on their sobriety at Poor Richard’s is very well described – I loved the blind leading the blind through a minefield line. I’m proud of them for getting through it.
I was wondering if the Ryan sexual encounter was going to come back up! (is he the one who was second on her hit list?) (also, TWSS)
I love the way you’re sneaking in little tidbits from canon here. Strong close to the chapter!
Date: November 20, 2020 09:40 pm Title: Chapter 15
AG I gasped at the end of this, honestly. I didn’t see it coming at all and I loved it.
I’m like. So proud of them! The character growth that we’ve seen throughout this story is incredible. And it stays in line with what we know from the show and just the fundamentals of how they’re written canonically. So it’s really like these two friends that I know and love that do this hard thing and are doing a great job!
Loved the IMs. LOVED the prank. Loved the history with Ryan and the darts and just how enamored Jim is, you wrote that SO well, but honestly that’s literally every word that you type so I’m not surprised.
Date: November 20, 2020 08:06 pm Title: Chapter 9
Oh, my God. This wrecked me. It absolutely wrecked me.
To be honest, I’ve never really understood alcoholics, you know? I kinda just assumed that they drank to forget, but this opened my eyes. A lot. It just wrecked me. This one was hard to get through, but your writing is amazing. Brought tears to my eyes.
Date: November 20, 2020 06:01 pm Title: Chapter 15
I do not like the Ryan part. But other than that, this was fantastic. I dropped everything and came to read this. Pam's comments while beating Ryan in darts were hilarious. And I love that they pranked Dwight together with Nicolas Cage. We now need more of a-hole Jim and then more of this ASAP as possible, please.
Date: November 20, 2020 06:00 pm Title: Chapter 15
This very much feels like a victory for both Jim and Pam. They're finding that leaning into each other is doing a lot to keep the demons at bay, and that they're stronger now than ever before.
Ryan being a total prick about everything fits well here. Great job for Pam to just shut him down like that. At the start of this fic I feel like she would never have had the courage or wit to do and say those things. Now however she just blasts him and it's great to see.
Likewise the growing bond between Jim and Pam is wonderful.
Both National Treasure movies are classics. Anyone who thinks otherwise is un-American.
Date: August 15, 2020 04:27 pm Title: Chapter 14
I love Something Borrowed as much as the next guy, but I will say this: the casting of John Krasinski as the third male lead, a guy with an unrequited crush on his best friend, is SUPER distracting given that they never actually made the film version of Something Blue.
Also, I am desperate to read more of this story.
Date: May 25, 2020 01:13 pm Title: Chapter 14
Lovely chapter. The innocence and sweetness of their nerves and the way they awkwardly get all close is one of my favorite things I’ve read lately. How are you so good? Did you make a deal with the devil? Tell the truth!
Date: May 25, 2020 08:34 am Title: Chapter 14
Another great chapter in this story. The sparks between Jim and Pam here are delicious to read. This all read like a good fun time with people who truly do care.
Another great way to show Pam growing and healing was to tell Karen and Pam her story. She's finding more and more people who are in her corner and it's a lovely thing to witness. As much as I would love for Pam and Jim to really get together, the slow steady way you've got them here is probably for the best.
A healing heart is different than a healed heart. After the all the trauma they've gone through, as much as they may want to rush, yes I do see that taking it slow is the right way to do things.
All that being said, I did really like this chapter. Even with the few touches from the show sprinkled in as well. "I wish you would," being the standout of course.
Date: May 25, 2020 05:53 am Title: Chapter 14
What's funny is that I just watched Something Borrowed for the first time last night!
Every second of this smacked my soul with vibrant feelings: that awkwardness of "liking" someone and the first time you surreptitiously touch each other in public, sleepovers with girl friends, feeling safe among new friends.
Your talent shines in this chapter.