Date: October 11, 2020 10:25 pm Title: Chapter 7
HE GOT LARISSA TO BRING HER LUNCH FROM CUGINO'S WITH THE MEAL SHE HAD THE FIRST TIME THEY ATE THERE AND THE BREADSTICKS ROY WOULDN'T LET HER TRY.
SHE'S TRYING TO REMIND HERSELF WHY SHE SHOULDN'T KISS HIM.
That's it. That's the review.
Date: October 11, 2020 10:22 pm Title: Chapter 6
The banter about what Jim should've eaten is PERFECT. And I love no-bullshit Karen - the hero Jam needed, but not the hero they deserved at this moment, poor lady. And honestly, it's just nice to see the two of them getting their lives together at this early date and sparing each other all the pain we know would otherwise be coming.
(Also, and I will not get into this that much: this may be what Jenna Fischer's intention for the Dundies kiss was, but the shot The Powers That Be used sure makes it look like Pam's deliberately going in for a victory smooch.)
Date: October 11, 2020 10:03 pm Title: Chapter 5
I absolutely love this chapter, top-to-bottom. The remix of the Andy prank is extremely well-timed, and the new stuff you're bringing in - Pam having realized he's the Dwight of Stamford and how much Jim would hate that, the way she presents the problem, the jelly beans, Jim trying to communicate to her through pranking, her revealing she remembers the kiss... it just all fits together so well and so naturally and it's so them!
Date: October 11, 2020 09:53 pm Title: Chapter 4
I like this move! Partially just as a fan of NotInterestedInJim!Karen/Pam bonding, and partially because it actually makes sense that Pam would have more or less the same instincts for how to bond with Karen as Jim would.
I'd like to think Jim would have an easier time recognizing what Pam is here to do than he is in this fic, but it does seem realistic - he's damaged and defensive, she still hasn't said the words. And naturally he's not handling the transition that well. Oh, Jim.
Date: October 11, 2020 09:42 pm Title: Chapter 3
Andy *wanting* to be the Dwight of the Stamford office and not being able to is a very apt description of S3 Andy, poor guy.
I love the remixed Merge dialogue - although it's sort of wrenching to see it leave them in mostly the same place, even with Pam making a big swing.
Date: October 11, 2020 09:40 pm Title: Chapter 2
"Pam wondered how many times you could mull something over and still call it a second thought? Surely there had to be a term for when you rethought something so persistently that second thought was more accurately seventy-fourth thought?" may be the most Pam Beesly paragraph ever written.
Date: March 11, 2020 06:12 pm Title: Chapter 9
This is just so lovely. A perfect reimagining of season 3, with fancy new Beesly and the hesitation and fear of jumping back in and them finding their way back to other with out the horrible angst of Jim and Karen. Just the right amount of angst. I love the metaphors—so beautifully written! All in all this was just wonderful. Brb, off to binge everything you’ve written now!
Author's Response: Oh BT, thank you! Way to make my day. I’m glad you didn’t get too tired of all the metaphors - I was worried they were wearing a little (or a lot) thin by the end of this.
Date: March 03, 2020 09:08 am Title: Chapter 1
I’m finally getting a chance to read this and oh, how I wish this was how Season 3 actually went! I really like Karen and this would have been a much better role for her. This was wonderfully written and I enjoyed it very much!
Author's Response: It’s so nice to hear you enjoyed it. Canon-Karen was not my favorite, but boy do I love her as a friend in fic. Thanks so much for taking the time to review!
Date: February 16, 2020 02:30 pm Title: Chapter 9
Awww yeah. That's the cheese I was looking for. Thanks for sharing this story with us!
Author's Response: I’m glad you were looking for the cheese because I was worried it was a little too heavy on the cheese ;) Thanks for reading!
Date: February 16, 2020 12:47 pm Title: 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!
Date: February 16, 2020 07:27 am Title: Chapter 9
Awwwww! Just awwwww!
*I'm sorry, I temporarily lose my ability to form a coherent sentence. It's the sort of fluff that makes me grin like an idiot, and I like it.*
Pam's apartment! Michael being Michael! Dwight missing Jim! Friendly Karen in Scranton! That's lovely icing on the top of the lovely story! Thank you so much for this fantastic journey!
*Sorry for the number of the exclamation marks, but I'm really excited.*
Author's Response: I was worried it was a bit too heavy on the fluff, so I’m glad to hear it was bearable. I very much appreciate all the exclamation marks!
Date: February 16, 2020 06:11 am Title: Chapter 9
I'm happy for the ending, but sad that the story has ended. You did great job on this one.
Author's Response: Thanks DG! I appreciate it. I’m sad it’s over, but happy I finally got past all my procrastination to finish it too!
Date: February 16, 2020 05:44 am Title: Chapter 9
I loved all the little details of Pam's apartment. Especially good was that now after her time in Stamford and talking to Jim again she realizes just how much it all means. At the start of this story I'm sure she was in a different head space. Yes her space is hers, but now, with a new outlook, she's realized just how much she has changed for the better. I get the feeling she's wrapping herself in that feeling like a warm thick blanket. Lovely imagery to read.
Micheal was great. He's there in his over blustery way. Very much in character for him. I liked that Pam just calmly goes along with him. She's happy so she can be patient and kind with him in this regard. Likewise after her call with Jim, there's a peace about her that's just wonderful to imagine.
I do like that Jim is a little nervous about his return. However his humor, with the canon line, and Pam's reaction to him allay any fears at once. That's the Merger reaction we would have loved to have seen in cannon, so bravo for bringing that to light.
Yes, the storm is past and the seas are calm. There may be more in their future, for who knows what life has in store. However now that they've found each other, they have a partner at the helm. Regardless of if they're in harbor or set out to see, they're right there by each other's side at the helm.
This story has been wonderful throughout. It's been a joy to read and follow. Very well done. Thanks for sharing it.
Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat
Author's Response: Thanks, as always, Warrior!
Date: February 10, 2020 04:35 pm Title: Chapter 8
Awww yeah. This is an excellent place to be, and I'm amazed there's another chapter coming but certainly not ungrateful. I love Pam/Karen friendship and I'm perfectly overjoyed at your not canon compliant timeline because it works so well.
Author's Response: After reading this review I thought, oh yeah this chapter does kind of come full circle. But, I really need to get Jim back to Scranton - in the flesh - before it’s wrapped up in a neat little bow. I’m glad the timeline works well enough.
Date: February 10, 2020 04:30 pm Title: Chapter 7
Oh this is lovely. I'm so glad you wrote this chapter this way, between him going overboard and her being right there with him, it's adorable.
Author's Response: They’re both a whole lot in love with each other and a whole lot scared by this point. Such fun.
Date: February 07, 2020 07:24 pm Title: 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.
Date: February 07, 2020 08:21 am Title: Chapter 8
Oh, I love it so much! The best thing that could ever happen - the returning home together (even if it'll take two times). I'm glad that there are no misunderstandings, no silence between them - only endless possibilities. And this Karen, I hope, will stay in Scranton longer :)
One little thing that makes me especially happy - Pam's decision to look for an art school, not a reception job. Yay for Pam!
Author's Response: This Karen has been fun to write. This story will end basically once Jim is back in Scranton, but in my head this Karen sticks around for a whole lot longer.
Date: February 07, 2020 05:10 am Title: Chapter 8
I liked how you had Jim still able to give his line about Micheal. Yes, Micheal is loyal to DM and here we see that deep down, Michael's employees are actually loyal to him too. In both the show and here, I don't think Jim would have said that had there not been a real sense of respect he had for Micheal, so nicely done in that regard.
Yay Pam. She's figured out who she is nice and quick like. Granted a few hugs from Jim helped her along way. Not that I'm complaining. She's settled, in a good way, about what will bring her happiness. She can be happy by herself, for herself which is important. And that the horizon is clear for a relationship with Jim just makes things all the more sweeter.
So for a while I'd been thinking along the lines that when Jim and Pam get together, they'll be in the safe harbor of a relationship together. I'm going to change that analogy around a bit. Mainly because I think I've got an idea of what's coming next. Anyway, they've made it to harbor here. The storms are past, the waves are calm, the breeze is light. The thing about a harbor, is that it's where ships come to repair, refuel, and resupply for their true purpose. Sailing the waves. The ships of Jim and Pam's lives are now resting firmly at the dockside and the refits are underway. Seems like soon though, both of those ships will be once more sailing out past the breakwater, but in tandem, rather than on a solo voyage. Can't wait to see them off.
Author's Response: Michael’s quirkiness turns people off pretty quickly, but with those who know him there’s definitely a sense of loyalty. His interaction with Jim at the convention is just so lovely & captures their relationship so well. So yeah, I feel like Jim would still say that line in this context.
Date: February 05, 2020 06:05 pm Title: 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 ;)