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: January 29, 2020 05:51 am Title: Chapter 5
Oh that's a nice use of both show prank and the Pam/Karen friendship. I'm hopeful of what they could make of this with just a touch of non-idiocy. No promises though, huh? ;)
Author's Response: There’s never any promises... that said, I’m all for HEA in fic!
Date: December 17, 2019 07:25 pm Title: Chapter 5
I'm still enjoying this story very much, especially your heartbreaking characterization of Jim.
Author's Response: Thanks Donnamour! I’m hoping to have an update out someday, it’s proving to be a busy time of year at the moment though.
Date: December 13, 2019 02:41 am Title: Chapter 5
I love the way the story is going! Can't wait to see their talk (they are going to talk, aren't they?).
And the line “As friends,” she clarifies. “Not like a date.” - I'm just screaming there. That's very cute.
Author's Response: Oh, they’re definitely going to talk! I’m glad you liked it...
Date: December 10, 2019 11:49 am Title: 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...
Date: December 10, 2019 02:03 am Title: Chapter 5
Oooohh I like this chapter. Like, a lot. Jim may think himself still anchored, but there's a lot more slack in that line. I think he's finding the water's aren't nearly as rough as he thought they were, thus he doesn't need so tight of a lifeline. There's life in his sails again and perhaps the first yearnings to chart a new course that once again leads to her. He's starting to behave like himself again and it's all thanks to Pam.
Speaking of Pam, her plan to just be the warm loving person he fell in love with looks to be working great for both of them. I also really liked that she's learned from the mistakes of Casino Night here. That after a big thing like his kiss or her showing up, there needs or should have been some time to process everything. Jim didn't give her or him that time and now he's in Stamford. She IS giving them that time and they're moving closer together. Great way to bring that out.
I loved that she put out the jelly beans full of his favorites. Yes, she's here for him and there he goes getting sucked back in as if she's an inescapable whirlpool. Which let's face it, she is for Jim. So yes, she's cleared the rip tide. Wonderful to see, but it also looks like she's creating her own current as well. One that is pulling and straining at that anchor line holding onto Jim. Hopefully it won't be long before that line snaps and her current pulls him ever closer towards the safe harbor that is her loving arms.
Great way to incorporate things from canon here. The sicking Andy on Pam prank in this context was a great way to show they still have a deep connection to each other. Oh boy Andy, you really have no idea what you're up against when you start to mess with the Dunder-Mifflin Partners in Crime Pranking Society that is Jim and Pam.
Author's Response: Thanks for this lovely review, Warrior. I enjoyed writing this chapter, I feel as if they’re returning to their true selves a little more - which meant a little more humor/fun. I’m glad that came across.