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Reviewer: darjeelingandcoke Signed 1 [Report This]
Date: January 17, 2021 10:59 pm Title: Love Bears All Things

Yeah, this is interesting, seeing this moment happen at a time when Jim and Pam are still in conflict and how the context totally changes it - Pam's fear of resentment feels a lot harder to dispel here.

I love this moment on the couch. I feel like we needed the reminder that these two people are both heartbroken by where things are right now.

Author's Response:

Thank you!

 One aspect of Pam that I touched on was that she was proud of speaking up at the beach because she ended up getting the guy. But she suddenly stops believing in herself again due to the troubles in their marriage. It remains to be seen if she'll find the courage again.

I wrote Jim in the couch scene in a way that he really does put his family over anything else. He's made mistakes definitely, particularly with the dance recital which is why I brought it back. Even with the fight, Pam was trapping Jim in a corner so he deserved to get mad. But with the couch scene, he still manages to come through for her.

Reviewer: warrior4 Signed [Report This]
Date: January 17, 2021 05:22 pm Title: Love Bears All Things

Yeah that's a bit of a hit for sure. Though from how you've been writing this story it's also right where Jim and Pam are. They're not on the same page and it shows. Jim sees a problem and he's tring to fix it. However I don't think Pam want the problem fixed, she just wants him. Though I get why he'd be frustrated. He's trying to give her that and she still snaps at him. So he feels like damned if I do, damned if I don't. Anything I do will be wrong.

But then Cece appears. In her little Cece way she show wat it means to really be a family. Loved the image of them curled up on the couch like that. Jim with his girls on him. There's still a lot of heartbreak, but even with the fight there's still a glimmer of hope. Great writing to bring that out.

Author's Response:

Thanks for the review! I've been writing it in such a way that Jim wants to give everything to Pam but she doesn't believe he will come through for him. So the underlying question then would be, will Jim eventually give it up? It was really intense for me to have Pam accuse that he's only doing it to save face which was a gigantic slap in the face to Jim.

 I knew it had to lead to an even bigger fight so I ended it with the scene with Cece. I remember the episode 'Safety Training' and I heard they wrote it in a way that Jim and Pam were this divorced couple (They were at odds during that time since Jim was with Karen), but they had to team up together to keep their child (Michael) from doing something stupid. That was my inspiration for bringing Cece in the fold because they still had to keep the illusion that everything was okay for their child. 

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