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The Office: I Might Break (Jim/Pam)

I am gakking the structure used by 1sentence and 1character and adapting it to my own purposes. That is, one sentence for each episode of The Office. I reserve the right to develop these into actual stories in the future. *g*

Title: I Might Break
Author: voleuse
Fandom: The Office (US)
Ship: Jim/Pam
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: I have been here many times before.
Notes: Spoilers through the S2 finale

1.01 Pilot
Pam mentions she'll have to start wearing make-up for the cameras, but Jim tells her she doesn't need it.

1.02 Diversity Day
After work, he walks her to the parking lot, and she asks him for some of his champagne.

1.03 Health Care
They all stand outside of Michael's office, waiting, and she notices Jim won't look anybody in the eye.

1.04 The Alliance
The thing is, he knows Roy was right.

1.05 Basketball
That night, she tries not to think about Jim's hands, and the way he smelled when he passed her in the hallway, and the way she wanted to follow after him.

1.06 Hot Girl
The next day, she doesn't ask him how his date went.

2.01 The Dundies
Phyllis whispers to her, "I would have kissed him, too," and Pam says she has no idea what she's talking about.

2.02 Sexual Harassment
"You should have introduced me," he says in passing, and for some reason, Pam blushes.

2.03 Office Olympics
There is an origami crane hidden in back of the bottom drawer of his desk.

2.04 The Fire
Some days, he wants to like Roy more than he actually does.

2.05 Halloween
As they drive to Poor Richard's, she realizes she forgot to tell Roy she was leaving.

2.06 The Fight
Her skin tingles, a wide band of warmth underneath her breasts, where his arms had wrapped around her.

2.07 The Client
She doesn't like the song, but she listens to the very end.

2.08 Performance Review
While Ryan is in the breakroom, she sneaks a glance at the clipboard; she's never met any of Jim's emergency contacts.

2.09 E-Mail Surveillance
For two and a half seconds she stares at Jim's bed, and tries very hard not to think.

2.10 Christmas Party
She slips Jim's picture in her wallet, between her employee ID and a book of stamps.

2.11 Booze Cruise
Katy doesn't say goodbye to her when they disembark, even after Pam smiles at her and waves.

2.12 The Injury
He sets Meredith's keys on her desk, plus ten dollars "for gas," and when he looks across the office, Pam is smiling at him.

2.13 The Secret
"I can't today," he tells her with an inarticulate grimace, "Michael's buying me lunch."

2.14 The Carpet
In the morning, there are seven messages on her voicemail, and they're all from him.

2.15 Boys and Girls
Roy asks Jim if he wants to join them for a beer, and Pam thinks she's going to have a heart attack.

2.16 Valentine's Day
Jim is the only person in the office who doesn't give her something--Dwight even writes "Thank You" on a purple sticky note and leaves it on her monitor.

2.17 Dwight's Speech
She crosses Jim's name off the list, methodically, five firm lines of red indenting the paper like blood.

2.18 Take Your Daughter to Work Day
"I'm surprised Stanley's daughter didn't latch onto you," she remarks, but doesn't explain further.

2.19 Michael's Birthday
The next time she runs out of fabric softener, she buys his brand instead of hers.

2.20 Drug Testing
The next morning, Roy kisses her shoulder, and she feels oddly disappointed.

2.21 Conflict Resolution
She tells him she doesn't care, really truly, and her smile is brittle and bright.

2.22 Casino Night
He tastes like smoke and salt; she tastes like sugar and lime.


A/N: Title and summary adapted from Sia's "Breathe Me."

ETA: 2.08 is inaccurate, mostly because I misremembered when the emergency contact list was actually updated. That happened in 2.06! Whoops. Curse you IMDB, and your inaccurate quotations for the episode! At least the emergency contact list actually exists, anyway. Um. ::handwaves::

Linked on office_fanworks.



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Jun. 5th, 2006 11:30 pm (UTC)

YES! Each of these deserves to be its own 100 word ficlet, and then its own 1000 word scene!!


Each and every one!!!

*flail* Jimandpam! (still, that's the only word that truly encompasses their jimandpamness. )
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:20 am (UTC)
Your ambition staggers me. Though I shall think about it, yes. JIMANDPAM!
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC)
"You should have introduced me," he says in passing, and for some reason, Pam blushes.

I wibble at the thought that all these could be written out into fics in the future. *wibblewibblewibble*
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Hee. Thanks!
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
This is fabulous. I love it. It just gives me that sort of breathless feeling I get during those really tense Jim/Pam moments.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, this broke me. I love how this structure works intrinsically with this show, since it's supposed to be a documentary, you can break their little moments episodically and this works so well. Sparse, bittersweet and seeped in tension. Guh. I sure you develop these into stories in the future, please, please, please...
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC)
Yay! Thank you! And I certainly will consider future stuff, yes.
Jun. 5th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC)
Oh man, EXCELLENT. Each of these says so very much and ties into the episode so well; it's a really intense reading experience. And I want more more more from every one.

Favorites: 2.01, 2.02, 2.04, 2.09, 2.14!!!, 2.16 (Dwight!), 2.19 and of course 2.22. (I hadn't though of the smoke, but he was standing near Jan, so; perfect.)

(I'm not sure I get 1.03, though -- is it because he suggested Dwight to pick the health plan?)

I really hope you write more soon!
Jun. 6th, 2006 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

I'm not sure I get 1.03, though -- is it because he suggested Dwight to pick the health plan?

I am going to have to expand that one, clearly, because it's actually one of my biggest beefs with Jim. He could have very easily picked out a decent health plan, but didn't. And there's no way he didn't know what would happen with Dwight. Just, argh! That moment drives me crazy.
(no subject) - kyrafic - Jun. 6th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jun. 6th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Here through the office_fanworks group, and wow. Wow! This broke my heart into many, many pieces. The thought of all of these turned into separate fics turns me into goo, and I mean that in the best possible way. You have an amazing talent for making each little sentence into a fully-fleshed out moment.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
Jun. 6th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC)
Ho my Gawd. I have to go back and watch each and every episode now, so I can really feel how all these lines resonate. :D Awesome.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Hee. Thank you!
Jun. 6th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
Absolutely in love. I can't decide if I want to see all of these longer, or if the one liners hold something even better by just staying put.
In any case, fantasmic. You need to write a lot more Office fic to get me through the summer kthnx.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Hee! I shall try my best. And thanks!
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
Oh wow! These were excellent!

The next time she runs out of fabric softener, she buys his brand instead of hers.

is very much my favourite :)
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
That is actually the line that gave me the idea in the first place. *g* Thanks!
Jun. 6th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
That was fantastic. I loved it.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Jun. 6th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Oh, these are so good! So much in one sentence. Awesome.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I glad you liked it.
Jun. 6th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
OMG! This was so fantastic! I want to hold every one of those lines close to my heart!

Thank you!

Jun. 14th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it! And thank you for the comment.
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Jun. 14th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Hee. Thanks!
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Jun. 14th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm thrilled you liked it.
Jun. 10th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful idea! I especially loved the bit of continuity between 2x16 and 2x17, because even though I know WHY she's uninviting him there's still That Thing. Absolutely lovely.
Jun. 14th, 2006 01:25 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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