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2010 Challenge 6 - As if!
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Aug 2nd 2010 edited

This prompt is from Nerfy Life:

What if the Stamford branch never existed and that job wasn’t available for Jim’s transfer after Casino Night? Tell us in 400 words or less what that meant for Jim and Pam.

Thanks, Nerfy!

Aug 3rd 2010

Dwight: [sobbing] Jim is gone. He's gone. I miss him so much. Ooooh I cry myself to sleep, Jim! [serious] False. I do not miss him.

Jim: I am the regional sales manager of Cumberland Mills Paper here in Maryland. Turns out it's a pretty easy gig when your boss isn't an idiot and the receptionist isn’t a passive-aggressive flirt who is afraid to face her own feelings.

Pam: Yeah, I didn't go through with the wedding. I got cold feet, a few days before. And I can't really explain it. But now we’re back together, and I'm really happy to be back with Roy. I think it shows maturity. Maturity and dignity. ... Is that braggy? I don't mean it to be braggy.

Brenda: Yeah, I'm happy Jim called me before he left Dunder-Mifflin. I mean, I don't think he's into me or anything, but, I'm kind of into him. So...there you go.

Aug 5th 2010

Sydney, Australia: June 11, 2006


Jim was surprised he heard the phone ring at all. Phones sound different in Australia. Like really loud. And he was already hung over. It took him a moment to remember why he got so smashed last night. Oh yeah. Pam was getting married. To Roy. He had really wanted to tell her how he felt, especially after how beautiful she looked at that casino thing, but, of course, he couldn’t gather the courage, and that’s why he currently feels like shit in a hotel halfway around the world.

“Jim? It’s Pam.”

“Holy shit.”

“I can’t marry Roy. I just can’t.”

“Holy shit.”

“I think I’m in love with you.”

“Holy shit.”

“Please say something besides ‘holy shit.'”

“Holy crap.”

“Jim, please. This is like the hardest day of my life.”

“I’m sorry to hear about the wedding, Pam. Actually, not really. I am sorry I’m on the other side of the world right now because if I wasn’t, I’d run to you and…um, it’s really strange to be talking to you right now, and I’m still kinda drunk from last night, and I am so in love with you, Pam Beesly. You have no idea.”

(sound of sniffling) “Um, how many more days are you there?”

“Um…I’m supposed to come back on the 15th. So, four?”

“That sounds good. What hotel are you at?”

“What hotel? Why?”

“Because I’m coming to see you.”

“Holy shit.”

Aug 8th 2010

(Twilight Zone theme song)

Imagine if you will… a salesman and a receptionist… coworkers, friends, and star-crossed lovers. They might be soul mates, but fate-- and a burly warehouse worker-- kept them apart. In a desperate effort to acquire the happiness that eludes him, the salesman declares his love to the receptionist but is rebuffed. With all hope lost, he transfers to another branch, moves to another state, and tries to forget the one he could not have.

Now imagine that this other branch-- the salesman’s escape from heartbreaking reality-- did not exist at all. Would hope return, and a lost love float back within reach? Would the two finally be united, avoiding a wasted year for themselves and millions of well-wishers?

Come along and find out for yourself… in the Twilight Zone.

(Theme song resumes)

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