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Two ficlety things. Snape says, "these are for [livejournal.com profile] annakovsky, babe."

The Office, Ryan/Pam


an inauspicious beginning

Ryan pushes his hair back one more time before walking into the office. He smiles at the receptionist-- cute and blonde, like Sara (the girl he dated two ex-girlfriends ago)-- and says, "I'm the temp?" like it's a question.

She blinks twice, lowers her eyes to his green checked tie, which he clearly shouldn't have even bought, let alone worn out of the house, because, as always, Laura (who just left him a few weeks ago to go to grad school in Boston) was completely right and it's probably ugly.

He lifts the folder holding his paperwork to block her view and she looks back up. "Right, the temp." She says it just a bit too loudly and Ryan hears someone behind him snort. The receptionist smiles, not at Ryan, but just over his shoulder.

Ryan isn't going to turn around and tell whoever is standing behind him that he's in business school and doesn't plan on being a temp forever, and is actually going to open his own business, so this is all just a means to an end. It's not that Ryan doesn't want to tell whoever the receptionist is still smiling at, it's just that Michelle (his college girlfriend) was wrong about him-- he doesn't have to prove something to everyone.

"--HR," the receptionist says and Ryan reminds himself to focus, taking a deep breath as the receptionist leads him to the very back of the office where a man who might seem tall if he didn't look so sad stands and holds out his hand.

Ryan shoves his folder forward two seconds before he realizes that the man, who is introducing himself as Toby, probably wanted to shake hands. Ryan pulls at his tie, fingers twisting around it and watches the receptionist walk away, already missing her smile even if it wasn't really for him.



The Office, Toby/Meredith


unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature

Toby is in HR and he has watched, at last count, twenty-seven different videos and read at least three times that many pamphlets on the subject of sexual harassment. But, frankly, if Michael hasn't been sued all ready, Toby figures he's safe, so when Meredith tucks her flask into the top of her skirt and nods towards the coat closet, Toby shrugs and follows.

"Hi," she says, holding onto the nearest coat for support. Toby thinks it belongs to Jim's date, the bubbly girl with the purses, but that's mostly just because it has a pink fur collar. For all he knows, it's Oscar's. Which is a terribly inappropriate thing to think and Toby wonders for about the fiftieth time this hour how much longer before this job makes him truly insane in a sleeping-in-the-garage-with-the-car-running kind of way.

Meredith lurches toward him and he presses his hand against her waist to hold her up. "Hi," he says. The smell of whiskey is comforting and nauseating at the same time and he uses his free hand to take the flask from Meredith's skirt.

She giggles as he drinks from it and steps closer. "This is the worst--" She squints and looks around, then back at Toby. "What holiday are we celebrating?"

"This is Dunder-Mifflin's First Annual Employee Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party." He shakes his head and takes another drink, wincing. The last time he drank anything this cheap was college and it's not as though he's a big spender now. But then, he does know exactly how much Meredith makes, so it shouldn't be a surprise. "We don't get the day off anymore, but we do celebrate."

Meredith cough-laughs and takes the flask back, tipping her head back to get all the remaining liquid. She grins and when she falls into him, she tastes like whiskey, toner, and berry-flavored lipstick.




Today was strange. The AL was on the verge of losing it all day, I couldn't use my cube for half the day, and while he didn't do anything in particular, I have never quite had such a strong urge to just sit and stare longingly at WC so much as I did today. [sigh] Also, I am tired like whoa.

But, tomorrow I get paid, I am planning on getting very drunk to celebrate. And also do laundry, but that's less about celebrating and more about the fact that I wore a skirt today. Which, now that I think about it, that might be what was weird. Hmmm...

Most importantly, I've FINALLY hit the part of s3 Gilmore Girls where Jess and Rory are together, so it takes me about an extra twenty minutes to watch each ep because I OBVIOUSLY have to watch each R/J scene at least three times. And sometimes six. Or seven, if it's the "I've got something to take care of" scene. Oh, or the gas-station kiss. ...What?

Project Runway now, I think.

Date: 2006-07-13 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] between-names.livejournal.com
Toby! <3

very nice!

Date: 2006-07-14 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Thank you! I <3 Toby, too!

Date: 2006-07-13 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zarahemla.livejournal.com
I like that Toby/Meredith. I can totally see it happening.

Date: 2006-07-14 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
I think they might be my new favorite couple.

Thanks!

Date: 2006-07-13 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swmbo.livejournal.com
Man, Ryan with all his ex-girlfriends and insecurity! That is just such a cool detail.

And I love: The smell of whiskey is comforting and nauseating at the same time , that is so very Toby and it breaks my heart.

Date: 2006-07-13 03:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] swmbo.livejournal.com
Obviously in a more coherent world I would have closed that html tag at the appropriate moment.

Date: 2006-07-14 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! That is a fantastic icon, by the way.

Date: 2006-07-13 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annakovsky.livejournal.com
Omg, I am so happy that you wrote these!!!!! Toby! Ryan and all his ex-girlfriends - niiiice.

a man who might seem tall if he didn't look so sad

Ohhhhhh, man.

"This is Dunder-Mifflin's First Annual Employee Martin Luther King, Jr. Day party."

Hahahahahahaha, awesome. I love how you made these funny and sad at the same time. Just great.

I am so glad Project Runway is back! I forgot how much I loved it.

Date: 2006-07-14 12:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Yay! Office fic, man, who knew?

Thank you so much for the inspiration.

Project Runway = brill!!

Date: 2006-07-13 05:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] honey-wheeler.livejournal.com
Hee, I love that Meredith is like, Wheee, drinking! What are we drinking for again?

And I can totally see Ryan doing the tie thing, his girlfriend looking at it and asking "Are you wearing that?" and him looking down at it, saying that he likes it, then later realizing it's really ugly. Oh, Ryan.

Date: 2006-07-14 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Hee. I think that's definitely Meredith's thought process.

Oh, Ryan, indeed.

Thank you!!

Date: 2006-07-13 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moireach.livejournal.com
I believe this means that you are canonically the best of us. omg omg. All Ryan's ex-girlfriends and insecurities and pissy desperation not to be labelled. (I have this secret fondness for Ryan/Pam, what is wrong with me?)

And the Toby/Meredith is BRILL. But, frankly, if Michael hasn't been sued all ready, Toby figures he's safe

Ahahaha. And drinking and the retarded holiday and yes yes yes!

And sometimes six. Or seven, if it's the "I've got something to take care of" scene. Oh, or the gas-station kiss. ...What?

Heeee. "Something to take care of" is so shivery hot and MEASURED and Rory's just so RESIGNED and he is so intent and. ;aosijdf;a Also man, now I have a renewed longing for that XTC song from the gas station bit. ::pokes internet::

Date: 2006-07-14 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Hey, I try. Thank you so much! I totally think Toby/Meredith might be my favorite non-Jim/Pam pairing. It just works well.

Hmmm...somewhere I think I own the album that song is on. I should go look...

Also, yes to EVERYTHING you have to say about that scene. It is perfectly perfect.

Something I forgot about s3 is how creepy and stalker-esque Dean is-- I think that's what actually makes me not like him to this day. Weird. But, Jess/Rory and the constant making out is ADORABLE OMG.

Date: 2006-07-13 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maddeinin.livejournal.com
Oh my god, the Toby/Meredith is wonderful and sad and so very Toby it just breaks my heart. Yay!

For all he knows, it's Oscar's. Which is a terribly inappropriate thing to think[...]

::hearts::

Date: 2006-07-14 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
I do love Toby. Thank you so much!

Date: 2006-07-13 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imogenics.livejournal.com
Hee! Oh RYAN. Why do I get the feeling that Ryan has 87 ex-girlfriends becaues he goes out with every girl who's even slightly interested in him. Brill!

Date: 2006-07-14 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Dude now I want to write all about ALL of Ryan's exes. Awww...

Thanks!

Date: 2006-07-14 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] allthingsholy.livejournal.com
Oh, Ryan! Love. And Toby! Also love. There's so much love floating around right now, all directed at these. Nice.

Date: 2006-07-21 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Thank you so much! All that floating love is greatly appreciated.

Date: 2006-07-14 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spamdilemma.livejournal.com
Oh, Toby/Meredith -- what a great connection! Bitter divorcé/divorcée love.

GG s3! My favorite thing about Rory/Jess is that Dean finally gets kicked to the curb. :o)

Date: 2006-07-21 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
I'd never thought about Toby/Meredith, but it does kind of make sense, doesn't it? Thank you!

And dude, Dean was SO dull. And he gets vaguely creepy and stalker-ish when they're "just friends." Bleh.

Date: 2006-07-21 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smartlikejustin.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Also, I love your icon!

Date: 2006-08-25 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zandra-x.livejournal.com
Toby/Meredith, my two favorite people.

"Hi," she says, holding onto the nearest coat for support. Toby thinks it belongs to Jim's date, the bubbly girl with the purses, but that's mostly just because it has a pink fur collar. For all he knows, it's Oscar's. Which is a terribly inappropriate thing to think and Toby wonders for about the fiftieth time this hour how much longer before this job makes him truly insane in a sleeping-in-the-garage-with-the-car-running kind of way.
I loved that.

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