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08 September 2007 @ 05:25 pm
Saying Goodbye [The Office; Michael/Jan]  
TITLE: Saying Goodbye
FANDOM: The Office
PAIRING: Michael/Jan
SPOILERS: Mid-season 3
RATING: PG
SUMMARY:


*****

"Michael, it's time to say goodbye."

"But... this has barely begun."

"And yet it's gone on for far too long."

"You can't just cut this off, like... like that, Jan! Does it mean nothing to you?"

"No."

"That's cold. That's so cold."

"Michael-"

"What about everything we've been through?"

"It's been three weeks."

"And you're willing to just throw that all away."

"That's not what I'm saying, Michael."

"Why are you so eager to end this?"

"Because it's... it's weird."

"You enjoyed it."

"That... was... the alcohol talking, most likely."

"How can you say that?"

"Michael, will you please stop being so melodramatic? You know this had to end sometime. You knew it when it started."

"I just... didn't think it was going to be this soon."

"Are you ready?"

"How could I be ready for something like this, Jan? It... it feels like you're tearing my heart out."

"Michael, please-"

"No. I can't. I can't let things end like this."

"Do it for me."

"It would really make you happy?"

"Exceedingly so, Michael."

"I can't believe you'd say that. You were all for it at Sandals."

"There was a lot of alcohol at Sandals. Free alcohol, Michael."

"So that whole thing was just the booze talking through you."

"I'm afraid so. I hate this."

"Well now you're just being cruel."

"Michael, will you please stop being a baby? It's really not a big deal."

"It is to me, Jan. It is to me."

"Can we please just do this already?"

"Couldn't we make out first?"

"Don't whine."

"Ugh, fine. Just... do it. Stomp all over my soul with those sensibly-priced do-me pumps. Tear my heart out with those perfectly-manicured fingernails."

"Michael..."

"You're laughing at me."

"I can't help it."

"You've got such a gorgeous laugh, Jan."

"Michael, stop it. Stop tickling me, this isn't helping."

"But it's making you laugh. I wish I could hear that every day."

"Stop. You're making this harder."

"That's what she said."

"Michael!"

"Alright, fine. Fine. Just do what you're going to do and be done with it."

"That's what she said."

"Oooh, Jan."

"Come on, Michael. Close your eyes."

"Here. Scissors." Holding out a pair of scissors to his girlfriend, Michael Scott closed his eyes and leaned his head back, resting it on the edge of the sink as he sat on the toilet seat.

Jan Levinson smiled and took the scissors from him, allowed herself the indulgence of running her fingers through his hair -- God, she loved his hair -- finally settling on the three beads he'd acquired in Jamaica. Softly, she reminded him, "It's for the best, Michael."

"Whatever," he choked out, voice clogged with tears.

Jan couldn't help but chuckle inaudibly at the pout that curved his lips, and leaned down to kiss him soundly. "You're doing the right thing."

"Oh, just do it, Jan."

"Alright, here goes." She opened the scissors, poised them just above the top bead, and snapped them closed. The three beads, still tied firmly to a piece of Michael's hair, fell into her awaiting open palm. And she smiled in relief. "There. All done."

"Happy now?" Michael pouted, opening his eyes and sitting up, pressing his hands to his knees as he sat on the toilet seat.

"Extremely happy, yes." Her smile proved it.

After a moment, Michael was helpless not to smile back. He got up and kissed her soundly. "Then that's all I want, Jan. Your happiness."

Jan rolled her eyes, "Oh yeah right," and slapped the beads into his palm; then, she whirled on her heel and flounced out of the bathroom.

Michael touched the beads, his favorite souvenir from Jamaica -- besides Jan -- before he tossed them in the garbage can. Then, he shut off the light and followed after the best GD girlfriend in the world.



FIN



{x-posted to michaelandjan}
 
 
 
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: office; mj; happydollsome on September 8th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
Heeeeeee!! Oh, man, this was enormously delightful. :D :D As usual, you write them perfectly, and I loved the whole dialogue format throughout the first half and getting to muse over what the hell they were talking about. And then the hair beads! It was even more dire than I'd expected! ;-)

"Whatever," he choked out, voice clogged with tears.

Ahaha, I just loved that so much -- "voice clogged with tears" is the perfect description for Michael's reallyemotionalmoments.

Aw, it's kinda nice to be venturing forth back into M/J land, isn't it? It's like we all needed some time apart, to reflect and grow, and now things are okay again. Maybe a whole lot more crazy than we'd initially expected, but okay.

Ahem.

LEVINSON-SCOTT FOR THE WIN.

(Oh, I went there.)
a.: M/J; there may not be another wayregalish on September 10th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Heeeeeee! YAYAYAY, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! And if I write them perfectly, it is only because I learned from the best. *takes a bow, gestures to you*

I had SO MUCH FUN doing all-dialogue format, and trying to write stuff that could be taken a bunch of different ways, in the hope that I could fool the lot of you. And then, BAM! THE BEADS. Hehehehe. SO dire. :D

Haha, I had to do a shout-out to the Cocktails, "WhatEVER" teary thing Michael did, because oh man, I will never NOT love Steve to death for saying it the way that he did -- clogged with tears indeed, hehe.

It really is kind of nice to be venturing back into the world of M/J. I missed it. We really did just need some time apart, to cope, to grieve over the death of kickass!Jan. Now I really think it'll be okay. I have high hopes for lots of M/J zaniness now that they're shacked up, hehehe.

LEVINSON-SCOTT FOR THE WIN.

*gets teary-eyed* Oh, I missed that.

Xtalinextaline on September 8th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, you SO got me. The beads! Ha!
Cute.
a.: J; and eyes that burn like cigarettes;regalish on September 10th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! Yaaaaaay, I fooled you! ;D

Glad you liked this -- the idea wouldn't leave me alone, lol, so I figured I'd better post it before I go all crazy in a very Jan-like way. xD
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a.: M/J; i need you so much closer;regalish on September 10th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
HEEEEEEEEE. SO EXCITED that you liked this.

I seriously think I'm getting over my M/J-bitterness now; I've got high hopes for season four -- especially with Jan as the unemployed live-in girlfriend. I'm hoping for much zaniness.

But I also really hope they let her mellow out slightly now so she's not SUCH a basket-case ;D
mads: MJ: Smushfadsy on September 9th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
Hahahaha. Too cute. :)
a.: J; the thing that i did wrongregalish on September 10th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hehehehe, thank you muchly! :D
lovely surprise: {Office} Let's Get Physicalgirlie_girl_23 on September 9th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
OMG I AM SO EXCITED TO SEE NEW M/J FIC FROM YOU!! A;FJDAGHDSJFS!!

Seriously, you have no idea how flaily this made me! Because your M/J fic = love!

And this was definitely no exception. This was so funny and perfectly them. I could just hear every word being spoken. And it was so much fun to try and figure out what they were talking about... and then it was the beads! Just absolutely perfect!

"Ugh, fine. Just... do it. Stomp all over my soul with those sensibly-priced do-me pumps. Tear my heart out with those perfectly-manicured fingernails."

That line is so much love, I can't even tell you!!

I am soooo glad that your M/J muse decided to come back out and play for a bit. I hope it's here to stay for a while!
a.: C2; i think you knowregalish on September 10th, 2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
AWWWWW YAY! THANKS SO MUCH. *key mashes with you* ASODIFJALSDKJFLASKDJF.

I'm SO glad you liked it! I couldn't get that idea out of my head the last time I watched 'Back From Vacation' -- especially doing it all dialogue up until the end. I wanted to try to fool you guys ;D

And HAHAHA -- the "do-me pumps" was a TOTAL shout-out to the lovely Ms. Cuddy. Because Jan's SUCH a Cuddy (pre-psychotic breakdown of course!).

I hope the M/J muse will allow me to do a few more fics -- and that the new season will be inspiring, rather than slightly irritating, HAHAHA.

Blackbird. Delivers.: Michae/Jan - arrive Cocktails BWablog_ortwo on September 9th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
I KNEW IT!!! hehe

Loved it! They're too adorable. I can't wait for S4. I'm in fanfic mode now!

That'd be great if that's what really happened to the beads...we'll never know.
a.: M/J; there may not be another wayregalish on September 10th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha! I can't pull one past you, can I? ;D

Glad you liked it. I always wondered what happened with those beads, because let's face it -- Jan probably HATED them, hahaha.

I can't wait for S4 now too! I've finally gotten over my bitterness, LOL. Here's hoping they slowly let Jan mellow out now, haha.
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a.: M/J; just keep on moving into me;regalish on September 10th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
xphilehbxphilehb on September 10th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
LOVE IT! You write Michael so incredibly well.
a.: J; and eyes that burn like cigarettes;regalish on September 10th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it. I always have such a blast writing Michael and his drama-queen ways :D
lz1982lz1982 on September 12th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
You really had me guessing there--great idea and execution!
a.: C2; try to appear likeregalish on September 15th, 2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Glad you were surprised ;D
нσω ∂σ уσυ нσℓ∂ α мσση вєαм ιη уσυʀ нαη∂?fiddlings on September 13th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
Haha!! That was great! And so entirely in-character. I could literally hear the characters talking in my head.

I just realized I have no MJ userpics. FTL. I need to fix that soon. Anyhoo. Great fic! It made me laugh; I loved it!
a.: LE; you're the closest to heavenregalish on September 15th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Hehehehe, yaaaay, I'm so excited you liked it!

Also, you need to get some MJ userpics, hehehe! fivequeenlywits has the best ones, in my opinion. :D