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17 July 2007 @ 11:31 pm
Intoxicated Valentines [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Intoxicated Valentines
CHAPTER FOUR: Tear It Up
FANDOM: 30 Rock
PAIRING: Jack/Liz
SPOILERS: Season one
RATING: PG this chapter!
SUMMARY:


*****

"Lemon?"

Liz blinked a few times, trying to rid her mind of the images she'd just seen, and trying to rid her body of the tingles said-images produced. She was still in that hazy place between waking and dreaming -- everything was still a little bit too vivid, and her head was swimming. "Here," she responded, belatedly.

Jack smirked for a moment. "Lemon, I'm not taking attendance. I'm asking if you're alright. How's your head?"

She wanted to tell him her head was swimming, and that she was drowning, but that was just... crazy. Crazier. Than normal. "My head... feels funny, still. The headache's gone, though."

"Well, that's good. Here." He held out a cup to her, and that was when Liz noticed he'd brought her some tea. "I asked around for the best cure for a headache... I didn't say hangover, though I'm sure it was inferred... and Kenneth made this tea."

Liz sat up slowly, furrowing her eyebrows at him. "You hunted around for tea? For me?"

"Yes. Here."

Jack must have still been hungover. He was being oddly sweet. "Thank you." She took the cup from him nonetheless and sipped at it, the dizziness finally starting to melt away. "This is good."

"Good." Jack smiled and pulled up a chair near the couch. Pointing toward her neck, he commented, "So I see you're not making much of an attempt to cover that."

"I tried. I wore almost a whole bottle of cover-up, and when that didn't work I wore a scarf. And... then... Jenna took it."

"Ah, so Jenna knows." Jack nodded slowly. "That explains why she winked at me a few moments ago."

"Yeah."

Awkward silence fell, and Liz glanced down at her iPod to see "Lover I Don't Have To Love" still playing on repeat. Instinctively, her eyes trailed upward to Jack, peering at him through her lashes. He stared right back at her, and opened his mouth to say something, just as Tracy burst through the door. "Donaghy! Liz Lemon!"

Liz and Jack both winced slightly at the volume, but Tracy (predictably) took no notice. "We are going to make some mistakes tonight!" he announced excitedly. "We're gonna TEAR. IT. UP!"

Liz closed her eyes and shook her head. "Tracy, I really... I don't want to tear things up tonight."

Jack shook his head as well. "Nor do I. Sorry, Tre."

"No! No WAY!" Tracy was apparently deeming their refusals unacceptable. "We are celebrating! I just got a movie deal booked for the summer hiatus! Me and Jackie Chan are gonna rob banks!"

"Wow," Liz nodded slowly, feigning a smile. "That's... original."

"We're all goin' to the Sapphire Lounge tonight. And then maybe hit some other clubs. You two are not backin' outta this! You both need more action than the rest of us put together!"

Again, it flew right over Tracy's head when Jack and Liz exchanged an awkward look.


*****

Tracy stayed true to his word. He didn't let either of them back out of going. Liz groaned to herself as she got ready for the evening, wearing her usual "club" attire (meaning the outfit she'd worn the only other time she'd gone clubbing -- when she broke up with Dennis): her blue dress, her cute heels, and she curled her hair, slapping on just enough eye makeup (and using up another bottle of liquid coverup on her hickey) before quitting and heading for the door.

A knock sounded just as she reached for the doorknob and she pulled it open, rolling her eyes in preparation to tease her friend about being tardy. "Jenna, you're--" Then her eyebrows raised. "Jack."

He nodded cordially. "Lemon."

She furrowed her brows. "What are you... doing here?"

Jack shrugged one shoulder, his hands in the pockets of his dress pants. "Jenna, Tracy, and Josh decided to get started a little early, so... I came to pick you up. Because I don't want to go to this, and neither do you. And, well... misery loves company, Lemon."

She nodded, unable to disagree. "That it does. And... how early, exactly, did everyone get started?"

Jack blinked, responding after a beat, "Three-thirty."

"Ahh."

"Think you can control your drinking tonight, Lemon?"

"Can you?" she fired back at him as she grabbed her purse and they started walking out. She looked over her shoulder at him as she locked the door.

Jack just blinked slowly and smiled enigmatically. "I guess we'll have to see."

And damn it if that dream (the memories) didn't start floating back to Liz. A wave of heat slid down her spine, and she just barely stuttered a response -- "Y-yeah." -- before Jack placed his hand on her lower back and guided her down to the limo.


*****

They got to the Sapphire Lounge to find everyone else half in the bag already. Jenna boisterously greeted her and Jack, kissing both of their cheeks (and spilling a little bit of champagne on Jack's suit jacket, which he wiped off wordlessly). "You came! You guys came!"

Liz handed Jack a couple cocktail napkins while smiling at Jenna. "Yes, we're here."

"That is so awesome! I didn't know if you guys would want to come, because of--"

Liz panicked. Oh God, everything was going to come out now. "Uh--"

Luckily, Jack jumped in. "Jenna, what is it that you're having? Is that champagne?" He spoke to her like she was five years old showing him a fingerpaint portrait.

"Yeah!" she grinned. "You guys want something to drink?"

"Yes, I think we'll have a drink or two." Jack touched her elbow and Liz fought the shiver as he asked of her, "Your usual?"

She nodded. "Yes, please." She watched him go, wondering just when they'd gotten so comfortable with each other, and looked up to see Jenna giggling at her. "What?"

"You guys are so married! You have drunken sex once and all of a sudden you're like deeply married to each other."

"Sshhh!" Liz hissed, grabbing Jenna's arm forcefully, trying to shake some sense into her. "Do you want everyone else to hear?"

Jenna blew a raspberry between her pursed lips. "Oh please! Everyone else heard about it an hour ago!"

"Oh, God." Liz squinted her eyes shut painfully, grimacing. "Jenna..."

"Here you are."

A glass of Pinot Grigio was placed in her line of vision and she gulped it gratefully. She was going to need at least three or four drinks to survive the teasing they were sure to endure now. "Thanks," she told Jack when she was finished.

Jenna, by that time, had wandered (stumbled) back to the VIP table Tracy had reserved. Jack leaned close to Liz, warning her, "You might wanna slow down."

"Everyone knows."

"I suspected as much. Frank and Lutz have been giving me the thumbs up sign repeatedly since we've arrived. So..." He raised his scotch glass. "Cheers."

This was definitely going to be an interesting night.



TBC



{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
 
 
 
Tally: Jesse Tyler Fergusonmusical_junkie on July 18th, 2007 05:08 am (UTC)
"You guys are so married! You have drunken sex once and all of a sudden you're like deeply married to each other."


"I suspected as much. Frank and Lutz have been giving me the thumbs up sign repeatedly since we've arrived. So..." He raised his scotch glass. "Cheers."

Pure AWESOME. I would go more in depth, but it's like midnight and it's been a REALLY long day. Your new chapter was quite the high point (that and watching Camp for, like, the 1000th time.)
Your Jenna is amazing, by the way.
a.: L; the super doesn't stand for modelregalish on July 21st, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
Hehehe! Glad you liked that chapter, despite how short it was.

And thanks so much for the comment about Jenna. I love writing her oh-so-much.
meganp6 on July 18th, 2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
Dear God, I loved this chapter!! I know you just posted it but how soon will we get to read the next one? I'm dying here!! Does Jack remember? Will he let Liz know he remembers?!?!? Can't wait!! *bounces*

Btw, keep one thing in mind: this is a "R" fic now...it wasn't at the beginning, but things changed and now you can't back away from it, so just keep it that way, ok????? LOL
a.: L; if you wanna have some funregalish on July 21st, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thanks so much Meg! Glad you liked this one.

And don't worry, I totally kept in mind the R rating for the next chapter (which is already up!). You'll see ;D
csiAngel: 30 Rock J/Lcsiangel on July 18th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
Oooh it certainly is going to be an interesting night :-D Hee!

I love the way Jack and Liz are so comfortable with each other, and that Jenna has already told everyone else :-D Mwahaha!
a.: D/E; i've never been ashamedregalish on July 21st, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
Heeeeee! Thanks, Jac!

...I'm always inclined to put a 'k' at the end of your name instinctively. LOLOL. I think that means I've been writing TOO MUCH 30 Rock ;D
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: andyfirthgal on July 18th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! Too short!!!!!! But incredibly amazing, I absolutely loved this chapter. The dialogue was so perfect, and I loved how Jack showed up to pick her up instead of Jenna, and all the little familiar touches, so sweet! And the awkward looks between each other during Tracy's piece was so cute. And you get extra points for mentioning Jackie Chan! Heehee, I personally would love to see a film with Jackie Chan and Tracy Jordan! Jackie Chan rules all. Anyway, excellent chapter, seriously cannot wait for more! Please don't keep me waiting for too long! Of course, I leave for vacation on Friday, so I'll probably have to wait even longer than everyone else. *sigh*
a.: L; something has changed within me;regalish on July 21st, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
HEEEE. Yay, thank you! I'm glad you're still liking it! And yeah, this chapter did end up being shorter than I kinda wanted it to be, but heh. The muse stops the chapter when she feels like stopping it, lol.

And yay extra points! Bwahaha. I just loved the idea of Tracy Jordan & Jackie Chan doing a movie together -- about bank robbers.

Awww, I totes forgot you were leaving for vacation yester! I've got a shout-out to you in the next chapter of this fic, AND I've got a new Jack/Liz oneshot up. So you'll have plenty of fun stuff waiting for you when you get home :D

Also, I still have to comment on your latest Kandy fic. I LOVE IT. But I'll make a real (hopefully coherent) comment soon.

a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: booyah!quietdecember on July 19th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
wow...just SO good...
Good job!!!
Your Jenna is nothing short of spectacular btw
a.: J/L; i did not go and shout itregalish on July 21st, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I have such a fun time writing Jenna, so it means a lot to hear I'm doing okay with her characterization.

Thanks again!
Miamiecsi_miamie126 on July 20th, 2007 03:50 am (UTC)
Awww. Though Kenneth did not make a direct appearance, I can imagine him making the tea, all smiles. :)

Of course, this being a Jack Liz fic, I must praise the fuzziness of it...

Sooooo....


SQUEEEEEE! I so love you right now. How sweet of him!

Please keep this up.

P.S a PG 13 rating? Ohhhhh.... *sad face*
a.: JK; cowboy take me away;regalish on July 21st, 2007 01:59 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you so much!

And that's exactly how I imagined Kenneth as I wrote the tea part, LOL. All smiles and, "Sure thing, Mr. Donaghy!" happy to help out. Oh, Kenneth.

Glad you're enjoying this so far!
Not suspicious, but merely Canadian.: (30 Rock) Liz Lemonpodsnappery on July 21st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Your writing = ♥ ♥ ♥

Just fantastic, can't wait for the next part!
a.: L; i wish you'd take a walkregalish on July 21st, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! I'm so glad you're enjoying this one. The next chapter is already posted, waiting for you :D