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28 February 2008 @ 12:23 pm
(If Only I Don't) Bend and Break [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: (If Only I Don't) Bend and Break
CHAPTER 1
FANDOM: 30 Rock
PAIRING: Jack/Liz
SPOILERS: 2x10
RATING: PG
SUMMARY:

*****

For how deep Jack's feelings went for C.C., he's doing remarkably well. Almost back to his old self, Liz thinks. And she's slightly disappointed about that. "Lemon, I'll need you to do me a favor," he greets her on his way into her office one afternoon.

She feigns a smile. "Hi to you too, Jack."

"I don't have time for pleasantries, Lemon, or I would've started with that."

"What's going on?"

"There's a gala tonight, some fundraiser for the Obama campaign and I'd like you to go with me."

Liz can't help it. She busts out laughing. "A fundraiser for Obama? To finance his campaign?" What the hell is wrong with him? "Jack, why on earth would you want to go to a benefit for Obama? I mean, you're not even close to being Democrat, and--" And then suddenly Liz knows why. She stops laughing. "C.C.'s going to be there, isn't she?"

Jack presses his lips together and casts his eyes to her desktop, like a little boy. Like a little boy that's been caught trying to sneak into a Democratic fundraiser to see his ex-girlfriend.

Liz sighs. "I thought you had gotten over her."

"I had, Lemon. I have, rather. I just need to reassure myself that she's a mess without me. Come with me, it'll be fun."

"No. No, I'm not encouraging this kind of behavior. I refuse to be an enabler, Jack."

"You would not be enabling me, Lemon. You would be assisting me, helping me to get the closure I need on this stormy relationship."

Liz sighs again - he's such a drama queen. And she really would like to point that out. "Jack, what good is it going to do you, really? Will seeing her really give you closure? Because I think it's gonna stir up your feelings all over again."

"Not if you're there, Lemon. You have this lovely, albeit slightly annoying, way of keeping me in line and keeping me focused. Without you, I fear I'll backslide into something neither of us wants."

"Us as in you and I? Or us as in you and C.C.?"

Jack shakes his head. "At this point, Lemon, that's irrelevant. Will you be attending with me or not?"

"Jack, no, I don't--"

"Open bar. Free food."

"I'm in."


*****

Jack picks out a dress for her to wear, and Liz isn't too sure she trusts him with this task... until she tries it on. Then she thinks she'd maybe like to hire Jack as her personal shopper. It's black, form-fitting; her shoulders are left bare but it still has a collar, and a cut-out in the front that gives her awesome cleavage. She thinks maybe Jack likes her 'decent set' too much. Oddly enough, it doesn't really bother her.

He picks her up in a limo, just like he did with that German guy's birthday party, and he's quiet for a lot of the ride. She wants to ask him what he's thinking about, but she probably already knows -- she's pretty sure it has a lot to do with how he's going to prove to C.C. he's over her.

They get there, and Liz finally gets nervous. "Is Obama actually going to be here?"

"What do I care about the guest list, Lemon?"

"You checked to see if your ex would be here."

Jack ignores her and holds out his arm, just like he did the last time. Only this time, she takes his arm and lets him lead her down the stairs. He looks down at her a moment to smile and she wishes she hadn't come. She's getting weird vibes, like something just... weird... is going to happen tonight.

She just hopes she gets to keep all of her hair this time.



TBC

{x-posted to jack_liz and 30_rock}
 
 
 
do I dare to eat a peach?: (30r) lemonstop_theworld on February 28th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful! So delightfully in character. I can't wait to read more- I was very sad when I got to the bottom of the page!

I loved this line: Like a little boy that's been caught trying to sneak into a Democratic fundraiser to see his ex-girlfriend. Oh, Jack!
a.: liz; beautyregalish on March 6th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks much! I really do my best to keep everything in character, so it makes me very happy to hear that :)

More to come soon!
Dayna: 30 rock; alec&tina; classy in blackdaynawashere on February 29th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Oh, this is AWESOME. I'm so excited for more :D
a.regalish on March 6th, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)
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a.: friends; profilesregalish on March 6th, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks! Glad you liked this! :)

More soon!
Jay Auris: Happynighthawkms on February 29th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Oh ho ho, I think I know where this is going >D Can't wait for part 2!
a.regalish on March 6th, 2008 03:18 am (UTC)
Hehehe, I bet you totally know where this is going ;) Glad you're enjoying it! Part two is on the way!
Cross Word: Jack and Lizgoodtoast on March 1st, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh Liz. You'll do just about anything for good free food, won't you? That's ok. I love you (and so does Jack).

I like the idea of Jack not being ready to let CC go. He knows she's all wrong for him, but the compulsive stress eater in him just isn't ready for it. She's become his weird little security blanket. And I'm not sure if I mean Liz or CC there. They're both part of it.

Anywho--lovely start! I was giddy when I got to the end and saw that it was to be continued. Yippee!
a.: jack/liz; two sides of the same coinregalish on March 6th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Yay, thanks! Glad you liked this (short short) opener! I had to include Liz's lust for food. Had to :D

And I really hope Jack still pines after C.C. a bit when the show comes back; with how into her he was, it'd be un-Jack-like of him not to.

Anyway! More to come soon :)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & my live-in gf lemonmichellek on March 1st, 2008 08:55 pm (UTC)
She thinks maybe Jack likes her 'decent set' too much. Oddly enough, it doesn't really bother her.

This put a big smile on my face, for some reason? I think I kind of love that Jack notices her boobs. ANYWAY.

Awesome as usual, can't wait to read more. (Now I have to go read the latest part of your SVU fic.)
a.: jack/liz; 10 secondsregalish on March 6th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks so much! I LOVE the idea that Jack notices her boobs, and has thought about them enough to deem them 'decent' :D

More to come soon (hopefully)!
courtney_mudie7: jack/liz: black tiecourtney_mudie7 on March 3rd, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
that was awesome! can't wait 'til the next part :D
a.: cheno; sweetheart smileregalish on March 6th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks! More soon! :)
csiAngel: 30 Rock J/Lcsiangel on March 16th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
Aww, poor Jack.

I love this premise, and I love Liz making the comparisons with the German guy's birthday party - and the comment about the hair! Hee!

Excellent start. I do hope I didn't imagine that there's more of this out there.
a.: jack/liz; a decent setregalish on March 16th, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks! Hehehe. I have to throw in shout-outs to Black Tie wherever I can. Because it's the first full ep I ever saw, and because the shippiness is always amazing :D

Glad you like this one. I hope to have some fun with it (and yep there are definitely more parts of this one)! ;)