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08 November 2008 @ 12:45 am
And I'll Be Your Crying Shoulder [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: And I'll Be Your Crying Shoulder
FANDOM: 30 Rock
NOTES: thoughtsicles prompt: I know you


He finds her crying in her office for what feels like the fiftieth time that week. Truthfully, it's probably just the fifth. She's on her couch, holding a crumpled kleenex to her mouth while she sniffles into it. "Lemon?" He flicks on the lights.

She wipes her eyes. "Jack..."

"Lemon, what's wrong? This is the fifth time I've found you crying, and it pains me that you refuse to tell me what the problem is." He's being sincere -- it truly pains him that she is keeping him in the dark this time.

"I broke up with Barry today," she tells him, and he nods in understanding. It's good that she did anyway. Barry's last name just happens to be Meringue, and if they were ever to wed and she were to hyphenate, well... the results would be rather unfortunate.

"I see." He takes a seat beside her and wants to comfort her somehow, though neither of them are very affectionate people. Would a shoulder punch suffice in this situation? He looks over and watches her look up at him with those large brown eyes.

No, a shoulder punch will not do. He reaches for her hand instead and gives it a firm squeeze. Apparently Lemon is in need of comfort because rather than squeeze his hand back, she leans against him and snuffles into his shoulder.

This somewhat makes up for her not telling him what the real issue is. Only somewhat, though. "Lemon, I'd like to somehow... ease the burden you're obviously carrying," he tells her gently. "If I knew what was going on beyond the breakup, perhaps I could--" he tries to think of something to say other than 'offer my assistance' or 'help to fix it.' All he comes up with is, "I don't know."

She sighs. Keeps her head where it is. He kind of likes it there anyway, just over his heart. "What makes you think it's more than the breakup?"

"You've only just broken up with Barry today. And yet I've found you crying four other times prior to today. That would lead me to believe that something more is going on."

"Nobody knows me, Jack," she sighs, and he feels her breath skate across his shirt-and-tie-clad chest.

He furrows his brows at her statement but says nothing.

"I mean knows knows me. Y'know?"

He doesn't dare point out that she used the word 'know' far too much. "Yes." He takes a breath, his mind glancing over everything he's learned about her in the last two-plus years. Everything he knew about Liz Lemon could fill a book. He decides to start big. "So you're saying you'd like to find a romantic partner that knows the difference between your angry badger face, your annoyed face, and your various real or feigned expressions of happiness."

"Right." She doesn't get it yet. That's fine by him, he's got plenty more material.

"Someone who knows you enjoy warming your jeans in the oven in the mornings, and even that you believe the optimum temperature for that to be 300 degrees. Someone who perhaps knows which days you prefer your meatball sub with extra bread, which days you prefer hot dogs, or those crappy subs from that street vendor."

Lemon just stares. He decides to go on, whether or not she's with him on this...

"You'd like to be with someone who knows exactly where to find you on Thursdays when your staff is being unruly, and someone who knows your middle name. Someone who knows the perfect color and cut of a dress to choose for you, so that you both feel and look your most best. Someone who appreciates the reddish high- and low-lights in your hair when the light hits it at certain angles."

She's looking at him strangely now, though not in a bad way. He thinks now may be the time to hammer in that final nail, as it were. So he leans close, drops his voice low, and stares at her lips.

"Most of all, you want to find love with someone who, upon first meeting you, could tell you dozens of details about yourself that perhaps you weren't even aware of. Am I... correct in that assumption, Lemon?" He slowly trails his eyes back up to hers, finding them wide open with... realization?

"You know me."

Jack nods, barely smiling. "Yes. I know you, Lemon."

Her hands reach for his face, go to seal them together in a kiss, when she pauses... breaks away. "Wait. And you actually want to be with me too?"

Jack just searches her eyes as a slow smile spreads, and he pulls her in for a kiss.


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{x-posted to jack_liz}
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & elevatormichellek on November 8th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
Aww, this was great.
a.: jack/liz; to get to youregalish on November 10th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
Thank you very much! :)
excellent conversationalist (with food): jacklizfairymuic on November 8th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Loved this so much! Aw, OTP.
a.: jack/liz; almostregalish on November 10th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
Heee! Thanks much :D
stresseaterstresseater on November 8th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh. My. God. This was so sweet, I almost cried. ^_^ This is like the Tad-Hamilton-Six-Smiles moment of Jack/Liz (I'm assuming you're familiar with the movie? :D). Really, really beautiful job.
a.: jack; accustomed to her faceregalish on November 10th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! Though I'm not familiar with the Tad Hamilton movie (it's odd, we own it and yet I've never seen it lol), I get what you mean :D

Thanks again!
lady of the summer, princess of the morning: claire kincaiddiana_hawthorne on November 8th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Great story - I especially loved Barry's last name! Liz Lemon-Meringue LOL!
a.: jack/liz; affectionregalish on November 10th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Glad you got a kick out of the Barry thing, hehe :D
imaclanni on November 8th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
soooo cute! i love it when people confess their love via a long list of things they like about the other person. so adorable.
a.: jack/liz; to get to youregalish on November 10th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks! I enjoy that too. We can only hope Jack will be given a chance to "prove" how well he knows Liz at some point during the show's run :D

Glad you liked this!
csiAngel: 30 rock Jack smittencsiangel on November 9th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)
Aww so lovely. He does know her :-)
a.: jack; almost like being in loveregalish on November 10th, 2008 03:41 am (UTC)
Heee, thanks Jac! And yes, he definitely does know her :D
Kristen: jack & lizkris10_loveee on November 11th, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
aww this is just adorable.
i can see this happening on the show in some form or another.
a.: jack/liz; turnregalish on November 11th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks much! Glad you enjoyed this :)