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10 June 2007 @ 06:09 pm
Being A Donaghy [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Being A Donaghy
CHAPTER 9: No Drooling
FANDOM: 30 Rock
SPOILERS: Through "Corporate Crush"


"Jonathan! Jonathan, I think there's a pigeon in the shot! Can we remove the pigeon, please?"

Liz sighed and flicked her hair out of her eyes, trying not to grow impatient at Jack's stalling -- her husband, her brain was quick to remind her. What was it with him and pigeons, anyway?

When he came back over to her with a smile, she smiled back briefly and had to ask, "Are you afraid of pigeons or something?"

A vertical crease indented the skin between his eyebrows and his hands found her waist as he asked, "Why?"

She placed her hands on his arms, ignoring the butterflies as they got into yet another pose for the photographer. "You always have a mini-freak-out if there's a pigeon around."

He shrugged, and then turned them slightly at the photographer's request, pulling her a little bit closer in the process. "They're just disgusting. I hate them."

"Oh." That was all she could say. As usual, with Jack, sometimes that was all that was needed.

She found it hard to believe they were still being so... normal... with each other after what had just happened. They'd gotten married, for crying out loud.

The ceremony had been surprisingly quick, and not nearly as painful as she'd thought. She had barely stuttered through the vows (even though it didn't help matters having Jenna grinning at her like an idiot the whole time). And when it came time for the kiss, she stealthily turned her head at the last second so Jack's lips would connect with her cheek.

Actually, they had ended up more touching the corner of her lips than anything else. And she didn't gag, as promised, although it was oddly disconcerting that her stomach fluttered at the touch of his lips. Maybe she had some weird stomach disease she could get checked out for later.

"It's like taking prom pictures," she heard herself complain as the photographer asked them to turn this way and then that, Jack constantly reminding her not to scowl the entire time. She huffed as she turned her back to Jack at the photographer's request and he placed his hands on her stomach, pulling her back against him. She placed her hands over his.

"You never went to prom," Jack commented softly, matter-of-factly, and after the camera popped she looked up at him sharply in surprise.

"How would you know that?"

His smile was slight, and enigmatic. "Research. It's part of my job."

"No, it's not," she replied without missing a beat. "It's officially not."

"Fine, then it's part of Jonathan's job. Now smile." The camera flashed yet again.

When the photographer called for Jenna and Jonathan to join them for pictures, Liz looked up and caught Jack staring at her hair. "Whaaaat?" she asked slowly.

"Some of your hair is losing its curl." He leaned around her and asked his assistant, "Jonathan, where is Anna?"

Liz raised her eyebrows. "You brought the hair-and-makeup girl from TGS to our wedding pictures?" When he started to walk off in search of Anna, Liz huffed and gathered her skirt (Jack would probably have a girly hissy fit if it dragged and got dirty), following after her husband. "Jack, this isn't a photo shoot!"

On the way past, she heard Jenna giggle and mutter, "Wow, this marriage thing is going to come easily to you two."

Liz didn't even have time to glare before she was grabbed by Jack, while Anna stepped up behind her and fixed her hair. "Just indulge me, Elizabeth darling, please," she heard Jack beseeching lowly. "Every bride should look like a million bucks on her wedding day and right now with those limp curls you look like maybe ten thousand, at best."

Liz rolled her eyes, but allowed Anna to fix her hair before they returned to the spot the photographer designated. "At least it's a nice day for this," she commented randomly.

Jack smiled. "I've always wanted to take pictures in Central Park, and this seemed like a wonderful occasion."

"We're not taking a carriage ride, are we?" she joked, chuckling.

Jack turned to her, the look on his face unfortunately serious. "Would you like to?"

Her eyebrows flicked upward briefly, then she shook her head. "No, that's okay."

He nodded and tapped Jonathan, informing him sotto voce, "Cancel the carriage ride, please." Then, he turned back to smile at her. "Limousine it is."

Liz bit her lip. The ceremony had gone smoothly, but she had a feeling this was going to end up being the longest day of her life. Especially when they resumed their picture-taking and Jenna leaned over to taunt her, "How's it going, Mrs. Donaghy?"

Liz was certain she was going to drink lots and lots of alcohol at the reception.


"So I think the pictures will turn out well," Jack commented when they were alone in the limousine together.

Liz, on the other end of the leather upholstry from him, smiled awkwardly. "Yeah."

"Liz, you remember what I said about... the act we have to put on at the reception, right?"

"Yep," she nodded, keeping her gaze focused out the window. "I remember."

"We'll also have to dance... at least a couple of times. I hope you're okay with that."

For the first time that day, Liz smiled genuinely over at Jack (her husband -- God, her brain was annoying sometimes). For all his faults, she was starting to realize that he genuinely was a nice man. And however misguided his attempts at chivalry were, he was a gentleman. She scooted away from the window, and toward him, just a bit. "Yes, that's fine, Jack."

Jack mirrored her movements until they were sitting together in the middle of the seat. "You look tired."

Her smile was now less genuine. As gentlemanly as he could be at times, you'd think he could figure out what to say to women. Maybe she'd have to teach him. "Yes, I remember you saying that this morning, right before you suggested I start using under-eye cream."

"I'm sorry. I didn't mean it in a bad way."

Liz sighed and leaned her head back against the seat, mindful of her newly-fixed curls. "Oh, it's fine. Maybe it can be my wifely duty to teach you how to compliment people."

Jack exhaled his smile. "That may be helpful in the future." He added, "You really do look tired, though."

And she was. "I am," she admitted aloud. "I'm exhausted already. Can I take a nap at the reception?"

He chuckled and glanced out the window. "I'm afraid not, Lemon my dear. You can, however, nap in the limo until we get to the reception. With this traffic, it'll take us a little while to get around the park to the Plaza."

Liz closed her eyes, but her eyebrows flew up as she caught the tail-end of that sentence. "The reception is at the Plaza?"

"Yes, and I booked us neighboring suites there for tonight."

Liz couldn't help but be a little amazed. "Wow."

"Now rest, while you can. We have a long evening ahead of us."

She did so, and within a few moments her head had inexplicably found Jack's shoulder. And it was weird, but... Jack didn't seem to mind. Neither did Liz, oddly enough. She figured she could freak out about what that meant later, when she was awake. Now, she needed sleep.

As she drifted off, the last thing she heard was Jack telling her softly, "No drooling on the tux, Lemon."


{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
Tally: It's Lovelymusical_junkie on June 10th, 2007 11:28 pm (UTC)
Jack having the hair/make-up girl there to give Liz touch ups just about made my life. Seriously.
I love this story so much it hurts. Hehe.
a.: C; i want a girl with a short skirtregalish on June 11th, 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
Haha! Thanks much, I'm glad you liked that part. The whole Anna thing was thrown in at the absolute last minute; seemed like a Jack-ish thing, lol.
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a.: K; you're a sweet little mysteryregalish on June 11th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Heee! Thanks so much Jenn! I'm thrilled you're still enjoying this fic! And the Liz-denial, Liz-denial is always gold :D
(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Owwww!! I cant wait to read about the reception ,Jack is extremely adorable and Liz constant denial even more adorable.
a.: G/C; i cannot be without youregalish on June 11th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Thank you so much! Glad you're still likin' it :D
Looks like a fancy prostitute: snoopy books- isabelquinnspf1298 on June 11th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
I am loving this story so much, it's filling my 30 Rock devoid, lol.
a.: L; i wish you'd take a walkregalish on June 11th, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! I'm glad you're still liking this.

I know what you mean about the 30 Rock void, too, hahaha. Is it season two yet?! :D
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: call me Willfirthgal on June 11th, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
Oh, such an incredibly sweet moment there at the end! And a very Jackish line at the end. I'm almost convinced that you're a writer for the show, you know these characters so well! Excellent chapter, possibly my favorite one yet. Can't wait for more!
a.: A; nothing comes easily;regalish on June 11th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! Hehe, I figured it was finally time for a sweet Jack/Liz moment (since I'm so obsessed with finding them on the show and they always inevitably get ruined by Jack being... well, being Jack) without an interruption of some sort.

And I WISH I was a writer for the show. I'd be way too intimidated by Tina Fey though, and my overwhelming fangirl adoration of her. :D
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30 rock : jack/liz : date?dollsome on June 11th, 2007 06:26 am (UTC)
Aw, man, this story just makes me happy. :D Jack's inexplicable pigeon hate and Liz's stomach disease and Jenna being all giggly and knowing of things and THE SHOULDER LEANING. I am crazy-excited to see what goes down at the reception, because I kind of expect it will be entirely amazing.
a.: J/L; darling danke schoen;regalish on June 11th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
HEEE. Thanks babe! I was helpless to resist the Jack pigeon hate (especially since when I started this chapter was shortly after I watched the 'Jack-tor' "outtake" reel for the 8-trillionth time, hahaha! "I'm sorry, but there's a *bleep!*ing pigeon out there. Shoo!" HAAA).

Stay tuned, my friend! I've got a buncha fun stuff planned (already-written, I should say) for the reception :D
Miamie: 30 Rock- Liz and Jackcsi_miamie126 on June 11th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
Jack's hate of pigeons. Look at him, being frightened at birds!

As she drifted off, the last thing she heard was Jack telling her softly, "No drooling on the tux, Lemon."

We can, however, drool upon seeing the tux? Heehee, naughty naughty.

This fic has grown on me.

a.: R/C; i don't wanna wait in vainregalish on June 11th, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC)
Hehehe! The Jack pigeon hate had to be addressed ;D

And yes, you absolutely can drool over the tux, hahaha.

Glad you're still liking this! I've got tons of fun stuff coming up at the reception, so keep a lookout! :D
Une Frakkante Cylonne: 30 rock- lemon fish- katrina87sunshine_queen on June 11th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
Delightful. Utterly delightful. Last night I watched a bunch of episodes with my mom and sister and I periodically caught myself thinking of this fic as I did. It was a pleasant reminder!
a.: J/L; darling danke schoen;regalish on June 12th, 2007 01:07 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks babe! Hehe! I'm so thrilled you've stuck with this fic; it sincerely means a lot to me!

And ooh, a 30 Rock episode marathon? Sounds like last Saturday for me, hahaha. I think I pretty much know most of those episodes by heart now (Jack the Writer, Black Tie & Hiatus in particular)! :D
Une Frakkante Cylonne: 30 rock- jemon bench- dollsomesunshine_queen on June 12th, 2007 01:51 am (UTC)
I LOVE the first episode with Dennis because of Jack's reaction in the episode. And the two episodes with Bianca are absolutely my favorite because <3!
a.: J/L; you leave me numbregalish on June 12th, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
OMG YES THE DENNIS EPISODES WIN. "Well, I hope you enjoy the... choices you've made." HAHAHA oh Jack.

And crazy Bianca, I love her so much. "Oh dammit Johnny, you know I love my big Beef and Cheddar!" Isabella Rosselini ♥
Une Frakkante Cylonne: Ingrid- cigarette- sunshine_queensunshine_queen on June 12th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
When he's mouthing "He is a" and then holds up ten fingers? Oh my god. And "I can't, I'm expecting a call from nineteen eighty three."

I... I can't even pick a favorite Bianca moment. I love everything she does. I LOVE ISABELLA ROSSELLINI WAY TOO MUCH.

(... and the fact that she was Aunt Katya on Alias? And therefore I got to establish Ingrid Bergman as Mama Derevko? there are no words.)
a.: J/I; feels like you're making a mess;regalish on June 12th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)

AND she kissed Victor Garber!

Oooh, Ingrid Bergman as Mama Derevko? I never even considered it, but YES IT WORKS.

aaaallllliiiiiaaaasssssss ♥♥♥
Une Frakkante Cylonne: SyVa- brilliant sky- aiken_4graphicssunshine_queen on June 12th, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
Alias is my favorite show ever of all time. If 30 Rock hadn't made my life easy and actually mentioned the show, I would've made my own associations.
a.: I; i've tried hardregalish on June 12th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz (and phone)michellek on June 12th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
As she drifted off, the last thing she heard was Jack telling her softly, "No drooling on the tux, Lemon."

♥ This fic continues to make me so happy. Thanks for providing me Jack/Liz-ness, and I can't wait for the next chapter. :)
a.: J/L; to me you're strangeregalish on June 12th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Awwww, thanks!! Hehehe, glad I can still amuse you with the Jack/Liz-ness. Lots more fun stuff coming up! I think I'll post ten tonight. You guys and your awesomely sweet reviews are WAY too inspiring for the muse, hahaha :D
majandratoomajandratoo on June 15th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
Gah! I take a vaction and come back to not one, but three marvelous chapters! You are definitely spoiling us.
I love how this whole set up forces them to not only be civil with one another, but also unusually honest and cooperative.
When I read that the timeline skipped the wedding, I was kind of bummed but then I realized that there wouldn't be much to narrate because Liz probably heard white noise the whole time, out of shock. ;)
"You never went to prom." <<< How can you possibly make me love these characters more? Seriously, I was watching last nights rerun and cracking up all over again thinking about the way you write them.
Spot on.
a.: JF; i'm walking on clouds of white;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Heeee! Thank you muchly, as usual!

And you know what? I *did* write a version of this chapter that included the wedding, but I really didn't like how it turned out. Because you're right -- Liz would just hear white noise the whole time, hahaha. :D
30rocker30rocker on November 1st, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
I can't even make a list for this chapter. The whole thing is just perfect goodness!!!!! I love this story!!