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20 June 2007 @ 01:46 pm
For Once [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: For Once
FANDOM: 30 Rock
SPOILERS: Season one


"Jack, you have got to snap out of this. You have been moping around ever since you got out of the hospital! Ever since you broke up with Phoebe. You can't be that upset about it, can you?"

"Oh Lemon, you just don't understand. Phoebe was such a lovely girl. She reset my watch on the plane trip back from Paris," he lamented, getting up from his desk chair and going around to stand in front of her.

Liz raised her eyebrows. "That's your basis for missing her? Because she reset your watch? Jack, any woman knows how to reset a watch. Would you marry just any of them? If I reset your watch, would you wanna marry me?" She laughed, as if the idea was preposterous.

His eyes just slowly made a path over her before he replied, "You're right Lemon. I just... I feel like I won't find the right woman."

She rolled her eyes. "Okay, now you're getting worse than a woman, Jack! Come on! What happened to balls-out Jack Donaghy? The guy who drove a rental car into the Hudson just to practice escaping?" Her voice raised, trying to knock some sense into his thick, stupid skull. "Phoebe was not the right girl for you, Jack! She was marrying you for all the wrong reasons, and you were doing the same to her! You don't want a woman like that!"

"And you know what I want, Lemon?" Skepticism laced his tone.

"Yes. Young, hot eighteen-year-olds, Jack, but more than that, I know what you need." She took a step toward him.

Not one to back down from the challenge her tone seemed to be presenting, he took a step toward her. "So tell me."

"You don't need a woman that will take care of you, like Phoebe, while waiting for your money. You don't need a woman that will fight you to the death, like Bianca, while waiting for your money. You need a woman that can put up with all your stupid Jack Donaghy crap. A woman that can take you on without taking you down. A woman that can balance you out. A woman that can stand to be in a room with you for more than two minutes without wanting to wring your stupid neck!"

He took the final step into her. "Someone like you, you mean, Lemon?"

Her brows flew up at that. "Me? I don't--"

He kissed her before she could say anything else. And it was weird, but... only because it didn't feel that weird. And when he pulled away, the smile on his face did the nicest things to her stomach, as he told her. "Maybe you're right, Lemon."

He kissed her again and she leaned into it this time, pulling away to hear him add, "For once."

And then she wanted to wring his stupid neck.


Dedication: to sunshine_queen for the First Kiss meme!
{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
tasha svetabitingbedbugz on June 20th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Aww, sweet.
a.: J/L; this is easy as lovers go;regalish on June 21st, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Thanks much!
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30 rock : jack/liz : taking caredollsome on June 20th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
And then she wanted to wring his stupid neck.

HEE! Perfect. You are so damn awesome at writing these two.
a.: J/L; and now i think i'll get throughregalish on June 21st, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you muchly, dear!

I think I love using the Liz voice way too much. :D

Tally: It's Lovelymusical_junkie on June 20th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Your 30 Rock fics make my life.
You write them so well.
a.: J/L; feels just like i'm fallingregalish on June 21st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you so much! I'm having such a blast writing these two wackos, I never want the fun to end, hehe! :D
Miamiecsi_miamie126 on June 21st, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
"She reset my watch on the plane trip back from Paris" God bless Jack. He's sweet, he remembers the little things.

And yes please Miss Lemon, do wring his neck.

Your fics, whether it be big or small, ROCKS.

a.: J/L; i find it easier to sit and stare;regalish on June 21st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you muchly! This one was done on a total whim, so I'm pleased with how it turned out :)
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: steve officefirthgal on June 21st, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
Oh, this was so awesome, I loved it! Such a sweet little moment between these two, and perfectly in character. I loved it!
a.: J/L; let's waste timeregalish on June 21st, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! I'm glad I got prompted with Jack/Liz for that "first kiss" meme, because I was dying to come up with something for them, haha!
imaclanni on June 21st, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
awesome, just awesome. you need to write more : )
a.: TF; i'm just your average jane;regalish on June 21st, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you so much!

There will be plenty of Jack/Liz to come :D
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: gay = powerfulmichellek on June 21st, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
He kissed her again and she leaned into it this time, pulling away to hear him add, "For once."

And then she wanted to wring his stupid neck.


I love this.
a.: TF; a smile that explodes;regalish on June 22nd, 2007 12:29 am (UTC)
*giggle* Thanks much!
csiAngel: wicked popularcsiangel on June 22nd, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)

I have never seen this show, but your layout inspired me to look it up on imdb and now I want to watch it!!! :-D

Nevertheless, despite not knowing the characters, I love this fic. Very cute :-)
a.: J/L; we're accidentally in love;regalish on June 24th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
OMG YAY! Jac's gonna watch 30 Rock! *does happy dance*

Jack and Liz are so magically weird, you will LOVE their dysfunction. Oh, I can't wait. I'm so excited for you! Hehehehehe.

And thanks so much for reading this, despite not seeing the show! That means so much to me, sincerely! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it!

I work, I function like i'm a girl.: D/R Helmet Kissokelay on March 9th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
i love first kisses! this is sweet, how Liz doesn't even notice she's describing herself
a.regalish on March 10th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks.

And to me, that would be such a Liz thing. Knowing the kind of woman that Jack needs down to every single quality, but not having any idea that that's basically her, lol.

Thanks again!
western_skies: jack lizwestern_skies on November 24th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
So I've decided to peruse your fics, seeing as they're made of awesome and, yeah, this one is no exception. Adorable and wonderful, wry and a little odd: the best bits of what makes Jack and Liz work in my opinion. There's even stuff between the lines at the start, which means bonus points for you!

And then there's the whole kissing thing. Win. :)

OH AND P.S. I just saw the icon/header you've been using, and I've been out of the Olivia/Elliot loop for awhile, and-- what the what?! Did I miss something epic?

Edited at 2008-11-24 06:35 am (UTC)
a.: elliot/olivia; skin on skinregalish on December 11th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I'm glad you enjoyed this (and sorry I'm late on the reply lol).

P.S. YES SOMETHING TOTALLY EPIC HAPPENED. Granted, it was undercover-ish, but STILL. ELLIOT AND OLIVIA. SKIN TOUCHING SKIN. HALF-NEKKID. It was hot. You should see if you can find a clip on YouTube or Hulu. But I warn you, you'll want to watch it repeatedly.