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21 June 2007 @ 03:26 pm
Liz Attack: The Art of Aggression in Romance [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Liz Attack: The Art of Aggression in Romance
FANDOM: 30 Rock
PAIRING: Jack/Liz
SPOILERS: Season one
RATING: PG-13
SUMMARY:


*****

Liz stormed into her office and flung her purse toward her sofa without looking. When the sofa cried out an indignant, "Hey!" Liz spun around and cast an apologetic look at her friend, Jenna.

"Sorry, Jenna. Didn't know you were in here," she made a face, adding, "stalking me."

Jenna set the purse aside and rose to her feet, concern in her wide eyes. "What's wrong? You look totally stressed, and... like you didn't get much sleep or something."

"I didn't," Liz huffed, plopping gracelessly onto her chair.

"What's going on?"

When Liz slowly drew her eyes up to meet her friend's, realization dawned on Jenna's features, and she gasped slightly. "The dream again?"

Liz nodded emphatically and squinted her eyes shut, running her fingers through her hair agitatedly. "It won't stop!" She kind of would be okay with ripping her hair out right now. The pain would be a refreshing change from the frustration.

"Is it the same every night?"

"Well, the plotline is basically the same," she sighed, "Just... the locations change. Sometimes it takes place in here, sometimes at my place, sometimes in his office, the time that it took place on-set was really weird."

Jenna's eyes widened. "Like with the audience there?"

"No!" Liz couldn't help but look downright disgusted. She folded her arms and slumped back in her chair, clarifying under her breath, "After-hours."

That won an approving smile from her friend. "Nice!"

"No, it's not nice!" she exclaimed. "It's nowhere near nice. It's very very not nice, in fact. And it's... it's frustrating."

Jenna scrunched her nose. "So it's that bad in the dream?"

Liz shook her head slowly, emphasizing each word slowly. "Not. At. All."

"Ohhh, I get it. So that's why it's not nice?" She raised her eyebrows. "Have you talked to Jack about it yet?"

Liz was certain Jenna belonged in a nuthouse for that question. "What?! No, of course not! Why on earth would I bring this up to Jack?"

Jenna shrugged, innocence written all over her features. Except she was anything but. "I don't know, I just... thought maybe that would help."

Liz rolled her eyes. "Yeah sure, because that wouldn't make things awkward or anything. Not to mention he's been driving me nuts lately."

"With desire?" Jenna teased, grinning.

Sometimes Liz really wanted to punch Jenna. Very, very hard. But not this time. This time, she was kinda right. "Unfortunately? Yes. But I don't know that it's necessarily Jack!"

"Oh yes it is, honey. I've been saying that since the beginning. I've seen sparks between you guys since day one."

"But I think it's just because... I'm a little frustrated in general since Floyd and I split up, and since Jack and I are around each other so much every day, it's only natural that my subconscious might project--"

"Blah, blah, blah!" Jenna interjected loudly, smug grin still in place. "You can try to college-talk your way out of this as much as you want, Liz, but it's not going to work."

"It freaks me out!" Liz hissed, glancing surreptitiously at the door and making sure Jack wasn't about to come through it. "Every time he touches me, I just wanna... like... throw him up against a wall. That's not natural."

"What's not natural is the fact that you haven't actually done that yet," Jenna chuckled. "I would've within the first week. He's just so... yummy."

"Ew."

"Don't deny it. And how exactly does he touch you?"

"Just innocent, stupid little stuff. Like when he wants to get my attention he grabs my forearm, or... if we're walking somewhere, he's kind of taken to putting his hand on the small of my back -- y'know, that old chivalry thing?"

"He is very chivalrous. I love the way he treats you."

Liz made a face. "You mean constantly criticizing the way I look -- and act -- to the point where I want to throw myself off the top of 30 Rock?"

"Liz, you haven't figured out that that's his way of flirting with you?" Jenna giggled. "Come on! It's that old pulling-the-pigtails thing guys do. He teases you relentlessly because he likes you. I mean think about it, Liz, as much as he criticizes you about how you dress, how often does he check you out? Because I see him do it a lot. Especially lately, since you've started wearing dresses, and... makeup."

Liz rolled her eyes...

"And as much as he harps on you, do you also notice every time he does something nice for you? You gotta wake up now, honey. Jack Donaghy has a thing for you, and those dreams should be a screaming message that you have a thing for him, too." She smiled, as if highly proud of herself for that in-depth analysis. "Go for it!"

"I can't just... do that. I'm not you. I don't have... confidence like that." She tilted her head and amended, "If he keeps doing that gentleman crap though, I dunno." Looking up, she admitted to her friend. "I'm kinda close to a breakdown, I think."

Jenna, rather than offer sympathy, just smiled and said, "Good. Maybe that's what you need to take action!"

A knock on the door diverted their attention, and when Jack poked his head inside, Liz straightened in her chair while Jenna smiled gleefully.

"Jack," Liz breathed.

"Jack!" Jenna echoed cheerfully. Liz felt like punching her again. "Hello."

"Good morning. Uh, Lemon..." He came inside and held out his arm, his gesture for her to get up and go with him. "I need to speak with you in my office please."

"Really? Do you have to?" She grimaced.

Jack just appeared to ponder her sanity for a moment before responding simply, "Yes."

Begrudingly, Liz rose to her feet. "Alright."

She was able to ignore Jenna's huge grin (even though she could feel it) as they walked out, but she was unable to ignore the electricity at the base of her spine when Jack placed his hand on her lower back to guide her. She closed her eyes as they walked and figured she was in for another very long, very frustrating day with him.


*****

The elevator ride was excruciating. Especially since Jack liked to stand right next to her... even if they were the only two people on the elevator. When they reached his office, he had stopped at Jonathan's desk to give him instructions about some sort of golf... thing. Liz wasn't really paying attention, because as he was doing this, he curled his hand around her upper arm to keep her there with him.

Liz had to close her eyes and clench her teeth in order to keep from doing something embarrassing, like slapping him or... throwing him onto Jonathan's desk and kissing the hell out of him. And her head kinda hurt from clenching her teeth so hard, but... it was better than throwing him onto Jonathan's desk.

Jack had wanted to discuss the budget, and whether or not she'd be willing to fire a quarter of her staff. Liz's position on that had been a firm, "Um, no," and Jack accepted it with a nod and his trademark, "Fair enough."

"That's it?" She raised her eyebrows. "No negotiation? No attempt to get me to fire an eighth of my staff instead?"

Jack shrugged. "There are other ways to get around our budgetary restrictions." He tilted his head and narrowed his eyes contemplatively, templing his hands together over his desk blotter. "You don't think Jenna would mind giving up her dressing room, do you?"

Liz opened her mouth to protest, then saw the slow smile creeping across his face. She sighed in relief and shook her head at him. "Okay, good for you. You got me."

"I'll put that on, as you say, my 'I'm awesome' list." He got up and again held out his arm, and Liz rose to her feet accordingly.

Liz felt like her hands were shaking. She couldn't take much more of this -- of being around him -- without taking a chance and figuring out if there was anything there between them, or if it was just the dream.

When Jack's hand slid across her lower back, Liz closed her eyes, her restraint wearing thin. "Jack, please don't do that."

"Do what?" He looked over at her and never removed his hand.

"Be nice to me. Touch me. Just... don't."

"What is the matter with you today, Lemon? Got something on your mind you'd like to tell me about?"

When Jack's hand slid around to the curve of her waist, still guiding her to the door, Liz lost it. She snapped. She grabbed Jack by the lapels of his suit and shoved him against the wall near the door, and... she pounced. She pretty much attacked lips while her hands gripped his lapels so hard her knuckles turned white. She waited for Jack to shove her away. Instead, he pulled her closer, closed his hands over her hips, and deepened the kiss.

Liz was rather proud of herself for that head-first dive she took by kissing him aggressively. She could probably pretty much write her own book on aggression; it might even sell better than Jack's. She'd have to look into it. For now, she was certain she didn't want Jack to stop kissing her.

Never in a million years did she think she'd be here -- pressed tight against her boss, the two of them kissing like horny teenagers. Jack's fingers on one hand were digging into her hip, while the other hand had slid up her back, over her shoulders, and under her hair to cup the back of her neck.

In one swift motion, Jack reversed their positions and pinned Liz against the wall, his lips slanting against hers, still refusing to break this first hungry, passionate kiss.

Liz felt a familiar sensation sliding down her spine, a very familiar need she was positive Jack would know how to satisfy. Wow, she really was frustrated if she was thinking about actually going through with this.

If Jenna was here (well, first Liz would have to tell her to get the hell out, but...) she would tell her to stop listening to her brain and follow her heart and her body for once. So Liz did exactly that. She broke from Jack's lips, and breathlessly commanded him, "Lock the doors."

He stared at her with wide eyes, and it probably would've made her laugh if she wasn't so damn flustered right now. "Uh--"

"Do it before I change my mind."

"Of course." He made haste toward the door and, before locking it, he pulled it open ever-so-slightly and barked at his assistant. "Jonathan! Absolutely NO calls!" Then, without waiting for a response, he slammed the door, locked both of them, and rushed back over to Liz, sweeping her up in another intense kiss.

He was a really good kisser. Not that she doubted he would be. Or... thought about it. At all. Ever.

He knew just the right time to tilt his head and soften his lips, just the right way to grasp her waist, and just the right time to run his fingertips down her neck. Liz was pretty much putty in his hands, which she hated and loved all at once.

They stumbled around the office together, contemplating the couch, or the nearest wall. Finally they crashed against the desk.

"Here's good," Liz heard herself panting. She briefly decided Jenna would be so proud of her before she decided to shut out her thoughts completely. Then she hopped up on the desk, smiled at Jack as he smiled at her, and yanked him down by the tie for another kiss.


*****

"So..." Liz fought to regain her breath as they resituated their clothing. "About what I needed to talk to you about... about what's been bothering me lately... umm..." She nodded slowly. "I think, uh... I think that pretty much covered it."

Jack nodded back, equally slow. "Well, I'm glad I was able to help you, uh... work that out." A slow, almost bashful (Jack Donaghy? Bashful?) smile twitched at one corner of his lips, as he amended, "So to speak."

They chuckled in unison, nervously, kind of searching each other with their eyes. Liz averted her own to his tie, and she reached up to fix the knot. "There."

"Thank you, Liz."

She smiled. Never in a million years did she think this could happen between her and Jack, and it would feel... not weird. Normal, almost. She didn't want to say 'right' because that would just incite a freakout, but it was... almost right.

There had been minimal fumbling, which far exceeded her expectations for their first time (not that she'd thought about it before. At all. Ever). She guessed part of that was the pent-up frustrations on both their ends from the constant bickering, but she never thought them together would actually be... great.

And he'd called her by her first name. Which was oddly sweet. Now he was gently placing his hands over her hips and leaning down, and her head was reflexively turning up to meet him as his lips closed in on hers.

There was no aggression to be found in this kiss, though it was no less intense than the others. When they broke apart this time, Jack asked her quietly, "May I take you out this evening, Liz?"

Liz continued to listen to Jenna and ignored all the bells and whistles and alarms going off inside her head, and nodded. "Yeah. I'd like that."

"Good. I'll have a car pick us up at seven."

Her eyebrows raised at the quick planning. "Where are we going?"

"You'll see."

"Ahh." They were back to their old bantering style, but with just a bit more subtext and innuendo thrown in. "Well, wherever we're going, there's a dream I've been meaning to tell you about."

Jack mirrored the eyebrow-raise, interest piqued. "Really?"

"Mm-hmm." She slid her hands down his tie and brushed past him, heading for the door.

"What is it about?"

She turned to look at him over her shoulder. "It's about all of..." she gestured between them. "This, kinda."

Jack twitched a smile, still intrigued. "Can't wait to hear about it."

Liz decided to throw a coy smile at him over her shoulder while she reached for the doorknob...

"Uh, Liz, that's still--"

She ran head-on into the door. "Ow!"

"--locked."



FIN



{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz
 
 
 
tasha svetabitingbedbugz on June 21st, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
I love the title. And we got two mentions of Liz wanting to punch Jenna! That always makes me laugh in Being a Donaghy. And I also like the repetition of Liz's denial of never thinking about it before, it's very Lemonesque.

"He is very chivalrous. I love the way he treats you."

Oh, Jenna, you and everyone else. xD
a.: J/L; darling danke schoen;regalish on June 22nd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thanks so much! I'm kind of obsessed with the Liz-wanting-to-punch-Jenna thoughts; they're so fun :D

And oddly enough? I thought up the TITLE before I started writing the story. LOL, don't ask, I don't know why either. ;D
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: steve LMS 01firthgal on June 21st, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Oh...my god, this was absolutely fantastic!!! I loved everything about it! That scene in the office was so incredibly sexy, and very well described, I could picture every movement so clearly in my head and I could feel the passion between them. Such great writing! And I love how you can make them sleeping together not weird. I think what turns some people off from Jack/Liz is the thought of them sleeping together, in fact, Tina Fey even said, "Ewwwww," to the idea, but the way you wrote it made it seem so right! I loved this! And notice I used another Steve Carell icon just for you (well, for me too since I'm completely obsessed with the man, he's such a hottie).
a.: M/J; i love you more than i should;regalish on June 22nd, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! That means so much to me, seriously, because I was kinda nervous about posting this! Hahaha, even though I'm considered the "smut queen" (LOL) in some of my other fandoms, it's always frightening doing a first post with a bit higher rating than normal (and this wasn't even R-rated! haha). I tried my very hardest to make it... not weird... so I'm glad to hear I did okay in that respect :D

And I DID notice the Steve icon. Awww, just for me?? Hehehehe. I'm so in love with him; he's so.... dashing! That's the best word I can think of to describe him. The dark beautiful hair, those EYES (guh, the eyes!)..... yeah. Stop me now before I go on forever about my Carell-love :D :D :D
Mesilent__dreamer on June 21st, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
That was fantastic.:) And I agree, that office scene was dead sexy.
I don't think I've dropped a review yet (sorry I'm lazy!) but I like your other fic as well, the multichapter one.
a.: J/L; she is everything i needregalish on June 22nd, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks so much! I was so worried about that office scene; I hoped you guys wouldn't think it was awful or anything ;)

Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! It always means a lot to me :D
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a.: L; i am extraordinary;regalish on June 22nd, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Hee, thanks so much!
(Anonymous) on June 21st, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Awww!! Love hurts (so to speak)
a.: GA; hey pretty girl;regalish on June 22nd, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
hehehe, it sure does! Thanks much!
Tally: Here I Ammusical_junkie on June 22nd, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Yay for Jack/Liz action.
And the ending was just about the greatest thing I've ever read. Love it, as always.
a.: H/Cal; you found meregalish on June 22nd, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Thanks muchly! I was powerless to resist the idea of Jack/Liz action. Hehe. ;D
imaclanni on June 22nd, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
i'm definitely liking that you're upping the rating. very nice.

this was amazing. i love how you can stay in character like 24/7, you don't see that a lot. awesome.
a.: M/S; wonder what it'd be likeregalish on June 22nd, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Glad the PG-13 went over well, hehehe! I was considering R, because that stuff tends to be my forte, but... I didn't wanna scare anyone right off the bat, LOL!!

Thank you so so much for the feedback! Characterization's a big deal for me, so I try to keep that in line as often as I can :D

Thanks again!
Miamiecsi_miamie126 on June 22nd, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
She could probably pretty much write her own book on aggression; it might even sell better than Jack's.

It's a part of the 30 Rock Agression series. NBC-Universal Publishing house!

Goodness, I LOVED THIS FIC. Can you get anymore awesome?

P.S

You should know that I'm starting to dream about Being a Donaghy. If I' remember, my dream last night was Chapter 3.

I wanna sleep right now!
a.: M; you might think it's easy being me;regalish on June 22nd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
HEEE! Thanks much as usual, dearie!

I think there SHOULD be a 30 Rock aggression series, LOL.

P.S. Dreaming about Being A Donaghy?? Hehehe, I hate to say it but we might need to find a 12-step program for you ;) jk!
Looks like a fancy prostitute: liz love- bingelingspf1298 on June 22nd, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
There are no words for this fic, except that I love it. Favorite parts: The title, Liz and Jenna, and the end (walking into a locked door, classic Liz) :D

Ahh, you should take a crack at writing a Floyd/Liz fic! :D
a.: TF; a smile that explodes;regalish on June 24th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! Hehehe.

And I would take a crack at writing Floyd/Liz, but... gosh, it's WAY too much fun doing the Jack/Liz thing right now. Hehe :D
csiAngel: bsg mary smilecsiangel on June 23rd, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
LOL! If that were to happen on the show - she absolutely would walk into the door like that! Perfect!

Great fic. I love Jenna teasing her; and her finally pouncing on Jack.

I am seriously addicted!
a.: TF; i didn't get a lot in class;regalish on June 24th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
Haha! Glad you liked that. Honestly, that door thing was a last-ditch attempt at finding an ending, lolol. It was SO HARD to end that one! Hehehe.

Jenna teasing Liz is one of the best parts of their dysfunctional friendship. I especially love in "Black Tie" when she teases her about "going on a date" with Jack, and then all the little looks she gives her when Jack's in the room. Priceless. I'm pretty sure Jenna's the ultimate Jack/Liz shipper. Aside from Jack's mom of course, hehehe.

I'm SO SO glad you're into this show, seriously! I'm hopelessly addicted to it, so there will be plenty more Jack/Liz fun in the near future :D
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & kiss?michellek on July 6th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC)
Heeeeee, it's all perfect, especially the ending. :)
a.: J/L; the only thing i know i feel is youregalish on July 17th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Awww, I'm so sorry I totally missed this review! *slaps self* I'm a schmuck.

Anyway, I'm glad you liked this one! It was one of those weird ones where I had the title in mind first, and the fic just kinda... formed around it. Hehe!
I work, I function like i'm a girl.: bad wolfokelay on March 9th, 2008 07:47 am (UTC)
damn! that was hot!

i loved it!
a.regalish on March 10th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
Haha! I think this was kind of my first foray into the higher(-ish) ratings with Jack & Liz. :)

So, I'm glad you liked it! Thank you so much!