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05 July 2007 @ 04:16 pm
The One [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: The One
FANDOM: 30 Rock
PAIRING: Jack/Liz-ish


"What is the matter with everyone? Why are you all giggling?" Liz Lemon asked her writing staff (and best friend Jenna) upon her arrival in the writers' room.

Jenna, who was smirking devilishly, perched on the large conference table and informed her, "Jack was in here looking for you."

"So?" What was so funny about that?

"You should've seen him, Liz. He was grinning like he'd just had some funky brownies," Frank said.

"He's in love," Toofer joined in, in a mocking sing-song tone.

"What?" Liz had to chuckle at that, because... come on, what?

Jenna nodded in agreement, eyes wide. "Yeah. Seriously, you should've seen him. Toofer just asked him how he was, and he went into this whole big thing about how he's started seeing this woman, and they've really hit it off, and -- do you think he's doing Condi Rice again?"

Liz grimaced. "No. No, that ended awhile ago. Thankfully, because I really didn't want to hear about it." She wrinkled her nose. "Gross."

"Well wasn't he dating some newswoman from CNN?" Frank asked, removing his 'Party Of One' trucker hat to scratch the top of his head. He belched shortly thereafter.

"I have no idea. Jack normally keeps the identities of his," Liz made air quotes around, "'lady friends,'" before dropping her arms to her sides again, "a mystery."

"Even from you? Because, I think we all know you and Jack are pretty tight." Jenna nudged her not-so-subtly, and if there weren't fifteen people in the room she would've shoved her off the table.

"We're not that tight, and yes -- he keeps it secret even from me."

Jenna raised her eyebrows. "Well, he was definitely ready to spill just about everything this time. He said he's finally found 'the one.'"

Liz had to roll her eyes at that, because... whatever, every girl that Jack dates is 'the one.' "Well you guys, I'm glad you were amused, but trust me. That's nothing huge. Jack falls in love as often as most people change underwear."

"So... like... once a week?" Frank piped up.

Liz wrinkled her nose again. "Ew."

"Liz?" Cerie called, holding the phone. "Jack's on the line, and he wanted me to remind you that once again, you're five minutes late to your meeting."

Liz rolled her eyes and said, "Tell him I'll be up in a sec," before grimacing one last time at Frank for the underwear comment. "Seriously, Frank. Ew."

Once upstairs, Jonathan let her in to Jack's office, and hissed at her, "Be on time next time!"

Liz glared at him as she shut the door behind herself. She paused a moment, and slowly turned to face Jack, a curious smile now curving her lips. "So I'm 'the one,' huh?"

Jack gave a slow blink, and a sly grin curved his lips. Liz couldn't help but grin right back.


{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
imaclanni on July 5th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
hahaha, awesome. i love the characterizations of all the smaller roles, i haven't read many fics with many of them in it, but once again, you're were spot on. thanks for sharing this!
a.: J; i feel like i've been wastedregalish on July 6th, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks much! Glad you enjoyed it, despite the shortness, hehe! :D
agent 99: f is for feymouseydork on July 5th, 2007 10:35 pm (UTC)
That was adorable and just the thing to cheer me up after a long day of being sick, so thank you. I completely agree with imaclanni, your characterizations of (everyone not just) the smaller roles are lovely.
a.: L; if you wanna have some funregalish on July 6th, 2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Aww thanks so much! I'm sorry to hear you were sick, but I'm glad I could make you feel better, if only for a little bit. That always makes it worth it for me :D

Thanks again!
Tally: such a nerdmusical_junkie on July 5th, 2007 10:58 pm (UTC)
That was so sweet, and kind of disturbing.

"So... like... once a week?" Frank piped up.

Awesome! (I sure do like that word, don't I?)

*Goes back to her not nearly as awesome summer reading assignment*
a.: JF; i'm walking on clouds of white;regalish on July 6th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
Haha, thanks! Glad you enjoyed!

Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: call me Willfirthgal on July 5th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
Another perfect story! I loved this one, it was done in a very clever way, revealing Jack's love and excitement through the smaller characters. And that ending was so awesomely simple and sexy, I could picture Jack's slow blink and grin perfectly. Loved it!!!!
a.: L; your angel standing by;regalish on July 6th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hehe! Thank you so so much! I'm glad you liked it. It came to me, literally twenty minutes before I got to go home, haha, so I had to type it out quick! Eeeeek.

And I totally stole the slow blink/grin from "Hard Ball," when he smiled at Liz like that after her little rage-fest about crushing Josh. Oh, I do so love that moment. :D

Thanks again!
majandratoomajandratoo on July 6th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Hah! This was so sweet and surprizing! I love that even Jonathan is clueless and still bitchy to her. :)
a.: MB; and i'm your favorite doll;regalish on July 6th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks! Hehe, glad you enjoyed it.

And, yes! Bitchy! That is the exact adjective I've been trying to find forever to describe Jonathan's demeanor toward Liz. Spot-on! Hehehe. Oh, Jonathan. You and Jack-worship.

Thanks again, doll! ♥
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz (& booyah)michellek on July 6th, 2007 05:25 am (UTC)
Hee, that was adorable.
a.: J/L; i did not go and shout itregalish on July 6th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Hehe, thanks much!
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30r; lj & bff'sdollsome on July 6th, 2007 07:45 am (UTC)
Hee! Adorable! Love the twist at the end, and it's so much fun seeing the whole ensemble, too. Awes.
a.: J/L; if it was this easy to find you;regalish on July 6th, 2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
Heee, thank you muchly! Glad you liked this one ;D

That twist was so much fun. GOTCHA, HAHA! .....Yeah, mmkay prolly not. You're pretty smart. But it was fun anyway!!

csiAngel: csi marg lolcsiangel on July 6th, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
For some reason my immediate reaction to that is to laugh evilly :-D

She knew all along who he was seeing. Hee!

Love it!
a.: P; she was winsome;regalish on July 6th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Laugh as evilly as you wish, my dear! Hahaha.

Ole' Liz Lemon's pretty sly when she wants to be ;D Heee!

Glad you enjoyed this!
csiAngel: bsg mary smilecsiangel on July 6th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, so you're around... Does that mean the last *sniffle* chapter of Being a Donaghy will be posted very soon?

It's been one crazy week at work, and that fic really has helped keep me sane :-)
a.: K; with the sun in your eyesregalish on July 6th, 2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Heee! I *am* around, in a way. But unfortunately, I'm at work, so I don't have my handy-dandy laptop with me to do any serious fic-postage.

Which is a bummer, because I REALLY REALLY wanna get the last chapter up and get all your guys' reactions on it! *giggle*

That's so sweet of you to say! I'm glad I could inject a little sanity into your work week (mine's been just nuts too, lol!). :D

If traffic is on my side today, the next chapter should be up in about four-and-a-half hours :D
csiAngel: bsg mary smilecsiangel on July 6th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Man, work is such an interference in fic-life!

As are time-zones. Grrr! See, four-and-a-half hours over here will be like 23:30. Which, due to how crazy my work week's been, is approx 3 hours later than I've been going to bed. lol. Hopefully, as it's Friday, and I really want to read the final *sniffle* chapter I'll manage to stay awake :-D

I shall start hoping for that, and for traffic to be on your side ;-)
a.: J/L; darling danke schoen;regalish on July 6th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Heee! I leave in three minutes :D

*kisses!* MUAH!
I work, I function like i'm a girl.: jack/lizokelay on March 23rd, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
awesome!!! i love the ending!
a.: jack/liz; two sides of the same coinregalish on March 27th, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :D
Gab Rose: pretty liz lemondemilybones on December 4th, 2011 09:07 pm (UTC)
a.regalish on May 9th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
Sheesh, see how behind I am? LOL. This is almost six months old! I'm glad you enjoyed this one, though! I think this was still in the early days of my Jack/Liz fic-writing. I miss those days!!! :D
Gab Rosedemilybones on May 9th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks for replying! I'd love to see some new stuff if you ever feel like it :) You're a wonderful writer.
a.regalish on May 9th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
I would LOVE to write some new Jack/Liz! I have such fond memories of writing "Being a Donaghy" and responding to reviews, but... gaaahhh, it's been so insanely long.

Also, I'm starting to reach a point where I'm completely torn between wanting Jack and Liz to end up together, and wanting them to be BFFs forever and ever. LOL. I AM SO CONFUSED! :D
Gab Rosedemilybones on May 9th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh my god, please please PLEASE continue 'Being a Donaghy'. I am dying to read more! :D
a.regalish on May 9th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
I can't make any promises, but I will definitely take another look at it ;)
Gab Rosedemilybones on May 9th, 2012 02:31 am (UTC)