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18 March 2008 @ 10:23 am
(If Only I Don't) Bend and Break [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: (If Only I Don't) Bend and Break
FANDOM: 30 Rock


Liz cries by herself outside for a good fifteen minutes before she starts to feel foolish. Several Obama supporters have stopped to ask her if she's alright, and this is why she kinda hates these things -- Democrats are too nice. If she was crying at a Republican fundraiser, nobody would care. Democrats have to jump in and make sure everyone's feeling okay. Stupid Democrats, being in touch with their feelings.

She sneaks back inside long enough to get her coat and cell phone from the coat room. Maybe if she calls Jenna she'll feel better. She's about to hit speed dial 6 (her family and a few takeout restaurants make the cut before Jenna does) when she really considers what Jenna will say to her.

"I knew it! I knew you had a thing for Jack. You guys should do it."

Ugh, no. She shouldn't call Jenna. Maybe Pete! Pete has some good advice sometimes. So she goes for speed dial 7 before she considers Pete's reaction.

"Jack? Jack Donaghy? Liz, you can't be serious," he would laugh. "You mean, like, our boss Jack? Come on."

No, definitely not Pete. And there's no way in hell she'd call Tracy, Frank, or even Kenneth and divulge this information.

"Well Miss Lemon, my Momma always told me that we can't choose who we love. She said if we could, she'd be married to Harrison Ford."

On second thought, maybe Kenneth would have a point. But she doesn't call him. She just sighs and puts her phone away, but hangs onto the coat so she can go back outside and cry some more.

Jack? Seriously. Jack. What is the matter with her? This morning, she was perfectly fine and definitely not in love with Jack. Then they dance to one flippin' Celine Dion song (this is still all her fault) and suddenly Liz loves Jack. Maybe she's starting to go nuts. She definitely is not going to be one of those crazy Donaghy brides.

Whoa, bride? Seriously. What. The effing hell.

She needs more shrimp toast.


"It was nice to see you again, Liz," she hears C.C. say behind her as she finishes packing away her eighty-thousandth piece of shrimp toast.

She chews as fast as she possibly can and fakes a smile at C.C. while she hopes there aren't any more tear tracks on her face. Then she waves, still with that fake smile plastered across her face. "Bye, C.C. Congratulations."


Liz makes a face and gestures inside, where Jack's probably pining away for her. "Y'know, you and Jack. You guys got back together, so... congratulations."

C.C. makes a face and Liz wonders which part of that was hard to understand. "Liz... Jack and I didn't get back together."


"No. He proposed that we do, but I said no. It wouldn't have been right."

Now Liz has no idea what the hell's going on. Where's that shrimp toast? "I don't get it. Jack... inside... said you guys got back together. On the dance floor."

"No, Liz. It wouldn't have been right."

"But Jack loves you. Like, a lot." She widens her eyes as if to emphasize her point and really hopes she doesn't cry about this again. "I mean, I've never seen him so serious about someone."

C.C. smiles. "Then you've never seen the way he looks at you."

Liz ducks her head as Bianca's words -- almost those exact same words -- come back to her again. How the hell is she supposed to take that? "Umm... thanks?"

"He's pretty serious about 'his Lemon,' trust me. And... for how much he and I cared about each other and for how much we wish it would've worked out, the reality of the situation is... I'd end up being the 'other woman.' And I promised myself two things: one, that I'd never sleep with a Republican, and two, that I'd never be 'the other woman.'" She smiles and tilts her head. "I already broke one promise to myself, so I'd really like to hang on to the other one."

"But Jack and I aren't--"

"Together?" C.C. moves toward her limo as it pulls up. "Maybe not technically, no." That's all she says then as she waves at Liz and climbs into her limo, and Liz watches her go.

Yeah okay, so maybe C.C. is her favorite of Jack's exes.

She really should talk to Jack. Why would he tell her they'd gotten back together if they hadn't? Was it just to piss her off? Because it worked. And she'd really hate having to admit to that.

She goes inside and deposits her coat at the coat check again, looking around for Jack. She spots him with the Gary/Bob/Steve/Lances, laughing about something. Probably something involving either Big Macs, nine irons, or hookers. Frighteningly enough, it could be all three.

Maybe she's better off outside for awhile. So she heads for one of the balconies, missing the fact that Jack's eyes follow her the entire way.

And she grabs one last piece of shrimp toast on her way out.


{x-posted to jack_liz and 30_rock}
yas_snape: joyyas_snape on March 18th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is wonderful! Please, write more!
a.regalish on March 21st, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Chapter six is up :)
mybaloney on March 18th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
More please!!!!!
a.: dwangela; petregalish on March 21st, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
Absolutely! ;)

Chapter six has just been posted.
Dayna: 30 rock; jack/liz; elevatordaynawashere on March 18th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
The first section was so funny. I thought your Pete voice was spot-on, and your Kenneth was hilarious.

a few takeout restaurants make the cut before Jenna does. - LOL. Oh Liz.

she heads for one of the balconies, missing the fact that Jack's eyes follow her the entire way. FOLLOW HER, JACK! Hee, I'm so into this fic. I'm really looking forward to more! :D
a.: jack/liz; balconyregalish on March 21st, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks so much! I ♥ writing the "minor" characters so so much.

Chapter six is up and ready to go! :D
pacific1987pacific1987 on March 18th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ah, the tables have turned, Jack!!!

I love how back and forth this is. Keep up the awesome work, pretty please?
a.: jan; says it'll cost what it costsregalish on March 21st, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! More has already been posted :)
flyingfantasticflyingfantastic on March 18th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
This was the best thing to come home to after a make you cry make you scream and yell kind of day. It brightend my spirits for the time being! Thank you! As always this fic is AWESOME!
a.: jack/liz; two sides of the same coinregalish on March 21st, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
Awwww! I'm so sorry you had a bad day, but I'm glad my fic could be here for you in your time of need :) I always read 30 Rock fic after a crappy day, hehe.

Chapter six has already been posted! :)
Kat: friends_forpele on March 18th, 2008 11:18 pm (UTC)
Whaaaaaaat? Things just keep getting more and more interesting. But glad to see Liz can keep up with the stress eating through all the confusion ahha. As always, looking forward to finding out what happens next :)
a.: friends; profilesregalish on March 21st, 2008 02:03 am (UTC)
Heeee! I'm so glad you're still enjoying this! I've just posted the next chapter.

LOVE your icon, btw. Ahhh, Friends. My first fandom love :)
Kat: monica/chandler_forpele on March 21st, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
I shall go read!

Thanks! I love yours too haha. It was my first fandom love as well and it will definitely always be one of my favorites! :)
a.: ross/rachel; off the planeregalish on March 21st, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Absolutely, mine too! :D

Anytime I'm in a funk or don't feel good or whatever, all I need to do is pop in a Friends DVD and I'm all better :)
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a.: tina; as tinkregalish on March 21st, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
I'm a sucker for balcony scenes too, so I hope you enjoy what I've come up with :)

And LOL, I LOVE writing Pete and Jenna. It's so bewildering to me that Liz is friends with either of them, but I love it. The next chapter's already up!
courtney_mudie7: 30Rock: that is awesomecourtney_mudie7 on March 19th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
oohh! so the plot thickens...

I just always wanted to write that..lol.

Like always, such an awesome chapter.. looking forward to more :D
a.: jen; little black dressregalish on March 21st, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Glad you liked this! Chapter six has been posted :)
van_canucksvan_canucks on March 19th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
You're a miracle worker. I had this massive headache, but as soon as I read this, it just magically went away!

"Then you've never seen the way he looks at you." --- now altogether now, "awwwww"!

I'm so glad that you update this frequently.
a.: dd/ga; back together again FINALLYregalish on March 21st, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Ooooh, AWESOME! I have actual magical powers! Yessssss.

I've always wanted to experiment with holistic medicine through my writing ;D

SO glad you're still enjoying this! The sixth chapter is already up ;)

Ah! And I see you've already read it, lol. Man, you are on top of things!
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & from the sidemichellek on March 19th, 2008 04:45 am (UTC)
♥! You are awesome and I can't wait to see where this goes.
a.: jack/liz; a decent setregalish on March 21st, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
♥ ♥ ♥!! No way, YOU are awesome. Did you know that while I was at the doctor's office today, I read ALL of your Jack/Liz fics on my BlackBerry?

Because why? Oh, that's right. BECAUSE YOU ARE AWESOME.


Chapter six is up now, btw. And that reminds me... are we ever going to get a full-length Jack/Liz fic out of you, missy? Those drabbles of yours are amazing but I would absolutely love to see you do something epic with these two. :D
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz (and following)michellek on March 28th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
I was thinking of writing a WIP because when I do come up with longer ideas for the two of them -- or, well, any fic -- I sort of crap out on it when left to my own devices. But either way, I am working on some longer fic. The one I'm mostly working on now is at about three thousand words and it's not close to finished.