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02 June 2007 @ 06:11 pm
Being A Donaghy [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Being A Donaghy
CHAPTER 6: Symbiosis
FANDOM: 30 Rock
PAIRING: Jack/Liz
SPOILERS: Through "Corporate Crush"
RATING: PG
SUMMARY:


*****

"Are you in love with me?" Liz blurted out almost angrily, stomping into Jack's office still wearing her wedding dress.

He looked her up and down for a moment, admiring the dress in a split-second, before he bust out in hysterics. "Lemon, when will you get off this?" He stood up and came around the desk to her, standing in front of her and taking both her hands. Liz fought the urge to jerk her hands away and stick her tongue out at him.

Lowly, he reminded her, "I date supermodels... socialites... heiresses. I thought we've been over this befo--"

"Yeah, there's just one big difference here, bucko," she broke in, smiling smugly and feeling rather proud of herself that she was about to stump Jack Donaghy. "We're not dating, we're getting married. The last woman you were married to, you were in love with."

But Jack was not stumped. He didn't flinch... he didn't even blink. In fact, he squeezed her hands. "Lemon, this is a business deal, plain and simple. I get married, I get my microwave ovens back, and then we'll get a quickie annulment. You can even go chase after the Floydster again if you wish."

Liz frowned, slightly taken aback that he'd uttered her exact words from not even an hour ago. But he took no notice of her surprise.

"You are doing me a favor and that is it. And I appreciate it." He flicked a smile. "I know that you're a writer, Liz, but don't add things to the script that don't need to be there." He dropped her hands. "It's like that 'Good Will Hunting' thing."

She made a face, watching him go behind his desk again and sit down. "What... 'Good Will Hunting' thing?"

He shrugged and met her eyes, waving dismissively. "The whole thing. Unnecessary."

Liz nodded, slowly. "Uh-huh..." She had the feeling it may have been a good time to start backing for the door.

"Oh, and Liz, I've been meaning to tell you -- I'm postponing the wedding to coincide with Bianca's."

"What? Why?" She really wished she would've bolted for the door.

As if the answer was simple and right in front of her face, he replied, "Because my mother's coming into town for Bianca's wedding. What better time to get married? She won't be there."

"I see..."

"The wedding is now set for May eighteenth, so we have two weeks to plan a lavish reception."

Liz grimaced, and threw an almost accusing glance down at the wedding dress she was still inexplicably wearing. "Jack, really, I don't... I don't want a big, huge wedding."

"Not wedding, Lemon. Reception. The ceremony itself will still be small and discreet -- you, I, a justice of the peace, and our witnesses. But the reception is going to be the party of the year."

Liz glanced around Jack's office in the hope that a bottle of Pepto Bismol would magically appear. "Oh, God."

"Invite your writing staff, I'm sure they could all use a good party. You can even invite your family if you so desire."

She feigned a smile. "I think I'll leave them out of this, but thanks."

"You would leave your own family out of your wedding?" he asked, astonishment in his tone, and she had to wonder why he was so surprised.

"You're... leaving your mother out of your wedding..." she offered by way of explanation.

"Yes, but that is my mother. The woman that sent me to Vietnam to make a man out of me when I was twelve. The woman who cut Pop's balls off--" Quickly, he added, "Pop was our dog." He shook his head, dismissing everything he'd just said. "But that's irrelevant, somewhat. What I'm trying to say is that the woman is a nightmare, and I do not want her here, ruining my wedding."

"Fake wedding," Liz broke in, smiling nervously.

Jack just shook his head. "It's a real wedding, Lemon. Only the emotion is fake."

She exhaled another nervous smile, nodding once. "Right."

He rose to his feet again and went over to her, sensing her need to escape (how did he do that, anyway?) and placing a hand at the small of her back, guiding her to the door. She ignored that it felt good, and just went with it. At the door, he stopped her with a hand on her shoulder, turning her gently to face him. "I don't want you to have to worry about doing all the planning. I'll hire the best wedding planner to take care of it all. Wouldn't want your pretty little head to explode with--" His eyes flicked to her head, and he frowned. "Oh my, you have a very dry scalp, Lemon. I'll hire someone to take care of that, as well."

He smiled. "Anyway... I'll take care of everything. You just take these two weeks to get yourself ready doing... whatever it is that women do for these things." He patted her shoulder and steered her out the door. "Ask Jenna, I'm sure she knows what women do."

Liz glared at him over her shoulder as he shut his office door. She sighed and shook her head, twisting the ring on her finger and staring at the ground as she stomped back off to wardrobe to change. On the way, she crashed into Pete, who reached out and caught her before she could fall on her ass... but promptly started laughing at her attire. "Liz, what are you wearing? Is this for that 'When Brides Attack' sketch that Frank wrote? I didn't know you were gonna be in it."

"No," she huffed, wishing for one of those cool Harry Potter invisibility cloaks -- that would be real nice right about now -- and shook her head at him. "No, what are you doing up here, Pete?"

"I was looking for you, and Jenna said you might be with Jack." He grinned. "She said you guys are planning something huge. Anything I should know about? Is it a surprise party for someone whose birthday was two months ago? Like me?"

"No."

"Well, so... what's going on?"

Liz raised her eyebrows and gestured to the dress. "This. This is what's going on."

Pete furrowed his own eyebrows. "You... trying on... wedding dresses."

Liz sighed and held up her left hand, wiggling her fingers and letting the ring sparkle under the fluorescent lighting. "That big thing Jack and I are planning? It's... a wedding. It's our wedding."

Pete stared blankly at her for what felt like ever (was it really so hard a concept to grasp, really? Her being marriage material?); he blinked a few times, and then finally responded with, "...I'm sorry, what?"

Liz waved dismissively and grabbed Pete's arm, walking with him back toward wardrobe. "It's really a long, boring story. Don't worry about it."

Pete hit the button for the elevator and stared incredulously at her. "The story of you spontaneously, randomly getting engaged to Jack is boring?"

She made a face. "It just... it's stupid. It has to do with microwaves, and... hollow-boned British chicks." She shook her head and waved dismissively again. "Really, you're better off not knowing."

"Huh." Pete was the first to get on the elevator after the doors had opened, followed by Liz who was watching him closely.

She narrowed her eyes at him. "And don't you dare say that Jack has a thing for me, because he doesn't. And I don't have a thing for him, so just drop it."

Pete chuckled a bit. "I didn't say anything."

"You got that look in your eyes," she sighed, leaning back against the back wall of the elevator and watching the numbers light up as if it was the most fascinating thing in the world.

"No, I'd never say anything like that. All I'll say is, you and Jack have a very... uh, unique relationship. Symbiotic, in a way."

Liz frowned contemplatively just as the elevator dinged and Pete got off on the floor of the writers' room. He turned back to her and added, "You guys somehow benefit from each other. He needs you, you need him... maybe this isn't so random after all, Liz. Think about it."

That was all she could do when the elevator doors slid shut and she was left to finish out the ride by herself.


TBC



{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
 
 
 
Tally: It's Lovelymusical_junkie on June 3rd, 2007 12:01 am (UTC)
"Yes, but that is my mother. The woman that sent me to Vietnam to make a man out of me when I was twelve. The woman who cut Pop's balls off--" Quickly, he added, "Pop was our dog."
Lauging my ass off here!

Amazing! Again. You've got the characters down so well.
a.: M; i could feel my eyesregalish on June 4th, 2007 03:43 am (UTC)
Hehehe, thanks so much! Glad you're still enjoying.

And I just love that little comment of Jack's from the show, about Vietnam and about Pop, hahaha. I absolutely had to use it :D
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: incredibly sexy Chazzfirthgal on June 3rd, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
Oh, yet another lovely chapter! Absolutely perfect characterizatons. Can't wait to read more!
a.: J/L; i've got you under my skin;regalish on June 4th, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
Thanks so much!! :D
Miamiecsi_miamie126 on June 3rd, 2007 06:31 am (UTC)
I had to look at the dictionary for the meaning of the title. *shakes head*

You made me cry. *cries* Next time, I will follow my shipper instincts.

Never the less, good writing! The characters are not OOC, very well written!
a.: L; i am extraordinary;regalish on June 4th, 2007 03:45 am (UTC)
*giggle* Don't worry, I had to double check the dictionary to make sure I was remembering the definition right from Bio class so many years ago :D

Glad to hear the characterization's still a-okay, and of course that you're still enjoying it! More to come soooooon!
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30 rock : jack/liz : date?dollsome on June 3rd, 2007 06:58 am (UTC)
"It's a real wedding, Lemon. Only the emotion is fake."

HEE! Oh, the Jack Donaghy-esque perfection of that line!! And, man, this fic just brings me joy -- I cannot wait until the actual wedding goes down, bwahaha -- and you are being so awesomely prolific and it is all pretty much made of win. :D AWES, my dear. Awes.
a.: J/L; darling danke schoen;regalish on June 4th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
Hehehehe! Thanks muchly, doll! I'm finding Jack is even more fun to write than Liz now just because what can come out of his mouth has just endless possibilities. :D

Keep a lookout for chapter seven!
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz (and phone)michellek on June 3rd, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
"I know that you're a writer, Liz, but don't add things to the script that don't need to be there." He dropped her hands. "It's like that 'Good Will Hunting' thing."

She made a face, watching him go behind his desk again and sit down. "What... 'Good Will Hunting' thing?"

He shrugged and met her eyes, waving dismissively. "The whole thing. Unnecessary."


Hee! Your Jack was awesome, as usual, and there are other parts I could quote along with this one, but this was my favorite. Just... hee.

Great job, as usual.
a.: J/L; strange as it seemsregalish on June 4th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Hahaha! Why thank you!

I almost felt like I should've added a little disclaimer to this chapter that I, personally, have no issues with "Good Will Hunting", but... meh :D
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: liz & pete (& hair & jack)michellek on June 6th, 2007 04:38 am (UTC)
Hee, I don't really have any issues with "Good Will Hunting", either, but I love that Jack does. And that he doesn't really explain the specifics of his disdain.
jmayer8377: lemonjmayer8377 on June 4th, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
Great fic, your characters are right on.

By the way, that Huddy fic you wrote a while back was woooonderful.
a.: J/L; she is everything i needregalish on June 4th, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much! Glad you liked this one, and I'm thrilled you read the Huddy one as well!

I kinda miss writing Huddy. Hmm... maybe I'll have to think up another one soon. They're almost as fun to write as Jack/Liz! ...Almost :D
tasha sveta: 30 Rock - Booyah!bitingbedbugz on June 4th, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
-twitch-

-squeal-

...

PETE! Oh Pete, how I love you. And so in character!
a.: L; i am extraordinary;regalish on June 5th, 2007 05:18 am (UTC)
*giggle*

Thanks muchly! :D

I heart Pete, too. He's hilarious. "You're inappropriate you jerk with your big stupid face!" *guffaw*
Puckface: Jack/Lizpuckhiggins on April 18th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Another amazing chapter! Gah, I can't believe I didn't find this sooner!!!

Pete is my best friend.
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30rocker30rocker on November 1st, 2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
You just get the characters so well. I can hear them saying the lines. So here is my list:
"Are you in love with me?" Liz blurted out almost angrily, stomping into Jack's office still wearing her wedding dress. (I can actually see that in my head)

Lowly, he reminded her, "I date supermodels... socialites... heiresses. I thought we've been over this befo--" (Gotta love Jack in denial)

"Lemon, this is a business deal, plain and simple. I get married, I get my microwave ovens back, and then we'll get a quickie annulment. You can even go chase after the Floydster again if you wish." (tears up a little...)

He rose to his feet again and went over to her, sensing her need to escape (how did he do that, anyway?) and placing a hand at the small of her back, guiding her to the door. She ignored that it felt good, and just went with it. (perfect for each other)

"Oh my, you have a very dry scalp, Lemon. I'll hire someone to take care of that, as well." (he would. he would say that)

Pete stared blankly at her for what felt like ever (was it really so hard a concept to grasp, really? Her being marriage material?); he blinked a few times, and then finally responded with, "...I'm sorry, what?" (made me laugh. a lot. his response was just so. Pete)

Liz glanced around Jack's office in the hope that a bottle of Pepto Bismol would magically appear. (that is SO Liz)

"The story of you spontaneously, randomly getting engaged to Jack is boring?" (Exactly what I thought)

Whew! That was a pretty long list.
This story just gets better and better...
visualthinker11/radio_silent: (bv4)  comfortradio_silent on August 15th, 2009 05:46 am (UTC)
this chapter some of my favorite dialogue in the fic so far!
three favorites:
"The whole thing. Unnecessary."
and
"Pop was our dog."
and
"Ask Jenna, I'm sure she knows what women do."
they're so perfect.

i do adore the good jack lines. and you write so many! : )