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26 September 2008 @ 08:57 am
Anything I Can Do [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Anything I Can Do
FANDOM: 30 Rock
SPOILERS: The 3rd season premiere, yet to air


Foolish. So foolish. Jack had told her more than once that neither of them could have it all -- the big office, a family, true love. It wasn't in the cards for either of them. And until now, Liz was (basically) okay with that. It was less complicated, not having it all. Until she decided she wanted a baby, and Jack promised to do anything he could to help her get one. So right away upon his return, he had an adoption agent stop by TGS for a visit.

Unfortunately, she had to come on the craziest day ever (barring that one time Tracy had escaped from the Black Crusaders and then been kidnapped by Kenneth's cousin). And Liz, as always, got too frazzled from the stress. The adoption agency woman deemed her an unfit candidate for adoption.

And so here Liz stands, in her office, her back to the door and fists clenched at her sides. Her eyes are closed as she tries her hardest not to cry. She hears the door open behind her but she doesn't want to see anyone. Well... perhaps just one person.

She hears the footsteps approaching and she sighs, dips her head. And when she feels body heat against her back, she reaches her right hand up behind her, feeling for the face of the person who's invaded her office. Instinctively, she calls, "Jack?"

"Liz, I'm so sorry," he speaks her rarely-used first name (her surname has become kind of a term of endearment from him... in a weird way), apologizing in that low, rough murmur. His lips move against her palm as he speaks, and it sends some very odd yet familiar tingles up and down her arm.

She opens her eyes as she feels his hand close around her wrist, moving her hand away from his mouth. To her surprise, he only moves it to his cheek and lets it rest there, keeping his hand around her wrist. His thumb rubs back and forth over her pulse point as he asks her, "Are you okay?"

She nods, staring at the wall in front of them. "Yes." But it's a lie.


"No, I'm not okay," she relents. "You were right, Jack." Liz turns, almost reluctantly, and drops her hand from his face as she stares up at him... shakes her head. "We can't have it all. I mean... true love, a great job, and a family? It can't be done! I mean, maybe on TV, but..." She continues shaking her head.

"Lemon, I want you to listen to me." He grasps her shoulders and looks her straight in the eyes, his own glinting with determination. "You are a wonderful, kind, smart, beautiful woman. And you deserve to have it all." His voice is strong as he tells her this, then decidedly less so (almost sad, she thinks) as he next says, "If I could give all of that to you, I would in the blink of an eye. But it's not that simple and you know that."

She ducks her head. "Yeah, I know."

Jack's finger tips her chin up -- apparently he's not done making his grand point -- and their eyes meet again. "And I meant what I said, that I'd like to help you. I still do, and I still will. I'll do anything I can do, Lemon, to help you get the child you so desperately want. If it means going through every possible adoption agency, then that's what we'll do."

"But Jack, it's so expensive. I can't afford--"

"I never once said you'd be responsible for the costs."

Her eyes widen. "Jack, you can't pay for this!"

"Of course I can, Lemon," he shrugs, like it's no big deal. Like he could just pay for a thousand adoption fees as if they're McDonald's Happy Meals.

She rolls her eyes. "Well okay, I know you can, I mean I don't think you're broke or anything obviously, but... Jack I can't ask you to do this."

"And you haven't. I'm offering of my own free will." He smiles, and her heart does this weird skippy thing.

Her forehead crinkles in confusion. "Why would you do that for me?"

Another jump of her heart ensues when he grasps both of her hands, and... just when did they get so comfortable touching each other all the time? Like they're dating or deeply involved or something. "Because, Lemon. Liz." He glances down at their hands and looks like he wants to say something really important. "I want you to be happy. Because... I--"

"Liz!" Pete bursts into her office at (of course) the wrong time, and Liz jumps back from Jack. "Liz, there's been an accident on the stage."

"What kind of accident?"

"One of the light fixtures fell down, and... now that rack of Sarah Palin wigs is kinda..." Pete shoves his hands in his pockets sheepishly. "On fire."

"Aw blerg." Liz runs for the door, yelling for Pete to get down there and help put them out, before she turns back to Jack. "Jack, I--"

"I understand," Jack smiles. "You'd better get down there, Lemon."

"What were you going to say?"

His smile gets kinda sad again as he shakes his head and tells her, "It's not important. Go."

Liz hesitates, just looking at him a moment -- this guy that she once couldn't stand, but who's now willing to do whatever he can and dole out any amount of money just to ensure her happiness. She kinda has to wonder what she'd do or where she'd be without him in her life.

It's that thought that makes her do something she never thought she'd do. She steps forward and kisses Jack on the cheek, right by the corner of his lips. She lingers maybe a second longer than she should before the fire once again occurs to her. "Thank you, Jack," she murmurs against his cheek, and then is gone.

And she never gets to see the way Jack smiles at her as she leaves.


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{x-posted to jack_liz and 30_rock}
Isa: 30 Rockanakisa on September 26th, 2008 02:12 pm (UTC)
Aww, I loved it!
I really do hope it goes somewhat like that.
a.: liz; *facepalm*regalish on September 28th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)

(And I agree, I really hope we get a sweet moment with them in the season opener!)
imaclanni on September 26th, 2008 02:16 pm (UTC)
super cute! more please : )
a.: jack/karen; it's your loveregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Thanks much! There will be much more Jack/Liz to come :D
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a.: gillian; sunshine and summertimeregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:08 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
No need to be anybody but oneself.: Sweetness -  lerdoonly_more_love on September 26th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
This melted me into a wonderful puddle of goo. *sighs*

"One of the light fixtures fell down, and... now that rack of Sarah Palin wigs is kinda..." Pete shoves his hands in his pockets sheepishly. "On fire."

hahahahaha Perfection.

...her heart does this weird skippy thing.

That sounds so like Liz. :)

Thanks for sharing; I really enjoyed this.
a.: booth/brenn; i believe in youregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:09 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it!

And haha, I love writing from (kinda) Liz's perspective. She's so much like me, so it makes it easy on me :D
haters to the left: alec emmystamatina_rae on September 26th, 2008 03:15 pm (UTC)
This was fabulous!
a.: ab/tf; you win againregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:10 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
stresseater: [30 rock] jack/liz blendstresseater on September 26th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)
Gaaaaah. That promo + this fic would have the most squee-inducing babies.
a.: jack/liz; two sides of the same coinregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much!! I absolutely couldn't help doing a fic after that promo. Dear God.

Actually, I'm still not over it. I may not be until we get the actual episode.
csiAngel: 30 rock j/l elevatorcsiangel on September 26th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
Aww! I love this. I love that they're interrupted, just how they would be on the show! so totally plausible for that first ep, so let's hope they've come up with something similar :-D
a.: jack/liz; love in an elevatorregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks muchly, Jac! As badly as I wanted to write a Jack/Liz-get-together fic, I enjoyed writing it this way - with an interruption. Because you're right, that's what we'd get on the show. :D
vanityfair00vanityfair00 on September 26th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Awwwww. I love these missed opportunities fics. Very good!
a.: models; when i look to the skyregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it :)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & face touchingmichellek on September 26th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
I LOVE IT. And I love that you were so swift in writing a promo-fic. ♥
a.: jack/liz; i will possess your heartregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
HEE! Thank you, my dear. I'm glad you liked. And how could I NOT write a fic right away off that gorgeous, gorgeous promo?

(Which, btw, I have now seen about a thousand times lol.)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & face touchingmichellek on September 28th, 2008 06:41 am (UTC)
flyingfantasticflyingfantastic on September 27th, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
Oh my shippy little heart, this was perfect.
a.: jack/liz; handsregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you very much! :)
The Mighty B: [30 Rock] Touchrunawayblue on September 27th, 2008 05:56 am (UTC)
Just beautiful oh my god
a.: jack/liz; i will possess your heartregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)
Hee, why thank you!! I'm glad you liked it :D
I work, I function like i'm a girl.: Laundrymat Loveokelay on September 28th, 2008 04:27 am (UTC)
oh my god.your stories kill me. so good. this one was absolutely brilliant!
a.: giselle; that's how you knowregalish on September 28th, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks so much! The shippy moments from that promo were way too good to pass up. I'm thrilled you enjoyed this!
paulachica07 on September 30th, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)
Aww that was awesome! I wish there was more!!! Great job, I love everything you write!
a.: huddy; falling into youregalish on October 2nd, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!! I'm glad you liked it :D