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11 November 2008 @ 04:51 pm
What Are You Thankful For? [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: What Are You Thankful For?
FANDOM: 30 Rock
NOTES: thoughtsicles prompt: Thanksgiving


On November 26th, before everyone leaves for the Thanksgiving holiday, Jack Donaghy is asked by Kenneth (Ellen) what he's thankful for this year. Jack unflinchingly responds with his usual response of, "My wealth and good looks, Kenneth. Naturally."

The young page had smiled in that slightly confused way he had sometimes, nodded, and carried on, asking other people what they were thankful for. Jack had watched him as he gave the question some more serious consideration.

He was thankful for his wealth and good looks certainly. But that was the tip of the iceberg. He was thankful he had his job back. He was thankful he managed to evade much of the insanity and alcoholism that plagued the other members of his immediate family.

The ruminating on Kenneth's question continues that next day. He was thankful for his dinner companion this year -- a woman who, despite being a thorn in his side in the beginning, was now his best friend (and possibly the only woman he'd ever been able to trust): Liz Lemon. He was thankful Manuel could cook a mean turkey dinner. He was thankful he and Lemon were able to finish off most of it by themselves.

He was thankful she didn't care (or make fun of him) when he needed to change out of his suit following the meal, and that she didn't make a big deal out of seeing him in sweatpants for the first time (though she did choke back a laugh). He was thankful that Liz felt comfortable enough in his home now to bring her own change of clothes, since she too was feeling uncomfortably full.

He was thankful that she didn't rush out right away, and that they could amicably chat while flipping through satellite TV together. He was thankful she didn't insist they watch It's a Wonderful Life as C.C. did the year before (even though he knew Lemon enjoyed that movie).

But what he was most thankful for happened about an hour into the movie they'd settled on. When he looked down and found Lemon had fallen asleep with her head on his chest. Her long sable eyelashes fluttered with sleep and her chest rose and fell comfortably against his side.

He was most thankful for the overwhelming feeling that come over him in that moment; a feeling completely foreign and yet all at once familiar when it came to this woman:



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{x-posted to jack_liz and 30_rock}
Clarice Bucket of Upper Clovelyhampton: 30 Rock > Liz/Jack Almost Kissjenncho on November 11th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
Thanksgiving is my single favorite part of life. Not even joking.

I read this an said out loud "Awwwww"

This was really great.
a.: jack/liz; kissregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
MINE TOO. Best holiday ever, hands down. ♥

And thanks bunches for reading! So glad you enjoyed :D
Kristen: jack & lizkris10_loveee on November 11th, 2008 11:55 pm (UTC)
and omg..jack in sweatpants. i can't even imagine..
great job! <3
a.: jack; accustomed to her faceregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks!

I can hardly imagine Jack in sweatpants, either lol but I just had to go there :D
purpleeater1purpleeater1 on November 12th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)

i am smiling like a freak right now.
a.: liz; see youregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I'm glad this could produce a smile :)
lizdonaghy on November 12th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
Awwwww, that is so cute! I've always hoped something like that would happen on the show.
a.: ab/tf; what's new pussycat?regalish on November 17th, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Cute!
Thank you muchly! I really hope we can see some closeness between them like that too :)
There was a star danced and under that was I born: 30: welcome liz lem-ooooonlavenderseaslug on November 12th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
This was quite lovely. I'm really in love with the image of Jack in sweatpants, and the picture of Liz sleeping on Jack's chest during a movie.

It makes me want to eat sweet potatoes and pick out a Christmas tree, which is one of the best feeling ever, so thank you.
a.: jack/liz; we are one tonightregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm thrilled you enjoyed this. I too, was tickled by the thought of Jack in sweatpants (because really, you have to think he's got to have at least ONE pair... right? Or perhaps he lounges in his suits). And the whole Liz-sleeping-on-Jack thing is basically me writing out one of my big wishes for this season.

(An almost-kiss was one, which has already been granted, and a forehead kiss was another -- we shall see!!)

courtney_mudie7: 30Rock: liz+tredmill=woocourtney_mudie7 on November 12th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
aww.. i think we are all thankful for the jack and liz love :P

great fic
a.: tina; lostregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Aww, thanks very much! I'm glad you enjoyed this :)
paulachica07 on November 12th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Aww that was really sweet! Great job!
a.: ab/tf; whispersregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! :)
38gnihsurc: 30 rock38gnihsurc on November 12th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Okay, I had to go back and reread this because it was just... adorable. I love that your Jack actually owns sweatpants. And the image of Liz resting her head on his chest... and how he's thankful for the moment. It just tugs at my heartstrings. Lovely!
a.: jack/liz; get closerregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked this; I was feeling all warm-n-fuzzy for Thanksgiving, so I felt compelled to write this, hehehe.

Thanks again! :)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz & face touchingmichellek on November 12th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Aww, I love it.
a.: jack/liz; i will possess your heartregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
realityaskew on November 12th, 2008 06:28 am (UTC)
That was beautiful. I loved it.
a.: jack/liz; so closeregalish on November 17th, 2008 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! Glad you enjoyed it :)
Fi: 30rockjacklizweddingmuldy on November 12th, 2008 06:29 am (UTC)
Aaaw that's adorable. Short and sweet and beautiful :-)
a.: jack/liz; walk onregalish on November 17th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!! :D
wildthing0088: busy jackwildthing0088 on November 12th, 2008 06:31 am (UTC)
General consensus:

Hee. Great stuff.
a.: jack; accustomed to her faceregalish on November 17th, 2008 05:00 pm (UTC)
Hehehe. Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it ;)
op_de_radioop_de_radio on November 12th, 2008 06:43 am (UTC)
That definitely made me feel all giddy inside.
Jack and Liz are MEANT to be together.
It just HAS to happen.
a.: pam; you could be happyregalish on November 17th, 2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! And I agree, we MUST see Jack and Liz together by the end of the series. Or at least get a gigantic hint that they'll end up together. :D
summer14 on November 12th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Sweet story, loooved it! As well as the one you posted at almost the same time by the way! :)
a.: models; dance danceregalish on November 17th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked both of them :)
Little Ninja: [30R] Jack/Liz (close)littleninja245 on November 12th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Awwww! ♥

I loved it! So adorable, yet totally in character! :D
a.: jack/liz; turnregalish on November 17th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks so much! I'm happy you enjoyed this. ♥