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24 February 2009 @ 05:10 pm
Like Permanent Marker (But Even More Permanent) [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Like Permanent Marker (But Even More Permanent)
FANDOM: 30 Rock
NOTES: thoughtsicles prompt: hip tattoo


When Liz wakes up, the first thing she does is close her eyes again to ward off the stabbing pain hitting her right between the eyes. Second on the list is an agonized groan, followed by a slow stretch. She shouldn't have gone out drinking with Jenna lastnight. That was a bad idea.

She sits up to stretch again, but as she does, she feels another stabbing pain just slightly below her abdomen. She looks down, moves her tanktop out of the way, and that's when she sees it.

Right where her hip slopes inward toward her abdomen, there it is - a square piece of gauze stuck to her with medical tape. She momentarily panics, hoping like crazy that she's still in possession of both her kidneys, but... that's nuts. It wasn't like she was lying in a tub of ice or anything.

She also had to quit watching Urban Legends with Jenna, but Jenna's going through this weird Joshua Jackson phase, and... yeah.

Slowly, she peels back the gauze and gasps at what's underneath. There, about the size of a quarter, is a small tattoo -- what looks like a capital letter D with a loop coming off the bottom left side of it.

"Aw, blerg!" Right, like she needed this. Why the hell did she tattoo a D on her anyway? Drew?

She dresses quickly and heads to work, needing the second opinion of her best friend. Well... the best friend that didn't get her drunk and drag her to a tattoo parlor lastnight.


"Lemon, nice of you to join us in the land of the living," Jack greets her on her way into his office.

"There's no time, Jack," she huffs. "Look at what I woke up with this morning." Beckoning him closer, she hooks her thumb into the waistband of her jeans and holds it out slightly, exposing the tattoo.

She thinks Jack draws in his breath a little too quickly, but she's not certain, so she lets it go, just watching him through her eyelashes. An amused smirk crosses his features then. "Well. Lemon. I never thought of you as the type to brand yourself."

"I know. God, it's like I colored on myself with permanent marker or something. Only," she wrinkles her nose, "more permanent." Shaking her head then, she glances down at the tattoo. "I can't even tell what it is. I mean, it looks like a D, but... why is there a tail on it?"

"I don't believe that's a tail, Lemon. I believe it's two letters joined together."

"What? How could you possibly know that?"

"Look..." Jack steps a little too close for comfort, and Liz's eyes fly up to his when his finger touches down against the tattoo.

He takes no notice, eyes focused on his finger as it traces the quarter-sized mark. "You can see a very thin line right here at the edge of the D." Looking up at her, his eyes burn her. "It's a letter D and a letter J."

"What?" She tries to bend as close as she can down to the tattoo. "Well... what the hell could that possibly stand for?" Could be Dawson/Joey, after the grueling Dawson's Creek marathon she had to endure for Jenna's sake (another part of the Joshua Jackson phase). Or maybe, in reverse, it could be Jack Dawson or something. But that didn't add up either. Her Titanic obsession ended like three years ago.

"Blerg," she grumbles again, and settles her jeans back into place, heading for the door. "A D and J. Or a J and D." She shakes her head and turns in the doorway, one hand on the knob. "If I can figure out what it means, I'll let you know."

Jack's smile is enigmatic, like he knows a secret, as he replies, "I'll be looking forward to it, Lemon," as she leaves.

Yeah, she definitely shouldn't have gone out drinking with Jenna.


{x-posted to jack_liz and 30_rock}
Fi: 30rockjacklizweddingmuldy on February 24th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hahaha that's awesome. I love it!
a.: liz; beautifulregalish on March 1st, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Hehe, thanks! Glad you enjoyed :)
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a.: jack/liz; i will possess your heartregalish on March 1st, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Hehehe! Thanks much!
Amy: love much?ams87 on February 25th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
LMAO this is hilarious! *applaudes*
a.: jack/liz; it's in the subtextregalish on March 1st, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Haha, thanks very much! *takes a bow*
excellent conversationalist (with food): jack/liz leaninmuic on February 25th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
Hee. This was fun.

Moar fic on the actual tattoo incident?
a.: jack/liz; takin' care of businessregalish on March 1st, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
Thank you muchly, I'm glad you liked it!

I hadn't really considered doing more, but I'll have to see what the muse comes up with ;D
frosted lemon cowardborderlinetruth on April 6th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
Oh my gawwwwwwd. I have realllly been missing out. This is great. At first I thought maybe it might be an L and a D like Liz Donaghy, but that would have involved to much thinking for a supremely drunk Lemon.