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13 June 2007 @ 11:46 pm
Being A Donaghy [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Being A Donaghy
CHAPTER 11: Mother Of...
FANDOM: 30 Rock
SPOILERS: Through "Corporate Crush"


Liz tipped her head back, draining the last few drops from her second glass of champagne. After that second song, she'd had to get away from Jack, if only for a few minutes. She still had to find time to steal Jenna away to talk. At the moment, Jenna was in a circle of about five middle-aged GE executives, flirting shamelessly with each one. Liz sighed and set her empty glass down on the bar. "Can I get another champagne, please?" she asked of the bartender.

He nodded. "Absolutely, Mrs. Donaghy."

Liz had to fight with every fiber of herself not to snap at him that that wasn't her name. Technically, it was her name now, but... she'd rather not think about that. No, instead she wanted to get good and toasted so she could make it through this night... so she could make it through her first night of being a Donaghy wife.

"How's it goin'?" a familiar voice asked of her.

She swiveled her head to see one of her saviors, Pete, leaning his forearms on the bar and looking over at her contemplatively. "You look like you're about a quarter of the way drunk."

"Ha, shows how much you know," she retorted. "I'm halfway drunk."

"Are you okay? I mean, other than the drunkenness? You and Jack seemed... kinda cozy on the dance floor."

"I don't know what the hell's going on, Pete," she gushed in a soft voice, glancing over her shoulder for prying ears. "He's... he's being considerate, he won't stop calling me 'darling,' he keeps saying he wants to make me as comfortable as he can... he even said that he cares about me and that he enjoys my company!" She took a gulp of her champagne and continued before Pete could interject. "And he's not in love with me, I asked him a couple weeks ago! So what the hell is going on?"

Pete absorbed this outburst silently for a moment, frowning thoughtfully. He straightened up slightly and leaned his hands on the bar, tilting his head at her. "Do you really, honestly, want to know what I think, Liz?"

"Yes. No." She shook her head. "Maybe." After giving it a moment's thought, she nodded. "Yeah. Fine, go ahead."

Pete chuckled slightly and shook his head at her, then took a deep breath and sighed out, "I think -- and this is actually something I've thought since the beginning, but -- I think that there might just be something between you and Jack. Something that you're not letting yourself see, and something that he very well could be starting to see."

"But he said--"

"He said he wasn't in love with you. That was two weeks ago. That was two weeks before he started planning a wedding reception, with you in mind the entire time. I mean, look at this place, Liz! He hired a DJ--"

"That was for him," she butted in, taking another gulp of champagne. "He said he didn't want anyone butchering his beloved Sinatra."

"Huh." Pete furrowed his eyebrows. "Yeah, I guess I can see that. He's always seemed kind of... Rat-Pack-ish. And anyway... Liz, I mean, come on -- he had the caterers provide pizza just because he knows you love pizza. That pizza was really good, by the way."

"I know!" Her eyes widened. "Even better than Ray's!"

"Yeah!" He shook his head dismissively. "Wait, we're getting off-track here. He said he wasn't in love with you two weeks before the wedding. Two weeks before he started doing all this for you, and one week before you moved in with him. Maybe, in that time, he's... started to feel something." He shrugged, signaling the bartender for a beer. "I mean, he certainly has been affectionate with you tonight, from what I can see."

"He says it's because we have to portray happy-in-love newlyweds to fool the GE guys."

Pete nodded. "Okay, and maybe you do have to, to an extent. But maybe for him, the portrayal's not a huge stretch from reality."

Liz narrowed her eyes at her friend contemplatively, and after a moment (and the rest of her third champagne) she finally asked him, "How are you so wise, Pete?"

He laughed at her and patted her waist, pecking her forehead affectionately. "Because I'm not half in the bag like you are, Lizzie my dear."

She wrinkled her nose. "Don't call me Lizzie. What am I, five?"

"Should I call you Mrs. Donaghy then?" He smirked.

She glared daggers at him. "You do and I'll kill you."

"Fine, then how about Lemon?"

After receiving her fourth glass of champagne and taking a sip, she shook her head. "No, you can't call me that. That's Jack's--" And she stopped herself abruptly.

Pete just smiled knowingly and finished, "Because that's Jack's nickname for you."

Liz looked downright ashamed with herself and whimpered, again, "I don't know what the hell's going on."

Pete patted her waist again and took his beer, telling her as he brushed past, "Just enjoy yourself for tonight. It's a party in your honor, for crying out loud. Worry about what's going on with you and Jack later."

"Fine," she grumbled.

"And take it easy on the bubbly!" he joked over his shoulder, already on his way back to his table.

Liz drained the rest of her fourth champagne and slammed the glass down on the table. Then, after shaking off the dizziness, she went off in search of her husband.


"Darling, there you are!" Jack's warm smile and outstretched hand greeted her when she approached.

Liz was glad she'd had so much champagne. Without it, she wouldn't have reached out and grasped his hand -- let him pull her close. Without it, she wouldn't have tugged on his hand so his arm was around her waist, fitting her into his side. And without it, she wouldn't be smiling adoringly up at him while he gestured to the man standing with him, "Liz, I want you to meet Don Geiss."

She raised her eyebrows and reached out to shake his hand, addressing Jack, "The guy who took your microwaves away?"

Jack and Don both chuckled nervously and Jack excused her, "She gets a little protective of me on occasion."

Liz smacked his chest with the back of her free hand. "Well I know how hard you work," she batted her eyelashes up at him as she added, "honey, and I know how devastated you were when they were taken from you."

"Yes, well, Jack and I are in the works of putting a new deal in motion, so that he may be able to get them back."

"Good," Liz smiled, the fizz from the champagne making her kind of enjoy how Jack's hand was gently rubbing her lower back in small circles. "Jack loved overseeing that division, so I know it would mean a lot to him to get it back."

Don gestured to her and grinned at Jack, telling him, "You've found yourself a good one there, Donaghy. She's beautiful, smart as a whip, and she loves you. Hang on to her."

Jack smiled, and Liz looked up to see his reaction as he chuckled softly and responded, "I intend to, sir, thank you."

Liz tried not to panic at hearing that, and instead concentrated on the pleasant fuzziness that seemed to be surrounding her head like a fluffy, cumulus cloud.

When Geiss was gone, Jack dropped his arm from around her waist (and was it weird that she was kinda disappointed? Yeah, probably). His expression was shocked, and a little delighted -- it reminded her of the look he gave her when she'd made Josh do the worm -- as he asked her, "Lemon, what has gotten into you?"

"Champagne," she grinned.

"Good Lord," he sighed. "You're not... drunk, are you?"

Liz, on an impulse (champagne-induced, most definitely -- it couldn't have been anything else), reached out and grabbed his hand, forcing him to twirl her. She giggled, deciding that if she could always have champagne handy, she could really actually enjoy being married to Jack. "Not yet I'm not!"

"Oh, God." To stop her twirling, he pulled her close, catching her against him in a dancing pose and leaning down to whisper in her ear, "I will let you have as much champagne as your heart desires for the rest of this marriage if you just promise me you'll slow down for tonight."

Liz closed her eyes and shivered at his breath tickling her ear, and she surprised herself when she briefly grasped his lapels and pulled herself a little closer. She nodded emphatically -- Jack was right. She had to slow down or at this rate, she'd end up doing something awful, like... kissing him or something. "Okay," she whispered back.

He leaned back from her and searched her eyes (trying to discern either her sincerity or her level of toxicity, Liz wasn't certain)... while she stared at his mouth and wondered if a kiss would really be that catastrophic.


A loud, brash voice broke them apart; Jack jumped back as if burnt. "Colleen!"

"Who?" Liz looked up and met the steel grey eyes of an older woman with white hair, grinning at her almost maniacally.

"Colleen Donaghy!" she announced loudly. She grabbed Liz's hand and shook it almost violently, squeezing it painfully as she told her, "I'm Jack's mother. And..." there was that maniacal grin again, "your new mother-in-law!"

Liz latched on to Jack's arm, clutching it for dear life, as everything started to spin.

Lucky he was there to catch her.


{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
Tallymusical_junkie on June 14th, 2007 05:13 am (UTC)
This story suc...
Sorry, I just can't do it. If you stop writing this story, it would be an insult to 30 Rock. It's just so amazing, and we need more amazing fics in the world to balance out the crap (like this Veronica Mars fic I'm reading right now)!
Just so good. Love it.
a.: J/L; let's waste timeregalish on June 16th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Awww, thanks! You guys spoil me, but I'm glad I can bring you some a-okay fics (because I SO know what you mean about all the junky fic out there these days - yikes)!

More to come soon!
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30 rock : liz : ehhdollsome on June 14th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
MAMA DONAGHY, HURRAH! Ohhhhh, this is going to get even more enchantingly disasterous! :D

Drunk!Liz is just about the cutest thing ever, and yay for Jack being all awesome and Jacklike, and LIZ AND PETE ARE SO CUTE.

Liz narrowed her eyes at her friend contemplatively, and after a moment (and the rest of her third champagne) she finally asked him, "How are you so wise, Pete?"

He laughed at her and patted her waist, pecking her forehead affectionately. "Because I'm not half in the bag like you are, Lizzie my dear."

Loooooved that. :D Their friendship gives me the warm-n-fuzzies.

Yo -- tell this story I love it. But not in a queer way.
a.: L; i'm tired of being cautious;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
HEEE. MAMA DONAGHY FTW. Elaine Stritch rocks my socks, I couldn't exclude her. She's one of the biggest Jack/Liz shippers out there! Hahaha.

Glad you liked this, and OMG I totes agree with you about the Liz/Pete friendship. So many warm & fuzzies. If her and Jack weren't so weirdly perfect for each other, Pete & Liz could totally be shippable. Sorta.

Miamiecsi_miamie126 on June 14th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Pete is now a philosopher, and hell yes, Mama Donaghy is in the house! Of course, Don Geiss is here, without whom, none of this would be possible.

"Colleen!" I can really see Jack saying that. OMG. I really should stop watching the clips in You Tube. I should, really, really pray for reruns. CLIPS ARE NOT ENOUGH!

Keep it up. Please. Until Hiatus becomes a bridge to the canonization of Jack/Liz.
a.: J/L; strange as it seemsregalish on June 16th, 2007 08:51 pm (UTC)
Hehehe! I will most definitely keep it up, because of all you guys are so awesome with the reviews!

Also, Mama Donaghy FTW. Completely. Had to bring her & Don Geiss into the picture :D

And I know of a place where you can download full 30 Rock episodes (but I'll need you to leave me a comment in one of my locked posts on my regular LJ because it's a locked comm) to aid you with all your Jack/Liz shipping needs! Hehehe.
Une Frakkante Cylonne: 30 rock- lemon fish- katrina87sunshine_queen on June 14th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
HA, Mama Donaghy ftw.

I was personally a great fan of the pizza tangent during Pete and Liz's talk.
a.: J/L; i've got you under my skin;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
MAMA DONAGHY FTW. Yes. Hahaha, in total agreement with you on that one.

You liked the pizza tangent? Really? AWES. Totally threw that in at random and hoped it would work, lol. Glad it did ;D

Chapter 12 goes up tonight!
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a.: K; she's got me love stoned;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Heee, YAY for finishing first season!! Aren't they so weirdly adorable? And OMG EMERGENCY CONTACT.

I love that Tina Fey is so adamant that she doesn't want Jack & Liz together, and then she goes and writes an episode like THAT one. Hahaha. Yeah right, Tina Fey. Closet Jack/Liz shipper.

And yes. Phoebe = EEEEEEVIL. :D
(Anonymous) on June 14th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
Collen...hmmm -insert mischievous smile- This is going to be fun( I don't know why but in a way she reminds me so much at Liz)Hope you can update soon ^__^
a.: J/L; don't know why i'm still afraid;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thanks! I just had to bring Mama Donaghy into it ;D
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: will licking skatefirthgal on June 14th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love drunk Liz! I so wish she had kissed Jack, but of course the anticipation of that first kiss is soooooo good I might be a little sad once it actually happens... psh, who am I kidding? I'd love the kiss!!! I seriously cannot wait for the next chapter! And I will keep on spoiling you because you are getting me through my 30 Rock withdrawal with this amazing fic! I LOVE IT!!!
a.: L; i learned the truth at seventeen;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
Heee! Isn't drunk Liz adorable? She kinda owns my soul a little bit, so I had to put her in here. When she's drunk she does such awesome things like singing karaoke, and dancing with strippers, and throwing water bottles at Jack. Hahaha!

And awww, thanks! You are so sweet, and I'm glad I can get you through the summer hiatus. (Except I want it to be season two RIGHT NOW, haha!)

majandratoomajandratoo on June 15th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
Jack smiled, and Liz looked up to see his reaction as he chuckled softly and responded, "I intend to, sir, thank you."

Hee! If that is not foretelling, I don't know what is.
When he pulled Liz in and told her to quit drinking, I could have sworn that would be the big kiss. But, of course, you throw in a delicious twist and leave us eagerly awaiting the next chapter for several reasons.

"Lucky he was there to catch her." HOW DO YOU DO THIS? I've printed all these chapters out to read at the beach. This story should be used as a 30 Rock marketing campaign to convert viewers against their will.
a.: J/L; i find it easier to sit and stare;regalish on June 16th, 2007 08:59 pm (UTC)
What? Foreshadowing? Me? *blinks innocently* No, never.

Hehehe. Glad you're still liking this. And I'm so glad my kiss teasing is getting you guys all riled up, hahaha! I do plan to drag it out as long as possible, just to warn you :D

Chapter 12 goes up tonight!
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz (and arm touch)michellek on June 16th, 2007 07:30 pm (UTC)
I love this fic so much I want to take it behind a middle school and get it pregnant. The Jack/Liz stuff is so satisfying, and I loved the Liz and Pete conversation, and ... everything, really. And Jack's mom! Who will be awesome, as the show already proved that she's a Jack/Liz shipper. (Come on, she totally is!)
a.: J/L; night and day you are the one;regalish on June 16th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Okay first of all, that is my FAVORITE Tracy line ever, lolol. And my hubby and I now quote it all the time. Kind of like when we were first becoming obsessed with The Office and quoted "That's what she said" constantly :D

Also? Yay, thanks! I'm glad you're still enjoying this fic. As it gets deeper and deeper into all this stuff it gets more and more fun for me to write, so it makes me happy that you are enjoying it as well!

(And Mama Donaghy's TOTALLY a Jack/Liz shipper and she's not afraid to show it, LOL. Unlike Tina Fey, who SAYS she's not a Jack/Liz shipper and then goes ahead and writes "Hiatus." Whatever, Tina Fey, you Jack/Liz fangirl! Hehehehe)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack/liz (and arm touch)michellek on June 17th, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
(That Tina Fey thing messed with my mind, seriously. How could she write that episode if she thinks Jack/Liz is icky? It does not compute.)
a.regalish on June 17th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
I know! Hopefully it'll be like what happened with The X-Files. Chris Carter always said he never wanted Mulder and Scully together, and then after seven years... bam.

(Granted, I hope it doesn't take *nearly* as long for Jack & Liz to hook up, haha. Seven years? OUCH.)
(Anonymous) on November 28th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
God these are so good!! I am so glad I found this site. You are an awesome writer. I hope you write many more concerning Jack and Liz!
a.regalish on December 5th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm hoping inspiration comes back for writing Jack/Liz -- they're such a blast :D