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19 June 2007 @ 11:26 pm
Being A Donaghy [30 Rock; Jack/Liz]  
TITLE: Being A Donaghy
CHAPTER 14: The Smart One
FANDOM: 30 Rock
SPOILERS: Through "Corporate Crush"


Liz managed to rush inside in enough time to pry Frank away from the wedding cake, but not before she got a face full of icing while wrestling the cake spatula away from him. Jack and Jenna came in after her two seconds too late, and while Jenna looked surprised (maybe that was still from witnessing the almost-kiss), Jack busted out laughing.

Liz glared at him and tried to lick the frosting off her lips (buttercream, awesome!), but more fell off her nose and landed on her bottom lip. "You think that's funny?"

Jack chuckled. "I'm sorry Lemon, but yes. I really do."

Liz wasn't sure exactly what came over her then. Fueled by her irritation at his laughter, and a mingling desire to (kind of) finish what was started outside, she marched up to him, grabbed his face, and pulled him down for a quick, but effective, frosting-filled kiss.

Jack barely reacted, hands touching her waist for a split-second before she pulled herself away. Jenna grabbed her arm then, eyes wide.

"Let's go clean you up!" And she dragged Liz off to the bathroom.

Once the door had swung shut behind them, Jenna let go of her arm and asked, "What has gotten into you, Liz?"

Liz shrugged. "What?"

"You and Jack, out in the gardens?" She raised her eyebrows. "And then just now? With the cake frosting?"

Liz shook her head and watched Jenna wet down a paper towel, handing it to her. She turned to watch herself wipe it off in the mirror as she responded quietly, "I don't know."

"Still?!" Jenna was beyond incredulous. "Liz, sweetie, I always thought you were so smart! But if you can't pick up on something and I can..." She paused thoughtfully. "Wow, maybe I've been the smart one all along!"

Liz rolled her eyes. "I can't explain what's going on in my head right now, Jenna, I'm sorry. I can't make head or tail of it."

"Well can you at least tell what's going on in Jack's head? Because that should be obvious."

She wrinkled her nose. "I think he loves me."

"Gee, what tipped you off?"

"When he said he was sorry for needing to kiss me."

Jenna's eyes just about popped out of her head with that one. "What?! He said that?"

Liz shrugged and wiped off the last smear of frosting on her cheek. "Not in so many words, but... kind of."

"Is that where I came in?"

"Yes." Liz tossed the wet paper towel over her shoulder and smiled triumphantly when it landed in the wastebasket.

"Oh, I'm sorry, Liz. I shouldn't have interrupted."

"It's fine, Jenna, really. I should actually thank you for doing that. Me and Jack... kissing..." she shook her head, "that would've been a really bad idea."

Jenna furrowed her eyebrows. "So... why'd you kiss him out there?"

Liz shrugged, nonchalance on her features as she opened the bathroom door and headed out, replying over her shoulder, "I just wanted to wipe the big stupid smile off his face." She never saw Jenna rolling her eyes behind her back as they returned to the ballroom.

Jack was just finishing wiping the frosting off his own face with the bartender's towel as Liz came in, and he turned to her with a smile. "Well played, Lemon," he congratulated her. "It almost seemed as if you..." he tilted his head and narrowed his eyes slightly, contemplating her, "wanted to do that."

Liz carefully ignored the butterflies going wild in her stomach (she really needed to see the doctor about that -- really) and tilted her head in the opposite direction, telling him, "You had it coming to you."

She watched his brows flick upward for a moment, and a smile twitched at the corner of his lips before he grasped her hand and pulled her out onto the dance floor wordlessly. As Frankie Valli started to lament, "You're just too good to be true, can't take my eyes off of you," Jack pulled her into his arms and leaned down to whisper in her ear, "I'll have to remember to be smug more often, then."

Liz wasn't sure how to take that. Was he flirting with her? Was he kidding? She smiled nervously and let him swing her around the dance floor. When the song became more up-tempo, horns blaring, Jack twirled her with the skill level of someone who'd taken years of ballroom dancing lessons. Another thing his mother did to him? She was totally going to ask him sometime. Liz was surprised she was able to keep up without falling on her face.

With a grin, Jack dipped her suddenly as the song swelled to the chorus and she giggled, bending easily with him. "I love you baby, and if it's quite alright, I need you baby to warm a lonely night..."

When he pulled her up she felt her headiness renewed as if she'd just downed two more glasses of champagne, and vowed to herself to just enjoy the rest of the night -- to take everything as it came. If Jack wanted to kiss her again in front of everyone, he could. If he was being a smug jackass about something, maybe she'd kiss him again in front of everyone to shut him up. Who cared? She could keep emotion out of it.

And who cared if Jack was smiling at her adoringly while he twirled her around and sang along to the lyrics, pulling her in tight at times and then sending her spinning moments later. Who cared if he hugged her close when the song finally faded and Elvis started in with "Can't Help Falling In Love"? And who cared if she instantly fit into him like a matching puzzle piece and rested her forehead on his shoulder again?

What did it matter if Jack rested his chin on her head and kind of tucked her into him? And what did it matter if his fingertips gently tickled her lower back? Who cared if she kinda liked feeling the vibration from his chest as he hummed the song? And what did it matter that this was the most comfortable she'd felt with anyone in a long time?

It didn't mean anything.

It couldn't possibly mean anything... right?


Songs referenced: Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli, and Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley. Click the links to download!

{x-posted to 30_rock and jack_liz}
imaclanni on June 20th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)

a.: TF; a smile that explodes;regalish on June 21st, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks! :D
Miamie: 30 Rock- Liz and Jackcsi_miamie126 on June 20th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
First... Why is he calling her Lemon? Shouldn't there be a darling attached? *evil, manical grin*

Other than that. Icing. Frosting. Now you've done it. I'm hungry.

Nice job on that kiss. I salute you!

(advanced) Happy birthday greetings!
a.: J/L; i did not go and shout itregalish on June 21st, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Hehehe! Gotta love the "darling" -- don't worry, I'll bring that back :D

And thank you so much for the b-day greetings! I'll hopefully have lots more ideas by the time I come back from my vaca!
Uther Pendragon's Loyal Wench: steve 40YOVfirthgal on June 20th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, so beautiful! I loved it when Liz got back at Jack by kissing him with an icing face, so cute. And the ending. *dreamy sigh* Great writing!
a.: J/L; our contradictions to quittingregalish on June 21st, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, thank you! Pretty much any lame excuse I can find for Liz to spitefully kiss Jack, I'm gonna go for it! The frosting made that super easy :D

More will be posted tonight!

(I'm loving your Steve Carell icons, btw. I ♥♥♥ him!)
(Anonymous) on June 20th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
This fic made me feel like I was there seeing everything , excellent narration, I don't want the reception to end , they should dance in every chap and have a real romantic kiss and have babies and live happily ever after because they deserve each other.

It is a good thing that you post tonight because this fic is like eating that chocolate strawberry sugar frosting layer cake, can get enough of it(my bday was on Monday and I'm still eating that damned cake,seriously they must be selling this thing with cocaine on it, so addictive).

Oh and also Happy Birthday in advance , have fun!
a.: TF; i didn't get a lot in class;regalish on June 21st, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! (And I confess, I kinda don't want the reception to end, either, but alas... it has to, sometime. Hee!)

Happy belated birthday to you, and thanks for the birthday wishes! June b-days ROCK. :D
Amandalea724 on June 21st, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I've recently become a fan of 30 Rock and I went searching for icons when I stumbled across your fic. I went back to chapter 1 and started reading it and completely fell in love with it. You've completely captured the characters perfectly. I can totally see Jack and Liz behaving and reacting to each other exactly how you've written them.

My only regret is that I hadn't discovered this fic once you've finished it, as I've gotten spoiled by reading one chapter after the other without having to wait in between.

Keep up the wonderful work and I can't wait to read the next chapter.
a.: TF; a smile that explodes;regalish on June 21st, 2007 05:59 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much! I'm so glad you took the time to read my fic (and all in one sitting? Double wow, hehe!). I love these two so much, it's so much fun to write them.

More will be posted later tonight! Thank you again :)
Amandalea724 on June 21st, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
(and all in one sitting? Double wow, hehe!)

Well, if I'm honest, over the past day or so. I'd grab a chapter in between rushing from home and work, but with the last five or six chapters...yep, all in one sitting. :)

More will be posted later tonight!

Yay, can't wait! :)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: i want to kiss your boyfriendmichellek on June 21st, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
I ♥ you. In a non-creepy way! And I kind of want Jack and Liz to dance forever and keep kissing each other until they both admit they really, really like it.

(Also, I love 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You.' So in made me happy to see the song referenced. :)
stephen@charleneforever.com: 30 rock: jack (takes off necklace)michellek on June 21st, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
And happy birthday in advance! :)
a.: J/L; strange as it seemsregalish on June 22nd, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
Heeee! Thanks so much! When you said "not in a creepy way" I TOTALLY got Mama Donaghy's voice in my head: "But not in a queer way!" hahaha WIN.

And I agree -- if I could make an entire fic out of dancing and "pretend" kissing between Jack and Liz, I would SO do it. Alas, most people like... a plot or some stupid stuff like that :D

(And I LOVE Frankie Valli. So much. I swear I should've been born in the fifties, hehehe)

Thanks for the advance b-day wishes too!! ♥
majandratoomajandratoo on June 22nd, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
This chapter was a nice change of pace. It was a great way to draw out their realizations a little longer, while letting them have fun and dance without analyzing it. The cake part was adorable and surprizing
And I totally believe that Liz would be this stubborn about admitting it to herself. :)
I just finished watching the entire season over again online, and I love all the more how you incorporated certain lines and phrases from the show into this new (and spicier) version of events.
a.: TF; a smile that explodes;regalish on June 24th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked this chapter (because honestly? I didn't, haha). This was kind of a "filler" chapter, and I never really find those all that interesting. The cake part was fun to write, though ;)

I love using the lines from the show. For me, so much of the Jack/Liz shippiness ends up being in those teeny little one-liners, whether it's said by them or another character. Gotta bring some of those back :D

Thanks again!
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30r; jl & date?dollsome on June 30th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, Liz Lemon. You and your denial!!

Jack was just finishing wiping the frosting off his own face with the bartender's towel as Liz came in, and he turned to her with a smile. "Well played, Lemon," he congratulated her. "It almost seemed as if you..." he tilted his head and narrowed his eyes slightly, contemplating her, "wanted to do that."

Bwahaha, that was just so awesome and so Jack. You rock at writing him; it continually impresses me, because, as I have learned from experience, the guy is intimidating to write.

And, because my iTunes and this story are clearly psychically connected, Can't Help Falling In Love came on in the last few paragraphs! And, granted, it's the Bob Dylan version and not the Elvis version, but I'm pretty sure it has the same effect, because I am all fluttery and super-shippy over here.

a.: L; and sharp as a tack;regalish on June 30th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Awwww, thanks! I still find Jack COMPLETELY intimidating to write, so it makes me giddy to hear that YOU especially think I'm doing okay, you Jedi-master of characterization! (*cough*WRITEMOREJACK/LIZ*cough*)

And wheeeeee, "Can't Help Falling In Love." So sappy and shippy I could not pass it up!! Bob Dylan did a version? Really? Wow. That's... unusual. I try to ignore that anybody but Elvis did that song, because Elvis (young, hot Elvis) = ♥♥♥
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: ml; dm & first dancedollsome on June 30th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Ohhh, the Elvis version is so good. And will forever remind me pleasantly of that one sappy scene in Overboard. But I really, really love the Bob Dylan one; I'm kinda biased, though, because I completely adore him and the folky poetic raspfest that is his voice. ;-)

Of course, nothing beats the A*Teens cover.

(Hee, your icon is so cute! Oh, Liz Lemon.)
a.: J/L; you're the reason for therapy;regalish on June 30th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Heee! Liz Lemon is indeed absolutely adorable!!

I'm not much of a Dylan fan (might be my inner need to rebel against SOME of my dad's musical interests, heh!), save for all the references Don McLean makes to him in "American Pie" (a song I will forever and ever find unbelievably brilliant).

And even if you're being facetious about the A*Teens cover... (I can't believe I'm going to admit this)... OMGILOVEIT. It's bubble-gum-ish and poppy and over-the-top. It is love.

She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: ats; cw & epic lovedollsome on June 30th, 2007 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, dude, I totally used to hate Bob Dylan, too! My dad just loves him, and I have this acute memory of being maybe ten, and we had to move upstairs because our rooms were having new floors put in, and it was above the garage, and my dad was down there just blasting Bob Dylan, and I was trying to sleep, and I just acutely, acutely remember hating the sound of Bob Dylan's voice more than anything else on earth.

. . . So naturally, nine short years later, I kinda have fallen entirely for him. :P To the point where I actually just took all my dad's Dylan CDs and am currently putting them on iTunes. Oh, personal growth!

And dude, honestly? I love just about everything about A*Teens. They are so painfully bubbly and it just delights me. I got one of their CDs from one of those music catalogs for like $3 a few years ago, and I still like to bust it out from time to time. :D
a.: L; i wish you'd take a walkregalish on June 30th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Awwww, now I think maybe I should give him a chance. *winces*

And YAY for painful bubble gum pop!! Yesss. That's precisely why I enjoy some S Club 7 too, HAHAHAH. The hubby loves to make fun of me for that, but then I just point out that he still watches Animaniacs and then we're even :D
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: 30r; jenna & muffin topdollsome on June 30th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Ssssssss Clubbbbbbbbb!

a.: ED; and i could be your favorite girl;regalish on June 30th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC)

:D :D :D
I work, I function like i'm a girl.: liz in wedding dressokelay on March 23rd, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
you are killing me.so amazing. btw, you should totally make a fanmix with all these songs, they're great!
a.: liz; beautyregalish on March 27th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you! I'm glad you're enjoying this fic. It's been my favorite to write so far.

And I honestly considered doing a Being a Donaghy fanmix, but I didn't think that many people would be into it. I will have to take that into consideration again :)