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Aftershocks 23.1: Surprises

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TITLE: Aftershocks: A Story in Shattered Pieces
SUMMARY: "I hope I see him the next time I have to come to the clinic."
CHARACTERS: House, other canon characters
RATING:
R for language and themes (gen fic).
WARNINGS: Details the aftermath of events in Bad Company, a rough, violent story. Aftermath isn't always pretty; may distress some readers. Adult themes and adult language.
SPOILERS: No.
DISCLAIMER: Don't own 'em. Never will.
NOTES: The pieces of this shattered story are numbered. The first number signifies the number of days that have elapsed since the original event in Bad Company; the second number signifies when the fic occurs during that day.


Surprises


"What the--" Foreman asks just before a pink rubber ball bounces off his shining dome.

Chase doesn't say anything when an oversized tennis ball scatters the papers and pens in front of him.

"OW!" Cameron yells when an undersized kickball hits her upside the head, digging her glasses into the side of her nose.

"Ooops," House says and retreats into his office. Balls of various sizes and shapes continue bouncing and rolling around the conference room, silent reminders of House's oddly...bubbly mood during the morning differential.

The fellows look at each other, then at the superball still bouncing on the table.

"I take it Wilson's feeling better," Chase mutters as he rearranges the forms in the patient's file.





Cuddy always stops at the clinic desk when on her way to and from her office; today is no exception. The exception appears to be that House signed in to the clinic roster on time. Cuddy can't hide the astonished expression on her face when she realizes that House appears to be covering Wilson's hours.

Amazing. The man won't do his own hours, but he'll steal someone else's.

The patient leaving Exam Two looks...not angry. Cuddy steps over to her as she signs some paperwork.

"Excuse me," she says and the woman turns quickly. "Hi. I'm Dr. Cuddy, the Dean of Medicine here. Which doctor did you see today?"

"I'm not sure of his name," the woman replies quietly. "But he had a cane? I liked him."

Cuddy shakes her head once, trying to recalibrate her ears. "You...what?"

"He was nice. He was so gentle when he stitched up my hand." She waves her bandaged hand at Cuddy and smiles. "I hope I see him the next time I have to come to the clinic."

Cuddy turns to Brenda, who is looking back at her with the same expression of incredulity, and says, "Write that down somewhere."





Cameron stands at the coffee machine, watching the liquid drip into the pot. The side of her nose still throbs gently under her glasses. When it finishes (finally), she retrieves a clean mug and pours it full of caffeinated goodness. She takes a deep breath before pushing the door of House's office open.

House is sitting in his desk chair, carefully arranging CD cases like dominoes and humming to himself. Cameron has to stop and blink; she hasn't seen him playing like this in his office in over a year.

"Are you on drugs?" The words are out before she can think about them.

House doesn't look up. "Always."

Cameron walks over to the desk and carefully sets the mug down in the only empty space. "No," she says, "are you on some new and/or illegal drugs? Because you're..."

House looks up this time, raising his eyebrows and tilting his chin, encouraging her to continue. "I'm?"

"You're in a good mood!" Cameron half-shouts. She puts her hands on her hips to keep from flailing; she can see his expression turn calculating as he figures out just how much his unusual behavior is bothering everyone around him. She knows she's giving him ammunition, but she can't help it. "What the hell, House? It's got to be drugs."

He starts to smile, that evil little lopsided curly smile that shows off that damn dimple and can only mean trouble. "Nope," he replies. "I drugged Wilson. And then I slept with him."
 
 
  • Hahahaha.

    "I drugged Wilson. And then I slept with him." House for the win. Nothing in that statement is a lie.

    And the clinic patient. The balls. House being gentle. All good stuff.
    But my favorite? "Are you on drugs?" "Always."

  • I wish I could get something out better than a solid LOL. :D :D :D
  • House in this chapter is brilliant. Completely in character.

    I can see Hugh Laurie delivering these lines.
  • This piece made me so happy it is like my feet won't touch the ground.

    "I drugged Wilson. And then I slept with him." LOL, no words.
  • omg!!! I am still laughing. I don't know how you folks do it but the whole chapter is perfectly in character - I mean every character. But the total WIN is

    Cameron: "What the hell, House? It's got to be drugs."

    House: "Nope," he replies. "I drugged Wilson. And then I slept with him."

    Of course we know what House is really happy about is that Wilson understood and forgave him.

    Okay now I have to go back and read it again so I can laugh some more. DAMN S4 episode 1 turned out to be H/W Gold!! Then Aftershocks brings it home with the Platinum!!! You all totally ROCK!!!
  • I think Wilson needs to bottle and sell his transformative powers. I'm so glad for happy House. Sweet, funny piece with an absolutely killer last line.
  • "I drugged Wilson. And then I slept with him."
    I swear to God I could hear Hugh to deliver those lines.


    LOL. This is soooo adorable and healing after all those hearts being broken from the last chapter.
  • Excellent lines, as always.
  • *happy sigh*

    Thank you! :)
  • Greetings!

    ""I take it Wilson's feeling better," Chase mutters as he rearranges the forms in the patient's file."

    "Cuddy shakes her head once, trying to recalibrate her ears. "You...what?""
    "Cuddy turns to Brenda, who is looking back at her with the same expression of incredulity, and says, "Write that down somewhere.""

    ""Are you on drugs?" The words are out before she can think about them.
    House doesn't look up. "Always.""

    BWAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA to all!!!!! :-D

    ""You're in a good mood!" Cameron half-shouts. "

    Oh, yes, how very unsettling it is indeed when the curmudgeons turn happy! :-p

    "He starts to smile, that evil little lopsided curly smile that shows off that damn dimple and can only mean trouble. "Nope," he replies. "I drugged Wilson. And then I slept with him.""

    And the only way he is ever going to refer to what happened last night - with sarc at full blast and all misdirection rockets firing! Funny and sad at once - as y'all manage so well. :-)

    Thank'ee's for another loverly chapter! I see last night's silliness is completely infectious - but that's not such a bad thing after the storm. Let us hope for their sakes that it lasts a little before the next questions must be answered.

    -Katrina
  • Hee! You know, except for the bringing of the coffee, Cameron could almost be Foreman in that last scene; I can see him flailing around in his frustration to understand.

    I'm strangely touched at House being gentle while stitching up that clinic patient -- or rather, at how deeply the previous night's confession and demonstration of affection/protection and acceptance affected him.
  • That spectacular last line could almost be in the show itself -- just skirting the line between innocent and speculatory (is that a word)?

    I think this chapter really highlights what a positive force Wilson can be in House's life, and indeed, why they are friends. Wilson can make House feel good :D
  • *snort* What a perfect one-liner! *grin* I love that. *applauds* Bravo!
  • YAY! This one is soooo much happier than the last chapter and i had a MAJOR GIGGLE FIT! Because yeah i can see Hugh saying these things, well actually i can see all of this chapter! AWESOME!

    :P
  • . . . that evil little lopsided curly smile that shows off that damn dimple and can only mean trouble. That line made me grin from ear-to-ear.

    Can't wait to see Cameron's reaction to that bombshell!
  • Hahahaha! Now, if he had said that to Chase or Foreman, I think the response would have been, "And what, you expect us to believe that this was the first time?"

    I do wish that we had seen the earlier aftermath of that intense late-night conversation. Did House pull himself together and return to his own bed, torn between intense relief and embarrassment, with the mutual understanding that they would never speak of it again? But I'm totally willing to buy that he woke up happy, arrived early, and covered Wilson's clinic hours. "The patient leaving Exam Two looks...not angry." LOL.
    • A few chapters onward, we did actually give a glimpse of what happened that Morning After. :-)

      We are really enjoying your commentary. And you're correct about them never again mentioning what happened, although I think it meant everything to both of them.
  • I can just imagine Cameron's facial expression after he said that...
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