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Aftershocks 32.2: Off the Map

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Aftershocks 32.2: Off the Map

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TITLE: Aftershocks: A Story in Shattered Pieces
SUMMARY: For some things there are no guidelines
CHARACTERS: Wilson
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.




Off the Map


Wilson's left hand aches.

It's not like it's much of a surprise -- since the afternoon Tweedledum held him down and Pugilist brought his boot heel crashing onto the back of his hand, smashing the small bones into tiny, fractured, fragments, Wilson's hand has hurt. The surgeries have been almost a relief, really -- the regional anesthetic and the twilight sleep combining to spirit him away from the pain, not just from his hand but from the memories and the daytime thoughts.

He'd found himself almost looking forward to Tomlinson cutting his hand open (again) this morning, and how weird is that?

Well, at least it puts him on par with House, who's also been acting ... weird ... lately. If Wilson really wants to think about it (which he doesn't) it's been since the new door was delivered. House has been ... noodgy, as his mother would say, and isn't that a funny thought, that his mother is voicing her concern in his mind even though she never ...

He should really stop thinking about this.

Except he can't, because his hand hurts.

It hurts when he wakes up in the morning and when he goes to bed at night. It hurts when, no matter how careful he's trying to be, he bumps his broken collarbone and the pain radiates all the way down the ulnar nerve to his very fingertips. It hurts when he watches TV and inadvertently flexes his fingers, when he tries to touch his thumb and little finger together for his therapy exercises. Opposable thumbs.

It's what divides us from the animals.

Even with all the drugs he's taking, there's still a deep-down dry ache, as if his synovial joints need oiling like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. "Oil can!" Jack Haley had squeaked, and all he had ever wanted was a heart and what was so wrong with that? Why had he been punished, when all he had done was forget one thing? One tiny little thing, and it had turned out to be the most important thing ever?

He already knows there's a good probability he'll eventually develop arthritis in that hand -- that it will burn and the knuckles will twist into cramped, twisted kinks, and it will hurt like hell every single time he has to sign his name.

Fall will be the worst, with the rain and damp.

He pictures himself reaching into a labcoat pocket with his right hand, retrieving an ever-present bottle of Vicodin.

A hand, a leg -- what's the difference?

One reaches for the map. One takes you on the journey.

They have to work together.

Or else you go nowhere.

  • *tears up*

    ooohhh!!!! poor wilson!!! angst won't get you anywhere...

    wonderful as always
  • Oh. Wilson. :(

    Well, at least it puts him on par with House, who's also been acting ... weird ... lately. And who, like Wilson, lives for the moments when drugs will dissociate him from his pain, which will never go away, and may indeed worsen with time until he's truly crippled. As Wilson notes towards the end with the Vicodin reference.
  • One reaches for the map. One takes you on the journey.
    They have to work together.
    Or else you go nowhere.

    I found this comforting really. Through all the pain, Wilson somehow still finds comfort that atleast, atleast, House is there. And they seem to match more now than ever. You have to love the person to be able to think this much of them after all that has happened. No other explanation for it.
  • Greetings!

    "A hand, a leg -- what's the difference?

    One reaches for the map. One takes you on the journey.

    They have to work together.

    Or else you go nowhere."


    Freakin' brilliant!!! That bit just caught me and will not let me go. Powerful, powerful stuff there. Oddly enough, that passage may also have to be a shirt, y'all willing. *muses*

    And again, brava! *bows*
    -Katrina


    • (Anonymous)
      Very freakin' brilliant, but I was also deeply moved by Wilson's musing that his mother was never concerned about him. Maybe that's why he's so strongly attached to House, who was and is. - Taiga
  • I have fall in love with the 'Tin man' analogy. Wilson has always strike me as one with a lost heart, always seeking something. I think that's why he admire House, who require no outside justification.

    House and Wilson, a matching set! The tension is killing me, where is Martin?
  • oh, those last lines are so moving...
    After all those painful chapters in which House is worried for Wilson, and still doesn't believe that Wilson will stay, it's wonderful to see that Wilson still thinks at himself and House as a team, that "they have to work together".
    Great work, as usual.
  • Two chapters!!! I am so excited. I read this several times and this is the line that really grabbed me Why had he been punished, when all he had done was forget one thing? One tiny little thing, and it had turned out to be the most important thing ever?

    It just broke my heart for Wilson. And what is the one little thing that he forgot?
  • This section is wonderful. Very sad but very hopeful, somehow.

    But I have a definite feeling it's all going to kick off soon .. . .
  • He already knows there's a good probability he'll eventually develop arthritis in that hand -- that it will burn and the knuckles will twist into cramped, twisted kinks, and it will hurt like hell every single time he has to sign his name.

    That makes me so sad. While the other wounds will eventually heal, what was once the simplest task will be painful and trying. It probably gives him perspective on House, how one takes walking for granted until they can't anymore without suffering excruciating pain.

    He pictures himself reaching into a labcoat pocket with his right hand, retrieving an ever-present bottle of Vicodin.

    So sad, but at least he has a friend who knows exactly what that dependency is like. But then again, who's going to be his Wilson? Will House be his voice of reason? Can House be a voice of reason?
  • He'd found himself almost looking forward to Tomlinson cutting his hand open (again) this morning, and how weird is that?

    It's almost like Wilson has been turned inside out and upside down; it reminds me of the Tarot card of "The Hanged Man" -- everything that he thought he knew looks different and it is hard to know which way is up :-(
  • After I read this, my hand hurt. Poor Wilson! Loved the last part. Very poetic and profound.
  • Oh :( But between he and House, they have hands and legs to spare! They need to tie themselves together and never be apart <3
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