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Aftershocks 3.2: The Firefly



Aftershocks 3.2: The Firefly

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TITLE: Aftershocks: A Story in Shattered Pieces
SUMMARY: Every night, Wilson watches...
R for language and themes.
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.
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.

The Firefly

The firefly bobs and weaves through the darkness, its tiny light dipping and blinking.

Wilson watches through slitted eyes almost hidden beneath the swelling; in his heavily-drugged state the idea that there's a bio-luminescent bug in what should be a sterile ICU environment makes perfect sense.

It reminds Wilson of when he was a kid, when his dad used to take him and David camping. They'd do all those corny father-son things—toasting marshmallows on green sticks, pointing out the constellations in the clear night sky, telling terrifying ghost stories about drowned women and escaped madmen with hooks for hands.

There had always been fireflies, their tails brightening and dimming like some kind of alien semaphore—a Morse code for insects.

Later on, of course, he'd learned that silent signaling was a mating dance, a search for a companion.

A search for love.

Wilson's chest aches; it hurts so much to breathe that sometimes he just wants to stop. He knows now that all those stories his dad told him were true; that there are madmen out there, villains worse than any campfire tale, laying in wait for their innocent victims.

There's not enough fireflies in the world to protect everyone, but for right now, Wilson will take just this one.
  • There may be terrible people out there doing terrible things, but some part of Wilson knows there is love to compensate for it. He knows. That's his firefly, and he might not realize what or who it is, but his morphine-addled mind has focused on the right person, even if inadvertently.

    Er. I don't know if that makes any sense. Point is, this is a beautiful little section that fits so well with its companion -- Wilson thinking there's not enough love, and House thinking Wilson will never forgive him; Wilson taking that love anyway, and hopefully House will soon find out that Wilson's more tenacious than he thinks. Because Wilson's going to be furious and hurt (in both senses) and terrified, but I don't think he's going to give up on House even after this.
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