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Aftershocks 25.1: Nothing For It



Aftershocks 25.1: Nothing For It

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TITLE: Aftershocks: A Story in Shattered Pieces
SUMMARY: House is back to the very beginning and there's nothing for it.
CHARACTERS: House, Wilson
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.
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.

Nothing For It

Martin was in the park. Fuck.

House had forced himself to go home, to pretend everything was as normal and sunny as before the trip to the park, to follow their new routine. When Wilson had fallen asleep, House began his pacing, slow and silent, checking every window.

Fucking fuck.

Wilson sleeps the sleep of the blameless, the well-medicated, the very exhausted.

House doesn't sleep. He already knows it's useless to try.

He can't go to work, leaving Wilson alone. Then again, he can't not go to work. Wilson will have no patience for acquiring a new shadow; he's getting better and will practically shove House out the door.  He can't tell Cuddy a goddamned thing, can't even take it out on his minions because he was so fucking cheerful that everybody noticed.

No one to tell, no one can know; House is back to the very beginning and there's nothing for it.

Martin was in the fucking park. Waving.

He should have expected it, really. He should have known that this one 'professional' contact wouldn't have been enough for the bastard, that he would need more to complete his cycle of fucking with House, that getting to Wilson wouldn't be close enough for that viper to him.

To leave Wilson or not to leave Wilson. That is The Question.

Would he come after Wilson again? All the other times he's done this, he'd never once revealed his true nature to anyone House knew. Their faces reflect back at him in the windows: His mother, with Martin sitting next to her while he walked the stage at his high school graduation. Dr. Brightman, inviting Martin for coffee after an Epidemiology lecture. Stacy, exclaiming happily when her charming new client came to dinner and he turned out to be Greg's old friend.

But Wilson is different. Wilson knows.

Then again, Wilson was a job, a way to get House to pay Reno. House pauses at Wilson's bedside to listen to the rasp of his breathing, just for a moment, then continues on. What had Reno said? Martin was a professional. And the job is over; House paid.

So. House plays through all the possible scenarios as he paces. He weighs his knowledge of Martin with his knowledge of Wilson and plays the odds, which feels uncomfortably similar to what got him into this situation in the first place. If Martin wants Wilson, he'll take him, and nothing House could possibly do will prevent it. Oh, he could perhaps delay it, force Martin to change his plans, but...Martin will find a way. He always does.

In the end, though, Wilson isn't the one Martin wants. And Martin wants House to react, to panic or flail or get angry; the son of a bitch gets off on it. The more House responds, the worse it will get.

So this time, he won't panic.

House makes another silent circuit of the apartment.

House had replaced the locks the day after he'd decided Wilson was coming home with him. Now he wakes before Wilson and calls the lumberyard. He knows a new door won't stop Martin completely, but it might slow him down just long enough. He'd like nothing better than to bar the windows, too, or pack up and move to a fortress, but there's no way to explain any of it to Wilson.

At least he doesn't have to go to the hospital today, since he did his time in hell over the weekend. House spends the morning at his piano and watches out the window. He warns Wilson just before the knock comes.

Wilson looks up from his book and his eyes go wide, then narrow. He marks his place in his book, rolls off his bed and silently pads into House's bedroom.

Once the workers are gone, House heads for the bedroom and drops a set of keys on Wilson's book.

"New locks, new deadbolt, new steel-core door," House explains as he turns to leave. "Means you get shiny new keys."

"House!" Wilson says as loudly as he can, with a nervous little tremor. He's struggling to pull himself out of the mound of pillows he's nested on the bed. "The hell? Why now?"

House glances back. "Oh, calm down. I ordered it before any of this ever happened. Somebody kept droning on and on about burglary rates going up until the boredom drove me insane enough to buy the stupid thing."

Wilson seems appeased; he settles back against the pillows again. "Should've told me."

House nods, once, and grunts, half-skeptical but admitting that he probably should have.

"But then, I know how hard it is for you to admit when 'm right," Wilson says in that teasing way of his. House scoffs and heads for the door.

"You should do the windows, too," Wilson calls after him. House stops, standing still in the doorway, and listens. "Thieves love windows."

House and offers up a silent thanks to whoever's listening and narrows his eyes at Wilson. "Okay, I'll bar the windows. Anything else?"

"A moat migh' be nice," Wilson murmurs. He's already turned his attention back to his book.

"I'm not digging a moat," he says testily, and Wilson snorts. "But I'll look into getting us a dragon."

"Ha," Wilson says, but he sounds sulky. "You still shoulda told me."

"Yeah," he replies, and turns his head away so Wilson won't see the lie.
  • Another great chapter. Martin doesn't even have to be in the chapter to freak me out. The fact that he's weaseled his way into every important relationship House has ever had...Ugh. What a creepy guy.
  • How about an attack dog train to bite Martin's balls off? Protect my Wilson, House!

    If Martin wants Wilson, he'll take him, and nothing House could possibly do will prevent it. That is a seriously depressing thought. I loved the dragon and moat reference.
    • DAMN that line was so scary. House has changed the door and locks to stall since he knows he can't stop. Creepy...
  • This is so interesting for me, this convoluted relationship between House and Martin. How Martin had "phucked" with House for years, and then happenstance had given Martin a closer connexion with House than he could have ever dreamed.

    As I mentioned earlier, I really want to see what Martin did to House. Since you guys are adding new chapters, perhaps I will get my wish.....
  • did i ever explain how much i HATE Martin? well if not, i HATE him...lol anyways k now im worried...because i dont want Wilson hurt anymore! He's Wilson and i absolutley adore him! And just...yeah thats it

  • Oh this was glorious, epsecially after reading through the east coast commentary on tonight's episode.

    It was so scary as House listed the times that Martin had intruded in his life. He's stalking House. But I wonder if Wilson saw Martin too.
  • I love this story, I love this chapter, I love you guys - frankly, this is way better than the swill that was tonight's ep. (second of fourth season, for future reference.)

    I hope House guesses to call on his mafia friends re: Martin at some point.
  • So. House plays through all the possible scenarios as he paces...

    This is turning into quite a chess game between House and Martin. Martin seems to want to win some sort of intangible victory over House. But what?!?!?

  • Stop. Being. So good.

    No wait, I didn't mean it! Be good, be good, oh, it's so good...
  • More? More, more, please more? I'll look into testicle-snapping dogs. I'll breed dragons. I'll dig moats...just keep writing.
  • Greetings!

    Ewl! Just... ewl. Not so much for what is here, as for the fact that I finally Got It a couple of days ago... and really, really wished I hadn't. May I give it back??? :-/

    I can see your point... but still, a nice quiet anonymous phone call doesn't seem amiss. Dogs of a different breed. *heh*

    Anyhoo... will wait patiently for the outcome of all of this. A marked contrast to the odd joy of tonight's epi.

  • All Martin needs to do is let House see him one more time, then sit back as House panics and exhausts himself :-/

    And Wilson is smart. He must suspect something is up. Denial, or trying to keep House from worrying any more?
  • See, now, this is exactly why I don't read things that aren't completed. You're getting into it, you're completely used to there always being a next chapter to read, always having more to get through. But then, bam! It's all over and you have absolutely no idea how long you have to wait for the next one, because you don't know the author's writing rate. And because the author is post likely human and most likely sometimes has things to do other than write superb fan fiction.

    Next time, I am so reading something that's finished. But since I already started, I'm going to have to stick with this one. It's too good not to know the ending to. And, hopefully, may turn into slash the way it's going. Nothing a love more than a good House/Wilson slash.
    • Hi! Thanks for letting us know you're out there.

      no idea how long you have to wait for the next one

      Until tonight.

      You seem to have missed our original posts somehow. We have been -- with a couple of rare exceptions -- posting at least one chapter a day on weekdays. There are four of us working on this story. When Real Life interferes with one, the others can usually pick up the slack.

      We are very, very dedicated, because we love this ficverse.

      And, hopefully, may turn into slash

      This one will remain gen. We have a few readers who have chosen to view it as slash, though, just the same way as they interpret the show itself. We don't mind. :-)
  • Claustrophobic chapter! At least to me with House acting like he is some sort of wild animal locked on a cage.

    Wilson's suggestion about the windows made me think he knows how scared House is, but does he know about what?

    I can't wait for the next part!
    • We have found that Wilson himself is more than a little paranoid. We would be, if something like that had happened to us.

      Of course he thinks barred windows might be a good idea.
  • House's reaction is just ... too calm to be real? Do I get the vibe that Martin wouldn't directly harm House but will screw with his mind in the believe that they are one of a kind? Does House believe in some way he is like Martin?

    I can't believe House will willingly leave Wilson by himself after this. He obviously don't know Martin that well if he thinks Martin will not go back and revisit his old prey to get to him, or it could just be wishful thinking.

    Change door locks? How will that protect Wilson? I will go with the crotch-biting dogs, but apparently animals likes Martin. I has no clue what House is going to do next....

    Can't wait for next part!
  • Locking Martin out, locking Wilson in. I love how Wilson sees through House's explanation but lets him get away with it because he wants the doors and windows barred as much as House does.

    I am still not entirely comfortable with House's decision to keep Wilson in the dark. Neither choice is an easy one, though; leave Wilson vulnerable through ignorance (well, *more* vulnerable), or take away what little easy rest he has, possibly for no reason (if Martin's going for House and not Wilson or may disappear again altogether)?
  • Oh, interesting. House is trying to anticipate Martin's behaviour by analysing what he's done before. But Martin's got different ideas...

    As much as I hate to see Martin back I couldn't imagine him walking away either so hats off to you all for not skipping this bit.

    Will continue to read avidly :)
  • Oh God no :( Don't let Martin hurt Wilson nooooo!!!
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