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Cats' Corners: the little HOUSE in the woods....
Where House is NEVER safe...
The More Things Change... Chapter NINETEEN 
26th-May-2007 10:28 am
3StoriesMontage
Summary:  Wilson is given an unexpected opportunity to prove his friendship to House.  This story is my own attempt to make sense of the unsettling disruption of the House-Wilson dynamic in Season 3, so mention is made of many of the S3 plotlines and character development.  House-Wilson-Cuddy angst, hurt/comfort, introspection--my usual gig.  ;)  x-posted
Rating:  PG

Chapter One 
CHAPTER NINETEEN: WHISPERING
 
After Cuddy leaves, Wilson continues to watch House sleep. “You know what, House?” he begins, in a barely audible whisper, “You’d really appreciate the irony of all this. We’ve got a patient with probable VRSA, and we’ve got a world-renowned infectious disease specialist, and both of ‘em are in this hospital. Too bad they’re one and the same.”
 
Wilson lowers his head into his hands, rubs at his gritty eyes. “What should we do? What’s the best way to treat this? C’mon, help me out here, House. Soon as they get me my laptop, gonna do some serious research, try to get a game plan in place. But no one I consult with will be Dr. Greg House. You’re the best. The best. Ever told you that before? I should’ve. I’ve said it to desperate families, other doctors, your team when they come to me griping about you. Even said it to Cuddy. Don’t think I’ve ever said it to you, though. So I’ll tell you now. And then, when you can hear me, understand me, I’ll tell you again. You’ll respond with some smart-ass remark, ask me why I feel the need to put words to something so blatantly evident. And I’ll roll my eyes and call you an egotistical jerk. Which you are.”
 
A nurse arrives to disconnect House from the dialysis machine; Wilson moves away from the bedside until she’s completed her work. As soon as the nurse is gone, he resumes his post, and his one-sided conversation with House.
 
“You earned that ego, though, because you’re also brilliant. Maybe that’s why you manage to come up with so many inventive ways to be self-destructive, huh?  Another thing I’ve never told you; you scare me. Being your friend is like… a 24/7 child-proofing job. But I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. Not ever. You need to know that too. So you’ve gotta stick around; wouldn’t want me to lose that job, would you?”
 
Wilson’s interrupted again as the cot and his laptop arrive simultaneously. The flurry of activity in the room doesn’t disturb House at all, not even when a rolling table is inadvertently toppled and hits the floor with a loud bang. Wilson realizes then that House isn’t simply sleeping; he’s unconscious.
 
As soon as they’re alone again, Wilson does a quick neuro check. House’s pupils are sluggish. His response to pain is delayed—but he does respond appropriately, Wilson notes with relief.
 
“That’s okay; you take your vacation, House. Hope you’re somewhere nice, gorging yourself on junk food and overheating the TV with bad porn. But you come back real soon, and help us out. It’s a really tricky puzzle; you’ll enjoy it. So hurry up—we need you…. I need you.”
 
Wilson, eyes moist and burning, turns reluctantly away from the bedside and opens his laptop.
 
Cuddy and Chase return to House’s room forty minutes later. As they don gowns and gloves outside the cubicle, Cuddy spots Wilson. He’s stretched out on the cot as promised, but he’s sitting up, back supported against the wall—and he’s typing furiously on his laptop.
 
“This is not what I had in mind when I ordered you to get some rest,” she scolds as she and Chase enter.
 
“Just sending out some emails. I want to get in contact with a few infectious disease specialists throughout the country, try to find out what we’re dealing with. Almost finished.”
 
Cuddy isn’t mollified—Wilson’s been awake for a day and a half, and he’s exhausted. She knows that if he doesn’t sleep soon, she’ll be adding another patient to her roster. She goes to him and sits on the edge of the cot. Cuddy reaches over and closes the laptop. “You are finished for now,” she says, pretending that he isn’t scowling at her. “House’s dialysis session is over, he’s resting comfortably, and Chase and I are here. You’re going to take advantage of the lull in the storm to lie down and close your eyes. Which, by the way, is the generally accepted definition of resting.” Cuddy meets Wilson’s tired eyes with her own and sends a nonverbal message that she means it, that there will be consequences if he defies her.
 
Wilson, resigned, sighs and sets the laptop on the small table beside his cot. “Okay, but I’m not sleeping. Just going to close my eyes for half an hour.” He lowers his body onto the cot as Cuddy pulls a light blanket over him. “Won’t be asleep—just resting. Thirty minutes,” he repeats, closing his eyes.
 
Cuddy waits, gazing fondly down on Wilson as his breathing slows and evens out into the regular pattern of sleep. “The two of you are such children,” she whispers quietly. “Stubborn little boys. And the devotion… takes my breath away. You’d kill yourself to save him. I’m not going to let that happen. House’ll kill me if I let anything happen to you. Chase calls you his guard dog; you can just consider me your loving master. Someone’s gotta look out for you until House gets back.” She gently adjusts his blanket before going to join Chase at House’s bedside.
 
Chase is just completing his assessment; House hasn’t stirred at all. “Last dialysis removed over three liters of fluid, yet edema’s still increasing,” Chase says in a whisper. “His urine output’s dropped marginally. Got a feeling his next labs are gonna show worsening kidney function.”
 
“Wilson thinks we should stop the vanc,” Cuddy responds.
 
“I agree with him. Chances are the staph’s completely resistant to it anyway. Lab’s going to let us know if it shows any susceptibility at all to linezolid. Pharmacy’s mixing his first dose of that now. For House, it’d be the drug of choice—risk of nephrotoxicity is virtually nonexistent, so once the vanc clears his system we should begin to see improvement in renal function. And if the linezolid gives him even partial coverage of the infection, that’ll buy us some time.”
 
“And if it doesn’t?”
 
Chase glances over at the sleeping Wilson, and lowers his voice even further. “If it doesn’t,” he tells Cuddy frankly, “we’re screwed.” 

Chapter Twenty
Thoughts 
26th-May-2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Loved it, especially Chase's characterization of Wilson as a guard dog, and Cuddy's self-appointing the role of master to look out for him. Very appropriate, and he's definitely going to need someone looking after him as this progresses. This bit: "You’ll respond with some smart-ass remark, ask me why I feel the need to put words to something so blatantly evident. And I’ll roll my eyes and call you an egotistical jerk." was so spot-on, definitely made me smile. Looking forward to the next chapter. :)
26th-May-2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
i think that wilson's protectiveness of house engenders some resentment in chase; i believe that chase often sees house as a father-figure, and that he resents the closeness house and wilson share.

and poor wilson--sometimes i think he needs his own wilson! but cuddy'll work. ;)
26th-May-2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Poor Wilson doesn't have our knowledge that House is going to live. Although it is probably best that he doesn't know you plan to torture the guy.;0

House really is the best doctor. Probably b/c his mind is always running. A 24/7 child proofing job. He is too smart for his own good, but that is what makes him so special and important. Hopefully Cuddy will be spared from either House killing her b/c Wilson worked himself to death or Wilson killing her b/c House died. All though I'm all in favor of putting Cameron up as a scapegoat. (I promise I will stop the Cameron bashing now. I've gotten it out of my system. Really. *crosses fingers behind her back.*)

Wilson really is House's guard dog. And that makes me happy.
26th-May-2007 06:04 pm (UTC)
ohh--please don't stop the cam-bashing--that makes me happy! :)
26th-May-2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
I have a medical question - does the patient who's boil gave House the VRSA need to be treated too or would this be something that mutated after House was infected?

I adored Wilson's monologue. He nailed their relationship. And he really does understand House so well. It's a pity he so often seems to forget what he knows once House is awake. He should have a copy of that speech taped to his shaving mirror so he can be reminded of what he knows every morning.
26th-May-2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
I have a medical question - does the patient who's boil gave House the VRSA need to be treated too

all in good time, m'dear--all in good time! ;)

He should have a copy of that speech taped to his shaving mirror so he can be reminded of what he knows every morning.

the script writers should have a copy taped to their noses, so that they can be reminded to keep wilson IC!!! ;)


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26th-May-2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
They also forgot, the season, about the chronic pain angle and only focused on the "addiction". There are reasons that House is the way he is,

absolute word--to every point you made. and--necessity being the mother of invention--that's precisely why this story wouldn't leave me alone until i agreed to write it! thanks for reminding us all why we're ending this season with a generally dissatisfied feeling, the last few episodes notwithstanding. you covered it all, and you did it eloquently.
26th-May-2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
Very apropos descriptions of all of them :)
26th-May-2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
i always love to hear that! :)
26th-May-2007 06:03 pm (UTC) - Just love, cannot wait for the next chapter
Anonymous
I enjoyed this story a lot. I love to see that Wilson is so caring, not that he shows less care in the show, but not this deep.
Great work, can't wait to read the next chapter.
26th-May-2007 06:15 pm (UTC) - Re: Just love, cannot wait for the next chapter
not that he shows less care in the show,

yeah, but he's hiding it really well this season, isn't he? ;)
26th-May-2007 06:23 pm (UTC) - TO PFFFF5
for some reason, LJ won't allow me to reply to your comment--and it seems also to have eaten the actual story comment! so sorry!!
27th-May-2007 10:19 am (UTC)
I knew that there were something wrong with my post, probably because in the first place I forgot to log in.
Never mind anyway, the most important thing was that you were able to read my comment (not that it was particularly worth read it but I think that's it's important to tell you my admiration).
See you later happily
;-)
26th-May-2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that they're already screwed....
KRH
26th-May-2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
notkillinghousenotkillinghousenotkillinghousenotkillinghouse notkillinghousenotkillinghousepleasesomeonemakecamerongoaway notkillinghouseistherereallyapicofcaminmyjournal?notkillinghousenotkillinghouse!!! ;)
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26th-May-2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Wilson's moment with House was very poignant and spot-on. House is brilliant to the degree that he can get away with treating patients as he does because he will almost always bring good results. As such, he does need someone to reel him in because he's like a child who doesn't know where the danger is or when to stop! Just as well he has Wilson and Cuddy babysitting (I don't know why she needs a baby; she already has one hyperactive 'child' who needs full-time supervision and four others who need an eye kept on them!).
26th-May-2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
(I don't know why she needs a baby; she already has one hyperactive 'child' who needs full-time supervision and four others who need an eye kept on them!

excellent point! somewhere in the devil trilogy, i had foreman point out that for house, she's like... well, here's the quote:

“It’s like this. House has Cuddy for his… umm… let’s just call ‘em control issues. She keeps him in line. He’s like an eight year old boy, taking on the world and knowing it’s safe because mama’s gonna swoop right in and save him from himself."

anyway. that's why i'm having issues with the uncharacteristic weakness they've made cuddy prey to this season--that's just not her!
26th-May-2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm... I don't believe I've ever commented on any of your stories and I plan to submit full review once this fic is done... But I have to say, my GOD, you are damn quick when it comes to submitting new parts. Are you really that fast or you have the completed fic ready and just submit the chapters one at a time?

And, of course, the lovely chapter 15. I squeed at Wilson's actions.
26th-May-2007 11:10 pm (UTC)
no, i'm still writing; i do know how it's going to end, though. ;) i'm able to write a chapter per one to two days. so what i do is write eight to ten chapters, polish the first four, and begin posting daily while continuing to write. i take tuesdays 'off' from posting--but not from writing. and right up 'til the second i post, i'm adding/revising/fretting! i try to stay a few chapters ahead of my posting, but that becomes difficult-to-impossible as the story progresses, and there have actually been times when i've had to post a chapter within seconds of finishing it so that i don't disappoint the readers--those are scary times! but really, even when that happens, i've gotta admit--i'm loving every single minute of it!
26th-May-2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Awesome chapter once again! really enjoying Wilson and Cuddy here. I'm guessing that they are kinda screwed though!

I really like your analogy of Chase viewing House as a father type figure and being 'jealous' that House spends all his attention on Wilson and not on him. I hope he sees past that and realises that he also has a role to play, just a really different one to Wilson lol

I loved Wilson being a stubborn little boy who just won't nap! lol Cuddy handled it very well!

Also, yay, no Cameron!!!
26th-May-2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
I loved Wilson being a stubborn little boy who just won't nap! lol Cuddy handled it very well!

i can so see wilson protesting in that way that overtired kids do--just before they take that deep breath and give in. and cuddy's a smart woman; she knows her men, and she knows that wilson will feel 'safe' enough to sleep if she's there, watching over house. so she just... waits him out! ;)

no cam in the chapter--but watch out! there's a cam userpic lurking all over this page. never fear, though, misanthropicobs and sydneylover150 are hard at work on that restraining order.....
27th-May-2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Calling Wilson House's guard dog definitely brings to mind some of the werefolf fics that've been floating around here recently. :)

And I have a bad feeling that, knowing House, this damn VRSA isn't going to respond to anything they throw at it.
27th-May-2007 12:54 am (UTC)
you have my personal guarantee that this particular fic is certified 100% werewolf free!

as to the vrsa--now that might be a little more... uh... hairy. (so sorry; couldn't resist)
27th-May-2007 01:20 am (UTC)
Anonymous
"And I'll call you an egotistical jerk, which you are." xD

Wonderful! The suspense is killing me.
27th-May-2007 01:21 am (UTC)
Oops! Meant for that to be as myself ^^;
27th-May-2007 01:22 am (UTC)
Well, it's so nice to know that before I was dragged off on a shopping trip I was ALMOST FINISHED and only had two sentences left. Really. *nods*

You know, I'd probably be more upset right now if it weren't for the two Benadryls I just took. *nods* So, really, it's not your fault. You gave it your best shot, but the drugs won out. *is really quite sleepy right now*
27th-May-2007 01:30 am (UTC)
go to bed, child--sleep well. nite-nite!
27th-May-2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Poor stubborn Wilson, can't take two minutes to think of himself. Goddamn selfless bastard. How is that helping House any, huh? And, heh, Cuddy's right bout that. House would skin her alive if she let anything happen to Wilson while he was out.

Wait... Did I read something anti-cam above? Was it along the lines of banning all Cam pics? Yesss finally. We should start a campaign against the whiny, ignorant, self-absorbed, self-righteous, pompous little snit. But I'll stop before I get too mean.

Killer chapter btw!

-ANimal
27th-May-2007 02:56 am (UTC)
cameron's the easiest one to paint. don't kill me, but it is true.
3rd-Jun-2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
I've been reading this and really truly enjoying it. I agree with you the sudden return to all's-well after the Tritter arc, while welcome, was unexplained and didn't mesh well. I love your Wilson's discussion of House to Cuddy, about his thought processes, and what he himself had done. It works better.

Commenting here because I just adore this section:
“The two of you are such children,” she whispers quietly. “Stubborn little boys. And the devotion… takes my breath away. You’d kill yourself to save him. I’m not going to let that happen. House’ll kill me if I let anything happen to you. Chase calls you his guard dog; you can just consider me your loving master. Someone’s gotta look out for you until House gets back.”