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Where House is NEVER safe...
Painful Hour (sixth in the HOUR series) 
25th-Jun-2007 02:14 pm

Title: Painful Hour
Characters: House, Wilson
Rating: G
Genre: Angst
Word Count: 650
Summary: House makes an unscheduled visit to Wilson-- a Housecall, if you will.  This series began with
Visiting HourHappy HourMidnight Hour,   Fifty-Minute Hour, and  Random Hour.

And--as always--my undying gratitude to [info]blackmare_9  and [info]misanthropicobs, first-readers extraordinaire.



House rushes into the prison infirmary, a guard hot on his heels.  The phone call from the prison administrator had contained just enough information to justify the land-speed records House had broken getting here, and he’s not about to be stopped now by some underpaid guard who doesn’t even carry a gun.   “Where is he?” House shouts.


The guard looks apologetically at the nurse.  “Sorry; couldn’t stop him.  Pretty fast for a guy on a cane.  Says he’s here for Wilson; is it okay?”


The nurse looks at the man with the blazing eyes and the frantically tapping cane, and she smiles at him sympathetically.  “I take it you’re Dr. House?”


“I am.  Now that we’ve gotten the introductions out of the way, where is Wilson?”


“First exam room on the left; I’ll take you there.”


“No; I can find my way.”  And he’s gone.


Wilson’s sitting uncomfortably on the exam table.  His shirt is off, and he’s shivering.  A detached part of his brain wonders if it’s from the temperature of the room, or if he’s in shock.  When House bursts in, Wilson sits up a little straighter, and tries to smile.  “Hey, House.  Finally found a way to get you into a clinic voluntarily, huh?  Oughtta tell Cuddy.”


Wilson’s brave attempt at a joke falls flat; House’s expression doesn’t change, and he doesn’t speak.  His eyes zero in on the large gauze pad covering Wilson’s left shoulder.  House locates a pair of gloves and snaps them on quickly.  Then he removes the bandage the prison doctor had applied just minutes ago, and begins to probe the freshly-sutured wound. 


House stills his hands only once, when Wilson winces.  He allows his warm hand to rest on undamaged skin; it looks almost like an attempt at comfort.  When he feels Wilson’s shoulder relax again, he resumes his thorough examination of the traumatized area.


Wilson sits quietly; he doesn’t dare speak.  But he’s surprised; House’s hands are uncharacteristically gentle as he inspects the injury. House might be angry with Wilson, but he’s certainly not communicating any fury with this oddly soothing touch.


Finally, House is satisfied.  He rebandages the wound carefully, then finds a sheet which he tosses to Wilson—he’s seen the trembling.


Wilson covers himself gratefully, then meets House’s eyes—House still hasn’t uttered a word.  “I guess you want to hear what happened,” Wilson says.


“I know what happened,” House growls.  “You almost got yourself murdered in a country-club prison—only you could manage that.”  House is glaring at him now.


“It wasn’t exactly… like that,” Wilson says.  “It was a freak thing.  There was some overcrowding at another facility, and they brought a few of them here.  Supposed to be only nonviolent inmates, but….  Anyway, I was helping with their entrance physicals, and there was… a small altercation.  One of ‘em apparently snapped off a piece of metal on the bus—a… uh… sharp piece of metal.  Another inmate threatened to rat him out, and…  I was just… trying to keep anyone from being hurt, that’s all.”


House’s eyes widen.  “You did this on purpose?  You got between two goons with shanks intentionally?”


Wilson looks down, doesn’t answer.  But House’s silence stretches out so long that finally Wilson looks at him.  He notices, for the first time, that House’s face is unnaturally pale, and he realizes that House has been clutching at his leg, at intervals, since he’d arrived.  “I scared you,” Wilson says quietly.  “I’m sorry.”


House’s eyes are cold, and they’re boring into his.  When he speaks, his voice is terse, clipped.  “You knowingly put yourself in danger.  On purpose.  Fine.  Still haven’t learned that risky choices can have nasty consequences, I see.  Hope when that lesson finally sinks in, you’re alive long enough to benefit from it.”


As Wilson stares at him, hurt building in his eyes, House looks away and takes a deep breath.  Then he calmly reaches for his cane and heads through the door, slamming it hard behind him.


Wilson wraps the sheet a little tighter around himself, and tries to remember how to breathe.

And next:
Dark Hour

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25th-Jun-2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
wouldja mind terribly changing your user icon for this page? i'm sorry, but my 11 year old enjoys reading the comments, and always looks at the user icons, and... uh... don't wanna have to explain what the cute little cartoon characters are doing, and... pleeeeeze? ;-)

and i'm thrilled that you're enjoying this series! :)
25th-Jun-2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, House.

Sometimes you're so ... I want to smack him sometimes, really I do.

Another excellent installment, kidsnurse.
25th-Jun-2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
I want to smack him sometimes, really I do

but he's hurting, too. he's scared to death for wilson, and he's just... displaying that concern in his... traditional way. poor house.
25th-Jun-2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
You let me back speechless. Really, poor Wilson. I´m sorry for him that he didn´t had a chance to see the behaviour from House before he get into the exam room. But I really hope, that the gentle way of the examing Wilson will say what House felt. But huuhhh, it´s a litte to much to expect, hm? Kidsnurse you get me in a grip with your stories. You are a great author.
25th-Jun-2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
I really hope, that the gentle way of the examing Wilson will say what House felt

that's what house hopes as well, i think.
25th-Jun-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
You were not supposed to get Wilson shanked. I remember having a conversation about this earlier and we set ground rules, no shanking Wilson. ;<) Okay now that I've gotten my little rant done, now on to the complimenting. Excellent job. I think this is my favorite so far. I like House busting in past everyone into the prison. I love the fact that he was pissed that Wilson tried to be the good guy too. That probably slammed him hard. Poor Wilson, poor House. Thanks for exorcising everyone's bad feelings about what could have happened.

I'm sorry to hear you're in pain. I hope it ebbs, even if it is just a little so you get some relief. I'm sorry if I've been a bad reviewer making you feel bad about writing this series. I think it is an excellent one, I just tend to get caught up in the moment.

On a lighter note, how many cups have you had today? Hopefully you got some of the really good kind. The idea of the good kind sometimes makes things a little better. At least that is what I read. :<( Feel better soon!
25th-Jun-2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
having a conversation about this earlier and we set ground rules, no shanking Wilson

then i s'pose you don't really wanna know that that conversation with you is what gave me the idea? (seriously)

how many cups

just part of one, actually--wasn't sitting well with med-induced nausea... sigh.... :(
25th-Jun-2007 08:00 pm (UTC)
Another wonderful installment. *hugs Wilson* *hunts down House, slaps him, then hugs him*
25th-Jun-2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
*hunts down House, slaps him, then hugs him*

hey, look kids--Passive/Agressive House-Hunting! (rofl here)
25th-Jun-2007 08:08 pm (UTC) - Wilson
Oh Wilson, please try not to get killed before you and House can be reunited. Man, this story is good. Finally found where I put my LJ stuff. Sorry to hear you are sore, but still drinking coffee I hope. It just makes my day to come and see you have new stuff. Plus I read the old stuff to give me something to do during long days all by myself at home. Physical therapist came today and I was sick from the pain meds but I still managed to get stuff done. Just meant I spent most of the day in bed after. Couldn't get any food down. I had some crackers and tea (oh memories of childhood) just a little while ago. So I'm doing better. Know there won't be anything Tuesday but I have the stories to keep me happy until Wed. Keep up the great work. Hope you and all you love are doing well.
25th-Jun-2007 09:45 pm (UTC) - Re: Wilson
not "sore"--they don't have one that says "pain" so that was as close as i could get! they also need one that says "nauseated", don't they? after reading your comment, it's nice to know i'm not suffering alone today (misery loves company, and all that rot!) glad the stories can provide some much-needed distraction for you--feel better soon!!! (the tuesday thingy, btw, was only for The More Things Change; if house and wilson are feeling chatty tonight/early tomorrow morn, i'll be posting tomorrow!)
25th-Jun-2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Just read all the series today and love it. I don't think anyone has really tackled the prison aspect, or maybe I just missed it, and this is really good.

My favorite line: Wilson wraps the sheet a little tighter around himself, and tries to remember how to breathe.

Looking forward to more.
25th-Jun-2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
Just read all the series today

and now you're thoroughly depressed, right? ;) don't worry, though--i've promised to 'fix it', and i WILL! :)
25th-Jun-2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Only Wilson could get shanked in a minimum security prison. Hopefully House will give him some smokes, so he'll have some currency.
25th-Jun-2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Only Wilson could get shanked in a minimum security prison

yup. and it happened for the same reason that he's in that prison: his moronic (and admirable) self-sacrificial nature!
25th-Jun-2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
House rushes into the prison infirmary, a guard hot on his heels. The phone call from the prison administrator had contained just enough information to justify the land-speed records House had broken getting here, and he’s not about to be stopped now by some underpaid guard who doesn’t even carry a gun.

That part almost lost me as a reader... by way of a heart attack! Many writers lack the ability to incite anxiety in their readers with such a sardonic turn-of-phrase, but you, my dear, have that skill in abundance.

Now I have to go sniffle over the dregs of my coffee for poor Wilson.

P.S. You can tell your 11 yr old that my icon is the reason mouths and noses must be covered when we sneeze. ;-)
25th-Jun-2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
go sniffle over the dregs of my coffee

hey--i want coffee too! (and i'll have some as soon as my tummy quits playing 'pain pill toss') ;)
25th-Jun-2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Hello to you Boy, if you read this review, Your mum is a GREAT writer !

House is right. Totally right. Wilson, stop doing this. Please. Stay out of trouble, House is already half dead with guilt and pain and loneliness. Stop being selfish (ok, 2nd degree but anyway, stop much the same ;-).
Kidsnurse, you're the only one who actually can do something for our boys. I beg you...do it.
25th-Jun-2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
House is already half dead with guilt and pain and loneliness

ahh--someone who's as overprotective of poor house as i am! yay!! :)
25th-Jun-2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
Okay, my poor heart gets ripped out a little more and more each time you post. Is there going to be anything left? ;) Wonderful work though, as usual!
25th-Jun-2007 10:00 pm (UTC)
Is there going to be anything left? ;)

nope--not if house and wilson have anything to say about it! ;)
25th-Jun-2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
Very aptly titled. Painful, but absolutely beautiful and in character, as this whole series has been.
Hope your own pain finds speedy relief.
Must get back to studying now (after tomorrow, no more boards :).
25th-Jun-2007 10:01 pm (UTC)
after tomorrow, no more boards

sending happy vibes and many, many good luck wishes your way right now!!
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25th-Jun-2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
This is my favorite Hour so far. I don't know which one breaks my heart more, House or Wilson. I just wanna hug both of them.
25th-Jun-2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
which one breaks my heart more, House or Wilson

i, too, adore them both--but i've gotta vote house on this one. poor guy just doesn't know how to deal with his own pain when its origins aren't purely physical.
26th-Jun-2007 12:41 am (UTC)
Gah, I'm in love with this series. It's so painful, but so awesome!
26th-Jun-2007 12:51 am (UTC)
It's so painful

for which i'd apologize, but being the angst junkies that we are.... ;)
26th-Jun-2007 04:27 am (UTC)
It's a vicious cycle. Wilson gets hurt --> House gets scared --> House reacts the only way he knows how to gear --> Wilson gets hurt --> Et cetera.
26th-Jun-2007 10:17 am (UTC)
house doesn't mean to hurt wilson--he just... has trouble expressing his concern. couldn't think of any other way for him to behave in this scene that's still be IC!
26th-Jun-2007 05:42 am (UTC)
That was... wow. Wow.

I really, really liked it.

More hours, I hope. XD
26th-Jun-2007 10:18 am (UTC)
yes--there will be more! :)
26th-Jun-2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Wow. That fits totally with my mood since yesterday.

great writing again. Sorry can't think of anything sensible to say.
26th-Jun-2007 10:20 am (UTC)
fits totally with my mood

so sorry your day was bad. i find these scenes somewhat therapeutic as well.
26th-Jun-2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, those two. They're as bad as each other... and now I come to think of it, it's a good thing that Wilson wasn't in the room when Moriarty showed up and shot House.

Anyway. I loved this (in the usual 'noooooo!') way - it's so very them.
26th-Jun-2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
I loved this (in the usual 'noooooo!') way

i may just be extra-punchy this morn--but i'm getting a great laugh out of the above line; thanks! :)
28th-Jun-2007 12:25 am (UTC) - Painful Hour (Dr. Fantabulous)
Awesome, I like that one the best so far, but I haven't read Dark Hour yet, and I'm excited that I have two to read!!!
P.S. U2 is a great band, nice music choice :)
28th-Jun-2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh this series is the best ever. So depressing but oh so good! :)
1st-Jul-2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Oh excellent. I'm so glad the bunny bit you.
2nd-Jul-2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Looks like live journal is ahead of ff.net... I really ought to look at livejournal more often--I've had it two years and signed on about 5 times. Anyway, it sounds like this was posted when you weren't feeling great. Hope you're doing better now, and that all is well, or at least less chaotic with the kids.
26th-Jul-2007 07:35 pm (UTC)

Yes, one should carefully notice the timing in this Hour - House doesn't rip him until AFTER he's reassured himself that Wilson's ok.

And yes, I don't think folk really understand that fear-biting is not just for four-footed animals. And the two-foots have opposable thumbs and much larger vocabularies.

Take a look at the series sometime... HL totally deserves his awards and applause for the way he so perfectly portrays a survivor - always the momentary fear and indecision upon someone coming up on him, covered swiftly by something else, frequently of a pushing-away nature - like, oh say, anger, for instance.

Not to say House shouldn't learn to control the reflex, b/c he should, but it is very understandable that it is there, and kudoes to you for picking up on it.

Reading on,