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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

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!)
26th-Jun-2007 04:55 am (UTC) - Re: Wilson
Once again I sitting here sniffling. You are murder on my sinuses!
Do you ever get any tangible relief from the pain? Isnt there ANYTHING that our wonderful, modern medical science has to offer besides opiates that screw with your tummy all the time? Nothing else? I remember what my hubby, Hal was like before they finally decided to go ahead and replace his knee even though he was only 49 at the time.. the constant pain just simply changed who he was. He didn't enjoy anything, really. Much better life now...and worth it even if they have to redo the knee in 10 years or so. TENS helped him alot, too..after the surgery. Before it, NOTHING helped.

26th-Jun-2007 10:25 am (UTC) - Re: Wilson
just turned 49 last month--doc's still trying to hold off. in my case it'd be hip, knee, and ankle--but that wouldn't do anything for the nerve and muscle spasms due to the cp. can't have tens for same reason--in my case, the electrical pulses increase the spasms--yay, right?