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Where House is NEVER safe...
Dinner Hour (eleventh in the HOUR series) 
4th-Jul-2007 09:03 am

Title: Dinner Hour
Characters: House, Cuddy
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst
Word Count: 800
Summary:  Cuddy has something to say, on Wilson's behalf..  The previous vignettes, in order, are:
Visiting HourHappy HourMidnight Hour,   Fifty-Minute Hour,  Random HourPainful HourDark Hour ,   Desperate Hour,   Witching Hour , and  Lonely Hour.



Cuddy’s already seated at a secluded table in the restaurant when House arrives.  For once, she’s very happy to see him leaning more heavily than usual on his cane, moving slowly through the room.  Once he’s seated across from her, she casually reaches over and grabs the cane, which he’s hung on the back of his chair.  Then she smiles mischievously at him.


“Niiice,” House says as he regards her appraisingly.  “Any reason my mobility’s posing a particular threat to you tonight?”


Cuddy’s still smiling.  “Nope.  Having a captive audience is a secret fantasy of mine; that’s all.”


Now House leers at her.  “Care to share any more… fantasies?”


The smile disappears rapidly from Cuddy’s face.  “Yes, actually, I do.  I’ve got this crazy dream that you’ll go visit Wilson next Tuesday.  And the Tuesday after that.  And so on.”


House no longer looks amused, either.  “Sorry.  Not happening.  And—since it seems you got me here under false pretenses—I’d appreciate the return of my cane.  Need to be going now.”


“The pretense wasn’t false.  I told you I needed to go over some paperwork with you.  In private.  And I do.”  Cuddy reaches into her purse and hands House two folded sheets of paper.


House begins to read the first page, then tosses the papers to the tabletop.  “Also not happening.  This letter is addressed to you.  It’s a violation of federal law for me to stick my nose into your mail.  Don’t wanna break any laws.”


Cuddy smiles.  “Fine.  Then let me summarize for you.  Wilson knew you wouldn’t read anything he sent you.  So he wrote to me, because there are some things he wants you to know.  Says he figures that for all the times I’ve used him as a go-between, when I was trying to get you to listen, I owe him this one.  And he’s right.”


House reaches for his cane; Cuddy pulls it further away.  House sighs in resignation.  “Gimme the condensed version.  And then give me my cane.”


They’re interrupted briefly by the waiter.  Cuddy orders a meal; House says he won’t be staying and asks for a glass of water.


Once the waiter leaves, Cuddy picks up Wilson’s letter.  “The first thing he says is that you’ve done nothing wrong.”


House makes a scoffing, disbelieving noise, and Cuddy laughs.  “The second thing he says is you don’t believe that.  And that I’m going to have to explain it to you.”  She sets the letter down on the table and meets House’s eyes.


Wilson says that throughout the entire investigation, you were the only one of us who stuck by your principles, never wavered.  He’s right, you know.  Says what you did was admirable, and that you were his role model for the choices he eventually made—and that he doesn’t regret one single thing he did.  He says you taught him about real honesty, and it’s a lesson that’ll always be with him.  And that a couple of years in prison is a cheap price for such a valuable lesson.”


The waiter reappears with Cuddy’s food, and sets a glass of water in front of House.  The interruption annoys Cuddy, but House seems relieved by the enforced break in the conversation.  So Cuddy fidgets until the waiter departs, and forces herself to sit quietly until House drains the glass of water, then returns his attention to her.


House has been listening intently to everything Cuddy’s telling him,  and she knows that the time will never be better to impart to him the most important point Wilson wants him to know.  So she locks her eyes with his, and grabs both his hands across the table; he has to know that Wilson means this.


Wilson wants you to know that he’s proud to be your friend.  He says that you need to remember just one thing, and you’ll be okay.  He wants you to remember that… he’s proud of you.  He says to tell you that… you were right.  You did the right thing.”  Cuddy releases House’s hands and watches his face.


House’s eyes are unreadable as he nods slowly at her.  He holds his hand out for the cane; she returns it to him, and he stands.


“I need some time off,” he says.  “Not sure how long—need to take care of something.”


Cuddy isn’t certain what’s going on, but her instincts tell her that it’s good.  “Take all the time you need, House.”  She watches him as he takes Wilson’s letter from the table, then folds it carefully and puts it in his pocket.


Then House reaches across the table and grabs a handful of fries from Cuddy’s plate.


That’s for Wilson,” he tells her as he stalks off.  Cuddy sees the small smile on his face, just before he turns to leave, and—for the first time—she’s beginning to believe that House and Wilson might just be all right.

And on to
Legal Hour

4th-Jul-2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
I have mixed feelings about this one. It is really good, it just seems too easy acceptance. Maybe that is just me though.

I liked Cuddy making a captive audience. That was great. I cannot wait to see what happens next. Although what is House doing about his dream? His new puzzle?
4th-Jul-2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
it just seems too easy acceptance

think. think hard. think back to Son of Coma Guy. there truly is a reason house seems, in this vignette, to be unusually "accepting" of what cuddy had to say to him.
4th-Jul-2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
"...He says to tell you that… you were right. You did the right thing.”


Oh, SoaCG, you won't ever leave us alone, will you? And you, kidsnurse - you used this line painfully well.
4th-Jul-2007 02:52 pm (UTC)
SoaCG, you won't ever leave us alone

definitely one of the most meaningful, enjoyable episodes of an uneven season--bless doris egan. now that woman knows how to write house and wilson!
4th-Jul-2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
I've been reading all your chapters - but this one - phenomenal! Had me crying. Wilson's - "you did the right thing" - absolutely perfect. Only Wilson truly knows and understands - how to heal House's wounded spirit.
4th-Jul-2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Wilson truly knows and understands - how to heal House's wounded spirit

i think (in the show) house senses that, and that it's a large part of the reason he tolerates behavior from wilson that'd drive him over the edge in anyone else!
4th-Jul-2007 03:21 pm (UTC)
He says to tell you that… you were right. You did the right thing.” Cuddy releases House’s hands and watches his face.

wow, just wow....the words he always wanted to hear from his father. Wilson knows just how to get to House, if only he would do it more often. Both Wilson and House get *hugs* this time, Cuddy too.
4th-Jul-2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Wilson knows just how to get to House

and house knows just how to get to wilson, too. good thing they've got cuddy!
4th-Jul-2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
Powerful stuff. I managed to get through this one without crying - until the last paragraph.
4th-Jul-2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
until the last paragraph

yeah-- kinda had to do that, didn't i? ;)
4th-Jul-2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
"you were right. You did the right thing"
This is what House would have liked to hear from his dad, right ? The absolute sentence, the very thing that House needs to hear to be fixed.
Wow, well done Kidsnurse !
4th-Jul-2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
the very thing that House needs to hear

that's what wilson is hoping!
4th-Jul-2007 03:47 pm (UTC)
I like the way Wilson managed to get the letter to House (and the way Cuddy got House to listen). Very in-character.

My only problem is that House told Gabe that he'd want his father to say "You were right. You did the right thing." when they were alone in the room. Wilson was downstairs establishing the alibi.
4th-Jul-2007 04:16 pm (UTC)
when they were alone in the room

works either way, though. wilson heard the janitor story, when house says with awe, "they had to listen to him; he was right", so he knows the significance of this, to house.

house might later have told wilson about his final conversation with gabe, and then wilson would know the right words. if he didn't share this with wilson, then to me, it's even more touching that wilson knows house so well that--without knowing how important these words would be to house--these are the words he, on instinct, chose to send to him. make sense?
4th-Jul-2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Wilson says that throughout the entire investigation, you were the only one of us who stuck by your principles, never wavered.
mmmhhh - I generally agree with that (and thats the only good thing about the T-arc), although I feel somewhat uneasy with that statement. Maybe because I do think that House went a little too far. Maybe it's because I'm not happy with the whole T-arc and how they simply dropped everything afterwards. Maybe it's because House IS an addict. I don't know. Just makes me frown...

He says to tell you that… you were right. You did the right thing. I whinced at that. Would House really take that as a good thing??? Does Wilson know he want's to hear that from his father? (He wasn't in the room during that scene) And if Wilson does know and House knows that, I think House would be rather pissed, if Wilson said it. But that's just my view.

And now this comment sounds rather bad, so I want to make sure to say this too:
I really like this vignette. It makes me hopeful. Although I'm still a little worried about what House is planning. I'll just rely on Cuddys instincts. :-)
4th-Jul-2007 04:21 pm (UTC)
see above, my reply to poeia. and we'll simply have to agree to disagree on the "addict" thing. if house is an addict, then so am i. period. no joke. i see worlds of difference between dependence on opioids and addiction to opioids. but that's because a major part of house's fictional world is also a mojor part of my real world.
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4th-Jul-2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, this one just broke my heart. This is such a good piece!! :)
4th-Jul-2007 05:30 pm (UTC)
so glad you enjoyed it! :)
4th-Jul-2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
good scene
4th-Jul-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
thanks--was fun to write, too!
4th-Jul-2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
Ooh. This story just gets better and better.

He says to tell you that… you were right. You did the right thing.

That made my jaw drop. I would think that's about the only thing that Wilson could say to make House know he means it, and everything will be OK.

And hooray for fries-stealing! :D
4th-Jul-2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
hooray for fries-stealing

glad you liked the lighten-the-mood moment! cuddy doesn't seem to be a 'fries person' to me, but i just had to find a way not to make it all so serious! ;)
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4th-Jul-2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
House and Wilson's friendship is by far my favorite part of the series

oh--mine too! but i'll bet you never could've guessed that, huh? ;)

many thanks for de-lurking to comment!
4th-Jul-2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Nicely done.

I really like it that House is so snarky about reading someone else's mail -- this from a man who once stole his former girlfriend's psych chart from a locked office/file cabinet!

He was acting like a petulant little boy at the beginning of this, and Cuddy wouldn't let him get away with it. Go Cuddy! Heh.
4th-Jul-2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
acting like a petulant little boy

acting? who says he was acting? there are times i rather think this is the man's baseline behavior!
4th-Jul-2007 07:15 pm (UTC)
Another lovely section! My favorite bit was

“Niiice,” House says as he regards her appraisingly. “Any reason my mobility’s posing a particular threat to you tonight?”

Cuddy’s still smiling. “Nope. Having a captive audience is a secret fantasy of mine; that’s all.”

4th-Jul-2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
my mobility’s posing a particular threat

taken from RL. whenever my son wants to tell me something that may require a fast getaway on his part, he makes certain , first, that my cane is far, far away! :)
5th-Jul-2007 12:26 am (UTC)
"You were right, you did the right thing."

And yet another shot to my heart, but in a good way. I'm with Cuddy on that last line there. No sad Wilson icon this time ;)
5th-Jul-2007 12:57 am (UTC)
yay for happy wilson icons!!
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