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Lunch Hour (seventeenth in the HOUR series) 
12th-Jul-2007 09:50 am
Title: Lunch Hour
Characters: House, Wilson
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst
Word Count: 900 
Summary: House--being House--wants everything resolved five minutes ago.  Wilson simply wants to relax.  Guess who wins? 

The previous vignettes, in order, are:
Visiting Hour,  Happy Hour,  Midnight Hour Fifty-Minute Hour Random Hour,  Painful Hour,  Dark Hour ,  Desperate Hour,  Witching Hour ,  Lonely HourDinner Hour Legal Hour  Honorable Hour,  House's Hour ,   Wilson's Hour , and  Uncomfortable Hour .



After Wilson’s had a chance to settle in, House makes a suggestion.  “How ‘bout we head over to the hospital.  Bug Cuddy, grab a late lunch.”


Earlier, House had called Cuddy to let her know he’d be bringing Wilson in; could she make sure House’s team left them alone?  He wasn’t coming in to work, just wanted Wilson to get back on the horse, so to speak.  House figured a quick lunch and a short visit with a friendly face ought to do it.  Cuddy’d thought the idea was a bad one, but House had overridden her objections.  So she’d reluctantly agreed to notify his team to keep their distance.  And she’d promised to make herself available after lunch. Perfect.


Wilson hadn’t fallen off this particular horse—he’d been pushed.  And House considers that since he’s the one who started the pushing, it’s his responsibility to see that Wilson climbs back on soon, and safely.


Wilson is hesitant.  “I don’t know.  I’m not… it’s been a long day.  Can’t we just hang out here?”


“No food here; gotta eat.  Cuddy’s not here either.  It’s a lot easier to make her miserable when we’re in the same room.  Or at least the same building.”  House resolutely ignores Wilson’s unhappy expression, and grabs the car keys.  “C’mon, let’s go.  I’m hungry.”


Wilson reluctantly follows House out the door.


At the hospital, House heads straight for the cafeteria.  It’s late for lunch; Wilson’s relieved to see that the place is almost deserted.  But as they set their trays on a table, there’s a doctor headed straight for them. Wilson doesn’t recognize him.


“Dr. House!” the man says, with an insincere smile.  “Care to introduce me to your friend?”


House matches the fake smile with one of his own.  “Doctor… uh… Hemlock….”


“Henley,” the man corrects smoothly, as he turns to Wilson.  “And you are?”


“James Wilson.”  Wilson forces himself to meet Henley’s eyes, and to offer his hand.


“James Wilson, MD,” House says jovially.  “Boy Wonder—once and future head of Oncology, at this very establishment!  Slays dragons, eradicates big, bad cancers—and still manages to file his taxes on time!  Wilson, meet the man who’s been keeping your chair warm during your temporary absence.”


“House,” Wilson warns.


“Ah, so you’re the legendary Dr. Wilson,” Henley says.  “I’ve heard… many interesting things about you.”


Sure you have,” House says quickly.  “Unfortunately, Wilson can’t say the same about you.  Seems you just aren’t all that… interesting.”


“Yes.  Well.  Be that as it may, here’s one fascinating fact for you to chew on, Dr. House.  I’ve been Acting Head of Oncology for over four months now.  Rumor has it that the Board will be voting to make my position permanent next week.”  Henley turns to Wilson.  “Don’t worry.  I’m sure that with your… mmm… current credentials… you’ll quickly be able to find a position… uh… somewhere.”  Henley smiles coldly, nods, and leaves.


“Wouldn’t have ‘em engrave that plate for the door just yet, Hemlock!” House calls after him loudly.


There’s an uncomfortable silence at the table.  House is beginning to think he shouldn’t have forced this today.


“He seems… pleasant enough,” Wilson finally offers.


“He’s an arrogant jerk,” House says shortly.


Wilson smiles at that.  “Yeah, actually, he is.  As a matter of fact, under… different circumstances… I might even count him among my closest friends.”  Wilson laughs at the honestly confused look on House’s face, and he’s just starting to relax when he spots Chase approaching their table, with Cameron not far behind.


“Dr. Wilson!  It’s good to see you,” Chase says with a wide smile.


Wilson smiles back.  “Good to see you, too, Chase.”


But Chase has already turned to House.  “Glad you’re here,” he tells him.  “Seems our patient has cholangiocarcinoma, a Klatskin tumor, and we’re going to—”


“If you’ve already diagnosed her, my job is done,” House interrupts, scowling.  Hadn’t he told Cuddy to confine the puppies to their pen?  “Go find what’s-his-name and—why have you suddenly developed a head twitch?  You might wanna see Foreman about that.”


Chase twitches his eyes this time—and now House catches on.  All this seizure-like activity is aimed in Wilson’s direction, although Wilson is unaware of it; Cameron has him wrapped in a hug.


House’s eyes widen.  “Ah!” he says loudly, “A Klatskin, one of the rarest of the liver cancers.  Hemlock won’t be able to handle it; maybe we’d better keep this patient for ourselves.”


Wilson disentangles himself from Cameron.  “House, you can’t do that.  Your patient needs an oncologist!”


“Actually, Dr. Wilson, I think we can handle it, if we could just get a few questions answered.  Could you do that, do you think?” Chase asks, holding out the file to Wilson.


“I can’t, Chase.”  Wilson shakes his head, but his eyes are on the file.  “Don’t have my license back yet.”


“Just a formality!” House booms.  “Besides, the children aren’t asking you to practice; they’re merely asking for the knowledge of an older, wiser physician, such as yourself!  Right, kids?”


Cameron and Chase are both quick to assure Wilson that all they want is his guidance.  This time, when Chase offers the file, Wilson takes it eagerly.  Within seconds, he and Cameron are deep in discussion.  Wilson’s eyes are bright, his demeanor serious and purposeful.


House leans over and whispers to Chase, “Remind me to pad your paycheck this week.”


“You’re welcome,” Chase whispers back, and then joins the discussion.

Up next:

Administrative Hour

12th-Jul-2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
I especially liked House in this one. Quite a refreshing change from the first few chapters.

I think there'll be much more of Henley, no?

> : )
12th-Jul-2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
there'll be much more of Henley, no?

i'm afraid not--only three more vignettes, which will be focusing exclusively on house and wilson, and wilson's adjustment. cuddy does make an appearance in the next one, though!
12th-Jul-2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Yay for the Cottages! And booo Dr. Hemlock (hee!)! I had a lovely visual of House pouncing him and ripping his jugular out with his teeth. Too much Animal Planet this week. . .

I looooooove this vignette.
12th-Jul-2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
House pouncing him and ripping his jugular out

i like that visual too--and i don't even watch animal planet! :)
12th-Jul-2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, fab move on the part of the "kids", and great way House takes it on! Loved it! :D
12th-Jul-2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
great way House takes it on!

house may miss an important conversational cue once in a while--but couch it in seizure activity, and he's there! :)
12th-Jul-2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Hadn’t he told Cuddy to keep the puppies in their pen?

Oh, that is so House, really like that line. The part about "Hemlock" was hilarious too.
12th-Jul-2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
oddly enough, as you were quoting that line, i was changing "keep" to "confine"--because i'm such a decisive person! ;) oh well, it's a WIP, right? so... i was still working! :)
12th-Jul-2007 03:15 pm (UTC)


Poor Wilson. I just want to scoop him up and give him a kiss.
12th-Jul-2007 03:22 pm (UTC)
I just want to scoop him up

wilson has had a particularly tough time of it in this series--just my way of giving house a little break before i start in on him again in the sequel to 'tmtc'! [evil laugh]
12th-Jul-2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
I know you're all about House and Wilson, my dear, but you do write Chase so well.

And I still smile every time House calls that guy Hemlock. It's such a typically succinct, Houselike means of expressing his opinion of the guy's skills. Or lack thereof.

I really love that little exchange where Wilson -- typically -- is trying to pretend, or maybe give Henley the benefit of the doubt: "He seems... pleasant enough." And House, oh God bless House, makes Wilson admit he can't stand the guy.

And that, right there in those few sentences, is SO much of the reason Wilson needs House as much as he does.
12th-Jul-2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
you do write Chase

it isn't that i can't write the fellows, so much as it is i don't enjoy writing them! but yeah, because the script writers have made cameron and foreman so inconsistent, the easiest of the three for me to write, and keep pretty much in character, is chase.
12th-Jul-2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, good for Chase! I've come to like that particular fellow the most. And I got a very funny mental image of Cameron hugging Wilson and Wilson standing there, sort of awkwardly patting her back ... hee!

And yay for the reappearance of Dr. Wilson -- I have to admit I'd really missed him on the show.
12th-Jul-2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
very funny mental image of Cameron hugging Wilson

laughing because that's the same mental image i had while writing it!
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12th-Jul-2007 05:06 pm (UTC)
“Wouldn’t have ‘em engrave that plate for the door just yet, Hemlock!” House calls after him loudly.

That parting shot is just SO HOUSE. i love how he calls him "Hemlock" too.

I will be so sad when this series is over, although i'm anxiously waiting for the next installment. You write these characters very well. Also, the ideas you have in terms of plot are very well articulated in your dialogue.

Nice job once again!
13th-Jul-2007 10:08 am (UTC)
the ideas you have in terms of plot are very well articulated in your dialogue.

i really appreciate that! these last few scenes, especially, have been an enjoyable challenge--and it's nice to know they're working!
12th-Jul-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
I know I haven't been commenting, but I wanted to say that I love how you've indicated that Henley won't go without a fight and that Chase and Cameron have their own plans for getting Wilson back. *grin* Bravo!

I also like that last exchange between House and Chase
13th-Jul-2007 10:12 am (UTC)
chase just couldn't trust that house would make wilson's transition back to 'outside life' smooth, so he had to come up with something! i figure it's just one of those really... uh... fortunate coincidences... that their patient happened to have cancer--and such a rare and fascinating cancer, at that! ;)
12th-Jul-2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
oh that was priceless. Loved House in this one. Wilson will get his job back right? You won't let that BEEP! stay will you?

13th-Jul-2007 10:14 am (UTC)
You won't let that BEEP! stay will you?

well... since he's an OC, and i don't do OCS, i'll let you draw your own conclusion on that! ;)
12th-Jul-2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
This made me chuckle like crazy! Such fun.
12th-Jul-2007 08:11 pm (UTC)
Wait'll you read tomorrow's installment, daisylily.


I love being the Beta. I get all the cool spoilers.
12th-Jul-2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
How cool! I especially loved the bit at the end with Chase!
13th-Jul-2007 10:18 am (UTC)
loved the bit at the end

i did too. i figured, house would find it impossible to just say 'thanks' like a normal person--and chase would point that out--but subtley!
13th-Jul-2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, I so want to see House come up with a clever plan to get Henley fired AND verbally slap him. Maybe twack him with the cane, even. And your Chase is ♥

*loves this fic*
13th-Jul-2007 10:19 am (UTC)
boy, are you gonna love today's vignette!
13th-Jul-2007 12:39 am (UTC)
And a new villian of sorts. Hopefully he'll be banished from the hospital quick enough. Please? lol

Loved House in this one, and his and Chase's little stunt as well.
13th-Jul-2007 10:33 am (UTC)
And a new villian of sorts

well... if he stayed, i'd have to flesh out an OC. and i don't like OCs... ;) i'd say you don't have much to worry about!
13th-Jul-2007 01:34 am (UTC)
Yay for Chase! Brilliant part!
13th-Jul-2007 10:31 am (UTC)
chase is the easiest of the team for me to write; notice cameron didn't get a speaking part! ;)
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