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Cats' Corners: the little HOUSE in the woods....
Where House is NEVER safe...
Bittersweet Hour (last in the HOUR series) 
17th-Jul-2007 11:15 am
Title: Bittersweet Hour
Characters: House, Wilson
Rating: PG
Genre: Angst
Word Count: 1400 
Summary: Wilson reflects on what he and House have been through together. 

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 ,  Uncomfortable Hour ,  Lunch Hour , Administrative Hour , and  Evening Hour.

This is it, kids; end of the road on The Hour Series.  My appreciation for sticking with me on this journey.  And I'm at a loss as to the proper words to thank  
blackmare_9   and  misanthropicobs   for their apparently limitless patience, their brilliant suggestions, their perceptive analysis of the House-Wilson dynamic.  They're awesome, and I'm incredibly lucky. ~mjf  07.17.07

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17th-Jul-2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
Amazing ending. Perfect down to the last kernel. I can't find the words to tell you how wonderfully done this series was. And as for the Miami Vice marathon... I think it should've been a CSI marathon. Just so they could make horrible jokes about how they need Greg around the hospital or something.

17th-Jul-2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Amazing ending.

and i've gotta say, i'm really surprised at how much you guys are liking the ending! i was afraid everyone would feel 'let down,' because--while it ends on a strongly positive note--it isn't blatantly happy. anyway, very pleased that you liked!! :)
17th-Jul-2007 07:47 pm (UTC)
this was sweet. sorry it's over.
17th-Jul-2007 11:16 pm (UTC)
sorry it's over

me too. :( thanks for reading and commenting so loyally!
17th-Jul-2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
This was such a terrific what-if story. I've really enjoyed following along. Thank you for writing it and putting it up!
17th-Jul-2007 11:17 pm (UTC)
you're quite welcome! thank you for your kind, encouraging words throughout!
17th-Jul-2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sad to see this end, but it was a good ending. I'll miss my daily fix. Great work.
17th-Jul-2007 11:18 pm (UTC)
so glad you enjoyed it!
17th-Jul-2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, what an amazing series. Thank you!
17th-Jul-2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
i'm so glad you liked it; thanks!
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18th-Jul-2007 12:17 am (UTC)
Bringing back the letter was such a perfect touch and one I wasn't expecting.

oh, that makes me happy! i like to write things that are unexpected; and i love it when you kids appreciate them. thanks for letting me know, so eloquently, what pleasure the series brought you; means a lot. :)
18th-Jul-2007 12:34 am (UTC)
I loved every chapter of this story and the end was perfect!
18th-Jul-2007 12:39 am (UTC)
i'm glad; i really enjoyed writing it, and appreciate knowing that you enjoyed reading it. :)
18th-Jul-2007 02:00 am (UTC)
*sits in her corner and claps quietly*

Bravo, my dear.


It's wonderful to see the responses you're getting. Glad you stuck with your instincts and wrote this the way you wanted to.

Still can't get over that vivid and alive under its glowing blanket of ink line. I don't know what it is about that but it's simply fantastic.
18th-Jul-2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
It's wonderful to see the responses you're getting.

yeah, you and misanthropicobs called this one; ecstatic to admit my "wrongness"!!! ;)

stuck with your instincts

and this series actually helped me to develop those instincts. i continue to second-guess what i write--but at least i've ceased third-guessing!

can't get over that vivid and alive under its glowing blanket of ink line

i dunno what it is either. but i do know that the line makes it easier for me to 'bring the scene to life' in my brain.

thanks again, my friend, for all your wonderful contributions to this series. *hugs*

18th-Jul-2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Oh, wonderful. Truly wonderful. Lovely introspective ending to this series. And I will never be able to eat popcorn without giggling now. Thanks very much. :/
18th-Jul-2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Lovely introspective ending to this series.

still happily attempting to recover from the fact that no one seems 'let down' by the poignant nature of the ending--what a very pleasant surprise! it... seemed appropriate... to maintain the initial 'feel' at the end--and it worked!

writing the popcorn thing was fun--credit blackmare for insisting that i put in some sort of clear illustration of house attempting to "take care of" wilson. glad you enjoyed! :)
18th-Jul-2007 04:12 am (UTC)
First time I've been through my f-list in ages, and the first longer fic I've read in an equal amount of ages.

I'm glad I swung by for this one. The emotional edge overall was just marvelous. :-)
18th-Jul-2007 12:51 pm (UTC)
The emotional edge overall was just marvelous.

and it was a neat challenge for me, attempting to maintain that edge, over twenty segments--quite satisfying, i must say. thanks!!
18th-Jul-2007 04:13 am (UTC)
Nice. Nice. Just--nice. :)
18th-Jul-2007 12:47 pm (UTC)
i figured you'd appreciate the end. ;) and thanks so much for your support and your comments. as to getting that... uh... other thing off the ground, it's not as dire as it seems. i've got much of the opening few chapters spoken into my digital recorder; it's a matter of "gluing it all together" properly, and transcribing what i've got. it'll happen. it will. (who am i trying to convince here?) ;)
18th-Jul-2007 10:16 am (UTC)
Is it just me or do your fics just go awfully quickly?

*sigh* At least I'd have harry Potter to read soon.

And then, i could always read all your fics again... and again, and again...

18th-Jul-2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
do your fics just go awfully quickly?

actually, i thought this one went on just a bit... too long! but then, i'm writing them, and don't really read 'em until weeks later, once the completed work has been posted. so i s'pose i'm not a good judge.... ;)
18th-Jul-2007 05:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the laugh ! this chapter was so hilarious, kudos. And the end of the story (always sad to see one of your stories end though) is absolutely perfect. The whole story was, actually. The right tone, the right feelings, the right sensitivity, forceful dialogues, powerful thoughts, the cleverness of the plotline. Totally in character, very sophisticated analysis of House and Wilson. Perfect. Don't know another word better than this one. Oh yes, there is one : overwhelming. At least this word includes the emotions you gave us. Am I clear ? Dunno. Comes from my heart. You'll understand what I mean.
THANK YOU, all of you three, for ALL.
18th-Jul-2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, there is one : overwhelming. At least this word includes the emotions you gave us.

and thank you for your comments, encouragement, support. it means a lot to me that you like the ending, that it felt right for you. again--thank you.

19th-Jul-2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
You're still evil but I'll forgive you. Great chapters. Thanks for clearing up who said the little line about being right. Great job!! Now excuse me, I have some jet lag to take care of. *grins*
19th-Jul-2007 12:24 pm (UTC)
thanks! and--get some rest. i'll kindly not mention that i just this minute posted something brand new.... [veg]
21st-Jul-2007 08:34 pm (UTC) - Ahhh
As usual, a wonderful job. You still make me feel like I am there with the guys.
Awaiting your new work eagerly.
21st-Jul-2007 08:48 pm (UTC) - Re: Ahhh
your new work

thanks! if you're interested, thursday and friday, i posted a shorter piece, which begins here: http://kidsnurse.livejournal.com/32161.html#cutid1, and blackmare wrote an incredible companion piece for it; you'll find the link for that at the end of the epilogue.
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