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Where House is NEVER safe...
Reparations [new one-shot] 
29th-Nov-2007 01:12 pm
Title:  Reparations
Rating:  PG
Characters:  Wilson, House
Summary:  It's House's second day back at work following Rehab--and he has something to share with Wilson.
Genre:  Angst, Friendship
A/N:   This rather short one-shot came to me out of nowhere this morning; i believe that it may have been inspired by a discussion with   leaveout    following my take yesterday on episode 4.09.  And for an amazing drive-by beta, heartfelt thanks to the wonderful, invaluable   blackmare_9   !
P.S.  Yeah--you might've read this yesterday.  But then, because I continued to revise it several times after posting--and because I had a crisis of confidence based on a very weird combination of factors all coming together at the same time, I locked it.  And this morn, all those factors have been put into perspective, I've [well, some bitter white tablets have--finally] gotten a handle on an unusually bad spate of pain, and I'm finished sitting out in the garden, munching on the worms  blackmare_9  so generously offered to fry.  So I ask your indulgence with that little blip on my radar.  Here's the story, again, with a zillion minor [and likely unnecessary] revisions. I apologize.



30th-Nov-2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed reading this. For many different reasons, one of which is that it actually makes sense. I mean, why House took the Oxy. He isn't stupid. He's House after all. I am wondering why sometimes people forget that he is a genius, and a doctor too. It's all to easy to just think of him as an addict maybe.

House should not defend to people the fact that he is in pain. He tries to manage the pain, which is a constant in his life. There is no reason to ignore someone who comes to you asking for help for pain, especially if you are a friend. I'm not saying blind faith here, just the same amount of faith people give to other people they consider as friends. Just because House is taking his Vicodin does not mean he deserves less faith from his friends.
2nd-Dec-2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
Just because House is taking his Vicodin does not mean he deserves less faith from his friends.

and that's a large part of the points i keep trying to make--thanks!
30th-Nov-2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
I liked it so much. I liked House wanting to tell Wilson what he had caused refusing the anti emetics prescription, and the reaction of Wilson most of all. Well, I have to say that , if at the beginning of the show , s1 and part of s2, I was completely mad for House, from about halfway of S2 until the whole S3(yes, except some cases) I started considering Wilson the real leading charachter. I really love him, I am not sure I would appreciate House if Wilson wasn't there. I consider them as a unique entity. So I loved how you picture them, always "balancing" each other attitudes .
And, maybe I already said this, but I really love reading your stories also because there are so many interesting (and civil) comments which always make me think about a lot of things, both relating to the show and to general issues!
2nd-Dec-2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
I consider them as a unique entity

oh, i do too--two halves of an intriguing whole.

and i, too, especially enjoy the discussions we get into around here! :)
30th-Nov-2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
My apologies, I got a bit side-tracked as I readied to comment on the wonderfulness of this fic.
This was a great scene, every aspect of House, Wilson, and House and Wilson together captured beautifully.
The point of needing to be able to control something being the crux of the issue for House was superb, especially, in light of the little we know of his childhood, and of course the lots we know about his personality.
The quick progression from buildup to climactic tension to heart-breaking to a return to familiar ease was spot on. A pleasure and joy to read. Your fic really helps make up for what's been lacking on the show itself these days.:)
2nd-Dec-2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
The point of needing to be able to control something being the crux of the issue for House

as it is for anyone who, on a day to day basis, is unable to control the actions and reactions of their own body--an ability most take for granted. so i felt this was a most important point to make.
30th-Nov-2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reposting this. It was beautifully done. For a doctor who must have a large percentage of his patients on strong pain medication, Wilson can be exceptionally dense when it comes to House's pain. And it is time he realized that on the show. (Having him realize it in a fic as good as this is a second choice)

By saying that, I'm not absolving House of his share of the fault in letting the situation having gotten so far out of hand. He insists on what he wants, on demand. He gives his prescribing doctor (Wilson) no feedback. It's only when the situation is desperate that he asks Wilson for help. It's easy to forget that we, the TV viewers, often see House with his guard down. Wilson rarely does.

Oh, and to all the posters who think House's "psychosomatic" pain shouldn't be treated -- I assume that when you have a tension headache you don't take anything. After all, it's not real pain.
2nd-Dec-2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, and to all the posters who think House's "psychosomatic" pain shouldn't be treated -- I assume that when you have a tension headache you don't take anything. After all, it's not real pain.

*smiling happily at this paraphrase from devil's in the details*

and, sadly, i think house is all too aware that his communication skills with his prescribing physician are lacking; i just believe he's reached a point now that he feels [somewhat justifiably, in my opinion] that what he says about his own pain makes no difference to anyone--not even wilson. :(

Edited at 2007-12-02 05:28 pm (UTC)
1st-Dec-2007 04:45 am (UTC)
*sighs quietly* I think I have needed that scene for at least 7 months now. Thank you for finally giving me what I needed. God knows I wasn't going to do. *smirks and shakes her head*
1st-Dec-2007 04:54 am (UTC)
gawd, you have uncanny timing. do not read the post i've just made; it may disrupt your newfound peace....
1st-Dec-2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Wonderful story as always!
2nd-Dec-2007 05:31 pm (UTC)
i'm glad you liked it, and, as always, i appreciate your taking the time to tell me so!
1st-Dec-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Another great look at the H&W dynamic! I like that you can look at things with a medical eye and add that depth. See, when I watched that scene and House asked for the meds I assumed, like Wilson, he was scamming. Now, I know Wilson on the show is a doctor and possibly this would occur to him but he's also a friend at the end of his rope and trying to save House's career and life, but I always believe the writers are writing for a general public who either don't know much medical info *raises hand* and doesn't really care. It's a mystery show, its a friendship, its a situation set up for dramatic purpose. That's all. To us fans it's more and we enjoy adding layers and meaning and shading and to me that's what makes fandom just the greatest place ever! So thanks, once again for giving me another side to something I did not see the first time.
2nd-Dec-2007 05:39 pm (UTC)
you're welcome! and yeah--i've gotta admit that the things you mentioned bother me, really bother me-- and i'm glad of the opportunity to 'fix' at least a little of it, for all of us.
1st-Dec-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
I liked it very much ^___^
2nd-Dec-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
thank you; i'm glad!
1st-Dec-2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
Well. What else is there to say that hasn't already been said? It was beautiful. Love the way you did Wilson. Great Fic!
2nd-Dec-2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
thanks for taking the time to comment--happy you enjoyed it!
2nd-Dec-2007 04:01 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm a bit confused. Care to make some UNSPOKEN things a bit clearer for me? But, still, this certainly explains their behavior so soon after 'MLC'...*sighs*
2nd-Dec-2007 05:42 pm (UTC)
my dear--you are as aware as i that there are too many "unspoken things" going on here to count! just doin' the best i can, as we all are.....
10th-Dec-2007 12:35 am (UTC)
I liked it. I feel sort of silly just saying that with all the heated posts above about the nature of pain and whatnot. It feels real, in character, and held my interest. I’m glad you reposted it.
10th-Dec-2007 01:49 am (UTC)
yeah; the story itself got sort of... lost, i guess, in the ensuing debate. but this story means a lot to me, so your words about it do,too. and i thank you.
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