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Past Imperfect, Present Tense [new one-shot] 
10th-Oct-2008 01:17 pm
Title:  Past Imperfect, Present Tense
Rating:  PG
Genre:  Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Characters:  House, Wilson

This story is lovingly dedicated to blackmare , who patiently--and literally--pulled every single word out of me.

11th-Oct-2008 01:35 am (UTC)
This was wonderful. :)
11th-Oct-2008 01:53 am (UTC)
thanks so much!
11th-Oct-2008 01:55 am (UTC)
You don't have to reply to me or anything like that, but I just wanted you to know that this fic is beautiful.
11th-Oct-2008 01:59 am (UTC)
and i wanted to let you know that i appreciate your opinion even when i don't reply. ;-) thanks.
11th-Oct-2008 05:02 am (UTC)

this was cute
and sweet... a really nice fic :D

I hope things can be THAT good
...as far as I read things are getting worst and worst chapter by chapter O______________O
11th-Oct-2008 05:08 am (UTC)
i'm confident they'll get it straightened out, eventually; i'm glad you found some comfort, for now, in the story!
11th-Oct-2008 06:06 am (UTC)
*takes deep breath*

You had me holding my breath, again, the whole time I was reading.

That was great :)

I love that House was a phantom limb to Wilson, that was a great way to put it.

It's all fantastic and there really isn't any line that is not perfect but I love this: ""House, you trusted me once. And I... I betrayed that trust. Hell--I abused it, twisted it, I... I used it like a weapon, and... I almost killed you with it.""

I was nodding along the whole time agreeing with him...yes Wilson... you did.

And this: ""I have no right to ask you to give your trust back to me now; I know that. But I'm asking anyway. I'm asking you to forgive the choices I made, to forgive me. I need you to let me help you.""

Specifically, "I need you to let me help you."

Wilson, Wilson, Wilson. *sigh* Please don't ever change.

And this:

"You're selfish and egotistical, and sometimes you're even dangerous, but you're also--why are you smiling?"

"Weirdest 'apology' I ever got," House says faintly.

... Just made me SMILE.

:) Thanks for sharing.
11th-Oct-2008 06:11 am (UTC)
you chose some of my favorite lines. and i'm so glad you're back to breathing!! :)
11th-Oct-2008 08:40 am (UTC) - Hi we missed you
It's great to see you back, how are you doing? I really loved this version of a reconciliation between House and Wilson because in this we can see the compassionate and caring man Wilson used to be before the writers got all stupid and cut his heart out. I think although they have both made mistakes it outraged me to see Wilson walking away from House like that, the end of the season opener made me cry, it was like Wilson just didn't care about House anymore. Anywhoo, we both know that he does care really and this was such a beautiful way of showing it. It's fantastic to see you writing again because it is such a joy to read anything of yours. More than anything else, I want to see the current House/Wilson go back to the easy, semi happy relationship of season 1 and get away from this situation where Wilson is tearing House apart with his anger and bitterness. Really hoping to read more of your fabulous work.

11th-Oct-2008 12:07 pm (UTC) - Re: Hi we missed you
oh, i'd love to see a return to the caring and humor of the early days, too! i'd also like to see a return to my writing; may we get both wishes. :)
11th-Oct-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, beautiful, the best Making-Up-story I've read so far. I cringed at House going through this without knowing if it would ever help to make things okay again, I loved the 'apology' Wilson made, and the insights he reached in those few minutes, and I loved the way they agreed House's an idiot. Very in character, very compelling, and oh so lovely. I'm so happy you are writing again!!! I'm putting this in my Memories.
11th-Oct-2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
why, thank you dear! and--off topic--i've emailed twice since i sent koda's timeline, and not heard back. so i'm relieved to see you're okay. if you answered, maybe my isp is blocking your ip again; if so, please try resending to the aol address. if not, well, i absolutely understand busy!! just glad you're okay.
11th-Oct-2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
I love this. You always catch House's and Wilson's voices so well. Plus the humor and compassion you write you stories with is truly a joy to read.

So Glad you are back!.

Edited at 2008-10-11 06:56 pm (UTC)
11th-Oct-2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
thanks, hon. house and wilson are always a joy to write, you know. a painful joy, sometimes--but a good pain. happy you enjoyed it!
12th-Oct-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, House, I'm so sorry.

I loved this because it just totally threw me off. I've been inundating myself in House fic for the past two weeks and also, I thought that I had found a pattern to their canon!friendship in the show that I am comfortable with. Both things, it seemed, hadn't prepared me for reading this fic. For come unknown reason, I was blind-sided by that one line. I couldn't immediately and fully grasp what Wilson meant, and I couldn't intuit how House would react to it. Will this confession soften old boundaries between them? Does this mean Wilson understands House more now? Or does this just mean that he is admitting that he has understood so little of him before? It perked me up, it did, and made me eager (and nervous) to read on. I guess this is the first time I encountered a fic that expresses beautifully the unique unpredictability of their friendship and how tipping points and thresholds are integral to it without having to resort to crude methods (i.e. introducing homosexuality). I guess the line just moved me so much I had to comment about it. I thought pure gen could never do it for me (and that I had to resort to at least pre-slash or 'strong friendship' to get my kicks), but this is just wonderful. It's just wonderful. :-)

12th-Oct-2008 06:21 pm (UTC)
i adore hearing that something i've written has moved someone so much, and made them think; thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.
13th-Oct-2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
So good to have you back !

If only this fic could be a major spoiler for the upcoming episodes, dammit...

Thousands thanks and hugs.
13th-Oct-2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
and a thousand you're welcomes and hugs right back to you, dear!
13th-Oct-2008 09:02 pm (UTC) - Past Imperfect-Present Tense
Hello-newbie here. I'm pretty new to fanfic in general, and brand new to yours.This story was recced at HHOW,I read it and loved it so much that I had to read everything that you have written.
I need to tell you how true I find your House voice,your Wilson voice, and especially your House/Wilson voice.I'm so happy to be able to read such well written stories that share my opinions and thoughts about these two very special characters.I appreciate your work,it's obviously a labor of love,and look forward to your next story.
13th-Oct-2008 11:18 pm (UTC) - Re: Past Imperfect-Present Tense
thank you so much for taking the time to tell me what my writing means to you; it means everything to me to have an appreciative, perceptive audience. Whether what you have to say is criticism or praise, a heartfelt comment makes the work [which is a labor of love] worth it. and welcome!
13th-Oct-2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
This is truly fantastic, and I don't have words for it. But I like the recognition that they have both made mistakes, and that their friendship is indeed real, and so important. Wonderful job.
13th-Oct-2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
i like making people speechless; thanks!! :)
14th-Oct-2008 05:11 am (UTC) - Thanks...and WOW.
First, thanks for the "heads up" that you were writing again..and WOW. Talk about being worth the wait! Phantom limb; physically absent, yet capable of causing agonizing pain in it's absence. Perfect. Now, if we could just get David Shore to co-operate...

14th-Oct-2008 01:22 pm (UTC) - Re: Thanks...and WOW.
i was hoping you might like these new ones. none for ten months--then three in a matter of weeks; go figure. thanks for letting me know you saw them.
16th-Oct-2008 06:39 am (UTC)
This is a lovely story. I came back to this line:

"Maybe we could... be okay again."

about fifty times!
16th-Oct-2008 11:27 am (UTC)
it made me choke up to write that one. thanks!
22nd-Oct-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Love. Love. Love.

I have no words left, sorry.

I think I am amongst the few who like this season so far (as I said, I watched only three eps anyway)in the same way I loved S3. The two men are hurting each other, yes. In S3 House did hurt Wilson, in this one it's the opposite. I don't like it, except that I like it. Because it preludes a reconciliation, which I could die for if it was like you wrote here.

22nd-Oct-2008 01:53 pm (UTC)
the characters of house and wilson really do engender strong emotions in us, don't they? and i know just what you mean about not liking/liking the pain they bring us. also, fortunately, this angst gives us plenty of material for our fiction! :)

and, as always, you're quite welcome.
1st-Nov-2008 09:43 pm (UTC) - AMAZING
DAMN!!!! This fic is the closest thing to MUSIC than I've EVER encountered as far as lauguage is concerned!!!I don't know how else to phrase it. BRILLIANT!!!!
1st-Nov-2008 09:46 pm (UTC) - Re: AMAZING
thank you so much! what lovely praise; you've no idea how much i appreciate it.
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