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Deciphering It [third in a triptych] 
14th-Oct-2008 12:18 pm


Title:  Deciphering It   (Third in a triptych.  First two were Selling It and Buying It)

Rating:  PG
Characters:  House, Wilson
Genre:  Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Word Count:  850
TimeLine:  Sometime prior to the Season Four finale, pre-Amber 

Summary:  Last time House’s pain went over the top, he tried to sell Wilson on a lie.  Wilson bought it—for a while, anyway.  What happens now, when Wilson decides he’s not standing in line this time for one of House’s cleverly constructed mink coats?

And btw, this has heretofore been unseen by human eyes.  If it stinks, feel free to say so.



House removes his reading glasses, sighs, rubs wearily at his face.  “I could’ve sworn I already threw you out of here a few minutes ago,” he says.

“And now I’m back,”  Wilson observes brightly as he settles himself comfortably in the Eames chair.  “Sorry it took so long, ran into Debbie from Accounting.  She was wearing a new sweater, and… well, you know.” 

Wilson grins widely at House, who returns a half-hearted smile.  House looks more than weary; he’s got that bone-tired exhaustion, the fatigued posture of a man who’s been battling hard—and losing.  He’s trying to hide it, and he’s been pretty successful so far.  He thinks his sharp, cruel tongue has probably set a few room-clearing records in the last couple of days.  But this is Wilson, and the only way to hide it from Wilson is to… well, get away from Wilson

House rises slowly from his chair, stretches his limbs cautiously, takes a deep breath.  He can feel Wilson’s eyes taking in every move, every facial expression he makes.  So he’s careful to keep his face, his eyes, blank.  And when he speaks, he puts all his strength behind the words.  “It’s 6:20; I’m outta here.  See you Monday.” 

House tries to ignore Wilson standing and following him out of the office.  Following him to the elevator.  Following him on the elevator!  “Don’t you have a lab tech to chase?  Or a bedtime story to read?  Or something?” 

“No; thought I’d give you a ride home, though.  You look worn out; best if you leave the bike here, don’t you think?”  

“I didn’t ride the bike.  Got a perfectly good bus stop right in front of my place.”  Damn; now he’s gonna make something out of that. 

But all Wilson says is, “I happen to be going your way; c’mon.” 

When the elevator opens, House follows Wilson to his car.  He tells himself it’s easier than arguing. 

“Need you to stop at that Korean place,” House says shortly.  “Gotta get something for dinner.  My dinner.” 

“Not a problem.” 

When Wilson pulls up in front of the restaurant, he follows House from the car.  At House’s dirty look, he responds, “What?  I gotta eat too.” 

When they arrive at the counter, House introduces Wilson.  “This is my new puppy.  Name’s Wilson, and he’s taken to following me everywhere.  You in the market for some really tender dog meat for your next batch of Suyuk?” 

Wilson just rolls his eyes, steps forward, orders—and pays for—two meals, while House shakes his head. 

When they arrive at his apartment, House half-heartedly tries a, “Thanks; see you later.”  He exits the car with as much speed as he can muster, and winces when he hears a second door slam behind him, followed by rapid footsteps. 

House stops dead, whirls around so quickly that Wilson bumps into him.  “If I told you to just… toddle off, would you?” 

“Nope,” Wilson says cheerily. 

House pulls his cell phone from his pocket.  “Wonder how long it’d take for a restraining order,” he mumbles, then his eyes widen as Wilson plucks the phone from his hand and stuffs it into his own pocket.  He glares at Wilson, who simply grins back at him and resumes walking. 

House sighs, then follows behind him at a slower pace.  Funny, though; the pain, unremitting for several days, seems to be letting up just a little. 

Once they’re settled on the couch with their meals, Wilson says casually, “I read an interesting article the other day.  Some new study comparing the efficacy of identical doses of pain meds in cancer patients who live alone, and again when they’re hospitalized.  Seems the meds were much more effective during hospitalization.  The researchers concluded that simple solitude magnifies pain.  Imagine that.” 

House feigns boredom.  “Fascinating,” he says, tossing his plate on the table and lying back on the couch.  Wilson scoots to the end without comment. 

House has no trouble figuring out the coded message.  What he is having trouble with is why Wilson’s sending it.  I’d almost think he knows what’s going on.  Must be losing my touch.  Or… maybe Wilson’s been wearing his decoder ring this week. 

The other thing House is having trouble with is the feeling in his chest; gratitude’s got a hammer in there, and it’s pounding off the sharp edges of fear, resentment… loneliness.  It’s disconcerting, confusing. 

House is distracted from his thoughts when Wilson returns from the kitchen carrying a fresh beer.  He watches as Wilson sits carefully in the small space between House’s feet and the end of the couch.  He opens his mouth to complain that his feet are now scrunched up against Wilson—but he doesn’t.

Wilson kicks off his shoes, pops the top on his beer, puts his feet up on the table, and leans back, sighing contentedly.  He picks up the remote and locates a Law & Order marathon.  “Oh, great,” he says happily.  “This is scheduled to run all night.  Hey—can I get you anything?”

Amazingly, I have every damned thing I need, right here.  “No,” he mumbles tiredly, and closes his eyes.  He’s asleep before the opening credits roll.

Wilson smiles.


14th-Oct-2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, my. I really love the "new puppy/dog meat" line at the restaurant, and ... that study on pain meds is real, I would imagine.

The only things that "bump" for me are a couple mild instances in which I don't think Wilson sounds quite like Wilson; a little more bouncy in the first scene than we know him to be. "You did" would be perfect without the "Now I'm back!"

I truly wish we could actually see Canon!Wilson behave like this, though, giving what House actually needs rather than what Wilson imagines he needs.
14th-Oct-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
changed 'you did' to 'and'-- but i was actually going for a bit bouncy, to, you know, get on house's nerves instead of being all solicitous and everything; hence the 'wilson observes brightly.' but that's what i get for writing and posting in the same motion--was worth a try.
14th-Oct-2008 05:01 pm (UTC)
Loved this. <3
14th-Oct-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
just a bit of fluff for a long and cloudy day; thanks.
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14th-Oct-2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
we don't want 'em too happy, but yeah, an occasional warm-and-fuzzy is kind of nice.
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14th-Oct-2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
*gives you milk and cookies*

accepts gratefully; thanks.
14th-Oct-2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
That was so sweet. Finally Wilson getting a clue. Thanks so much for sharing :)
14th-Oct-2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
i needed warm and fuzzy today--happy to share!
14th-Oct-2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I do love your Wilson and more than that I do need your Wilson. I hope you will write much more. You are a great author and it's wonderful to read your fics. Thanks so much for sharing them.
14th-Oct-2008 07:15 pm (UTC)
as always, you are quite welcome. thanks for being so appreciative.
14th-Oct-2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
Yup, that works for me now. :-) Wilson really can be annoying, can't he?

Know what else I love?

He tells himself it's easier than arguing. Which is true, but not the truth, and it's so like House to admit one part while dismissing the other, more relevant reason.

14th-Oct-2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
yes, he can.


house has a reason--a damned sound reason--for everything he does.
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14th-Oct-2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
i needed this today, and--doubting i'll get it from the show--i thus had to create it. and i'm always happy to share.
14th-Oct-2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
This left me smiling:)Thank you so much for sharing it.

Edited at 2008-10-14 09:17 pm (UTC)
14th-Oct-2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
you're welcome! :)
14th-Oct-2008 09:32 pm (UTC)
Doesn't "stink" at all... :) Quite the contrary really. I can't begin to tell you how many things I loved about this!

'But this is Wilson, and the only way to hide it from Wilson is to… well, get away from Wilson.'
Very nice, bitter-sweet ironic touch in there. Fit the mood perfectly! :)

'But all Wilson says is, “I happen to be going your way; c’mon.”'
Understated, kind, sensitive. So very Wilson (as we used to know him...). :) I heard him say it.

'The other thing House is having trouble with is the feeling in his chest; gratitude’s got a hammer in there, and it’s pounding off the sharp edges of fear, resentment… loneliness. It’s disconcerting, confusing.'
This killed me. You have such a great way writing House heart-breakingly vulnerable, yet completely in-character. This was absolutely amazing...

Thank you so very much for sharing this! You've just brightened my day... :)
14th-Oct-2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
So very Wilson (as we used to know him...)

oh, and i miss him so!

and i'm happy the wee warm/fuzzy that i needed could cheer you up as well!
14th-Oct-2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
See how many people's days you are brightening with your story? That is so cool...and add me to the list! Today someone broke into my car (bashed in the back window) and I'm reeling at the quote to repair it, so a warm, caring House story was very much welcome with open arms!

I smiled at the restraining order line, and the comment about Wilson the puppy.
14th-Oct-2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
ohh--i am so sorry to hear that; i hope nothing was stolen, and that the repair is done quickly and cheaply! and i'm really, truly glad that the story could help your awful day be not quite so bad.
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15th-Oct-2008 01:41 am (UTC)
yes, there is--but angstier. and it's being terribly shy about fully revealing itself to me, i'm afraid. but i'm working on it.
15th-Oct-2008 05:51 am (UTC)
Yeah, I, too, loved the 'puppy' line. I have had House, Cuddy, and Wilson's relationship ruined by canon so this is welcome respite. I'm not nearly as disappointed in tonight's episode as I know others are. But I did not want House and Wilson to reconcile and that they threw themselves at one another tonight dismayed me a great deal. In fact, dismayed isn't the word because the complete lack of communication and resolution exhibits how truly pathetic they each are.

So, yes, I wholeheartedly enjoy being able to read fanfiction where the two of them aren't complete sociopathic idiots. Because canon is so disturbing, it's just not funny.

That was one of those non-reviewing reviews again, wasn't it? Sorry about that. I really love seeing House and Wilson in a relationship where House isn't the only one ever expected to give as well as take. I do wish that Wilson had actually gotten the hint and left when House told him to, but that's also canon talking.

The fact that House was helped by his presence was refreshing. I certainly enjoyed your reference of RSL's love of Law & Order and didn't spend the entire time conducting another sermon on the mount. Like I said, a vacation.

Edited at 2008-10-15 05:54 am (UTC)
15th-Oct-2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
actually, that wasn't a reference to rsl's love of l&o--or only indirectly. i simply used it because it's the only other show i watch, so it was the first one that jumped to mind. that he enjoys it in real life is simply a happy coincidence.

last night's episode? i was neither particularly disappointed, nor particularly moved. i'm in the process now of writing out my thoughts on it.
15th-Oct-2008 05:24 pm (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. (and I liked the dog meat joke, but then I can't stand Korean food)
15th-Oct-2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
glad you got a giggle out of that--i don't like any oriental food, myself. and the idea of... oh, it's just too horrible to contemplate! :)
15th-Oct-2008 11:44 pm (UTC)
My only complaint is that I could have lived 100 lifetimes without hearing the dog meat thing... urgh. Just ew. HOWEVER... just because I didn't like it doesn't mean I don't think it wasn't a very good line because it was.

Otherwise it was a great big fluffy blanket of House and Wilson. Very comforting.

I loved the little things, like House realizing Wilson was going to follow him in and then later, House was going to complain that his feet were scrunched but he doesn't.

The comment from Wilson about the study on pain and solitude was a good one. (And I have to say I again found myself commenting aloud, "Ain't that the truth!" Maybe that will be my new thing, commenting aloud on your stories, thank goodness I live alone.)

The best bit was House falling asleep in the comfort of his friend.

:D Big happy grins from me!
15th-Oct-2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Big happy grins from me!

which are contagious, because they cause big happy grins from me--thanks!!
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