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Chapter 17: Dear God

 

House didn’t know whether he was waking up or falling asleep. It was probably the morphine. He heard his heart rate pick up upon opening his eyes, as if the monitor knew he was awake, and sent out little messages to his shoulder and leg, telling them they should wake up, too.

He winced as a surge of pain ran up his right side, gripping the sheets with his left hand and hoping nobody could see him.

The hospital room was dark, which, House thought, could’ve been good or bad. It meant that either he was at White Haven’s hospital, in a room that yearned to save electricity and therefore money, or that he was back in Princeton, and that the people who put him there knew him well enough to know he didn’t enjoy being a spectacle. He enjoyed the darkness, nonetheless.

He tried to remember something, anything that would give him a clue as to his current location. The morphine not only made his head too fuzzy to think back that far, it made him too stoned to care.

I must be on a fucking lot of morphine.

He tilted his head, trying to see the dosage, but he was halted by a bolt of pain that seem to spread upwards through his arm and into his neck. He winced, sobering up.

The itch at the top of his ass was the only thing that seemed to offer useful information. This was because the itch was from a tag he’d partially cut off his boxers. This meant he was wearing boxers. This meant that whoever put him in this stupid gown also had some respect for the privacy of…important things.

So an itchy ass was how House discovered he was in Princeton.

He began to look himself over, a rather difficult feat considering that every move of his head sent shockwaves down his arm.

His arm was an arm, but currently he wasn’t sure if he considered it his. The skin along his collarbone was raised up a few inches beneath a 5-inch V of stitches, as if the surgeon had started out in a straight line, then changed his mind a few times. He could practically smell the titanium rod clinging to his clavicle, couldn’t wait to set off metal detectors.

He pulled up the sheet until his toes peeked out from the edge of the bed. He breathed an unnecessary sigh of relief at seeing two feet, but ever since—he always had to check and make sure.

His thigh stung as he pulled the sheet down again, but it wasn’t the throbbing, deep ache, or even the sharp stabs of pain that seemed familiar. It felt superficial, like a bad cut or a bee sting. He whipped the sheet off once more and pulled up his hospital gown.

About four inches up and to the side of his knee cap was another collection of stitches. This one was shorter and less ugly, but significantly more mysterious.

Cuddy walked in as he was prodding his leg. She smiled in awe of how objectively he could view his own body, as if it were really just meat that happened to be attached to him.

House looked up at the sound of her entrance, though could not make out who the intruder was.

“Who’s there?” he said, his voice presenting a physical strength he didn’t possess.

“The light fairy.”

Cuddy proceeded to flip the light switch. Overly jovial light rained down from its fluorescent source, prompting House to blink repeatedly until his eyes caught up with the change in scenery.

House smiled wryly. “Thanks for the boxers.”

Cuddy returned it, arms behind her back. “Well, hospital gowns don’t leave much to the imagination, and I didn’t want your little secret getting out.”

“The same can’t be said for that top. Looks like you have two big secrets.”

She feigned annoyance, but couldn’t deny how close to laughter she was.

“Speaking of secrets,” said House, eyes squinting in concentration, “what’s behind your back?”

“Nothing.”

“Oh, and you not moving your hands to prove it leaves me…utterly convinced.”

“I have my hands behind my back, House.”

“Kinky. I still need proof.” His tone was fiendish and playful. Cuddy couldn’t tell whether it was from the meds or if House was more or less back to normal.

A nurse entered the room once the silence between them had reached a reasonably awkward level. She walked over to the side of House’s bed, checking and rechecking wires and machines for Cuddy’s viewing pleasure. She must’ve been looking for a raise.

House watched her out of his peripheral vision until the eye strain made his head hurt. “How much morphine have you got me on?”

Cuddy answered. “It’s not morphine. It’s dilaudid.”

“I take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about you and your wardrobe.“ The smile that’d very recently engulfed his face dissipated a bit. ”Not really. And if I’m on dilaudid, why does my head feel like, uh, some clever and lengthy metaphor for weird?”

“Because you have some clever and lengthy metaphor for concussion.”

“Come on, we all have concussions.”

“Probably, but you’re the only one acting like a baby about it.”

The nurse walked back towards the door again, her lips curled upward in an unappealing faux smile. “How’s your wrist, Dr. Cuddy?”

Cuddy returned a smile that looked more like a grimace. “Much better now. Thank you.”

She brought her hands forward to subtly shoo the nurse out, revealing the white cast that ran up to her elbow.

House kept his mouth closed until the door had slid closed behind the overzealous nurse, then:

“I KNEW IT!”

“House, I—“

“I told you that sucker was broken! And while I’m pleasantly surprised you don’t have a brain tumor…” He eagerly reached out his left hand and made the “gimme” gesture, “pay up.”

“I haven’t been home yet.”

“Obviously, but the makeup you bought to cover up for that fact cost money…money you got from the ATM with the intent on being here for as long as you waited for Wilson or me to wake up.”

She sighed, reached into her right pocket and grabbed two fifty dollar bills. She slapped them on his outstretched hand with as much chagrin as amusement.

House closed his hand around the bills and smiled as if he had a place to put them. He just held on to them for now. “How’s Wilson?” he asked.

“Stable. They had to do surgery. Turns out whatever caused the laceration went into his stomach, too. He’d been bleeding internally since the crash.”

“How’d he survive then?”

Cuddy gave a disbelieving chuckle. “Don’t ask me,” she said. “They gave him a transfusion, sutured him up. He hasn’t woken up yet, but I expect he’ll be conscious within the half-hour.”

House let go of a breath he hadn’t realized he was holding. They allowed a thoughtful silence to fall between them as each pretended they weren’t utterly perplexed and amazed by Wilson’s survival.

House shut his eyes as his shoulder gave him some more Hell, his leg egging it on like a gangbanger’s lackey.

“You want me to up your meds?”

House opened his eyes to find Cuddy’s concerned frown that for once didn’t feel like a pitiful one.

“No.” House surprised himself with his answer. “I feel loopy enough as it is. Last time I checked, incoherency wasn’t ‘sexy.’”

She smiled, and he returned it as genuinely as possible. “So Doc,” he said, eyeing his shoulder, “will I ever be able to pitch again?”

“Uh, might have to settle with shortstop. Or maybe pinch runner.” She paused, easing her way out of the joke. “It was pretty bad. Your clavicle was in 5 pieces. Shoulder wasn’t too bad, though, and Benedict was able to fix the fractures quickly, so permanent damage isn’t likely if you do your PT.”

House gave her an exaggerated sigh. “You let Eggs operate? He’s like a thousand years old!”

“He was the only one available. And he’s good,” said Cuddy with a scowl.

“Well, his ‘good’ hand must’ve slipped and given me a V for ‘very bad stitch job!’”

“House, you get to keep your arm, be happy. Speaking of which, you might want to learn how to use your cane on the correct side. I mean, if you don’t want severe arthritis before you’re fifty.”

“Who did Wilson’s surgery? Was it Mother? I bet it was Mother.”

“If by Mother you mean Dr. Hubbard, then yes, that’s who performed Wilson’s surgery.”

“Great,” said House, feigning irritation, “Wilson gets Mother, who can stitch someone up without leaving a scar—I’ve seen it! And I get Eggs, the guy who treats shoulders like a pair of pants with a rip.”

“What’s with all the nicknames? This isn’t the Navy, House.”

“Wilson and I compiled them for the other departments. Yours is Big Ass, but I can’t remember why.”

He absently rubbed his thigh, his left hand naturally taking over the duty, which previously belonged to his right. He was then reminded of the stitches in his leg.

“Did you implant me with a microchip so I don’t get lost again?”

“What?” said Cuddy, genuinely not comprehending.

House rolled the sheet off his leg and pulled up his gown, revealing the stitches. “What’s this about?”

“Oh, well, we had you on morphine…” She paused, letting House know that there’s was more explanation to this than he’d expected. “You were…in agony. You slept fitfully, if at all, talking in your sleep…wanting to know where Wilson was. So we did an MRI on your leg and found that you’d ruptured a muscle. Dr. Benedick went in and repaired that, too. We switched you over to hydromorphine.” She gave him a look. “I’m sorry we didn’t check out your leg sooner, we just attributed it to overworking it out there, didn’t even think to—“

“It’s okay,” said House. He gave an inauthentic chuckle. “Knowing you, I’m surprised you didn’t remove the muscle completely.”

The words stung more than he’d intended them to. What he said wasn’t fair, and he knew it. The statement was true, but he wasn’t angry.

He looked at Cuddy, the easy way tears darted under her currently calm expression. She couldn’t shake free the events of the last three days, just as House couldn’t shake free the events of eight years ago. Cuddy wondered if this was how it would always be from now on. And people thought she was a crybaby before…

“I’m sorry,” said House, a rare streak of honesty soaking his words. “I guess I’m still scared.” He made no attempt to break her gaze, allowing Cuddy to take in the fine lines around his eyes that’d made an appearance very recently.

“You’ll be okay. We’ll be okay.”

House gave her a nod and proceeded the remove the cluster of wires that’d found itself on his body. An alarm sounded.

“What are you doing?!” asked Cuddy, before being pushed aside by several jogging nurses.

“Help!” House yelled at the nurses, “I think I’m dead!”

They stopped short of his bed with disapproving frowns, then turned around and stomped out again.

“House, if you think you can walk—“

‘That reminds me,” he said, pushing himself up with his left arm and looking rather miserable doing so, “could you go get me a wheelchair? Steal Chase’s if necessary. How is Chase by the way?” His interest overshadowed his concern. Cuddy could tell.

“He’s at home—resting. What you should be doing.”

“Oh he’s not resting, he’s practicing up for the bitchin’ wheelchair races we’re gonna have. I’d hold off on buffing the floors if I were you.”

“House, are you going to see Wilson? I told you he’s asleep!”

“Ah, but nothing wakes him up like a little morning molestation.”

“House, it’s three in the afternoon.”

“Cuddy, there’s no time like party time…and by party I mean borderline rape. Get me a wheelchair.”

--

The wheels squeaked and whined as he made his way down the hallway. Cuddy had offered to push him. Of course she had.

But he declined, vying instead to inch his way along with his left hand, his left foot keeping the wheelchair straight. He was thankful Wilson’s room was nearby.

He slid the door open a few inches and crept a wheel in. Then he got a better hold on the door and shoved. He had plenty of time to roll in after that. He inched over to the side of Wilson’s bed, sliding the Pity Chair into the corner and putting on his brakes where it once was.

Wilson looked…peaceful. Which, to House, was a nice way of saying ‘dead.’ His face was relaxed, one of the rare times House saw it like that. His mouth hung open slightly, and his thick, brown hair covered up his thick, brown eyebrows, springing messily in all directions. He still looked pale, and his respiration was still slightly shallow. His left hand hung limply off the bed near House, and his right sat up on his chest, a metal splint over his fingers that looked kind of like a mousetrap.

House wanted to wake Wilson up, if only to ease away the knots that seemed to work their way up his throat since seeing Wilson in such a similar position. House wanted to wake him up, and make sure he wasn’t dead.

But on the other hand, House wanted to keep things the way they were. He didn’t know what to say to Wilson, didn’t know if Wilson would be mad or emotionally scarred or just…Wilson. Unconscious, House could tell him whatever he liked. But unconscious, House would just be talking to himself again.

“Hey,” House said quietly, still unsure of whether he wanted to be heard.

Wilson didn’t stir.

House sighed audibly, and then said (louder), “Hey.” He shook Wilson’s wrist as it hung in the space between himself and the bed.

Wilson opened his eyes blearily. His lips shivered as the last of the anesthesia wore off. He looked around, a little confused, but mostly tired.

“Wilson.” House ignored a shot of dizziness while he stood up on his left leg, his left hand gripping the bedpost as a means of both balance and distraction.

After some searching, Wilson’s eyes lazily met House’s as he coughed, “Hey.”

“Hey,” said House, getting tired of the word.

“We got out?” asked Wilson, his voice hoarse, almost as gravelly as House’s.

House squinted. “Yeah, you—you don’t remember—“

I remember getting out. Wasn’t sure about you though. But now…” He gave House a cheesy, drug-induced smile. “We’re out.”

House shook his head, amused at Wilson’s regression into teenage girldom. “You know, there’s a lot of people wondering how you’re still alive.”

“I know,” said Wilson, his voice growing stronger as he became more alert. “Cuddy came by before the surgery.”

“She…talked to you?”

“Well, I wasn’t really coherent, but she said a couple of things.”

“Like what?” asked House too hastily.

Wilson grinned, suddenly understanding House’s nervousness. “She said I had internal bleeding, that I was one lucky bastard, and that you cried when faced with the prospect of my death.”

“Ah, see, the thing is: I cried when faced with the prospect of your survival. I mean, here I’d already thought about inheriting your Star Wars box set, and then I find out you’re alive. Believe me, you’d be upset, too.”

“I have been, several times,” laughed Wilson. “But then, you nearly kill yourself so frequently that I’ve learned not to get my hopes up.”

House smiled, as did Wilson.

“So…you’re not mad?”

Wilson rolled his eyes. “Yes House, I’m mad that we all survived what was a seemingly unsurvivable ordeal. Just thinking about my beating heart pisses me off.”

“Are you mad that I left you alone?”

“No, I’m not mad. I mean, you were trying to get help. I don’t know the full story, but from what I’ve heard you went through Hell to save me. God, why would I be mad? I was half-dead.”

More than half, thought House.

Outwardly, House chuckled. “Yeah, I went through Hell, says the man who disemboweled a dead body with a rusty license plate to write ‘help’ on a car window.”

“Piece of cake,” Wilson wheezed. But House could see thinking about it still pained Wilson.

Wilson sat up a little, wincing.

“You okay?”

“Yeah, just…stomachache.”

“I can’t imagine why.”

House pressed the UP button on Wilson’s morphine. Twice.

“So, how’d you do it?” said House.

“How’d I do what?” asked Wilson in an obvious attempt to avoid the question.

“How’d you survive for two and a half hours after I left while bleeding into your stomach, in shock, and without like half of your blood volume?”

“I only lost 35 percent. Almost.”

“Yeah, and the Titanic was unsinkable. Almost.” He gave an interested smile. “I have to know, Wilson.”

Wilson took a deep breath, which still hurt, and looked at the grains in acoustic tiles of the ceiling. “I…don’t remember much after I passed out. I mean, I could hear stuff, you calling my name, but I couldn’t open my eyes. I heard you apologize for stuff you didn’t need to apologize for. I heard your footsteps as you left. Then I slept for awhile.” Wilson chuckled darkly. “I’m not sure you could call it sleeping, though. I thought I might’ve already been dead. I couldn’t really think or see or—it was weird, like realizing you’re in a dream but not being able to wake up.”

House nodded briskly. ‘Yeah yeah yeah, we get it. Near death experience, etc.”

“Then I just sort’ve, woke up. I knew I wasn’t better. I knew I still need to get help, but I felt…strong. I knew I could do stuff I’d previously known I couldn’t. That make sense?”

“No.”

“I got worried that something happened to you. That’s when the survivalist in me thought I could use Dave’s blood as a sign. Dunno, maybe I read Hatchet too many times.”

“After that?”

“After that the strength left me. I felt spent, was spent. I could’ve died there and been totally content, but that’s when the helicopter found me.”

“Poor you.”

House thought back to lying in the snow after falling, to what he’d said, what he’d resorted to. He wasn’t as angry with himself as he would’ve guessed. In some ways, he was downright thankful he’d done it.

“You okay?”

Wilson’s voice caught him by surprised. He looked up and nodded. “Yeah. You?”

“Yeah.”

House sat by the bed for a while, and both of them talked sparingly about nothing. Some day, they’d have to deal with this. What it meant to each of them. But they didn’t have to do it today. They didn’t even have to do it together, but something made it seem that way. After an hour, House needed another shot of dilaudid. He turned to make his way out the door.

Wilson called after him, chuckling. “Hey House, next time Cuddy’s wants us to go somewhere…let’s not.”

“Will do.” House smiled, exhibiting a new level of dorkiness. His smile faded when he reached the door. He peeked his head around at Wilson, ignoring the groans from his shoulder. “Hey Wilson?”

He didn’t exactly look at Wilson, but he definitely didn’t look away as he started, “You’re my…” he stopped, something about the finality of the statement not letting him continue. “I’m glad you’re not dead.”

“I know, House. Me too.”

And House rolled out the door.

A few nurses were scattered around at the end of the hall as he scooted himself back towards his room. After a minute they disappeared around the corner and he was by himself again. He stopped in the middle of the hallway, taking in the silence that accompanied nobody being there, and he too admired the cracks in the ceiling tiles.

Wilson had survived not by snow in his mouth or by long-winded apologies but by…

House shook his head thoughtfully, still not convinced that he was going to do what he was going to do:

“Dear God,” he said, “I believe in you.”

He quickly added:

“But I won’t tell if you don’t tell.”



The End


Author's Note:
Well, before I recede back into my realm of obscurity, I gotta say thank you to anyone who read this or took the time to comment. I tend to doubt myself a lot, and your positive comments totally kept me going. Specifically, I would like to thank [personal profile] dreamsofspike, [personal profile] octoberspirit, [personal profile] menolly_au, [profile] [profile] yukinakid, and [personal profile] srsly_yes  for their too-kind words and support throughout this whole shebang. I would especially like to thank diysheep, without whom this story would not be finished, as well as [personal profile] poeia for her support, awesome ideas, and just making me laugh, and [profile] bmax67 for giving me huuuuge boosts in confidence and giving me "writing lessons" via her two fabulous fics. Thank you all, I mean it.



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Date: 2008-10-21 03:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yukinakid.livejournal.com
You are more than welcome! Thank you for sharing!! =) I still owe you a scan of my sketch of Wilson... (I gotta find it in my stack of papers to be filed) But... I LOVED THE END! "I won't tell if you won't" type thing... SO like House. Loved every sentence, every little piece that you described with.

To prove my loyalty, I stayed up an extra 30 minutes after I decided to go to bed. Hah! Beat that, roommate! (She comes in at like 2 in the morning and I wake up at 7...) But it was all worth it. I especially like Cuddy and House and the bet... He'll just keep it in his hand for a while. Until he gets to go to his secret stash (which includes various things of Wilson's, I'm sure. Probably without consent.)

Your writing makes me smile. I think it was this story (among other not so important things) that got me to survive these first few months of freshman year in college. I thank you for that, and for your humor and humbleness and all-out awesomeness. You can consider me a loyal fan of yours! <3

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Wow thank you so much. As you know, I'm a big fan of your work as well. And take your time on that Wilson sketch (which I'm BEYOND excited for) because I get way stressed just in high school, I can't imagine what college is like!

Thanks again, and I'm really glad it was somehow able to make your year a little better!

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Date: 2008-10-22 07:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yukinakid.livejournal.com

Sorry about Wilson's stupid giddy expression. He really looks like an idiot! XD Wilson tying balloon animals for a cancer patient. Drawn in ball point pen during college algebra. =)

For you and you alone! I hope you like him, odd expression and all! (Figures, of all the time I have it's on my birthday that I find the picture and scan it. How ironic.)

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Date: 2008-10-22 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yukinakid.livejournal.com
STUPID THING. This is the picture link, since html isn't supported in comments apparently.


http://img395.imageshack.us/my.php?image=wilsonsketchql0.jpg

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Date: 2008-10-23 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Haha, that's so awesome! I love that he's making balloon animals...what a Wilson thing to do. :) And it's now the background on my phone.

I'm sooooo flattered that you would make that just for me. Seriously, no one's ever done anything "for me and me alone" before, so thank you very very much.

Verb

P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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Date: 2008-10-29 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yukinakid.livejournal.com
Ahh you're so welcome! (For unknown reasons, LJ did not tell me you replied! I apologize!!)

I'm flattered you like it so much! I think everyone should have a present for just them just because at least once every year. It's very important. Thanks for the birthday wishes! 19 =) What an awkward age.

You're amazing, and are deserving of whatever I can do for you and so much more! =) Never forget that.

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Date: 2008-10-21 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srsly-yes.livejournal.com
Well, you're welcome, but it was my pleasure to see one of your chapters posted every few days, knowing that clicking on your link would lead me to a delicious read. This was a lovely story.

Loved the way you ended this. Gave me prickles up the back of my neck. (a visceral response is a good thing) :)

Don't settle back into obscurity for too long, hon. I'm addicted to your story telling ability.

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Haha thanks, and while I can tell myself I'll wait a while before writing something else, knowing me, I'll probably start another story here in a bit. I never really thought of myself as much of a writer, but now I think I'm slightly addicted to it, so it doesn't really matter if I'm good or not, as long as I'm doing it for me I guess.

Thanks again!

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Date: 2008-10-21 04:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] octoberspirit.livejournal.com
Wow. You're very welcome, but really, thank you for sharing this story. It was really and truly amazing. I loved the emotion this chapter, but with the little jokes and jabs throughout, sort of laughing at death because they've managed to defy it. The interaction with Cuddy seemed very in-character, very appropriate to the circumstances. I really loved the ending, too, the conversation with Wilson. It's kind of lighthearted and like their ordinary banter in places, but there's a deeper thread of emotion throughout, and you can just tell how much they mean to each other. What House said as he was leaving, "I'm glad you're not dead," I can just hear the way he would say that, and the deeper sincerity of his meaning. It was awesome. You're awesome.

Thanks again for this story. Your writing is really impressive. No need to be so humble about it, you know. :3 (And now I have to go finish my paper for class tomorrow... So g'night!)

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Holy crow, now I'm blushing. You're really too kind (the jokes throughout are more me being bad at writing angst than anything, so I guess it's an unintentional blessing, lol). But thanks for reading it, and especially thanks for taking the time to drop in your thoughts along the way.

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Date: 2008-10-21 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kurikim.livejournal.com
I love this story. Great ending, very sweet but still wonderfully in character.

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Thanks! I'm really glad you liked it.

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Date: 2008-10-21 05:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diysheep.livejournal.com
Lovely ride - not so much for our characters, but for the readers.

Thanks

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Date: 2008-10-21 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dreamsofspike.livejournal.com
awwwww, love, you are most welcome for the comments :) they are well-deserved!! this story is amazing, from start to finish... i love the ending, so very house :P and i love his and wilson's banter back and forth, and the conversation with cuddy... so in character, all the way through, beautifully done :) *Hugs*

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Thanks, as always, you're too sweet. I saw your new fic at FF.net and I'm on my way to go read it right now :)

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Date: 2008-10-21 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
Now they both have near-death experiences they can share :) Great ending, House stubbornly doing one handed wheelchair pushing is just so him. The scene with Wilson was great - "I'm glad you're not dead" - high praise from House! Enjoyed the whole story very much. Now how about a DVD extra where House & Chase have those wheelchair races?

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
That's the best idea. Ever.

I'm sooooo gonna do it when I get the chance! Thanks so much!

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Date: 2008-10-21 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poeia.livejournal.com
And now I'm late for work, but it was worth it. This is one of my favorites, ever.

I LOVE the ending.


Okay, 2 mistakes and then it will be perfect
money you got from the ATM with the intent on being here for as long as you waited for Wilson or I to wake up.
should be "Wilson or me"

“Cuddy, there’s no time like part time…and by party I mean borderline rape. Get me a wheelchair.”
I believe the party of the first part is missing it's Y.

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Thanks, fixed 'em. Damn grade 11 English! Haha totally kidding, those blips were all me.

I'm really glad you like the ending, sorry you're late for work, lol.

Thanks for everything!

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Date: 2008-10-22 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] poeia.livejournal.com
I don't punch a clock. And I'm always late. I stay late in return. But on Tuesdays I can't stay very late because I have to be home by 8. :-D

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Date: 2008-10-21 02:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bmax67.livejournal.com
My review at ff.net got cut off!

I wanted to say how much I loved the ending. The whole exchange between House and Wilson felt so real, so in character.

"I'm glad you're not dead." hehehe. So House. He's such a big softy. :)

Please don't fade into obscurity. You're too talented and need to share your abilities with us!

Want some plot bunnies? I've got a ton that I just don't have time to attack right now. It's hard enough for me to get an update out on my other stories in less than a month. Ugh.

Awesome job and look forward to more from you in the future!

And my stories fabulous? Nah. But thanks for the kind words.

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
They are too! They're so fabulous that I'd need to invent a new word that offers more praise than fabulous, but is also somehow a synonym...

Anyways, thanks so much, as always.

And I'd LOVE some plot bunnies! I was working anew story through my head the other day and thought 'That make a good first chapter...but...no.' My email's bottom.of.the.mug@comcast.net if you want to send them over, and thanks!

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Date: 2008-10-21 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sodapop0006.livejournal.com
This was amazing, start to finish! By far one of the best survival stories I've read (and yes, I'll totally include published novels in that scope because none of them have characters like Gregory House or James Wilson). You keep to their characters so well and use wonderful dialogue. Very well-done, and I'll look forward to seeing more from you if you continue to write in this fandom.

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Lol, any fic involving House and Wilson can be better than published novels.

Thanks so much for reading, and I really appreciate the commentT

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Date: 2008-10-21 03:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emily-andante.livejournal.com
Just discovered this fic today and read every single chapter (though I had to hunt for 11 and 16 because the links were absent or broken.)

Great story! Well written/executed plot and everyone was in character - especially Wilson. Wilson rolled his eyes. “Yes House, I’m mad that we all survived what was a seemingly unsurvivable ordeal. Just thinking about my beating heart pisses me off.” That right there is quintessential Wilson. You've captured him flawlessly.

Well done. XD

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Date: 2008-10-22 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Sorry about the links...technology's not my friend. I'm really glad you liked it. Wilson's my favorite character to write, and I think it shows, lol. Thanks again!

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Date: 2008-10-21 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-salsa.livejournal.com
Guh! Awesome! I can't believe it's over!
Can we have some more fics like this? And by 'this' I mean just awesome and perfect. Please?
Thanks.

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Date: 2008-10-21 04:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lhoma320.livejournal.com
I can't tell you how much I enjoy this story! The whole piece was such a delight to read. This story went in so many directions that I didn't expect. Such a delight. I hope you decide to write another one soon.

Love how you started it with House coming around and confused. So wonderfully descriptive. Forgot about Cuddy's wrist so I was a little confused at first on what she had behind her back. As soon as the nurse asked her about her wrist, I laughed with delight. Very nicely done. A perfect House response “I KNEW IT!”. :D

The part about the tag on his boxers being the only useful information was so good!

So many great lines "Last time I checked, incoherency wasn’t ‘sexy.’”

“The light fairy.”

The doctor's names were so funny! Loved Dr. Egg's Benedict!

Also, loved it when House upped Wilson's meds twice. Thanks again for writing this! :D

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Date: 2008-10-23 07:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Uh, you're welcome, I guess. Lol, I never really get the "thank for your writing." Thank YOU for reading, because I guess I really only wrote it for myself (argh, I'm selfish!), but to have other people actually read it and comment on it is one of those really cool bonuses, so again thank you.

I'm really glad I was able to offer you at least a few surprises along the way. I had fun writing it, and I hope that it somewhat shows, haha.

Thanks again for your sweet comments!
Verb

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Date: 2008-10-21 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bonomania.livejournal.com
Ooo, perfect ending! The last lines were SO House lol.

I love the way you write, please keep it up :D

x

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Date: 2008-10-23 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Haha thanks, I'll try. Thanks for reading!

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Date: 2008-10-21 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cardenrow.livejournal.com
Wow! This was such a great story! You did a fantastic job keeping everyone in character, especially in this last chapter. It's not often someone writes something that sounds EXACTLY like canon dialog, but this was spot on. And I laughed out loud a least 3 times, which is also rare. I truly hope you keep writing. Your stuff's good... if you don't keep writing and giving us the smorgasbord you've spoiled us with, it would would be like coming across a great restaurant that had the best food you ever ate, only to have it close in its opening week. Feed the masses! LOL! Great job on a great fic! I do hope to see more.
PS-Another thing I liked was the good vibes between House and Wilson that sort of countered all the bad vibes from the strain in their relationship since the end of season 4.

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Date: 2008-10-23 07:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Haha, love the restaurant metaphor...if you hadn't noticed, I have somewhat of a fondness for exotic metaphors. :)

Thanks so much for your comments, you're too nice, and I'm going to continuing writing, when I can get away from English homework that is (I took AP this year only to then realize I'm kinda dumb...oops).

As for the vibes, I had initially planned to kill Wilson, lol, but when I saw promos for season 5 during the summer I figured these two needed some cheery closure.

Thanks so much for reading and for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate!

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Date: 2008-10-22 10:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angelcat2865.livejournal.com
Beautiful ending to a great story. Can't wait to read more of your stories.

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Date: 2008-10-23 05:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strainconductor.livejournal.com
I haven't read a House fic in a while, but I saw yours, and it caught my attention, a very lovely fic, and great characterization <3

I enjoyed each chapter, and each sentence brought the story together, it never felt like there was too much, or too little.

Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 2008-10-24 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mich8283.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing Verb! Your stories are so fantastic, you have an amazing talent for writing all of the characters of House.

Thank you, also, for not killing Wilson; I would have cried and I hate to cry.

I'll be around in the wings waiting for when ever you decide to share another one of these gems with us. They are so wonderful.

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Date: 2008-12-21 07:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starmist1.livejournal.com
Awesome story. Everyone was insanely in character and your fic had me crying at some parts, and laughing at others!

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Date: 2008-12-22 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Thanks so much! Haha, sorry for making you cry, but I'm really glad you liked it. :)

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Date: 2009-06-16 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] papertowner.livejournal.com
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this story
you capture all the house-wilson-car accident angsty-ness perfectly
I really enjoy your style of writing...totally IC and mixing humor in with angst. One thing I was particularly impressed by was how you portrayed the emotional scenes between house and wilson,such as House's apology without having them get too gushy and OOC. I can totally picture all of this happening which i think is particulary important in fanfiction since the characters aren't your own, you sort of have to contend with what people see in canon too.
(oh, and sorry i haven't commented before even though i've been following your stuff for a ridiculously long time..im was just recently able to create an LJ and am now trying to repent for my lurker ways)
sorry. i'll stop rambling now :)

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Date: 2009-06-16 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verbal-kint10.livejournal.com
Oh wow, what a lovely comment. I haven't thought about this story in ages, but I'm very glad you liked it. :)

And welcome to LJ! You can friend me if you like; I'll friend you back.

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Date: 2010-05-02 08:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egalitarianmuse.livejournal.com
Great story. Great characterization. So realistic. I thought there was so much wonderful in here. I loved the relationships and the outcome. Those final lines made all the difference. One thing I loved was that Cuddy and Chase didn't suddenly become bosom buddies because they got stuck being paired together. Even with the reaction of the coeds in the car, you hit the perfect note. The truth is that women are just inherently less threatening than men. House is tall and wiry, and resembles a possibly manic hobo on the best of days. Cuddy, on her worst day, looks like a tired lawyer. Who thinks a lawyer is scary? Everything here just made sense. It was also great, amazing, magnificent, and never hit a false note. :D

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