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Hiatus Challenge Post 2

A few more entries for the House hiatus challenge.

Title (Episode): Persistence (Paternity, 1x02)
Pairing: House/Wilson
Rating: PG
Word Count: 200

Gregory House was a persistent man.

He'd survived an unhappy childhood. Between the continual moving around the world and the constant disapproval from his father, his formative years hadn't been easy. His mother loved him unconditionally, of course, but she couldn't protect him from life.

He had needed tenacity to complete medical school. It had been a blow to be expelled from Hopkins, but he had stuck with his chosen field and was now regarded as one of the top diagnosticians in the country if not the world.

He searched doggedly for solutions to the puzzles of his patients' illnesses, resolutely pursuing the answer that would save the next life. He believed in himself even when no one else did; he didn't doubt his ability to see a case through to the end.

The physical and emotional pain, past and present, that he endured were overwhelming. He did not handle his pain graciously, but he did persevere through it. In the process, he'd even managed to earn the affection of someone who cared about him no matter what, who tried to understand how much he suffered.

House had once told Cameron that persistence did not equal worthiness. Wilson would disagree.

Title (Episode): Occam's Razor (Occam's Razor, 1x03)
Pairing: House/Wilson
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 300
Occam's Razor

Wilson sat at his desk buried in paperwork. He couldn't keep up with the departmental reports no matter how hard he tried. He'd promised himself to spend this hour before his next patient trying to make a dent in getting caught up.

When House entered his office, Wilson raised his head and sighed. He had a vague notion of continuing to work, ignoring the interruption, but he knew his friend wasn't likely to let that happen. He gave in without protest, tossing down his pen and sitting back in his chair.

"Yes?" He pinched the bridge of his nose in frustration.

"Now that just hurts. You sure don't look very glad to see me." House pouted and perched on the front edge of the desk. Wilson found himself caught slightly off guard by the blatant invasion of his personal space as their knees brushed lightly.

"House, I'm busy. I have reports to finish."

He realized House was staring at him. The next thing he knew, he saw House's face moving closer to his own; in the next moment, their lips met in a warm, rousing kiss. Wilson leaned into it, and he uttered a soft moan as House pulled back slowly.

"Hmmm, not bad." House licked his lips and smiled.

"What the hell, House? What was that about?"

House shrugged. "Maybe I just felt like it."

"Maybe there's something you're trying to tell me."

"Maybe I wanted to distract you from your work."

"Maybe you've been keeping a secret from me."

"Maybe I'm bored."

"Maybe you're in love with me."

"Maybe I'm too stoned to tell."

"Maybe you've heard of Occam's Razor: the simplest explanation is always the best."

"Jimmy, do I look like a man who cares about razors?" House grinned, pulling Wilson close for a longer, deeper kiss.

Title (Episode): A Moment of Gratitude (Maternity, 1x04)
Pairing: none
Rating: PG
Word Count: 150
A Moment of Gratitude

House sat in the semi-darkened room with the baby, willing himself to stay detached and clinical. It had not been an easy decision to let the two infants undergo two different treatments for the same disease; however, he was certain that now he was close to the answer of how to save the rest of the sick newborns.

The parents, of course, were devastated. Nothing that anyone could say would be able to ease their grief; the death of a child was the most heartbreaking loss anyone could suffer. The fact that their tiny son, just two days old, would be responsible for saving the lives of at least five other infants would be small comfort at best.

House spoke quietly into the microphone. "Baby boy Chen-Lupino. Time of death, 6:57 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2004." He stroked the baby's tiny cheek with his finger and softly whispered, "Thank you."

Title (Episode): Silent Night (Damned If You Do, 1x05)
Pairing: none
Rating: G
Word Count: 150
Silent Night

He and Wilson had spent hours talking, sharing hospital gossip, laughing, and eating Chinese take-out. House hadn't asked questions about Julie; Wilson hadn't offered any explanations.

After Wilson left, House sat at his piano thinking about his conversation with Sister Augustine. He couldn't understand why people voluntarily renounced their own logic and experience in favor of faith in an entity that defied logic and with whom no one had any tangible experience. Science was his god; reason was his religion.

He started playing "The Christmas Song," but his heart wasn't in it. He began improvising, his fingers lovingly caressing the keys. Then without realizing, he started playing "Silent Night." He smiled inwardly, giving himself completely over to the notes. The melody held a special place in his heart, a reminder of a very young Greg who still believed in the words of the hymn and in his father's unconditional love.



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Mar. 21st, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
Wow, you were able to fit a lot of meaning into so few words.

PS. I love this line: "Jimmy, do I look like a man who cares about razors?"
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading and your kind comment!

Heh... that line made me laugh when it came to me. :D
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, the 'Maternity' one is gorgeous!
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I appreciate your reading and your lovely comment.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
House had once told Cameron that persistence did not equal worthiness. Wilson would disagree.

I love that. :)
Liked these very much.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! That line just felt very "Wilson" to me. :)

Glad you enjoyed.
Mar. 22nd, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
These were lovely. "A Moment of Gratitude" stopped me in my tracks. I've always wondered what House was thinking when he did the autopsy, if it bothered him to take apart something so small... House's small gesture has a lot of impact, but it's not overdone. "Occam's Razor" made me giggle. "Persistence" made me squee over Wilsons' dedication to House but also made me see House differently (probably the highest praise I can think of for a fanwork). Great work.
Mar. 23rd, 2007 10:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, you are so kind! I'm very flattered at your praise, and I'm really glad you liked the fics! :)

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
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