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Consult, Chapter 6/?

March 23rd, 2011 (12:08 am)

Title: Consult
Author: NiiceLaady
Pairing: House/Cameron
Summary: In the indeterminate future, after Huddy has run its course, House seeks to recapture the past.
Rating: PG (so far). Not ruling out more adult content in later chapters.
Spoilers: None.
Disclaimer: I'm not Fox. I'm not David Shore. I'm not Harry and I don't own any bad hats. This is a labor of love and I'm laboring for free.

"House! We did it!" Cameron calls as she bursts into her living room. "The outsourcing proposal's been shot down! Isn't that ... . What in the world ...?"

She's not sure what she expected to find when she arrived home -- House sprawled in front of the TV, perhaps, or napping on the couch. But the TV is off, smooth jazz is pouring out of the stereo, and House is not there. But she can see a faint light, and smell delectable scents, coming from the kitchen.

"House?" she says again. "Where are you?"

"Right here," he says, stepping out of the shadows toward her. He's holding two glasses of wine and hands her one. "Madeira, my dear? Actually it's pinot noir, but I'm too lazy to come up with a rhyme for that."

She accepts the wine, takes a sip and looks him up and down. He's wearing a blue apron, and under it, a clean, pressed shirt and a tie.

"You're making dinner," she says incredulously. "And you dressed for dinner."

He shrugs. "I got bored."

"That explains the cooking part, but not the dressing part," she says. "I should go freshen up, and ... ." She looks around, realizing something is missing. "Where's Bella?"

"The dustball with legs?" She's the appetizer."


He chuckles. "I shut her in the bedroom." He ducks into the kitchen and returns with a hand behind his back ... "Because she kept trying to eat ... this." He brings the hand forward with a flourish, and Cameron's eyes light up when she sees what's in it. A corsage of white roses, like the one he'd given her on that long-ago date.

Even in the dim light, he can see the color creeping into her cheeks as she blinks back tears. "House ... I don't know what to say. It's beautiful."

"Like I said, I got bored."

"Right. All straight guys cure their boredom by shopping for flowers," she says. "Is dinner almost ready?" He nods. "OK, I'll go put this on and be right back."

When she returns, she's still wearing the black pencil skirt she'd worn to the budget meeting, but she's exchanged the businesslike blouse and jacket for a silky, sleeveless red top. The corsage is pinned just below her right shoulder.

House smiles, remembering another night when he'd been struck by the look of her in red. His reverie is interrupted by the long-haired gray kitten jumping into his lap and commencing to purr.

Cameron smiles. "Bella likes you," she says. "And she's apparently forgiven you for confining her to quarters."

"I still say I should have made her into an appetizer," he mutters, but he's finding it hard to resist the little animal's charms. "Oh, God, please tell me she isn't named after that girl in those hideous vampire movies."

"Will you think less of me if I say yes? Because she is, but I didn't name her. The patient who gave her to me did. She's 14. And allergic."

"You get a pass, then," House says.

"Good. Come on, girl," she says to the cat. "Let's get your dinner, so you'll let us eat ours in peace."

Bella makes short work of her Fancy Feast, bathes herself and curls up for a nap in a corner of the living-room sofa, while House and Cameron savor the chicken Marsala he's made.

Over dinner, she tells him of the circuitous route that brought her here. How she lasted about two months in Chicago, near her family, before "too close for comfort" kicked in and had her looking for a way out. How a friend from her internship days, now working at Albany Med, told her about the opening for a head of emergency medicine at a little hospital in the Adirondacks. How she'd fallen in love with the place, taken the job running the ER and been invited to apply for the chief of staff position after only four months.

He smiles and nods and shares Princeton-Plainsboro gossip but steers clear of going into detail about recent events in his own life. If all goes well, the time for that will come.

When their plates are empty, she clears the table, refills their wineglasses and sits on his lap. "Dessert?"

"I ... uh, didn't make any," he stammers.

"I know," she says, running her fingers through his hair. "I figured we could whip some up together."

"I don't know ... if that's a good idea," he says.

"Why not?"

"I-I'm not the kind of guy who puts out on the first date."

"You're the kind of guy who'll put out without a date," she counters. "Besides, this is our second.

"No man treats a woman to a meal like that without at least hoping he'll get some. What's going on, House? Is it your leg?"

"Yes ... I mean no ... I mean ... "

"You mean it's not the pain ... it's that you don't want me to see it. House, you know that doesn't -"

"It-it's not my leg," he confesses.

She understands. "Not your leg -- your feet. They're cold. Will you tell me why?"

House nods. "Up," he orders. She rises from his lap. He picks up his cane and walks into the living room, where he sits down on the overstuffed sofa and motions for her to join him.

"We need to talk. About Cuddy."

Chapter 7


Posted by: fanohugh (fanohugh)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 05:05 am (UTC)

Oh noes! I hope this discussion doesn't turn out badly!

Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)

I can't respond to that without giving something away! But thanks for reading.

Posted by: ally_cam (ally_cam)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:11 am (UTC)
euphoria eye sex moment

Oh God, anything that involves Cuddy can't be good :(

Posted by: athousandsmiles (athousandsmiles)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
sexy stubbled doctor

I just snorted at this comment. So true.

Good chapter, niicelaady. I love romantic House. I was kind of hoping he was wearing nothing under that apron though. ;)

Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)

He wears the apron and nothing else for Wilson's exes, not Chase's! Thanks for reading. More soon.

Posted by: sharp2799 (sharp2799)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 12:21 pm (UTC)
House/Cameron eating

Hmm...he was softening her up for the serious stuff?

Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)

I plead the Fifth, even though this is the sixth chapter. Thanks for reading!

Posted by: valekitarrist (valekitarrist)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)

Very interesting...I like this story a lot!
Hope to read more soon!! =)

Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)

Thanks. There will be more.

Posted by: hilandmum (hilandmum)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)

I love romantic!House, but of course he had an objective and it wasn't 'dessert' with Cameron.


Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)

The Fifth again. Thanks for reading!

Posted by: i-like-blue-boxes (lyly_hameron)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)

nooo Cuddy!! NOO!!!
*loving this!!*

Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)

See above! And thanks.

Posted by: gerriv (gerriv)
Posted at: March 24th, 2011 12:36 am (UTC)

This story just keeps getting better and better! Can't wait for more!

Posted by: niicelaady (niicelaady)
Posted at: March 24th, 2011 03:19 am (UTC)

More is on the way! Thanks for reading.

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