They spend the night sleeping alone for the first time in the last weeks.
In the morning House, without rush, takes a shower, gets dressed and gets to the hospital at nine o’clock. First stop, of course, the cafeteria, where Cuddy runs into him.
‘Here you are! Where did you leave your sense of punctuality?’
‘I think I was born without it...’ Says House looking around.
‘I've been looking for you almost an hour, I have something for you.’
‘If it's a wedding ring I'm sorry... I won't renounce my single state.’
She rolls her eyes and gives him a file. ‘I've a case for you.’
House opens the folder and skims it. ‘Hope it’s interesting...’
‘Female around 45, her kidneys and liver are falling and nobody knows why, she looks fine but obviously, she's not. Good luck. And by the way, you know her...’ Before he can say anything Cuddy leaves to her office, then he goes to the patient’s room a bit curious.
‘Hi. Hey Greg! You remember me?’
‘Ehh... not really... can you refresh my mind?’
‘I'm Jane Wyatt, Michigan, at my brother's party... Sounds familiar?’
House remains thinking for some seconds until he situates her face. Actually he situates it very close to his, as it was the last time he saw her.
‘Oh, right I got it!!! God... that was many many years ago... It's a small world!!’
‘Yeah, you see... I'm sick, you're a doctor... How's your life?’
‘Well... it's a life I guess... let's talk about you. I've been told that you have serious problems with your kidneys and liver. How do you feel?’
‘That's it, but doctors don't know what's wrong with me...’
‘Hmmm interesting...’ He reads her file and walks to the door. ‘Well, I'll try to find it out. I'll run some tests...’
‘Hey Greg, nice to see you again.’
‘Hmm yeah...’ He goes to tell his team to run some test and then he goes to Cuddy’s office.
‘How did you know I knew her?’
She speaks slowly. ‘Ehh... I don't know if you remember but I was also in Michigan...’
‘Yeah... but she didn't attend any of our classes...’
‘So?? I'm not like you, I’m good with faces...’
‘There were many many people in Michigan. Can you remember every single face?’
‘No... but I don't know, I remember hers.’
He nods and goes away. Cuddy follows him. ‘Greg... House!’
‘Where are you going? How is she?’
‘I'm going to annoy my team to get her results faster and she's... sick!!’
Lisa stops walking. ‘Okay... See you later.’ She goes to her office and House turns around to see her walking away. After a moment he goes away too.
A couple of hours later, Cuddy goes to House’s office. ‘Hi... Do you already have the results?’
‘Yeah... but this is not very clear... Need to talk to her.’ He stands up and walks to her room. Cuddy follows him but doesn’t come in.
‘Hey there... Need to ask you some things.’
‘Yeah, me too... Are you married?’
‘I mean... medical stuff... Have you ever had any kidneys problems?’
‘Yeah... that's why I'm here. Have you ever had a wife?’ Asks Jane.
‘Hmm... no. Have you being having any medicine withouth your GP's knowledge?’
‘Nope... What's wrong with your leg?’
‘Nothing... wearing a cane makes me look sexier... Any other sickness appart from kidneys and liver?’
‘Appart from that I think I look pretty good, don't you think so?’
‘Well... I've seen people who looked worse than you but, let's get focused on the medical part of this conversation right?’
‘Okay, what do you wanna know?’
House sighs. ‘When did these problems begin?’
‘I've always had liver and kidneys problems, but they weren't serious. A few moths ago I started to feel really really sick, until now.’
‘Were you medicated for these problems?’
‘No. Do you remember the party?’
‘My brother's party...’
‘Not really... why, did you have any serious problem with your kidneys or liver?’
‘No, I just was asking.’
‘Oh... alright... well, I think it's enough by now... I'll go to talk to my team.’ House stands up.
‘Okay, see you.’ She winks at him.
‘Y-yeah... see you...’
When he goes out Cuddy is still there, waiting. ‘How is she?’
‘She's... a bit obsessed with me, I would say...’
‘Really? Hmm you want me to refer the case to another doctor? Or I can talk to her... or whatever.’
House looks at her and lift an eyebrow. ‘Would you talk to her?’
‘It’s not the dream of my life... but I will if you want me to...’
‘Her case is interesting... so, would you?’
‘But you’ll come with me.’
He nods. ‘It’s quite fair. Ladies go first.’
‘You owe me one.’ She smiles and opens the door.
‘Hi again, Greg.’ Says Jane. Then she sees Cuddy. ‘Who is she?’
‘Hi, I'm Doctor Lisa Cuddy. How do you feel?’
‘Oh, she? She's just the hospital manager...’
‘Lisa Cuddy... Hmmm...’ Mutters Jane.
‘Yes, that's my name.’ Cuddy frowns at him. He looks at them both and smiles. ‘How do you feel?’
‘Do I know you? Your name sounds familiar to me.’
‘Oh God, this is becoming interesting... I should've brought popcorns!!’ He sits down on a chair and rests his chin on his cane.
‘I was in Michigan... Ah! and I'm also his girlfriend. Can we go on, now? How do you feel?’
‘Yo-your girlfriend?’ She looks at House and then at her. ‘YOU are his girlfriend?’
‘You got it... And I'm also your doctor right now, so you mind answering our questions?’
House talks to the patient in a low voice. ‘She's kind of agressive, so you'd better do what she says...’
Cuddy smiles widely at him and jokes. ‘Thanks love...’ She looks at the patient again. ‘Well okay, how do you feel? Did you eat or drink something that could have caused your problems?’
‘I'm sick, that's why I'm here. I used to drink... a bit’
‘I think that bit you're referring to is not a little bit, right?’ Asks House.
‘With “a bit” you mean...?’
‘A bit... too much.’
House stands up. ‘Good... and didn't you think, at least for a moment, that it would've been... "nice" to have told me that tiny detail? Specially 'cause there's nothing about it in you medical file...’
‘You didn't ask me about it.’
‘God...’ House rubbs his forehead with his hand. ‘You're supposed to tell me that kind of things... Do I have to ask you if you ever had drugs? Worked as a hooker?...’
‘It's not the kind of things that I usually tell to the whole world.’ Complains Jane.
Cuddy rolls her eyes and says to House in a low voice. ‘How could you have made out with her?’ She gets out of the room.
‘Excuse me, I know you're busy in you happy little world but... I'm a doctor!!!’ House gets out to follow her.
‘Hey! How did you know I had sex with her?’
Cuddy keeps walking. ‘That doesn't matter. Go to cure your little Einstein.’
‘That doesn't matter?? Come off it!! For a moment I thought you were gonna pee on me and roar, tiger!!’
‘Oh come on! Don't be silly...’
‘You know her just because I made it out with her?’
She sighs and turns to him. ‘Yeah, I know her because I was in that party.’
He smiles roguishly. ‘Oh God, and you've kept that memory all these years hahahaha...’
‘No. This morning, when I read her file I realized who she was. And I remembered her ‘cause she was in that party and you were flirting with her, so I though that you would have ended up in her bed. Thanks for confirming it.’
House smiles at her. ‘You manipulative witch... Where did you leave your cristal ball?’
She smiles back at him. ‘Now go to tell to your team that Alcoholics Anonymous has one anonymous less.’
Cuddy leaves to her office and House gets into the room again.
‘Did you ever do something to control your alcohol adiction?’
‘I tried to stop driking for one week, but it didn't work.’
‘I'm almost a hundred per cent sure you tried to stop it by having any drug.’
‘I started smoking.’
‘Nice...’ He gets out of the room without saying anything else and he tells his team to treat her with dialysis and medicines for her liver and kidneys.
Cuddy goes again to his office. ‘I'm going home. Is your annoying patient getting better?’
‘About to be... I'll see her again in two days... well, I see her kidneys and liver to be more accurate.’
‘Okay... You wanna come to have dinner?’
‘If you're gonna use a wildly - murdered animal in my meal yes...’
She chuckles. ‘We can go first to a shop which sells wildly - murdered animals for you to eat if you want.’
‘Nice plan...’ He turns off his computer and stands up.
‘Are you going on your motorbike?’
‘Yeah, yeah. I’ll see you at your place, in a bit.’
Cuddy nods and leaves the office to go to her car. House stares at her while she goes.
Minutes later, after buying non-vegetarian food for Greg, they get to Lisa’s home, cook dinner and start eating. ‘It wasn’t so bad our first day at work together...’
‘Yeah, I guess... We’re still alive.’ Nods House while eating.
‘You didn't chose your girls for their intelligence, right?’
‘I don’t do it now either.’ Jokes House. ‘Actually I used to chose them for their breasts...’
They keep eating. ‘I didn’t know her just because she made out with you... When you left the university, after I dated David she started dating him.’
‘Oh... I see... she brings you some old memories, right?’
‘We splitted up and their relationship became closer. I didn’t like him anymore, so I didn’t care very much...’
When they finish eating and do the washing up, House stands still in front of her. ‘Well, it’s late. I think I should go home’
‘Okay. So... see you tomorrow at...Hmm what time will I see you sleeping in your office? Nine?’
He chuckles. ‘Approximatelly... it depends on so many things...’
‘Like how tired you are? If you’re gonna sleep any way, I could pick you up at eight.’
‘That... would be okay actually.’
She blinks. ‘Seriously? You... going on time... to work?’
‘Yeah. I’ll see you tomorrow then.’ He winks, kisses her softly and leaves.
To be continued...
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