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Summary: Someone rings House's doorbell the evening after 8.03. Spoilers for the ep.
Word count: 460.
Rating: gen.


"Show me the warrant or I won't let you in. I know my rights."

"House. It's me." Both Wilson and the shopping bags were drenched with rain. Many, large shopping bags.

"What's that? Your fridge broke down?"

"Remy called and told me why you eat all your meals at the hospital. Should have thought of it myself."

Wilson hung his raincoat and started putting away the groceries. Methodically, of course: first he emptied the bag with the freezer stuff, then the two bags that filled the fridge.

As he started pulling out pantry items from a fourth bag, House stopped him, forcing back a pound of high-quality Italian spaghetti.

"I don't need your charity: bring the nonperishable stuff to your own place. I am allowed to go to the Safeways at the corner, or I could phone for takeout. It's my choice to eat at the cafeteria."

"Yes, because it's so easy to shop with a damaged leg and no car. With the pittance you're paid even takeout would be expensive. Anyway, you can view this as a repayment."

"What for? Killing your patient? Didn't like her after all?"

Wilson stood up slowly, rubbed the back of his neck. Stared at the floor for a while.

"For saving me and PPTH from doing something very wrong. We have protocols for open-ended kidney donations, and I ignored them."

"You might have been right, and my patient could have been mentally sound."

"In which case Nephrology would have found another person who needed a new kidney to live. There's no lack of those, unfortunately." 

Wilson sighed. "It's like last week: you helped me when my supposed caring clouded my understanding. I pay my debts, or at least I try to."

He stood in front of House, his feet slightly apart, his hands on his hips, and he suddenly looked like the Wilson of ten, fifteen years ago: he had changed haircut and lost some weight while House was in jail. He had also aged a lot, though: he was gray at the temples and there were plenty of new lines on his face. House wondered how many of those lines he was personally responsible for. 

"Can I put away the groceries now? And send over my cleaning lady tomorrow?"

House nodded, slowly. "If you stay for dinner, and promise to make me laugh."

Wilson smiled. A small, tentative, tired smile. "I can drink a beer or two with you and stay the night, too. Your couch must have missed me. Here, stick the lo mein in the microwave while I finish unpacking."

While he set the table for two House stole a look at Wilson, who efficiently making order and throwing away expired stuff.

He found himself smiling, and didn't quite know why.

Date: 2011-10-22 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocolate-frapp.livejournal.com
this should have been in the show!

Date: 2011-10-23 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
That's my kind of fanfic. The there I fixed it for you kind. It could have been, and I'm slightly pissed it wasn't.

Date: 2011-10-22 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hibernia1.livejournal.com
LOVE THIS. Thanks for sharing!

Date: 2011-10-23 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Thanks for commenting!

Date: 2011-10-22 05:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] selkie3.livejournal.com
I like House stealing looks at Wilson :).

Date: 2011-10-23 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
He would. I was imagining HL acting this as I wrote it and it was hotter than any porn.
Thank you!

Date: 2011-10-22 05:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cuddyclothes.livejournal.com
This was so sweet...thank you!

Date: 2011-10-23 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Thank you for the kind comment!

Date: 2011-10-22 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] barefootpuddles.livejournal.com
he was gray at the temples and there were plenty of new lines on his face. House wondered how many of those lines he was personally responsible for.

I like this line in particular. It is the kind of thing I believe House would think, though never say out loud to anyone.

Nice little "missing scene". :)

Date: 2011-10-23 01:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
It's the stuff HL would be able to make us understand, just by the way he looks at RSL. Thank you!

Date: 2011-10-22 05:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coconut-ice22.livejournal.com
Oh House *sniff* oh Wilson! *hugs him* House needs Wilson more than House knows.

House nodded, slowly. "If you stay for dinner, and promise to make me laugh." All he really needs from Wilson.

I wonder how much the sandwich House bought Wilson cost him.

I really liked this line too: "For saving me and PPTH from doing something very wrong. We have protocols for open-ended kidney donations, and I ignored them."

Date: 2011-10-23 01:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I really think what was Wilson was doing was way beyond the pail of morality and on the border of criminal. If you steal a million dollar from a rich man it's nothing, but a kidney is half of his kidneys. I do hope volunteer donors do get screened better than that in RL.
Thank you!

Date: 2011-10-22 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] justjuly4.livejournal.com
So good, some kind of warm and very best-friends-we-are scene.

Date: 2011-10-23 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Thank you. I think we need a lot of H/W friendship to warm our hearts after S 7.

Date: 2011-10-22 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srsly-yes.livejournal.com
I pay my debts, or at least I try to."
--Interesting. Wilson has a little bit of Park in him, or vice versa. ;-)

I like how methodic and efficient Wilson is with the groceries. Very IC.

He had also aged a lot, though: he was gray at the temples and there were plenty of new lines on his face. House wondered how many of those lines he was personally responsible for.
--Very astute of House.

I see a lot of people commenting about Wilson's gray hair. I'm wondering, is it the amount? His temples showed gray for many years. I noticed only one scene where there was more than usual, the rest of the time it seemed same old, same-old-gray. ;-)

Date: 2011-10-23 01:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
I might be noticing his hair more because it has a prettier haircut, LOL.

As for paying his debts, it doesn't just echo the episode theme but it refers to Wilson going to thank House in the MRI room in 8.02 despite being still pissed at him.

And I amsure Wilson owns thermic grocery bags for freezer and fridge items.

thank you! Your good opinion is worth much.
Edited Date: 2011-10-23 01:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-22 07:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luridlurker.livejournal.com
so. House has his housewife back. And he is like Park: suspicious and too proud to let people do nice things for him.
And I seem to know the middle part somehow. ;-)

Date: 2011-10-23 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Wilson likes being a housewife, House needs one. Win-win, I'd call it. And House is very much like Park, despite being physically so different. That's why they get along so well.
:)

Date: 2011-10-22 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
"For saving me and PPTH from doing something very wrong. We have protocols for open-ended kidney donations, and I ignored them."

Yes, I thought that it was very odd Foreman agreeing to have another patient of the hospital just donate a kidney like that, If there was even the slightest hint of suspicion that he was affected by some unknown mental condition - which there was. And I think Wilson realised that in the end, when he didn't get mad at House for doping his patient (assuming he knew).

Nice echo of the theme of that episode here (that Wilson pays his debts). Lovely moment between them.

He found himself smiling, and didn't quite know why.

Yes, it's a real mystery why he should be smiling at Wilson :)

Date: 2011-10-23 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Foreman would have been in much deeper trouble than Wilson if they had gone through with the transplant and then POTW would have been cured. I'm sure his wife would have sued PPTH's ass off.

OT I am sometimes worried by the lack of rules in the show. I was appalled by the way Cuddy got Rachel, more like she had been an abandoned kitten than a child.

Thank you for the kind comment! Why would House smile at Wilson... ;).

Date: 2011-10-23 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] menolly-au.livejournal.com
Foreman would have been in much deeper trouble than Wilson if they had gone through with the transplant and then POTW would have been cured. I'm sure his wife would have sued PPTH's ass off.

Yes, it's the thing that really struck me from that episode - I started a story about it but it's stalled halfway at the moment. The million dollars could have been given back - the kidney not so much. House saved their asses there.

Date: 2011-10-24 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
Do write that story! Please!
And yes, House saved their asses. Great point that you can give back the money (that's why House would have spent it immediately).
Plus a million dollars isn't even that much money. I mean, I don't have it, but for a rich person? And to fund a department, even a small one like House's, it's so little. He should have asked for ten millions. In fact, if POTW has any sense of morality left, he should send lots of money to House, who saved his money and his internal organs.

Date: 2011-10-23 04:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] remydoodle.livejournal.com
He found himself smiling, and didn't quite know why.

Because him and wilson were going to get their groove on later!!!

Date: 2011-10-24 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
You should write that!!! Or anything else on this topic. Great explanation :).

Date: 2011-10-23 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leakey-lover.livejournal.com
*foodpr0n* mmmmmmm

Date: 2011-10-24 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
eye sex mmmmmmmhhhh that icon's HOT!

Date: 2011-10-25 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leakey-lover.livejournal.com
And I can't get enough of House and Wilson and food. It's this huge unspoken thing between them...OK, I'll stop there.

Date: 2011-10-25 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] damigella-314.livejournal.com
better, or I'll end up drooling all over your icons.

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