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HOUSE M.D. FIC: Evasive Action (1/1)

TITLE: Evasive Action
AUTHOR: Flywoman
FANDOM: House M.D.
RATING: PG
PAIRING: House/Cameron UST
SUMMARY: Wilson thinks he understands why Cameron had to leave. Ficlet set post-6X7, “Teamwork.”
AUTHOR'S NOTE: Inspired in a very general way by Visitation Rights by fated_addiction.

 

He feels the warmth of her lips lingering on his cheek long after she has left, striding purposefully away from him as his throat constricts around the words that might have kept her here.

***

In a bar that night, the third Scotch in thirty minutes burning in his belly the only excuse for his incredulous self-pity.

“Cameron left me.” The moment the words leave his mouth, he curses himself for a moron. What had possessed him to say such a thing? Cameron left Chase. Cameron left Princeton. There’s no reason for him to take it personally. Cameron is always leaving. It has nothing to do with him.

Wilson raises an eyebrow, but instead of questioning House’s choice of words, he asks only, “Did she say why?”

He shakes his head in disbelief. “She said that I had poisoned Chase.”

Wilson laughs softly, derisively, into his drink. “If you did, it happened long before she chose to marry him. Think again.”

Now House looks at him hard. Wilson knows more than he’s telling, and for once, House has no clue what that might be. “What is this, twenty questions? Spill.”

“Have you ever wondered why they got back together right after resigning from your team?”

“Cameron resigned. Chase was fired.”

“Fine. Cameron resigned because Chase was fired. And you’re missing the point here.”

House frowns and waits for Wilson to get on with it.

“Do you really think it’s a coincidence that their marriage failed after Cameron came back to work for you?”

“Enlighten me,” House says. “After all, if there’s one thing you know well, it’s marital failure.”

Wilson doesn’t even wince, although he might have, once. “Yeah. So take it from an expert. She isn’t leaving Chase. She’s leaving you.”

“She wanted both of them to leave me. ‘m a bad influence.”

Wilson stares off into the middle distance for a minute, looking indecisive. “Did I ever tell you that Cameron almost cheated on her dying husband?”

“No. And also, huh?”

“Yeah. We were talking, and I’d told her some things… anyway, she fell for his best friend, but she never actually betrayed him. She told me that she couldn’t have lived with herself if she had.” He doesn’t add that he’d told her, you’d be surprised at what you can live with.

“So, what, he died in the nick of time?”

“Maybe.” Wilson gives him a significant look before draining his glass and then gets up to go to the restroom, leaving House to connect the dots himself.

***

It takes a little time, but with Lucas’ help, House tracks her down. One night when Wilson is working late and he is home alone, he dials her unlisted number and waits for her to pick up.

“Cameron,” he says, and suddenly the speech he’s prepared seems stupid, so he falls silent.

“House,” she answers, recognition roughening her voice. She doesn’t seem surprised to hear from him.

He decides to cut to the chase. “Wilson thinks that you left because you were… because you never really stopped being in love with me.”

There is a pause. Then, “Wilson thinks a lot of things,” she says lightly.

She’s probably too young to remember when hanging up on someone resulted in a satisfying click as the receiver came to rest in its cradle. Nowadays there is just empty air, and eventually you realize that the voice on the other end is never coming back.

 

Comments

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jezziejay
Oct. 17th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
This is lovely - I don't know how you write these pieces so quickly, and as always, I love how you take a canon story and weave all sorts of possibilities into it. Also, I love any line that teases Wilson about his failed marriages. Hee :)
And your last line is just perfect.

About that conversation between Wilson and Cameron - I remember Wilson saying that his marriage had failed because he met someone who was, well I can't remember the particular adjectives, but fun, amazing, and so on. I like to think that someone was House. But then, I wear plus-size slash glasses!
flywoman
Oct. 17th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much :). For these short pieces, getting the initial idea is the rate-limiting step.

Actually, Wilson tells Cameron that he fell for someone who made him feel funny and good about himself. Interestingly, this "someone" is not linked to a gender-specific pronoun ;).
black_cigarette
Oct. 18th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
Very, very nice, and I think you got it absolutely right about Cameron. I think she loved Chase, and loved House too, and that she knew she couldn't handle being caught between them, so she fled.
flywoman
Oct. 18th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Thought this might be a response to my latest comments on Aftershocks and was pleasantly surprised to find feedback on this fic :). I'm very glad to hear that you liked my interpretation. I do believe that Cameron meant well in her own flawed way. Let's just say that she reminds me of someone I know... sigh. (No, not myself, at least not in this context!)
black_cigarette
Oct. 18th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
The Ciggie journal has the Housefic comm on its friends list, so when I'm logged in over here I drop by (if I don't forget). That's why you so often see me show up in this guise.

Cameron, poor, confused Cameron. There's a very good heart in there, and if she could get past the fear, she and Chase would be so right for each other. I could've smacked her upside the head when she said she was "unfixable," though. Girlfriend apparently never heard of counseling? Therapy? I mean, come on, Cam, do something about it.
flywoman
Oct. 18th, 2010 04:16 am (UTC)
Yes, I figured that it was something like that. Anyway, it's obvious that it's you as soon as I start reading the messages :).

I agree with you; they complement each other very well. Hopefully she will eventually get past the realization (so long in coming) that she's really screwed up and actually start working on getting better.
waylandsmithy
Oct. 18th, 2010 08:44 am (UTC)
Highly believable. Thanks for this !
flywoman
Oct. 18th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you thought so! Thanks very much for reading & commenting!
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flywoman
Oct. 24th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! Not exactly sure why these characters keep insisting that I let them call Cameron, but as long as it leads to these devastating last lines, I can't complain.
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