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Jan. 17th, 2008 @ 08:01 pm Sleeping Man: Inside 1/?
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Author: Maineac
Characters: House, Wilson, Cuddy, with some appearances by the rest of the Scooby Gang.
Rating: Gen; a mild R for language; H/W strong friendship (slash if you wear slash goggles)
Summary: The fallout from House's recent misadventure. Sequel to Sleeping Man: Outside.
Timeline: Set in the early fall of last year, around the events of Cane and Able, Informed Consent, Lines in the Sand.

ATTENTION NEW READERS. You need to read Part One  (Sleeping Man: Outside http://maineac.livejournal.com/8929.html#cutid1). Otherwise "Inside" won't make any sense.
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Wilson stood, his back against the wall beside the swinging doors of the ER, where he had been unceremoniously escorted—no, escorted was too kind a word: shoved—and watched as the ER team worked on House.

To say that he had been shocked by the sight of House’s body as they cut the clothes off him would also be too mild a word: the infected knee, inflamed and oozing pus was bad enough, but House had lost an impossible amount of weight in the ten days he’d been gone. House had always been lean, but now his hip bones, collar bones, and ribs were starkly visible beneath the pale flesh. His eyes were deeply sunk in his face, and the rest of his features, the little that was visible beneath the heavy beard, were gaunt and grey and—not to put too fine a point on it—filthy. As was the rest of him. He was almost unrecognizable as the man Wilson had seen just ten days ago. How could he have gotten into this state in such a short period of time? What had happened to him?
 
The ER staff was too professional to show any reaction to the sight of House’s naked body, though he caught several of them—including Chase—stealing glances at the ugly, ragged scar on House’s thigh. But Wilson was unable to find the same detachment, to tamp down the feelings roiling around inside of himself.
 
At the moment, the most critical problem was House’s blood pressure, which was tanking. It was no exaggeration to say that if they didn’t get it under control, before it reached the point of no return, House was not going to make it out of the ER. After a frantic and breathless fifteen minutes, during which time it took all of Wilson’s self-control not to yell at people, the ER team finally managed to get it stabilized.
 
The urgent beeping of the monitors gradually receded, and Wilson became aware of Cuddy’s voice, eerily nearby. He opened his eyes to see her inches away from him. He hadn’t even realized that at one point he’d had to close his eyes to stop watching the scene in the ER.
 
“Wilson?” she repeated. “He’s stable. They’ll be taking him up to radiology for chest x-rays.” Behind her he could see them readying the gurney, while the ER doc handed over the chart to Chase, who immediately began ordering a series of tests.
 
“What’s Chase doing with his chart? I should be his—“
 
“Last time I checked, Chase was a board-certified intensivist. And you were an oncologist. Let’s see: Oncologist? Or intensivist? What does House need right now? I’ll tell you what he needs: a friend. So go tag along. But stay out of Dr. Chase’s way. And Wilson?
 
“What?”
 
“Breathe.”
 
“What?” He was distracted by the sight of the gurney coming at them. Cuddy put a hand on his arm.
 
“Breathe out. Breathe in. You remember how it’s done?”
 
Wilson let out a long breath. He felt Cuddy’s arm still on his, and her worried gaze, and realized he was feeling a little light-headed. Probably he had actually been holding his breath. He braced himself against the wall and watched the gurney .
 
 “He’s going to be okay,” said Cuddy.
 
“You don’t know that.” Pushing himself off the wall, Wilson caught the side rail of the gurney as it went out the door. He would hold on until they reached radiology. He wasn’t letting House out of his sight yet. Or ever, probably.
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From:lhoma320
Date:January 18th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
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Oh I'm so happy to see you are back! I read the first series right before Christmas. I loved the first series so much I printed it down, put it in a notebook and read the whole thing in one sitting. This first chapter was a great start. So suspenseful. I'm definitely going to re-read the first series this weekend so I'll be eager and ready for the next part. :)) Thanks for sharing!
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From:phinnia
Date:January 18th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
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OMG, you're BACK! *squealing and jumping and general YAYness* Marvelous, just marvelous. <3 <3
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From:deelaundry
Date:January 18th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, oh. So excited to see this series again. I'll do my best to be patient!
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From:blackmare
Date:January 18th, 2008 04:03 am (UTC)
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Whoohooo!

I had been hoping to see more of this story soon.

*grins*

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From:shutterbug_12
Date:January 18th, 2008 04:22 am (UTC)
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OMG I'M SO EXCITED TO SEE THIS! Seriously.

The way House is described reminds me of Tom Hanks in Cast Away. Weird.

And it's neat how Wilson responds with "You don't know that" since that was how House responded to that kind of reassurance when he was being rolled to the ER after he was shot.
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From:angelcat2865
Date:January 18th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
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Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! You're back! Great Start. Love the last line "He wasn’t letting House out of his sight yet. Or ever, probably." I have a feeling that statement is going to be a very true one for Wilson.
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From:nomad1328
Date:January 18th, 2008 07:44 am (UTC)
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sweet! Glad to see you're back!
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From:alemyrddin
Date:January 18th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
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yay! I'm so happy to see this! Can't wait to see where it goes (and yeah, I know you said that you'll post slowly, this time, but I'm excited anyway).

I love how Cuddy told Wilson to breathe.

ps: is all the "bold" formatting on purpose? Because it's a bit uncomfortable to read, I think.
:)
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From:maineac
Date:January 18th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Fixed it, thanks. Now if I could only figure out how to get rid of the ugly Helvetica font. I hate Rich Text.
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From:bmax67
Date:January 18th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
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OMG! I was so happy to see this on my flist this morning. I've been anxiously waiting for the sequel.
Poor Wilson. I like Cuddy's character. I could hear her saying those words to Wilson as he worried over his friend.
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From:vicki_bmore
Date:January 18th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
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I am such a fan of this story. Im so glad its back. I can't wait for more.
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From:joeybug
Date:January 18th, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
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This is back? After the past few days of HELL I have endured I'm glad to this back...now post more before I cry.
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From:lostwiginity
Date:January 18th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
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This is still great, I'm happy you're back and well remembered, too. Do you intend on posting chapters dayly again? :3
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From:bahahumbug
Date:January 18th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)
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WOOHOOO! Glad to see your back!
From:pffff5
Date:January 18th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Welcome back !
Too happy to see this story again to complain about the not-so-frequent updates. We'll wait, eagerly, impatiently, but faithfully.
Thank you.
From:bburkes
Date:January 18th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
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YEAH!!!! You're back! I've been checking a couple times a day to see if you posted an update. Enjoyed the chapter and feel sorry for Wilson, does he even remember seeing him at the train station or has he even realized that was him yet? Please do continue and please, pretty please, update soon.