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Mar. 17th, 2008 @ 05:32 pm Sleeping Man: Inside 14/?

Author: Maineac
Characters: House, Wilson, Cuddy, Chase, with a dash of Foreman and a pinch of Cameron
Rating/Pairing: Gen; a mild R for language. H/W strong friendship (slash only if you wear goggles)
Summary: The fallout from House's recent misadventure. Follows
Sleeping Man: Outside
Timeline: Set in the early fall of Season 3, around Cane and Able, Lines in the Sand
Chapter One is  here: Part 1  For the next chapter, click on "next entry" arrow above.
What the Critics Are Saying About SM:I: 

"...A story that must be read and re-read, time and again.This reviewer read Sleeping Man straight through from beginning to end, and then went back and re-read the beginning, because he had forgotten it all." --Editor, Journal of the American Society of Amnesiacs

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“Try again, Dr. House. Do you recognize this one?”

 

Cameron picked up another photograph from the pile of hospital personnel headshots. House stared at it for a long moment before shaking his head, his expression equal parts concentration and confusion. Just as she put it back in the pile he spoke.

 

“Wait,” he said. “I’m thinking--I don’t know why--the word ‘Jack off’ comes to mind. Dr. Jack Off.  Is that possible?”

 

Foreman, Cameron and Chase exchanged wondering glances. Cameron approached even closer and sat in what had been Wilson’s seat.

 

“That’s very close, Dr. House,” she said gently, her brow furrowed with hope. “It’s actually Jacoby, Dr. Jacoby. He’s head of Nephrology here.”

Sounds like jack off,” Chase added encouragingly.

 

House lay back against the pillows doing his utmost not to react. His team was arranged in a semi-circle around his bed, and they all seemed strangely…tentative. Among other things, he’d noticed that they had all reverted to calling him “Dr. House,” as if he were the stranger here. As if he might be made of glass. House looked at their concerned faces, at Wilson fast asleep on the other side of the room, and told himself he really should put an end to this. That sentiment lasted exactly a fraction of a second, because, honestly, you’d have to be a complete idiot not to ride this one for all it was worth.

 

“Keep going, Dr. House,” said Foreman. “Who knows what might trigger a memory, any memory? That is, if you feel up to it.”  Cameron passed him another headshot, her fingers slowly brushing his as he took it from her. House just glanced at the photo (Marco the pharmacist) and then tossed it down with a tired sigh. He raised his eyes to Cameron’s supplicatingly and spoke so softly she was forced to lean in to hear him.

 

“You know”…(he paused to sigh pathetically a bit)… “I’ve heard that the most evocative of the five senses is the sense of… touch. Of touch, Dr….”

 

“Cameron,” she said eagerly, trying not to look hurt that he’d forgotten her name again. “Yes?”

 

“Dr. Cameron, do you think it might be…therapeutic…if you were to… kiss me? Might it not …awaken some memories?” He raised his eyebrows and made big eyes at her. Then, before she could respond he lowered his eyelids and lifted his chin a smidge. He peeked through his lids just enough to see Cameron making a face at Chase, who shrugged and made a what-the-hell face.

 

And Cameron did it. She actually bent over and kissed him full on the lips. This time it was a prim, medicinal little kiss, though. There was no tongue action at all, and House stifled the urge to open up wide and see what she would do. Instead, when she pulled back, he put a shaky hand to his brow and frowned thoughtfully.

 

“Yes,” he said. “Wait… Yes…. Doctor… Cameron…. Allison. Suddenly it’s all--” At that moment Dr. Cuddy walked into the room. In one swift glance she took in Dr. Wilson snoring away in happy land and the three fellows poised in some dramatic moment around House’s bed. “Ah, Dr…..Dr. Cuddy, isn’t it?” House was speaking in a barely audible rasp. “Come closer, Dr. Cuddy.”

 

Baffled, she did as she was told, leaning in and straining to hear him, her breasts presenting a delightful scenario. “Dr….Cuddy, you know, I’ve heard that the most… evocative of the five senses is the sense of touch. Do you think it would be therapeutic if you were to let me…” and he raised his hand and traced his thumb lightly along the curve of her right breast. She startled backward, but he appeared not to notice. “Yes, yes,” he said as if in a trance. “It’s all coming back to me now.” He squeezed his eyes shut and  placed his fingertips dramatically around his temples. “Lisa Cuddy… Dean of Medicine…owner of the world’s finest… ass.” He groped blindly with his right hand and Cuddy, coming to her senses with a gasp of fury, swatted his hand away just as he went in for the kill.

 

“House!” she hissed at him, getting right down in his grinning face, “if you weren’t suffering from concussion I’d slap you silly.” She stood up and addressed her next remark to his team members. “When did this happen? Why didn’t anybody tell me?”

 

Cameron had her hand to her mouth in disbelief, whether over House’s miraculous recovery, or at the fact that she’d been tricked into kissing him, was not clear. Chase was chuckling in open pleasure, whether at the idea that Cameron had been conned at her own game, or at the familiar sight of his bosses going at it, was equally unclear. Only Foreman was even trying to maintain some semblance of professional dignity.

 

He scrambled up next to the bed, elbowing Cameron aside. “House. You know where you are? You remember who you are?”

 

House gave him his wolfish grin. “I have it on good authority,” he began, and this time his gaze took in the whole group, and Wilson, too, “that I am Gregory House, one part genius, and one part saint. Saver of lives, breaker of rules, lover of humanity, and—“

 

“You know,” Cuddy broke in, “I might just slap you silly anyway, concussion or no concussion. I think I preferred you when you didn’t know up from down.”

 

And then everyone started talking at once. Foreman tried to ask House more diagnostic questions—all in vain as no one was listening. At a certain point Cuddy kicked them all out, saying it was really time to let House rest and for them to go home, go home for the first time in days. They complied, though House did his best to get Cameron to come back one more time and try to “wake up Sleeping Beauty here”—gesturing to Wilson with his thumb-- with one of her “magic kisses.”  All he got for his trouble was a glare and a too-firm closing of the door on her way out. She didn’t slam it. Cameron would never slam a door. But she managed to convey, in the closing of the door, exactly how ticked off she was, and exactly how pleased she was at the very same time.


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At last it was just him and Cuddy…

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From:xantemortemx
Date:March 17th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
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aw LOL! xD need more of this!!
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From:lostwiginity
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
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At last it was just him and Cuddy…
And Wilsie, right? He's still in the room, or did I miss something?
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From:maineac
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
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That's what the ellipses are for...
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From:lostwiginity
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:35 pm (UTC)
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Ellipsis, you mean. Okay, my bad...

P.S.: I know Cameron is embarassed about the kiss and Cuddy is furious about the fondling, but I like the idea of Chase blushing because House made him say "jack off". =)
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From:phinnia
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:14 pm (UTC)
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*delighted laugh* YES. That's the crazy bastard we all know and love. <3
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From:chaoskir
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
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Yeah I love that fic. And I'm so happy for Wilson because he will get back his best friend in completly mentally health. Btw. what is with the leg and the pain and the damage to the leg while he was without his brain?
Poor guy. I do know exactly how it feels, I mean living without a completly brain. ;-) I've got just one own braincell and a borrowed one And the loan is the best thing I ever have.
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From:codysgirlkyla
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
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And wilson!
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From:bukabe16
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
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LOL xD cool they didn't realize that he had his memories back already... dr jack off xD that's just so HOUSE
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From:zeppomarx
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
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As much as I hated waiting for it, this was worth it. And I notice that it's 14/?, which means more more more more is coming soon! Can hardly wait. Of course, I have no choice but to wait, but I'm antsy all the same.
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From:squareorange
Date:March 17th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
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THAT is the House we love. <3 Perfect!

I can't wait for Wilson to wake up and see that House is okay. :D
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From:poeia
Date:March 17th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
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“Lisa Cuddy… Dean of Medicine…owner of the world’s finest… ass.”
HA!

Loved it. And loved the fact that it's still not quite done.
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From:alemyrddin
Date:March 18th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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Saver of lives, breaker of rules, lover of humanity, and—“
“You know,” Cuddy broke in, “I might just slap you silly anyway, concussion or no concussion. I think I preferred you when you didn’t know up from down.”

LOL. This was great, so funny. And I love that Wilson is finally getting some much deserved rest.
:)
From:perspi
Date:March 18th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
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*applauds*
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From:niicelaady
Date:March 18th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
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Love this! So much fun after all the angst. That's our House, giving a whole new meaning to the term "physical therapy." If he needs more of that, sign me up!

Great chapter -- but they all are.
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From:chowrie
Date:March 18th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
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Heelarious! House got a kiss and a grope! Good for him. Everybody still treats him as if he has no recollection of anything. House can use this to his advantage. I bet he WILL use it! Ah... if only his powers were used for good instead of evil.
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From:angelcat2865
Date:March 18th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
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Love This -Good to see House back to his old self again
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From:cadeira
Date:March 18th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
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That was too funny...oh boy, he´s such a bastard.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 18th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this was an amazing chapter. So perfect House. I'm so happy to see House back to himself, and you write him so well. Will be happy to see how the rest plays out, but not to see it end!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 18th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
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Poor Wilson sleeping through his favorite House, snot!House. This guy just can't win.
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From:blackmare
Date:March 21st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
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Oh, this is wonderful. House would totally do this, milking the situation for all it was worth.

:-)

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From:lhoma320
Date:March 30th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I didn't know what was more angsty the last chapter 13 or your saying you were ending the story. I can't tell you how happy I was to see Chapter 14/?. That was my first sigh of relieve. LOL I keep re-reading all your chapters. They are so good. This one was so hysterical. I actually fell for it myself when House thought the doctor's name was Jack Off. You caught me so off guard. So funny. The scenes with Cameron and Cuddy had me howling. After all Wilson went through to be there for house I'm dying that Wilson is sleeping through the whole thing! :))

My two favorite lines were "I think I preferred you when you didn’t know up from down.” And, "...Cameron to come back one more time and try to “wake up Sleeping Beauty here”—..." Too cute! LOL

I'm so glad you decided to continue. I love you! :))