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Apr. 10th, 2008 @ 06:52 am Sleeping Man: Inside 19/19
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:
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Previous chapter is here: 18


Epilogue

They were almost there, almost home free, when Cuddy spotted them. 

Somehow she saw through their disguises and nailed them at the lobby door. House was up to Number 29 on his list, but he interrupted himself to give her a smile and to flick the bangs out of his eyes.

“Ah, Dr. Cuddy. I imagine you, too, have come to beg forgiveness for something. But it won’t come easily. That would cheapen it. There will be conditions. Number one—“

 

“My eyebrow pencil,” snapped Cuddy, not listening to House as he continued his recitation. “I need it back.” She held out her hand.

 

Wilson dug the item in question out of his pocket and waggled his eyebrows at her. He had drawn two pencil-thin lines above each brow and it was all Cuddy could do to keep a straight face, looking at him. “You really got into this disguise, didn’t you?”

 

“No point doing something half-way,” said Wilson, deadpan. “And now, we must be off.” He started the chair forward, and House looked back over his shoulder.

 

“…Number five,” he continued, but Cuddy broke in again.

 

“I don’t want to see either of you back in this hospital until you’ve grown some hair. Lots of it.”   Cuddy then performed the Cuddy Pirouette, pivoting away pertly, her gaze lingering, and headed back to her office. Wilson looked thoughtfully down at the top of House’s blonde head.

 

“That could take a long time,” he said. “Six weeks at least.”

 

“So…what do you say,” answered House. “Road trip?”

 

Wilson nodded and pushed the automatic door opener button. “I hear Boston’s nice this time of year."

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The Sequel "Sleeping Man: Settling the Score" .
 
Alternate "Guest" endings for Sleeping Man:Inside can be found by hitting the green "next entry" arrow at the top of the page. There is a "slashy ending" by Dee Laundry, a "mildly slashy" ending by Ciny Lou Who8, and a Gen ending by Zeppomarx.

Lastly:  I've made a Word file of the whole Sleeping Man epic oeuvre (yikes! 59,000-plus words). If anyone wants it, they can leave a comment with an email, or PM me.

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From:lostwiginity
Date:April 10th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
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Hah, roadtrip. =)
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From:romeo46
Date:April 10th, 2008 11:27 am (UTC)
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AHH, It's all over

and can I get a copy of that whole story :)

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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC)
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Sure, just let me know your email address. Or PM me.
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From:marion517
Date:April 10th, 2008 11:53 am (UTC)
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Wonderful, wonderful. Hee hee, roadtrip. And like it's a disguise if House keeps running his mouth like he always does. And eyebrows. Very Cute.
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From:bernie_laraemie
Date:April 10th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
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This is the end? I...don't know what to do with myself anymore.

Joking aside, though. Brava! This story is one of the best in the fandom, and I congratulate you.
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:21 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:chowrie
Date:April 10th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
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That was a marvelous ride. A road trip?!? Can't they just stay indoors for a long, long, long while?

I hope to see another fic from you soon. You are a terrific writer. You kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire duration of this fic.
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Chowrie. Glad you enjoyed the ride, even if the seat edge was not the most comfortable way to go.
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From:alemyrddin
Date:April 10th, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
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heee eyebrows!
and Cuddy Pirouette, lol.

Wonderful! :)
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From:phinnia
Date:April 10th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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YES.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was marvelous and wonderful and made of win. *throws flowers*
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
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* catches bouquet* You're entirely welcome, Phinnia. Thanks for your myriad comments and encouragements.
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
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You're welcome, Misanthropicobs. It's going to rain all day Saturday so I can think of worse things to do than to read House fic all day. And thanks for all the HHOW recs.
From:perspi
Date:April 10th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
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OH, BRAVO!!!

I loved this story. I loved the way you kept us on tenterhooks so skillfully--how you made everything a little hopeful and then BOOM! Stole the rug out from under us again. I loved how you wrote the friendship among Cuddy, House, and Wilson.

YAY, YOU!!!

Take your bows, m'dear--you deserve them, after this lovely work.
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
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Thanks, Perspi. For both the kind words and all prior comments, which kept me going.
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From:chaoskir
Date:April 10th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
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Two wonderful stories written by a genious are ending right here *sigh* That let me be back a bit sad because you was so in the characters and it was so great to read those both stories. Thank you so much. I bow for you.

You are a wonderful author.
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC)
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And I bow back at you. Loved all your comments along the way.
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From:bmax67
Date:April 10th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Yay!

Thank you for the wonderful distraction during this long, segmented season. I loved this story from the first chapter and enjoyed the trip.

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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
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You're welcome, bmax. Now, when are you submitting your Write Your Own Ending? Hmmmmmmm?
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From:angelcat2865
Date:April 11th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
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Once again I can't express how much I loved this story!!!

*I already have it saved to my hard drive, along with your other fics, so I can read it anytime. You really are a fantastic writer.*

So is there any hope for a story about a certain road trip any time soon?
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From:maineac
Date:April 11th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
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I know it seems like I left the door open for a Sleeping Man: On the Road sequel, but if I ever do start writing it, I give you permission to come to my house and shoot me.
From:pffff5
Date:April 11th, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
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I loved the number thing :-)))
And yes, please, I'd like to have a copy of the word file. I'll send you a PM to give you my mail.
Wheelbarrows of thanks again for this pure nugget.
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From:magegirl8
Date:April 11th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
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I would like to do a write my own ending - ive been away, caught up inRL, whih is why i didnt say so before...
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From:maineac
Date:April 12th, 2008 02:49 am (UTC)
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I look forward to it!
From:dropthetowel
Date:April 12th, 2008 11:23 am (UTC)
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I'm still trying to do drabbles. I would love to participate in the Write Your Own Ending but don't have the chops yet. House needs to find the people that helped him. I wish I could write that story but I can't. I'd call it Sleeping Man Inside Out. Yes I'm the idiot that asked you if you were going to do Sleeping Man Inside Out.
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From:maineac
Date:April 12th, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
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The only way to learn the chops is by attempting it. I completely agree that House needs to go back and find Fergus and Estelle. So, I await Inside Out eagerly. :)))))