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10 August 2009 @ 02:21 pm


Author: [info]heledren 
Characters: Cuddy/Wilson friendship 
Rating: G
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary:  [info]cuddy_fest prompt # 267. Cuddy/Wilson. They're both brought together by their love for House.



  Cuddy smiled at Wilson over the paper rim of her coffee cup.  They were both here far too early for a Monday morning, but it was the established habit of three months.  It had begun when Cuddy started coming in early to clear the weekend paperwork, and found Wilson already moving through the lobby.  Curiosity piqued, she had started taking note of his hours.  When one of her doctors left at 11 o’clock at night and was back by 5:30 am, she wanted to know why, and although she was nowhere near as obsessive as House—well, there was the reason right there.


  House, the best friend of James Wilson; House, the current inmate of one of the finest mental health institutes in the country.  Cuddy felt a rush of pity for Wilson and an undeniable sense of fellowship.  With House gone from Princeton-Plainsboro, Cuddy found much of her usual passion for her job diminished.  She usually enjoyed the sense of quiet power; the feeling of being astride a beast that could lash out or collapse at any moment without her firm hands on the reins.  Lately, though, work was a bland dish, unleavened by the usual dash of salt that House threw into the mix.  Without him around, Cuddy was forced to realize just how often she’d hunted and harassed him as a means of avoiding paperwork.  There was no doubt in her mind that Wilson was taking the loss of his friend just as hard; obviously even harder, if he was unable to sleep, and had nowhere else to spend his time than his workplace.


  After the first few Mondays, Cuddy brought two coffees with her and called Wilson into her office.  She handed him one cup and smiled at his bewildered expression.  Rachel sighed softly in her car seat in the corner, blissfully asleep and unaware of the bruised hearts in the room.


  “You’ve been working hard.  You need to relax a little,” Cuddy told Wilson, and his bewilderment faded into a fleeting expression of exhaustion and misery that made Cuddy ache. 


  Wilson drank swiftly to recover his composure, and gestured to the baby with his coffee.


  “I didn’t realize that you bring her in the mornings.”


  “Just until 8,” Cuddy smiled and sighed.  “Her nanny picks her up here and takes her back home.”


  “She’s—beautiful.”  Wilson sounded mildly surprised as he peered from afar.  He looked as though he were afraid to go too near the infant.


  Lisa smiled her agreement and amusement, and Wilson smiled back shyly.


  “Thanks for the coffee.  This was—nice.”  He made his way to the door and hesitated briefly. 


  “Have a good day, Lisa,” he said tentatively, and Cuddy felt a rush of tenderness.


  “You, too, James.”


  They moved on with their morning.  They pretended that the pleasure of hearing their names spoken in friendly tones was just the warmth of the coffee staying with them as they worked.


  The warmth stayed, and the next Monday, Wilson brought the coffee.

The keeper of lonelinesswanderlonely on August 11th, 2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
Awww short but sweet.
heledrenheledren on August 11th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was a little worried they wouldn't accept it due to short length, actually :)
TM_ladyinredvicodinaddict0o on August 11th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
Loved it, very sweet. Mondays are hard ^^
I love Wilson and Cuddy's friendship, both against or with House
(Anonymous) on August 11th, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
Can't say I'm a fan of their friendship *sagainst* House... It always felt too much like a betrayal. But of their friendship in general... I only wish the show gave us more of it!
(Anonymous) on August 11th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
So sweet
heledrenheledren on August 11th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
♦ k a h l i a ♦: stock | lifecuban_sombrero on August 16th, 2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Oh, I think this might have actually been one of my prompts, and it's wonderful - I like how you say so much in so few words, and how you didn't make it into a fully-fledged relationship, just a wonderfully deep friendship.
heledrenheledren on August 16th, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it, especially if it was your prompt! I prefer these two in a good friendship, especially since I think they are almost starved for a relationship that doesn't need all the games.