Title: Playing Matchmaker

Author: Ebony-Jayne

Notes: Greg House is notorious for being persistent and as stubborn as hell when he wants something. When he takes in his niece and her baby girl, his team find out that it is a trait that runs in the House family…

Disclaimer: I do not own the characters or the show or the storylines on the show. I do, however, own the characters that I make up so please don't steal them. Any resemblance to anyone or anyplace is a coincidence.

-HOUSE M.D.-

Chapter One: Pippa House

"Ok differential diagnosis?" Dr. Gregory House stood beside the whiteboard, cane in one hand and blue marker in the other.

"Uh, House? Who's that?" Dr. Allison Cameron pointed to a pretty, sandy-haired girl standing in the doorwayholding a baby capsule.

"Damn it Pippa I told you not to come within a mile of my workplace. You'll ruin my image," House was on the verge of whining.

"I know," the girl stood unblinking, swapping the baby capsule from her left hand to her right.

"Well why are you here then?" he asked impatiently.

"We went through this, this morning. Bubs and I are due for a quick check-up," the girl said in utter exasperation.

"Had to come here didn't you?" House said snarkily. He turned to his team. "Children this is Pippa. Pippa these are my minions," House introduced.

"Hi," Pippa rolled her eyes at House. "He's my Uncle," she elaborated.

"Hi. I'm Allison Cameron-," Cameron began.

"Can we get on with this?" House interrupted. "I'd like to find out what's wrong with my patients while they're still alive," he told her.

"Didn't your mother ever tell you not to interrupt people while they're talking," Pippa asked him. "Nice to meet you," she smiled. She shot another smug grin at House, who was sulking as he wrote his own ideas on the whiteboard.

-HOUSE M.D.-

"Coxsackievirus A16 and Staphylococcus Aureus," a triumphant House told Dr Lisa Cuddy.

"Congratulations. Why are you here telling me this when you usually just leave Dr. Cameron to do the paperwork for you and leave it on my desk?" she asked tiredly. If House wanted a verbal sparring match tonight he wasn't going to get one.

"Unfortunately I need to…ask you for something," House seemed to cringe at the very thought of asking her for a favor.

"Ask me for what?" Cuddy asked, intrigued.

"I have a family drama!" House sounded proud of himself.

"I didn't know you had a family. I thought you would have scared them all off by now," Cuddy said sarcastically.

"Look. My niece really needs a job. I wanted to hire her as an office assistant," House said seriously.

"And you're actually asking me?" Cuddy acted overly surprised.

"Look, Pippa really needs this job. I'm doing this right because otherwise she could wind up on the street again and believe it or not she's the onlyliving family memberthat I like," House told her.

"Bring her in so I can talk to her. I'll sort it out for you," Cuddy told him seriously. She thought he must really like this niece to swallow his enormous ego to get hera job.

-HOUSE M.D.-

"Hi I'm Lisa Cuddy. You must be Pippa House," Cuddy said to the young girl sitting in her office.

"Yes I am. This is Sophie," Pippa said gesturing to the sleeping baby in her arms.

"Well Pippa I talked to the necessary people and they have agreed to create this job for you. I think that Doctor Cameron will be thrilled not to have to do all of his jobs as well as her own every morning," Cuddy told her. She was surprised to see the girls face light up.

"Oh my god. Thank you so much for this," She smiled hugely.

"That's not a problem honey. Can I ask how you ended up living with House though?" she asked curiously.

"My dad kicked me out when he found out I was pregnant with Sophie. I lived in a shelter while I was pregnant but they wouldn't let me back once I'd had the baby. So I asked Uncle Greg if I could stay with him while I got on my feet. I have a trust fund my grandparents left me but I can't touch it until I'm twenty-one. He may be an arrogant, stubborn bastard but he does have a heart under all of that," Pippa explained. She noticed Cuddy eyeing her baby. "Want to hold her?" she asked.

"Yeah I do," Cuddy admitted. She held out her arms and Pippa placed the baby in them. "I haven't held one this little for a while," she smiled as little Sophie attempted to stick her entire fist into her mouth.

-HOUSE M.D.-

Greg House watched from a distance as his niece placed her tiny baby into his boss's arms. He watched as they talked animatedly. He'd always had a soft spot for his youngest niece because she was so much like him. People thought he was the definition of a royal bastard but they'd never met his brother Graham. He'd always treated his youngest daughter like scum and he hadn't been surprised when Pippa and Sophie had turned up on his doorstep a few days before. She was as miserable and could be a horrible and misanthropic as he was. He rolled his eyes at his thoughts. 'She's going to be the death of my reputation,' he thought to himself in disgust.

-HOUSE M.D.-

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