Face From the Past

Author: Milady Dragon

Disclaimer: I don't own either House or the Tomorrow People…

Author's note: Well, it's been a really fun ride with you. Hopefully you'll keep reading and reviewing this, and I'm going to start posting the sequel in about a week. It has a pretty lurid title, so I don't think you'll be able to miss it! Thanks for everyone's support; I wasn't sure how this story would be accepted since it was such an odd crossover. But you've all been marvelous!

Chapter Twenty-Seven

"I understand I have you to thank for Tim contacting the Sharrion."

Cameron leaned against the doorjamb of John's hospital room, smiling at her friend. He just kept improving; she could really feel him present in her mind now, and while it still wasn't as strong as she remembered, it was getting clearer by the hour.

He smiled at her. "Allison! Then everything turned out all right?"

She entered, shutting the door behind her. "As you well know, John."

"Only through us," Elena replied, from her chair on the opposite side of the bed. "We've been very careful, I promise."

Cameron chuckled. "You know, I did feel your oh-so-subtle hand in our rescue, John, even before Tim told me."

"It just made sense to inform the Sharrion as to where their stolen technology was." He was sounding very smug indeed. "How is your Dr. House?"

Why did everyone call him "her" Dr. House? "He's fine. Still boggling about meeting an actual alien, though. I think he would have followed the Sharrion back to their ship if it meant he could get up close and personal with one."

"First contact is always an interesting time."

"You're not far wrong," Paul piped up. He was leaning in the corner, smiling widely. "Welcome back, Allie."

She smiled back. "House is signing the release papers now, and we should be ready to get out of here in a little while."

"Then Paul and I have things to do back at the Lab." With that, Elena stood. She linked arms with her fellow TP. "See you there. Are you coming too, Allison?"

"Of course I am! I'll see you then."

"See ya!" With a cheery wave, both of them jaunted away.

Leaving Cameron alone with John.

"That was a little abrupt," she observed. She took Elena's place in the chair. "Your oh-so-subtle work again?"

"I did want to talk to you privately, yes."

"You couldn't wait until we were back at the Lab?"

"I hardly think we'll get any privacy there."

He was probably right, of course. They'd be hip-deep in Tomorrow People, plus various visitors from the Trig as well as at least one healer who'd consented to come and assess John's condition. And if it were necessary to move him…well, this was as good a chance as they were going to get.

"Did you know," John began, "that your mother has kept in contact with me over the years?"

Cameron's eyes widened. She hadn't expected to hear that, let alone have the conversation opened in that way. "No, I didn't."

"She did." He shifted a little, the better to look at her. "She would keep me informed of what you were up to. I…knew how you'd internalized your powers to the extent that you'd forgotten you had them."

"She always did like you, you know." Cameron tried to brush it off.

"I…still remember your last words to me."

"Please, John," Cameron blushed, "I wish you'd just forget I even said anything. I was young, and really stupid, and I didn't mean any of it. I hope you can forgive me."

"Of course you did mean it…at the time. But that's all water under the bridge, Allison. There's no need to ask for forgiveness."

She sat in silence, digesting that. Finally, she asked, "So, what else did my mother tell you?"

"She told me about your marriage…and your loss. I am so sorry for that. I wanted to be there for you, but I thought it best…"

"I wish you could have been there, too." Tears prickled hr eyes at his admission. Everything she'd been through in her life might have been so much easier with his support.

"Although," he brightened, "I did actually attend your graduation from medical school. So did Danielle and Terry."

Cameron's chest warmed at the memory of the other two Tomorrow People who'd been in their small group. "And how are they?"

John chuckled. "Well, Danielle's accent hasn't improved, despite all attempts get it under control."

She joined his laugh. "Does she still read the Tarot?"

"Oh, yes. I've tried to get her to stop, but you know how she is…"

"I remember." And she did. Danielle had been like a sister to her. "And Terry?"

"Both he and Danielle have a house in Florida now."

"You mean they're together?" Cameron was practically bouncing up and down in her chair. She'd always rooted for them, they'd been perfect together.

"Their relationship is…rather odd, I must admit. I'm sure you'll see for yourself."

"I plan to."

John's face turned serious. "I was going to come see you after my work at Intellex."

"I know. Tim told me."

"Would my appearance have been welcome?"

She snorted. "It would have been a lot more welcome, instead of how I saw you again! Are you ever going to learn to take back-up with you?"

"Well, I wasn't expecting an explosion to nearly kill me, you know."

"No one ever does, do they? Although being a Tomorrow Person is a dangerous life to lead."

One side of his mouth went up in a self-deprecating smile. "You'd think I'd take that into consideration after all this time."

"I'm afraid if you hadn't learned that lesson by now…"

"I never will." He went serious again. "Allison, I know you have your life now, and I know you want to live it. I just don't want to become strangers again."

"Not going to happen, I promise." She leaned over and touched the fingers that protruded from the cast. "You're stuck with me now."

"You say that like it's a bad thing."

Cameron squeezed those fingers. "Look, I'm not going to become a full-time member of the "Defenders of the Earth" again, John, but I will be there if you absolutely need me. House has already said he'd cover for me."

"Allison, about Dr. House…just what are your feelings for him?"

She wanted to tell him it was none of his business. But she couldn't. "I don't know," she confessed. "House is…House. He's not easy to compartmentalize. He's the best damn doctor I've ever met, I do know that. And despite him being an asshole and a jerk, I want to keep working for him. I want to learn from him."

He was looking at her, as if attempting to read her. She met his gaze squarely, deliberately opening her mind to him despite not wanting to tax the recovery of his powers.

Cameron let John see it all, everything she'd ever felt about Gregory House. She let him discover every emotion she'd ever experienced concerning House, no matter how personal.

It was much simpler than trying to explain.

John eventually broke the contact, rubbing his forehead with his free hand. "I…see why you're so confused."

"Are you all right?" she asked, worried for him.

"Just a bit of headache," he replied, lowering his hand and smiling at her.

"I'm not putting him in danger again, if I can avoid it." And she wasn't. She'd been so afraid for him, knowing that he'd walked into Intellex even knowing what he could have faced. "He might be the smartest Sap I know, but he's still a Sap. This life isn't for him."

"Nor for you, I reckon."

"Nor for me…at least unless it's an emergency. Then, all you have to do is call, and I'll come. I promise that. I'm not running away from being a Tomorrow Person anymore, John, but I won't let it take over again."

"I understand, Allison. You'll always be welcome in the Lab."

"I'd better be, since I plan on being there as often as I can!"

They shared another laugh. This felt right, and natural, and for yet another time Cameron wondered how she could have given up being his friend. Well, it had seemed to make sense, once.

"I suppose I should call Mom, and let her know we're speaking again," she said, sighing.

"Yes, you should. She never gave up on you, you know…on your taking your life back."

"Obviously not, if she kept in contact with you all these years."

"Your mother is a very stubborn woman. I can see where her daughter gets it from."

There was a knock on the door. "Come in," Cameron called.

It was Chase on the other side. "I've brought the discharge papers and there's a rolling bed to take your friend out on, Cameron."

"Thanks." She took the chance to introduce her fellow "duckling" to John. "We'll need some help to get him transferred to the bed."

"Got some orderlies on the way."

"Thanks again, Chase."

"You're welcome." He brought the paperwork over to for her to sign. Cameron did so with a flourish, handing them back. If she hadn't been looking directly at him, she would have missed the look on his face.

It was awe.

And then Chase was gone, leaving the room and closing the door behind him, leaving Cameron confused by what she'd seen.

"What is it?" John asked.

"I'm…not sure." She turned her attention back to her friend. "Looks like we're finally going to get you out of here then."

"I'll be glad to go home. Your hospital is nice, but it's a little too quiet around here for my liking."

Cameron let out another laugh, forgetting Chase's strange look in her enjoyment of the joke.

"By the way, Allison…would you mind explaining something to me?"

"Sure. If I can."

"Just what did you mean by "Defenders of the Earth"?"

Cameron thought if she laughed any more, she'd hurt herself.

The End – for now…