- Chapter 30 –

"Promises, Promises"

"What are you doing?"

"Not much of anything, why?"

"Just wondered. Feel like going somewhere for supper, or are you still too sore?"

"I've felt better …"

"House?"

"Ah … Jimmy … you worry too much. I'm fine!"

"Where have I heard that before?"

"Right here, I guess. Same time, same channel."

"Would you like me to order in a pizza? Or are you hungry for Chinese?"

"Pizza. With everything! And a six pack."

"Okay."

"I've really gotta take a shower. I'm stiff … think I just need to get under the hot water awhile."

"Okay. Is there anything I can do to help? Your leg has been kind of bitchy lately, hasn't it?"

"Yeah, it has, but no … I'll be fine. I just need to get the-hell out of this damn chair. Lend me an arm, will you? Thanks. Ow! Shit! No. It's all right now."

"If you need anything, yell! I love you."

"I will. Ditto!"

"Would you like a massage tonight?"

"Oh God! I'll shine your shoes for a month!"

"That'll be the day. Get going!"

"'Kay. Later."

"Later."

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ONE WEEK LATER:

"Good evening, Dr. House. Are you about ready to head home?"

"Why so formal, Wilson? I need to put some stuff away and get offline. Stuff those folders in my back-pack, willya?"

"Sure. I'm not being formal. I'm being … original."

"There's a difference?"

"I used to think so. Here … hand me that! You know you can't carry the damned thing with crutches."

"Here."

"Okay. That it?"

"Yeah. Think so. Let's go. We goin' to McCarthy's … or over to Applebee's?"

"I had thought maybe Applebee's for a change."

"Okay. Help me up?"

"Here you go."

"Okay. Ow! God Damn!"

"The pain worse?"

"Is the Pope Catholic?"

"I dunno. Don't know many Popes."

"Smartass."

Massage tonight?"

"Thought you'd never ask."

"House?"

"Huh?"

"The night of the concert?"

"What concert? Oh … that concert …Yeah?"

"What did you whisper in the damn horse's ear?"

"What the hell brought that up?"

"Nothin' really … I was thinking about Sonny and Rema and Amiga and Rez … and I just always wondered. What'd you say?"

"I just told 'im … 'See ya next year, old man!'"

"That's it?'

"Yeah. And I told him to go find himself a hooker … Why?"

"Oh … how profound! I thought it might have had to do with 'Injun Magic'!"

"It did! It had everything to do with 'Injun Magic'! Wilson, get your shit together and let's go!"

"Okay …"

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ONE MONTH LATER:

"Wilson?"

"Yes?"

"Come here!"

"I'm right here. What?"

"Look at this!"

"House?"

"Did you see that?"

"Yeah … Oh My God! Can you do it again?"

"I don't know. Unhh … fuck! Ow! Yeah. Oh Jesus!"

"What happened? Can you do it again?"

"I'm trying. There! Ouch! Shit! Maybe your massages are working …"

"Let me get under and raise your leg …"

"Okay … careful!"

"Ever known me to be anything but?"

"Sorry."

"Okay, got you. Try to do it again."

"Ow!"

"It moved. I felt it. Your knee just bent … on its own!"

"It pulls like hell! Hurts … ahhh!"

"House?"

"Ummmm … what?"

"It's starting to flex … after all this time!"

"Been a freakin' year!"

"Yeah, I know. God, Gregg! This is fantastic!"

"Don't get all mushy on me! You just called me by my first name! Think maybe I'll be able to use the cane again?"

"Maybe if you're careful … don't rush it."

"No shit?"

"No shit!"

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ONE MONTH LATER:

"Hey House …"

"Hey Wilson …"

"Did you go see Norm Lyons today?"

"Yup!"

"What did he say?"

"The same thing you said a month ago … 'Be Careful!!!'"

"But he thinks you can do it?"

"He's not sure, but he says it won't hurt me to try. I'm not supposed to rush it. Duh …"

"Gregg, don't be a smartass!"

"There goes that first-name crap again! You're getting pretty familiar. Me?"

"Yeah, you!"

"Would never occur to me."

"Roll over and let me work on your leg."

"Okay. Ow! Easy!"

"Sorry …"

"Don't think I'll tell Cuddy … or the kids."

"Why?"

"Haw haw haw … gonna keep it a secret!"

"Why, for heavens sake?"

"Well, I think after I get back on the cane, we can surprise Cuddy together."

"Huh? How?"

"Well … how about if we ride into her office on horseback … both of us!"

"Huh?"

"Naked!"

"You're such an idiot!"

"I know. But it's fun."

"Yeah, I know. I love you, Gregg."

"Back at'cha … Jimmy! Let's go to bed."

"Coming …"

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The last sound in the room was the click of the light.

But then the sheets rustled a little …

THE END

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