Disclaimer: I do not own House, or anything House-related. Congrats to Hugh Laurie for winning Best Actor- he certainly deserved it!

Summary: Cameron has to fight for an old friend, as well as battling her inner demons, when a day in the clinic gives her an unexpected shock.

AN: I know that this subject, domestic violence, is a very serious one (as well as being a very serious problem). I believe that topics of this nature should appear in fiction, as they are, sadly, a part of everyday life. Unfortunately, I feel that stories containing such topics (rape in particular) are not dealt sensitively enough.

I hope that I will deal with this theme with the necessary care and consideration, and that my characters will be believable. However, if anyone feels that the subject has been dealt with lightly, or that the plot/characters are unbelievable, I would ask them to let me know.

Thank you.

And please let me know what you think of the story, and if I should continue posting it.

Enjoy!


Allison Cameron made her way to the clinic.

House had asked her to do his clinic hours again. Well, not to much asked as ordered.

It was just as well, she thought, as she signed in and picked up her first chart. Ever since the fiasco of their 'date' she had felt a little uncomfortable around him. He hadn't mentioned it again, and neither had she, but his words still stung. It was upsetting to realise that he thought she was some sort of serial carer; feeding off the pain and suffering of others. Still, she was glad that she could escape to the clinic every now and again, to lick her wounds in peace.

She glanced at the chart. 'Karen Benton-Tyler.' The name seemed to strike a chord with her, but for the moment she didn't recognise it.

Allison looked around the waiting room: "Karen Benton-Tyler?"

A young brunette in dark glasses stood up and walked towards her.

"I thought it was you, Allison." she said with a weak smile.

"Karen!" Cameron exclaimed, "I haven't seen you in ages! How have you been keeping?" then she seemed to remember that this woman was her patient, "How about we move into one of the exam rooms? Unless you'd like another doctor that is?" she added, well aware that it could be awkward to be treated by someone you knew.

"No. I think I'd prefer it to be you." she replied.

They entered the room and Dr. Cameron shut the door behind them. When she turned back, she saw that Karen had removed her glasses. And she also saw what they had been hiding.


AN: I know that it was a short chapter- but I hope that you liked the set-up. Please, please, please let me know what you think!