OK……. So this is a sequel to my other fic called Secret. For those of you who aren't up to date with it here is a brief summary of what took place.
House secretly bid on winning a date with Cameron in a fundraiser for the hospital. Their mystery date turned into a relationship. Cameron moved in with House two months later.
Cameron suffered a miscarriage early in their relationship.
House and Cameron have just returned from a vacation in Hawaii.
Wilson and Cameron had a McDreamy moment when she started working at the hospital. They met the night before at a bar and slept together. Although House and Cuddy know about this they don't know it was actually a week and not the one night.
Cuddy and Wilson were married in a romantic setting at a vineyard and have just recently discovered that she is pregnant.
Wilson's brother Marty returned but it was unknown to Wilson until House figured out who his mystery patient was.
It was also revealed a young cancer patient of Wilson's Sean, 8 was actually Marty's son that he didn't know existed.
House and Cameron have a contest with Cuddy and Wilson involving a porcelain pelican called Pablo. Pablo resides in the residence of whoever had sex in the most adventurous place.
If there's anything I have forgotten I will mention it when necessary.
BTW – House has a nick name for Cameron called 'Smurfette' that may pop up from time to time.
This fic picks up two months after House and Cameron returned from their vacation. Cuddy is now three months pregnant.
Chapter 1 – Pablo
It had been a long running tradition between the two couples that dinner would alternate between them once a week. This had recently changed to once a fortnight. Things had been increasingly hectic since House and Cameron have returned. Cameron had delivered her first lecture to rave reviews and published her third article. After having a shortage of patients to diagnose House's case load had gone into over drive. Between her lecture and the continuing late nights at the hospital with their patients House and Cameron had seen little of each other in the last week. Dinner with Wilson and Cuddy tonight was not where he wanted to be spending his Saturday night with Cameron. He parked the car in the driveway and met Cameron on the other side of the car. Cameron began to walk to the front door as she left House reached out and grabbed her wrist pulling her gently back to him. He placed his calloused hand on the back of her neck and pulled her mouth to his gently brushing his lips across her own. "Let's go home" he suggested. Cameron giggled at his suggestion.
"I think it's a little late for that" she declared. "Considering we are in their driveway" she added.
"We'll make a run for it" he said as his hand trailed down her back resuming their kiss.
"We haven't seen them in weeks" she said.
"We see them everyday" he replied as he kissed her neck.
"Not at work" she told him finding it increasingly hard to not just give in and climb back into the car.
"Let's get this over with" he sighed as he took her hand and led her inside. Cameron knocked on the door as House stood next to her sulking. If you were to ask House what he would prefer to be doing tonight there is only one thing's that would make his list. Dinner with friends wasn't even close. Wilson answered the door.
"Hey guys come on in" he said holding the door open for them. House followed Cameron inside where they sat on the couch. Wilson returned to the kitchen to check on their dinner and also bought back a beer each for himself and House and a red wine for Cameron. Cuddy walked into the lounge room from the bedroom to join them.
"Hey Lisa, how are you feeling?" Cameron asked. The bump becoming even more evident with each passing day.
"My guess would be satisfied" House interrupted.
"Greg" Cameron said still never surprised when he said something inappropriate.
"What?" he asked. "She has bed hair" he pointed out. Cuddy brushed her hair down with the palm of her hand to make herself look decent.
"Well she is three months pregnant maybe she was sleeping before we came over" Cameron suggested.
"Then how do you explain the enormous grin on his face" he said pointing to Wilson with his cane. "And hers for that matter?" he asked. Cuddy was used to playing his games she had been since college. When he came to work for her she just developed a new technique. If you can't beat him join him. With this in mind she sauntered up to him leaning on the back of the couch where he sat.
"Just ignore him" Cameron said. Cuddy leaned in over the couch.
"You know we did" she said playfully. "And it was sensational, you know James does this thing" she continued.
"Enough!" House screamed, throwing his hands up in the air.
"What?" Cuddy asked innocently. "If you can't handle it you shouldn't ask" she said. Wilson smirked as his wife bravely shot down House. Cameron grinned at how quickly she took him down.
After dinner the four friends retired to the back porch where the boys enjoyed some scotch. House was actually onto his second now. Add that to the three beers he had and he was a little tipsy. Wilson wasn't far behind him. "By the way" Wilson began. "We want our bird back" he stated.
"Your bedroom doesn't count" House quipped.
"No but the benefit does" Wilson smirked.
"That was three months ago" Cameron said. "Why ask now?"
"Is there a time limit?" Wilson asked. House was sitting their silently, going through things in his mind calculating making sure he was right.
"Because that's when the evil spawn was conceived" House answered. Wilson and Cuddy looked at each other. A deep crimson red washed over Cuddy's face. Cameron looked towards Cuddy.
"Is he right?" Cameron asked with a grin.
"The dates do match" Wilson agreed.
"You were the guest of honor" Cameron directed at Cuddy. "You knew she was being awarded that night" Cameron turned her attention to Wilson.
"Your quiet" Cuddy said to House. He snapped out of his thought and stood reaching for Cameron's hand.
"Come on where leaving" he said to her.
"Did I offend you?" Cuddy asked House.
"We're not leaving till you tell me what's going on" Cameron said following him into the kitchen leaving a confused couple on the porch. House sat Cameron down on the stool near the counter.
"I have spent more time tonight discussing my best friend's sex life than my own" he started. "I and my friend down here" he said pointing to his groin. "Would like to rectify that situation and it would be much more fun if you came home too" he said. Cameron stood and walked to the back door opening it slightly just enough to speak.
"We'll see you guys Monday" she said as she quickly followed House to the car.
Chapter 2 - Corrupted
House was pleased to see Cameron slide into the drivers seat of her car. "Decide to come along after all" he smirked.
"Well I couldn't let you have all the fun" she grinned back.
"What are you waiting for?" he asked as Cameron sat looking at him.
"It was a little rude just leaving like that maybe we should go back" she finally said.
"Great," House sighed. "I knew the real Cameron would come out sooner or later" he mumbled.
"I'm just saying" she began.
"Your saying what your always doing" he screamed at her.
"Excuse me?" she yelled back. House opened the door of the car and climbed out. He reached into his pocket and pulled out his cell phone.
"What the hell was that about?" she yelled at him following him out of the car. House ignored her as he dialed the number on his cell. Cameron snatched the phone from his hand.
"Your always doing that" he said angrily pointing towards Wilson and
Cuddy's house with his cane. Their voices started to echo loudly across the street.
"Doing what?" she yelled growing more angry with him by the minute.
"Your putting other people before me before us" he screamed. Cameron froze.
"How am I doing that?" she asked. Wilson walked towards them to try and calm the situation. Their yelling had caused a couple of the neighbors to come out and see what was going on. Upon reaching House Wilson spoke to him gently.
"Is everything OK?" he asked.
"Peachy" House snapped back.
"What's with all the yelling?" Wilson asked turning to Cameron.
"I honestly have no idea" she replied.
"Do you want to come inside talk about this in a little less public forum" Wilson suggested.
"It's OK were going now" Cameron said looking towards House. "You coming?" she asked him as she turned back to the car. House limped back to the passenger side of the car and climbed in. Cameron opened the door and waited. "Sorry" she said to Wilson. Wilson nodded before heading back inside. She climbed into the car and drove away. Cuddy walked outside and met Wilson at the door as he came back inside.
"What was all that about?" she asked.
"No idea" he replied as he kissed her gently on the cheek and took her back inside.
No one spoke for the entire trip home. Although it was only ten minutes to Cameron it felt like an eternity. She hoped that House had been able to calm down by the time they reached their apartment. She parked the car and House opened the door limping towards their building he didn't wait for her. Cameron slowly got out of the car and walked to the steps of their building. She sat on the steps outside and thought about what he had said to her. House stormed into the bedroom and threw his cane down onto the bed. He sat on the edge of the bed, after a few minutes he realized he hadn't heard the door shut. "Where is she?" he thought to himself. He picked up his cane and limped down the hall and looked out the window, her car was still there, the door to their apartment was still open. He turned back to the open door and looked out of it and saw her sitting on the steps outside. She looked so vulnerable to him sitting there, shoulders slumped forward her head being held up by her soft gentle hand. He watched for a minute as she wiped the tear from her eye. He pushed himself off the door frame and stood behind her he wanted to speak but he didn't know what to say. He sat on the step behind her, maybe she would speak first.
"If your going to yell at me again maybe we should go inside" she said without even looking at him.
"I hate it when I yell at you" he admitted eyes still forward.
"Me too" she said back.
"This is hard" he said.
"Please tell me your not talking about..." she began but he cut her off.
"No,that ship has sailed" he said.
"Our cases our difficult,clinic patients are difficult, why can't this be easy?" she asked.
"Does it make it any less interesting, or rewarding?" House asked.
"No" she replied immediately. "But you were right this is hard" she added.
"Come inside?" House asked reaching for her hand. Cameron ignored his hand but stood anyway heading back inside. House sighed and braced himself as he followed her inside.
"Did you mean what you said earlier?" she asked him as he closed the door behind him.
"I said a lot of things earlier" he replied.
"When you said I was putting other people ahead of us" she reminded him.
"I didn't mean it like that" he said as he moved to his piano stool and sat down.
"Yes you did, you always say what you think" she began. "Do you think I don't love you?" she asked.
"I've never doubted that" he said as he rubbed his now aching thigh. Cameron watched him as he rubbed his leg, she wanted to go to him but couldn't - not yet.
"Do you want to know why I care about our friends" she snapped at him. Her rediscovered anger surprising him.
"I thought we were done with the yelling" he quipped. Cameron walked over to where he sat and stood before him, her arms folded across her chest.
"I don't put other people before us" she said.
"You care about what they think - you try and please everyone all the time" he added.
"I'm not trying to please everyone" she replied.
"Then why did we go to dinner tonight?" he asked.
"Because they invited us and we haven't seen them in a long time" she said.
"We haven't seen each other either" he said. "Before you even say it, I mean really together" he explained.
"I know" she sighed.
"So when you told me we were going to Wilson's for dinner I was a little pissed off" he told her.
"You were jealous?" she asked as she sat in front of him on the piano stool. Her hand took over from his and began to ease the tension in his thigh. "And I thought I was the insecure one" she added.
"Possessive" he replied. "Your mine, no one else gets to have you except me" he said as he cupped her face in his hand.
"I'm sorry" she whispered.
"Me too" he said as he brushed his lips along her jaw the stubble on his face tickling her.
"You have me to yourself now, what do you plan on doing with me?" she asked.
"I'm going to corrupt you" he said with a wicked grin on his face his hands now running down her back as his lips moved to her own taking her in a longing and passionate kiss.
"Let's see if we can put a little wind back in your sails" she replied matching his wicked grin with her own.
Chapter 3 -