In which House stands on the roof, home is defined, crappy television is watched, an arm is broken, Wilson disbelieves, a special song is written, a gift is given, kissing doesn't make it better, and two are content.

I heard something somewhere about an iPod challenge thing, where you put your iPod (or other MP3 player) on shuffle and you write a short fic for each of the names of the first ten songs that come on. It sounded like fun, so here's my first go.

Note: House does not belong to me. It belongs to Fox and David Shore. When they're offering to sell it, though, I'll be the first in line.


1. "Come Back Down" by Lifehouse

"Oh my God! Dr. Wilson! You've got to come quickly!"

Wilson looked up at the frantic nurse standing in his doorway.

"What's going on?" he asked, halfway standing up. "What's happened?"

"It's- it's Dr. House! He- he's- come on!"

Wilson ran after the nurse as she rushed through the halls of Princeton-Plainsboro, up the stairs and onto the roof. A crowd of hospital personnel was gathered there, facing the far corner of the roof, with Cuddy at the head and the ducklings huddled behind her. Standing on the edge with a desperate expression on his face was House, waving his cane erratically at whoever moved.

Wilson pushed his way to the front as fear washed over him. "House! Get down from there!"

House swung around, swaying on his one good leg. Wilson flinched. House was only a few inches away from falling to his death.

"Leave me alone! I'm fine! I'll do whatever I want!" House yelled, balancing on one leg and waving his cane threateningly. "Maybe I'll come down and maybe I won't!"

"House!" Wilson said again, this time much more quietly. House stilled, staring at his friend intently. "What do you think you're doing?" he asked. "What are you trying to do?"

House continued to stare at Wilson, then said, "Make them go away. Maybe I'll talk to you."

Wilson nodded, then turned and made a shooing motion at the collected staff. Slowly they trickled away, until only Wilson, Cuddy, Foreman, Chase, and Cameron were left.

House glared at the ducklings for a moment, then said, "I don't suppose you guys are planning on leaving any time soon?" When they shook their heads, he sighed.

"House, will you please come down now?" Wilson asked. To his surprise, he could hear a tremor in his voice. House must have heard it, too, because he looked up, startled. The two made eye contact, and something passed between them. House climbed down, falling the last few inches as his bad leg gave out. Wilson caught him as he fell, pulling him into a hug.

"I'm glad you came back down." he said.