A/N: Welcome all to my first House fic! This can be read as either House/Wilson slash or House/Wilson friendship, which ever you prefer. If you have read this before you might notice a little change at the end; the last two paragraphs of the original weren't supposed to be there and have been removed so that it ends at the correct place. My bad! Enjoy and leave a review if you'd like.

Disclaimer: I don't even own my own house, much less the House, M.D.

Give and Take

In any given relationship there are two kinds of people: the Givers and the Takers. Of course each individual has a capacity for both give and take, but as a general rule of thumb in working relationships, one person takes more than they give and the other gives more than they take. A relationship between two Givers or two Takers can only lead to heart-break.

James Wilson is a Giver.

Gregory House is a Taker.

In Wilson's case he gives too much of himself, trying to please others, leaving himself unfulfilled and resentful.

In House's case he takes too much, sucking the other person in the relationship dry, surrounding himself by an impenetrable wall of need and desire that leaves no room for the real person underneath it all.

Wilson's relationships fail because he gives too much; House's because he takes too much.

This cannot change; it is simply their nature.

Yet, despite nature, their relationship works.

Wilson is a Giver. He gives and he gives and he gives and is incapable of saying no.

House is a Taker. He takes and he takes and he takes and he does not understand the concept of "no".

But in their relationship there is a change. Wilson is still the Giver, always the Giver, but he grows a spine. Because one cannot be around Gregory House and be incapable of saying 'no'. Not if he or she wants to retain his or her morals, soul, and sanity.

To House, Wilson can say 'no'. Not often, and House doesn't particularly listen, but he is capable.

House is still the Taker; that is nature. He is too selfish and arrogant a man to ever truly give of himself. Yet, where Wilson is concerned, he can give more than he could to anyone else. Wilson sees and knows the parts of him that no one else knows. Wilson has breeched his walls; he lives within House's sphere of isolation and cynicism.

To Wilson, House can say 'yes'. Not very often, a once in a lifetime kind of thing, but he can.

Some would say that give and take is a game, a balancing act. When one gives and does not receive, when one takes and does not give, there can be no balance.

But in Wilson and House, the extremes of Give and Take, they meet at the center ground.

And they last.