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A/N – ok, so…I know to some of you this doesn't really make sense…the whole 'House-and-Cuddy-never-gave-up-their-kid-so-they-should-easily-have-her-back-legally' thing…but, this is fanfiction…I have an idea, no matter how unrealistic you all may think it is, it is what I am using in this fic – bear with me :P haha. Enjoy! Oh, and…sorry for the crappy way I ended this chap – insane writer's block over here…any ideas? PLEASE leave them in a review, much appreciated :)
Disclaimer – I do not own House M.D. It all belongs to David Shore and Fox.
The elevator doors opened relatively quickly, but in House and Cuddy's eyes, it didn't open soon enough. As soon as there was enough space, Cuddy walked briskly into the hallway, while House tried to keep up with her pace. She paused for a second, and he almost ran into her. He took a couple of steps back, and made his way to her right hand side.
Ahead in the distance, they saw their targets. A group of men in uniform were walking towards the foursome, and Cuddy wondered if Wilson had maybe called security, because as far as she knew, neither her or House did. Lena was holding Kelsey's good arm tightly, and the girl was trying unsuccessfully to rid her arm of the tight grasp.
Wilson's ringtone emitted from House's pocket. Groaning, he pulled it out and answered the call.
"Where did you go?" Wilson asked as he paced outside the elevators. There was no point in going from floor to floor when he could just call and ask where they disappeared to.
"Away from you – stay in her room, and if a nurse comes in, tell them Kelsey is coming in a few minutes."
"How are you so sure?" Wilson was starting to bug House – why did he have so many stupid questions?
"Because I'm telepathic; or because I am standing a few feet away from her. Either way, I have to go," House mumbled sarcastically as he hung up and put the phone into his pocket once again.
"Kelsey!" Cuddy called towards the crowd. The little girl stopped wiggling, turned her head and when she saw Cuddy, a huge grin grew on her face. Lena pulled her closer.
"Let go of me you meanie!" Kelsey cried as she kicked Lena in the shin.
Cuddy rushed over to Lena who was trying to hold the young girl still.
"You let go of her this instant!" Cuddy practically screamed, causing everyone who wasn't already looking at the scene to look. Nurses and doctors walked out into the hallway to see what the commotion was about, and patients joined them, causing a group of spectators to form.
"Ma'am, I am sorry, but we have reason to believe that you have abused your child, and she is scheduled to go into surgery soon, so I need you to come with me," One of the security officers said as he came closer to Lena and helped her let go of Kelsey.
As soon as the tight grasp was off her shoulder, Kelsey ran to Cuddy.
"You really do want me, don't you!" she exclaimed as Cuddy bent down to her height and opened her arms.
"Of course!" Cuddy answered as she tried not to cry. She hugged her little girl as tightly as she could without causing damage. Her baby was finally back in her arms, and there was no way she would let Kelsey out of her sight ever again.
House cleared his throat, and Cuddy opened her eyes and looked at him. She looked around to find practically everyone looking at her as the security guards started leading Mike, Lena, and the lawyer towards the front doors. Standing up, she dusted off her skirt and grabbed hold of Kelsey's good hand.
"Come on, you have a surgery to prep for," Cuddy said quietly to her daughter.
"But I'm scared…" Kelsey mumbled. Sure, her arm hurt like she could not believe, but that didn't mean that the idea of surgery didn't scare the crap out of her.
"Don't worry sweetie, your dad and I will be here for you." Cuddy smiled as she started leading Kelsey back towards the elevators.
"You mean it?" the girl asked as a huge grin grew on her tear stained cheeks.
"Of course," Cuddy reassured, as House joined on Kelsey's other side and pushed the 'up' button.
"So what are you guys gonna do?" the young girl asked as they all walked in and stood into the empty elevator.
"Play videogames," House answered matter-of-factly as he stared at the numbers above the elevator door increase as they ascended to their floor.
"No, I mean…what are you guys gonna do with me…" Kelsey asked quietly.
The elevator doors opened and they emerged into the hallway.
"What do you want us to do with you," House said as he limped determinedly towards her room.
"It doesn't matter what I want, I want to know what you guys were thinking. I mean, come on – you don't live together, so what would you do…a joint custody thing? Or are you going to fight over me?" Kelsey asked desperately as she chased after House.
"Look, I just need to talk to…your mom about it, ok?" It felt weird for him to use the term 'mom' in front of Cuddy, but if he didn't refer to Cuddy as Kelsey's mom, their daughter might get the impression that they didn't want to be her parents.
"Fine, you can do that while you play video games," She said bitterly as she picked up her pace and walked into her private room where Wilson was waiting.
House rolled his eyes as Cuddy caught up with him.
"What was that about?" She asked as she cocked an eyebrow.
"How am I supposed to know, you are the female – I thought all you females could 'understand' one another," House stated as he went into the room.
"Dr. House! And…Dr. Cuddy!?" the nurse exclaimed. She had begun checking Kelsey's vitals when the pair walked in. The nurse looked down at the young girl's medical bracelet as realization hit her.
"Is she…" the nurse asked hesitantly. There were rumours about House and Cuddy having a past, and possibly a kid, but they weren't anything more than just that; a rumour. No one had found evidence of truth in the rumour, yet everyone was convinced it is true. From nurses finding a reason to go into Cuddy's office to see if there were any pictures of little kids or teens, or even House himself; possibly one with him around twenty years younger. All of the attempts were a failure; there are pictures in her office, but none that would point to a history with her employee. This definitely topped the story between Foreman and Hadley, the nurse thought as the wheels in her head turned quickly, preparing for the long explanation from her boss. She had to memorize every detail to be able to correctly inform her colleagues about the new discovery when she returned to the main floor.
House and Cuddy looked slightly confused at first, but House shook his head as he walked in.
"Nope," He stated as he limped beside his daughter's bed.
"He is lying," Kelsey whispered with a smirk.
"Don't listen to the kid, I have the medical degree here," House replied arrogantly.
"House, we all have medical degrees," Wilson informed with a sigh.
"Except for her," he replied as he pointed at Cuddy, who just sighed and pushed his pointed hand down.
"You have the wrong female; the nine-year-old doesn't have a medical degree."
House gasped in feign disgust and shouted, "AGEIST!"
Cuddy looked at him blankly before replying, "House, no one is smart enough to have a medical degree at nine; not even Albert Einstein!"
"She is," he said smugly as he pointed to Kelsey. Cuddy looked over to find the nurse shaking her head in disbelief, and her daughter laughing in hysterics, causing her to smile softly. She was so involved with her conversation with House that she almost forgot there were other people in the room.
"Vitals look good, you ready to go?" the nurse asked Kelsey as she raised the rails on either side of the bed, ready for transport.
"Mmhm," the young girl mumbled as she looked up at her parents.
"We'll see you in a little bit, ok?" Cuddy said softly as she touched her daughter's hand with a smile.
"See ya later kid," House said as he reached into his pocket and pulled out his PSP. He needed to keep up his 'I-don't-give-a-damn' persona, at least for now.
"Have fun…" Kelsey said as she rolled her eyes at the sight of the gaming system.
"House," Cuddy warned.
"What?" House deflected.
Wilson just laughed, but deep down he hoped that his friend would change – at least a little bit – for his family's sake.
The nurse smiled as she steered Kelsey out of the room. The sooner the kid went into surgery, the sooner she could spread the news.
A/N – ok, I can not express enough about how irritated I am right now…I tried and tried and TRIED to write more than this, but my brain would not allow me to. I am not going to give you any excuses besides the fact that new semester has started, and I am getting quite a lot of homework – if I went further than that I would probably peeve you off by the fact that I am horrible at updating, and I always have excuses…I am sorry, in advance, for the lack of updates this semester…and last…haha. Just a warning though, I am going on a class trip at the end of March during spring break…so…don't expect much updating around there :P I will try my best to work on my fics as soon as possible! And, thanks for sticking with my fics, seriously, it means a lot. :)