Title: In Your Dreams

Author: Insomniac159 (Liz)

Genre: Medical Drama/Comedy/Tragedy

Summary: When House is admitted to Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital, he is forced to deal with his own demons. His absence from the hospital, however, also forces the rest of the PPTH staff to face that which they wish to deny.

Pairings: House/Cameron, Wilson/Cuddy, House/Wilson/Cuddy, Cameron/Chase, House/Cuddy, Chase/OC, OC/OC

Rating: M/MA for adult themes and language

Author's Note: The story starts briefly after the Season Five finale "Both Sides Now." It follows the basic plot line of the show. Relationships are an important part of the plot, but are not "fluffy." In other words, the relationships are more "Houseian" and complicated. The plot follows other events unrelated to relationships as well. Also, you may have noticed that it's a comedy, drama, and a tragedy. I honestly love medical mysteries, so expect those! I also love comic writing, but I'm a sucker for a tragic ending. So just be prepared for some serious ups and downs.

Disclaimer: I do not own House, MD or any of its characters.

In Your Dreams – By Liz

Prologue

You know that dream where you are falling? There is absolutely nothing to hold on to, and even if there is, it is impossible to grab. According to Freud, falling dreams suggest the desire to give into a sexual pleasure or impulse. But then again, Freud thought that everything suggests the desire to give into a sexual pleasure or impulse. It would certainly explain his infatuation with his mother.

Carl Jung studied under Sigmund Freud, but he had different ideas about dreams, and who's to blame him? Jung suspected that dreams are a window to the subconscious, uncovering the innermost secrets of the dreamer—revealing those aspects of a person that he or she refuses to acknowledge. He thought that the falling dream exposes the insecurity, instability, and anxiety of the dreamer.

Experience suggests that both men were correct—at least in this case. Maybe they were both geniuses, or maybe it is just a coincidence. Or maybe it's because the desire to succumb to sexual pleasures or impulses can cause insecurity and instability.

What could cause more insecurity than the realization that you are in love with a man who is not your husband? What could cause more instability than the battle between true love and a healthy relationship? What could cause more anxiety than the certainty of impending doom?

In The Dream Game, Paracelsus said that "That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it.... We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself."

No matter what we do, there is no ignoring our inner desires: even if we try, they will catch up to us in our sleep. But then what's the point of hiding if we are just "fooling away our time with outward and perishing things?"

Then again, maybe dreams don't reveal our innermost desires at all. Maybe they just allow insanity to break free from the shackles of consciousness—unleashing the madness of a dreamer and exposing the world as its true chaotic self….