Author's Note: Writing again, and this time I've been smart about it, the entire fic already has a thorough outline and I'm editing the next four chapters before I post them.
House : "Find someone you trust."
Cuddy : "Someone like you?"
House : "Someone you like."
-episode 2x23 "Who's Your Daddy?"
House walked into Wilson's office.
"Need some advice." He said.
"Patient?" Wilson asked.
"No." He walked over to sit on his couch. He tossed his cane between his hands a few times, thinking about the best way to word his question. "What do you do when someone you know is about to make a major life change, and you don't want him or her to do it?"
"Someone on your team?"
"Focus, Wilson, I've been sworn to secrecy. Can't tell you more than that."
"Wow, you've been sworn to secrecy and you're honoring it?"
"Yes, now can we get back to my problem?"
"How major a change?"
"Big… Huge. Drastic."
"Huh. And you're worried that whoever's doing this is in over their heads?"
"Can I ask what this major life change is?"
"Is it dangerous?" Wilson asked, a look of confusion on his face.
"No." House said with a look of irritation on his face.
"Then what's the problem?"
"I don't want it to happen, not like this."
"Well, have you told whoever this person is the way you think it should happen?"
"It's a woman. You're in knots over a woman?" Wilson questioned in disbelief, "Cuddy? Cameron?" House sighed in resignation.
"Thanks for the help, Wilson." He stood up to leave.
"Wait. Look, if you really don't want this to happen, then find a way to change it, but if it's going to happen whether you want it to or not, then try to make the most of it. It's all you can do." House nodded once and left.
House rode his motorcycle home; his mind was swimming with various scenarios of how the next few years would play themselves out. It was just last week that he found out that Cuddy was trying to have a baby through in vitro. And before he left the hospital that evening she had come into his office to thank him for the hormone injections. He didn't like it, but he was still helping her. She had been planning on saying something else, he was sure of it. Just what she had been planning to say was what was bugging him.
He entered his apartment and went straight to his piano.
Cuddy hesitated, she still wasn't sure that this was a good idea. She had almost gone through with it earlier, she had walked into his office and was fully prepared to tell him, but at the last second she couldn't go through with it. Now she was outside his apartment door and the piano melody reverberating through the door was achingly beautiful. The music paused for a few moments and Cuddy backed up to lean against the wall opposite his door. She listened as the music began again, softer this time though.
Her cell phone rang.
Mentally cursing herself and hoping House wouldn't hear, she answered, "Hello?"
The piano music stopped. "Are you…" It was House "…outside?"
"Umm…" Before she could get a word out she could hear his heavy footfalls and the door opened. "Hi." She flipped her cell phone closed and straightened.
"What are you doing out here?" He asked.
"Not sure yet, I should probably go…" She turned to walk back down the hall.
"Wait." She turned to look at him and his eyes stared into hers. "You changed your mind." Her eyes flicked to the floor and back to him, "No."
"Yes you did." His eyes widened in shock.
"I didn't change my mind."
"You changed something." He paused and moved to open the door a little wider. "Want a drink? Nothing alcoholic for you, I've got soda." He amended himself.
"No, I should go. I just wanted to tell you, I wouldn't put up with you if I didn't like you." She said it matter of factly, giving him a little smile before walking down the hall, leaving him standing there wondering what she could possibly mean.
It was late, and Cuddy was reading in her living room, she had changed into her pajamas and was wearing a soft blue robe. She was reading a baby book her mother had given her. Her parents were excited about the idea of being grandparents, as was her sister of becoming an aunt.
Someone knocked on her door. She glanced at the clock, 10:30. She stood, tightened her robe and made her way to the door. She should have expected him to be there, who else could it be at this time of night? She opened the door.
"Did you mean it?" House asked. She smiled.
"Yeah." He nodded once as if he had expected that answer if only because it made sense.
"Good." He said, he paused and then leaned forward and kissed her softly where she stood. When he backed away it was to see Cuddy with her eyes closed, resting against the door. Slowly, her eyes opened and rested their puzzled gaze on his.
"House?" He kissed her again before she could say anything else. Her hands wound their way into his hair, pulling him down closer. She pulled him inside and he heard the door slam behind him. He pushed her against the wall in the entryway. His mouth dropped to find a place just below her ear, she gasped at the feel of his lips. She felt it as his hand came up to cradle her head and tilt it back; as his other hand found the knot keeping her robe in place, felt the tug of him pulling at it. "House." Her hand came to rest on his.
He pulled back to look her in the eyes. "I should have told you sooner. If you're going to have a baby, I want to be a part of it." Her face held a look of shock. "If you're going to do this, I want to be a part of it." He repeated. She could only stare at him wordlessly. Seconds ticked by, House bent to place a gentle kiss on her lips.
"You want to be my baby's father?" She whispered into his neck, not willing to meet his eyes.
"You will never come across someone with superior genes." He persuaded. She half smiled, looking up to meet his vivid blue eyes with her own, trying to find his lie. "I promise." She reached up and kissed him.
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