Episode 3: Occam's Razor

Rating: T

"Go find Cuddy and kiss her ass." That's what Wilson had told him. That was why he was standing at her office door right now. And that was why he was doing something he hadn't done since his first day working there. He knocked.

"Come in." She was working diligently on paperwork. When she heard the thump of his cane, she was sure that she had to be mistaken. She looked up slowly. "House? Are you okay?"

He set several files on her desk. "My paperwork"

She flipped through the papers in complete disbelief. "You actually did paperwork? And not only that, but this actually looks thorough and professional. What's going on, House?"

"Its part of my job isn't it?"

"Yes, but that still doesn't explain why you did it. You're not known for doing your job...at least without you being forced to do so. So, why'd you do it?"

"You know something...the glasses are pretty sexy. You look like…a naughty librarian."

She couldn't help but smile. "Just answer the question. What are you up to?"

"I guess you were right. Seeing patients has already made me a better doctor. It's a miracle. Someone should alert the media. The Dean of Medicine at Princeton Plainsboro is a miracle worker in a wonder bra…quite the powerful combination."

Cuddy rolled her eyes. "Funny. Well, I guess the reason doesn't really matter. I'm just happy you're doing your job for a change without me having to hunt you down. It's a very nice change. I hope it continues."

"Do I get a cookie now, Mommy?"

"Sorry, I'm fresh out of cookies. But, why don't you take off from the clinic an hour early today."

"Well, if you insist." He headed for the door, opening it before turning back. "Wilson thinks that I'm in love with you, ya know?"

She forgot to breathe. "What did you tell him?"

"That there was not a thin wall between love and hate…but instead a Great Wall of China with armed sentries every 20 feet."

"House, don't forget that there are a lot of sections of the Great Wall that have been destroyed over there years. There are gaps in that wall. It just took time."

"It took centuries. And don't hold your breath about the whole me doing work continuing thing." He left quickly causing her to laugh softly.

"Whatever you say, House."