They spend the night sleeping alone for the first time in the last weeks.
In the morning House, without rush, takes a shower, gets dressed and gets to the hospital at nine o’clock. First stop, of course, the cafeteria, where Cuddy runs into him.
‘Here wewe are! Where did wewe leave your sense of punctuality?’
‘I think I was born without it...’ Says House looking around.
‘I've been looking for wewe almost an hour, I have something for you.’
‘If it's a wedding ring I'm sorry... I won't renounce my single state.’
She rolls her eyes and gives him a file. ‘I've a case for you.’
House opens the folder and skims it. ‘Hope it’s interesting...’
‘Female around 45, her kidneys and liver are falling and nobody knows why, she looks fine but obviously, she's not. Good luck. And kwa the way, wewe know her...’ Before he can say anything Cuddy leaves to her office, then he goes to the patient’s room a bit curious.
‘Hi. hujambo Greg! wewe remember me?’
‘Ehh... not really... can wewe refresh my mind?’
‘I'm Jane Wyatt, Michigan, at my brother's party... Sounds familiar?’
House remains thinking for some sekunde until he situates her face. Actually he situates it very close to his, as it was the last time he saw her.
‘Oh, right I got it!!! God... that was many many years ago... It's a small world!!’
‘Yeah, wewe see... I'm sick, you're a doctor... How's your life?’
‘Well... it's a life I guess... let's talk about you. I've been told that wewe have serious problems with your kidneys and liver. How do wewe feel?’
‘That's it, but doctors don't know what's wrong with me...’
‘Hmmm interesting...’ He reads her file and walks to the door. ‘Well, I'll try to find it out. I'll run some tests...’
‘Hey Greg, nice to see wewe again.’
‘Hmm yeah...’ He goes to tell his team to run some test and then he goes to Cuddy’s office.
‘How did wewe know I knew her?’
She speaks slowly. ‘Ehh... I don't know if wewe remember but I was also in Michigan...’
‘Yeah... but she didn't attend any of our classes...’
‘So?? I'm not like you, I’m good with faces...’
‘There were many many people in Michigan. Can wewe remember every single face?’
‘No... but I don't know, I remember hers.’
He nods and goes away. Cuddy follows him. ‘Greg... House!’
‘Where are wewe going? How is she?’
‘I'm going to annoy my team to get her results faster and she's... sick!!’
Lisa stops walking. ‘Okay... See wewe later.’ She goes to her office and House turns around to see her walking away. After a moment he goes away too.
A couple of hours later, Cuddy goes to House’s office. ‘Hi... Do wewe already have the results?’
‘Yeah... but this is not very clear... Need to talk to her.’ He stands up and walks to her room. Cuddy follows him but doesn’t come in.
‘Hey there... Need to ask wewe some things.’
‘Yeah, me too... Are wewe married?’
‘I mean... medical stuff... Have wewe ever had any kidneys problems?’
‘Yeah... that's why I'm here. Have wewe ever had a wife?’ Asks Jane.
‘Hmm... no. Have wewe being having any medicine withouth your GP's knowledge?’
‘Nope... What's wrong with your leg?’
‘Nothing... wearing a cane makes me look sexier... Any other sickness appart from kidneys and liver?’
‘Appart from that I think I look pretty good, don't wewe think so?’
‘Well... I've seen people who looked worse than wewe but, let's get focused on the medical part of this conversation right?’
‘Okay, what do wewe wanna know?’
House sighs. ‘When did these problems begin?’
‘I've always had liver and kidneys problems, but they weren't serious. A few moths zamani I started to feel really really sick, until now.’
‘Were wewe medicated for these problems?’
‘No. Do wewe remember the party?’
‘My brother's party...’
‘Not really... why, did wewe have any serious problem with your kidneys au liver?’
‘No, I just was asking.’
‘Oh... alright... well, I think it's enough kwa now... I'll go to talk to my team.’ House stands up.
‘Okay, see you.’ She winks at him.
‘Y-yeah... see you...’
When he goes out Cuddy is still there, waiting. ‘How is she?’
‘She's... a bit obsessed with me, I would say...’
‘Really? Hmm wewe want me to refer the case to another doctor? au I can talk to her... au whatever.’
House looks at her and lift an eyebrow. ‘Would wewe talk to her?’
‘It’s not the dream of my life... but I will if wewe want me to...’
‘Her case is interesting... so, would you?’
‘But you’ll come with me.’
He nods. ‘It’s quite fair. Ladies go first.’
‘You owe me one.’ She smiles and opens the door.
‘Hi again, Greg.’ Says Jane. Then she sees Cuddy. ‘Who is she?’
‘Hi, I'm Doctor Lisa Cuddy. How do wewe feel?’
‘Oh, she? She's just the hospital manager...’
‘Lisa Cuddy... Hmmm...’ Mutters Jane.
‘Yes, that's my name.’ Cuddy frowns at him. He looks at them both and smiles. ‘How do wewe feel?’
‘Do I know you? Your name sounds familiar to me.’
‘Oh God, this is becoming interesting... I should've brought popcorns!!’ He sits down on a chair and rests his chin on his cane.
‘I was in Michigan... Ah! and I'm also his girlfriend. Can we go on, now? How do wewe feel?’
‘Yo-your girlfriend?’ She looks at House and then at her. ‘YOU are his girlfriend?’
‘You got it... And I'm also your doctor right now, so wewe mind answering our questions?’
House talks to the patient in a low voice. ‘She's kind of agressive, so you'd better do what she says...’
Cuddy smiles widely at him and jokes. ‘Thanks love...’ She looks at the patient again. ‘Well okay, how do wewe feel? Did wewe eat au drink something that could have caused your problems?’
‘I'm sick, that's why I'm here. I used to drink... a bit’
‘I think that bit you're referring to is not a little bit, right?’ Asks House.
‘With “a bit” wewe mean...?’
‘A bit... too much.’
House stands up. ‘Good... and didn't wewe think, at least for a moment, that it would've been... "nice" to have told me that tiny detail? Specially 'cause there's nothing about it in wewe medical file...’
‘You didn't ask me about it.’
‘God...’ House rubbs his forehead with his hand. ‘You're supposed to tell me that kind of things... Do I have to ask wewe if wewe ever had drugs? Worked as a hooker?...’
‘It's not the kind of things that I usually tell to the whole world.’ Complains Jane.
Cuddy rolls her eyes and says to House in a low voice. ‘How could wewe have made out with her?’ She gets out of the room.
‘Excuse me, I know you're busy in wewe happy little world but... I'm a doctor!!!’ House gets out to follow her.
‘Hey! How did wewe know I had sex with her?’
Cuddy keeps walking. ‘That doesn't matter. Go to cure your little Einstein.’
‘That doesn't matter?? Come off it!! For a moment I thought wewe were gonna pee on me and roar, tiger!!’
‘Oh come on! Don't be silly...’
‘You know her just because I made it out with her?’
She sighs and turns to him. ‘Yeah, I know her because I was in that party.’
He smiles roguishly. ‘Oh God, and you've kept that memory all these years hahahaha...’
‘No. This morning, when I read her file I realized who she was. And I remembered her ‘cause she was in that party and wewe were flirting with her, so I though that wewe would have ended up in her bed. Thanks for confirming it.’
House smiles at her. ‘You manipulative witch... Where did wewe leave your cristal ball?’
She smiles back at him. ‘Now go to tell to your team that Alcoholics Anonymous has one anonymous less.’
Cuddy leaves to her office and House gets into the room again.
‘Did wewe ever do something to control your alcohol adiction?’
‘I tried to stop driking for one week, but it didn't work.’
‘I'm almost a hundred per cent sure wewe tried to stop it kwa having any drug.’
‘I started smoking.’
‘Nice...’ He gets out of the room without saying anything else and he tells his team to treat her with dialysis and medicines for her liver and kidneys.
Cuddy goes again to his office. ‘I'm going home. Is your annoying patient getting better?’
‘About to be... I'll see her again in two days... well, I see her kidneys and liver to be zaidi accurate.’
‘Okay... wewe wanna come to have dinner?’
‘If you're gonna use a wildly - murdered animal in my meal yes...’
She chuckles. ‘We can go first to a duka which sells wildly - murdered wanyama for wewe to eat if wewe want.’
‘Nice plan...’ He turns off his computer and stands up.
‘Are wewe going on your motorbike?’
‘Yeah, yeah. I’ll see wewe at your place, in a bit.’
Cuddy nods and leaves the office to go to her car. House stares at her while she goes.
dakika later, after buying non-vegetarian chakula for Greg, they get to Lisa’s home, cook chajio, chakula cha jioni and start eating. ‘It wasn’t so bad our first siku at work together...’
‘Yeah, I guess... We’re still alive.’ Nods House while eating.
‘You didn't chose your girls for their intelligence, right?’
‘I don’t do it now either.’ Jokes House. ‘Actually I used to chose them for their breasts...’
They keep eating. ‘I didn’t know her just because she made out with you... When wewe left the university, after I dated David she started dating him.’
‘Oh... I see... she brings wewe some old memories, right?’
‘We splitted up and their relationship became closer. I didn’t like him anymore, so I didn’t care very much...’
When they finish eating and do the washing up, House stands still in front of her. ‘Well, it’s late. I think I should go home’
‘Okay. So... see wewe tomorrow at...Hmm what time will I see wewe sleeping in your office? Nine?’
He chuckles. ‘Approximatelly... it depends on so many things...’
‘Like how tired wewe are? If you’re gonna sleep any way, I could pick wewe up at eight.’
‘That... would be okay actually.’
She blinks. ‘Seriously? You... going on time... to work?’
‘Yeah. I’ll see wewe tomorrow then.’ He winks, kisses her softly and leaves.
To be continued...
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