Finally the weekend comes and they go together to a country house.
Cuddy and Lucas park the car under the porch. The house is not very big, but it’s cozy and surrounded kwa countryside. Lisa is so excited about their weekend together. They get into the house and Lucas smiles at her. ‘Well... what do wewe think? wewe like it?’
‘It’s so beautiful.’ She answers.
‘Not as much as you.’ He smiles at her. ‘This is the house where I used to come with my parents on Summer holidays... I thought it could be a nice place to spend the weekend.’
They get into the lounge and there is a meza, jedwali set to dinner. It’s is decorated with placemats which go well with the color of the candles. ‘This is great, I upendo it.’ Says Lisa smiling surprised. Lucas smiles back at her.
‘I wanted this weekend to be perfect for both of us.’ Lucas starts lighting the fire. ‘Okay, let’s make dinner.’
‘Let’s check your cooking skills Mr PI.’
After a while they sit down at the meza, jedwali to eat. ‘I know that spaghetti, tambi is not a very romantic dinner, but I didn’t know what to bring...’ Says Lucas.
‘No, no, it’s perfect. I needed to spend some time away from the hospital. I have everything I need now.’
Lucas smiles as a kid on krisimasi morning, then he sits up, approaches to her slowly and gives her a kiss. When they finish their meal, they keep talking. ‘I’ve brought something else... I hope wewe like tiramisu cake... Tell me I’m right...’
Lisa smiles widely. ‘I upendo tiramisu cake.’ He chuckles and she looks at him ‘You’re really making this perfect.’
‘You deserve it.’ They finish eating and after a while they lie on the kitanda staring at the fire. Lisa turns around to look at Lucas and hugs him. ‘Thanks for being with me.’
‘Thanks for letting me being with you.’ He hugs her back and kisses her.
After some time they go to the bedroom and lie on bed. Lucas doesn’t wanna force her to do anything she doesn’t want, and they stay cuddled until they start falling asleep. This is the first time that Cuddy sleeps with someone in the same kitanda since she was with House, and it doesn’t mean that it has to be a sexual thing. She feels great as she is now. Finally Lisa falls asleep hearing his moyo beating. Lucas looks at her sleeping until he falls asleep too. She looks happy.
Several days passed since the last time Wilson and House talked. Wilson doesn't know if he should go to House’s office. He knows that something has happened with Cuddy, something huge... He hasn't dared to ask her either, he just knows that she has gone this weekend without her cell phone, just giving him a phone number for emergencies, but only really important ones.
She hasn't been very well these days either. She looked sad and was always locked in her office. Wilson hates this, he hates that his two best Marafiki are mad at each other and he can't do anything about it... but that is the problem of always being in the middle... and Wilson is always between them.
House is having really bad moments now. He pushes Lisa away so she can be happy in her life. A life without him... She's gone for a whole weekend with Lucas and he can't stand it, but he knows it's the best for her. He feels so bad and he needs someone inayofuata to him so House goes to Wilson's office and opens the door. He's alone, and Greg comes in and sits down in front of his friend.
Wilson doesn’t know what to say, House looks shattered. It’s an obvious swali but he doesn’t know what else he can ask. ‘How wewe feeling?’
Looking at the floor with redden eyes, House answers. ‘Great...’
‘House... what did wewe do? She talked to me and she had chosen you... What happened?’
‘I just did the best thing for her... keeping her away from me...’
Wilson can't believe what he’s hearing. ‘What!? Why did wewe do that? She loved you... the best thing for her was pushing her away from you? wewe really think that?... wewe upendo her, House... and now--’ Wilson sighs. ‘ --look at you.’
Greg gets angry and starts yelling. ‘Of course I do!!’ His eyes are even zaidi redden as if he were about to cry. ‘You really think she's gonna be happy with me? Come on!! I'm a miserable cripple incapable of stop hurting people who's near to him and she doesn't deserve that!!’
Wilson looks away and thinks of what he just said, angry. ‘You’re an idiot... I’m tired of this... Look, Lucas likes her, maybe he feels something more, like an infatuation, au maybe he loves her, but wewe think that he really loves her as wewe do? Cuddy and wewe deserve the same, and the problem is that only wewe two can give it to each other.’
Greg looks to the floor in silence. ‘... I know she's gonna be better with him... he's a happy person, he can make her happy...’
‘Don’t say that...’ Wilson sits down. ‘And what about you? Are wewe gonna spend the rest of your life looking how the woman wewe upendo is trying to be happy with the wrong person?’
‘Are wewe gonna be thinking I'm the right person for the rest of your life? Be realistic Wilson...’
‘Who knows her zaidi than you? Who has been there all these years? With whom have wewe always been in love?’ Wilson gets the card with the number that she gave him out of his pocket and leaves it on the meza, jedwali in front of House. ‘Be selfish for once in your life with an actual meaning. Find where she is and tell her what wewe feel. I don't wanna see how my friend throws everything away.’
House looks at Wilson and takes the card. He stares at it and Wilson’s beeper beeps. ‘I gotta go. wewe won’t regret it.’ Wilson goes out of his office leaving him alone with the card. He keeps staring at it, deciding what to do. Finally he puts it in his pocket. He’s not sure he really deserves being with her, Cuddy has zaidi possibilities of suffering being with him. But every time House thinks of her, he feels that he needs her right inayofuata to him.
House stands up. It's decided. He goes to his motorbike, puts on the kofia, chapeo and goes to look for her.
The sun comes through the window and the light on his face wakes Lucas up. He looks at Lisa sleeping inayofuata to him, and smiles slightly. Lucas gets up and goes quietly to the jikoni to prepare some toasts and juice. He goes back to the room and puts it on the bedside table.
Cuddy starts waking up, looks at the bedside meza, jedwali and smiles at him. ‘You shouldn't do this, I could get used to it...’
‘That’s what I want.’ Says him, getting closer and smiling. Lisa gives him a kiss.
‘Did wewe sleep well?’ She sits up on the kitanda and they start eating their breakfast.
‘It’s been a long time since the last time I slept so well. What’s the plan for today?’ Asks she.
‘It’s a surprise, we’ll go when we get dressed.’
Some time later they are ready to go. After going for a walk for a while, he takes her to a beautiful place where they lie on the nyasi inayofuata to a river and they hear the watering runs. ‘This is beautiful.’ Says Lisa.
‘You know, here, in this river, I learnt how to swim... Well actually I learnt how not to drown...’
She chuckles. ‘Nice place.’
‘And what about you, wewe haven’t told me many things about your childhood au your youth.’
‘Well wewe can find it out, you’re a PI, aren’t you?’
‘I want to know just what wewe want to tell me.’
She smiles and starts taking off some grass. ‘Well I was a normal kid, I wanted to be a doctor since I was twelve. I was good at school, I had friends, I went out to play with them, I fought with my sister, normal things. Then I went on with my life, I went to Michigan at the university, there I met...’ She sighs. ‘I met House... I graduated with good marks at twenty-five, I was the sekunde in my class and I became dean of medicine at thirty-two, and that’s all...’
‘That’s interesting... I didn’t know all that.’ He smiles and after a while he sits up. ‘Let’s take a bath.’
‘What? Where? In the river?’ Asks Cuddy confused.
‘Yes, sure.’ He smiles widely.
‘No, it’s so cold!’
‘Nooo, come on, don’t be silly.’ Lucas starts tickling her and takes her in his arms.
‘Don’t wewe dare...’ Says Cuddy, but before she can do anything, they get into the water. ‘It’s not as cold as wewe said...’ Says he.
‘I see...’ Lisa splashes him and he pretends to be very surprised
‘Ohhh... wewe wanna play, uh?’ They start playing with the water and laughing. Lisa hugs and kisses him.
Some time later they go back nyumbani to change their clothes and have dinner, after that they go out of the house to look at the stars. ‘You like it?’ Asks Lucas hugging her.
‘I upendo it.’
After a while they see a shooting star. ‘Close your eyes and make a wish.’ Says Lucas
‘Okay.’ She closes her eyes and wishes finally to be able to spend her life with someone who loves her and who she loves.
Cuddy lies her head on his shoulder and he hugs her. They keep looking at the stars.
After a really long journey House gets the address with the number written on the card that Wilson gave to him. It's very late now. He parks his motorbike and goes walking through a path until he finds the house. He approaches quietly and sees her with Lucas. Lisa looks so relaxed looking at the dark sky with him. She looks calm. House stares at her for a while. He doesn't know what to do.
‘It's starting to get cold, isn't it?’ Says her.
Lucas hugs her and rubs her back. ‘You wanna come in?’ He stares at her. Cuddy puts her arms on his neck and nods. ‘Yes’ He hugs her and they kiss. Lucas puts his hands on her hips and he starts kissing her on her neck. She caresses his hair and his back. She starts walking towards the house while kissing, and finally they get into the bedroom.
‘Are wewe sure of this? There is no hurry if wewe don’t want...’
‘Yes... I want.’ majibu Lisa whispering and kissing him while they lie on bed.
House looks through some windows but he doesn't see her. Finally, he gets to the bedroom's window and sees her with Lucas. She is taking his shati off while kissing. House moves away and leans his back on the house's wall. This is the last thing he needed to accept his epic fail.
Time goes by. Lisa needs some fresh air and goes out of the house wearing Lucas' jacket. She sits on the porch and remains thinking in silence. After a little while, she looks around and sees House there. She can't believe it. ‘What the hell are wewe doing here?’
He looks at her while she gets closer to him. ‘I... Wilson...’ He sighs. ‘ I've been an asshole... I mean, zaidi than usual. I pushed wewe away 'cause I thought it would give wewe a better life, without me. But I can't go on without you. I can't stand thinking you're not gonna be with me when I need you.’
Lisa looks at him surprised and she doesn't know what to say. She breathes deeply and looks at him angry and disappointed and gets a bit closer. ‘After everything wewe told me the other day, how wewe come to tell me this? I thought I was your... free floozy, with whom you've been saving money all this time, and now wewe come here saying that wewe need me... For what, House?’ She sighs. ‘Look, don't be stingy, wewe get paid enough not to be here right now... If wewe let me, now I have to go back inside, wewe know, because Lucas has to pay me... Oh no, wait! I am free...’ She stares at him and they are both with their eyes redden, about to cry while she talks. House stays looking at the ground.
‘I know I don't deserve your forgiveness. I did it just because I wanted to push wewe away from me, I don't feel that. I've been blaming myself for every single word I alisema that day. It was all a huge lie... I need you.’
‘This is not fair House… I wanted to be happy and share my life with wewe and wewe pushed me away, now other person is trying to do that with me… I know he’s not you, and for better au for worse he never will be like you, and I won’t feel the same for him that I felt for you, but I can’t do anything else.’
‘Of course wewe can do!! wewe can come with me, I've come here to look for you... it's easy...’
‘House, that’s not fair... and wewe know it. I can’t do that to Lucas, he doesn’t deserve that... And wewe don’t deserve it, either...’ She gets zaidi separated from him. ‘I’m sorry.’
Cuddy stars walking and House stares at her with watery eyes. He can't say anything more. She seems to be so sure...
Lisa closes her eyes because she doesn't wanna see him crying and she goes back into the house leaving him there looking at her.
She actually doesn't want him to go... but things don’t work that way... She can't do that to Lucas after everything that he's doing for her. She feels awful... Just a while before Lucas and she couldn't do anything because of her fault, because she knows that she’s not over House and she is still feeling something for him. Now she feels guilty and confused because she can't upendo Lucas as she loves him, and she has just wasted another chance with House, maybe the last one...
To be continued...
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