It was a day to remember. It was Rachel’s fourth birthday and her parents, House and Cuddy, wanted to make it as grand as it could be. Family and friends from both sides were invited as children enjoyed watching magic tricks being presented by the clowns. House was seated right in front on the performers as he held Rachel on his lap. Both of them were laughing so with the kids behind them. Cuddy was seated with friends from afar. Her swollen belly is now on its second month.
Chase: Looks like House is having fun being a family man? <Cuddy and friends chuckled>
Cuddy: Yah, I guess he really is. He’s gonna be a real dad in seven months…
Cameron: You’re expecting a boy or a girl?
Cuddy: We have no idea yet but I’m sure Greg wants a boy.
Foreman: I think that’s what most men wanted.
13: He’s having a good time with Rachel, I think he’s fine with a girl too. <all of them laughed>
Wilson: Can’t it just be both? <they laughed>
Cuddy: Oh dear… <she smiled>
One early evening, Wilson and Foreman found House lying on the couch of the doctor’s lounge.
Foreman: Why on earth are you here?
House: I can’t sleep well at home <opened his eyes and sat down> The last time I slept, I found myself lying on the floor when I woke up.
Foreman: As long as it’s not the bathroom flo---
House: Oh, Foreman, I’m lying on the floor! Women are complicated. When they’re pregnant, it doubles.
Wilson: Who cares?
House: I do. --- What’s the use of the bed, if you’re not sleeping on it.
Foreman: Cuddy kicked you out of them bed?!
House: Uh-huh. There were times her hormones were skyrockets she wanted to have sex but I don’t ---
Wilson: You don’t want sex? Are you okay? <Foreman chuckled>
House: I’m tired from work. I lack sleep. She got mad at me and by next day, there I was on the floor.
Foreman: So go home, make it up to her. Give her what she wanted.
House: <shook his head> I got Hitler at home. Her mood swings are worsening. By morning she’s in good mood. Would hug me, massage me and even bath with me. In a blink of an eye, I have Godzilla by my side! She yell at me and I can’t even remember what I did! She could even noticed the small things I did and fight starts over again. And damn the cravings! <he rolled his palms on his face> Sometimes I even imagine myself sleeping with our dog outside just because I didn’t brought home something she liked.
Wilson: Oh boy, you’re badly screwed <he and Foreman were laughing>.
Several nights after, Brenda was about to close the clinic when she noticed a small light coming from one of the exam rooms. When she opened the door, she was surprised when she saw House inside having some champagne hour.
Brenda: Dr. House… why are you ---
House: My wife and I ---
Brenda: Oh… You’re sleeping here?
House: No, I just want to hang in here for a while then I’ll go home later when my daughter’s nanny calls me that Lisa’s already sleeping.
Want some? <she nodded and he offered the cap which she took before sitting down>
Brenda: I see you’re having a hard time dealing with her pregnancy…
House: Not much. I have a chart at home to see how she’s changing along the way. <She laughed and he smiled> What about you? Got a husband? Boyfriend? A date?
Brenda: Oh, nothing much. I used to go out with someone but – oh --- he turned out to be jerk. <she smiled>
As she looked at him and he did as well, there’s something in her that made him feel like before. Every time he hang out or stay in the clinic, Brenda was usually the one he happened to hang out with. They talked about life, work, family and anything they could think of. Suddenly, he found some happiness that he would agree that he couldn’t find at home. As time goes by, House was certain that what he was doing was wrong but this is the only thing that made him feel right.
One evening, as he and Cuddy were lying down on bed, he looked at his wife as she was far away dreaming. The garden lights were giving way for him to see the beauty of his wife even though she’s sleeping. He gave a sighed before lifting his hand to hold her hair but he stopped in mid-air then he placed back his hand on bed. He got up and stand by the window as he looked at her before looking at the window and running down his palms on his face.
By next day, House was seated silently in front of Wilson. He seemed to be thinking deep while his friend reviewed a patients’ file.
Wilson: <looked at his watch and looked at House> You’re not going home? It’s already past five.
House: I know but I’m not going…
Wilson: Cuddy booked her ultrasound this afternoon. Sure she’s waiting for you. <House didn’t answer> Are you okay?
House: <he shook his head and took a breath then looking at Wilson, he said> I’m having an affair.