Next day when Wilson goes to work, House asks his friend to cover him because he has to go to his place to finish some things for the Christmas party. Cuddy doesn't suspect anything at all, and that's good because it is a great surprise from House. Greg is changing a bit for her. He wants to do things to make her happy. This party is a nice gesture of him, it was all his idea, and Wilson is sure she’ll like it.
Cuddy spends the whole morning working, in meetings and looking for House. Wilson has told her that Greg is in a patient’s house and he’ll come back later. She goes back to her office and keeps on working.
House is alone at home preparing everything: the food, the decoration... Greg is not an expert on this but he does his best. Finally when he’s done, he goes to the hospital and Cuddy runs into him.
‘Hey! How was the assault on the patient's house? Did you find anything?’
‘Just some heroine and illegal immigrants... nothing special...’
‘I have another meeting now and then I’ll go home. What time do you finish today?’
‘I'll be done in a couple of hours. I'll pick you up after your meeting and we'll go home together, right?’ Asks Greg.
‘Sure. Well, see you later, I'm late.’ She goes to the meeting room.
House goes to Wilson’s office and comes in. ‘The duck is in the water, take everyone to my home. She's in a meeting now, I'll pick her up when it's finished and we'll go home together.’ Says House with a deep voice.
‘Okay, I'll take the other ducklings to the pond. The key, please?’
‘There you go.’ House gives the key to Wilson and when he finishes working, James goes with the rest of the people to the Christmas party at House's place.
Meanwhile, when her meeting ends, Cuddy goes to her office to pick up her stuff. House opens the door. ‘Ready?’
‘Yeah. Where are we going tonight, to my house or yours?’
‘Let's go to mine for example... we can go to yours tomorrow...’ He suggests
‘Okay, as you like.’ They go to the car.
House texts Wilson saying that they are on their way. Wilson turns off the lights and everybody waits for them in the living room until someone opens the door.
From outside Cuddy is talking. ‘...and you're cooking tonight, don't try to get off of it...’
From inside, whispering, Wilson says. ‘Shhh when they come in, we shout "Merry Christmas", right?’
‘Me cooking? I'm not gonna cook tonight!!’ House opens the door. Cuddy frowns and she threats him smiling. ‘Ohh of course you are...’
‘We'll see that...’
‘Then you’re gonna be hungry tonight becau-...’They come in and House turns on the lights.
All together shout. ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!’
Lisa is shocked, she didn’t expect this at all and she doesn’t know how react. ‘Oh my... Wow!’ She looks at Wilson and then at Greg, smiling but confused. ‘What’s all this!?!’
‘In my dictionary it would be called: a Christmas party.’ Says House.
‘But... I thought... you didn’t like these things... Has it been your idea?’ Lisa asks.
‘I don't like these things... but I know you do...’
Wilson looks at them both and smiles, they look so lovely.
‘Awww’ Cuddy hugs her boyfriend. ‘You're so sweet, this is perfect. Thank you so much, guys.’ She smiles at Wilson and gives a kiss to Greg.
‘Oh, come on, they haven't paid for seeing this!’ House chuckles and hugs her.
Now, after this, no one has doubts about what House and Cuddy have, but they don’t mind. This is a nice gesture and means a lot to her. Cuddy smiles at him. ‘Really, thank you very much.’ Then she smiles at Wilson and hugs him too. ‘Merry Christmas.’
‘Merry Christmas to you too, Lisa.’ Says Wilson smiling and separates from them. ‘Well, okay guys.’ Says looking at the rest of the people. ‘Here comes the life of the party!’ People laugh and the party starts.
After some time House is sitting on the couch. Cuddy goes there and sits next to him. ‘Aren’t you having fun? People love it, it has been a great idea, and I love it too.’ She smiles.
‘Yeah... it's fine... it's just that I'm not very keen on parties... you know... having many people around...’
‘Yes I know... and I know you're doing it for me. Merry Christmas, Greg.’
He chuckles. ‘Merry Christmas, but I'm still angry with Santa...’
Lisa chuckles, too. ‘Technically is not Christmas yet... Maybe Santa will bring you something for being a good boy...’
‘If he comes across, I'll kill him...’
‘Okay, okay, I’ll warn him!’
‘Good... better for him... Now, stop wasting time with me and go with the guests... Enjoy the party.’
Cuddy smiles at him sweetly. ‘You should come and have fun too’ He smiles back at her and she goes with the guest.
House stays there for a while staring at her, finally he did it, she looks happy.
He remains in the sofa with his chin on his cane. Wilson comes and sits next to him. ‘Having fun?’ House asks to his friend.
‘Not as much as you... it seems... Come on man! This is a party! Share your happiness with the world!’ House stops looking at Lisa to look at Wilson.
‘Are you alright? What are you thinking about?’
‘I'm not keen on this stuff, you know it. I just did it for Lisa, she deserves this and everything. I just want to make her as happy as I can...’
‘You have made her feel great.’ He stands up to take a drink. ‘House, you want something?’
‘Alright... let's drink something...’
They go the table where the drinks are. ‘You can drink, you don't have to drive to get home.’ Says Lisa approaching to them.
‘Oh, come on Wilson, you've heard that. Let's get stoned!!!’ Jokes House.
‘It's an advantage, but I have to drive home later’ He gives House a drink.
‘Then I'll drink for both... Cheers!’ House sips from his glass.
‘That's not necessary either...’ She says.
‘Well... I don't want these poor spirits to feel lonely. I'd better be with them for a while...’
Cuddy takes one of his glasses. ‘I think two at the same time is too much...’
‘No liquids, no party...’
Wilson chuckles and says. ‘Liquids... then no party later...’
Cuddy laughs. ‘Wilson knows me...’
The party goes by and House and Wilson keep talking (and drinking) while Cuddy is talking to the rest of the people.
‘And... where are you going to spend New Year's Eve?’ Wilson asks.
‘I don't know... I guess we'll be here in Princeton...’
‘Really? I thought you were going to visit Lisa's family... They were here when you had your accident.’
‘Hmmm... I don't know. I haven't talked to her about that...’
Cuddy approaches to them again. ‘What are you doing, guys?’
‘Nothing, just talking... What are you gonna do on holidays?’ Wilson asks.
‘Me? I don't know... We'll stay here, I think.’ Says Cuddy looking at Greg, he shrugs his shoulders. Cuddy keeps talking to Wilson. ‘What are you gonna do? Visiting your family?’
‘Hmmm I think I'll go to see my family for a couple of days... but I'm not sure yet.’
They keep talking about family, the hospital and all that stuff for a while. Time goes by and the party comes to its end. Guests are starting to leave, among them, Wilson, who is the last one to leave. He takes his coat.
‘Okay guys, I'm leaving... See you tomorrow at work. Merry Christmas.’ He looks at House. ‘Nice party Greg.’
He nods. ‘Thanks Wilson.’
‘Bye Wilson. Merry Christmas, have a good time.’
‘Well... And now comes the worst part... cleaning up...’
‘Yes... but together we can do it in ten minutes...’ Says Lisa taking some dishes.
‘Yeah... in ten bloody minutes...’ House starts taking glasses from everywhere and they put everything in the dishwasher.
‘I'm not complaining... it's just that I'm sure they don't do this in their houses... I know my house isn't the cleanest one in the world but...’
‘I’m pretty sure you do this in their houses too...’ Says Cuddy taking the broom.
‘I basically don't go to their houses... I'm not so crazy...’
She rolls her eyes and they keep on cleaning for a while.
‘I'm gonna have a shower before I go to bed.’
‘Okay, I’ll have one after you.’
They have their shower and put on their pajamas. When he finishes, House goes to the living room and lies on the sofa with her.
‘Are you tired?’
‘Just a little bit. And you?’
‘Preparing parties is very tiring... I'm extremely worn out...’
Cuddy approaches to him and gives him a hug. ‘Let’s go to bed.’
When they are on bed, they stay in silence for a while until Cuddy speaks. ‘Thank you.’
‘Thanks for what?’
‘For all you've done for me today...’
‘It's nothing... you deserved it. You needed to have a good time with people, I just gathered them all.’
‘You made me have a great time.’ She smiles slightly. ‘Merry Christmas, Greg.’
‘Stop saying Merry Christmas, will you? I'm starting to like how it sounds...’
‘Merry Christmas.’ She gives him a kiss and lies on bed again. Greg smiles slightly at her.
‘Merry Christmas Lisa...’
To be continued...
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