After four weeks, they're resting at home while they watch TV lying on the couch. Cuddy touches her belly.
‘House... I… I don’t feel well...’
‘What's wrong?’ He turns off the TV and looks at her.
‘My belly... I think there’s something wrong...’ She curls up on the couch. House stands up and takes the car's keys.
‘Come on, we'll go to the hospital...’
She stands up and holds his hand. They get on the car and he drives to the hospital as quickly as he can. Once there, doctors start running some tests on her.
After a couple of hours, a doctor comes to talk to Greg. He says the baby was dead but Lisa is okay now. He'll be able to see her in a few minutes.
Greg sits down and tries to face up these facts but he’s shocked. A doctor calls him and he goes into the room and approaches to her. ‘Are you alright?’
Cuddy looks at him and tries not to cry, but tears start running down her face. House is shattered and hugs her trying not to cry. ‘It's okay Lisa...’
She sniffs and tries to stop crying. ‘No, Greg, it’s not okay, it... it’s dead...’ Cuddy says sobbing. She hugs him strongly and she doesn’t want him to see her like this.
‘I know it's not okay... but you're fine, and that's the most important fact...’
Lisa stares at him angry and starts shouting. ‘Our baby is dead, Greg, dead... I don’t care about me right now, I feel like crap... I don’t wanna do anything, I can’t... Nothing is gonna make me feel better, I can’t do anything but cry…’ She breaks in tears again and tries to calm down. ‘I know it’s not your fault… and-- and I shouldn’t blame you but I-- I feel lost and empty.’ Lisa says sobbing and sniffing.
‘But... you're not empty, you have me. You'll always have me... We'll get through this, we can try again, this is not the end.’
She shakes her head from side to side. ‘I don’t want to try again... This is not my first attempt at having a baby... I can’t go through this anymore, and I don’t want you to go through it either...’ She rubs her face.
‘I'm not giving up, Lisa... We failed once but we can try in a few months and you'll see we can do it.’
She looks down. ‘I need to sleep...’
Greg nods sadly. ‘Okay... now rest, I'll be here just in case you need anything...’ He kisses her forehead and caresses her cheek. Cuddy holds his hand.
‘Stay with me, please.’
‘I'm here Lisa... I'm here...’ House lies on bed. He embraces her and caresses her head while he tries to calm her down. Finally she falls asleep in his arms.
Next day Cuddy is discharged and some days go by. She’s still depressed and takes some days off at work.
‘I'll take some days off to stay here with you okay?’
‘If you want to...’ Lisa says discouraged.
‘Of course I do...’ She nods and lies on the couch. House sighs. ‘You feel like eating something?’
She doesn’t move. ‘No... Thank you.’
‘Something to drink then...?’
‘No, I’m alright.’
‘Okay... okay...’ He remains quiet for a few seconds. ‘Do you want a magazine, a movie...?’
‘No, House, I don’t want anything.’
House stares at her but she doesn't move. ‘I'll be in the bedroom if you need me...’
‘Right...’ Cuddy stays there a lot of time, crying in silence, cuddling the couch. Meanwhile, House goes to the bedroom and sits on the edge of the bed. He feels so bad.
After a while, Cuddy stands up and goes to the bedroom. They stare at each other almost crying. She approaches to him and they hug closing their eyes. Then they lie on bed.
‘I’m sorry if I made you feel bad these days.’ Lisa apologizes.
‘It's okay... I understand it. It hasn't been easy.’
‘I need you...’
‘I'm here for you... 26 hours a day...’ He smiles and gives her a kiss.
‘Probably I’ll need you 27...’ She smiles slightly and he dries her tears.
‘Then I'll be here 28 hours a day... and probably rising to 30 or 40...’
Cuddy smiles and chuckles for the first time in recent days. ‘Let’s sleep for a while, you need it, too.’
House whispers. ‘I'm glad to see you smile again…’ Then he gives her a kiss on her forehead and closes his eyes.
After a few days she feels a bit better, she is still very sad but at least she regained appetite. One morning he wakes up and stands up without waking her up and goes to the kitchen to prepare breakfast.
Lisa wakes up and remains in bed thinking about all that happened these weeks. Greg comes back with a tray with her breakfast. ‘Morning...’
‘Hi... oh you shouldn’t have bothered... You know I’m not very hungry...’
‘Yeah, but I've bothered so now you have to eat...’
She sits up on the bed. ‘Are you gonna force me to eat? What am I, a... baby?’
‘Nope... you're not a baby, you're MY baby, so start eating before I get angry.’
Cuddy smiles and eats. ‘Yes, sir.’ She’s not very hungry but he is trying to cheer her up. ‘It’s very nice, thanks.’
House smiles while he watches her eating. She gives him half a toast and finishes eating. ‘I'm full.’
‘Good... that's the idea...’
She is still sad and looks at the mattress. ‘Tomorrow I’ll go back to work.’
‘You can stay here a few more days...’
‘No, I need to have my mind thinking on something else... I can’t stay at home always.’
‘Okay... I think it will be good, to go back to work, for both of us...’
She nods. ‘I think so... ‘
‘I'll have a shower... be right back...’
‘Okay.’ She cleans up the tray and gets dressed. They spend the rest of the day relaxed at home. House keeps trying to see her smiling again and she starts to feel a little better thanks to him. After a calmed day, they go to sleep early. Tomorrow will be different.
To be continued...
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