readingrat: (Kelpie)
Title: Chimera
Author: readingrat
Length: about 124,000 words, 21 chapters
Genre: friendship, family, angst
Rating: teen
Summary: Third fic in the Kelpie AU, sequel to The Cuckoo. Wilson may have survived his bout with cancer by way of half a liver from Cuddy and House's medical genius, but he knows there's a good chance his reprieve won't last forever, so he is determined to make proper arrangements for his son's future. He doesn't count on House's unexpected interest in the proceedings.
Characters: House, Cuddy, Wilson, Rachel Cuddy, Joel Wilson, Nolan, OCs.
Pairings: House/Cuddy
Disclaimer: The characters, other than the OCs, belong to Fox TV, David Shore, or whoever.
Beta: The indefatigable [livejournal.com profile] menolly_au.
Warning: If you haven’t read The Kelpie and The Cuckoo, this fic will be incomprehensible! For those of you who have read The Kelpie, but can’t recall any details, I’ve posted a short summary here. A short summary of The Cuckoo is here. (If you haven't read them, even the summaries will be incomprehensible -- trust me on this!)
Further Warning:
The good news: I've completed the entire fic; it just needs to be beta'ed and revised. So, it'll definitely all get posted, probably at the rate of one chapter per week.
The bad news: There's no sense in giving me advice on how I should be writing it or in complaining about where it's going. Now that I've finally completed it I'm not going to change anything of relevance. This fic will end with the pairing House/Cuddy. If you are a fan of that pairing, don't despair: we'll get there sooner or later. If you hate that pairing, don't despair either. I'll tell you where to stop reading so that the fic is open-ended.
This fic is dedicated to the marvellous Menolly, who consented to beta over 100 k with such alacrity and enthusiasm that one would have thought I was doing her a favour, not vice versa. Without her, I probably wouldn't have completed it.
Author's Note
Because of the length of this fic, I'm posting a chapter index below to facilitate navigation. It's possible that there'll be functioning links from chapter to chapter, but then again, maybe not. In any case, you'll be able to get to individual chapters by returning here and clicking on the links below. As soon as a chapter is posted, the corresponding link will be activated.

Index
Chapter  1: House Invades Paris
Chapter  2: Sightseeing
Chapter  3: Wilson Confounded
Chapter  4: Suburban Arcadia
Chapter  5: Outed!
Chapter  6: After Midnight, ...
Chapter  7: Rachel Home Alone
Chapter  8: Fraternising With the Enemy
Chapter  9: Reorientation
Chapter 10: Boredom and Babysitting
Chapter 11: Brookline, Boston
Chapter 12: Acclimatisation and Aggravation
Chapter 13: The Piano
Chapter 14: The Return of the Father
Chapter 15: Wilson's Plan C
Chapter 16: All's Well That Ends ...
Chapter 17: Cuddy's Calamity
Chapter 18: Playmates
Chapter 19: Attribution Issues
Chapter 20: Merriment in Mayfield
Chapter 21: Aftermath
readingrat: (words_can_hurt)
The Cuckoo is set in an AU that diverges from canon at the end of S7. It is the sequel to The Kelpie. There's a summary of The Kelpie here, but I must warn you that both summaries are unintelligible unless you've read the fics. They aren't meant to replace the fics, they are meant to refresh your memory if it's been a while since you read them.

While visiting House in England, Wilson is diagnosed with thymoma. Devastated not only by the diagnosis, but also by House’s seeming indifference, Wilson relapses on the return flight to the US, stops taking his medication, and loses the energy to deal with his tumour. When Cuddy realises that something is wrong, she bullies House into dealing with Wilson. House, though initially reluctant to get involved, soon throws himself into the matter with all his heart, but Wilson remains adamant about refusing treatment, saying that he has nothing to live for. His involvement with a young lab technician at his workplace, however, gives House an idea.

The road trip that House and Wilson embark on is cut short when Wilson receives the news that the lab technician is pregnant. Cuddy and House manage to persuade Wilson that it’s his duty to try to stay alive for his unborn child’s sake, but by this time Wilson’s thymoma is so far advanced that standard treatment isn’t an option anymore. Wilson finally agrees to an experimental chemo home treatment of House’s devising, which shrinks the tumour, but unfortunately trashes Wilson’s liver. House, anticipating this development — he secretly increased the chemo dosage so as to be sure to nuke the tumour —, drugs Wilson and gets him into hospital to await a liver transplant. Since Wilson isn’t a suitable candidate for the transplant list, House persuades Cuddy to become a live donor. Wilson survives the chemo and the transplant by the skin of his teeth, and though displeased with House’s methods, is grateful that he’ll be alive to witness his son’s birth.

A few months after the birth of Wilson’s son Joel, Joel’s mother, claiming that she was manipulated into having the child, decides to give Wilson physical custody of the boy. Cuddy, sensing that something is off, subjects House to an interrogation during which he admits that the boy isn’t really Wilson’s son. The fic concludes with House promising to enlighten Wilson the next time he visits the United States.

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