Title: 31 Days of Drabbles Author: amidalachick Genre: Mixed, mostly fluff Timeframe: All seasons Characters: All (mostly Cuddy, House, Wilson, Cameron) Notes: I gave myself this challenge to help inspire my muse. I was originally going to write one drabble a day for the month of July, hence 31 days of drabbles. But it wasn't happening, so now I'm trying to complete 31 drabbles before the end of summer. The drabbles themselves are all inspired by songs. I chose 10 songs that I wanted to use, and the remainder were picked at random by scrolling through my music without looking and using whatever I stopped on. That's why you'll see some cheesy pop songs I liked 10 years ago and never got around to deleting, lol! You may also notice I've skipped some numbers. That's because I will be posting an edited version here to keep it board-friendly. The complete set will be posted elsewhere. Drabble #31 contains a male/male pairing. The remaining drabbles are either male/female or no pairing. Disclaimer: David Shore owns House, M.D. and all things House-related. All of the songs belong to the artists and record companies. I own nothing and just do this for fun. ********** Set 1 Notes: Prescription Passion is from "House" and not my own invention. ********** 1. "He Thinks He'll Keep Her" by Mary Chapin Carpenter In their years of working together, they had developed a few unwritten, unspoken games and rituals. One of his favorites was to barge into her office while she was busy with paperwork or in a meeting. She'd either look at him with a familiar exasperated-but-faintly-amused expression or ignore him altogether, knowing that he was about to make some outrageous request. When she inevitably refused, they would continue the cycle until he'd gotten what he wanted, with both of them enjoying the game. But now that she was gone and Foreman was in charge, the game would have to change slightly. 2. "Wilted Rose" by The Vanity Project Cameron sat by her bed, turning the pages of her wedding album. They looked so happy in the pictures, even though they both knew he was dying. In the middle of the album, tucked between images of her feeding him cake and hugging her maid of honor, there was a dried rose from her bouquet. She lifted it and touched a petal. A bit of leaf crumbled as her hand grazed it. Gently, she put it back and closed the album. Then she stood up, walked to her dresser, and began emptying the drawer she intended to give to Chase. 3. "Subdivisions" by Rush When Wilson was younger, he'd assumed that he would have a typical middle-class life as a doctor with a nice wife, a house in the suburbs, and a quiet Florida retirement. Instead he was sleeping on House's couch, trying not to admit that his third marriage was ending. The sound of House's footsteps and a loud "You awake?" distracted him from his thoughts. "No," he said. "Too bad," House said. He pushed Wilson's feet aside with his cane, adding, "There's got to be something crappy on the tube at this hour." Wilson grinned as House began flicking rapidly through channels. 4. "A Moment Like This" by Kelly Clarkson Cuddy laid Rachel in her crib and touched her hand. Rachel's fist curled around Cuddy's finger, as if asking her to stay. "Not sleepy yet?" Cuddy asked. "Okay." She took Rachel in her arms again and settled into the rocking chair. As she rocked gently, she began to hum the melody from a popular love song. Rachel gurgled and nestled against her. Holding her daughter, feeling the baby's breath against her neck, Cuddy felt all the stress of her day melt away. Things hadn't been easy with Rachel at first, but now she knew she could never give her up. 6. "Breakfast At Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something Cuddy stood by the couch and glanced at the TV. "What's on?" she asked. "Prescription Passion," House said. "I will never understand why you watch that," Cuddy said. "Isn't it obvious?" House said. "It's the fine acting and scintillating storylines." "If you say so," Cuddy said. She hesitated a moment longer, then sat down. She tucked her legs underneath her and rested her head against House's shoulder. "I knew you'd come around," House said, wrapping an arm around her. Cuddy had had enough of the show after a few minutes. But House looked happy, so she stayed where she was.