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14 January 2007 @ 12:27 pm
Singapore (House, House/Wilson)  
Title: Singapore
Fandom: House
Pairing: House/Wilson
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 7,981
Summary: In which the boys go to a medical conference in Singapore, House has a few surprises up his sleeve, and Wilson figures some things out.
Notes: This is longer than anything I'm usually used to writing, so many, many, many thanks go to girl_wonder and savemoony for their awesome betas.

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Zulu: house - stumbling angelzulu on January 14th, 2007 10:48 pm (UTC)
This is great. I love the ending especially, the way it's hopeful but promises nothing. It's wonderful that they're both scared but they barely acknowledge it. The structure worked for me as well. Awesome.
thedeadparrot: house + wilsonthedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I have a big thing about endings, so I'm really glad that this one rang true. And yeah, I don't think you can ever really promise anything when it comes to House and Wilson. They have this horrible ability to thwart themselves when it comes to relationships.
Saturn Comes Back Around.msmollusk on January 14th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
^^^ What they all said. XD
thedeadparrotthedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
As relevant as Tacitus: HouseWilsonAlibitabula_x_rasa on January 15th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
Wow, how lovely was this? I love the subdued and sleepy tone (so appropriate for jet lag!), great House and Wilson, great flow, and great travelogue with a real sense of place. In other words, just what I wanted to read before going to bed.
thedeadparrot: housethedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad those things worked for you.
Mavevery1lies on January 15th, 2007 02:08 am (UTC)
Loved it!!
Very Hot and very House and Wilson!

"It's not a 'goodbye and thanks for all the fish' sort of kiss."
At this, I almost spat Dr. Pepper across the room! Pure brilliance!
thedeadparrotthedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
pensavemoony on January 15th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
Still stellar.
thedeadparrot: wilsonthedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 09:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! For the beta and the kind words. :)
firmitas, utilitas, venustasshaychana on January 15th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
i'm terribly impressed by how mundane this story is, how quiet and domestic in detail. and please don't mistake that as condemnation, because it's the sleeping and the eating and the needing to pee that really grounds the fic and brought it home to me.

out of curiosity, why did you chose this particular setting? did you actually experience the city recently? i'm terribly interested in the creative process that led to this fic.
thedeadparrot: bono hmmm...thedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I do have an almost irrational fondness for the mundane details of life.

Where did this come from? Yeah, I started it when I was in Singapore recently. I wrote the first couple of sections while I was there, actually, but it didn't actually start taking shape until I got home. Does that answer your question? I love talking about writing, but yeah, I'm not sure exactly what you're interested in.
Strictly Ornamentaldaasgrrl on January 15th, 2007 04:59 am (UTC)
That was absolutely awesome *mems*

I thought your descriptions of Singapore were spot on, and I loved the whole disorienting (that wasn't a pun) aspects of the travelling, and the jet lag, and the cycle of falling asleep and waking up and so many unfamiliar circumstances. And yet House and Wilson were still very much themselves, very real. I loved it.
thedeadparrot: going placesthedeadparrot on January 15th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm glad to see that Singapore and the whole traveling feeling felt real.
these things get louder: WOMBAT HAPPY!trenchcoatedson on January 15th, 2007 05:05 am (UTC)

Ilu so much for writing this. I love House/Wilson but I don't read a lot of fanfiction of the pairing because it gets so... ugh, I dunno.

There is something about this I just adore. The pacing of it, the writing, some of the meaning I'm not sure if you were intending to go for or not. I seriously think my favourite part was when Wilson falls asleep on House's shoulder. Something about the timing of that in beauty was... very symbolic to me. I'm not sure if that was intentional or not, but I think there was a lot of symbolism with how House felt when he first did it in the beginning, and then the symbolism on how Wilson felt later, as if returning it.

...If that makes any sense. I also love that when Wilson said "I love you" it didn't break out into a sappy D'AWWWLOL moment and House didn't say anything back. In fact, I greatly appreciate House's silence of not ever directly saying "I love you". It's so... House. Yes.

AND Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference! Win!

I also loved the uncertain ending. It leaves everything up to the viewer, it is a very happy ending, but in a realistic way. Not OMG THEY STAYED TOGETHER FOREVAR AND EVAR. But it still leaves the reader with a content feeling, a piece of happiness. It's very true to real life.
thedeadparrot: introspection in weird momentsthedeadparrot on January 16th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Wow, thanks. Yeah, I definitely tried to sneak odd little bits of repetition in there, and I wasn't sure how much of that got noticed. :)

And yeah, I'm glad that it didn't really read as sappy. I don't think House and Wilson pull off sappy really well.
lover of muffins and one-legged puppies: I'd hit that. Twice.baka_sensei on January 15th, 2007 07:05 am (UTC)
Ah! There. Are. No. Words. To describe the glory of this. Hot smex, adorable disfunction, a healthy helping of snark, what's not to love? They are both so in character that it's loverly. And I love this fic. Hoorah for you. :-D
thedeadparrot: blurthedeadparrot on January 16th, 2007 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :)
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thedeadparrot: focused!housethedeadparrot on January 16th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was quite worried about that scene.

And thanks about the parentheses. I know that some people kind of hate them, but I like the way they work for me. :p
M.: House/Wilsonelectricshocks on January 15th, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
wow... amazing ^_^

He looks at House, and this time House can't meet his eyes. Wilson knows he's right
That's absolutely perfect, I can see him doing that.

Loved House kissing Wilson in front of the other doctors, seems like something he would do XD

And this really appeals to me because I travel too much for my own liking, It was really familiar and very appealing because of the jet lag and sleepiness.

Really, Really, Really well written.
If I was a book publicist I would publish it (if you could publish fanfictions)
thedeadparrot: introspection in weird momentsthedeadparrot on January 16th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it managed to capture the right feeling. :)
(no subject) - electricshocks on January 16th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
pseudonymnhopegeeksout on January 15th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
Wilson is pretty sure that it was House's less rational logic came to that conclusion. "Why not?" He's unsure as to why there are things that

None of that part made sense to me. I think you just need further editing. There were lots of missing words and things.

Good story, though. About 68% in character, by my standards. Good job! Am looking forward to reading more from you!

One thing: the parts that rang as OOC to me-- maybe you already do this, but when I write Housefic I always check the dialogue against RSL and Hugh Laurie's voices, you know? Like, if I can't hear them, in character, saying the words I've written, I need to rework them.

Still, very interesting style, very enjoyable.
thedeadparrot: bono hmmm...thedeadparrot on January 16th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Thanks for the honest criticism. I appreciate that.

Yeah, I do have a tendency of dropping out words at random points. The unfortunate problem is that my brain has a tendency to skim over them when I do editing. I don't mean that as an excuse, but just an explanation of why I still miss them at times during editing.

And I'm curious about the parts that seem OOC. Are you saying that the voices seemed off or are the things they're saying off? One's somewhat easier to fix than the other.

I'm also glad that you liked the style. I wasn't sure how well it would work.
VOWELS: islandaeeee on January 16th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
This is beautiful. I know the smoggy-air feel from Taipei and you got that perfectly. And I'm so glad they were mature about it and not totally awkward.

♥ Adding to memories.
thedeadparrot: crouching tigerthedeadparrot on January 17th, 2007 04:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. (And yeah, I would even go as far to say that Singapore's smoggy-air feel is worse than Taipei's, having experienced both. :p)
thinlysliced: bollocksthinlysliced on January 17th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Love the Douglas Adams ref ;-) There's such an interesting feel to this story - you really capture the atmosphere of the place, and House and Wilson in it, so well.
thedeadparrotthedeadparrot on January 17th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I am a very large fan of atmosphere. Also, Hitchhiker's Guide FTW.
small pepper: coin gamenieded on January 18th, 2007 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm a little late responding to this and I see a sea of people have beat me to it, but this was absolutely wonderful. Of course, it was refreshing to read something non-Tritter related that really dug into the House and Wilson we used to know, or perhaps will be introduced to in the future on the show. Lovely.

The symmetry of it all really sold it, and I have to admit, the story grew on me just like Singapore grew on Wilson. I read it and admired the flow of sentences and well constructed paragraphs while still teeter-tottering on the idea of Singapore and House and Wilson and conferences even though I should have realized how completely and utterly them it was. In the end, it really began to hit home how solid and in character this entire pieces was. Wilson really materialized -- became -- in the scene at the temple. It seemed a little too real imagining him kicking of his shoes and admiring a whole religion before him while still being his usual, almost cynical and uncertain self. It's details and moments like these that truly demonstrate your grasp on the characters and of storytelling. The paralleled yet contrasting scenes of conferences, taxi rides, and waking in airport gates gave this piece a real sense of closure even though Wilson left feeling very uncertain about his future with House.

I kind of rambled here, so feel free to skip all of what I just wrote. The gist is: This is an amazing piece and I almost wish it wasn't fanfanfiction so I could buy a copy and let it grow old on my shelf to look at in my middle ages and even later on. Wonderful.
thedeadparrot: house + wilsonthedeadparrot on January 18th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you so much. Yeah, I totally love circularity and parallelism, so I kind of went with it here. :P I'm glad that the idea managed to make sense in the end. I know it's a little odd.