Ficlet

Mar. 29th, 2007 11:14 am
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I owed [livejournal.com profile] npkedit a ficlet, and since it was her birthday a couple of days ago...


"I'm not a fan of dentists," Mr. -- Chase checked the patient's chart -- Summers said, by way of introduction.

"So Dr. House has noted." Chase snagged a rolling stool with his ankle and straddled it. He leafed through the rest of the notes in Summers's file and shook his head. He was going to kill House for saddling him with what looked suspiciously like a problem patient. Or "a bottom-feeding, soulless monster who will suck the life out of you," as Foreman would say. Summers had been back three times over a toothache?

"Where is Dr. House today, anyway?" The red-headed woman standing next to Summers had a slight frown on her face. Great, just what he needed. Patients who only trusted in House almighty.

"He has an urgent case right now, so I agreed to take his rounds for the day. I'm Dr. Chase." Well, only half of it was a lie, really. Figuring out the cause of Mr. Elton's hallucinations was urgent... and if by "agreed to take his rounds," Chase had meant "lost a week's worth of consultations in a bet with House"... well, Summers didn't have to know any better.

He looked at his patient, taking in the pressed slacks and button-down shirt, the sunglasses that Summers hadn't taken off, even indoors. Poor little rich boy syndrome, he thought to himself. "That tooth needs to come out, and no matter how many times you come back here and ask for another opinion, the answer's still the same. And no, I can't remove it for you."

"No?"

"I assure you it would be a far less pleasant experience than any dental visit you've ever had."

Summers muttered something that sounded suspiciously like, "You'd be surprised."

Chase ignored him. "It won't be a tough procedure if you go in soon, but if you keep putting it off--" then you'll just get what you deserve, he thought darkly. The redhead gave a small snort of laughter, and Chase glanced at her before continuing, "--then it's going to be a lot more painful and costly than it needs to be."

The woman turned to Summers. "See? I told you that." She looked back at Chase and extended a hand. "Hi, I'm Dr. Jean Grey, and my fiance is an idiot who doesn't listen to me."

"Honey, you're a geneticist," Summers said, as Chase reached out and shook her proffered hand.

"A geneticist with a medical degree who is no longer going to give you Advil for this 'toothache that will fix itself,'" she shot back. "Dr. Chase," she gave him a brilliant smile, "we'll take a recommendation for a dentist now, please?"

Chase scribbled down two names on his prescription pad and tore the sheet off. "Here. The front desk can get you the phone numbers."

"Thank you." Dr. Grey took the paper. Summers got off the exam table, shook Chase's hand, and led her out the door, still muttering to himself.

Don't mind him, Chase suddenly heard, as the door was swinging shut behind the two. The voice in his head was rich and warm, like baking cinnamon. He just gets grouchy when he's in pain. Though I must say, Dr. Chase, I do hope your medical diagnoses prove more correct than your judgement of human character. With a laugh, the words faded from his mind.

He looked down at the chart in his hand. "What the--" The emergency contact information listed caught his eye. Jean Grey, M.D.. Jean Grey, Jean Grey... oh. The woman who did the research on mutant genetics. Cameron had gone to one of her talks and come back glassy-eyed with hero worship. Right.

He grinned and opened the door. With luck, they would still be at the front desk, and if he could get Dr. Grey's autograph... well, he was willing to bet Cameron would see it as fair exchange for finishing up House's rounds this week. He smiled to himself. He'd learned a thing or two from House after all.

Date: 2007-03-29 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] npkedit.livejournal.com
LOL! What a great belated birthday present. Scott would be the patient from hell (scribbles note to self).

Not sure Chase would succumb to "poor little rich boy" syndrome thinking (he gets the same thing, after all), but if House stuck him with somebody...well my poor wombat is probably gunshy at this point.

Gracias!

Date: 2007-03-29 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
De nada!

And hee, I was expecting someone to mention the "poor little rich boy" thing. I definitely think Chase and Scott would get on famously otherwise, but today he was just grumpy because House saddled him with those dreaded rounds, and a little unfair because of it. :D

Scott as patient-from-hell. Yes! I love my Cyclops, but the man is a control freak! Definitely a nightmare patient. I bet he hates his dentist because the man won't tell him exactly what he's doing, when he's doing it.

Date: 2007-03-29 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] npkedit.livejournal.com
Man would Scott love my dentist. I get a play-by-play during all the action. I adore my dentist (he believes in properly medicating you for the big event), but there are some things you really don't need to know :-)

Date: 2007-03-29 07:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
Oh my God, I would love your dentist! I'm one of those tell-me-everything! patients, while my dentist is of the what-you-don't-know-won't-hurt-you school. :)

Date: 2007-03-29 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jeangreyrocks.livejournal.com
Had to check out your journal after seeing Timelapse, and I found another great piece. Loved Chase's unspoken thought and Jean's snicker best.

Mind if I friend you?

Date: 2007-03-29 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
I don't mind at all! You're friended back for Scott-love and that awesome username. :)

And thanks for the kind comments here. Yeah, Jean caught an "earful" as it were. Our favorite wombat deserved her little mental smackdown!

Date: 2007-03-30 12:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguewords.livejournal.com
*giggles and bounces*

Oh he would totally be an awful patient. Even for Jean, I think.

*grins*

*lovesss*

Date: 2007-03-30 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
Even for Jean, I think.

Hee, I think so, too! He'd try to distract her in, er, intimate ways. "Honey? Don't you want to put down that stethoscope so we can make out on the exam table?"

Date: 2007-03-30 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguewords.livejournal.com
He would!

And then she'd say something like... "Get up on that table before I give you the enema of your life."

And he'd do it. ;)

[livejournal.com profile] sionnian would like it!!!!

Date: 2007-03-30 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
*dies*

No messin' with Dr. Jean!

Date: 2007-03-30 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roguewords.livejournal.com
'Xactly.

*grins*

I love killing people. It's so much fun.

Date: 2007-03-30 01:38 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] st-aurafina.livejournal.com
Fabulous!

You can probably guess I'm on Scott's side in this one. I'd much rather have Chase pull my tooth out than any dentist, especially with Jean there to hold my hand and distract my brain. (I can imagine her sparring with House - they'd have a great time.)

Date: 2007-03-30 02:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
Hee, I'd probably want Chase to do it, too. Though for reasons Scott probably doesn't share. The pretty!

Jean sparring with House... OMG, that would be incredible. House would be all leery and disdainful of female physicians just because he'd know it was one of her buttons. And Jean would go, "Look, bitch, I can explode your brain." Wow. You've sent me to a happy place. *G*

Date: 2007-03-30 12:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drharper.livejournal.com
I'm not a House fan (being in medicine myself, not even Hugh Laurie's delightful snarkiness can adequately distract me from the medical inaccuracies enough that I don't start screaming at the TV screen), but [livejournal.com profile] npkedit has managed to addict me to House/X-men crossovers.

This? This was lovely! :D

Date: 2007-04-16 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musamea.livejournal.com
Whoops, sorry it's taken me so long to respond! I must have missed this comment. But thank you, so much! I'm glad you liked this. And hee about the medical inaccuracies. I'm not in medicine myself, but there are definitely moments when even I look at the screen and go, Oh, House writers, really? :)

Date: 2007-04-16 12:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drharper.livejournal.com
*nods*

Yep. Like running a bowel that has no freakin' mesentary?!

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