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HOUSE: How Much Salt (Wilson/Cameron)

andrealyn organized santahouse_md (master list). I was assigned craving_house, who requested Wilson/Cameron smut, outside the hospital, with an interesting use of Wilson's tie.

Title: How Much Salt
Author: voleuse
Fandom: House
Ship: Wilson/Cameron
Rating: R
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: A movement peculiar to my days.
Notes: S2, no spoilers



Wilson doesn't recognize her at first, because he didn't expect to recognize anyone in the hotel's bar. Certainly not Allison Cameron, anyway, but when he looks up from his table, scans the room out of habit, she catches his attention.

She's sitting at the bar, her posture only slightly less perfect than usual. Her hair tumbles over her shoulders, and she's still wearing her coat. He notices she's attractive, because he's used to noticing attractive women. It's not a surprise; just something worth his attention.

His salad hasn't even arrived yet, so he stands and wends his way across the dining room floor. He's by her side before she notices, and he admires the way her fingers curl around the stem of her wineglass.

"There's a cliché about small worlds," he begins, "but you've probably heard it before."

She startles, only slightly, her eyes widening. She doesn't smile. "Doctor Wilson," she greets him.

"James, please," he corrects, and leans closer. "We wouldn't want to reveal our secret identities."

Her laugh is short and sharp, and she nods. "James, then." She extends her hand, and he clasps it. "Allison."

He keeps hold of her hand, and tilts a smile towards her. "Would you like to join me for dinner, Allison?"

He's only a little surprised when she agrees.

*


They manage to not talk about work, directly. Instead, he inquires about her internship, which he's already read about in her files, and she asks his opinion about a recently published article regarding basal-cell carcinoma.

They never ask each other about their friends, or their current personal lives, aside from one awkward moment.

"Why are you having dinner here?" Cameron asks, three minutes after their entrées arrive.

He shrugs, deliberately casual. "I have a room in this hotel," he replies, and smiles. "It's temporary." She raises an eyebrow, so he rejoins, "Why are you having dinner here?"

He sees every response she considers flicker across her face, and he's almost relieved when she opts to take a bite of her gnocchi, instead.

*


He walks her out of the restaurant, through the lobby, and to the curb. It's snowing outside, and she gestures vaguely in the direction of her car. "I should get going, before it gets--"

"Of course," he agrees. "It can get very--"

And she cuts him off with a kiss. Her lips are cool, but her hand against his neck is warm, and he wonders why she hasn't put on her gloves.

She pulls back, barely a breath away, and her fingers are tugging at the knot of his tie.

"A room?" she murmurs.

He nods, and kisses her again.

*


The trip on the elevator is a short one, leaving little time to feel awkward. That space is filled, anyway, when she kisses him, long and softly, in the elevator, and again, when they stand in front of his door.

The room this time is small; he doesn't expect to stay here more than a couple of nights, this time.

He stands back and watches her as she sheds her coat, her scarf, her shoes. She plays with the top button of her blouse and he steps forward, finally, to help, catching his fingertips against mother-of-pearl and silk thread.

She leans forward, pressing her lips behind his ear, down his neck, and she yanks at his tie, roughly, shoves his jacket off and then his shirt as well. He pulls away from her, assesses the shadows behind her eyes, and her smile is wide and unfamiliar.

"Who would I be?" she asks him. "If you had the choice?"

He knows what she wants to hear, and it's different from anything close to truthful. Instead, he answers, reckless and honest, with an echo.

"If you had the choice, who would I be?" But his question isn't the assault of hers.

Again, she doesn't answer. Again, he's relieved.

He doesn't need a response to know, anyway.

The rest of their clothes litter the room by the time they finally reach the bed, and it's maddening, the way her hair drifts against his skin. She pushes him, stands over him as he sits down, takes his head in her hands and he clutches her hips as she licks a trail over his throat.

When she takes him in her hand, his hips buck, and she laughs when he looks helplessly around for his wallet. "Wait," she says, and takes four steps back. She crouches, tosses his wallet to him, and while he extracts the condom, picks up his tie. She loops it over his head and shrugs at his curious look, watches him avidly as he rolls the condom on, instead.

She straddles him, knees framing his on the mattress, sinks down with a stuttering sigh. He thrusts up, into her, deeper, and he likes the sound she makes, a strangled gasp in the back of her throat.

He likes, too, the way she twists her hips, a circling shimmy that echoes her nails on his back, her tongue in his mouth.

The silk of his tie brushes between their bodies, and he watches as it slides, fluttering obscenely as they fuck. It's a deep, dark blue, shocking against her skin. He presses his mouth to her breasts, and the tie is smooth against his cheek.

He, carefully, doesn't think about anything but being inside her.

She's moaning, now, a soft series of whimpers, and he rises, twists so she's underneath him, her hair spread like a fan against the bedspread. He snakes an arm underneath her hips and braces an elbow against the mattress.

She bends her knees, opens wider to him, and her nails are harsh against his shoulders, down his arm. He hisses, frowns, but it's not enough to give him pause; he'd forgotten what this was like, the thrill of it, away from everything else.

When she arches, shudders, he gulps and stills. Watches her quiver around him, and then he dares ask.

"So." Her eyes open, and she smiles. "What's with the tie?" he asks.

Without a word, she untangles it from their bodies, and drapes it over her eyes, lifts her neck and knots it behind her head.

She jerks her hips against his, and he thrusts into her again.

And again, he's glad she didn't answer.

###

A/N: Title and summary adapted from Andrea Raos' It is this need I have to exist.

Originally posted here and linked here.

Comments

( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
liminalliz
Jan. 2nd, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, Cameron, you are fucked up, my dear!!! *giggles* OH THIS IS BRILLIANT. Has to be one of my favorite House fics now. Mmm. Fucked up fucking. Yay.
voleuse
Jan. 5th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Fucked up fucking. Yay.

The very best kind, really. *g* Thank you!
poisontaster
Jan. 3rd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
What a masterfully dark, beautiful fic. You've captured the flaws of both characters in the exact way to show off how interesting and gorgeous they are. I don't like a great deal of House fic because they tend to over-woobify (yes, I know, but we're all fans here) Wilson and demonize Cameron making them both significantly less interesting. This does neither and I love it.
voleuse
Jan. 5th, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
allthingsholy
May. 9th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
Wilson/Cameron are my shameful!OTP, mostly because I really, really don't like her. Usually. She's awesome here, though, as is Wilson. Nicely done.
moodfic
May. 10th, 2006 07:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
cephiedvariable
Sep. 14th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
This is just... this is just... hell, almost something I wish would happen in canon in a word: beautiful.

This was just what I needed. Thank you. ♥
moodfic
Sep. 14th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
*g* I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for the comment.
biases
Nov. 3rd, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
Wow. Dark and different and naughty and good. You captured a charged mood perfectly, and the descriptions were lovely to read as the story unfolded. You had a great grasp on their inner demons and I think I'm glad she didn't answer, too.

Wonderful writing - congratulations on a job well done.
moodfic
Nov. 5th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it.
transcendancing
Aug. 19th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
This was gorgeous! Pointed here from crack_van and very glad to have wandered over :)

You captured things at just the right moments.
moodfic
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
selkiechick
Aug. 20th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
There are few things I love so much as soul-destroying sex between profoundly broken people. Very nice, very hot.
moodfic
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:46 pm (UTC)
*g* I'm glad you liked it. Thanks!
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