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Random snippet of fic I wrote which I'm posting here because why not? It probably won't go any further but I just wanted to write something.

No warnings - AU.

"Hey, House! At least pretend like you're working!"

"You told me not to talk to the customers," House replied, his gaze never leaving his target. "Just doing what you said, boss."

"I said that you should restock the front display, not sit on your ass staring at that guy." Foreman followed the line of House's sight. At the front of the coffee shop a man was sitting, nursing his cup of coffee. He hadn't noticed House's scrutiny because he was busy staring out of the front window of the shop. There was a good view of the busy intersection, but nothing else that seemed to warrant such focus.

"This is the fourth time he's come this week. He always sits there and stares out," House said.

"So he's a regular customer. We do have them."

"The coffee in this place is lousy, Foreman. He's not here for the coffee."

"The coffee pays your damned wages. Not that you earn them. Now get back to work."

"I'm taking my break," House said. He grabbed his cane from where it was resting against the counter.

"Your break? I hadn't noticed that you've done any work today!" Foreman frowned at him. "I'm going to have to call Cuddy."

"You do that. I saved her brat's life, remember? She's not going to fire me." House grinned at Foreman's furious expression and started to walk away.

"Don't harass that guy, House."

"Wouldn't dream of it," House muttered as he made his way towards his prey.

"Is everything to your liking, sir?" he asked, in his best Cameron imitation as he hovered over the man's table.

The man looked up, startled. He was older than House had first thought. Up close he could see lines of strain on the youthful features. His eyes were a warm brown, and although he wore casual clothes they were clearly expensive, and immaculately ironed. His eyes flicked over House, first noticing the cane and then assessing House's face. There was some puzzlement in his voice when he answered.

"Yes, everything is fine, thanks. Do you ask all your customers?"

House shrugged, pulling up a chair and straddling it, still facing the man. "The boss doesn't like me talking to the customers."

"And yet here you are. Talking to me. I guess you don't like being employed." House noted with interest that he hadn't protested having a sudden dining companion.

"His boss owes me a big favour." House reached over and picked up the stranger's slightly dry looking slice of mud cake. It wasn't like the guy had been eating it. He took a big bite. Yeah, that was pretty shit. Like the coffee. He took another bite, because - hey, free food. Brown eyes was still watching him, more amused than indignant. Interesting.

"I hope it's a huge favour," he said, his gaze flicking across to behind the counter, "because your boss is on the phone and he doesn't look happy."

"Yep. Saved her kid's life. Nobody on the East Coast could work out was wrong with her, except for me."

"You're a doctor?" The bushy eyebrows above the brown eyes lifted up.


"And you're working here?"

"This is a temporary gig. The Medical Board benched me for a year to punish me for saving the brat. Kid's Mom owns this dive. I need the money. I have expensive habits." He put out his hand. "Greg House."

Brown eyes stared at him for a moment and then slowly put out his own. "James Wilson."

"Cool," House nodded. "Want to go fuck somewhere?"

James Wilson didn't miss a beat. "Maybe later, I'll pencil it into my diary." He went back to looking out the window.

Date: 2014-09-09 11:27 pm (UTC)
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I hope it talks to you some more. I'm interested to see where it would lead.

Date: 2014-09-09 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The severe lack of Coffeeshop AUs in this fandom is like a wound to my soul :)

Yeah, where it leads would be the big stumbling block to doing more of this :)

Date: 2014-09-10 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would like to say something witty about coffeehouses, but I'm too tired.

This is great fun! thanks for sharing it. I hope it this AU talks to you again.

Date: 2014-09-10 07:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks for reading :) I hope it does too because I had fun with this bit :)

Date: 2014-09-10 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cool! House fandom has a barista fic! Ever since I heard of the genre several years ago, two have been "brewing" in my head. Alas, nothing came of them.

Love how you inserted Foreman, Cuddy, Rachel, and Cameron in the story (Chase must be lurking somewhere), and of course, Wilson who is the catalyst that gets House off his duff and eating officially free food. Love for you to continue, even if it was just meandering dialogue, but your snippet is a delight as is.

Date: 2014-09-10 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ever since I heard of the genre several years ago, two have been "brewing" in my head.

Ooh - do you have any details??

Oh yeah - Chase is out the back room or something :) Meandering dialogue I can do, it's just plots I have problems with :) Thanks for reading!

Date: 2014-09-10 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Perchance is Cameron helping Chase inventory cups? ;)

Details... gotta think back... My original had college students, House (doctoral candidate) and Wilson (undergrad) working in a coffeehouse. One was new and being trained by the other. Snark and possible schmoop ensues. The second... lol... "The Road from Tibet" was a post finale fic. Wilson survives his cancer and has a yen to travel to Tibet, House tags along. After their "enlightenment" (term used as loosely as a triple crochet stitch), they buy a coffeehouse/Casablanca-style nightclub (because the guys look so good in tuxedos). Wilson hosts and House is the main attraction, the barista. He assesses customers by observation, and creates unique coffees for them.

Yeah, plot was the sticking point for both ideas. All I had were setups.
Edited Date: 2014-09-10 04:57 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-10 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
House is the main attraction Probably just me but my mind didn't go to making coffee just then :) House & Wilson in tuxes serving customers House crafted coffee - I could go for that :)

And boyish looking undergrad Wilson, yum! It would be interesting if Wilson was the old experienced hand and House was the newbie - and Wilson was taking it all terribly seriously while House was 'yeah, just here for the money' (and the cute undergrad...)

ETA - Perchance is Cameron helping Chase inventory cups? ;) Oh yes, excellent idea! Poor Foreman, you have to feel sorry for him - his staff is no help at all :)
Edited Date: 2014-09-10 09:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2014-09-10 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wilson was taking it all terribly seriously while House was 'yeah, just here for the money' (and the cute undergrad...)
Exactly! I hear echoes of "I thought you did the dishes last night. It was your day." Exasperated!Wilson is a must.

Date: 2014-09-10 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
What a cool idea! I hope you continue it at some point. I want to know how House saved a child's life yet ended up being suspended, and whether Wilson penciled it in.

Date: 2014-09-10 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh I figure that House did one of his usual tricks - lied to the transplant committee, administered some medicine which he'd been told he couldn't, did something unethical... and because Cuddy wasn't in charge of the hospital and able to cover his ass he got suspended.

And yes, Wilson penciled it in -repeatedly ;)

Thanks for reading!

Date: 2014-09-10 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We know now what House did to wind up in the coffee shop, I can only imagine what Foreman did. LOL.

I'd love to see House work in a coffee shop or any retail establishment. It would be hilarious. And intriguing too the way he reads people.

Thanks for the little snippet.

Date: 2014-09-10 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think House would last about half an hour in any retail establishment :) Although canonically he did work in the college bookstore so who knows?

Thanks for reading!

Date: 2014-09-10 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, what a lovely little fragment! I like it as it is, all the characters spot-on. The ending line is exactly what it should be.

I never knew barista fic was a "thing".

Date: 2014-09-10 09:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
AO3 lists 2100 works tagged with 'alternative universe:coffee shop' . I think the trend is fairly recent and came too late for House (sadly, or otherwise!).

Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!

Date: 2014-09-12 05:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is wonderful and if you continue it I will read it.

And I hate coffeeshop AUs. :-D

Date: 2014-09-12 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Honestly I haven't ever actually read a coffeeshop AU. Maybe I should go and do that for err... research :) My other problem is that I hate coffee. I love cake though, so there's that.

Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for reading!


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