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Differential Diagnosis People: Coming To Terms
by Namaste (namasteyoga)
at October 26th, 2010 (06:19 pm)

During this current hiatus for the World Series, we've got a couple of fics to consider for the Library, starting with this one.

Title and link: Coming To Terms

Author: stenveny

Summary: In the weeks following "Help Me", House, Wilson and Cuddy all have some adjustments to make. (Ten parts, linked from the first part.) Note: This is pre-Season Seven, based on events at the end of Season Six.

Nominated by: flywoman

Why does this fic belong in the Library? This is the first in a series of fascinating, sensual, snarky House/Cuddy stories set after the end of Season 6. The author writes both House and Cuddy wonderfully in-character and never mistakes simple for easy.

Sample: “Thank you.” Her face was wet.

“The hell for?”

“For giving me a second chance.”

He struggled onto his elbows and blinked stupidly. “Huh?”

“I don’t deserve it.”

She left him looking confused and lost, undone at last. It figured that of all the critical turns of the past twenty-four hours, this would be the point where he’d come apart: torn up, not by physical collapse, not by devastating failure, but by an unanswered question. Of all the damage she’d done to him tonight, all the horrible things she’d said, it was what she had not said –that she very well could be the one who had just been rescued -- that had wrecked him.


Posted by: cuddyclothes (cuddyclothes)
Posted at: October 26th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)

I second the nomination.

Posted by: jiraiyasgirl (jiraiyasgirl)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
Bertie I Say!

This fic definately should be accepted, it was a poignant piece that most definately belongs.

Posted by: ReadingRat (readingrat)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)

Not sure whether it's my business to comment here, but I agree that stenveny's work should be considered. Personally, I think that 'Shark Week' (the second in the series) might be more apt - it already has cult status in fandom to the point that people are referring to stenveny's work as the 'Sharkverse'.

Posted by: stenveny (stenveny)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 12:54 pm (UTC)

Thank you.

"Shark Week" is actually the 3rd of my stories. "Coming to Terms" was followed by "Fault Lines", and then "Shark Week."

Posted by: ReadingRat (readingrat)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)

Oh, bother! And sorry. I hate it when people post without getting their facts straight.

Posted by: leesa1214 (leesa1214)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 09:48 am (UTC)

I have read Coming to Terms twice now and each time it has hit me with such force that I have found myself crying at some points and laughing out loud at others. It is a story that remains in your head a long time after reading. And the author does all this while keeping House and Cuddy completely in character so that vivid pictures of the two are happily created in your head.

I had no idea there was a House Cuddy library of ultimate stories - or what ever you call it, but if any story belongs in a Huddy Hall of Fame this one does. And i would love to get the link for more just like it. Thanks.

Posted by: flywoman (flywoman)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 11:27 am (UTC)

Note: this is not a House/Cuddy collection but rather a library of classic fanfiction set in the House M.D. universe, all genres and pairings. But I agree with your sentiments regarding stenveny's story.

Posted by: leesa1214 (leesa1214)
Posted at: October 28th, 2010 12:50 am (UTC)

Oh I see. It sounds like a great collection. Can't wait to check them all out.

Posted by: Namaste (namasteyoga)
Posted at: October 27th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)

As flywoman mentioned, it's an entire fandom roundup of stories, not just House/Cuddy. You can find it here. It includes all ships, gen, crossovers, AUs, one shots, multi-part epics, etc.

Posted by: leesa1214 (leesa1214)
Posted at: October 28th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)

Thank you for the link. I know what i will be doing this weekend. :)

Posted by: binary soup (binsoup)
Posted at: October 29th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)

Compared to what we got from the tv writers, "Coming to Terms" is in my opinion a more interesting and emotionally-satisfying telling of what happens immediately after the season 6 finale. For one, it skews the weird emotional tone of the "i-love-you-so-let-me-kiss-your-ugly-scar" scene which belongs in a Harlequin novel, not in House. But other than this omission, "Coming to Terms" and the rest of the stories in the "Sharkverse" series can be read as a type of "fill-in-the-blanks" stories that fit the frame of what we see on screen.

While the House and Cuddy dynamics propel the the story forward, "Coming to Terms" is not just a House/Cuddy relationship story. The diagnostics team is present. Also Wilson and Sam. The House/Wilson/Cuddy dynamics in "Coming to Terms" is layered and complex the way adult relationships are, and still believable within the context of what we've been told for the last six seasons of House. Aside from her command of the technical aspect of writing, Stenveny's narrative is purposeful. She does not clutter her story with redundant details or clunky expositions and internal monologues. She also has great ear for the pitch and tone of the various cannon characters' voices and an excellent facility for Housian humor and sarcasm. (this has led some of her readers to jokingly insinuate that Stenveney who is largely unknown in House fandom may in fact be a staff writer of House moonlighting in LJ)

I am a new member of this community, but I have read a good number of the stories in the Meta Library. Stenveny's "Coming to Terms" deserves to be part of it. Most definitely.

Posted by: vicpei (vicpei)
Posted at: November 14th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)

I strongly approve this nomination. I have read a lot of House fanfiction, and this stands within the best stories I have read. Strong writing, sharp wit, really in character. She wanders around canon, makes it look better and fill in the blanks so well that it can't possibly be another way. If she isn't a member of House's staff, they should hire her right now. Please.

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