This is again a time when I lack words to properly express my thanks and love to you, because this note is really a very kind thing to send.
So I wrote this tiny follow-up to the House/Hannibal story as a gift. I hope it’s fine. (And, of course, all the thanks and love - from Montreal! *waves at you from this very sunny but quite comfortable day in Villeray*)
House’s eyes went from the TV to the glass
door of the room. Wilson’s shoes were outside, visible under the closed blinds.
They hesitated. God.
And finally: Wilson pushed the door open and
came through the blinds. A quick glance at the coma patient, the fries plate in
House’s lap. “You owe me money,” was what he said.
House huffed. “Nope.”
Wilson sighed, sat down, nodded at the TV.
“Find a news channel.”
“I definitely don’t owe you money. But I definitely don’t owe you any amount of
money important enough for it to be broadcast.”
Wilson gestured at the remote in House’s
hand. “Can you…?”
House sat back, found the news. Yellow
capital letters at the bottom of the screen said ‘Manhunt Continues’. “Yeah
true. That time I said I’d give you money when an unknown manhunt continues for
Wilson opened his bag of chips. “Keep
watching,” he said.
The news shifted to images of an FBI press
conference, given by a black man whose broad shoulders and stern face were
familiar. House frowned. “That’s not-…”
Footage of helicopters flying over a house
and a cliff skipped to show FBI agents in zodiac boats. The screen then went
back to the news anchor beside whose face now stood two pictures, one of
Hannibal Lecter and the other of former FBI agent Will Graham. “Our bet was for Graham’s trial.”
U.S. Marines with Company F, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), conduct an amphibious assault with soldiers of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) as part of the Japanese Observer Exchange Program at Kin Blue, Okinawa, Japan, April 28, 2015. The JGSDF was integrated with the 31st MEU in order to better understand amphibious operations.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Richard Currier/ released)