#5. House Was Once Called Chasing Zebras, Circling the Drain
That absurdist nonsense is medical slang. “Chasing zebras” refers to medical cases where symptoms of a rare illness present themselves as a more common illness. Like Foreman says in the pilot episode: “If you hear hoof beats, you think horses, not zebras.” “Circling the drain” is exactly as it sounds: patients on the verge of death.
That title perfectly described House: doctors who are attempting to diagnose the undiagnosable. It also sounds like the title of a Salvador Dali painting, or a doctor show starring Dali himself, where all his cures involve rearranging people’s guts into surrealist shapes that his underlings don’t understand, but they don’t want to look stupid, so they just nod in agreement.
Summary:When Gajeel becomes the victim of a legendary disease, he learns the hard way that love can be as uplifting as it can be deadly. “The patient coughs up flower petals when they suffer from unrequited love.”
It all started on a
normal day. Juvia had come over to Gajeel’s place in order to make
him taste the heart-shaped cookies she had baked for Gray. Being
Juvia’s closest friend and having known her the longest, it was only
natural that he would be the one tasting them. Juvia had excellent
baking skills, so he never understood why she didn’t trust herself
enough to directly make Gray eat her baked goods. Gajeel wasn’t one
to complain though.
He grabbed one out
of the plate and put the entire cookie in his mouth. Without any
surprise, Gajeel started humming as he chewed, fully satisfied by how
good it tasted. He snorted when he saw the usual bright smile that
set on Juvia’s face. She always seems so surprised,
finished swallowing the last piece of cookie left in his mouth when a
sharp pain stung the inside of his chest. He froze, feeling the pain
traveling all the way up
to his throat. His face twitched as he violently coughed into his
hand, and to his surprise, something came out. He
hid the thing in his hand then, and he told Juvia that he had just
swallowed a piece of cookie down the wrong pipe.
knew he lied. The texture of the thing was far more different than
that of a coughed-up cookie. He waited for her to saunter off his
place to finally have a look at what put him in so much pain earlier.
He opened his hand and his studded eyebrows furrowed at the alien
on his palm was a blue
He stood there with his eyebrows furrowed for quite some time,
wondering when and how he managed to swallow a flower, but when Lily
came in, he quickly slid the blue petal in his pocket and elected to