Title: Four Days, One Room
Fandom: House/Criminal Minds
Pairing: Eve Carter/Jennifer Jareau
Disclaimer: I don’t own anything from House or Criminal Minds.
Summary/Spoilers: An STD patient and rape victim copes with her turmoil through a special friendship she develops with a certain FBI agent. This is a retelling of the House episode ‘One Day, One Room’. Various of the episode's story revelations are revealed.
A/N: Eve is a character played by Katheryn Winnick who made a guest appearance on House for that one episode.
A/N 2: Special thanks to my wonderful beta geekgrrllurking, love_besos and femme_slash_fan
Day Three (Part A)
Eve always had an interest in Jennifer. At first it was simple intrigue of Jennifer’s situation. Now that she was finally up, the interest has changed. This time she was drawn in to the real Jennifer Jareau.
Jennifer turned out to be what Eve thought she would be like: kind, warm spirited, intelligent, engaging personality and a sweet voice to top it off. She couldn’t help but find Jennifer pretty attractive as well. Asleep the blonde thought Jennifer was pretty, but awake she has finally gotten the chance to see one of the most beautiful sets of blue eyes she’s ever witnessed.
The two of them hit it off very well. It didn’t matter what their conversation was about, they were able to have fun talking about anything. Eve really enjoyed being around her roommate. She didn’t notice it at first, but this was the first time she has ever been genuinely happy ever since the rape incident.
Eventually Eve couldn’t help but ask Jennifer the burning question she’d been wondering about ever since Jennifer’s arrival, “So Jennifer what kind of job do you do exactly to have gotten yourself shot?”
“I work for the FBI in a department called the BAU,” answers Jennifer. “It stands for Behaviour Analysis Unit.”
“The FBI… sounds interesting,” Eve smiles. “So you get to carry a badge with your picture on it?”
“I do. You want to see it?”
Jennifer shifts her gaze to the corner of the room, “Check the cabinets where my things are. I had it on me when I was being rushed to this hospital.”
Eve gets off her bed and heads towards the cabinets in the corner. She opens them up and spots the plastic container that was placed on top of her clothes. “This should be it.”
Eve brings the container to Jennifer. She lays it on the FBI agent’s lap and leans in to get a good look.
“Okay lets see what’s here?” Jennifer pops open the lid. “Guess they must have taken my gun and holster.” Jennifer pulls out her wallet. She flips it open, “Here we are.” She takes the blue and white card out and hands it to Eve.
Eve gives the FBI card a good gaze, “Cool.”
She hands the card over back to Jennifer. “So what is it you do for the FBI?”
“I’m their press liaison,” Eve looks at Jennifer with a bit of confusion. “I’m basically their spokesperson. I’m the one who goes in front of the cameras and breaks the news to the media.”
Eve takes a seat on the stool, leans in her body, and rests her arms on the railing. “So what happened?” She says with a grin that looks like she’s about to laugh. “Someone saw you on TV and felt the need to put a bullet into you?”
“It’s quite a story,” Jennifer brushes her hair back. “Say what, I’ll tell you it if you promise to tell me your story.”
“It’s a deal.”
“Well if you can believe it, I’m also a fully qualified field agent.”
“Guess you must have been special enough that you received two positions from the FBI.” Eve jokes again.
“Yeah. Anyways as I was saying…”
“Sorry. Go ahead,” Eve gives Jennifer her undivided attention.
“I received a case about a serial killer in New Jersey. So I briefed the team and we were on our way.” Jennifer stares up at the ceiling and starts reminiscing the events. “Eventually we acquired some info on where he might be. There were quite a lot of possible locations, so we split up. I went with two New Jersey cops to my destination, which was at an obscure location. Once we arrived and were at the front steps, what do you know?” Jennifer tilts her head a bit and forms a sarcastic half smile. “The unsub was already making a break for it at the back.”
“Unsub?” Eve raises an eyebrow.
Jennifer faces Eve, “It’s short for unknown subject.” She looks back up, “The three of us gave chase, and were ultimately lead near an area with trees and train tracks. He had a gun on him and was waiting for us. I spotted him just as one of the officers was about to get into his view. I moved the officer out of the way and tried to pull my gun out on the unsub, but he got me first. The only thing I remember after that before the hospital ride was the sound of train cars and someone calling for a paramedic over the radio as I was staring at the night sky.”
Jennifer looks at Eve again and lets out a sigh, “First time I ever got shot, and it just had to be a day when I didn’t have a vest on me. Just my luck.”
“You’re not entirely unlucky,” Eve pats Jennifer on the shoulder. “The other day one of your coworkers, he’s a bald black dude.”
“That would be Derek.”
“As he was dropping off those flowers for you, he told me to let you know that the unsub was caught.”
Jennifer’s eyes suddenly open wide, “That’s good to know.” The blond agent’s facial expression changes and she points to Eve, “I believe it’s your turn now.”
Eve leans off the railing and places her hands on the edge of the stool cushion. She stretches out her body and breathes deeply. “In my story I was at a birthday party for a friend named Melissa. A lot of people were there and alcohol was being served. One of the boys was pouring drinks for the guests, so we got him to serve some to Melissa and me.”
She pauses for a bit while Jennifer turns her body towards Eve. The blonde continues in a more depressive tone, “After that I felt sick. I thought it was just the alcohol, so I went to the bathroom to basically try and throw up. When that didn’t work, I figure I just need to lie down, so I headed to the nearest bedroom and blacked out on the mattress.”
Eve lays her hands on her lap and tilts her head down a bit, “When I woke up I had a great discomfort… down there. Then I noticed that my belt was off and my clothes were very sloppy. I knew what happened, but just had a hard time believing it actually happened to me. Once I got up, I told Melissa what happened. I also told her before I blacked out I remembered seeing the same guy that served our drinks waiting in the hallways nearby after I left the washroom.”
The blonde runs her hand through her golden strands, “She said she also saw him leaving the party less than half an hour after I ran off to the washroom. We contacted the police afterwards. I was told to come into the station to get examined for evidence of rape. They checked my blood for toxins and found that I might have contracted something from the ordeal.”
Eve tilts her head back up to look at Jennifer, “I came into the hospital to the next day to see if I had an STD and here I am.”
Jennifer gives Eve a comforting look, “Did it feel better telling someone your story?”
“It did actually,” Eve says in a happier tone.
“What type of STD did you pick up? Must be pretty serious if you have to stay at the hospital.”
“It was a minor one called chlamydia. I actually told Melissa I would let her know if the STD test came up positive, and forgot to tell her about it until the next day.”
“She was cool with me telling her late. She was just worried for a bit that it was one of the worse STDs. I let her know that the hospital told me that it would clear up over time as long as I take my medication. As for why I’m still here?” Eve raises her arms up before dropping them back down onto her lap, “I don’t know? I guess I’m not ready to go out into the world right now. The hospital is letting me stay probably out of pity.”
“I’m glad you decided not to leave,” Jennifer says softly. “Otherwise I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to.”
“You were rather quiet for the first two days though.”
“I’ll try not to be next time.”
The two women laugh. There’s a knock at the door. They turn to see who it is. Cameron steps into the room with a folded wheelchair tucked under her arm. She pulls outs the chair and opens it up.
“Okay lets get you cleaned up, Jennifer.”
Jennifer laughs, “What’s with hospitals and always putting patients on wheel chairs?”
“I think you might need it more than you think,” the brunette says confidently.
“I think I can manage,” Jennifer replies back.
Cameron raises an eyebrow, “Then go for it.”
Jennifer sits up, but her facial expression quickly changes and she falls back down before she gets her torso up vertically. “Okay that hurts more than I expect.”
Cameron lets out a smirk that reads, ‘I told you so.’
“I can do this,” Jennifer says. She gives Cameron a look, “Can you adjust the railings down?”
“Sure thing,” Cameron complies to Jennifer’s request. After Cameron finished, the blonde turns her body towards the edge until her legs are sticking off the bed. She uses her arms to pull herself off the bed until she steps onto the ground.
“See!” Jennifer gives a smile that Cameron can tell isn’t entirely sincere. “I’ll get my clothes now.”
Jennifer walks over to the drawers. Cameron and Eve could easily make out the discomfort in her movements. Jennifer grabs her clothes and heads back towards Cameron.
“You know this gown could easily fly open and I only have a bra and underwear underneath,” the blonde says along the way. “I should be safe and sit down.”
Cameron rolls the wheel chair in front of the blonde, “Take a seat.”
Jennifer turns around and sits down on the chair. She places the clothes on her lap and lets out a sigh of relief as she lays back.
“Ready?” Cameron asks.
“Yeah, lets go,” Jennifer turns her head and smiles at Eve. “Talk to you later Eve.”
“See you, Jennifer,” Eve waves in response.
It’s lunch time. The two women are sorting through the content of the lunches the nurses served them a while ago. Eve dips in her spoon and takes a bite out of the mashed potatoes. She looks across from her and can’t help but notice Jennifer’s facial expression to the food.
“Not a big fan of hospital food I take it,” Eve jokes.
“It’s not bad. I actually thought it would have been worse, and at least the jell-o tastes like jell-o.”
Eve thinks for a bit. “If that Salisbury steak isn’t tempting you, I think I might have a solution.” She climbs off her bed. “I’ll be back in 15 to 30 minutes.”
Day One A
Day One B
Day Two A
Day Two B
Day Three B
Day Three C