AN: Hi! This is my first multi-chapter fic, and unlike my 3 other stories, this one will be a bit... dramatic. It's also a Shenny fic like all the others, so if you're not a Shenny shipper, logic dictates that you stop reading right here. I don't know how long this one's gonna be-I'm kind of just winging it right now-but I assure you, Sheldon and Penny are going to have a happy ending. (I'm a sucker for happy endings.)
TBBT's not mine; the standard disclaimers apply.
Penny paced around her hotel room with a glass of scotch in one hand, wondering if agreeing to marry Leonard was a good decision.
She suddenly stopped, realizing why Sheldon had always insisted on making a Pros/Cons chart on his whiteboards whenever he had to make a decision. She took a sip from the glass and wished that she had a whiteboard in the room. But a glance around the room told her that she didn't, so she opted to just list her pros and cons mentally.
Pro: Leonard loves me, and I do him. Con: I just don't love him as much as he loves me, Penny thought to herself. Pro: He's smart and sweet and I'm comfortable with him. Con: I can so do so much better, Penny chuckled a little at the "con" part, then stopped and frowned again. Pro: He's Leonard! She sighed and ran a hand through her hair, exasperated. Con, she thought... He's not Sheldon.
"Holy crap on a cracker," she said aloud. She took another sip on her scotch. Lord knows she needs it to get through her own wedding day.
Sheldon had excused himself from his friends and went to the bar on the hotel lobby, ordering a Diet Coke from the baffled yet cooperative bartender.
He needed-wanted-to see Penny. He had so many things to say... things that he should have told her a long time ago. "Coward," he scolded himself as he downed half of his Coke.
After a long time of fiddling with the condensation on his glass, he pulled out his phone and typed a text message to Penny.
"Can I come over?"
"Sure thing, sweetie."
He paid for his drink and set off to Penny's room.
Penny heard the familliar three knocks followed by her name, and smiled. "It's open, Sheldon."
The door opened and she saw his tall, thin frame, looking handsome-even more handsome than the usual-in a suit and bow tie. "Hello, Penny."
She patted on the cushion on the far end of the couch, indicating that he sit beside her. "I never sit on the far end cushion even when you're not there, you know," she laughed sadly. "And I probably never will."
Sheldon sat and smiled down at her. "You always sit on the middle cushion," he mused.
"Yeah, I do," she replied. Sheldon nodded back. "That middle cushion... to me that will always be your spot. Amy tried-and succeeded-to take that away, though." He said, almost sadly. "I couldn't tell her not to sit on Penny's spot."
Penny smiled, tears in her eyes. "I have a spot in your couch, Sheldon?" He just nodded.
They sat in silence for a few minutes until Sheldon spoke softly. "Are you sure you want to marry Leonard?"
Penny sighed. "I... I love him," she replied. Sheldon shook his head, not happy with her answer. "But are you ready to start a new life? With him?" Penny wondered why Sheldon was asking her those questions, but she nodded anyway. "I just... If I let Leonard go, I probably won't get another shot at love anymore, you know?" Sheldon wanted to point out the flaw in her logic, but like he always did with the things he wanted to say to Penny, he kept his mouth shut.
"Okay," Sheldon acquiesced. "I guess it's only right that I congratulate you and wish you all the best in your endeavors," he smiled sincerely.
Penny swallowed to keep the tears in her eyes from falling. "Thank you, Sheldon." She smiled. "You take care of Amy."
They sat in silence for another ten minutes until Bernadette and Amy entered the room to tell Penny to get ready.
AN: How's it going so far? Tell me what you think (and what you want to see!) in the reviews! Thanks