AN: As requested I am going to do the New Year's story. I am sorry to say there is no way I can get it completed by New Year's itself but I will try my best to get this one done soon. I know people have done New Year resolutions stories before, this is just my take. Anyway, Happy New Year.
Penelope sat in her lair, looking the the latest Buzzfeed article regarding New Year's resolutions. Every year she had made a list, and every year she never accomplished any of it. She always seemed to give up right away. Not because she didn't believe she could do it, but life seemed to always get in the way. Plus, her list wasn't exactly the typical resolutions, like the Buzzfeed list was describing. Yes, she did want to lose twenty pounds, but her list wasn't like that. It had twelve items she always wanted to try, but never had the courage to do. Something that would push her farther than she thought she could.
So it was more like a challenge list. A list that when completed, if she ever were to complete it, would bring her a sense of pride for pushing herself. Come December, she could look back at her year and really say she did something. Pushed herself in ways she never thought she would, completely and utterly out of her comfort zone.
Speaking of pushing herself beyond her comfort zone, she thought of another idea and she quickly jotted it down.
"Whatcha doing, Mama?"
She jolted, hearing Derek's voice bellow through her office. Quickly she pulled some papers over her list and turned to face him. "What's that, Hot Stuff?" she asked, feeling her cheeks heat like she had been caught doing something wrong.
"What are you reading?" he clarified moving closer to her, perching himself upon her desk.
"Nothing," she started. "I am just reading a silly Buzzfeed article." She turned back to her computer minimizing the link.
"What about?" he asked.
She knew full well he had already seen the title, so there was no reason to lie. "It was about the most common New Year's resolutions. You know lose weight, eat healthier, read a book…"
"Those are pretty common," he said, smiling at her. "I don't have anything like that on my list. I already go to the gym five times a week, and I read enough case files. I don't need to read a book too."
"You have a list?" she asked, raising her brow at him.
"Don't you?" he started moving the papers around on her desk.
She quickly slapped her hand down on the files to stop him before he discovered her "Comfort Zone" list as she called it. She didn't want Derek to see the kind of things she had on there. They were embarrassing, after all.
"Whatcha hiding?" he asked, removing her hand from the stack of papers.
"Derek, stop," she said, picking up the stack of papers. "It's nothing really. It's just my resolutions list or not really a resolution list…"
"Then what is it?" he asked, his interested peaked.
"I don't know. It's just a list I put together every year to push myself out of my comfort zone…" She looked away embarrassed. She didn't need Derek judging her list. "I make a list every year with items on it for each month to accomplish to push myself and on New Year's Eve I want to be able to look back at the past year and see that I am a better person because I pushed myself in way most people would never see me doing."
"Huh?" he said. "Sounds like fun. It's like a new take on a resolutions list. I like it!"
"I guess so," she said. "But it doesn't matter, I've never completed one." She gave a slight laugh. Now he was going to think she was a person that gave up… well, she kind of was when it came to her "Comfort Zone" list.
She watched as Derek studied her up and down for a moment before speaking. "So you come up with twelve items that would push you past your comfort zone and complete one each month, right?"
"Yeah," she said, not sure where he was going with this.
He hopped off her desk grabbing a pen and a piece of paper. He pulled up the chair to the table in her office and start furiously writing. "Nah… that's dumb…." He scribbled that one out. "Oh now that would be a helluva lot of fun." He looked up and gave her a wink.
She decided to ignore him and turned back to her computers. If Derek wanted to come up with his own "Comfort Zone" list, she wasn't going to stop him. Heck, he was a really determined person. He would probably be able to complete the whole thing and before December 31.
She turned her head to see him writing, completely caught up in his own list. So she thought it would be safe to bring out hers and work on it. She had a few items on the list already, but she wanted to get all twelve items down. She had been working on the list for two weeks now. Whenever she would start, she would be excited at first but then, give up, feeling like what was the use. She wasn't going to complete it anyway.
But seeing Derek work on his, gave her motivation. So she decided to really put some interesting things on her list. Things she would never have done in her lifetime… isn't that what the list was about anyway? Pushing yourself beyond you comfort zone? Well, heck yes it was! She was getting excited. She even had her tongue poking out of the corner of her mouth, as she wrote.
This was going to be her year. Come December 31 she was going to be able to look back at her list and smile at her accomplishments.
She had just finished writing the last item, when she saw Derek's large hand come into view. Before she knew it, her list was pulled from her grasp and placed on top of Derek's list.
She was so shocked she couldn't move.
"Alright, I'm gonna go make copies of these," he said, moving to leave the room.
She quickly jumped up ready to snatch her list away. "Yo-you're what?!"
"I have to make copies. One of each, so we have each other's list," he said, raising his eyebrow at her like she was the crazy one.
He stood at her doorway a huge grin on his face. "Because this year, Sweet Thing, we are going to each accomplish everything on our lists. And we are going to help each other do it. Starting right away."
With that he left her standing in her office, frozen. Her heart was racing and her knees weak. He couldn't read her list. There were some things on that list that…
"Frack!" she said, running after him.
AN: want more?