Well, today is the day of the series finale of The Big Bang Theory. And here's the fifth and final chapter of this story. I hope you enjoy.

Disclaimer: This is a work of fan fiction using characters from The Big Bang Theory. I don't own any of the characters.


CHAPTER 5

Penny sat on a bench in the park near her apartment building and listened to music on her iPod. She always sat down there when she had finished her jogging on Saturdays, before heading for home. The temperatures were in the lower seventies and the sun was shining from a cloudless sky, so you could easily forget that it was late November. On the other hand, this weather was not really exceptional for a city in Southern California. Through the trees on the other side of the lawn in front of her, Penny could see that some stores had begun to install Christmas decorations. She closed her eyes for a few seconds and leaned back, savoring the pleasantly warm breeze on this late autumn afternoon. When she opened her eyes again, she saw a familiar person walking towards her. It was Leonard, smiling from ear to ear. He held something that looked like a kite.

Penny removed the in-ear headphones of her iPod and smiled back at her neighbor from across the hall. "Hey, Leonard. What are you doing here?"

"Hi, Penny," the experimental physicist greeted her. "I was heading out for some kite fighting with the guys."

Penny was baffled. "Kite fighting?"

"Oh, yeah. It's an extremely competitive, cutthroat sport," Leonard replied resolutely.

"I see," Penny chuckled.

"Next time you should come watch," Leonard proposed.

Penny nodded. "Absolutely."

Leonard raised a brow. "Do I sense some sarcasm here?"

"Not at all. The next time you guys do kite fighting, I'll come watch and cheer for you," Penny grinned.

Leonard chuckled. "Alrighty. Well, we were on our way back to the apartment, when I saw you sitting here. Are you coming over for dinner later?"

"Sure. I'd love to!" Penny answered.

"Great. See you later!"

As Leonard walked away, Penny couldn't help but smile. She really liked him, she liked his nature, she liked the way he was talking to her, she liked his smile, she liked his eyes. She always felt so comfortable when he was around. And again this one thought crossed her mind. What if he is the right guy for me? A thought that was stuck in her mind for quite some time now. But she couldn't ask herself 'what if' for the rest of her life. She had to do something. She had to find out if he is the right guy, not just thinking about it. Or someone else would find it out.


A few days later, when Penny came home from the Cheesecake Factory she ran into Leonard when she entered the lobby of the apartment building.

"Hi Leonard," she greeted him.

"Hi Penny."

"Where are you going?"

"I'm on my way to the grocery store."

"Well, have fun."

Leonard chuckled. "I will. The fun factor, when you buy oatmeal and cornflakes is really underrated."

Penny had to laugh. "Absolutely. Oh, hey. Before I forget it. I will go to the Holiday market in Old Pasadena tomorrow to shop for Christmas gifts. I wanted to go with my friend Cheryl from the Cheesecake Factory, but she had to cancel. Um, maybe you want to accompany me instead?"

Leonard didn't have to think twice. "Sure, why not. Sounds like fun."

Penny beamed. "Cool. Well, I thought about going at 12 pm, so we can have lunch first and afterwards we go to the market."

"Sounds good," Leonard replied. "I'm looking forward to it."

"Alright. Well, see you tomorrow," Penny said and gave Leonard a kiss on his cheek.

As always when Leonard received this kind of affection by Penny he blushed heavily. "Um, yeah, see you tomorrow."

Smiling at her neighbor, Penny walked up the stairs, while Leonard looked after her with a dreamy expression on his face. He really looked forward to the next day.


Leonard didn't know why. But he was a little nervous, when he knocked at the door of Penny's apartment the next day. This isn't a date, he said to himself. We're just going to a Holiday market together. As friends. It didn't take long and the door opened, revealing a beaming Penny. She asked Leonard in and offered him a seat on the couch.

"Sorry, I'm not ready yet," Penny apologized.

"No problem," Leonard said. "The market is not running away. Take your time."

"Can I offer you something to drink?" Penny asked.

"No, thanks," Leonard replied. "I'll drink something when we have lunch."

Penny nodded with a smile and went into her bedroom, returning ten minutes later. "Okay, Mister Hofstadter. Let's go."

Leonard chuckled and got up from the couch. They left the apartment and walked down the stairs. Outside the building they got in Leonard's car and drove to a diner in Old Pasadena, that Penny found on the internet.

Eating little snacks and engaging in smalltalk, time flew by rather quickly, so it was almost two o'clock when they arrived at the Holly Street, the site of the Holiday market. The tree-lined street with historic brick buildings along each side provided a really nice setting for the event. Vendors occupied white tents on the street, and offered their goods.

Strolling along the tents, Penny found some nice things she bought as Christmas gifts. After two hours every tent was surveyed, so Leonard and Penny decided to leave the market.

Standing in front of Leonard's car, Penny was a little disappointed that they were already heading for home. "It's only four o'clock. Way too early to go back home."

"Well, any ideas what we could do?" Leonard asked.

Penny thought hard for a while. Then she saw an advertisement poster for the Pacific Park in Santa Monica out of the corner of her eye. "Hmm, we could go to the Santa Monica Pier," she suggested.

Leonard seemed hesistant. "The Santa Monica Pier? I don't know."

"Aw, come on. The weather is so nice. You'll like it. I promise," Penny tried to persuade him.

Leonard thought about it. A walk at the beach with Penny was actually something he would surely enjoy, so after a few seconds he nodded with a smile on his face. "Okay, let's drive to the Santa Monica Pier."

Beaming, Penny made a little jump and clapped her hands. "Yay!"


It took a while to drive from Pasadena to Santa Monica, but fortunately the traffic was tolerable. When they arrived it was already getting dark, so the pier was ablazed with light. Countless lights let the place look downright magical. The illuminated ferris wheel and the roller coaster of the Pacific Park were impressive. It really looked wonderful.

Leonard and Penny stood on the pier, enjoying the lights and the mild breeze from the sea. The beach in front of the pier was almost empty on this evening in early December.

"Let's walk along the beach," Penny said and linked arms with Leonard. As they walked along the pier, Penny smiled at Leonard, which let him blush and sent a warm and fuzzy feeling through his body. Leonard shyly smiled back, which let Penny blush as well. And just like Leonard she had this warm and fuzzy feeling, that was so pleasant. But there was more. Penny also felt something that was commonly known as having butterflies in one's tummy. She couldn't deny it. She felt something for Leonard that obviously went beyond pure friendship.

Not sure how to handle this feelings, Penny fell into deep thoughts, which didn't go unnoticed by Leonard after a while.

"Is everything okay?" he asked.

Penny was pulled out of her thoughts by Leonard's question. "Umm, what?"

"Everything all right?" he asked again. "You are so quiet all of a sudden."

"Oh, yeah. Sure," Penny replied. "I was just thinking about something."

Right in this moment they arrived a flight of stairs which led down from the pier to the beach. Walking down the stairs they stepped on the beach moments later. For the next ten minutes Leonard and Penny walked along the almost empty beach in comfortable silence. The gentle rushing of the surf, the quiet background noise from the pier and the amusement park and the blaze of light caused an almost surreal atmosphere. From time to time they looked at each other with shy smiles on their faces. Every eye contact elicited an inevitable blushing on both of their cheeks, but also a pleasant tingling in their stomachs.

"Let's sit down for a while," Leonard said, when he started to feel a little bit heavy-legged.

Penny nodded. "Oh, okay. That's a good idea."

Leonard and Penny sat down next to each other and looked out at the ocean, that lay in front of them like a shimmering silver plate.

"Can you see the stars reflecting on the water?" Leonard asked.

"Yes," Penny replied. "It's beautiful. I really like the atmosphere. It's so peaceful."

"Absolutely," Leonard agreed.

"You know, I'm glad to be here with you. I'm really enjoying this," Penny said.

Leonard smiled, savoring her words. "I'm enjoying this too." He looked at Penny who began to shiver a little. "Are you cold?"

"A little bit," she replied. "Looks like the cardigan I'm wearing is too thin."

"Hold on!" Leonard took off his hoodie and put it around Penny's shoulders.

"Aw, Leonard. Thanks, you're a real gentleman." Bending sidewards, she gave him a kiss on his cheek.

For the next few minutes they just sat there on the beach in comfortable silence, looking at the sea and the stars above it. Looking at each other from time to time, a smile flashed over both of their faces each time. Both felt a deep amicable affection for one another in these moments, and both enjoyed this feeling immensely.

It was Leonard who broke the silence at some point. "Um, Penny. Can I ask you something?"

She looked at him. "Sure."

"Well, actually it's not a question. Rather an observation."

"An observation?"

"Yes. Um, you seemed deep in thoughts earlier, when we walked on the pier."

"Well, yeah. You're right. I was deep in thoughts," Penny said. "I thought about making changes in my life." She paused for a few moments and turned to Leonard who intently looked looked at her. "I made so many wrong decisions, you know. I think it's time to reconsider some things."

"For example?" Leonard asked.

"For example the kind of guys I usually go out with," Penny explained. "My usual choices have not really worked out so well. In fact, every guy I dated cheated on me. But I'm done with those guys. You know, those tall, buff guys who spent most of their time in the gym. I really don't know what I saw in them. I guess it was just infatuation."

Penny continued. "You know, I would like to go out with someone who is nice, and honest, and who actually cares about me." She turned to Leonard and looked shyly at him. "With someone like you."

Leonard was flabbergasted. He had to process what just happened. Penny was interested in going out with him?

"You look surprised," Penny said.

"I am, to be honest," Leonard replied. "And I fear this is just a dream. I fear, I wake up every moment and all this is not happening."

Penny smiled and leaned forward. Cupping his cheeks with her hands, she gave Leonard a kiss on his lips. It wasn't a long, passionate kiss, but it was a meaningful kiss. A tender kiss, that sent a blissful sensation through his body.

"Did you feel this?" Penny asked, smiling at him.

Leonard just nodded. The kiss felt amazing. He wasn't dreaming. This was real.

"Leonard, you are a great guy. Every girl could consider herself happy to go out with you."

Leonard smiled shyly. "Nah! You're just talking."

"No, I'm not just talking. It's true," Penny assured him, laying a hand on his arm.

"Really?"

Penny took Leonard's hand in hers. "Yes. Really!"

"But, but...If you are really interested in going out with me you have to know, that I'm not looking for a fling."

Penny smiled. "You're the kind of guy that wants a long-term relationship, right?"

"Um, yes," Leonard replied quietly, looking down as he now had a feeling that this was not what Penny wanted.

"Well, I'm willing to give a long-term relationship with you a try."

Leonard looked up, seeing a sparkle in Penny's eyes. "So, you are really asking me out?"

"Yes, Leonard. I'm asking you out."

"And a long-term relationship would be okay for you?"

"Yes."

Leonard took a deep breath. "Wow, never in my wildest dreams I would have thought that a girl would ask me out."

"Well, there's a first time for everything," Penny chuckled. "So, what do you say? Will you go out with me?"

Leonard beamed, as his heart started to beat faster. "Yes, I will go out with you."

They looked at each other, a bright smile on both of their faces. Penny moved closer to Leonard and laid her head against him, savoring the togetherness they wanted to explore from now on.


Some time later, Leonard and Penny went to another place at the beach and sat down on a bench, looking at the sea and listening to the sound of the ocean. After a while Leonard put his arm around Penny's shoulders and began to stroke her face lightly, pushing back a few strands of her hair, that were blown in her face by the light sea breeze.

"This is nice," Penny hummed contentedly, closing her eyes.

Leonard continued to caress her tenderly, moving his hand along her jawline up to her cheekbones. "You are so beautiful."

Penny smiled, without opening her eyes. "You're a sweet-talker, Leonard."

"No, really. I mean it."

Penny opened her eyes and looked deep into Leonard's eyes. "You know, no one ever called me beautiful before."

Leonard was stunned, an unbelieving expression on his face.

"It's true," Penny continued. "I have been called hot or racy, but never beautiful." A single tear rolled down her cheek.

Leonard wiped the tear away with the palm of his hand. "You're the most beautiful girl in the world. That's for sure."

Penny beamed. "Aw, Leonard."

Leaning forward, Leonard kissed Penny softly on her lips. Slow at first, but more and more passionately with time. It didn't take long and they were engaged in a full-blown make out session.

Suddenly the sky was enlightened and loud banging filled the air. Leonard and Penny looked up and saw a grand display of fireworks above them. The Pacific Park staged a spectacular pre-Christmas fireworks.

Looking at the spectacle for a while, Leonard and Penny continued to make out in the light of the fireworks.


It was almost midnight, when Leonard and Penny were back in their apartment building. They stood in the hallway of the fourth floor, both reluctant to say goodbye to each other. They were not ready yet to let this wonderful day come to an end.

"We could let the day fade away in my place," Penny suggested. "Maybe I can interest you in a cup of coffee? What do you think?" she asked him with a smirk on her face.

Leonard frowned. "Don't you think it's a little late for coffee?"

Penny had to chuckle. "Aw, sweetie. You think a cup of coffee, means drinking a cup of coffee. This is so cute."

Leonard looked a bit dumbfounded. "Um, obviously I said something silly."

Penny laughed. "No, sweetie. It's okay. But obviously you're not familiar with a special code for a certain activity."

"What activity?"

Penny just winked and opened the door of her apartment.

Now Leonard understood. "Oh, this activity. Well..."

He couldn't finish his sentence, because all of a sudden Penny dragged him into her apartment and kicked the door shut.

Leonard could see that Penny's eyes were almost black, her pupils dilated due to sexual arousal. And most likely his pupils began to dilate as well, since that was going on in this moment aroused him too. Immensely.

Before Leonard could say anything, Penny had wrapped her arms around Leonard's neck and started to kiss him passionately. He immediately reciprocated the kissing and it didn't take long until her tongue unambiguously requested entrance to Leonard's mouth, which was willingly granted by him. While their tongues made contact, Leonard got rid of his hoodie, which Penny utilized to caress his upper body. Fairly quickly her hands found their way under his shirt, roaming over his belly up to his chest. Penny let out a moan, as Leonard gasped for air before they continued the wild kissing. Penny's hands were all over his upper body, exploring every corner there. Shoving away Leonard's shirt, Penny planted soft kisses on his chest, going further southwards over his belly.

Leonard panted heavily, looking down at Penny who was on her knees now. Oh my god, this is exactly like the dream I had.

Looking up at him with a mischievous grin on her face, Penny opened the button of his pants and tore them down. "And now let's have a cup of coffee."


An hour later, Leonard and Penny lay in each other's arms, deeply satisfied and snug beneath the blankets of Penny's bed.

Leonard leaned on one elbow and looked at Penny. "Can I ask you something?"

"Sweetie, you were great," Penny said, smiling. "Really great."

"Oh, um, I am very pleased to hear that," he smirked.

"In fact, you were so great you should take a request for daily sex from my side into account from now on," Penny added with a broad grin on her face.

Leonard's eyes opened wide. "Oh! Okay! A request I certainly won't deny," he chuckled. "Um, but coming back to the question I actually want to ask you."

Penny looked at him intently.

"Well, now that we are going out, would you see me as your, um, boyfriend?"

Penny smiled. "Of course. You are my boyfriend, and I am your girlfriend."

Leonard nodded, a smile on his face. "Cool."

"Leonard, sweetie. Don't overthink this. We were friends, and now we are more than friends. We're at the beginning of a new phase of our lives, and I can't wait to see where it will take us."

Leonard smiled. "So do I."

Penny rolled over and kissed him gently. Yes, Leonard was the right guy for her.


Epilogue: May 16, 2019.

Leonard was on the way to his car, when he saw something in the window of the toyshop next to the grocery store he had just left. Smiling he looked at the item, that he definitely had to buy. Leonard brought his purchases from the grocery store to his car and returned to the toyshop, which he entered with a big smile on his face.

Thirty minutes later, Leonard sat in the living room of the house he and his wife had bought two years ago, reading a Batman comic book. He looked up, when he heard the sound of a key in the lock of the frontdoor. Moments later, the door opened and the lady of the house stepped inside.

"Hi, sweetie," Penny greeted her husband.

"Hello, babe," Leonard welcomed his wife. "How was your day?"

"Business as usual," she replied, walking over to Leonard and gave him a kiss on his lips.

"Um, I have something for you," Leonard said. "A present."

Penny was astonished. "A present? What's the occasion?"

"It's just because," Leonard replied. "I saw something when I came out of the grocery store and I thought you could like it."

"Now, you really have aroused my curiosity."

"Alright, close your eyes."

Penny giggled and closed her eyes, while Leonard went behind the couch and grabbed something that was stashed there.

"And now open your eyes."

Penny's eyes opened wide. "A mountain lion plushie," she exclaimed pleasantly surprised.

Leonard handed the plushie over to his wife. "Yeah. Well, you know, a mountain lion encounter almost twelve years ago brought us together. So, I thought maybe you like it."

"I love it, honey," Penny squealed. "And I love you."

Leonard smiled brightly. "I love you, too."

Hugging her husband and planting a smooch on his lips, Penny thought back at their first encounter and the wonderful years of bliss that followed. Yes, Leonard is absolutely the right guy for me. Then, now and forever.


And here ends this story. I hope you have enjoyed it a little bit. Thanks for reading and reviewing. :)