The New Girl Hypothesis

Chapter 1- The Belle Inquiry

Sheldon and Leonard drag their feet into the apartment building after a long day at the Comic Book Store.

"It's too bad they didn't have the new Superman." Sheldon complained.

"It's too bad you won't shut up about it." Sheldon looked at Leonard quizzically.

"I do not appreciate that."

Sheldon stopped dead in his tracks.

"Something is wrong. According to the unusual amount of clamor upstairs I would assume Penny has a guest. Oh, this is not good."

"Why, Sheldon? Penny can have a social life outside of us." Leonard said sadly.

"But it's Halo Night." Sheldon and Leonard gaped, open mouthed at one another.

Knock, Knock, Knock.

"Penny."

Knock, Knock, Knock.

"Penny."

Knock, Knock, Knock.

"Penny."

She flung open the door, clearly annoyed.

"Oh goodie! Sheldon! What is it?" Penny said sarcastically.

"It's Halo Night!" Sheldon replied weakly.

"Ok, I'll be over in a minute! I have a friend ya'll should meet!"

Sheldon rushed back to his apartment.

"Leonard, we have a problem."

"What, Sheldon?"

"Penny has a friend over."

"And…"

"Judging by the higher-than-usual amount of clutter in her apartment, and the abundance of cardboard boxes in her trash, I would conclude that this friend is here to stay."

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"Ok, ya'll, this is my cousin, Belle!" Belle stood about 5 foot 8, with long blonde hair and deep grey eyes.

"Good evening, mademoiselle!"

"Howard, don't even try it." Penny glared at Howard. "Anyway, she's here to stay for a while, so be nice." She uttered as she bent over to give Leonard a kiss.

She introduced Belle to all the guys while Sheldon stared.

He began the New Neighbor Inquiry.

"So, Belle, where are you from?"

It was the first time he heard her talk, and he noticed only one thing. Her accent.

"I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I moved here from Houston." It reminded him of MeeMaw.

"Where do you work?" He asked yet another question.

"I used to be a professor at Rice University, but I transferred jobs and now I work at the University here!"

"What are you a professor of?" He asked.

"I have my doctorate in Language, and a major in engineering."

"What languages are you fluent in?"

"German, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Italian. Language is really my thing."

Sheldon was amazed at her qualifications. He had never met such an intelligent woman before. Besides Leslie Wrinkle.

"I approve of you, and will fully accept you as a neighbor and my second lady-friend."

Belle stared at Sheldon for a second, and glared at Penny from across the room. Penny shouted back, "Oh, that's just Sheldon. He's a little odd. You'll get used to it."

After Belle and Penny had left the apartment, Sheldon let out a long, relieved sigh.

"I have a problem."

"What is it now, Sheldon?" All the guys replied.

"Well, I'm no expert on blood pressure, but from the moment that new girl walked into the room, from when she told me about herself, to when she left, my pulse was significantly quicker. Not to mention my unusually sweaty palms and forehead, and my tummy ache. I think I will go to bed."

After Sheldon left the room, Raj exclaimed, "Oh my God! It's finally happening! Sheldon has feelings for a girl!"

Sheldon fell asleep that night thinking about Belle. He liked her accent, her intelligence, and her preferable complexion. While Belle fell asleep, across the hall, she couldn't help but think about the quirky bachelor who seemed to look at her in a different way.