A Wet, White Nuisance
AN: Just a fluff piece that popped into my head (in the middle of the night. Again.) Enjoy!
Penny hates snow.
Five years old and her mother is forcing her into a puffy snowsuit and sending her out to play with her siblings. Her younger brother toddles around, flopping gleefully down in the large drifts, but she just stands there. She hates it. Everything is cold and wet, and she doesn't understand why she has to be out here. Her teenage sister tries to get the little ones engaged in a snowball fight. One snowball flies a little high and smacks Penny in the face. She bursts into tears from the shock of being hit and doesn't stop until her mother finally allows her back inside and sits her on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate.
She's twelve and headed off to her first school dance. She's wearing her new dress and her first pair of 'high heels' (they're barely half an inch tall). Her mother even permitted her to wear a little bit of eye shadow for the occasion. Penny's insides are bubbling over with nerves and excitement. Her date and his parents arrive to pick her up, and they walk down the sidewalk towards the car. Penny's foot catches a patch of ice, and she slips, falling back into the snow covered yard. Somehow she manages not to cry, and luckily, her date doesn't make fun of her at the time. When they reach the dance, though, he won't stop re-telling the story to all their friends. Penny winds up in the girls bathroom crying for most of the night.
She's seventeen, and her friends have finally convinced her to go sledding. Well, okay, the really hot college guy with muscles like you wouldn't believe managed to convince her. All it took was a smile from him, and she was hooked. They drive out to, like, the one hill in the area and climb up. There's a lot of trees around. Penny's fairly certain that's not a good thing, but no one else seems to mind so she goes with it. Several of her friends make it down okay, and then the college guy turns to her, smiling and handing her a sled.
But her run is where it all goes wrong. A quarter of the way down, the sled hits a rock and sends her careening into a nearby oak tree. She winds up fracturing her left arm and is stuck in a cast for the next several weeks. Penny is furious and refuses to go sledding ever again.
Penny is twenty-three now and is closing the door on her best friend. Her best friend that she just lied to. Her best friend that has decided to leave her for the entire summer in order to go to the North Pole. Penny sighs. Yes, she realizes this is a major opportunity for his career. Yes, she realizes that's important to him. But really, why does it have to be the North Pole?
Penny blames it on the snow there.
Leonard has been back for less than 24 hours and already he has to leave again, flying off to Texas to track down Sheldon. Penny is disappointed but somehow not surprised. After she sends him off, she sits at the table, staring down at the gift he has given her. Turning it over and over in her hand, she wishes for the first, and probably only, time in her life that she owned a microscope (and actually knew how to use it).
Penny hates snow. But a lone snowflake preserved forever between pieces of glass? That she loves.