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Definitions of Leonard
Chapter 8: Turnaround
An abrupt or unexpected change, esp. one that results in a more favorable situation : it was a remarkable turnaround in his fortunes.
Ever since that night spent comforting Penny (they had watched chick flicks and eaten comfort food until dawn), it was like they had completely regained everything they had lost before their breakup. Yeah, they had regained their friendship, slowly but surely, but now it was solidified. There was no more hints of awkwardness, or fear of upsetting the other. This was honestly surprising to him; he had always thought there would be a barrier between them, a little awkwardness, that would impede on their ability to be truly as close as they once were.
Leonard's working hypothesis was that the night spent together, enjoying each others company, him comforting her, and with nothing sexual happening, was the last step that was needed to confirm to both of them that they could truly be friends again - nothing less, and with nothing more hanging over them.
Of course Leonard still felt something for Penny. He supposed he always would, at least somewhat. But he was willing to let it go, as long as she was in his life. His friend.
2. The process of completing or the time needed to complete a task, esp. one involving receiving something, processing it, and sending it out again : a seven-day turnaround.
Leonard reflected back on the last year or so. It had been a struggle - going from being with Penny to being completely without, and then slowly getting their friendship back. He did not forget how lost he had felt immediate break up. That inner black hole, the feeling of listlessness and desperately trying to find something worth living for, or even just a distraction.
Somehow, he had healed.
He felt like a package. He had been sent away (literally) from Penny, and it had taken time to sink in, to process, to recover from, before he had felt ready to go back. But now he was back. Home. Himself again. Maybe a little older, hopefully a little wiser. It had taken time, but that was okay. His work had taken a step forward in that time, and now he felt his and Penny's platonic relationship was stronger then it had ever been.
AN: Sorry for the short chapter, but I really wanted to establish how Leonard felt without moving forward and adding new emotions or situations. I'm considering that this should be the final chapter. If it is, I can then write a companion/sequel from Penny's point of view that will continue it on from this point. Or I can simply continue here. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks for reading, and I hope you guys enjoyed!