TITLE: The Libido Revelation
DISCLAIMER: Not mine.
A/N: Ok this is my first foray into a new fandom, so I really hope I do alright. People writing TBBT fanfic are so talented! Fingers crossed :)
Penny couldn't sleep. The middle of a heatwave in Pasedena wasn't exactly comfortable sleeping weather for anybody. And it really didn't help that her air conditioner wasn't working. Ok, if she was completely honest, it was working just fine. But not paying your electricity bill tended to have the uncomfortable side effect of no electricity.
She huffed. Her hair was sticking to the back of her neck, and even sleeping completely naked wasn't helping her situation. She'd abandoned her stifling bedroom in favour of the barely cooler living room in an attempt to get some shut eye before her early morning shift.
The couch fibres were damp with sweat. She'd already taken the frozen peas out of her freezer to rest on her head, and the frozen carrots weren't nestled under her knees. It wasn't helping, both were now fully defrosted, the ice heating to liquid and just adding to her discomfort.
She stood in the darkened room, looking for her torch. There was no way she was going to be able to sleep, not in her apartment that currently felt like a sauna. She raised an eyebrow as a thought crossed her mind. Of course, the boys kept their apartment at a delightfully cool 71 degrees. And it was past one in the morning. And they would both be asleep.
And her shift started at six, so she'd be out before they woke up.
A smirk crossed her face. If she got caught she'd be banished for sure. She quickly grabbed a pair of shorts and a tank top, just in case she got unlucky and was discovered.
She cracked the door to her apartment open, sneaking across the hallway, using her emergency key to their front door. She knew Sheldon was the lightest sleeper she'd ever met, so she kept her feet bare and moved quietly as she entered.
The blast of the air con was the most beautiful thing she had felt in a long time. The sweat that had been dripping from her face dried in the wake of the icy breeze, which ruffled her sticky hair and sent a shiver down her spine.
She laid out the thin blanket she had brought along the length of the couch. Sheldon's sense of smell was rivalled only by his hearing, and she didn't want to leave the lingering scent of sweat on his precious spot.
She stretched out, relieved when the couch didn't make a squeaking sound, and closed her eyes. She had been there for only a few minutes, about to drift into peaceful slumber, when she heard the door open. Maybe if she stayed very still and kept her eyes closed whoever it was wouldn't hear her.
Besides, it was past one, who the hell was coming in?
She opened her eyes, praying she didn't see an unfamiliar face, possibly covered by ski mask. She saw the outline of a tall, slim figure, and stifled a noise of surprise as Sheldon entered the apartment. He was wearing the suit she had talked him into buying so long ago and he was obviously in a hurry to get to his bedroom, crossing the room without a single glance around.
A whiff of scent hit Penny's nose, and she scrunched up her face, trying to place it. It smelled like…perfume. Something cheap and sickly sweet.
When she was alone once more she released a breath she hadn't realized she was holding, trying to figure out what was going on.
Why the hell was Dr Whack-a-Doodle coming home so late on a work night reeking of cheap perfume?
She ignored the little voice that told her exactly what she would expect a normal man to be doing so late at night smelling like that. She also ignored the twinge of jealousy.
Not matter, it wasn't her business.
She allowed herself to drift back to sleep, sneaking out the next morning before the boys woke up.
She was unaware that while she slept a small frown was crossing her face.
A/N: Ok, how're we travelling? Not sure how long this will be but the ideas been bouncing around for a while, so I guess we'll see :) Let me know what you think!