Sorry I haven't updated in so long, guys! I could go on and on about college and the ten season drama I'm rewatching and yadda yadda ya, but if I'm totally honest with myself, you guys really don't care about that. Aside from maybe Joni, haha.
I know where I wanted to go with this but was a bit stuck on how to get there, then my darlings at Fanforum (post there more, Jo-knee!) mentioned something in one of the discussion threads and the lightbulb went off in my head. *click*
Anyway, I'm done rambling, I don't own anyone but Benny, etcetera etcetera, I've made you wait long enough for this installment, so here it is.
THERE IS A PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED TIME JUMP THAT OCCURS NOW. Benny is now eleven months old. This will be the only time jump in the fic that is larger than a week or so.
"Sheldon," Penny said, "you're acting like a child again."
"How is attempting to make sure that the primary food source for one's own son is taking the proper vitamins acting like a child?"
"You have the wrong ones again!" Penny mimicked the hop that Sheldon had executed while imitating his voice and facial expression. "That's childish. Plus, I kept my diet to what you and Amy wanted the entire time he was exclusively nursing. He's into solid foods now and you said yourself he is going to be weaned in a few weeks – why can't I go back to eating and drinking what I want?"
"You have proven your own point," Sheldon said. "Benny is not yet weaned. In fact, there's a list of things I would like to accomplish prior to that day, and keeping his current diet the same is one of them."
"You…I'm going to regret asking this question for the rest of my life, but what else is on that list?" Penny asked, bracing herself for the answer.
"Well changing his name is at the top of that, but his mother would never go for that," Sheldon said. "Women."
"I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that sexist comment and put the vitamins back of my own free will," Penny said, half joking, as she replaced the vitamin bottle back on the shelf, pushing it back to defy the automatic dispenser and smiling with satisfaction when the bottle snapped back into place.
"If you need to convince yourself that you're the one doing right by Benny, then go ahead," Sheldon said.
Penny stepped closer to him, narrowing her eyes and doing her best to be intimidating. "I do a Hell of a lot right by little Benny," she snapped. "Don't you dare tell me otherwise."
Penny and Sheldon turned in unison, Penny to her left and Sheldon to his right, to see Amy approach with Benny. "I just fed him the free sample applesauce," the neurobiologist informed Sheldon. "He loved it."
"He's still got some at the corner of his mouth," Sheldon said. After a brief moment of silence, he twitched. "Well, one of you women get it off!"
"Oh come on, Sheldon," Penny said, reaching out and removing the food from Benny's face with a paper towel, "it's not that bad."
"Not that bad?" Sheldon asked.
"Here we go," Amy said.
"First of all, this woman here," he said, motioning toward Penny, "is trying to stock her milk up on vitamins so she can profit from Benny's urine…"
"Where did that come from?" Penny protested.
Sheldon ignored her. "And now you are letting him eat food that was possibly touched, double dipped, etcetera by people who may be carrying dangerous pathogens?"
"Relax, Sheldon," Amy said. "the worker at the sample table had just opened a new container. And I am sure that any money Penny makes off of Benny's urine will be donated to his college fund or scientific research, right, Bestie?"
"Oh yeah, sure," Penny said, nodding. "Totally."
Sheldon and Amy glanced at each other, and then back at Penny. "See, now I don't think that was sincere," Sheldon said, folding his arms and cocking his head.
Penny reached into her purse and slapped a bill into Sheldon's hand. "Here's a dollar," she said. "Shut up."
"I'll do you one better," Sheldon said, smiling. "I'll leave." He took Benny from Amy and headed for the door.
"Where are you going with him?" Penny called.
"Aw, Bestie, we don't need to be so protective. He's just taking him back to 2311 to play him a Hawking lecture."
"I know," Penny said. "I just want to spend time with him."
Amy smiled. "You spend more time with him than Sheldon does," she reminded Penny.
"I…" Penny cut off what she was going to say and looked down. "You're right," she said, smiling. "Are you about ready to check out?" Amy nodded, and the two women moved toward the express lane. Watching Amy put baby foods out on the conveyer, Penny was more than a little surprised at the feelings of resentment that were forming inside of her. Then she realized she shouldn't be surprised. No baby self-weaned at a year old. It wouldn't be Benny pushing her away; Sheldon and Amy were doing that for him. Penny folded her arms as she watched Amy self-scan the items, smiling as she noticed that the price of the baby food had gone up. An instant later, she felt terrible for her feeling of satisfaction at Amy spending so much money on Benny. But at the same time, they didn't have to wean him so early. Penny swallowed and managed a smile when Amy looked at her, her eyes traveling to the gossip magazine rack, more specifically the bottle in the celebrity's hand, when Amy was looking elseware.
I'm hoping to have the next chapter up pretty soon, but I can't promise anything. :/