The Boyfriend Agreement
Leonard and Sheldon had a secret. Even though Sheldon was terrible at keeping secrets, he had enough common sense to realize that it wasn't something he could just go around telling his friends.
The secret was that Leonard and Sheldon were different when they were alone. Sheldon permitted his primary friend to sit closer to him on the couch. Sometimes when Leonard had a particularly bad day, Sheldon permitted Leonard to rest his head on his shoulder. "There, there," Sheldon would say awkwardly and if he was feeling particularly brave, he would pat Leonard's hand.
This meant two different things to the two boys. To Sheldon, it was desensitization training for his fear of both physical and emotional intimacy. Still, it was only Leonard that he would ever allow this opportunity. To Leonard, it was a comfort he cherished but took advantage of scarcely. He knew his friend was easily made uncomfortable.
But one day Leonard went too far. It could no longer be something they spoke of to no one including each other, something they pretended never happened. Leonard sat next to Sheldon on the couch, but then decided he'd rather lay on the couch, using Sheldon's lap.
Sheldon immediately felt panic, as bad as the time someone brushed past his buttocks on a dreaded bus trip. His favorite defense mechanism activated.
"You're in my spot."
"No, I'm not," Leonard said monotonously.
"Yes, you are. Your head is clearly in my spot," Sheldon said.
"Nope," Leonard replied. "My head is in your lap. You're in your spot."
Sheldon looked as if his head was about to explode. His eye was twitching. "Why is your head in my lap?"
"Because you're just so attractive that I can't keep away," Leonard said sarcastically with a big grin on his face.
"Be that as it may Leonard, that does not give you permission to violate the sanctity of my lap!"
"The sanctity of your lap?" Leonard asked. "What are you a nun?"
"Don't be ridiculous Leonard. Nuns are female. Also you know I've never felt even the slightest inclination towards religion."
"It was a joke, Sheldon."
"Leonard I want to go on the record as saying that what you're doing right now is making me very uncomfortable," Sheldon said, looking anywhere but at Leonard. Even at the television which was playing Babylon 5.
Leonard sat up quickly. "I'm sorry I make you uncomfortable, I'll be in my room." He walked away just a bit too quickly and slammed the door just a little too loud. Sheldon cleverly deduced that Leonard was upset. Unfortunately, he hadn't a clue why or what he could do about it.
Leonard had thrown himself onto his bed without taking off his jacket or his glasses. He couldn't be bothered. He knew it was stupid to be upset about Sheldon, and that Sheldon wouldn't even notice he was upset. He guessed that was probably a good thing that Sheldon wouldn't notice because he really didn't want to explain what was wrong. Not that he even had a clear idea of why he was upset. Sheldon was his best friend, and they had known each other a long time. Leonard knew Sheldon's boundaries. Why was it that it seemed to bother him so much?
It was about twelve at night when Sheldon started knocking on Leonard's bedroom door. "Leonard? ...Leonard? ...Leonard?"
"What do you want Sheldon?" Leonard said without moving or opening his eyes.
"Can I come in?"
"What happens if I say no?"
"Then I will be forced to wait for you to come out of your room so we can have a conversation about why you are upset, ergo allowing me to achieve REM sleep," Sheldon said from the other side of the door.
Sheldon entered, but Leonard didn't turn to look at him. He awkwardly sat at the end of Leonard's bed. "Now, what's upsetting you?"
"Sheldon, it's nothing, I just had a bad day. Just go to sleep," Leonard said.
"I'm afraid I can't do that. What was so bad about this day?" Sheldon said.
"Why do you even care?"
Sheldon frowned. "That's an absurd question. Why wouldn't I care?"
"Because you don't care about anyone but yourself," Leonard pointed out.
"Well granted, I have little concern for those who don't interest me, but you don't fall into that category."
"Gee, don't I feel special," Leonard said sarcastically, even though he really secretly meant it.
Leonard rolled over to face Sheldon, but didn't sit up. "I don't know."
"Did I do something to upset you?" Sheldon asked.
Leonard hesitated for a second. "No, you didn't do anything."
From experience, he expected this was when Sheldon would lose interest and decide if it wasn't his fault he could sleep. Instead Sheldon persisted. "Is it about your lack of a romantic relationship? Is it because you're not getting anywhere in your research? Is it because of something Penny did?"
"Leave me alone, Sheldon," Leonard said, taking his glasses off and putting them on the nightstand.
"Well, which is it?" Sheldon asked, not moving an inch.
"You wouldn't understand," Leonard said dismissing him.
"How can you possibly know that when you haven't explained it to me?" Sheldon asked.
"Fine!" Leonard said loudly. "I'm sad because I wish we were more than just friends. Okay? Can you wrap your crazy genius brain around that?"
"Oh," Sheldon replied. "I see." He walked out of the room, closing the door shut behind him.
A/N: Hi, everyone! Thanks for reading. I hope it was enjoyable. Obviously the agreement will be coming up. I'm thinking there will be two more chapters, so if you want to read more add to your story alert. Also review, perhaps?