A/N: Fixed a little inaccuracy. Also, sorry about the short chapters. I tend to think in short scenes. Hopefully that means I can update more frequently! I'm working towards Leonard and Penny's breakup so things can really get started. Enjoy and review!

Chapter 3

"Sheldon, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm gonna miss you."

Penny really couldn't believe it. Not only had she said it; she had meant it! She was going to miss Sheldon! She did miss Sheldon. The moment he closed the door (the second time), she felt a horrible tugging sensation in her chest and she still felt it now.

She took another sip of wine. Was she crazy? In the last few days Sheldon had caused her to get trapped in a net, insulted her home state, and interrupted her and Leonard in bed by knocking on the window from outside! But he had offered her warm milk and made that awkward video to say goodbye…and no matter what he said, Penny was sure he would miss all of them. At least she hoped so.

Penny pulled her knees up to her chest. She was not going to cry over Sheldon. That was ridiculous. Sheldon would laugh at her. She bit her lip. There was a knock at the door.

Gathering her bathrobe around her, Penny dragged herself over to the door and opened it.

Leonard opened his mouth, then shut it, and tilted his head to the side. Uh oh. Penny must have looked like she felt.

"Hey…Penny? Um, I just wanted to let you know that Sheldon's back."

Penny's heart leapt. She resisted the urge to run past Leonard into the apartment across the hall. She tried to keep her face neutral and didn't say anything.

"Okay, so uh I just thought I'd tell you that. Want to keep you in the know, gotta give you the 4-11, or the scoop. Scoop, ha! That's a funny expression." Leonard was backing towards his apartment with his hands clasped together. He nearly ran into the door but turned around just in time.

"Thanks," she called as he shut the door.

Penny ran into her bedroom, threw off her bathrobe and put on a pink tank top and a pair of green shorts. She seized her hairbrush and worked it through her damp hair. In the middle of sweeping on lip gloss she realized what she was doing. She was trying to look good for Sheldon? As if Sheldon would ever notice how she looked! For some reason that bothered Penny. Sliding on a pair of flip flops, she strode over to the apartment.

There was Sheldon, seated at his computer. Predictably, he didn't look up when she came in.

"Thanks for knocking," was all the acknowledgement she got. Penny grimaced.

"Sure thing, buddy. I missed you too," she said sarcastically.

"Please, Penny. I was gone less than a week. Surely even your excessively emotional feminine sensibilities were not roused by such a brief absence," he said dryly, turning to look at her.

That did it. Penny was out of patience.

"Sarcasm, Sheldon," she spat.

"Oh! Alright." He actually seemed surprised.

Everything was back to normal. He just couldn't talk without making her mad. Why was she happy to hear he was back?

"Where's Leonard?"

Sheldon turned back to his computer and typed as he spoke. "Leonard went out without specifying his destination."

Typical I-think-I-may-have-pissed-off-my-girlfriend-but-I'm-not-sure-what-I-did behavior for Leonard.

"Okay great, thanks." Penny opened the door.


Bracing herself, Penny turned.

"I imagine that, had I been away for longer, I would have missed you," Sheldon said softly, looking her in the eye.

Penny didn't know how to respond to that. He said it so genuinely. She just smiled and left.