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It was New Year's Eve, just after 11.30pm, and Penny had just finished the New Year's Eve shift at work, she rounded the last bend on the stairs to reach her landing, when she saw something hanging off the door handle of 4A, on closer inspection she saw that it stated.
"Do Not Disturb"
There is only one person that would place something like that on their door handle, Sheldon Cooper. He was back, he must have moved in when she was at work.
The door was unlocked, so she walked right in; she hadn't been in this apartment for over 9 months. The living room was full of boxes, all very carefully labelled, "Living Room" and then a number 1 of 12, 2 of 12 etc. Sheldon had his back to her and appeared to be going through a checklist, he hadn't heard her walk in.
"Want help?" Penny playfully asked.
Sheldon turned around and looked at her, he looked exactly the same, and he was even wearing his favourite Flash T-Shirt. "What part of do not disturb do you not understand Penny?"
"Lovely to see you too Sheldon." She replied sarcastically.
He looked at her with a look of bafflement. "It is nice to be home again."
She waited to see if he was going to say anything else but he didn't he was just looking at her like she was an unsolvable puzzle.
"Did you want help unpacking Sheldon?" She asked.
"No I need to do it correctly."
"Hey, I helped you pack if you remember." She replied defiantly.
"MM yes, I know." He placed his checklist down onto the kitchen island and walked over to a box near where Penny was standing and opened it with the knife in his hand.
"I missed you Sheldon." Penny's statement made him stop unpacking the box he was working on.
He looked up at her with that look again, her presence seem to be unsettling to him."Did you miss me, or Leonard, or perhaps the free food and Wi-Fi?" He returned to his unpacking.
Penny walked a step closer to Sheldon. "I kinda missed Leonard, and the free food and the free Wi-Fi, but," She stepped closer to him again, and grabbed at his hand, he didn't pull free. "but I missed you the most." She looked up at him. "Did you miss me?" She asked playfully.
Sheldon's stare fell to the ground; he was quiet for a moment then replied. "You see this is why I placed the do not disturb sign on the door"
Penny knew that Sheldon often pushed people away if he felt uncomfortable, but he still hadn't let go of her hand. "You haven't answered me yet Sheldon."
He started in almost a whisper. "I certainly felt the lack of your presence in my life."
Penny beamed, "You did?"
He let go of her hand and walked away. "Yes, both Leonard and I mentioned that there was no-one to, and I use the colloquial term here, "mooch" our food or Wi-Fi, and we certainly didn't get people just wander into our apartment especially when there is a Do Not Disturb sign on the door handle."
"Sheldon stop, I'll leave, I'm sorry to have bothered you." She turned and walked out the door as quickly as she could, she didn't want him to see her crying.
Back in th esanctuary of her own apartment she was able to let herself cry, she thought he would be happy to see her, but instead, oh what had she been thinking that she and Sheldon would get together, that he would be different, this is the guy that hung her underwear out on a telephone wire for pities sake.
Soon she heard the familiar knocks on the door followed by her name, 3 times just as always. She opened her door, not even bothering to hide her tears, let him see that he had hurt her.
"Yes?" she questioned him aggressively.
"May I come in?" He replied meekly.
"Why Sheldon? Why do you want to come in?"
"I made you cry, I'm sorry Penny." He stood outside her door looking around at anything but her.
"Yes, you made me cry, I was so looking forward to seeing you, and you, you were just." She sighed. "You were just mean to me, you aren't happy to see me at all."
"I was looking forward to seeing you too Penny," He looked around again. "please may I come in?"
Penny moved aside and let Sheldon enter her apartment; she closed the door and turned to look at him. "What do you want Sheldon?"
"Penny I need your advice."
She lifted her head and said. "What?' She was still pissed at him and she was going to let him know it.
"May I sit down?" he enquired.
She nodded yes, he sat on her sofa, but she remained standing, he sat quietly.
"Why did you come back Sheldon?"
"I was offered a role as Director of Physics at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory here in Pasadena, and I have taken the role. My excellent work at CERN did not go unnoticed, actually."
She interrupted him. "Happy about the new job for you, well done. Is that all?"
She looked at him with slight impatience.
He cleared his throat and looked straight into her eyes, she could get lost in those eyes.
"My problem is that I have been told by reliable sources that a man does not date his bestfriends ex-girlfriend, but my other problem is that I play that kiss that we shared over and over in my mind." He looked down the to floor, his nerves getting the better of him.
It took a while for Penny to comprehend what he just said, she sat next to him, wiping away her tears.
"Penny I." he stopped. "What do I do?"
"You seriously are asking my advice?" She grabbed his hand again. "Sweetie, I don't, we don't need worry about Leonard, this is just about you and I."
"So I can date you?" He smiled at her.
"Yes, you whackadoodle." She laughed. "Sheldon, do you remember when you asked me if you could kiss me again all those months ago, and I said I didn't think that it was a good idea."
"Of course I do Penny."
"Well I think now it would be a good idea." she smiled at him.
"Oh." He shifted uncomfortably on the sofa, she moved closer to him. "Oh you mean now?"
She nodded in reply. "Oh, just a moment." And she ran out the room and quickly brushed her teeth and ran back. "Teeth cleaned, mouth gargled, how is that for setting the mood." She laughed.
"Thank you." He replied quietly.
Sheldon closed his eyes and leaned in slightly toward her, Penny took a hold of both his hands, closed her eyes and leant in, her lips soon met his and they were as soft as she remembered, Sheldon seemed a little timid, unsure of what to do at first, but soon she felt him let go of her hands and then one of his hands craddled the back of her head and the other was on her jawline pulling her closer in for a deeper kiss, he was taking the lead, she felt his tongue touch her bottom lip and he pulled her in closer still. She had to pull away, she needed to breath. She took in a deep breathe and looked at Sheldon, who was looking at her wondering if he had down something wrong.
"Had to breathe sweetie, you took me a little by surprise there." Her eyes darting from his eyes to his lips, his soft beautiful lips. "Dr Cooper, have you been practising on Swiss girls?"
"I remembered what you liked from last time we kissed Penny, was it ok?"
"Mmm yes very much."
Suddenly he grabbed her and pulled her in close again, searching for her lips with his, taking her very much by surprise, and before she knew it he had released her again. She looked at him questioning.
"I believe it is customary to kiss one's steady gal on the stroke of midnight on New Year's Day." He replied.
"It's New Years Day?" She grabbed him and kissed him this time. "Happy New Year Sheldon, and may it be the start if a very special one for us both."