5/10/12 update- Thanks for all the reviews, you guys rock! (With the exception of the anti-Shenny reviewer that apparently has lots of time on their hands if they take time to post anti-Shenny viewpoints on a clearly marked Shenny fic.)
I don't have a lot of time on my hands, and have had to deal with some family stuff the last couple of days. Because of this, I have not gotten around to writing part two, but I promise I will by next week! Sorry!
I've been kinda ignoring BBT and focusing all my efforts on OUAT. But enough is a enough!
A/N: This is a little therapy for me and anyone else out there who is a true Shenny fan and is sick to death of all the Shamy this season! The last straw for me was the spaghetti with little cut-up hot dogs... THAT'S PENNY AND SHELDON'S SPECIAL DINNER YOU BI-ATCH! (Just got around to watching last week's episode and this is the result!)
BTW- This has not been beta'd and I'm a little tipsy so I'm sure it's riddled with errors. Sorry. :-)
OH & warning: There is a very slight reference to a preview of the upcoming season of Doctor Who. I don't think it really spoils anything, but some people are sensitive to that kind of thing. :D
Title: Ours Part 1/2
Penny was drunk.
She found it really was the best way to listen to Bernadette and Amy discuss their love lives.
Listening to Bernadette ramble about her and Howard's love life was creepy and more than a little disturbing, but then it also offered a bit of hope in that there truly must be someone for everyone in this world. Still, it was this particular conversation topic that made her grab the 'Goose' (a birthday gift from her brother, God bless him!) from it's special hiding place. She did two quick shots and then added a third to her diet coke.
She offered some to Bernadette, knowing just the right amount to have her friend snoring within minutes, but not before she asked, " How are things with Leonard?"
Penny smiled and added a little more of the vodka to both her and Bernadette's drinks.
"Oh, things are great with Leonard. We hangout and have sex, and … hangout... Amy?" she asked offering the bottle to her other friend, who had remained unusually quiet for most of the evening.
Amy just shook her head and stared morosely at her clasped hands.
Bernadette giggled and snuggled back into the pillows on Penny's couch. It would only be a matter of minutes now...
"So what's got you down, Amy?" Penny asked, having to concentrate hard to keep her words from slurring... She felt sooo good.
Amy began to ramble using a lot of big words that Penny may have heard before in her life, but really didn't understand the meaning of. However, like usual, she was able to pick up on a few key words that allowed her to understand the gist of Amy's woes.
"Ah, you're still having trouble with Sheldon?" Penny asked before slurping the rest of her drink. Wow, that one went quick.
And that was it, really. Whatever happened next was a complete mystery to Penny. Next thing she knew it was 2 am and she was running across the hall to Leonard and Sheldon's bathroom to throw-up because Bernadette was in hers.
She passed out on the cold linoleum, only to wake up on Leonard and Sheldon's couch a little while later.
Sheldon looked down at her with an expression that was half worried and half exasperated.
"I hope you are done emptying your stomach of it's contents in our bathroom. I had to use the last of the bleach to clean it all up. So, you'll be taking me to the store tomorrow to get more," he informed her in his haughty superior way that always made her want to punch him.
Penny just moaned and gave him her most pitiful look.
He let out a put-upon sigh and walked away. Penny began to drift off again, when he suddenly hauled her to a sitting position.
"Here," he said, handing her a glass of water and a couple of aspirin.
"Muh..," is the sound she made when she tried to say 'thank you'.
"You're welcome," he said, closely watching her face as she swallowed the pills.
"Alright, time for you to go home. Howard has already taken Bernadette home and I cleaned your bathroom with the cheap disinfectant you buy, which I suppose is better than nothing, but not to worry, we'll get you some real bleach from the store tomorrow..."
Penny was so tired. She tried her best to stand, but her legs gave way almost immediately. It took her a moment to realize that she hadn't actually hit the floor and another moment to realize she was moving... and then that Sheldon was carrying her!
She quickly drifted off again, waking when he lay her on her bed a few minutes later.
Penny stared at him and he stared right back at her. Neither said anything but there was just something so right, so comforting about him being there. She blinked and he turned to leave, switching off the light when he reached her door. She wanted to call out to him. To say 'thanks' or something but she couldn't make her body respond. She was so tired.
Just when she thought he had left, the bed suddenly dipped beside her as he sat down.
His soft baritone filled her room and she smiled as she dropped off to sleep once more to the sweet refrain of 'Soft Kitty'.
The hang-over wasn't as bad as she'd thought it would be. Her head didn't even hurt thanks to the aspirin Sheldon had given her. She still felt pretty sluggish and sleepy, but made herself get out of bed and was dressed by the time he knock-knock-knocked on her door. Eleven O'clock sharp.
Sheldon made it clear how much he did not want to go to the shoe store while they were out, but she ignored his protests. Shoe shopping always made her feel better, even if the cute pair of pink sandals were just a little outside her price range. Sighing, she returned them to the shelf and told Sheldon she was ready to leave.
"We spent nearly an hour in that store and you are leaving without purchasing anything?" He questioned.
She didn't say anything, just kept walking.
"Penny? You liked the pink sandals with the little daisies on them. Why did you not purchase them?"
Penny sighed forlornly.
"Couldn't afford them. Maybe next paycheck... or the one after that." Or the one after that!
She unlocked the car and they both slid in.
"Hmm. It must be very frustrating to desire something and yet be denied due to insufficient funds," he commented in an off-handed sort of way.
Penny frowned and turned onto the highway.
"What, that never happens to you?
"Not with something as menial as footwear," he said with a shrug.
The implied insult made her bite back a smile. She used to get all offended at his snotty observations, but she knew there was never any real malice to them. To him, this was a congenial conversation with a friend.
She felt a sudden ache in her chest as her mind flashed back over the past couple of years. She and Sheldon had gotten a lot closer when her relationship with Leonard had ended. And then when Leonard started dating Priya, Penny had had to shut herself off from all four of her nerdy friends. During that time Penny had really missed Leonard, Raj, and Howard, but it was Sheldon's company that she had truly missed. Their playful banter, even in the midst of the whole group, had been the highlight of many a day for an underpaid, overworked, waitress/actress.
She took the next exit on a whim, while Sheldon rambled on about the recent promos that had been released of the upcoming Doctor Who season.
"...as anyone could tell, Amy Pond clearly had no knowledge of proper shot-gun etiquette... Why are we at the comic book store?"
Penny smiled as she put the car in park.
"Let's call it a thank-you for letting me waste an hour of your time at a shoe store."
"Waste of my time? But Penny-"
"Do you want to just go home?" She half-threatened, hoping to stop a quid-pro-quot tirade.
"Nope," he said, and hurried out of the car.
Penny laughed softly to herself as she followed him inside. This giddy-love of science fiction was truly charming on Sheldon. It was the thing that made him seem the most human. He loved this stuff more than she loved shoes- and that was saying something!
As Sheldon prowled and complained about insufficient selections, Penny got a call on her cell.
"Amy! Oh my gosh! I'm so sorry about last night..."
"Hiya Bestie! What are you sorry about? You gave me some great advice, that's why I'm calling."
"Advice? Oh Amy, I got so drunk I don't even remember what I told you..." she confessed, quickly stepping outside when she realized that Stuart and two other guys were listening intently to her conversation.
"Oh, you did pass out in the middle of our conversation, but that's okay. I got what I needed from the first half," Amy reassured her.
"Amy, what did I tell you?" Penny asked, bewildered.
"Well, I was upset about how slow my relationship with Sheldon is progressing, like usual, and you just started telling me how you would seduce him."
Penny got a sinking feeling deep in her stomach.
"Yes. And I'm at the grocery store now. I have the spaghetti and the hotdogs, but I just wanted to verify that it is the Mama Italia Marinara Sauce that he likes."
Penny's mouth was suddenly dry and she had to swallow hard before she could answer.
"Y-yes. That's the one."
"Great! Thanks Bestie! Wish me luck!"
"G-good-" Penny started, but Amy had already hung up.
She stared at the phone in her hand for a minute, trying to process what had just happened.
"I'm ready to go now, Penny," Sheldon said, suddenly appearing before her holding a bag of comic books.
"Um, okay," Penny said and turned toward the parking lot.
She felt a tug on her shirt and looked back at Sheldon with raised eyebrows.
"Forgive me if I am misreading you, Penny, but are you upset?" He asked with narrowed eyes.
"N-no, I just... I'm fine Sheldon," she said, giving him what she hoped looked like a sincere smile before continuing on to the car.
"Oh, darn it. I really thought I had the hang of reading your emotions. Guess I'll just have to try harder."
Penny unlocked the car and slid behind the wheel.
She felt bad for lying to him. And as he really did have a tough time understanding emotions it made the lie doubly bad. It wasn't his fault that she...
Penny sighed, and put her head on the steering wheel.
"I lied, Sheldon. I am a little upset about something."
He smiled and then seem to think it over and frowned.
"Penny, I don't understand why you would lie about that."
"It's personal, Sheldon. I lied so that you wouldn't ask me why I was upset and it's not something I want to tell you," she explained sitting up and starting the car.
"Oh. Well, next time just tell me I'm right and that you don't want to talk about it. That way, everybody wins," he told her with a smile.
He was so pleased with himself that Penny couldn't help but return his smile.
A/N: I plan to post part 2 tomorrow night.