A/N I know I should be working on my update of The Artificial Selection Occurrence (it's over halfway done by the way) but this literally came to me in a dream so it had to be written! In this dream there was a couple and they were sitting on the grassy bank of a creek. The girl held a daisy in her hand. I didn't see their faces but the girl was wearing light pink shorts and a light blue shirt and the boy had light brown pants on and a green shirt. I instantly thought of Sheldon and Penny and thus this story was born. I hope you all enjoy.
"Thank you for coming, Sheldon. I-I really appreciate it." She choked back a sob and went back to the little daisy she played with in her hand.
His hand brushed hers as it skimmed over the grass they were sitting on. She longed to wrap her fingers around his but she knew that sitting on the grass without any type of blanket was already a big stretch for him.
Actually, the whole trip was a big stretch for him.
It was only a couple days ago when she had burst into their apartment, in tears, looking for Leonard but finding Sheldon. He had been watching some science fiction movie on his TV, but immediately pushed the paused button when he saw that she was in distress.
Instantly he was there, guiding her by the arm to the middle cushion on the couch and rushed into the kitchen to prepare her a hot beverage.
She was a blubbering mess and only wanted to curl up in a ball and cry. However, she did not want to get any of her snot or tears on Sheldon's spot, especially when he was being so nice to her.
Setting a steaming cup of tea in front of her on the table, he sat down awkwardly beside her, not knowing what to do in this situation. Taking a chance, he patted her on the shoulder.
"There, there. Sheldon's here."
That was probably not the comforting she wanted, but he did not know what else to do. It was just like Leonard to be out when needed the most.
"My dad's in the hospital," she said, wiping away her tears and smudging her mascara in the process. "He had a heart attack. They don't think he's going to make it."
He handed her a tissue. "So, will you go back home to see him?"
Wiping her eyes, she nodded.
"Would you like me to look up the tickets for you?" That was the only thing he could do to help her.
"Come with me." Her voice was small, scared.
"Penny." He started.
"I want you there… In case, he doesn't make it. Please." She was pleading with him.
"Penny, I'm not sure if I am the best choice to go. I'm not well versed in-"
She latched on to his arm and looked up at him with watery eyes. "Please, Sheldon. I want you there. I need a friend, my best friend, there."
Best friend? He was her best friend. However, he knew deep down that he, too, considered her his best friend, as well. Ever since the Arctic Incident. She had been there for him and he had been there for her. She was his best friend and sometimes, he thought, she was the only who ever wanted to hang around him.
"Alright." He slowly nodded. "We can fly to Omaha but I propose that we take a train back. I hate flying, but since this is an urgent matter I will do it."
She smiled slightly and squeezed his arm. "Thank you, Sheldon."
They had been able to leave the next morning, early, and arrived at her father's hospital room by mid-afternoon. One look at her father, looking pale in his hospital bed had her sobbing into Sheldon's chest. He had no idea what to, so he wrapped his arms awkwardly around her and held her close as she cried.
He didn't mind that his Green Lantern shirt was getting soaked.
She only cried for a few minutes, and then she straightened, wiped the tears roughly from her eyes and took a seat next to her father.
Grabbing his hand, she began to talk to him.
"Hi, Daddy." Her voice wavered. "It's me, Penny, your little Slugger. I'm here now."
If anyone had walked in at that moment they would have never guessed that Penny had just sobbed for a couple minutes in her best friend's shirt. The only evidence being were the dark spots on her light blue shirt where tears had fallen. Now, she looked strong.
Leaning on the doorframe, he watched her. No more tears slipped from her eyes and she talked animatedly to her father, as if he was talking back to her. It all reminded him of his own father. He hadn't been there when he had died, being in Germany. He always pictured him lying in a hospital bed like this one with Missy, his brother and mother gathered around him. He had wanted to come back, to see his father one last time, but before he could get a plane ticket back, his father had slipped away.
Lost in his own thoughts he hadn't heard Penny come up to him and tell him they should go until she placed a light hand on his shoulder.
He just looked at her, nodded and followed her out of the hospital into her mother's car. The ride home was in silence and he had to clutch his hands tightly in his lap to not reach and grab one of hers.
Never had he wanted to touch another human being. Now he just wanted to touch Penny, to hold her hand, to hug her, to run his hand through her hair. He wanted her to know that he was there for her. He would always be there for her, no matter what.
Stopping the car in the driveway, she finally turned to him. "Can I show you something?"
They walked out of the car, past the house and a little ways down the backyard until they came to a lone tree growing by the little creek that cut her parent's property in half.
"When I was younger I would come out here and just sit under this tree for hours." She looked at him to see his reaction.
"It does seem quite peaceful out here. If I wasn't so adverse to the sun and the outdoors, in general I could picture myself sitting out here as well. Of course I would bring along a white board to work on my equations."
She giggled and sat down in the grass, stretching her legs out and crossing them at the ankles. She was surprised when Sheldon sat next to her without complaint. His legs stretched out, reaching so much further than hers did, and he leaned back on his hands. For any one who had never met Sheldon they would have only seen a normal guy next to her. But she knew him, and she knew his strong dislike of dirt.
He was doing it for her. He hadn't complained once the whole plane ride, he hadn't complained when he had to sit in the back of Penny's mother's car and he hadn't complained once while he was in the hospital.
He had done this for her.
"Thank you, Sheldon."
"For what? Isn't this what best friends do for each other? Help them through their grief."
She could only nod her head; afraid she might start crying again if she tried to speak.
Sheldon wordlessly handed her a pink daisy he had found by his hand. It reminded him of the Penny Blossoms that he and Penny had made.
She took it with a smile and brought it to her noise to inhale it's scent. "I love daisies."
Twirling it in her hands, they fell into a comfortable silence and watched the clear waters of the stream.
"He's going into surgery tomorrow morning." She finally said. "The doctors said that even with this surgery there is still a large chance that he won't make it."
He covered her hand with his large one and looked in her eyes. "Penny, he will get through this and if he doesn't I will be here for you. I-I will always be here for you."
She could only wrap her arms around his waist and pull her close.
"Thank you so much, Sheldon. For everything."
I love you.
The next morning her mother had driven to the hospital, she stayed behind. She didn't want to be there if it all went wrong. So she holed herself in the kitchen and hovered over the phone, waiting for her mother's call.
Sheldon knew that she would need her space and had decided to go by the creek again. It really was a serene place and he could lose himself in his thoughts here and this time his mind wasn't full of numbers and equations but Penny and her touch.
Her touch had sent tingles up his arms and throughout his body. It was not unpleasant and he found himself craving it. Just as he found himself, always wanting to be near her. Was this what falling in love felt like? If that was true then he had been feeling this way since he had come back from the Arctic. The feeling had grown when she had sat on his bed, telling stories of her cheerleading days and Valerie Mossbacher, and it had grown even stronger still when she had turned Leonard away.
She really was his best friend and he was sure now that he wanted to be more. But he didn't know how to be in a relationship and he had no idea if Penny felt the same
"Sheldon!" He heard Penny cry his name.
His heart sank. Oh no, I'm so sorry Penny.
"Sheldon!" She was running towards him and he could tell she was crying, but she was smiling. "He's alright!"
She launched herself on him, arms wrapped around his neck and legs around his waist. He stumbled a little at the unexpected weight but quickly steadied himself.
Her face was buried in his neck and she could feel her tears on his skin. "He's alright, Sheldon. He pulled through!" She lifted her head and looked at him, her smile was wide and happy tears trailed down he cheeks. "He's going to live."
He smiled back. "I'm glad." He pulled her closer.
They remained like that for a few minutes until Penny detached herself from him and planted her feet on the ground. She still remained close and smoothed down his shirt.
"I'm sorry; I shouldn't have jumped on you."
She fully expected a lecture, he was long overdue for one, but he didn't give one.
"Its fine, Penny." He brushed a piece of hair that had stuck to her cheek. His kept his hand on her cheek and brought the other one up so he was gently cupping her face and wiping her tears away with his thumbs.
"Are you happy now, Penny?"
She nodded, too shocked to speak. His face was so close as he bent slightly to look her in the eyes.
"Good, I hated seeing you sad."
"I hated being sad, Moonpie." He didn't reprimand her. "Now, that my dad is going to be all right I can be happy again."
His thumbs stilled and he searched her eyes again, as if he was trying to read her.
"Yes, Sheldon?" Why was she nervous all of a sudden?
"May I kiss you?"
She bit her lip and nodded.
And right there, under her childhood tree, Sheldon Cooper kissed her.
A/N Idk about a continuation of this, I kinda have an idea of one but it's sorta sad. So if I get it all sorted out there may be another part to it. No promises though!
Thanks for reading!