Penny was pacing her living room furiously when he walked in. She gave him a chagrined look and sighed. "I'm sorry if I upset you. I didn't exactly stick to the script."

Sheldon shook his head. "Missy and George showing up a day early kind of upset our time table anyway." He moved around the couch to stand in front of her. "It's true, though."

Penny looked up inquiringly. Sheldon smile shyly. "What you said to Leonard. I do see the potential in you. I will always stand by you, Penny. I do care for you."

Penny looked at him strangely. Sheldon had never seen that expression on her face before. "Sheldon, what exactly are you saying?"

Sheldon twisted his hands together and looked down at the floor."No," she said, grabbing his arm firmly. "Sheldon you have always been very good at expressing yourself. Often with polysyllabic words I have to look up later. Talk to me. You've never been the type of person to keep your thoughts to yourself; so don't start doing it now"

Sheldon took a deep breath and looked her in the eye. "I care about you, Penny. I am attracted to you. The thought of never being around you is horrifying. The hope that someday you will sit on my lap because you want to, not just as a prank, is exquisite. I find I do not care how our friends feel or react to the idea of us, as long as there is an us. I like you. And I would very much like to kiss you again."

Penny smiled up at him adoringly. She reached her hands up to his shoulders and pulled him down. Penny watched his eyes until he was close enough to kiss. Then she molded her body to his as she kissed him gently. Sheldon groaned and hugged her tight. After several minutes they pulled apart. Penny smiled at the astonishment in his eyes.

"I like you too, Sugar."

He looked down at her hopefully. "You do?"

Penny nodded. "Ever since the day we met, I've always thought you were attractive. But you never seemed interested, so I pushed it to the back of my head and ignored it. Sheldon, I meant what I said to Leonard. You are very important to me, and I care about you a great deal."

Sheldon cleared his throat a couple of times. "Penny I have to confess I have misled you. I was not interested in playing a joke on my siblings or our friends. I used them as a ploy to get you to pretend to date me. I was hoping that close proximity would elicit feelings in you and allow me to suggest a change to the paradigm of our relationship to include intimacy."

Penny shook her head slowly. "Wow, you planned all of this just to get me to like you?" Sheldon blushed and nodded.

Penny kissed him again, and smiled. "My cunning, devious, lovable, incredible, beautiful minded genius."

Sheldon took a few steadying breaths. "Does that mean our pranking is over?" he asked.

Penny shook her head. "Oh no, Sheldon. If you think I've passing up the opportunity to kiss and cuddle you in front of our friends, you really are bat-crap crazy."

Sheldon grinned wickedly as he kissed her again. He did love a good prank war.