:The Roommate Agreement:

He looked at the tangled snarl of hair and sighed sadly. She had done it again. Once more her self-destructive behaviors had sprung up and wrecked havoc. He didn't have the heart to condemn her for it, though. He understood why she did it.

He removed his robe and reached for the buttons on his pajamas. He had learned early on that in this condition, nudity meant nothing to her. He quickly got over any embarrassment he had initially felt. This task was far easier to accomplish without clothes. Once he was nude, he began undressing her gently but swiftly. He lifted her in his arms and carried her to the bathroom. He adjusted the water temperature and stepped behind the curtain. He braced her with one arm as the chilly spray revived her. Once she was conscious enough to stay upright, he washed away the sweat and alcohol.

By the time he was done, Penny was quietly crying. He helped her dry off and then led her back to the bedroom. He tucked her in on the right side before slipping in behind her and pulling the blankets over him, too. She nestled back against his chest and he draped his arm over her waist.

"I'm sorry," she whispered.

He placed a tender kiss on her hair. "Me, too," he replied.

Slowly they drifted off to sleep. Tomorrow they would both wake up and pretend nothing was wrong. They would pick back up their routine and be best friends and roommates once more, each with their own bedroom.

And in 5 or 6 months, Penny would go out again. She would drink until she was sick, and stagger home smelling of desperate sex and mind numbing alcohol. And he would take care of her. Because she needed him to. Because he needed to do it. Because in the end, they were all each other had.


A/N: I have no idea why it's just Penny and Sheldon. I don't know where the others are, or why they aren't around. This story refused to allow me to expand it in anyway. Anything I tried to add to it sounded stilted and wrong. It's not exactly sci-fi or pop culture related, so I wasn't sure about adding it to the Ramblings collection. In the end I decided to make it two separate chapters and post it on it's own.