Disclaimer: I do not own The Big Bang Theory and no profit is being made from this story. I would like to give a big thanks to my beta reader, Amie357.
Sheldon was feeling both happy and excited as he stood in front of Penny's door. According to his watch, which he had checked three times in the past minute, it was 10:58 am. He wished that time would somehow hurry up. While he only had approximately two minutes before he could knock on the door, he was feeling impatient.
He looked at his watch again and saw that it was now 10:59 am. Screw it, he was going to knock anyway. Even if Penny punched him in the throat, it would be worth it because he would be seeing her.
Sheldon was just about to raise his fist to knock when the door opened. Since he hadn't actually started his knocking routine yet, Sheldon decided that he was okay with this turn of events. He looked at Penny and saw that she was dressed in a violet v-neck sweater and a dark blue pair of jeans. Her hair was down and flowed over her shoulders. He thought that she looked cute. He smiled and said, "Hello, Penny."
"Hello, Sheldon," said Penny as she stepped out of his way. "Sorry that I opened the door early and you didn't get to do your knocking thing."
"That's alright," said Sheldon as he entered the apartment. He closed the door behind him and asked, "Just out of curiosity, why did you open the door if you knew it was not yet eleven o'clock?"
"I was actually on my way to see you. I missed you," said Penny. Sheldon saw her blush.
"What are you doing here so early?" Sheldon heard Penny ask as he plopped down on her couch.
"I got into a fight with Leonard," he answered. He didn't really want to talk about it but he thought that Penny should know, especially since he had come to her apartment early.
"Another one? What was this one about?" asked Penny as she flicked a light switch on the wall down into the off position and a kitchen light turned off. "Good thing I didn't actually leave because I forgot to turn that off."
Sheldon ignored Penny's comment about the light because he suspected that she had mostly said that to herself. He just answered the question with, "Leonard spent the night with Amy and I had enough of his hypocrisy."
"Yes," answered Sheldon. "As you know, he forbade you from going to Stockholm with me and now he's sleeping with Amy. I suspect that they engaged in coitus."
"Don't say 'coitus,'" Penny said, wrinkling her nose, reminding Sheldon that she didn't like that word. "I'm glad we're not going out with them anymore."
"I agree. Oh, I wanted to tell you that I terminated my roommate agreement with Leonard."
"You did what?" Penny sounded shocked.
"I terminated my roommate agreement with Leonard," Sheldon repeated with a sigh. As much as he liked Penny, which was quite a bit, he really wished that she would work on her listening skills.
"Why did you do that?" Penny asked as she worked her way across the room, closer to him.
"I terminated our roommate agreement because I am tired of seeing Leonard and dealing with his issues," explained Sheldon. "I no longer wish to live with the man. I gave him until Friday to leave. I suppose that I should start looking into getting a new roommate."
Penny sat down next to Sheldon on the couch which pleased Sheldon immensely. He looked over at Penny and noticed that her right bra strap was showing so he said, "Penny, your right bra strap is showing."
"Oh!" Penny sounded slightly chagrined. Sheldon watched her with his peripheral vision as she quickly rearranged the bra strap under her sweater.
"Why do you need a new roommate?" Penny asked sounding genuinely curious. "You said you got a raise at work. I bet you could afford to live alone."
"Yes, I could afford to live alone," answered Sheldon. "I could even afford to move to a building with a working elevator. The thing is, though, Penny, I don't want to live alone and I don't want to leave you. You're my best friend and I don't know what I would do without you." Upon admitting his feelings, Sheldon felt like a weight was lifted off of his shoulders. He found himself breathing easier.
"Sheldon, that's so sweet of you not to want to leave me. You're my best friend too," Penny said quietly. "Thank you. I don't want you to leave me either."
"I am not looking forward to interviewing new roommates," Sheldon said, thinking out loud. "I wish you could just move in, that would solve everything."
"Sheldon, sweetie, don't take this the wrong way, but I don't think that's a good idea."
"Why not?" Sheldon knew Penny didn't mean to offend him, but her statement did hurt his feelings. Nonetheless, he felt that he deserved an explanation.
"Because I know that you like me and I'm beginning to like you too." Sheldon saw a blush on Penny's cheeks.
He was very confused at this point. Why was Penny embarrassed? Also, they just admitted to each other that they were best friends so what did she mean by 'beginning to like' him? He decided that he needed clarification.
"Why are you embarrassed? And you can't be 'beginning to like' me because we both just admitted to being best friends. Also, how is being one's friend a reason not to move in with them?"
"Sheldon," whispered Penny, looking at the floor, "I'm talking about liking romantically. It would just be awkward if we moved in together. Besides, my lease on this apartment isn't up until the end of December so I wouldn't be able to move in with you until then anyway."
Sheldon was positively stunned by Penny's answer. She had romantic feeling for him. He felt his heart skip a couple of beats. This was one of his fantasies coming true. Perhaps Penny did, however, have a point about it being awkward if they were to move in together since they were attracted to each other.
"Sheldon?" Penny speaking his name got Sheldon out of his reverie with a jolt.
"We should leave now if you don't want to be late for the tailor's."
Sheldon looked at his watch and saw that Penny was right.