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12 June 2009 @ 07:59 pm
Fic: 'The Effusive Discontinuation Enterprise' (Sheldon/Penny)  
I wrote this little ficlet for the Fiction Friday challenge over at sheldon_penny.

Title: The Effusive Discontinuation Enterprise
Rating: PG
Word Count 664
Spoilers: Specifically for 2.23 "The Monopolar Expedition"
Summary: Who's gonna get the pot?
Disclaimer: Don't own 'em. Do you really think the last two episodes would have gone as they had if I did?

The pot was at $563.00.

Two months running, the initial bets of twenty dollars had fallen to ten, then five and then whatever the boys happened to have on hand -- quickly being replaced by IOUs. The wager had begun half-way through the expedition. Howard, at wit’s end after being stuck in close quarters with Sheldon without much room for escape, initiated it with an exasperated remark. “What do I have to do to get you to SHUT UP, Sheldon!?”

Squinting his eyes, Sheldon had turned to glare at him and opened the proverbial door. “Feel free to derive whatever means your puerile brain can conceive of in order to halt my attempts to further elucidate on the many fascinating explanations and variables at play in the universe and perhaps I’ll do so.”

It was Leonard who decided to make it a game. The rules were simple: Whenever Sheldon began to offer ‘fascinating’ minutiae about the universe at large, any one of them could attempt to derail his train of thought. However, they had to put twenty dollars in the pot (in actuality, a glass bowl that Howard spat in to make it shine their first day there, thus being relegated to a ‘never use for food’ pile by Sheldon) before making the attempt. Whoever succeeded in shutting Sheldon up won the pot. They’d returned from their expedition three weeks ago, and no one had yet to come near to claiming it.

“Hmm,” Penny murmured after Leonard had explained why Howard had starting running around and squawking like a chicken after placing a couple of dollars on the table during Sheldon’s dissertation on the Egyptian sun god, Ra.

Glancing over at Howard, who sat down with a heavy sigh while Sheldon continued, “Interestingly, Ra is most commonly pronounced “Rah” as in rah-rah-rah,” he looked around at the four to make sure they were paying attention. With a considering look, Penny reached into her pocket and pulled out a dollar bill and threw it on the table. Sheldon paused briefly to raise an eyebrow before resuming his speech. “However, it should be pronounced ‘rei,’ such as do-re-me. Furthermore, he -– what are you doing!?”

Penny merely smiled while the boys looked on in shock as she settled more comfortably on Sheldon’s lap. Taking advantage of his open mouth, she leaned forward, her tongue darting in between his lips for maximum stunning effect. Her arms wound about his neck and she pressed closer to him, as he tentatively began to respond. His hands fell to her hips, his fingers curling into her jeans. She closed her eyes as his lips moved with hers, awkwardly at first and then bolder with more certainty as he mimicked her actions. Her fingers clutched at the short strands at his nape as the kiss deepened. Penny pulled away slightly, but Sheldon sat up straighter, following her to quickly recapture her lips. Showing what a fast learner he was, one hand swept up her back, burying in her hair as he cupped her head in his big palm, taking her breath away with his kiss.

A soft whimper escaped her lips and Sheldon withdrew for a moment; her lids slowly opened as her tongue came out, gently licking her lips in a daze. Looking into each other’s eyes, Penny noticed for the first time how bright and blue his were. Those eyes widened, and he blushed a beet red, reminding Penny suddenly of where … and who they were. And why they were there.

Summoning all reserves of sanity and her acting skill, she faked a pleased smile and affected a sexy drawl. “So, what were you saying?”

Sheldon gulped and looked wildly away from her to the shocked faces of Leonard, Howard and Raj. Glancing back at Penny, confusion masked his features. “What?”

A loud thump to their left drew both of their attentions. Howard was pounding on the couch arm. “Why didn’t *I* think of kissing him speechless?”

I secretly love to throw oranges at our priest.: Donna (smiling) and Joshroseredathena on June 13th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
That was lovely!

Loved this line: Penny pulled away slightly, but Sheldon sat up straighter, following her to quickly recapture her lips.

Took it from adorable and sweet to whoa, kinda hot on the turn of a dime. Nice!
Arabian: Beauty & the Geekarabian on June 13th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Thank you; I'm glad you liked it. Yeah, I wanted to show that Sheldon was REALLY into it. Hee!
Shane: Penny and Sheldonhavemy_heart on June 13th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
Ha! Very cute :) I love how into the kissing they both got.
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Two Heartsarabian on June 13th, 2009 03:18 am (UTC)
Thanks. That's what I wanted ... to show how they were both effected, but still keep it humorous.
hiddeneloisehiddeneloise on June 15th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
You know, if this ever happens, it would have to start something like this. With Penny initiating it, and, most likely, it being something prompted by some agenda or other. Because I really don't see Sheldon consciously going after Penny romantically, until such an idea bursts upon him through some other causes. And even then, he'd probably analyze it to death. lol.

This is very cute. :)
Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on June 15th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
That's what I think too. It would either be something like this, or something along the latter. Sheldon, being confused by his reactions, whatever of Penny, starts to research, has tests run, etc. all in an effort to gauge what is "wrong" with him. How the comic possibilities aren't seen by everyone, I have no clue. It would be hysterical.
Maeve: BBT: Hello Kittymarble_rose on June 28th, 2009 06:28 am (UTC)
Lol, so at first when I read the lj-cut tag, all I could think was that's some really expensive marajuana, and how the hell did Penny convince Sheldon turning into a stoner would be a good idea? Yeah, my mind goes to strange places.

ANYWAY. This turned out so much better than my cracked out expectations! WHY is it not canon? Maybe I'm biased, but a Sheldon/Penny storyline would be the most hilarious thing EVER. It's a comedic GOLD MINE.
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Showtimearabian on June 28th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
God, I know!! Take their chemistry out of the equation for the moment and just consider the hiliarous comedic possibilities. They've got seasons upon seasons worth of material there.
Yvaughn01evelynvaughn01 on February 28th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
LOVED it! (Yes, I've stalked you to another piece of fanfic, b/c I liked "midnight cooties" so much). I just hope Penny then makes it clear that the kiss wasn't in any way a "joke" on Sheldon, which could counteract all the AMAZINGNESS of said kiss! Yeah, I could see it happening this way on the show.
Arabian: Jim & Kaley - Heartsarabian on March 1st, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
Feel free to click on the fanfic tag here; all my S/P stories are posted. I'll probably put TMCI up tomorrow. :)

I tend to go for the first kiss routes, LOL!