"Penny," Sheldon picked up a white blob with eyes on the plate, "what are these?"
It was Hallowe'en, and Penny thought she'd try another party-and see if it turned out better than last year. Of course, her friends had become fewer and far between since the last party-owing to the fact that she spent most of her free time with these-boys milling around her living room in their costumes. Howard and Raj stayed away from geekville, and came as *ketchup and mustard containers, Leonard and Sheldon were entrenched in geekville as always with Leondard as Luke Skywalker-lightsabre and all, and Sheldon, well Sheldon was at least recognizable this year and went with Spock. They were there at least a half an hour early, but she didn't mind as she still needed to change.
Penny eyed Sheldon with caution, "They're cookies, what did you think they were?"
Sheldon took the cookie and knocked it on the counter. It didn't break-didn't even crumble in the slightest.
"A paperweight?" Sheldon raised his, thankfully, fake Spock eyebrow.
Penny swatted at him, but missed. "I made those!" She was a little dissapointed. Ok, so she hadn't actually tasted them.
Sheldon gave an exaggerated sigh, "Do you still have the ingredients you used for--these?"
"Uh, ya, there's some leftover." She held her hopes up. Sheldon could fix this! She threw the crumpled magazine recipe on the counter and hopped up and quickly kissed Sheldon on the cheek, then ran to her bedroom to get ready.
Sheldon blushed slightly as he got out the ingredients noted in the recipe, while Luke Skywalker gave him daggers in his eyes. Meanwhile, Raj and Howard tried, unsuccessfully to sit down in their costumes-at best they'd managed a roll and slide on the couch.
Within a half an hour, the few guests that Penny had asked over began arriving, with Leonard playing host while Sheldon slipped the cookies on the plate-and brought them to the coffee table.
Penny heard the party starting, and opened her bedroom door for the reveal. The reactions were as thus:
Howard and Raj rolled off the couch. Howard leered. Raj was speechless, despite the beer in his hand. Leonard dropped his lightsabre. And Sheldon--Sheldon actually gasped.
Penny stepped out-blonde bouffant, blue mini dress, black boots with an actual damned communicator badge pinned above her breast.
Sheldon stuttered," N-nurse Chapel? Original S-star Trek Nurse Chapel?"
Oh, Penny thought, this outfit was SO worth it to make Sheldon Cooper stutter! 'Yup-p," She popped the "p," "Hey, didn't she have a thing for Spock?" Penny said wickedly.
Spock blushed again, and Penny thought it looked delightful. She patted his arm, and then started moving around to greet her guests.
The night seemed successful. The cookies were dissapearing from the plate and Sheldon looked rather pleased with himself. The punch was spiked by Howard, and, having drank a good deal of it, Leonard was swaying to the music and talking to the girls dressed as red and green M&M's. Even Sheldon had a glass of punch in his hand, probably unaware that it was spiked, Penny surmised. He was having a heated debate with one of the guests, Kenny, dressed like G.I.Joe.
Penny hustled over so that Sheldon wouldn't start insulting the guy, who was maybe an inch or two shorter than Sheldon, but must have weighed at least fifty pounds more.
G.I.Joe had said something about the cookies, "I'm surprised, these are good-Penny made these? I didn't think Penny could do anything but serve cheesecake."
G.I.Joe unwisely laughed at his crudeness.
Sheldon, with just a little bit of anger, began a litany of Penny's accomplishments, well the 'list according to Sheldon,' "Penny can do lots of things! She is awesome at Halo-she can even beat me! She has an excellent memory-she always gets the right soy sauce and hot mustard. She understands Star Trek and gets her costuming perfect! And she's a wonderful-friend." Sheldon looked down with distain at G.I. Joe, "And she's too kind-obviously, to invite the likes of you to her party!"
G.I. Joe stood up. Sheldon stared him down. G.I. Joe sat down. Penny wasn't sure who'd drunk more punch between the two of them, but she didn't intervene except to pull Sheldon into the kitchen.
She thought about giving him hell for nearly starting a fight, but instead, she threw her arms around him, and with a bit too much punch in her herself, pressed her lips to his.
"Sheldon, did I ever tell you I think Spock is awesome?" Penny said softly.
"No, but I'm glad you do," Sheldon was quiet too, as he was pretty sure no one had seen them, "did you know that Spock and Nurse Chapel were forced to kiss in the episode "Plato's Stepchildren?"
"Yes sweetie, you made me watch the whole series."
Sheldon looked down at her, "I'm glad no one forced you to do that," he said, then brought out extra cookies, to put on a new plate, smiling just a little wider than he normally did.End.