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The Sleeping Discussion

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Amy pulled up to Mary’s house in the rental car. She was happy to see Sheldon’s family again. They were a sweet group of people, and the food was always excellent. Sheldon jumped out of the car as soon as it came to a stop. He ran to the door and knocked.

“Forget the bags, Amy,” he yelled back to her as he danced by the door. Once it opened, he ran past his mother and said, “Sorry, Mom. Gotta pee.”

Mary laughed a little, but wasn’t offended. Instead, she watched as Amy tried to bring in all of the bags herself.

“Darlin’, you let Shelly come back and help you with those,” Mary said to Amy.

“I’ve got them,” Amy said as she carried them inside.

“Well, you know where to put everything. Sheldon is in his room and you are in Missy’s as usual,” Mary said.

“Right,” Amy said. This was the way it had been the previous two times she had come to visit with Sheldon. This was going to be the first time that it was going to be difficult to actually follow through with that. Since the last time they had visited, Sheldon and Amy started sometimes sharing a bed. She started carrying the bags to each room when Sheldon reappeared.

“Just take it all into my room,” he said as he grabbed some of the bags from Amy.

“No, you don’t,” Mary said.

“Please, Mom,” Sheldon said.

“Sheldon, you know the rules. Just because you haven’t needed them before now doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow them in my house,” Mary told her son.

“I’m a grown man. I should be allowed to have my girlfriend in my bed,” Sheldon said.

“You can have her in your bed in your home, but not in mine. Separate beds,” Mary said with a tone of finality that Sheldon couldn’t argue with any longer. He just nodded and took his bags into his room. Then he came back and took Amy’s bags into Missy’s room. Then they all went in the living room to talk.

Sheldon grabbed Amy around the waist a pulled her into his lap when they sat down. It wasn’t something he would have done at home, but he wanted to be extra physical with Amy in front of his mother since she wouldn’t let them stay in the same room.

“I know what you are doing,” Mary said. “If you married her, you could share a room.”

“You just want more grandchildren,” Sheldon said. He didn’t care if his mother could see what he was up to. He kept Amy in his lap for a while anyway. Amy tried not to enjoy to cuddling with Sheldon since it was just for show. Still, it was nice to lean into him and feel his chin resting on her shoulder. They stayed like that until Missy walked in.

“Oh, Sugar, that’s the cutest thing,” Missy said, but Sheldon slid Amy off his lap anyway.

“Hi, Missy,” Amy said as she got up and hugged her boyfriend’s twin. “Where are the kids?”

“They’re at home with their daddy. I’ll bring them by so that they can play with their Aunt Amy before y'all leave,” Missy said.

“I really wish that you’d stop referring to Amy as ‘Aunt Amy,'” Sheldon said.

“And I told you that I don’t care. The boys love their Aunt Amy. You won’t marry her, but she’s still family, Shelly,” Missy said.

“Mom won’t let us share a room,” Sheldon said with a pout.

“It’s her house. Maybe we’ll find a bigger house by the time you two come to visit again, and you two can come stay with us. I’ll let you share a room in my house as long as you aren’t too… whatever,” Missy said.

“Or maybe you’ll be married and I’ll be okay with you sharing a bed in my house,” Mary said.

“Again with the marriage thing,” Sheldon muttered to Amy. Amy agreed with Sheldon that his mother pushed too hard on that. Of course she wanted to marry Sheldon, but it had taken years to get him to the point that he was almost comfortable with casual touching, making love, and sleeping in the same bed. Sheldon would not be pushed into marriage.

“Don’t sass me,” Mary said.

“Yes, ma'am,” Sheldon said to his mother. He was going to let it go. It wasn’t worth it for him to fight his mother. Instead he was forming a plan in his mind.

A few hours later, Sheldon and Amy had chatted with his family and were stuffed full of too much food by Mary.

“I’m so sleepy,” Amy said after she turned away a second dessert.

“Well, go on to bed, dear,” Mary said.

“I should help you clean up these dishes,” Amy said as she stood. “Sheldon, help me.”

Sheldon nodded and started helping Amy clear the dishes. They went into the kitchen and started washing them. Then Sheldon reached down and pinched Amy’s rear end. She almost dropped the plate she was cleaning, but she turned to Sheldon and smiled.

“A whole three days without you,” Amy said.

“We’ll find a way,” Sheldon said.

“I don’t know what you mean by that,” Amy said.

“I’m just saying, don’t lock your door tonight. I’m a quiet guy and I wake up early. I think we can figure this out,” Sheldon said.

“I do love a bad boy,” Amy said to herself.

“I know you do,” Sheldon teased.

They finished washing the dishes together before getting ready for bed. Sheldon was standing in his doorway and waited to say goodnight to Amy. When she walked out from the bathroom, he went over to her and grabbed her around the waist and planted a kiss straight on her lips. Amy got carried away the way she often did when kissing Sheldon, so she pushed him against the wall to make out a bit.

“Kids,” Mary said in shock when she turned a corner and saw them kissing in the hall. Obviously if they were wanting to share a bed, they were more physical than she had seen them before. This was still not expected. Amy pulled away from Sheldon.

“Sorry, Mrs. Cooper,” Amy said.

Mary just shook her head at her son and his girlfriend. Then she watched as they each headed to separate rooms to sleep.

Amy was alone in the room. She left the door cracked and pulled out a book from her bag to read until Sheldon showed up. He seemed pretty confident that he would be able to sneak into her room. He still wasn’t there a half an hour later, and Amy was starting to think about going to sleep without him.

“Where are you going, Shelly?” Amy heard Mary say loudly.

“Um. Just going to get some water,” Sheldon said.

“Drat,” Amy whispered. It seemed like Mary was onto their game and was watching out for them. About ten minutes later, Amy got a text.

I don’t think this is going to work out. She was watching out for me. Sorry. - S

It’s okay. I think we’ll be able to manage. I’ll miss you, but at least I know you are nearby. - A

Amy turned off her light and tried to go to sleep. She tossed and turned for nearly an hour before growing frustrated. It had to be late enough that Mrs. Cooper had gone to sleep, so Amy decided to just sneak over to Sheldon’s room. She slipped out of her room and tiptoed to Sheldon’s door.

“Are you looking for the bathroom, dear?” Mary asked after having appeared from seemingly nowhere.

Amy’s shoulders slumped. “Actually, Sheldon has the charger for my cell phone. I completely forgot and just realized that I needed to plug it in,” Amy lied quickly. She wasn’t usually that quick, but it just came out.

Mary looked surprised that Amy was admitting to trying to sneak into Sheldon’s room. “I’m sure you can deal with that in the morning. I think that Shelly’s asleep.”

“Yeah. You’re probably right. I just didn’t want a dead phone tomorrow because I left my charger in Sheldon’s bag,” Amy said before turning back to her room. When she got back into bed she got another text.

Good try. I think she believed you. Too bad it didn’t work. - S

Thanks. I thought she would have gone to sleep by now. - A

Amy finally drifted off to sleep about a half an hour later, but she was woken up some time later by her boyfriend slipping into her bed.

“I heard her go to bed,” he whispered.

Amy sleepily smiled at Sheldon before putting her head on his shoulder and going back to sleep. It was easier this time and more comfortable.

“Sheldon Lee Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler,” Mary yelled at them a few hours later.

Amy was scared and confused. She pulled the blanket up to protect herself and Sheldon from the assault. Then she realized it was just Mary. Sheldon was supposed to slip back into his room before Mary could catch them, but he must have slept in.

“Mom, please,” Sheldon said.

“Don’t 'please’ me. I asked you two to not sleep in the same bed in my home, and you blatantly disregarded my wishes. I’m not pleased,” Mary said.

“Okay, but don’t blame Amy. She was asleep when I came in here,” Sheldon said.

“She wasn’t asleep when I caught her trying to get into your room last night,” Mary said.

“I’m really sorry, Mrs. Cooper. It won’t happen again,” Amy promised.

“It better not. Sheldon, I didn’t raise you to disrespect me like this,” Mary said before leaving the room.

Sheldon leaned back on the pillow. He was annoyed that he had been caught. He thought he would be able to outsmart his mother, but it hadn’t worked. He wasn’t sure what to do next. Sheldon was a man of habit. He and Amy slept in the same bed at least five nights a week and he had gotten used to it. It was just too great a temptation to slip into bed with her when she was just across the hall.

“Let’s go eat,” Sheldon said. “We aren’t in that much trouble, I promise. She’s done yelling at us now.”

“Okay,” Amy said, but she didn’t really want to get out of bed. Sheldon was warm and there and she didn’t want to let him go. They did go have breakfast, and Sheldon was right. His mother didn’t yell at them any more.