Pairing: Penny/Sheldon Cooper
Fic Title: I am Sleeping on a Timebomb
Rating/Warning(s):M. Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, mentions of a miscarriage, emotional and physical abuse
Genre: Angst, AU
Why This Must Be Read: This is very much an AU. A war in the 1980's left the world desolate and crumpling. 20 years later Penny joins a new circus and meets Raj, Howard, Leonard, Sheldon and most of the other usual suspects. They all have their reasons for being there, for running away and for being alone. And they all reach that point where they try to work through the pain and move forward. It is a stunning fic that is built around the people and their friendships and problems. The author has taken all of the characters we know and given them a new setting (or how things might have changed had they grown up in a war-zone). It is angsty, but hopefully and every character gets a chance to shine. Really worth the read :) The main pairing is Penny/Sheldon, but it's as much about the group than anything else (Although it is worth the read for the Raj parts alone, it is rare to find such a good insight into his character). Other pairings include: Penny/Leonard, Howard/everyone, Leonard/Leslie and a slight implication towards Penny/Sheldon/Will
Sheldon pauses inside the truck. Raj and Penny are sitting cross-legged on the floor, the bench in front of them layered with Raj’s sketches. Sheldon can tell that Raj still isn’t comfortable enough to speak to Penny, but the fact that he’s showing her his sketches is surprising.
There’s something about the shape of her smile, the sound of her laugh that relaxes something deep inside of him. He stays where he is and watches them, so he catches it when Raj says, “Yes,” when he nods, the word more breath than sound, but still a word, caught by air and floated over to Penny’s ears. Her eyes widen, but she says nothing else.