Title: Multiple Universes Hypothesis
Characters: Chloe, Lois, Sheldon, Leonard, Penny, Raj, Howard & Others
Fandoms: Smallville/Big Bang Theory
Disclaimer: Don't own
Summary: While at first Sheldon dismisses the new neighbors, he quickly begins to wonder if they aren't spies sent to spy on his research, which is quite flattering. Chloe and Lois on the other hand are only trying to blend in...and protect the universe, of course.
The people were cleaning the apartment and Lois watched over them to make sure none of the cleaners went near the closet. She seemed to be in a better mood now that the apartment was getting the professional treatment it needed. The brunette had gotten a kick of taking the workers into one of the darkened rooms and showing them what was hidden to the plain eye by use of a black light, and the chorus of cries of shock and horror from inside had made Chloe smile in amusement. Now the workers understood why she'd made sure their boss had them bring the strongest non-lethal chemicals they owned and made sure their schedule was clear for the rest of the day.
Even now as they worked, the crew would send the bedrooms little looks before shivering in horror.
Chloe left Lois in charge of the operation and went up the small flight up stairs to the floor above, where apartments 4A and 4B were located across from each other. She gazed from one to the other, said gaze resting on the elevator with the yellow tape across its front and a sign warning OUT OF ORDER. The blonde shook her head and turned towards 4A, knocking on the door, waiting until it opened to find a surprised Dr. Hofstadter staring up at her.
"Hi!" His voice went high.
"Hello Dr. Hofstadter." She gave him a small smile.
"Leonard." She gave him a slight more genuine smile now. "Is Dr. Cooper here?"
Surprise widened his gaze before they fell on the contract cradled against her chest. He flinched visibly. "I'm sorry about Sheldon and his crazy ideas. You really don't have to humor his-."
"No, I'm not 'humoring' him at all." Chloe assured. "Is he in?"
Seeming unsure, Dr. Hofst-Leonard-nodded and opened the door further so she could come inside.
Chloe entered 4A and the first thing she noted was how clean the place was, everything obviously had its place, nothing was lying around, the books and such were all arranged in a certain way. Somehow, this seemed more of the work of a man who'd given neighbors contracts and not Leonard's. Chloe's gaze then went to the whiteboards filled with different scientific equations written on them, and Dr. Cooper stood with a marker in his hand eyeing the equations pensively.
Something about those equations caught Chloe's attention, bothering her.
"Sheldon, we have a visitor." Leonard closed the door behind her.
"Not now Leonard." Dr. Cooper didn't even look away from the whiteboards. "I know that these equations are way over your head, but a man of my superior intellect-."
Chloe's eyes narrowed as she examined the equations...what exactly was bothering her?
"Sheldon, I think this has to do with your contract."
"Oh!" Sheldon turned his head rapidly, blinking when he saw Chloe. "I assume you've signed on the dotted line?"
"No, actually." Chloe went towards him, eyebrow raised. "I've read over your "Good Neighbor Contract" and while there are many agreeable clauses some were overbearing, unreasonable, and others subject to necessary alterations."
Dr. Cooper's mouth opened and closed a couple of time before he turned to her completely, eyes narrowed. "I assure you that-."
Chloe thrust the contract into his flabbergasted hands. "I assure you that my assessment is correct. I've added my own clauses, edited the ones I found workable, and deleted others. This version of your contract is both mutually beneficial and superior."
Dr. Cooper's eyes narrowed further, his lips pursing as he retrieved the contract. "I highly doubt that you could have come up with a better contract than I already have."
"Sheldon, play nice." Leonard sounded tired behind her.
"I'm one of the brightest minds of our times, Leonard, if not the brightest." Sheldon declared as he browsed through the contract, lips continuing to be pursed with displeasure. "I highly doubt that this female-."
"Is that string theory?" Chloe interrupted Sheldon, walking passed him as she went towards the whiteboards, not noticing the surprised looks Dr. Cooper and Dr. Hofstadter sent each other at that.
"It is." Sheldon raised an eyebrow at her. "You have a working knowledge of string theory?"
"And this...has to do with the m-theory." Chloe was ignoring them by now, talking to herself as she gazed at the equations, her brain, which had always been advanced, had been enhanced by Brainiac's stay within her, and she was able to compute the calculations quickly and easily, though not as impressively fast as she'd been when she'd been the SuperComputer's host. Her sharp green gaze went from each of the whiteboards, computing what was within and piecing them together in her mind before her eyes widened and she turned to look at Dr. Cooper in surprise. "This is a multiple universes hypothesis in the making. You're trying to prove the existence of the Multiverse."
Sheldon's mouth opened and closed a couple of times in shock.
"You mean you understand that?" Leonard squeaked, pushing his glasses up his nose.
"It's basic quantum mechanics." Chloe shrugged.
"Basic-?" Sheldon gasped in horror. "I'll have you know that my work is groundbreaking!"
"Oh. Wow." They were a lot further back than she'd previously thought. "Well, the reason you might be stuck is the fact that this equation is wrong." She tapped the equation in question before realizing that she shouldn't be betraying just how much fringe knowledge she actually knew. "Give the amended contract a look over." And before they could say anything she was out of the door and hurrying down the stairs.
Sheldon's outrage and comments about her being 'ridiculous' for even 'suggesting' that he was...was interrupted as he presumably actually looked at the equation she'd pointed out, probably realizing she was right.
Oliver was going to chew her ear out about that once he found out.
Sheldon stood shell-shocked as he gazed at his whiteboard, eyes widened as he realized that the girl had been right. He'd told Wolowitz that his incessant chattering while Sheldon tried to work would distract him, and right before him was the proof. He'd written the equation down wrong, and because of that all of his following calculations had been horribly off! Wolowitz was going to get a strike for this! All the time he'd spent stressing over why his calculations were so horribly off, feeling such utter frustration and fearing that that Noble Prize would never be his-and it was all Wolowitz's fault!
He hadn't even thought to check back his previous equations and calculations because he knew there could be no error on his part, and who knew how much longer he would have been in this frustrating conundrum had the imprudent blonde not zeroed in immediately onto the problem.
"That was unexpected, huh?" Leonard broke into the silence, coming to stand next to Sheldon.
"For her to not have only understood these equations but know them enough to be able to correct them she can be only one of two things Leonard." Sheldon didn't take his gaze from his whiteboards.
Leonard turned towards him curiously.
"Either she's a spy sent to keep an eye on me and my work," Sheldon was seriously considering this one. "Or...she's possibly a...Homo Novus."
Leonard's face seemed to undergo a series of muscles spasms before he finally palmed his face and cleared his throat. "You didn't consider Leslie a Homo Novus when she fixed your equation that time."
Sheldon's face went sour, remembering how that woman had dared touch his whiteboard. "Leslie Winkle is not a Homo Novus. And she was lucky! AND it was only two symbols. Not a whole equation."
"Well, when Dennis Kim-."
"We do not say the D word in this apartment!" Sheldon declared heatedly, sneering at the memory of the little insufferable one. "And that little North Korean weakling could never be a Homo Novus! Sure his intelligence was higher than the norm...until a member of the female Homo Sapien species started letting out pheromones and he showed his true primitive colors. Not only did he fail to maintain his intelligence ratio but he is now nothing more than that girl's pleasure tool. Really we must pity him. What sort of life he must lead, as the sex slave of that woman?" He shook his head. "Thankfully it is a fate you will never experience first hand."
Leonard sighed, running his fingers through his hair. "I thought you considered yourself to be the only Homo Novus?"
"It makes sense that nature would create two." Sheldon made a face at this thought, very uneasy with how to process this option and where to go on from it. "I'll have to examine her toes and lateral incisors of course, before running a series of more thorough and intensive experiments before coming to a conclusive conclusion."
"Sheldon...don't do anything crazy." Leonard's voice had taken on that whiney quality Beverly always spoke about over Skype or the phone. "She and her cousin have only just moved in we don't want to scare them. And anyway, it'd be good for Penny to have some girls around."
Considering Leonard was merely functioning on that primitive level where he deludedly supposed that his fruitless efforts to make Penny happy would actually give him the chance of achieving coitus with her, Sheldon ignored him.
"Leonard," he declared, holding the marker tightly. "This clearly calls for a series of scientific experiments. Any scientist worth his grain of salt can see that."
"Sheldon..." Leonard made up his face, appearing constipated once more.
Sheldon was going to have to examine Leonard's daily fiber intake if this kept up.
"You can't just make our new neighbor the guinea pig for one of your experiments!" Leonard scrunched up his face.
"Oh but I have to!" Sheldon begged to differ. "What if my previous assumption of being the only Homo Novus is incorrect? What if she's one?" He looked all around him, remembering that the alternate option was that she was a spy and she'd already been inside his home which meant there could be bugs everywhere. He hurried to the television and turned it on to provide background noise before tiptoeing back to Leonard and hissing softly. "What if there's a whole colony of Homines Novi out there somewhere? What if I actually have intellectual peers Leonard and not just others of slightly greater intelligence than average whom I choose to associate myself with?"
Leonard's eye began to spasm as he developed a tic in his face. "Or she could very well be the only other Homo Novus out there." His expression seemed almost manic. "You'll have to mate with her to further the species."
Sheldon made a face. "Homo Novus is superior to Homo Sapien. We have transcended that common hominid affliction."
"Then how will you further the race?" Leonard saddened Sheldon sometimes with his lack of vision.
"Why test tubes of course!" Sheldon tsked, shaking his head at his friend. "Her ovum and my sperm. That would solve the population problem without us having to resort to such barbaric methods of fertilization such as coitus."
Leonard just looked at him and shook his head.
The crew had worked until late into the night, and by the time they'd left the apartment had smelt of cleaning products but also of cleanliness. It was a good feeling, being able to walk barefoot in your own apartment, and soon they'd be able to buy new furniture, get more clothes, appliances, and make this apartment as much of a home as they could until it was time to leave. The cousins enjoyed their stay in their apartment fully for the first time, even despite the fact that they'd had the cleaners take out the mattresses and sofa and such leaving them with the ground to sleep and sit on until they were able to go shopping tomorrow. They'd stripped away every bit of filth that'd been left behind by the old tenants and could now truly make this place theirs.
The cleaners would be returning tomorrow to finish up the work, but all in all they were in a clean environment once more.
The girls lay on the floor, cuddled in the sleeping bags they'd had with them when they'd arrived.
"So, I was thinking that while I want a job, I don't want anything too stressful." Lois curled up in her sleeping bag, letting out a yawn. "I just want something that I could use to pass the time with, you know? Like maybe waitressing or something else like that."
"You'd make a terrible waitress." Chloe sniggered good-naturedly. "Remember your stint at the Talon?"
Lois flinched and then laughed. "You're right. Waitressing and I don't mix."
"You could always work at a store." Chloe pointed out. "Maybe while we're out shopping we can keep an eye open for any place with a Hiring sign out front."
"I like that game-plan." Lois nodded, gaze going to the closet. "We're going to have to find a safer place to store that, you know."
Chloe's smile melted off her face as her green gaze joined her cousin's. "I'll think of something."
Lois sighed. "What if we're stuck here? What if they never come for us?"
Chloe reached out and found her cousin's hand, squeezing it. "When it's safe they'll find us."
"I don't like being the weakest link." Lois closed her eyes tightly.
"You're not the weakest link, you're far from that." Chloe squeezed tighter.
"Yes, I am." Lois opened her troubled eyes, gaze meeting her cousin's. "Ollie is Gadget Boy, Smallville and Lana are the super-powered lovers, and you were one of the smartest people I knew even before you became host to an alien SuperComputer and it enhanced your smartness even more. Me...I can kick people while wearing heels. That's as far as I go."
"Do not say that!" Chloe snapped, sitting up as she stared down at her. "You're brave and loyal and cunning and just as good at snooping as I am. If you hadn't been there I'd be dead right now. And I couldn't do this...any of this...without you."
"Yeah, you could." Lois whispered, yet her smile was more genuine as she sat up as well. "You just wouldn't have as good a time as you'll have with me here to liven things up."
The blonde smiled brightly, leaning over to hug the brunette tightly.
The statuesque woman held the petite one just as tightly. "Who knows? We might even find ourselves some guys. God knows we failed to find any who weren't in love with, and immediately drops us for, Lana Lang."
"It served us right, we always knew Clark would never stop loving her." Chloe sighed softly, letting go of her cousin. "And who exactly are you suggesting we find for ourselves here?" She waggled her eyebrows playfully. "Don't tell me Mr. Wolowitz managed to charm you."
"Oh hell no." Lois made a face, scrunching up her nose in disgust. "That little pervy bastard." She pulled a dark strand behind her ear. "The indian guy though, I thought he was cute."
"He never said one word." Chloe murmured.
"Exactly! I like that in a guy!" Lois grinned mischievously.
Chloe barked out laughter. "You're so evil!"
"And for you..." Lois tried to think it over. "Uhm...shortie?"
"Most of them were short." Chloe reminded.
"Hoofendberg." Lois tried.
"Hofstadter." Chloe rolled her eyes. "And no. Leonard is not my type."
"Then you'll have to get all 6 feet and 2 inches of 'weird and annoying' then." Lois shrugged.
"Dr. Cooper?" Chloe made up her face. "Don't get me wrong, he's got something about him that's weirdly attractive...but no. Just no. Never gonna happen."
"Fine." Lois sighed. "You're left with no other choice then. You can have Wolowitz."
Chloe shrieked in horror and launched herself at Lois.
The girls wrestled on the floor and laughed, for this moment in time forgetting the many dangers they were hiding from.