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.
Considering that Lois had been the one to cleanse their apartment above the Talon when Chloe had been possessed, the blonde left her cousin in charge of cleansing the apartment once more. Sure, she went to the store and looked around, picking up this and that, and bought some things for her own use, but she left Lois to pick out the sage and the incense and the feather and all the other things the brunette declared they needed. The blonde still felt somewhat numb from having destroyed the beacon which transmitted their signal to Watchtower, the only way that their location could be pinpointed in the many different galaxies, worlds, and realities. It was still unreal, the thought that she'd never see Clark again. He'd always been an important part of her life, and even the loss of Lana, Ollie and the others in her life were weighing down hard on her.
And yet they'd done the right thing destroying the beacon. They'd had to jump to a different world for a reason, and while they were here the others had a fighting chance. That was all that mattered.
So Chloe and Lois needed to fit into civilian life and blend in as well as they could, integrating themselves into society.
It was easier said than done when one fought evil since high school, but Chloe knew it was for the good of her home world, and so she wouldn't complain or shed a tear.
She needed to be strong.
Lois seemed to feel the same way, because since they'd destroyed the beacon she'd refused to speak about it and had busied herself. First it'd been cleaning her room despite it already being clean, then it'd been with the shopping in the metaphysical store, and now it was charming Stewart, the young man from the comic book store they'd had the fight outside of, the same store which was looking for someone to work full-time.
From the looks of it, Lois was going to get the job without any problem.
As the brunette secured the position that would grant her access to all the comic books and thus be able to study them and find out exactly what the people of this world knew and didn't, Chloe ignored the gazes of the men in the store as she browsed through some of the material in the shop. Her gaze was drawn to the back, where shirts and figurines and such were on display, biting down on her bottom lip when she saw the symbol of the House of El displayed proudly. A part of her wanted to buy that shirt, but she knew it'd be torture for both her and Lois, who had both loved Clark and lost him to Lana, so instead she found herself browsing through the other logos, recognizing some and yet not others.
There was a green one that she didn't know herself, but from a comic she'd seen a couple of stands back she knew belonged to some superhero called the Green Lantern.
She wondered if he existed in her world as well.
Taking in a deep breath, Chloe reached for the shirt despite the fact that it was humongous for her, gazing down at it.
She wanted something that reminded her of home, and yet wasn't too familiar...didn't hurt to look at.
"I got the job." Lois announced as she reached her side, voice subdued as her hazel gaze rested on the shirt with the symbol of the House of El on it. "A part of me wishes I hadn't...this is going to be hard."
Chloe could understand, since being surrounded by objects which reminded them of the life and loved ones they'd left behind sounded like torture to her. "I'm thinking about getting a job too, since we're staying here."
Lois lowered her gaze. "I'm still processing that, you know?"
Chloe nodded. "None of this was supposed to be permanent."
"Good thing I came with you." Lois whispered, reaching out to clasp Chloe's hand with her own, squeezing.
Fighting a rogue tear which wanted to spring forth out of love for her cousin, Chloe swallowed down the sob and squeezed back, the cousins drawing comfort, strength, and soothing love from each other.
"Come on, we should go, we're giving a couple of these guys nosebleeds." Lois laughed softly, leading Chloe to the cash register by the hand, winking at one of the closest guys, causing him to squeak and go bright red.
Shaking her head, amused at Lois' power over men, Chloe smiled at Stewart and passed him the oversized Green Lantern shirt.
"You BUGGED the neighbors?" Leonard cried, appearing quite horrified.
Sheldon frowned down at his roommate, pursing his lips. "That's not the point Leonard."
"How is that not the point?" Leonard pushed his glasses up the bridge of his nose. "It's a felony! And creepy! Howard-esque creepy!"
"Do not put me in the same category as Wolowitz." Sheldon couldn't keep the insult from his face. "I did not put cameras and microphones in their apartment to catch them in various stages of nudity."
"Then why did you put cameras and microphones in their apartment?" Leonard sighed loudly, palming his face.
Sheldon hoped that Leonard interpreted his series of facial muscles spasms as some sort of problem with his muscular control and not as some sort of "tell"."I don't need to have areason do I?"
"Sheldon." Leonard observed him with narrowed eyes. "What aren't you telling me?"
Oh, Sheldon had deeply hoped that Leonard wouldn't see through his cool facade but he knew he was horrible at keeping secrets.
Obviously Homus Novi weren't supposed to exist in a civilization in which deceit was so prevalent.
"You've been acting odder than usual, like last night. First you think Chloe's a Homo Novus, then a spy, then you're on edge with her keeping an eye on her so intensely you lose your game, then you install cameras in her apartment to spy on her and then you get a surprising attack of conscience and want my help to uninstall them without the girls finding out. Why in the world are you acting this...odd?" Leonard eyed him curiously before his eyes widened. "Oh, my!"
Sheldon fidgeted, knowing he was unable to lie and yet not sure Leonard should know about the girls. It wasn't that he didn't trust Leonard, but he felt paranoid with this information now and felt it was his sworn duty as a card carrying member of the Justice League to help protect the girls while they stayed in his world. And if he was to be truthful, the scientist in him wanted to study them and see how they adapted to life on a planet not their own.
"Oh, wow...so the thai food theory is way off." Leonard was apparently babbling incoherencies. "Wow. Just. I never thought...wow."
"What are you talking about?" Sheldon was confused, very confused, and he didn't like the feeling.
"Your deal. She's your deal!" Leonard was chuckling, shaking his head, running his hand over his hair. "Wow."
"My deal?" What in the world was Leonard talking about? "Yes, I have to deal with the situation...and that is why I'm requesting your assistance in the matter..."
"Wow." Leonard was grinning like an idiot.
Sheldon frowned, wondering if he'd somehow managed to break him.
"I never thought I'd be helping you in this sort of situation..." Leonard brought his hand to his heart. "Really makes me rethink the way I see the universe."
Obviously he'd broken the little man.
Nothing he said was making sense.
"Will help you or will you not?" Sheldon prompted, annoyed with his confusion.
"Of course I will!" Leonard grinned brighter. "Buddy! Pal!"
Sheldon felt a little unnerved with that smile on Leonard's face and wondered if he should be backing away slowly.
"Is that it?" Chloe asked from where she'd been observing Lois performing the cleansing ritual in silence.
"Should be." Lois nodded, looking around her, hands on her hips, satisfaction on her face. "El diablo's out of the house."
"To be fair, he was never in the house." Chloe felt the need to point out.
"If you thought so why did we go to all of the trouble of the cleansing ritual?" Lois raised an eyebrow.
"Because I've lived in Smallville too long to not be paranoid?" Chloe grinned, before sighing. "Do you think magic really exists in this world? What about meteors? Did they fall here?"
"I don't think the meteors did, that would be too much of a stretch or coincidence, but who's not to say magic is real?" Lois sat down next to her cousin, resting her feet on the coffee table with a sigh. "So what are we going to do now that that's been done away with?"
Chloe's gaze went to the closet. "I say it's the perfect hiding place, don't you?"
Lois' gaze followed hers. "We can't keep it in the closet anyway. Every time we go out I get paranoid that someone is going to break into the apartment and steal it while we're gone."
"Me too. And its a very good hiding place." Chloe nodded, turning her gaze to the ceiling. "You want to do the honors?"
"You don't want to?" Lois asked in surprise.
"Ever since that incident I've been...I don't know how to put it..." she ran her finger through her golden hair. "I haven't figured out how to disconnect from it yet."
"Are you saying that you're still online?" Lois' eyes widened as she turned to her cousin. "Is that safe?"
Chloe shrugged. "I'm hoping since Brainiac was Kryptonian, and his essence is infused within me, that I'll be okay."
"Why didn't you mention this before?" Lois stood, wariness obvious on her every expression. "We used the crystal to get here!"
"Lois..." Chloe begun.
"No! You need to be a hundred percent honest with me! We're in this to the end and I need to be informed of everything! Especially if you're unable to disconnect your mental wavelengths with a Kryptonian Crystal!" Lois stomped her foot, furious. "You know how it hurt you when you used the crystal to pull us out of the Phantom Zone! You were bleeding. Being connected to it for this length of time can't be good!"
"I really haven't been disconnected from it since then, Lo." Chloe admitted, giving her cousin a crooked smile. "I think if something was going to happen, it would have happened then."
Lois collapsed onto the sofa. "Since then?"
The blonde nodded.
"No, I'm not!" Leonard grinned brightly, voice lowered yet excited. "He has a deal! He actually has a deal!"
"Sheldon Cooper, Doctor Whackadoodle...has a deal." Penny threw herself down on her sofa, shocked out of her wits. "Is it even possible?"
"I didn't think so and yet you've seen how alert he is around her and now he's asked me about how one could apply his Friendship Algorithm to encompass a relationship with female neighbors and he's trying to remember exactly how you and we became friends so he can duplicate the process!" Leonard collapsed down next to her. "When I left him he was going over his Friendship Algorithm while simultaneously searching the internet for relevant information on how hominids "bond"." His grin was so large it looked like it might hurt. "Ergo, he has a deal!"
"Sheldon Cooper is trying to make friends with someone." Penny was shellshocked, still feeling like she was in some sort of a dream where Sheldon became normal. "Does he get anything out of this? Because remember the whole Kripke fiasco?"
"What could he possibly get out of Chloe other than...female companionship?" Leonard wanted to know.
"Oh my god, he has a deal." Penny couldn't help but feel giggly and bubbly as she turned towards Leonard. "We need to help him Leonard, Sheldon is...Sheldon...and if he doesn't have our guidance he's going to mess things up! I mean, Chloe's been very accommodating to his whackadoodleness so far (and that in itself is a good sign) but still, he needs our help."
"That he does." Leonard agreed, nodding his head.
"He isn't going to expect one of our group to leave again, is he?" Penny wanted to know, remembering the last time once more. "Didn't he say something about maintaining a certain amount of friendships being 'cumbersome' or something like that?"
"I don't know." Leonard paused. "I should probably warn Raj."
Penny made a face. "I'm not going to have to answer another questionnaire concerning Sheldon and why he's such a great friend, am I?"
"I don't know..." Leonard repeated, scrunching his features and pursing his lips in thought. "But I doubt it. Sheldon should have gotten as much information from those sheets as he could possibly get."
"Good, because I am not doing something like that ever again." Penny replied, leaning hard against the sofa, before tilting her head towards Leonard. "Well, you see where the natural beginning of our helping should be, don't you?"
"The Renaissance Faire next weekend?" Leonard asked curiously. "Because I was thinking we could invite Lois and Chloe along and Sheldon could impress her with his knowledge of the era and such, she seems to actually not be annoyed when he spouts out all that information no one cares about."
"I noticed that, but no, that was not what I was talking about." Penny sighed, realizing that these poor boys needed her help desperately. "The dinner we're having over at their place. It's going to be a perfect opportunity. Chloe's actually going to use Sheldon's massive manual and that alone shows that she's tolerant and brave, two things anyone who gets with Sheldon has to be."
"Right." Leonard nodded, agreeing, he'd had to be a lot of both to live with Sheldon for as long as he had.
"Now listen closely Leonard," Penny leaned forwards, voice and expression determined. "This is our game plan."
Knock knock knock.
Knock knock knock.
Knock knock knock.
Considering Lois was in the shower and couldn't hear the rapid succession of three knocks followed by a pause, followed by three more knocks, Chloe emerged from her bedroom and made her way towards the front door. She'd just finished bathing as well, her hair wet and sticking to her face, wearing only the oversized Green Lantern shirt that reached her to her knees, and underwear.
What he was doing outside of their apartment at this time of night?
A glance out of the peephole wasn't needed to know that the person with the three-fold knock was Dr. Cooper, his OCD behavior betraying his presence.
But why exactly was he here?
Knock knock knock.
Knock knock knock.
He hadn't made it a secret that he didn't trust them and was very wary concerning them, especially her, so why was he here?
Knock knock knock.
Shaking her head, realizing she'd never know if she didn't answer, Chloe unlocked the door and opened it, seeing Dr. Cooper about to knock on the door once more. "Dr. Cooper, what a surprise to see you."
He shoved an open, half-empty container of Oreos into her arms. "I've been informed that it is the socially correct move to welcome a new neighbor by the giving of sustenance. Thus the Oreos."
Chloe eyed the man, then her gaze went down to the Oreos, before raising back to him.
He was the oddest man she'd ever met.
It was fascinating how his mind worked.
"If you do not like Oreos there's a half-pack of-." He began.
"No! Oreos are fine." She quickly assured him, unable to keep her lips from quirking in amusement at him and this whole situation. "Thank you very much, Dr. Cooper."
Okay, something was up.
He'd cleared his throat when Penny had introduced him by his first name and hadn't had any issue with Chloe and Lois referring to him as Dr. Cooper this whole time.
So what had changed for him to suddenly have this about-face?
"Sheldon." She played along with a nod. "Then please call me Chloe as well."
"I will." He nodded, visibly awkward and uncomfortable yet determined...and then his eyes widened. "You like the Green Lantern?"
Only then did she realize that he had a similar shirt on. "I-uh-don't really know him."
He nodded, though disappointment was rife on his face for some reason.
Silence dragged on between them, awkward and weird.
And yet he wasn't making any move to leave.
Tilting her head to the side, Chloe observed him. "Dr.-Sheldon, would you like to come in for a couple of minutes? I promise the place is clean."
He looked up, excited, before nodding.
He wore his every feeling on his face, like a child.
Chloe stepped aside and let him inside, closing the door behind him as she took the Oreos to the kitchen and watched him standing in the middle of the livingroom, observing the sofa and the different seating areas.
"Oh boy." He whispered to himself, excited and determined. "I've never been here before...I need to find my spot."
Leaning against the kitchen counter, Chloe's smile grew as she chuckled, shaking her head at him. "Go at it."
He turned towards her, smile childlike before turning back his attention towards the sofa and sitting down. He made a face, concentrated as the next couple of minutes found him changing positions, seats, trying to find His Spot.
Chloe reached for an Oreo and chewed on it as she watched him.
While Sheldon was intent on the finding of His Spot, Lois emerged from her room, saw him, and turned right back, closing her door behind her silently as she retreated unnoticed.
Finally Sheldon situated himself on the loveseat, hands on his knees, nodding. "Here. Definitely. It's not as good as My Spot in my own apartment but this will do just fine."
"What a coincidence." Chloe swallowed the last bite of Oreo, trying for a joke. "It's right next to My Spot."
"Is it? Fascinating." Sheldon announced with another nod, seeming quite pleased with himself and her for having chosen those Spots, probably guessing that she'd used the same reasoning and such that he had to choose it...and not at all getting that she'd been joking.
She didn't have the heart to tell him the truth.
"I understand that it is an indecent hour of the night to be visiting a female, my Meemaw would reproach me should she know, but when Stu the Cockatoo was new at the zoo he found out that the best way to make friends was to be himself and make known his desire for friendship by extending a proverbial olive branch."
He was losing her with the Cockatoo reference, but she could still get what he was trying to say...to do...and while she couldn't help but feel that there was an ulterior motive somewhere she found herself more intrigued than wary. She'd seen evil before, and Sheldon Cooper didn't seem to be capable of evil. But still he was a genius (if he could be believed) and there was just something fishy about this whole thing.
"Does Stu the Cockatoo make friends once he does this?" She questioned.
He brightened at the question. "Yes! Drew the Emu and Zane the Crane." He leaned towards her, almost as if sharing a secret. "Between you and me, I think they needed a friend just as much as Stu. Poor souls." He shook his head. "Zoos appear to be caste oriented."
Chloe just gazed at him with a confused yet intrigued expression on her face, lips twitching with reluctant amusement despite his serious demeanor. "Dinner. Tomorrow night. Eight o'clock. You, Leonard, Penny, Raj...and even Howard. Be here." She hesitated a second before adding. "Everyone needs a friend."
She didn't know what exactly Sheldon was doing, but she'd give him the benefit of the doubt.
If they were stuck in this world, they were going to need as many friends as possible.