this all started because Penny was boredstarts the "poke sheldon" game, touching him because she's bored and wants to annoy himthis turns into a weird torture game of poking him whenever she can, sneaking up.tries ticklingSheldon is going crazyThe guys ask her to stop before Sheldon builds a superbomb and kills this half of Pasadena.at one point she tries to sneak on him from behind, he catches her hand and holds it for a second, caught between her hand and his hip, and its AWKWARDhe observes how nervous this makes herafter he gets crazy from being afraid of a "touching" attack at any time, he starts to treat it like a game too, turning her pokes into almost intimate touches to freak her out and force her to stopit all gets out of handpeople wonder wtf is REALLY going oninterrogation scene Sheldon - the boys kidnap him and ask wtf is going on, he defends his actions and doesn't realize that it all is coming off as a weird substitute for flirting and insists its all a platonic rivalry gameinterrogation scene Penny - the boys kidnap penny (exactly the same way, haha) and ask her the same thing, and she gives mirror-reverse answers, until halfway through she realizes OMG THEY'RE RIGHT WHAT THE HELL AM I DOING? and that kind of kills the fun moodPenny: "---something really scientific that Penny heard earlier in the week--." As one, their four over-achieving heads turned in Penny's direction. Leonard looked pleased and surprised; Sheldon looked blank, which Penny knew was his default expression for processing new data; Raj looked at her like he didn't believe her statement for one minute on the phone with a "Western" accented software support technician, and would happily tell everyone about his disbelief if only he could manage to get the requisite air past his vocal chords; and Howard was looking at her chest.gtg, good night!
Like I said... LOVE IT! Penny would do that, she obviously likes getting on his nerves (sitting on his spot, kicking his ass at Halo, touching his food!) and Sheldon's reaction makes it even better.BTW, the bit about Penny's interrogation made me crack up because that'd totally happen.What else to add? Oh yeah: write it, write it, write it, write it, write it, write it, write it, write it...That is all :3
I'm thinking that I'll have to make this one with long, wordy sentences instead of the spare style I liked to use with ATLA. It just seems more fitting. See above!
You made me laugh three times in one paragraph!How can I assist you, ma'am? I want your writing experience to be as comfortable as possible XD
Help me bounce characterization thoughts. In general, how I perceive the characters, not specifically relating to my story: In my mind, Howard and Raj are the more insightful of the quartet, less "clueless" than Leonard or Sheldon. So they figure out Penny's behavior more easily, and in the show sometimes interpret it (or any other human habits) for Sheldon and Leonard. Except that it does neither of them any practical good. Howard tries to use his insight for evil purposes (sexual pursuit) and thus constantly fails and never gets any success. Raj is so mute that he never can say what he wants around girls, so he gets dismissed most of the time, and rarely offers advice. But both of them are more aware and in fiction can be used for that purpose.
I've never tried to 'explain' their relationship... let me think...I think Howard is always hyper-aware of everything that could be seen as even slightly sexual because his mind is really dirty. And Raj may never talk but when he does he's really direct (and funny). I think you have a good idea of them but I don't think Leonard is exactly clueless. He's the most socially capable of the four.
He's the most socially capable, but I don't think he's the most insightful. I think he knows the mores and rules better than the others, and is the most comfortable interacting with normal people. But he doesn't read people as well as he reads situations, I think. He completely misreads Penny sometimes, either because he doesn't realize, or he semi-consciously chooses to see it in the way that will allow him to chicken out and be non-committed.
Well, that is true. Raj and Howard knew right away that Leonard's relation with Stephanie was serious even before Leonard did.