Why the Caged Core Sings-7
"SING SONGS IN SPACE!!"
"What? Oh, I'm sorry, Mate, I guess I wasn't paying attention," Wheatley replied after being snapped out of his revelry by Space Core all but screaming in his face.
"New space song! You sing in space too!" the core cried.
"That's fine. But this time I get to choose."
As Wheatley began to think of a song choice his thoughts also entangled with ones of that unnamed test subject, of Nola, and of the woman he tried to save. He never found out what had happened to her for GlaDOS had caught him and after discovering he did nothing to stop the escapees, she had shut him down. Thinking of it now, he wondered if the machine had worked and, if it had, if she was happy being a core.
He could never erase his past, no matter how many mistakes he made or sadness he felt. All he could do was keep going and hope he improved as he
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It had been a year since he had been forcibly removed from her body and shot into space and, surprisingly, Wheatley had not lost his mind. This was a considerable feat taking into account that his only companion was the Space Core. Aptly named, Wheatley had often thought to himself as he listened to the endless rambles about his joy of being in the outer limits.
In the beginning, though, it hadn't been quite as easy for he was in sore straits for someone to converse with. He had tried swapping interesting anecdotes with Space Core but it usually began and ended with both trying to talk over the other, Wheatley hopelessly annoyed and his companion hopelessly ignorant.
After these thwarted conversational attempts, the little core began to get the habit of talking less and thinking more. At first, he would usually muse about that unnamed test subject who had hooked him up to Glados's body. This would usually lead to his deep regr
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After seeking the assistance of several coworkers, Nola was now cheerfully pushing Wheatley in a cart down the endless hallways of Aperture Laboratory.
"Nola? Quick question. Will it hurt?" he asked hesitantly.
"No, of course not, Wheatley. It won't hurt at all!" she replied "Are you really that nervous about it, love?"
"What, me? Nervous? Noooooooo," he awkwardly guffawed as he felt his wires cringe within him.
They continued in silence for a few moments until Wheatley heard a second pair of footsteps join them.
"Hey, Nola, if you don't mind I think I might join you," an obviously masculine voice said.
"Oh really, John, it's not necessary. He'll do just fine," Nola replied.
Wheatley realized that his cart had been suddenly stopped. He
Analysis of Wheatley-SpoilersAnalysis of Wheatley-Spoilers4 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Yes, you know it was bound to come eventually. After all, he is a fan girl favorite. Anyway, I have a LOT to say about him, simply because he is the most textured and human (yes, even more then Chell) character in the game. Where to start? Well, as I played throughout the game I grew quite attached to him (putting myself into the position that during the testing I hadn't had any kind interaction, at all) and came to consider him as a comrade and companion during the grueling trial of escaping. Even so, some of the things he says throughout this first part do reveal that he has a sort of mild contempt and resentment for humans and is a bit selfish. Despite this, his transformation after the core transfer was so sudden and complete that even his mirth starts morphing into sadistic fit of laughter, followed soon after by vengeful transference of Glados into a potato. The fact that he reaches this boiling point after called a moron seems to indicate that he has some sort of infe
Always Will BeSet in the SwitchVerse.Always Will Be4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Rose wandered into the TARDIS console room, bare foot and wrapped in a pink dressing gown. "Doctor." She walked up towards him as she spoke, dabbing at her wet hair with a towel. "I just want a warning, in five minutes are you gonna come running down the corridors shouting my name? 'Cause it's fine and all, I just want to know if I'm gonna get that gadget shoved in my face or find you dragging me out somewhere whilst my hair's still wet." He put whatever gadget he'd been sonicing down on the console and turned to face her, a look of awe on his face, words sticking in his throat. "What? Oh don't laugh! I've only just got out the shower."
"You look " He swallowed thickly. "You look beautiful."
It was a sight she'd seen many times, that familiar, loving expression, the warmth in his eyes and the words spoken with such sincerity that it took her breath away. But this time she was struck by a sudd
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Pairing: 10-2/Rose, one sided Mickey/Rose
Summary: What happened to Rose when the Doctor didn't exist?
"John!" Rose screams as the world shakes around her. Her husband is at her side in an instant, his eyes wide and terrified, his hair littered with bits of plaster and glass. A window nearby shatters, and they dive to the ground, him partly on top of her to shield her from the flying shards. She flinches involuntarily, turning to look at him, face pale and drawn with exhaustion.
"Rose," he says. "There's nothing I can do this " He swallows.
She wraps her arms around him, holding back a sob. The world shudders, and she can hear the building falling around them. They crawl toward the nearest available table and take refuge as the ceiling rains down around their heads. Nearby, the baby TARDIS is screaming in their minds, and it's more than enough to know what has caused this.
Somehow, the universe is ceasing to exist, and soon it will be their turn to disapp
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"Theodore Wiggins will you answer your mother when she calls you??" Mrs. Wiggins voice snapped from the kitchen, arched its way up through the house and bounced its way into Ted's bedroom.
"Ma, you just told me to do my homework!" he called back, turning away from his desk where some of his school books lay spread across like a carpet of text and pictures.
"I'm also calling you down here, so get your keister down here stat!" she shouted.
Groaning for all his suffering, Ted dragged himself away from his homework and made his way downstairs.
"You seen your Grammy anywhere?" Mrs. Wiggins asked as she stuck her head out from the kitchen. "I been lookin' for her and she's no where."
"Uh. I thought I heard her say something about heading into town?" Ted asked.
"What? So close to that Once-ler guy comin' over? I swear, I don't know where she keeps her marbles sometimes the way she carries on." Mrs. Wiggins rambled as she went back into the kitchen, "Anyway, Tedster, c'mo
Mother's Day MorningNorma enjoyed sleeping in. There was no question about it, sleeping in was a wonderful things for her. Being married to the most successful man in Greenville, a loving mother and owning a popular bookstore left her drained on some days, but getting to sleep in on the weekends with her husband was always a favorite. Except today. Something was wrong.Mother's Day Morning3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She normally woke up to her arms around him, one of his arms around her because he could never break the habit of sleeping like a dead log. Today though he wasn't there, just empty air where he normally would be. She wanted to get out of bed and look for her family, but then she heard something coming up the stairs. One was happy and small, jumping up and down and trying to be quiet with their footsteps, the other calm and heavy, but both very familiar to her.
"Come on now sprout, you need to be quieter or you'll wake your Ma up. We want this
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"What ya got there, Beanpole?" Lorax asked, looking up from lounging on Once-ler's bed as he came walking into his cottage one late evening.
"Look how many times do I gotta tell you, keep off my bed?" he scowled, reaching and picking the orange one up under the arms and set him on the floor.
"Aww but your bed's so cozy and warm!" whined the guardian, playfully, before pointing again to the thing that Once-ler had under his arm. "Again, what's that?"
"This, is called a book." Once-ler held it out to the other, and flipped the pages open and watched as the Lorax stared at it with disinterest.
"Mrf. How many trees died for this thing?" he asked, seemingly capable of being able to tell anything that was made of trees with one whiff of his nose.
"It's not about that, you furry meatloaf." Once-ler said as he sat down on the floor, and flipped through the book. "This book mentions you."
"Oh ho?" the Lorax's eyes widened as he hurried around, climbed up Once-ler's back, and balanced himself on
In Our Autumn Years Part 10In Our Autumn Years Part 103 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He had decided to walk back into town. Even if Ted insisted that he could ride his bike with Norma, the old man had refused. If he was about to meet his brothers again the last thing he wanted was to show up on that, since he may end up tripping over himself. He hadn't heard their conjoined laughter in over 42 years now, and he certainly didn't want to hear it now at his expense.
How old would they be now? Seventy three, at least yes seventy three. He would never have thought they would get this old, all of them, much less himself. He had once been so full of life, so full of spunk. Now he was slower on his feet than he'd care to admit, and the pains and aches in his joints made him sometimes so mad he'd just glare at the world and pout like a child.
Driving alongside him was Ted, Norma riding on the back.
"How'd they show up?" Once-ler asked as he walked, arms bent and swinging with purpose.
"I don't know," Ted explained. "I just got home and Ma had these two guys there. S
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Norma would never admit it to anyone that it took her almost two months to realize that she was pregnant. After Once-ler left her, the young woman had entered into a moment in her life that she would never talk about with anyone, for the rest of her days. Depression. She would spend days walking around her house, focusing on the furniture that Once-ler would have, once, curled up on after coming home late at night. To be honest, the man had rarely slept in the spare bed she had set up for him in her guest room, and on multiple occasions she would find him on the couch or on the floor itself in the mornings.
She never thought she would miss him this much. When she had left him, after their surprisingly quiet through stressful, talk back when he was still the head of his company, she hadn't missed him this badly. Maybe because she had gone cold turkey? Was it because leading up to that point she hadn't seen him for days, and he was always so busy, and treating her as if she was a
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The soft, Southerly drawl of his mother drew Once-ler out of his moment of silent contemplation on completing the plans for his Thneed factory. He turned his head slightly to see his mother standing outside his window, hands clasped together.
"We got us a lil' problem." she elaborated.
"Problem?" he asked, turning in his seat now to look at her, tilting his head curiously like a dog.
"Mmhmm." she nodded. "You see we're not makin' thneeds fast enough " she added and behind her, Once-ler caught sight of his uncle Ubb pushing along a large rolling cart full of harvested Truffula tufts.
"Harvesting the tufts takes too long!" he dramatically lamented; even going so far to wipe his arm over his forehead for melodramatic affect.
Once-ler sat in his seat, drumming his white pencil against his lips. He had promised the Lorax he wouldn't cut down any more trees, hadn't he? Sure the little furry meat loaf had put him in the river to drift him away but he'd still saved him, even if h
A Bit DomesticSet in the SwitchVerse.A Bit Domestic4 years ago in Romance More Like This
As Jackie entered the Tyler Mansion, closely followed by the Doctor and Rose, an excited little boy came running down the hallway towards them. "Mummy! Rose!" He sped up at the sight of his sister, clamping his arms around her legs.
Rose let go of the Doctor's hand, prizing Tony's fingers off her as she bent down to pick him up. "Hello, handsome."
She smiled as he pressed his face into her neck, mumbling incoherently about missing her. "Thought I'd never see you again." He looked up at her with tear-filled eyes and a huge grin on his face.
"No, neither did I." She looked at the Doctor, tears welling up in her own eyes. She was willing to give up her family for him but to have them both was just perfect. "Things worked out better than I thought."
Tony followed her line of sight, looking at this mysterious man with wonder, a man he had heard so much about and could identify purely from the way he lo
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Once-ler stared down at the food on his plate in front of him before slowly lifting his gaze and stared at Ted who was picking at the green, broccoli shaped gelatin on his plate with his fork. He then turned his gaze to Norma who was bouncing the, what he could only assume to be, chicken since the shape was that of a chicken. He slowly ran his tongue over his lips, and pointed.
"I'm sorry but what is this?" he asked.
"Food. And I use that term lightly." Norma answered as she finally stabbed her 'chicken' with her fork.
"But " Once-ler looked down at the jiggly food on his plate, and poked at it with a knife. "It's jelly."
"Well," the older woman sat a bit more comfortably, leaning on an elbow, as she looked at the older gentleman. "After everything went down it became impossible to grow food any more. Rather than open a means of bringing in food from out of town, O'Hare simply gave people this instead. They each hold the nutrition that you'd get from the actual foods, vitamins, th
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Now that he was standing here, Once-ler didn't know what to think, really. He had gotten up in front of crowds so many times in his life, he'd had fruit and vegetables hurled at him too, yet then he'd had no nerves. It had felt as though the young man would never feel nervous about anything and yet, here he stood, feeling nerves climb up his back and bite the back of his neck in an unpleasant way.
"Whassa matter, green bean?" The Lorax's voice piped up, causing Once-ler to jump, and glare down at the being who had accompanied him on a trip that he really shouldn't have.
"Shht." Once-ler huffed before looking back at the display of jewelry set before him. So far, his thneed business was really getting off the ground quicker than he hoped. His family harvested every day, not a single tree was chopped down, and they were just making demands. That was fine, right? And yet the young man had realized, seeing his girlfriend dealing with his family as well as she had, she may very well be the
In Our Autumn Years Part 11In Our Autumn Years Part 113 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Helen sat there in the lounge room of the man who was her father, at least genetically. For his sake, but also her own, she had finally decided to attempt to get to know him. Alone. Without her mother, or her son, around. This was a little unnerving, sitting in the slanted oddly built house knowing that her father had holed himself away in here all her life. She looked around the room, at the recently wall-papered walls that now had a soft green and white design on them. The carpets were warm and rich underfoot, hiding the concrete and rock he had built his house on.
"Well you really have a nice place here." she tried to compliment as he returned from the kitchen, carrying a tray. Helen got to her feet and moved to help him but the tall elderly man backed up. "What?" she asked.
"You're a guest. Guests sit their tuckushes down and wait to be served." he said, shutting his eyes as he did.
"Well yeah but you ain't no spring chicken." Helen said, setting a hand on her hip. "I can't h
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The fire was growing around him, with every passing second the air grew hotter and harder to breathe, seeing became impossible due to the flames, and the smoke. He could not see, he could not breathe, and the only sound he could hear was the roar of the fire, inching closer and closer.
"Norma? Norma??" Once-ler heard his voice, though he couldn't remember speaking, but it fought through the flames and the smoke. "Norma where are you?" again, his voice trembled and shook, betraying the bravery and strength he was trying to desperately cling to. "Norma p-please "
He was suffocating, the strength in his legs began to weaken and he felt an ache ripple through his lungs but then, when it felt as though his strength was losing him, he heard a noise that fought its way through the fire and smoke.
It was a baby's cry, and even if he had yet to hear the cry of his and Norma's child something told him it was theirs. The cry was familiar, though impossible. The high pitched cry returned the