Portal 2: Human EmotionWheatley had been told many things when he'd first been brought online.Portal 2: Human Emotion4 years ago in Romance More Like This
For one, that if he ever left his management rail, he would die. The same thing went for his flashlight. He was told his death if he did this would be slow and painful - well, pain as he was programmed to feel pain, anyway, which was surprisingly much like he had seen countless humans suffer pain in the testing chambers. Screaming, shaking, crippling pain. He'd seen firsthand how cruel GLaDOS could be to her test subjects and so hadn't ever questioned when he was told that if he did a certain thing, he would die like so many of the little humans had.
Another was that above all else, he was to obey all orders but feel absolutely free to chip in with his own ideas. If he felt that an idea of GLaDOS's was flawed or needlessly cruel, he had an attachment directly to her brain that would allow his own ideas to be heard. He took advantage of this more than he would have liked to admit. It made him feel special to know th
Like A StoneShe's getting older.Like A Stone4 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
He doesn't notice at first. The process is gradual, stealthy, affecting her appearance and movements in increments so small that neither of them notices until one day he suddenly realizes that there is gray in her hair and that her face is lined more prominently than it once was.
He starts looking behind him, behind her, as if this thing that is taking her away from him moment by moment can be found, caught, trapped, slain, leaving them to stay together forever. He ignores it, laughs through it, and when she smiles the shadow lifts (but he can't help but notice that there's hesitation, that the skin sags around her mouth and eyes: laugh lines and crow's feet).
He tries to forget and the days pass as they always have, but now that he's noticed it he can't shake the notion. He has been made aware of time and it fills him with emptiness, a hollow terror that consumes everything he'd thought he had, all the happiness that he thought they'd made for themselves. His emot