100 theme challenge 55. OPTIMISM55. OPTIMISM100 theme challenge 55. OPTIMISM3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"How could you do that GLaDOS? What were you thinking?"
"It was the right thing to do sir. I am just following my programming."
"Could you follow it less the next time? Geez GLaDOS, we don't need this."
GLaDOS looked at the red-faced man pacing back and forwards through her room and felt sad.
All she ever tried to do was please everyone but somehow she kept messing up.
His mouth was forming an ugly downward curve, telling her he was not pleased with her at all.
"I'm so sorry Doug."
Doug stopped his pacing and looked GLaDOS directly in her yellow optic.
"You're sorry? YOU'RE sorry? What about me eh? What do I have to say to my boss? Another failed test, time and money wasted. I could loose my job GLaDOS!"
Doug started pacing again.
"Just tell me this GLaDOS: what s the purpose of the tests?"
"To see if the product is ready for selling."
"Exactly, we need to know what it can do, what it cannot do and most important, what one shouldn't do with it!"
"I know Doug."
"Then why, p
Only a GameOnly a Game3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
There she is
Hanging from the ceiling.
Her figure seemed almost
Like a human woman
But her metal white
Outer shell made it obvious
That she was not.
Was planted firmly
On the ceiling.
On it was her name,
She started with a lecture
On how much she hated me.
She began releasing a neurotoxin.
It was a sickly green gas
That hissed as it was released
Like an angry puff adder
Ready to strike.
It made me gag and gasp
As it entered my lungs.
I could feel it beginning
To shut down my organs.
I had to think fast,
And so I did.
Piece by piece
I took pieces off her
And threw them
Into the incinerator.
She was hard to get to
Hanging there on the ceiling,
But with my trusty portal device
It quickly became easier.
The gas was still coming.
I had no idea how long
I had left to live.
I was weak.
She was still strong,
Though weaker than before.
A rocket was fired
From the turret
I had triggered.
Out of the rocket's way.
It flew through
It hit her.
I sent more
Miss HerHe would never see her again.Miss Her4 years ago in Romance More Like This
That one thought kept running through his core, not even a little overshadowed by where he was now, even as he enthused about it. "Oh my God oh my God oh my GOD! I'm in SPACE!"
"I know you're in space!" Wheatley exploded at last. He'd been calm up until then, but the constant babbling was getting on his nerves. "We both are! Soso just give it a rest, all right?"
But Space couldn't give it a rest, because if he couldn't keep his mind occupied with space, he'd be forced to think about her again, waiting all alone for him down on Earth. He wondered if she knew she'd never see him again, and it made him sad to contemplate. Talking about space was the only way for him to keep his mind off of her. "SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE!"
"ARGH!" Wheatley cried in frustration. "Come on, mate! Just stop! Isn't there any bloody thing you like more than space?"
Space paused. He hadn't been expecting that question, and it threw him eno
Catch MeIt had been a few months since GLaDOS had let Chell and Wheatley leave the Enrichment Center. After Chell had opened the portal to the moon, she had refused to let go of Wheatley, and GLaDOS had finally just pulled them both back in under the condition that Chell "get the moron out of here."Catch Me4 years ago in Humor More Like This
So she had. She had taken Wheatley back to her apartment—first she'd had to get an apartment, and that hadn't been easy given her lack of credentials, but she'd managed—and it had taken him a long while, but at last he'd stopped apologizing for what he'd done.
"All right!" he enthused. "Now that you've forgiven me, it's time for me to forgive you!"
Chell had raised her eyebrows at that. "Forgive me for what? For saving your life? Don't make me regret that."
"No no no no no," he said quickly. "For not catching me!"
She snorted. "Oh. Are you still going on about that? I did my best!" And there was a slight catch in her voice that betrayed her thoughts, betray
Portal: Will there be none?Eight personality cores trying to bake a cake.Portal: Will there be none?4 years ago in Visual & Found Poetry More Like This
The baker got incinerated and then there's seven.
Seven personality cores playing hide-and-seek.
The mute one was not seen again and then there's six.
Six personality cores looking for something.
One (curiously and accidently) activated the MASHY-SPIKE-PLATE,
Now there's five.
Five personality cores took a relaxation test.
One just can't take it easy and then there's four.
Four personality cores compare their IQ.
Since one was too smart for comfort, the number became three.
Three personality cores went on an adventure.
One trip on an (aperture science) explosive and then there's two.
Two personality cores looked at the stars and wish.
One core got his wish and then there's one.
One personality core, all alone
with a help of a human friend, took control of the facility
and got corrupted himself.
And then will there be none...?
When the Sun meets the Moon 3When the Sun meets the Moon 34 years ago in Romance More Like This
When the Sun meets the Moon
Told in Luno's POV:
I woke up, feeling something warm against my side. I looked, it was a hot water bottle. I wondered who put it there, bur then remembered what Josh told me last night:
'Solé's wounds... They... I'm not sure if they'll...heal correctly.'
It felt like hell when I thought back of that. I caught myself looking at Solé again. Did I have feelings for her? Real feelings? Did I...love someone I met less than 24 hours ago? I lied back down again, and soon got up. I made myself stop looking at Solé, and closed the door, without looking back.
I walked out of the door, even though I had no idea where the hell I was, and walked away from the house. I needed some time to think, alone. And when I'm real confused, I start talking out loud:
"Do I love Solé?" I said to myself. "She seems a nice girl, but I don't even know her a day long. She's hurt, wounded, and I'm not surprised if she's confused like I d
Portal 2 - Ch'ella stimaPortal 2 - Ch'ella stima4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"So, the lunatic is dead and gone. Well, not yet maybe. At least she is not here, and killing her is none of my business anymore. This is a relief for everyone.
I'd say we have sung enough. I don't know what gets me to sing every time she tries to destroy the facility. It must be some old Aperture processor I'll burn it down as soon as I locate it.
Good performance, by the way. But, honestly, tell me; did your little orchestra really have to arrange such a majestic farewell for her? Oh, no no no, you cannot say it was my idea. Itcame from some glitched part of the system. Apparently, that moron made a perfect mess out of the piece of perfection my chassis is. Well, was.
Also, as a turret, you are not authorized to tell lies about me. I can't even imagine feeling admiration for a shameless murderer. I'd like to know what on earth made you sing those lines don't start telling me I am wrong, I heard you, and my translation system cannot fai
100 th ch 51. elemental tempest51. Elemental Tempest.100 th ch 51. elemental tempest4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
He had an idea.
That didn't happen very often and mostly they were bad, but he had an Idea nonetheless.
Wheatley had been abandoned for decades and frankly, he got sick of it.
Space, as his companion told him many many times, was an interesting place.
Circling around on the same place made it less interesting than travelling through it, but still, it got him amused for a while.
No he was bored and wanted to get out, back to earth.
He wanted to get home
It took him a long time to determine what home was.
Was it earth in general?
Or was it Aperture?
He decided that the saying "home is where the heart lies" was true so his home did lie in Aperture.
Because one thing was for sure, his heart was with everybody there: GLaDOS, Chell, his heart only thought about them.
In addition, how to kill them.
All this time his hate for those two grew and grew.
They shot him in space, and for what?
He just tried to help Chell, tried to make GLaDOS understand how cruel she was, but
What's this?What's this? What's this? There's damage everywhere!What's this?3 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
What's this? There's broken panels in the air.
What's this? I can't believe my eyes, I must be dreaming,
Wake up, GLaD, this isn't fair.
What's this? What's this? Something's just not right
What's this? Just look at the dreadful sight
What's this? The tests are filled with great destruction
Everybody seems so dead
Why not maintain the facility instead?
What is this?
There's Wheatley throwing bombs around, trying to kill Chell
He's busy complaining to her about the time he fell
He's being such a moron
Oh, I can't believe my eyes!
And in my battery I feel the cold that I'm about to die.
Oh look! What's this? There's death traps everywhere.
Brilliant! Well, no wonder it's a lair.
Turrets! They're scanning for the kill that they desire
Defective... They will catch on fire.
What's this, in here? He's made a turret-cube
How queer. And who would ever think?
And why? I was sure the paradox would work,
Checkmate Chapter SixCheckmate Chapter Six4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Black? Black! Snap out of it!"
"Don't leave me!!" Black screamed, bolting up into a sitting position and swinging his hand out.
There was a yelp and White tumbled back off of the couch, skidding across the floor. Black blinked several times, trying to decipher his situation. He was back in the hotel room, still laying on the couch he had fallen to sleep on.
"God dammit, Black! Did you really have to go and clock me like that?" White mumbled, rubbing the ugly welt that was now appearing on her pale cheek.
Black took several deep breaths, looking her up and down. Her hair was let down in a scraggly mess, and all she wore was her usual white tank top and a pair of athletic shorts. Her sleeping attire. His eyes darted about the room, searching to see if a certain green-haired bastard was about.
When there was no sign of him, the trainer began to settle down. However, he found himself grasping onto the couch tightly, as if it was the one thing that anchored him to the real world. "W
Spacosity: Rocketeer~Rocketeer~Spacosity: Rocketeer4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Curiosity was everything her name implied- curious. On top of her most dominant trait, she was incredibly perceptive and creative, as well as energized and caring. She was like a light among the darkness of the rest of the cores, since she managed to out shine all of them easily with her likable personality and kind smile. But out of all these things, her good traits, her bad traits her personality and looks, Curiosity found one thing about herself that made no sense after so many years as nothing more than an AI; she was in love.
She always figured love was one of those odd things- something that happened in those books she always read, but never real life. It was an adventure that Rick would have went on, maybe something that Anger would growl at the mention and Morality would smile gently at. She knew even Fact and Intelligence wouldn't know, and found out Wheatley couldn't answer the question without tripping over his own two feet. That left the one person she felt weir
Checkmate Chapter ThreeCheckmate Chapter Three4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Black's mind began rushing, working at a mile a minute. What were they doing together? Was it just a friendly ride? No, White would have been too focused on the Plasma grunts to just hop on a ferris wheel with a mysterious guy. He squinted, trying to see what was going on in the car. White didn't look like she was being threatened, just like she was irritated at him. N, as always, was staring at her, as if waiting for her to calm down. Slowly, his lips moved, and Black saw White's body freeze up.
Black sprinted over towards the ferris wheel operator, cutting through the line and making several people yell at him. He tugged on the man's uniform, pointing to the car White and N were in. "My friend is up there, and she might be in trouble." He stated.
The operator blinked, then shrugged. "Yeah, so what?" he asked indifferently.
Black clenched his fist, furrowing his brow. "Can you do something about it? Like, speed the ferris wheel up? I don't know if you heard me the first time, b
Portal 2 - Spacosity - Spark"Look. Look. Leo" Space suddenly cried out, his face lighting up in excitement as he noticed the constellation in the sky. "Hi Leo! Hi!"Portal 2 - Spacosity - Spark4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Curiosity blinked her orange eyes in a confused and bleary manner, having been drifting off from her comfortable position resting against Space, her head against his shoulder.
"What?" she asked, looking up at him with a tired expression on her face. She dragged the hand which wasn't linked with Space's across her eyes to try and combat the fatigue she was experiencing. Space glanced at her, noticing her lack of enthusiasm and seemed to notice she was tired, causing him to frown, suddenly apologetic.
"Sorry" he said quietly. "Got excited about space. We can go inside now"
Curiosity shook her head abruptly, sitting up a little straighter. How could she even think of falling asleep right now? Sure, it had been a long and tiring day, but she was finally reunited with Space. She couldn't just go inside because she was getting tired. She had to stay here an
Contest: Rick's In Charge.Rick was rooting for her the whole time, not a doubt about it. Not only was she the prettiest thing Rick had ever laid eye on, she was quick-thinking and had a good head about her shoulders. He saw her dart out of that portal and toward a button that from the sound of it was mighty important, but then one of the biggest fireworks he'd ever seen go off at close range sent her flying across the room in an explosion of sound.Contest: Rick's In Charge.4 years ago in Humor More Like This
The only one who may have heard his roar of disbelief was the core they were attached to, who shouted with equal incredulity and fury, "What? Are you still alive?"
"She's getting up, she's getting up!" Rick yelled. And she was, she was getting to her knees, picking up that arm device she had used to carry him over, and now she was aiming it, but where Rick couldn't see, his view was blocked by the way this thing was swinging about.
Then his view was pulled downward, as the large machine they were suspended in tossed and fought against the anti-gravitational drag thro
Checkmate Chapter Seven, Pt. OneCheckmate Chapter Seven, Pt. One4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
A loud yawn was the next sound that greeted Black's ears, and before he could sit up to stop what was about to come, White gave a surprised yelp.
The backside of a hand hit his cheek hard, causing his eyes to fly open. He bit back a curse, sitting up quickly, and was greeted with a pillow to the face that knocked him off of the bed. Black hit the back of his head on the wall before he tumbled to the floor, in a tangled heap of sheets and pillow feathers.
Rubbing the bump that was starting to rise underneath his messy hair, Black slowly lifted his head, only to have another pillow thrown at it. The trainer did a hurried roll and sprang up again, trying to find his assailant.
White had positioned herself on the other side of the bed, hiding all of her face except for her anxious and confused crystal eyes. Black gave her an irritated look, and her eyes narrowed. This time, a balled up blanket came hurtling at him, and it nailed him in the face, sending him into the wall again.
"Damn it, W
Checkmate Chapter FourCheckmate Chapter Four4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Braviary, use Air Cutter!"
Black's pokemon screeched in understanding, flapping its wings harder. The tips of its feathers began to glow a bright blue, illuminating the battlefield.
N stepped back from his pokemon, straightening his cap and sighing in exasperation. "Very well, then. Sandile, could you whip up a little sand for us, please?" he requested.
The Sandile immediately went to work, swishing his tail back and forth. Very quickly, a crowd of dust rose up, surrounding Braviary. The bird-pokemon squawked in confusion as its vision was impaired, frantically beating its wings harder.
Black grit his teeth. "Braviary, don't worry about the sand! Just go ahead and use the move!" he commanded. If he could land a hit, then Sandile would be done for. N was at a huge type advantage at the moment.
Braviary put on a determined face, squinting to spot its opponent. When it saw a black stripe scurry through the sand, it shrieked and sent several blue projectiles at the object. There was a hig
Checkmate Chapter EightCheckmate Chapter Eight3 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Oh my- Black what the hell are you doing?!" White screamed at him, reaching out to grab his jacket.
It was too late. Black was already in his descent. He flailed in the air as he fell, and the hero-like appearance he had hoped to keep while flying towards the Plasma grunts quickly vanished. "Shitshitshitshitshit!" he hissed as the distance between the grunts and his body quickly lessened. When his curses met their ears, the grunts paused and went back to back, scanning the stairwell and defensively hiding behind their Liepards. Unfortunately, they didn't think the sounds were coming from above them.
Black yelped as he landed on their heads, and as their weight buckled beneath his, their Liepards went down, as well. The five of them tumbled down the stairs in a heap, and they all came to a sudden halt when they met the wall.
Black moaned as a headache attacked him, and his vision swirled before his eyes. In that moment, he made a mental note never to jump off of the stairs again
Welcome to Aperture Science -Opening only-Pray that she will never find you. Her still expression, her illuminated red eye, her passive-aggressive, monotonous voice, ruptures your unstable mind. The torn, frayed memories of your friends and family shrieking painfully pierce your ears like nails to a chalkboard. The thought of her gunning them down while they plea for mercy, aids in your already shivering body by tossing you into a silent fit that tightens your body into the foetal position.Welcome to Aperture Science -Opening only-4 years ago in Settings More Like This
Your delayed, close-to-failing senses detect that your arms pulled into your chest a familiar face the size of your head: an innocent grey cube decorated with a pink heart on each side and rounded dark grey corners. You press your ear firmly into it, listening to its quiet, childlike whisper of a song to drown out the dying cries echoing on permanent repeat. Your eyes open to the compact, aphotic room around you, with smothered wall paintings of a goddess dressed in orange drapery and surrounded by puzzling symbols you were once familiar to
Dreams of RealityTouko White, a pokemon trainer, was finally done moving into her apartment with the help of her sweet, loving, and handsome boyfriend, N Harmonia. Wait scratch that. He was not her boyfriend anymore, he was her fiancé. Yeah the tomboy who everyone from school thought that no one would ever love her nor have a fiancé. If they could see her now, the looks on their faces would have resembled the look trainers would have when they saw a legendary pokemon and boy did Touko know how that would of looked. She actually encountered her first legendary pokemon, Reshiram, and caught him in one shot with her master ball that she had been saving for an occasion such as that.Dreams of Reality4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Taking a place on the grey couch that they managed to get into the living room, with the help of N's Zoroark, the young adult sighed. After all the hard work, they finally got done right at the time when the sun was begging to take it leave for the night, slowly leaving the region's sight. N stretched before joining h
Checkmate Chapter Seven, Pt. TwoCheckmate Chapter Seven, Pt. Two4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Black unzipped his backpack, grumbling to himself as he filtered through his clothes and supplies. He took a hold of his toothbrush as soon as it reared its head in the mess, and soon located his toothpaste, as well. With an irritated glare towards the bedroom, he stood and made his way to the sink.
Black's infuriated murmurs continued as he flipped on the faucet in the kitchen of the hotel room. White had the right to be angry at him, but she didn't have the right to hole herself up in the bathroom for two hours. Black had been okay with her self-isolation at first, but now it was getting ridiculous. He had begged and pleaded with her to come out, at least long enough for him to get a shower, but she refused to even speak to him.
"Prissy little-" the rest of Black's sentence became inaudible as he shoved his toothbrush into his mouth, scrubbing furiously. He just couldn't figure her out. Her moods shifted so quickly, and each time they did, it was like a slap in the face to Bla
Checkmate Chapter TwoCheckmate Chapter Two4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
True to his word, Black didn't let White set a foot on the ground until they entered Nimbasa City. Even though his aching legs protested under the extra weight of his partner, he had trekked on.
Black carefully set his friend down on the pavement, stretching his arms above his head as if it was nothing. But, in reality, he was sore all over. Carrying White all the way down the route had appeared to be a brave, strong, and basically badass move at the time. Now, though, he was paying for it.
White sighed, removing her cap from her head and brushing the sand off of it. "You didn't have to pick me up, you know. I could've beaten that wuss in a second." She claimed, tilting her chin up in defiance.
Black gave his signature nonchalant shrug in return. "That's what you said about the rich boy. And the trainer before that. And the trainer before that. And-"
"Okay, okay! I get it!" she cut him off. White reached up and pulled Black's cap over his eyes, scowling at him. "You don't have to rub i
Portal 2- Spacosity- SeparatedA/N- please note that this fic contains the Space and Curiosity spheres as humanoids ><Portal 2- Spacosity- Separated4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Yes. It's Spacosity. Sue me.
Light orange eyes surveyed the night sky, their gaze stopping briefly on the full moon before moving to the stars beside it.
The young woman had never been this quiet before. She could never recall a moment whereupon she hadn't been asking a question, or finding something new around her completely exciting. She had been designed with the sole purpose of being curious after all, there was no particular reason for her to not ask questions before. Everything had interested her. Especially that lady from the tests. The one GlaDOS had been so afraid of.
When the lady had dropped her into the fire pit, she had managed to avoid falling into the burning fires and had landed on a platform instead, hurting her legs in the process. The heat of the fire had not particularly concerned her at the time. She remembered she had been designed, like all the others, to withstand temp