100 theme challenge 55. OPTIMISM55. OPTIMISM100 theme challenge 55. OPTIMISM4 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
Portal: Will there be none?Eight personality cores trying to bake a cake.Portal: Will there be none?5 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...?
Only a GameOnly a Game4 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
Wheatley's apology.WARNING: READ DESCRIPTION!!!Wheatley's apology.4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
I used to rule her world...
Panels would rise when I gave the word...
Now in my orbit I weep alone,
Remember tests I used to own.
I was told I would die,
Instead I helped my friend survive.
I Listened as turrets would sing,
"Now that old queen is dead! Long live the king!"
Once I held the facilities,
Next the walls were moved by me.
And I discovered that my chamber stands,
Upon pillars in fault, in miles of land...
I hear that cube of my Chells a ringing.
Opera turrets, all choirs are singing.
Beam my portal, my brilliant dear.
My little Chelly's in a foreign field,
For some reason I can't explain
Once we won, there was never,
Ever an honest word...
And that was when I ruled her world.
She was the livid and wild wind,
Blew down the doors to let me in.
Shattered panels and the sound of bombs...
My Chell couldn't believe what I'd become.
Now all of my enemies crave,
For my endless drift in space.
Just an epic on some metal strings...
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 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
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
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
Ready Or NotWheatley woke up before dawn. Exactly why he had done so, he did not know, but he wasn’t upset about the fact that it was such an early hour. He had been having a good dream, it seemed, from the lingering half-smile on his face, but he couldn’t figure out what that had been about either. Briefly he considered attempting to go back to sleep and see if he could continue whatever the dream was, but then decided he wasn’t drowsy enough. Suppressing a groan, he sat up, simultaneously stretching and grasping for his glasses that sat on the floor next to the mattress. He knew the floor wasn’t the best place to keep something as fragile as glasses -- trust him, he’d already broken two pairs from rolling off the bed alone -- but putting them on a table meant they’d be out of reach, and heaven forbid he should have to stand up in the morning (seriously, though, he was already clumsy enough without grogginess hindering his movements).Ready Or Not3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
With his glasses on
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
When the Sun meets the Moon 3When the Sun meets the Moon 35 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
Test Of Humanity 1Deep within the bowels of the Aperture Science facilities, the robotic entity known simply as Glados watched with mild interest on the various monitors her current test subjects' latest project. It was a fairly straightforward experiment. She would have Atlas and P-Body solve a simple puzzle, then, move to another room that looked almost identical to the previous one yet had very subtle changes to them. The sentient machine wanted to see if the two robots could adapt to small changes in their environment and learn new ways to solve essentially the same puzzle.Test Of Humanity 15 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Unfortunately, the simplicity of such a test (to her at least) was that it got boring after a while. Not that it was predictable. It wasn't since how fast the two adapted had a surprising amount of variation to Glados's amusement. Sometimes Atlas and P-Body solved their tests with relative ease. Other times, such as with room they were currently in, it took them accidentally dismembering themselves several times before finally re
Checkmate Chapter FiveCheckmate Chapter Five4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Ow, ow, ow!"
White frowned, slapping Black upside the head. "Cut it out! Keep whining and I'll never be able to treat your wounds!" she scolded, reaching back to dig in the first aid kit they carried. "Let's see..."
Black frowned as he watched her gently wipe his scrape with some sort of hand-made cream. "All right, all right. I guess we're lucky that your mother is a medical specialist. These herb pastels are really helping." he murmured thoughtfully.
White rolled her eyes. "Herb pastes, Black. Not pastels. Those are for painting." she sighed, wrapping his upper arm in a bandage.
Black blushed in embarrassment, rubbing the back of his neck sheepishly. "Er, yeah. That's what I meant." he lied.
White smiled at his behavior, finishing the bandage on his arm and moving on to his face. She carefully fingered the bruise around his eye, and he flinched back, hissing in pain. "What did you do while I was on the Ferris wheel? That security guard nearly beat you to a pulp when he saw yo
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 - Spark5 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
What it Means to be Human 6Chapter 6: Getting used to nothingWhat it Means to be Human 64 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Disclaimer, I do not own Portal 2
Chell made a noise as she pointedly tried not to look at Wheatley while he stared at the clothing, confused at how he was actually supposed to put it on. He knew that humans wore clothing to keep warm as well as to not get arrested, but the actual how to escaped him. Sort of... After several minutes of struggling, he managed to get them on, sliding the oversized shirt and pants on. " Is this good?" he asked.
Chell turned around, half expecting him to be wearing his pants on his head or something, but was relieved to find that he had managed to get everything on right. Smiling, she sat down and took out her sketchpad, flipping the sheet over and taking out a new stick of charcoal. She looked up at him and gently sketched the outline of his new face, Wheatley making a surprised noise. " I didn't know you sketched... I didn't think you were the type, you seemed more like the writing type to me, not that its a bad thin
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
Checkmate Chapter OneCheckmate Chapter One4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
White was never one to back down from a fight, and that was her problem.
Black leaned back in the sea of sand, lifting up the brim of his cap to watch as his partner's Samurott was basically drop-kicked by an irritated Krookodile. He sighed, placing a hand on one of his pokeballs, but White saw his subtle action.
"Stay out of this, Black! This is my fight, and I'll win it myself!" she insisted, giving him a glare that would make any mere man cower in terror.
For Black, the intimidation of that glare had worn off fairly quick. He simply shrugged, as if to say, "Have it your way", and continued to observe as White turned back to her enemy trainer and continued on.
When they had set out from Nuvema Town, Black had expected a nice, smooth journey. He would breeze through each gym easily and continue on to the next. Maybe White would have a little trouble with one gym leader or another and they'd have to wait in the city for a couple of days, but all in all, his ride all the way up to the C
Portal 2- Spacosity- SeparatedA/N- please note that this fic contains the Space and Curiosity spheres as humanoids ><Portal 2- Spacosity- Separated5 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
Portal 2- Spacosity- Reunion A/N- This is a sequel to 'Separated'. I suggest reading that before you read this.Portal 2- Spacosity- Reunion5 years ago in Romance More Like This
"It's kinda sad really" Rick stated, his voice uncharacteristically quiet. His arms were folded tightly over his chest, and a frown was fixed upon his face.
"Fact: She is going to die alone, as she will never stop waiting for him" The pink haired core known as Fact drawled, adjusting his glasses. Rick's emerald eyes narrowed in sudden annoyance as the statement, and he pointed threateningly at Fact.
"Oh shut up, you four eyed loser" he growled. "Stop spoutin' trash like that!"
Fact glared back at him, a defiant glint in his eyes, and he stood up a little straighter, pushing Rick's hand away from his face without missing a beat.
"Fact: The fact core is ALWAYS right" he snapped, his tone icy.
"Zip your lip pinkie, or I'm gonna come over there and pull your underwear so far up your butt, your clones will feel it!"
The only female of the group watched them silently, her orange eyes skipping to each
You've Been Here All AlongYou've Been Here All Along4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Space was exceedingly dark tonight, he thought. He turned on the flashlight that came built into his eye in the futile hope that it would illuminate something, but to no avail. His tiny little light was lost in the deep dark reaches of the endless void. He sighed. He was lonely, and he would be more than willing to admit it if someone would only come and listen. But he knew deep down within his circuits that no one would come.
" How could they come? I'm in space I suppose it really is my fault that I'm out here though what with how monstrous and bossy I was But still. It is rather lonely out here." He looked around, everything seemed unbelievably far away. Even the space core, who had been his only conversation for god knows how long, had somehow managed to spin fast enough to free himself from orbit. He would drift forever now, until he found some other planet or celestial body that fascinated him.
" I hope he gets to see it all. I honestly do." Wheatley muttered