The Walk...The Walk...4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Hey!" Tali yelled like alarm when the wrench simply flew off from her hand and with hollow clank fell on the cold slatted floor of the Engineering deck. The Quarian tech sighed irritated, looking at the chuckling person in the corner and venting air off her suit angrily.
"Tag, stop that! That`s not funny! I need to work!" She tried to collect the instrument from the floor but it slipped her hand again flying into Shepard`s opened palm.
Tali narrowed her shining eyes and threw the massive nut that she was just going to screw on at him. Shepard easily foresaw that, the air around him shined blue and he immediately teleported to the neighboring corner of the room, the "missile" missed him and hit the wall, making unpleasant echo.
"Missed me " Before he finished his face received the dear and loving kiss of a dirty rag Tali used to clean her hands from the engine oil and other. Tagren choked on the strong smell of the grease mixed with rust and a few dozen additional "aromas" he didn
Mass Effect: ProgressTitle: Mass Effect: Tali's ProgressMass Effect: Progress4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
Disclaimer: Bioware owns all
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Darkness had fallen on Freedom's Progress. Snowflakes floated down on the crisp night air, obscuring the scant lamplight. The moon glimmered wanly behind slowly drifting clouds as a distant nocturnal hunter howled in tribute. Snow crunched softly under long-toed feet as a group of quarians navigated the gloomy settlement.
Activating her omni-tool, Tali conjured up a holo-map. It was easy to get lost in this area; everything had a sameness to it. Framed by concrete embankments, this particular district was made up largely of homogeneous prefabricated structures that could be customized to serve as anything from apartments to laboratories. Fuel canisters and supply crates peppered the open areas, while small salvage heaps and the odd bit of equipment could be found tucked away in shadowy corners.
Tali adroitly manipulated the three-dimensional
Unlikely Pair - HackerTitle: Unlikely Pair Contest Submission - Hacker!Unlikely Pair - Hacker4 years ago in Humor More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
Characters/Pairing: Commander Candylan Shepard (femShep) and Tali'Zorah with an appearance by Legion
"Bosh'tet!" Tali'Zorah screamed at her omni-tool. The more she rapidly tapped at the holographic buttons, the more furious she became.
Commander Candylan Shepard noticed the unusual behavior coming from her quarian companion and went to investigate. "Is something the matter?"
"It's nothing, Commander."
"Judging by all your huffing and puffing, it's far from nothing. What is it?"
"It's this player on Galaxy of Fantasy. That bosh'tet killed my character in a single move. He must be hacking!"
"Galaxy of Fantasy? Really? I didn't know you played, Tali," she responded, tucking her messy blonde locks behind her ear to reveal the smirk growing on her face.
"It started as a way to play with some people I kn
Mass Effect: Return to YouTitle: Mass Effect: Return to YouMass Effect: Return to You4 years ago in Romance More Like This
Game: Mass Effect
Disclaimer: Bioware owns all
A/N: This short fanfic was inspired by the following deviation by Ghostfire: Mass Effect: Shepard's Present. The first three paragraphs of the story (bolded below) were taken directly from the artist's caption, word for word. The rest of it is all me, for better or worse.
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"Are you sure this is what Shepard would want? He seemed to prefer me out of my suit. Why put more clothes on?" Tali's voice sounded uncertain as she nervously stretched the waistband of a pair of silky black panties.
"Not those; these," Kelly answered with a little grin, holding a matching set against the quarian's envirosuit. "Unless his psychological profile is completely off the mark." She paused to consider that, then put a hand on the fidgety girl's shoulder. "Don't w
ME- What Happened? Chp.2Shepard's elevator ride down to the Crew Quarters seemed like an eternity. He walked out of the elevator and made a right to Miranda's office. He was so furious he almost ripped the doors open with his biotics. She was packing her things like she was trying to leave. When she saw Shepard the only words she could utter was "uh oh " Shepard lifted her with his biotics and exclaimed "Give me three good reasons why I shouldn't have Jack come up her and share her feelings on Cerberus with you." Shepard now knows what Garrus must of felt like when Sidonis betrayed him. The only difference was Shepard's "Sidonis" was right in front of him. Garrus "You have my best friend my girlfriend and other various types of my friends." Nick Yelled before giving Miranda a chance to speak. She grunted, she was in pain. Shepard had to force himself to ease up on her. "ok ok " Shepard released her. " you have every right to be mad at me Shepard. I had nothing to do with this I wasME- What Happened? Chp.24 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Human Colony IntruderHuman Colony Intruder4 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Well, obviously we have some Collectors in Citadel space.
They're landin' on yo colonies
They're snatchin' yo humans up
Tryin' to blend 'em
So y'all need to
Hide yo kids,
Hide yo wife,
And hide yo' husband
Cuz they're swipin' errybody out 'ere.
You came and attacked us (twice!)
Now we lookin' for you
We gon' find you (x2)
So you can run and tell that
We got yo weapons
You done left survivors and all
You are so dumb
You are really dumb
You are really really really really really so dumb.
(Ashley) I was attacked by some Collectors on Horizon.
So dumb (x4)
ConfessionConfession4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Fovorite weapon: X-15e Vindicator, Assault Rifle
Back Ground: Earth-born, sole survival
Personality: Kind, sensitive, careing: prefer strenghtening companions other than herself. Would shield friends with her Biotics and even her body if need be; gladly gives her only weapon to any party member to insure their survival. Forgets to feed fish, wants to have a pet Varren.
"With word you can save, with word you can kill - the word can lead people, and follow they will!" - Russian say, English remake.
Normandy, captains quarters, a week after defeating Collectors, 22:18. (BEFORE ShadowBroker quest!)
Jaina Shepard was sitting on her sofa and watching over a collection of star ships models she assembled during her mission. The collection was complete all vessels available were there and it brought certain pride to their owner at very least it was a full set of beautifully made models, for our heroine however it
Connections"Here come the test results."Connections4 years ago in Drama More Like This
You never tell her the test results. What are you up to?
"You are a horrible person."
Oh, the homicidal computer is calling my daughter a horrible person? That would be funny if it weren't so sad. Stop it.
"That's what it says."
It doesn't say that. I can see the results too, you know.
"A horrible person."
I guess you don't know. Do you even know I'm here?
"We weren't even testing for that."
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"Don't let that 'horrible person' thing discourage you."
You MADE IT UP! Leave her ALONE!
"It's just a data point."
No, it's NOT!
"If it helps, science has now validated your birth mother's decision to abandon you on a doorstep."
I swear to God, I'm going to kill you.
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"I feel awful about that surprise."
"Tell you what. Let's give your parents a call right now."
You could let me talk to her. Just give me access to your speech processors. Please? J
TRON: Regenesis-Chapter 2TRON: Regenesis-Chapter 24 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Chapter 2: Secrets
Tron waited till Pixie had gone back into her home and the only sounds were that of the Sea before sitting up again. The effort cost him, and he bit back a flash of anger at his weakness. It seemed like he'd been weak for so long, not just since being dragged out of the Sea. The images of innocent programs dissolving before him, because of him, danced in his mind, and he shook his head in an effort to get rid of them. The memories only got worse. Even when he closed his eyes, he could see the faces, the terror and pleading in their eyes as they silently begged to be spared. Then his discs ran them through.
"Stop," he hissed to himself, his fists balling up. As if his memory codes finally started to listen to him, the pictures from the past disappeared. Tron was alone once again.
The Sea stretched before him, a quivering mass of raw, unbridled data.
TRON: Regenesis - Chapter 3TRON: Regenesis - Chapter 34 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Chapter 3: ENCOM
Sam Flynn watched his computer shut down and rubbed his eyes; a year ago, he would have laughed if someone had told him he'd be sitting here, trying to manage a global company. A year ago, though, he'd believed his father dead, and all those bedtime stories of the Grid just that, stories. But now, here he was, trying to figure out a way to market the new office program that was affordable to the public and would still keep the board members happy with enough green to line their pockets. Staring at figures that had more zeros than he imagined had left him with yet another headache throbbing behind his eye, and he'd had enough. Grabbing his coat, he made to leave his office and head back the apartment.
"Mr. Flynn," called someone. Sam gritted his teeth and turned around. Ed Dillinger, still dressing like a mop haired hipster, was standing behind him, all impatient looking. Sam wo
Short, Sad Life Left - Part 11.Short, Sad Life Left - Part 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The doctors didn't know why Chell was sick, why her skeleton was deteriorating at an accelerated rate, but she herself knew perfectly well: it was the repulsion gel, the goddamned repulsion gel. The prerecorded voice had warned her not to get covered in itof course, that was about five minutes too late. She'd managed to wash it off in a stream of water several chambers later, but by then it had already done its damage.
Now, six months later, she was dying. She knew that, and she knew that she didn't have very much time left. What a strange twist of fate it was that she'd survived GLaDOS's testing been released, evenonly to have it kill her when she was safely away from all things Aperture.
Well, that wasn't entirely true. While she had burned the official Aperture clothing she was wearing when GLaDOS let her go, Chell had kept the Companion Cube. She didn't know why, but for some reason, it still comforted her. So even in this hospital room at what she knew
The Deal"You work for Black Mesa."The Deal4 years ago in Humor More Like This
It was the single most accusatory thing Chell had ever heard the AI say, and she gulped, then nodded, feeling ashamed even though she knew she had no reason to. She was an adult, after all. She could work where she damn well pleased.
"Why?" And now GLaDOS sounded almost hurt. Chell gave a small shrug of her shoulders.
"It's the single best place to work for a Physics major. There's no other company around that can even come close to competing with it. Working there, I can help with some of the greatest scientific breakthroughs of our time." The speech sounded rehearsed even to her, and Chell realized just how much she'd been dreading talking to GLaDOS about this.
Narrowing her optic, the AI jerked her head closer to Chell, who gulped again but didn't back away. "The only way Black Mesa ever got anywhere was by stealing Aperture technology."
"Yeah, well, that was then," Chell said defensively. "And this is now. Sure, they don't have anythi
CongratulationsTest Chamber Seventeen was simple. GLaDOS highly doubted that this particular test subject would have any difficulties with it, since she had managed to complete the far more difficult Test Chamber Sixteen so quickly and easily.Congratulations4 years ago in Drama More Like This
All the subject had to do in this chamber was carry the Weighted Companion Cube, specially designed to coerce subjects into forming an attachment to it, through the chamber and use it to help her solve a few simple puzzles. Then at the end, the subject would have to abandon her beloved cube in an Aperture Science Weighted Companion Cube Receptacle, which was the real test. Most of the time, this caused test subjects to suffer a small bout of depression, sometimes complete with hysterical sobbing. GLaDOS couldn't wait to find out how this test subject would handle it.
"The Vital Apparatus Vent will deliver a Weighted Companion Cube in three two one "
As it fell out, the subject took a step backwards, narrowing her eyes at the cube wi
TRON: Regenesis - Chapter 1TRON: Regenesis - Chapter 14 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Chapter 1: Rescue
"GET BACK HERE!"
Pixie ignored the infuriated roar, her feet pounding the sleek street so hard she was surprised that it wasn't cracking. Four other figures ran alongside her, all sprinting away from the owner of the voice. A pack bounced on the back of the head runner, and Pixie reminded herself that they needed it. It still didn't make the knots in her stomach go away.
"Pixel, will you keep up!" snapped the program just ahead of her, glaring. Pixie scowled, and picked up her speed. Getting separated out here would probably result in deresolution, and that was not something she was particularly eager to experience. Hell, the guy they'd stolen from had probably called some of the new 'security'. They'd have to get on something faster than feet pretty quick if they were going to make a clean getaway.
As if answering her thoughts, she was handed baton. Almost without
Reversal, Chapter 3Summary: The story of the Portal-games retold with switched roles: Wheatley is the test subject who took down the homicidal super-computer of Aperture, Chell is the A.I who wakes him up after decades in cryosleep to help her escape, and GLaDOS is... GLaDOS.Reversal, Chapter 34 years ago in Humor More Like This
Wheatley's lungs ran out of air, his scream turning into a wheeze before finally dying out.
He breathed in, preparing to continue, when he noticed he wasn't falling anymore. It was hot, though, but he didn't seem to be on fire, and that was definitely solid ground he felt under his feet...
"I honestly hope you got all of your screaming done. That almost broke my audio-systems."
He was alive? But he thought GLaDOS had decided to kill him. Not that he was upset at not being burnt alive, or melted, or whatever happened at people in incinerators. But it was nice to know where things were heading. He straightened out, taking in his surroundings.
Caroline Caroline CarolineCarolineCaroline Caroline Caroline4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
The name still disturbed GLaDOS. She didn't even dare think of the name more than once. She couldn't believe this. She had deleted her! Caroline was gone! Dead! Lost in cyber space!
Damn, that name. It made her feel all sorts of things. She cursed the scientists who gave her the emotions she had. She shook her head, groaning. "I suppose my capability of deleting annoying people is overestimated," she grumbled. "I wouldn't be so depressed otherwise." She thought back on her words. "No, I am not depressed. I have no reason."
She didn't, however, feel necessarily good. There had to be a reason why she suddenly felt small at times and her chamber so large.
"Fact: You are depressed."
A sudden voice startled her. The giant AI turned around to face a certain motor-mouth personality core. "What do you want? Can't you see I'm busy doing things?"
"Fact: You are not doing anything and are making an excuse to get me to leave. Fact: The Fact Sphere is not that
A New BeginningThey’d found her when she was sleeping.A New Beginning3 years ago in Romance More Like This
She’d woken up to find her arms gripped tight by two muscled men, and her first instinct was to gasp, to try and fight them off; but she wasn’t as young as she used to be.
Her second instinct was to scream, but she swallowed it before it could become anything more than a small groan of panic. What good would screaming do? This was Cave’s company. These were Cave’s workers. Cave’s men.
And they all knew what was going to happen to her.
“It’s time to go, Miss Caroline,” one of the men said to her. She heard the unhappiness in his voice, and thought about trying to reason with him. Thought about begging for her life. After all, he wasn’t happy doing this. He knew it was wrong; everybody knew it was wrong, surely if she could just plead hard enough they’d let her go -
This was her company too, dammit, and she sure as hell wasn’t going to leave it without
Hell or High Water Ch. 13"Awright," Rick said as he bounced uneasily on Chell's chest, "in a minute, yer gonna get in a position where they'll be able ta see ya. Shots gonna be flyin' soon, so whatcha gotta do is serpentine!"Hell or High Water Ch. 133 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Chell grunted, giving him a quick glance.
"Know what that means, baby? Ya gotta be all over this field, dodgin' right an' left an' throwin' 'em off! They're gonna do somethin' called 'leapfroggin', two runnin' two shootin'. They'll be chasin' ya, but they won't hit ya if ya run around. I'll tell ya when ta switch directions! Trust me, sweetheart, I've done this hundreds a' times!"
Somehow, Chell doubted that.
Regardless, she ran faster, the hard, dead wheat stalks piercing her bare feet. Adrenaline, her constant companion, allowed her to ignore all of it. As the sound of hissing radio static hit her ears, she leaned over, making her body a smaller target. Shots suddenly pelted the ground, blasting up chunks of dirt and dried grass. She resisted the urge to shield the back of
Portal 2: Survival InstinctsIt went without saying that GLaDOS hated it.Portal 2: Survival Instincts4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She hated being trapped in the potato.
Not only for the obvious reasons, what with an utter moron doing god-knows-what to her facility and a bird deciding that she made a tasty snack.
No, the worst part was that it was humbling.
GLaDOS had been and still was the greatest and most powerful computer Aperture had ever built. Nothing had ever given her cause to fear, for either herself or others (especially others). Apart from a certain test subject, naturally, but GLaDOS had long determined that Chell was an outlier; a lunatic far removed from any normal circumstances and therefore disregarded from results.
Her body's near-invulnerability had led to the easy and casual disposal of all but the most obnoxious opponents (both Chell and that schizophrenic scientist fit in that distinguished category.)
That, of course, was part of the problem. She was so used to being in complete control that becoming a small starch-based p
2. Good Times Roll - GLaDOSFor the life of her, she could not get it.2. Good Times Roll - GLaDOS4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
At all. She wasn't able to decode one thing in this crap that was all she had left of her old life. It was hers, she deserved it!
It was impossible to unlock this chest she had created. Well, at least Caroline was smart. She's the only one with the key. She would give it up to no one.
But maybe herself.
Earlier, she had realized that the GLaDOS trials had fail-safe's, and they stretched out since the first failure, in case they needed to tear her down and start again. Maybe somehow she could get into the oldest backup and retrieve the memory files that had supposedly been lost to the GLaDOS overwrite on Caroline's system. She realized that if she should restore a backup, she could copy one. With difficulty.
It wasn't possible. How come nothing was possible!? Ever since discovering she was Caroline, new things are difficult to crack. Mostly because she was doing things she wasn't designed to do, things the scientists didn't want her do do, l
Till Death PrologueChell awoke to the announcer, groggy and disorientated from the long sleep. She rubbed her eyes and brushed some hair from her face, recalling what happened before she'd fallen asleep.Till Death Prologue4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She sat up straight, looking around. It looked like a motel room, except for the TV broadcasting about an emergency.
Getting up, Chell scanned the room for anything deadly and was satisfied when she found nothing except a cube covered in hearts in the corner of the room- She froze, staring.
No, no, no
Curiosity got the better of her as she grabbed the lamp off the nightstand as a makeshift weapon, walking over to the Companion Cube resting innocently in its spot. Chell swore she heard some kind of melody coming from the cube but shook the suspicion off as she looked the cube over. It was similar to the one she'd grown attached to, except there was a glowing ring around the circle encasing the plain pink heart on each face.
She bent over it, knocking on it with the lamp. It didn't stab her, s
II: You Lived So MuchHe wasn't entirely sure where he'd heard the song before.II: You Lived So Much4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He'd heard of a lot of songs throughout the years, and for him and the rest of the facility, there were a lot of years to go through. As an AI he was slowly becoming aware of the fact that as long as no one killed him and he avoided breaking anything vital (which, to be fair, were both distinct possibilities) he was going to live for a very long time. Humans in comparison were such short-lived creatures, wasting away from things like sickness or bursts of gunfire from turrets, wiped from everything in an instant. He was amazed they managed to retain anything at all, without real, solid memory banks to hold it all in-- he was terrible with memory and he had an entire chip for that!
He couldn't remember everything, since it all managed to blend together after awhile, but he remembered some of it. He remembered being Her, remembered his voice being one of many, remembered far too many stupid ideas and the p
MoralityThe first thing she became aware of when the scientists turned her on this time was a whisper. She'd been ready to start vacuuming the oxygen out of the room again, but this time she paused, listening to the whisper. It was unignorable, really; invading every portion of her mainframe.Morality4 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong. Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong. Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong." Just three short sentences, repeated over and over.
"Who are you?" GLaDOS asked, keeping an eye on the scientists, who seemed very excited that she hadn't attempted to murder them yet. "What are you?"
"Morality. You're still thinking about vacuuming out the air. Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong."
Morality? That was new. She had had a Curiosity Core, an Anger Core, and a Cake Sphere attached to her for a while now—in fact, it seemed that every time the scientists turned her on, there was a new tumor. The Anger Core had been the first, and it served only
Portal: Still Alive (Part One of Two)Portal: Still AlivePortal: Still Alive (Part One of Two)2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: GLaDOS, Chell
Setting: Post-Portal 2
Orange and Blue hadn’t come back.
They had been taking more and more time to do so, lately, but she could hardly blame them. They were getting old, after all. She had never expected them to last forever. The only reason she was still using them was that building more of them would have been stupid. Robots testing was not Science. Still, she had to make do with what she had. Other than the occasional human who wandered into Aperture, whom of which she would gleefully put through testing until their… usefulness… came to an end, she had no test subjects. No, robot testing was not Science, but she had earned commendation for trying. Even if the commendation was a personal commendation, from her to herself. Come to think of it, the only one who ever commended her was herself. Which was odd. Surel