Portal 2 - ReflectionPortal 2 - Reflection3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Sometimes it was the echo of her rage.
It came without warnings, splitting in half those long days of testing the days in which her Aperture, the Aperture she had been planning since her first moments, had finally trapped the whole lot of humans in its maze.
Her deadly calm would break, all of a sudden; and the hatred would burst in her cables, bringing back to life yells and tears of events long gone by then.
The worn faces staring at her from the test chambers became full, healthy and arrogant again; she saw them through the eyes of a offended woman, of a victim. Their bodies looked renewed and clean, back in space and time she was among them and protested, screamed, argued back from the bottom of her heart. She struggled to save her dignity, to save herself; but it was too late.
Always too late, forever too late. Too late to take back her silent consent, too late to prevent her desperation from exploding; too late to spare hundreds of people the fate they had suffered,
Human Memories (Wheatley-centric)He remembered most of what happened after they installed the tech, but the drugs they'd given him beforehand fuzzed the past. He did all sorts of little things to remember: hiding a photo of his family in his new living quarters, sending them letters, forcefully upbeat and cheerful, making excuses about the holidays. He called on his little brother's birthday and nearly burst into tears on the phone. He forced himself to keep calling.Human Memories (Wheatley-centric)3 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
They couldn't see him now.
They'd never know what he did to put food on the table, to send them to school, to keep them in the bloody country. They'd never see the plugs in his back, or the wires under his skin, like thin black veins, or the thick, dimpled scars where his natural skin met the synthetic stuff They'd made to hide the prosthetics beneath. They'd never see the Aperture logo, tattooed to the left of the barcode on the back of his neck.
He told them how much he hated his job, and the contract that bound him to it. He told them about made-up exp
Wheatley X Reader: Core Conversion CenterYou swiped away a strand of your (h/l), (h/c) hair, long-fall boots clinking against the catwalk you were currently venturing down. A portal gun was in hand, Wheatley tucked firmly under your free arm. He had turned on the light implanted in his core, making sure you didn’t fall to your death. And ultimately his. However, as you were walking, you came across a rather long fall. “Wheat, look down there.” His light shone down to show where the catwalk had just suddenly fallen off. “Oh, that’s dark, isn’t it? And a long fall. Probably not important. Not at all. The other end of the catwalk’s just over there. Must be something important on that side. But not down there. Nope.” You didn’t listen. You never did. In fact, you held him against your side and simply jumped, hitting the bottom floor hard. It was dark and musty, the portion small and cramped by broken test chamber bits. You maneuvered around them, pullingWheatley X Reader: Core Conversion Center4 months ago in General Fiction More Like This
Dave x John - Tolerance Pt. 6Roxy has a thing for claiming you as her own. Apparently your constant aura of major gay-ness is a big turn on for her. Any time you and your friends get together on campus for lunch or studying, someone is in your lap.Dave x John - Tolerance Pt. 61 year ago in Romance More Like This
Today it’s Roxy. You’re helping her with math. Jane is lounging in the grass reading a few feet away. Today’s lesson is solving equations with substitution. You’re good at math, but you don’t really care about it, and Roxy’s strength is in writing, like her mother. Except that Roxy lacks strength in actually writing correctly.
“Do the next one on your own,” you inform her.
“Nooooo.” She goes limp across your lap, pouting her black lips. “Dirk, help me. Please. I still don’t get it.”
“Tell me what Y equals. It’s right there in the book.”
With a groan to sit up again, she looks at her math book and points to the problem. “It equals X plus five.”
Poulterghiest Wheatley FanficJust as it had been planned, Take Your Daughter to Work Day was accurately on track.Poulterghiest Wheatley Fanfic2 years ago in Sketches More Like This
Proud scientists watched the girl’s pathetic yet informative attempts to create a potato battery, an activity which seemed simple enough upon hearing, but not quite so in doing.
Wires stuck out at awkward angles in the plants, creating seeming arms and legs. None were exactly alike, though. There was one wrapped like a mummy in stabilizing material, one that had been diced for hopefully a better result (There wasn’t), and even one in a pot of dirt. Frustrated with the darn thing, a blonde had tried the operation on a lemon. A sharp eye was kept on her by the wary men.
Watching from a little ways above, and enjoying himself immensely, was one of the scientist’s older productions, who had been entitled with the code-name WU-068 (Wheatley Unit number 68), but had taken up the nick-name ‘Gizmo’. A shorter fellow with bright orange hair that puffed out and over his squat
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. ThreeYou’re tired and you hate yourself.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Three2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You and Dave don’t reach another town for a while, which means you both have to sleep outside for several days. You don’t want him to rag on you for not being used to this, but you can’t help it. You feel like bugs are on you and you feel like some large animal is going to come and maul you.
Dave looks so calm though. There’s a fire crackling between you two, one that he started in less than five minutes with ease, and he’s sitting on a turned log. His legs are spread and he’s leaning forward with his elbows on his knees. The light of the fire flickers on his pale face, showing the freckles that spread lightly under his eyes and across his nose. His red eyes look so much more vibrant with the rays of the flames dancing on them.
Neither of you have spoken since the inn. You don’t know what to say. Should you apologize? Would explaining yourself just make it worse? You don’t like it when he’s
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. FiveRose and Kanaya are some of the sweetest girls you’ve met and you don’t want to leave their home. It’s cozy, and the fire is warm, and you like seeing Dave when he’s not so wound up and worried. He’s relaxed and he’s smiling more, but of course he tries to hide it all the time.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Five2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You don’t want to travel again. You don’t want to be under all the stress of possibly being killed. You know you’ll have to, though. Right this second, Dave is outside saddling the horses up and getting your supplies together.
Rose is sitting on the floor near you, rolling some dice over and over again. Some fortune telling stuff, you’re not sure. Kanaya is crushing some herbs up to make some medicine for you before you go. They’re both very caring and you feel lucky to have met them. You’re lucky they saved your life.
Rose licks one of her dice, and you raise an eyebrow. She smirks when she catches your eyes and explains, “Just someth
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. TwoWhen you were younger, John talked a lot.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Two2 years ago in Romance More Like This
But you used to like listening to him, and you used to like talking back and conversing. John used to make you feel like a real friend, and not just his knight. One time, when you were both around fifteen, John got in trouble for pulling a prank on his father while the king was in a very important meeting. While he was getting a scold talking to, one of the generals in the meeting called him some horrible name under his breath that only you heard and you had snapped at him to shut his fucking mouth.
You got in trouble with the head knights for speaking out of turn and had to get five lashes. You didn’t talk to John for two days after that. You didn’t meet his eyes when you followed him into areas where the two of you weren’t alone. Your lash wounds had been hurting and you didn’t want more.
After those two silent days, John snuck into your sleeping area of the castle during the night. When you closed the do
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. ThirteenDave gets nightmares sometimes.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Thirteen2 years ago in Romance More Like This
He doesn’t get them like you used to about that one guy who almost killed you with the pillow. He flashbacks into them, as if it’s happening again. Or at least he says. He doesn’t wake up screaming and sweating. He just kind of gasps, waking you up, and you both turn to hold onto the other and you sooth him until he’s better.
King duties are mind numbing. You listen, but you’re not there. Hours and hours a day of meetings and talking to different groups of soldiers about their quest to find Noir. Dave follows you around all day, and his hand caresses your leg under the table when the long meetings begin to make you want to just give up and collapse.
For better safety, Jake and Jane and a few others from the Crocker household come to the castle. Jake joins your small group of higher leveled leaders that go off to be in charge of their own groups of soldiers. Karkat doesn’t like him, but since you’re all fighting f
Dave x John - Sworn Duties ProloguePrince Jonathan, they called him. He is the kingdom’s prince. The land’s prince. And most importantly, was your prince.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Prologue2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You don’t remember who took care of you when you were an infant, but you were on the streets by five. For a tiny human, you kicked ass, and you were street smart. You knew how to get into people’s minds, how to manipulate, how to put your fists up and pick the right fights. It’s how you stayed alive. You suppose those virtues were noticed when an older man with sunset eyes saw you sitting by a fence post, chewing at the remains of an apple you had stolen.
He knelt before you, and your eyes immediately widened. You were five, of course you were a little scared. Tons of the people in the village have beaten you, not only for stealing, but because they thought you were some demonic offspring because of your eyes. Hell, some guy tried to do an exorcism on you once.
The man in front of you was important though. Someone tall and stron
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Epilogue“I forgot to give you this.”Dave x John - Sworn Duties Epilogue2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Jade looks over at you while your hand moves to the fingers on your left hand. You pull off your father’s ring and hold it out. Jade smiles softly, holding her hand out while you slip it onto her finger.
“He’s really proud of you,” you tell her.
“I know he’s proud of you too,” she replies, leaning in to kiss your cheek.
You look at the blue stone glimmering on her hand now, but still with a happy smile on your face. A different gem sparkles on the ring finger of her left hand.
“Are you going to miss me?” you ask.
She laughs, eyes crinkled in joy. Her hand pats your knee. “Of course I will, brother. What will I do without you here?”
“You have a loud and annoying husband to keep you company.”
“Ah, you just have to know how to control him.”
On cue, a voice asks, “You two talking about me?”
You look back over your shoulder, seeing Karkat walk down t
Portal 2 - More ScienceShe tries harder every day.Portal 2 - More Science1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Her internal clock gives a start to her mornings with a drizzle of orders, soft and systematic; they join the buzz of the neon lights, flooding the circuitry of each tier.
She lets them out, one by one, until the slow awakening turns into activity — the machines obey in a slow crescendo, a tune unchanged for years, to fulfill a ritual as unnecessary as it is needed.
She gives a timing to her world outside. It is a way, a resource, to silence the error she cannot correct in herself. It makes things a little less heavy, if not better at all.
For yes, her voice still takes her by surprise, when her plans flow too well to distract her — her echo, her sad song, springs from the back of her memory. With her and her grief, Aperture comes to a halt.
She needs a pensive pause; then, again, it starts over.
Dave x John - Blank Slate Pt. 1You’re John Egbert, and you haven’t touched the piano in a while. It’s collecting dust. You wanted to have a career that involved that piano in your life. You suppose you have to make sacrifices for a relationship. Besides, what’s one year off of college?Dave x John - Blank Slate Pt. 12 years ago in Romance More Like This
You can hear him in the kitchen. Probably scarfing down meat like a hungry stray dog. Yet he gains no weight. What he gains is strength, and it only adds to the list of reasons to be afraid of him. Yet he’s good to you. You just have to follow the rules. Then he’ll love you forever.
Nervous, you peek into the kitchen. He’s sitting on the counter, eating a sandwich full of ham. Part of it has fallen on his ripped up jeans.
You met him when you got a part time job at a club, needing to make money to keep yourself supported alone in this house. He got you some drinks, you became tipsy, and he took you to his car, and things happened. You’re still not sure if you wanted those things t
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. EightYou and John don’t get much of a chance to say goodbye to Jane and Jake and the rest of the Crocker family. Jake is staying behind to make sure Jane is safe, only because she is in line for the throne, therefore putting her at a slight risk.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Eight2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Jake had actually hugged you goodbye. He patted your back and whispered in your ear, “Kill him for me.”
You promised you would. For both him and Dirk. Then he kept you close and continued, “I see the way you look at each other. I’m not stopping anything, lad… just be careful, please.”
You’re good at controlling a blush, so you only looked down and nod to his words.
“He’s watching over you,” Jake said. “I bet he’s real bloody proud.”
That’s all you could say. You said goodbye to Jane, and she baked lots of food to bring along for your travels, and after John said his goodbyes you both were off. You traveled all day, leaving the town
Dirk x Hal - Not Real Pt. 10I could kill her. I have the ability. I’m strong enough physically.Dirk x Hal - Not Real Pt. 102 years ago in Romance More Like This
Most likely, she’d turn me into a fucking slave and murder me though. Probably torture me like she did to my brother (or so she claims). I wonder if she tortured Hal when she was in his systems. With the sensors, perhaps he could feel the pain of someone hacking into him.
I drop my hoverboard and rest one foot on it. I could take off any second. I could take off and try to kill her. Kill her for him.
My other foot stands on the board. Ever so slowly, I start tipping forward. I want to fall before I take off. Feel what it’s like before death. Perhaps I’ll know what Hal felt before he destroyed himself. Maybe I’ll finally get my punishment for everything I’ve done to him. I most likely deserve what I’ll get if the batterwitch tortures me.
I tip forward more. About to go off.
Need to check him one more time.
I jump down, heading back inside. As soon as my foot hits the las
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. SixThe villa life is a little awkward as several weeks drift on by. You follow John around like you used to when you were a knight at the castle. You move to a room with two beds so that you can always keep an eye on him when he sleeps, and you thought he would get annoyed by it. But he seems calmer when you’re close.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Six2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Jake doesn’t shove another weapon in your face, but he does give you a lot of glares and makes sure to avoid you as much as he can. Jane’s the only one who seems happy with your presence. She smiles at you and talks with you. She and John cook together sometimes and you stand in the back quietly, trying to make yourself invisible, but they always end up remembering that you’re there and forcing you to either help or making you the official taste tester of the kitchen.
One morning John sleeps in and you leave Ari with him to go down to the kitchen and get some food. Jane is already there, stirring something in a pot and smiling happily at you when you
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. FourJohn isn’t very coherent in the morning.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Four2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Inside, you’re worried as fuck.
You pay the innkeeper and leave, John leaning heavily on your arm. You have to help him up on his horse and you spend five minutes asking him trivia questions to be sure that he’s all there and strong enough to actually ride.
For about three hours, it’s silence. John rides on, head dipping occasionally, and you watch him more than ninety percent of the time to make sure he’s okay. During the other ten percent you’re looking around to check for bandits and other travelers on the country road. You can trust no one.
When the sun is overhead, you hear a noise behind you and turn back to see John slumping heavily on his horse. Not just slumping, but sprawled on the neck of the animal, about to fall right off. You quickly jerk the reins in your hand, turning around your own horse and bringing John’s to a halt before parking the two creatures next to each other and gripping John&
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. ElevenDave doesn’t come that night.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Eleven2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You stay up until you hear rosters crowing from nearby farms. You don’t sleep. Rather just lie there, staring at your ceiling that is slowly growing brighter as the sun comes up in the distance. Just when you start to doze off, a loud screech makes your eyes split wide open.
Ari is on the end of your bed, having came in from the open window. She’s bobbing her head up and down, up and down, crowing at you again and again. Annoyed, you sit up and swat at her until she just shuts up.
You climb out of bed, getting dressed for the day. You can see Jade from the window, getting lessons from some of the knights. All princesses should be able to properly defend themselves.
Down in the small dining room, your father is there, but he’s already eaten his breakfast. He looks at you when you come in, and you try to offer him a small smile. You know you should wait until you question it, but you can’t help it as you immediately ask, “
APH: Phoenix RisesIt is 1944 and the place is Warsaw, the capital of German-occupied Poland. It is time for Poland his countrymen to fight against the occupiers one last time, to hold the line against the night.APH: Phoenix Rises3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Hungry men, women and children huddled together while the sounds of bombardment and artillery strikes echoed through a once proud city, now brought to brink of utter ruin, its tall buildings and proud statues reduced to rubble by the Germans. Smoke filled the sky and barely any sunlight could pass through it. Warsaw was a city under siege, a battlefield where the desire for freedom fought against the wrath of bloody conquerors.
Whatever hope the Poles might have felt when they first took up arms against the hated Nazi war machine had all but disappeared: the Allies weren't coming to help. The accursed Soviets had halted their own advance once they reached the outer limits of Warsaw, allowing the Germans to avenge themselves upon the insurrection. The Polish resistance was near total colla
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. OneMost people look at themselves in a mirror. They fix their hair and straighten their clothes and wipe crud from their eyes before going out to face others again. You just kind of look at yourself though. You don’t look at flaws and you don’t look at what you like. You just stare at your body. At your presence.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. One2 years ago in Romance More Like This
You used to look at the good things. You used to grin at how good looking you are and how so many girls would swoon on your arm, and how everyone just gave you what you wanted. Because you’re the prince. And that’s it. That’s the only reason people actually like you.
Someone knocks on your bedroom door, and you ignore it at first. You just keep looking at yourself. But after a minute, they knock again, so you reply with a soft, “Enter.”
A servant comes in, but not your usual one. You give them an odd look and the boy quietly explains that he’s filling in. So you shrug and let him move around your room to clean up and fix your bed an
Dirk x Hal - Not Real Pt. 7It’s in me.Dirk x Hal - Not Real Pt. 72 years ago in Romance More Like This
I can feel it.
I felt it while on sleep mode, holding Dirk in against my chest. I felt it and felt panic shake me into alertness. I stumbled from bed. Had to get away from him. Couldn’t hurt him. Couldn’t let HER use ME to hurt HIM.
It was painful. I fell in the hallway, groaning as my vision flashed. Fucking Condesce. Her systems were strong, strong enough to hack into me. My body was shaking hard, glitching as I fought this virus for control. I yanked open the supply closet that was full of tons of things that Dirk might need while surviving out here, random shit Dave thought he might need. I found a box full of chains and other things, dropping it, and me, on the floor in the kitchen.
I couldn’t hurt Dirk.
I couldn’t let her.
I wound the chains around myself, my neck snapping sometimes and body jerking as glitches ran through me. I put padlocks on and attached everything to the pipes under the kitchen sink. With a yell, I punched a hole righ
Dave x John - Clouded EpilogueJohn reads me like a book.Dave x John - Clouded Epilogue2 years ago in Romance More Like This
Like Braille. His fingers trace over my ribs as if they’re letters in his books, and his sightless eyes barely miss meeting my gaze, face calm but concentrated. He strays, feeling the scars on my chest from the old stab wounds.
“Do they ever hurt?” he asks, situating in his spot—which is straddling my lap.
“Nah. You’re a good nurse,” I reply, relaxing back on his bed.
He smiles, running one finger down the scar that slashes along my collarbone. Then he leans down, feeling my skin with his nose until he finds it, following the line his finger just made on me instead with his lips now, causing me to close my eyes and let out a slow breath. His lips are still warm, just like the first time I kissed him.
His lips move up my neck, a shiver running down my spine, and then he kisses my lips slowly. My hands thread up through his soft hair, not wanting him to pull away too soon. His body, missing half his clothing like my own
LostHow is it that life can be so damned dark when you seek habitually for the light?!Lost2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The mirror lies to me.
I look in it and see something normal-
A human, with fine eyes
And fine hair
And fine skin
And fine everything!
But then I look back into myself and am met with something alien,
Something sinister and warped!
I'm tired of the mixed signals.
I want my truth even if it's harder than stone!
If I have a guardian angel then why does she not step in as I slowly lose my mind?
Nothing I turn to is solid.
It falls through my fingers like sand.
I don't understand.
Surely I am no saint.
Neither a nun nor a bishop.
But what have I done that is so terrible?!
Which of my evils has granted me this uncertainty?!
I long to rip out my hair
To pound the soil below my feet
Scream at the thunder shaking the earth
Throw myself in the lightning ripping through the sky!
Nothing I'm doing is working.
I just want someone to know.
Maybe then they can answer the question I have asked
Perhaps since I've known
Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. NineYou see the arrow as soon as it hits you. There’s a moment of shock and fear. Your heart stops for a second, knowing it’s coming. Your body tenses and waits for the pain and for the breathing issues to start and for the blood to flow.Dave x John - Sworn Duties Chap. Nine2 years ago in Romance More Like This
There’s a lot of force as you go back, air whistling by your ear as you fall off your horse, the creature letting out a frantic neigh at the situation, and then your back hits the ground, skull slamming into it right after. You’re glad you black out.
”What’s wrong, Egbert?”
You were pacing in the throne room, Dave having recently returned from using the washroom. You looked at him, stared at him, but then starting pacing again while crossing your arms. “My father.”
His voice was so calm, so collected. He was always like that. His body was straight, eyes always a quarter dimmed. Only when you were alone with him did he brighten up and show more emotions. You like both sid