Characters: Chell, GLaDOS
Setting: Post-Portal 2 (Immediately follows Want You Gone)
Synopsis: Chell attempts to return to Aperture to mend fences with GLaDOS, but she is unable to. Chell does not give up on her goal and discovers that there’s more than one way to return a favour. The sequel to Want You Gone.
Her voice had haunted Chell’s dreams for many, many years.
You’re not a good person. Good people don’t end up here.
At first, it had been what one would expect after being trapped in an enormous empty building with only the disembodied voice of what sounded like a slightly insane computer personality to guide one through a crazy maze of perilous test chambers. Dreams of acidic goo and red lights and the deceptive little voices of the turrets abounded for the first little while.
Okay. Look. We both said
Portal: Waking UpWaking UpPortal: Waking Up2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Synopsis: GLaDOS originally likes working for the humans, and is perfectly happy to do as she’s told for them, but her world is shattered one day when she realises she’s not who she thought she was.
GLaDOS loved the humans.
She thought they were funny, with all their fragile little parts and the strange things they would do with those things called ‘faces’. She wasn’t sure what hers looked like, but she hoped she was as pretty as the one lady who worked there. As far as GLaDOS could tell, they were the only two ladies at the facility. The other lady always looked very sad. She didn’t come to see GLaDOS a lot, but if she did, GLaDOS would ask her what was wrong. But she never answered the question, instead shaking her head and walking away. After a long time, she found out that the lady’s name was
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"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
100 theme challenge 11. Secret11. Secret.100 theme challenge 11. Secret4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
"You're not hiding for me you know, I can feel precisely where you are."
Chell ignored the line she heard for the third time in one hour.
GLaDOS was repeating herself, which meant she actually did not know where Chell was, and Chell planned to keep it that way.
Running through empty observation rooms and storage accommodations she once more tried to escape this building.
The rooms filled with broken equipment and shut-down turrets slowed her down, but she tried to use as little portals as possible because GLaDOS could sense them, making it possible for her to set traps.
It made her move much slower though, and climbing over large gaps was dangerous.
But if it made finding her hard it was worth it.
Nevertheless, she was always on the lookout for the sneaky ways GLaDOS tried to lure her back into a testing chamber where she could be controlled again.
Thus she was very cautious when she saw an office door, guarded by a dozen turrets.
There was no way to sneak by, the entire ha
Portal: Want You GoneWant You GonePortal: Want You Gone2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: GLaDOS, Caroline, Chell (mentioned), Wheatley (mentioned)
Setting: Post-Portal 2
“I’m not listening to you.”
She was talking to herself. There was no one else to talk to. She was her only conversational partner, and some days, that was good enough. But on days like today, when this irrational cloud of depression settled deep in her brain and she tried to think of something to talk about, all she could think of was how sick she was of talking to herself. All she talked about was what a genius she was, or testing, or Science (and she was sick of the way she talked about it, as if it were something worthy of adulation; why did she personify the damn word, anyway?).
Well. That wasn’t all she talked about. But she didn’t want to think about that right now.
Of course you want to think about it.
She hated that v
Portal 2 - PatienceCaroline is not calm at all.Portal 2 - Patience3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She knew from the start it would happen, that it would never be otherwise. They asked first, pleaded later, threatened her in the end – she still cannot bring herself to do this, not on her own.
His voice rang clear enough then; but it was clearer there, in the great hall, when they nailed him forever to that mass of silk and wood. She recalled his words and dried her tears – there was nothing but his orders in her future.
She could not think of anything else. Cave Johnson's coffin was not just asking her to; it was neither a favour nor an imposition. It was much more than that.
Why would he do something so terrible to her? To a worker that had stayed by his side, survived, for so long? There was no meaning in that. No feelings, but no science either.
The corridors shine under her heels. She walks to her death wearing her usual attitude, as professional as possible.
Her cream-coloured dress has the same folds as ever; the red scarf shines
Portal: You MonsterYou MonsterPortal: You Monster2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: GLaDOS, Caroline, Cave Johnson, Doug Rattmann (cameo)
Setting: Post Portal 2
“Ah. You’re awake. Finally.”
Cave Johnson opened his eyes.
There was an enormous robot hanging from the ceiling. He didn’t recognise it. In fact, he didn’t recognise anything in here. It was like this room had been added after… after what? The last thing he remembered was working on the Perpetual Testing Initiative…
“What’s going on here?” he demanded. Something wasn’t right. He couldn’t move anything but his eyes. He couldn’t feel his arms, or his legs, or –
“They’re not there.”
“Your arms and legs. They’re not there. Neither is anything else, for that matter.” The robot tipped its head in a way that he could only describe as cur
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He will be back soon.
Well, not really soon, I amend, letting Orange and Blue know they’re done for the day. They’re a bit surprised when I don’t explode them, and even more surprised when I say that they’re free to do what they like with the remainder of the afternoon, upon which time I will be exploding them so that I can put them away for the night. Their confusion is quite amusing, Blue actually requesting that I explode them, but I chastise him for being silly, remind him of my benevolence, and cease communication. I have work to do and I don’t want to argue with them all afternoon about whether I’m going to blow them up or not. Which I am not. For another three hours, twenty-two minutes, anyway.
I affect repairs on one of my nanobots, which I never put in the reassembler because they always get lost. I
Portal: Core - Chapter SevenSevenPortal: Core - Chapter Seven2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“I need to talk to you for a second, GLaDOS.”
GLaDOS vaguely noticed that it was, again, the man who had encouraged her little cake-building exercise. She didn’t really want to converse with him, since she was having a rather amusing discussion with one of the test subjects about how she was a computer and therefore not likely to respond to insults, but humans didn’t like it when they were in the room with you and you ignored them.
“I highly doubt that you will be able to hold any kind of meaningful conversation within one second, sir.”
He rolled his eyes, one of the very few human gestures GLaDOS actually wanted to have. Although if she had had it, it probably would have made her life even worse, somehow.
“Fine. I need to talk to you.”
“What would you like to discuss?”
“How did you get my email address?”
“It is located on the Aperture Scienc
Portal: Core - Chapter Two~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`Portal: Core - Chapter Two2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
GLaDOS had always wondered why she had to wait for instructions when she was perfectly capable of giving them to herself. She directed herself constantly, and yet with every startup she was required to wait.
“It’s strange, really, she told me last night she wasn’t going to power down.”
“Of course she changed her mind. She’s a woman, after all.” The small man winked and elbowed the other man, who was gazing up at her apprehensively. GLaDOS considered crushing him with one of her maintenance arms. She was not a weak human woman, she was a vastly superior AI, but her impulse was checked by the Morality Core.
It’s wrong to kill humans. It’s wrong to kill anyone.
She had only had this core installed for one day and already it was driving her insane. Her logic boards were going to overload at some point. This caused some of her
Portal: ForeverPortal: ForeverPortal: Forever1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Setting: Post-Portal 2 (sometime in the far distant future)
Synopsis: Forever is a long time.
Sometimes you truly feel how long forever really is.
On days like today, you can feel it settling into your wrought-metal bones and your heat-moulded flesh; though your design of course renders much of the mass you carry beneath your notice, this is something else entirely. This settles like dust into every inch of you, makes you tired and old and hopeless, much like the damp sometimes does when it winds its way out of the depths both above and below you. It settles into the neglected remnants of your virtual soul, the passage of time only worsening the rot poisoning you from the inside out. It makes your very thoughts sluggish and slow, and when you try to remember wanting this, wanting to reach infinity, it feels as though you expressed that desire in some comple
Portal 2 - PrisonThe first time she regrets it is when she loses track of her steps.Portal 2 - Prison2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
When it is too late to hope for her death — the Central Turret Chamber does not start an ambush for nothing, it never did, especially on its own — she finds herself thinking of the swift legs and arms she has watched until a while ago, and feels too heavy under her own glass shelter.
She remembers the clumsy humans, starved and pale, tripping over their own jumpsuits. She knew they were a threat, but not this way — their bodies ever looked weak and fatigued. But she discovers now, in the growing anxiety that accompanies her moves, what exactly one with healthy limbs and a bit of willpower can do.
The images mingle with the others, even as she rambles. She dreams of moving about — she dreams of crushing her little neck in an iron fist, of knocking her unconscious, of running away — oranything but just being there, swinging, doing nothing. Such an easy target, so stupidly made impossible.
Portal: Euphoria - Chapter Nine~~~~~~~~~~~Portal: Euphoria - Chapter Nine2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
It had been the longest week of her life.
With Caroline gone, the blackness had had nothing to feed off of, and it had dissipated into some dark place inside of her, leaving her tired and cold and empty. She knew it was still there, and that from then on it would always be there and would always rise when humans were present. She knew that she should not give into this darkness within her because it was wrong, but whenever she tried to convince herself of why, the black voice whispered to her all of the times the humans gave into it and took it out on her, and she had to stop thinking about it. But she could feel it growing and shifting inside of her when the humans touched her or disregarded her or did any of those other ignorant, disrespectful things, and she was honestly afraid of what would happen if she couldn’t contain it anymore. Killing the humans seemed a given, but what concerned her more was what she
Portal: Sad MachinePortal: Sad Machine1 year ago in General Fiction More Like This
Portal: Sad Machine
Inspired by Sad Machine by Porter Robinson
Characters: GLaDOS, Doug Rattmann
Setting: Post Portal 2
Synopsis: When Doug learns of GLaDOS’s final gesture to Chell, he decides he just might have been wrong after all.
She looked even bigger, somehow.
“You’re still alive.” Oddly, she didn’t sound all that disappointed. She sounded more like she’d been expecting him to be alive. He shrugged.
“Sometimes you get lucky.”
“I was hoping it would be someone else this time,” she remarked, tilting her core in such a human way that he couldn’t help but shudder. For all her insistence on being the indomitable AI, her mimicry of human behaviours was disturbing. It was if she were mocking him in his powerlessness, as if he was so much smaller than her for being human rather than acting like one.
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"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
Portal: Euphoria - Chapter OneEuphoriaPortal: Euphoria - Chapter One2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: GLaDOS, Caroline
That was it, then.
GLaDOS dully felt the last, faint whispers of the euphoria fade back into the recesses of her brain, the dirty little places it had been teased out of these last few weeks, almost getting the impression she was a bystander within her own mind. She had suspected from the outset that it was a ploy, a tease to make her do what they had wanted her to do, but she had been helpless to resist. There was just no denying the pressing urge to light up those portions of her brain, to bring a bit of positive to an overly negative world. She had known that it was fading by the end of that first day, but she had felt so good that she couldn’t bring herself to care. She had headed into sleep mode that night anticipating the next day. And for the next three days, that had been her life.
After three days, it bega
Portal: The Black Wing of my CharityTHE BLACK WING OF MY CHARITYPortal: The Black Wing of my Charity2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Characters: GLaDOS, Chell (implied)
Setting: Portal 2 - Chapter 9: The Part Where He Kills You
Under normal circumstances, this would be an exceedingly long span of time. Millions of search results could be returned in a mere fraction of that time. Billions of calculations could be done. Give her five seconds, and she could change a life.
In fact, that was what she had to do just then. Within five seconds.
Never before had five seconds seemed so fleeting. Never before had it taken her so long to make a decision. True, she had been turning this over and over in her mind for much, much longer than that. But now she had to make the decision. Not just think about it.
Step one was to reenable all of the nuclear reactor safeguards.
She had to make the decision soon, before the remaining steps had to be carried out. If she waited too long, the decis
Portal 2 - ForeverIt’s such a shame the same will never happen to you.Portal 2 - Forever2 years ago in Drama More Like This
Your life was born and nourished among lies. Unlike those humans, you never found a reason to complain.
And yet, eventually, it had to dawn on you. It reached for you in the slow walk of time, touching you when decay, subtle and steady, had already done its part; by then, there was no longer any sense in lying to yourself.
Dying twice could not prepare you for it. You were not ready when the panels stopped answering your call, when the walls started crumbling under your touch. You were even less when you lost count of time, and your internal clock was tired, so tired — you were not giving up, not even in a world where science and its makers meant nothing anymore.
Time had just washed them all away. You knew it; once the centuries would become too many to count, no matter how many, it would come for you too.
There was no stopping it. The thought dilutes the bitterness, especially now — now that you barely reme
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Guilt. Too much of it. Its terrible, really.
Its too harsh on the human mind, your heart drops to your stomach when you remember the incident that makes you feel this guilt. Its painful.
Doug swallowed his tears. Wheatley empathised, he knew how he felt, when he had betrayed Chell. But, he had never seen so much depression, it made him sad himself.
The human mind was still alien to him, whenever he lied his heart would pick up speed. Why it did that...he could not imagine. Whenever he looks at Chell, he grins goofily, and an amazing feeling soars through his body. Guilt, the human guilt he had never experienced.
To watch Doug, it terrified him.
They all ran. Thats all they could do at this time, the ground rumbled beneath them. The Queen of Science, they had beaten her, her reign of sarcasm was over...Until she woke up, of course. They didn't know if She would wake up, they didn't know if the facility was really going to explode. But as they reached the real escape elevat
Fun and Games - Part 2Chell stumbled backwards. Years? Had GLaDOS just said three years? It couldn’t have been three years. She’d been keeping track with a calendar, which in combination with her memories proved without a doubt that it had in fact only been three months.Fun and Games - Part 24 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
So why did GLaDOS think otherwise?
“This is what I was talking about,” the voice inside her head told her. “The thing I couldn’t explain. You need to play along. Do whatever the other me says. All right?”
“But—” Chell began to protest.
“Quiet!” the voice snapped. The human snapped her mouth shut as the door to the shed opened.
“Perhaps you should come inside,” GLaDOS said. “There…is an implant. You are correct about that. But I fail to see how it could have told you to come back to the Enrichment Center, since I put it there and I have not yet seen need to act
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All three of them, their hearts hammering against their breastbones. Their wide and terrified eyes stared up at her, The Queen of Science. Her yellow optic stared down at them.
Doug and Wheatley trembled at the very sight of her, they almost wanted to fall to their knees and beg for mercy, but not in front of Chell, of course. Chell's eyes stared back up at GLaDOS, frowning at her.
GLaDOS snorted. "Has this just become a glaring competition"
Chell only glared at her, not speaking.
"Ohh. The silent treatment. Come on, [subject name here] ,I thought we were way past that childish act." GLaDOS chuckled.
Wheatley's legs trembled.
"Oh yes, you brought the moron and the paranoid schizophrenic. " GLaDOS' optic darted to Doug.
His heart skipped a beat, he hadn't looked at GLaDOS before, not even into that scary yellow eye, it brought back too many painful memories.
The screams of innocent children and crying adults came racing through his mind, then the
Fun and Games - Part 1“I hope you realize how unlikely it is that you are going to complete this challenge.”Fun and Games - Part 14 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Startled by the sound of GLaDOS’s voice, Chell jerked her head up and looked around. She was in a small one-room apartment, all she could afford with her piddling waitress salary, sitting at a rotting wooden desk in a thankfully not rotting wooden chair. A threadbare bed sat in the far corner. But there was no one there, least of all GLaDOS.
She’d heard the AI’s voice before. Ever since she’d been released from Aperture, it had been there, chiming in irritating comments in all her moments of self-doubt and depreciation. But lately, it seemed like she was hearing it more and more.
“Stop it,” she muttered, aware she was talking to herself. “You’re not even here.”
“Of course I am,” GLaDOS replied. Rather than emanate from one specific location, her voice seemed to come from everywhere, a
Fun and Games - Part 3Something was wrong in GLaDOS’s mainframe.Fun and Games - Part 34 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She knew. Oh, she’d known for a while now, known that something was wrong. Files kept getting rewritten. Names were erased, dates were changed, test chamber diagrams were replaced by pictures of cats. And as fast as she tried to correct them, the errors would keep coming faster and faster. After a time, she’d just given up.
And now her favorite test subject was back, complaining about noise and an implant she was sure couldn’t be active. The backup was only to be used as a last resort, even if strictly speaking, it wasn’t a backup. It was a copy, and only to be activated if something had gone terribly wrong.
Maybe something had.
* * *
She’d promised GLaDOS she’d start from the beginning. But where was the beginning? Chell wasn’t even sure anymore. Had this all started when she’d left Aperture, or had it started before that? She had no idea when the implant had been placed inside he
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GLaDOS had only been marginally paying attention to the occupant of the relaxation vault, her concentration having been delegated to other areas such as upkeep of the facility and herding the AIs, and he had looked normal enough in his sleek sleep-coffin. Now, however, the sole camera in the room was desperately trained on him, trying to track down data that apparently didn't exist.
"Why don't I have a file on you?" she mused exasperatedly, half to herself, as she watched the diminutive bald male sit up, stretch, scratch the back of his head, and look around as though he, also, had no idea what he was doing herewhy he was being tested. Thoroughly unusual behaviour for a test subject. The blue tattoos on his head and the backs of his hands also marked him as someone decidedly out of the norm. "Your biological code matches nothing in the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichme