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Autolalia 1“I know you’re not dead, you know.”
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The test subject didn’t respond or even stir. Blood stained the side of her tank top, and the turret responsible for it sang, “Searching…”
“Get up,” GLaDOS demanded. “We both know you’re just trying to get out of testing. But that’s not going to happen. I saved your life, and now you’re going to test for the rest of it. That was the bargain.”
There was no answer. The human, eager to finish the last test of the day, had sprinted around the corner without looking. It had been reckless, stupid even. If she’d just looked, she would have been able to simply reach around with one arm and tip the turret forward, leaving a clear path to the exit door.
But she hadn’t looked. She’d made her first serious error in her long career of testing, and had been unconscious before she hit the ground.
“And you are just unconscious,
Do Not PressWhen Chell entered the next test chamber, she looked around in confusion. The only object inside was a red button of the sort that was pressed by hand rather than by a cube, but it was significantly larger than the normal ones. She wondered if that was relevant in any fashion. It probably wasn’t.
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She hefted the portal gun to one arm as she approached it, reaching out for the button with her now free hand.
The intercom clicked on. “Do not press.”
Chell hesitated and glanced around the room for another option. She didn’t see one, so she braced herself and pressed the button.
“…You pressed it,” the AI said, sounding rather put out. “Okay, lunatic, press it again. Yes, like that. One more time. Again. Do it.”
As far as the human could see, nothing was happening, but this was the most GLaDOS had spoken to her since she’d thrown her back into testing, so she pressed it again.
There was a tired sigh.