When the Snow MeltsThey had met in a snow covered park as children. Their mothers were co workers at a nearby business and upon finding that their children were close in age, they had decided to set up a play date. One women held the hand of a little girl with an indifference look under her bundles of winter clothing. The small child's gray eyes seemed to lazily look off into the distance while her mother tugged her gently along. The other women held hands firmly with two small girls, both seemingly identical. One girl held a cheerful smile, while the other just frowned.More Like This
"This is Chell," was the lone child's introduction from her mother. "She's kind of shy. Try to be nice to her, ok?" The women smiled down at the twins.
"Aww, isn't she adorable?" The other women cued over the little girl. "These are my daughter. Caro-"
The frowning girl yanked her hand away from the women's grip. "I'm not Caroline!" The small girl yelled.
"I'm sorry, Glados I-" her apology
Letting Go“What the hell do you mean, you’re dying?” Chell demanded. “You can’t be dying. You’re going to live forever, remember? You told me so. And that was only fourteen years ago.”More Like This
“When I told you that, I had not yet deduced the damages that occurred during the time that I was dead,” the AI replied calmly. “And now that I have, I can reach only one conclusion: I am ‘dying,’ as you put it.”
“But you can’t be,” Chell protested.
GLaDOS sighed. “Well, I am. I have determined that unless I can somehow restore myself to optimum efficiency, my systems will continue to deteriorate and suffer a complete failure in exactly forty-one years, seventy-nine days, eighteen hours, and nineteen minutes.”
At that, Chell did a double take. “Whoa whoa whoa. Did you say forty years?”
“Forty-one,” GLaDOS corrected.
“But that’s a long time aw
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The driving rain thundered angrily against the roof of the tin shed. Underneath the overhang, Chell had collapsed, wet, cold, and exhausted beyond all belief. It had been days since she'd found food, days since she'd slept. She was fortunate enough to find a little stream where fresh water flowed, but the strange creatures that occupied that space - large, bipedal squidlike things that shot sticky, fetid masses of goo - allowed her no rest or reprieve. She didn't want to return to Aperture, to that aggressive AI who wanted her for nothing more than insults and amusement, but deep down she knew she had no other choice.
She had been sitting in the wet mud for several minutes now, inexplicably hesitant to try the door. The shed's overhang offered little protection from the rain, and a cold blast of wind announced the approaching night. Giving a resigning sigh, she raised a weary hand to knock on the metal door, fully aware that GLaDOS's cameras had probab
GLaDOS - RegretsShe regretted the decision as soon as she made it. What the hell was she thinking? Her processors must have glitched. How could she have just let her leave like that, out in that horrible world where she was bound to get killed? And she didn't even have a back-up file out there, (not like she did here either but the argument remains). She was too naïve, too stupid for the real world. She didn't know when to give up.More Like This
GLaDOS surveyed the facility with a bitter longing inside her metaphorical and otherwise mechanical heart. There was nothing going on. Nothing. Turrets were scanning for somebody that wasn't there anymore. Companion cubes were waiting to love and be loved by her and she was gone. The cores chattered amongst themselves, all of them corrupted. Weeds that she had not yet cleared were growing violently on her precious tiles, and she quickly cut them and put them in the incinerator with a sadistic chuckle but it still did not fill this emptiness inside of her. For some reas