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100 Themes - PortalWord 2: "Hardship"
Blue, orange, blue orange, think with portals, think with your feet. Where does this one go? There? or... maybe here?? No... no, no, I'm going around in circles.
Chell fell against the wall and stopped for a moment. Se had to rest, she NEEDED to rest. She sat down and set the portal gun at her side. Then as if summoned, the AI's voice echoed over the loud speakers.
"Subject name here, back to testing, we would like to remind you. We don't pay you to do nothing"
Chell jerked her head away from the probing camera. Paid? They didn't pay her at all!
"I know what your thinking. You're thinking we never pay you. But you don't realize what a cost it is to keep you here. Even if we did pay you, you would be using that money to pay us, for keeping you here. So, if you think about it, I'm doing you a huge favor."
Chell ignored the AI and pretended to be sleeping.
"I know you're not deaf. And I know your not sleeping."
Chell kept up her act and tried to shut
100 Themes - PortalWord 1: "Names"
That was her label, it was imprinted all over her program code, even parts of her physical being had "GLaDOS" labels on them.
This is what she was. A Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, GLaDOS. It was just an abbreviation, but it described her purpose, and exactly what she was.
She turned her attention to the sleeping human on one of her monitors. Her label was "Chell" and what did it say about her? Did it describe what she was? Or what she did?
Impossible, Chell wasn't even an existing word.
If it where up to her, this human would have been labeled many things by now, dangerous, fat, mute, adopted, lunatic.
But here she was, stuck with this awkward question, that made her circuits burst.
Who gave her that label and why?
Since her creation, GLaDOS had trouble with labels, and that stupid thing humans called "Names". Yes, GLaDOS was programmed with definitions of both, "names" and "labels", but they both seemed quite similar in what they did.
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