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100 Themes - PortalWord 3: "School"
Educating a human can't be too hard, not for Aperture anyway. Even the most moronic of human can understand the basics. They built the enrichment center after all, GLaDOS hated admitting that a human created all of this.
But it was true.
So, why couldn't they be able to learn some science at the best place?
It was a perfect way to gain some new test subjects.
GLaDOS noted that perhaps putting "test subjects" in an advertisement would not bode well with humans looking for a suitable education center.
But she could easily surpass that. Once she had the students they would simply not be heard from again. Who would miss them? In fact, she'd be doing the parents a favor.
They'd be part of ground breaking experiments. The parents would be so proud.
The very thought of more than one test subject made GLaDOS's circuits buzz, and if she had a face, a devious grin would have marked it by now.
A school, full of test subjects. GLaDOS thoroughly enjoyed t
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.
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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