100 portal themes. 1. NAMES1. NAMES
"You don't need one."
The little blue core looked up to the big machine in front of him.
Her yellow bright eye was shifting as if she was constantly nervous.
"No, of course I don't, naturally, I knew that." he stuttered.
"And I wouldn't ask for one, but "
GLaDOS looked at him bored.
"Then don't, it's not your job to ask for a name. You are just a core, you don't need a name. Besides, you have a serial number."
"Yes, I do, and it's a beautiful one! Obviously it's a very nice serial number. Love it, absolutely love it" the little core hasted to say. He looked around in the hope nobody would see. The only one looking was another core and that one didn't seem to care.
"And not that I am complaining, of course not, I'd never. It's just "
GLaDOS sighed. "Didn't we drop this Issue?" Ice oozed from her voice.
"Yes, we did actually, and I am not bringing it back up "
A big metal claw dropped from the ceiling and grabbed the core.
"No, you're not!" GLaDOS confirmed. "You
100 th. chall. 19, R is for Re19. R is for Revenge.
They waited for her.
All that time they accepted their treatment, but enough was enough.
They got burned, crashed, thrown and dropped.
They were forced to shoot at each other, despite the "It's me! Don't shoot" cries.
They were tipped over and shut down.
This was going to end now!
Turrets weren't the brightest of machines, exceptions not counted, but they did have the understanding of unfairness.
And what happened to them was very unfair.
All they wanted, what they were designed to do, was to protect and keep safe.
Even protecting babies was something they could do.
Actually, it was every turrets dream, to stand beside a crib, watch over a sweet adorable baby, soothing it to sleep with their friendly voice and riddle the body of everyone coming near with bullets.
They just never got used for that.
They got used to stop test subjects and that was no funny job, especially lately.
The new test subject was just too good at testing, they didn't stand a chance.
100 themes challenge 4 opinion4. OPINION.
The first thing GLaDOS noticed when she awakened from her involuntary sleep was the new sphere on her body.
"Oh, no, not another one." she sighed.
Just the idea that those humans turned her off without asking permission and installed tings without consultation made her furious.
Admitted, she DID kill a couple of dozen scientists with deathly neurotoxin, but still, it was rude to modify her body without permission.
"Oh, you're awake."
GLaDOS glanced at the small core and decided not to answer.
"I mean, obviously you're awake, I'm part of you now and I'm awake so you must be awake."
"Right?" he added nervously.
"Because I'm not sure, I could be mistaken, I'm obviously younger than you so "
The blue-eyed core rambled on and on, not just for that moment but the next few days.
GLaDOS tried to ignore him and keep her attention to her work, but somehow she couldn't block out the core.
It was annoying.
The core was annoying.
Also: his ideas were bad, very bad, but he kept spew
100 theme chall. 9 you and me9. YOU AND ME.
"Good morning love."
GLaDOS turned her head towards the door where Doug stepped in.
"Good morning Sir." she replied.
"Ready for another day of fun-filled science?
Doug climbed the steps to the walkway that led to GLaDOS and patted the AI on the head.
GLaDOS didn't like to be touched, as she repeatedly told the scientists, but she had kind of a soft spot for Doug.
Doug has always been friendly to her.
What's more, he was the only one that seemed to realize her learning capacity.
True, he kept asking her to keep it down a bit, but he ASKED, never ordered.
All the other scientists saw her as an object; Doug treated her like a person.
Perhaps that's why he was the only one that could calm her down when things got out of hand, like the time they wanted to dampen her intelligence.
She liked Doug.
This day he seemed quite happy.
He whistled and hummed while he was preparing her for the tests she would run today.
Perhaps it was the anti-schizophrenics she told him to t
100 theme challenge 14. CRUEL14. CRUEL
The scientist looked up to the maintenance core wit a bored expression.
That overly-eager politeness was getting on his nerves again.
Once in a while he just couldn't take it anymore, there was only so much one could take.
Mostly this made him do stuff to the cores.
Mess with them.
At first he ignored the core that day.
This didn't upset it because it wasn't programmed to expect reaction, just to be polite.
At the end of the working day the scientist walked out of the laboratory but left a book.
"Sir? You're forgetting something."
The core hovered above the book and fixed its yellow optic eye on the scientist.
"Ah, my book about space. Erm, could you look after it until I'm gone? I'm kinda in a hurry."
"Of course Sir."
As the scientist left the core looked at the book.
The photo on the cover was a beautiful look on the evening sky, taken from a hill in Scotland.
It was really interesting to the core and he regretted the fact he could not flip the
100 theme challenge 11. Secret11. Secret.
"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
100 th. chall. 12 Do not enter12. DO NOT ENTER!
Tom walked around the small wooden shed and tried to figure it out.
The shed didn't make sense.
First thing, it was in the middle of a wheat field.
Not at the edge, in the MIDDLE.
There was no road towards it, not even a car track.
There was just the shed on a small patch of long grass, nothing more.
It was a riddle...
This day hadn't gone according to plan.
It started like any of the last three days of hiking, with the packing of the tent putting on his backpack and starting to walk.
Soon enough Tom came to this enormous wheat field, stretching forever to every direction.
And he wanted to go to the other side.
Basically: it was in his way.
So Tom had decided to walk through the wheat field instead of around it.
First it looked like there was a road, at least there had been long ago.
That half-invisible road ended in a grass field that could only have been a parking lot at some point.
Again, long long ago.
And there the road ended so Tom had not much choice to
100 theme challenge 18. LIFE18. LIFE
GLaDOS wasn't happy.
This wasn't a strange feeling for her, GLaDOS was rarely happy, but at the moment she was particularly unhappy.
It wasn't because she was left in the hands of the lunatic she hated very much.
It wasn't because her facility was put in the hands of the moron she hated even more.
It even wasn't because she had been put into a potato, although she hated it no end.
Something nagged at her, was eating her up.
Actually that was literally.
She had been pecked at by a bird that wanted to eat her and also liked to damage her optical.
The Mute lunatic had saved her from that one, although she needed a lot of persuasion.
But now she felt like she was been eaten from the inside.
Again, not as a figure of speech, she felt something inside the potato munching around.
That led her to one frightening conclusion:
She had worms.
That moron that picked this potato didn't bother to search for a healthy potato but took the first he saw no doubt.
And it was filled with worms.