The Core and the fury RP
They immediately run and jump back into the game and are rough enough that GLaDOS actually has to remind them to be gentle so they don't knock off the nightfury's bandages.
((I never thought of GLaDOS being a big sleeper but I'll roll with it. It might open up some interesting scenerios))
GLaDOS still had some things to do before she rested. She checked the varyis systems around apurture to make sure none of them got broken or were about to blow up. She made sure non of the test subjects were trying anything. The ones that were suppose to be unconsious were unconsious, the ones that were suppost to be dead were indeed dead and she was keen to continue watching the ones that were currently testing. (Some of the ones StarShadow had caught had escaped before they compleeted many of the tests so GLaDOS had thrown them right back into testing) That being said as much as she wanted to put her full attention on testing GLaDOS couldn't help but look down at the nightfury laying below her. It's not like it was the first time she'd shared the room with her or anything. Far from it. But for some reason no matter how h.ard she tryed she just couldn't keep her mind on testing. In the end she decided she would rather test the subjects when she could pay attention to them (after all if she wasn't paying attention what was the point?). She opened a pathway for them to go to bed and told them all to do just that. Two subjects that she had put together in a chamber to see what happened (they hated each other. She was hopeing for a fight) exchanged confused looks. One subject in a different chamber exchanged looks with the turret they had been just about to knock over. GLaDOS repeated her command and the test subjects immedeitly snapped to their senses and obayed. GLaDOS returned her attention to StarShadow. Why was this so distracting tonight? At first GLaDOS was annoyed but she wasn't sure at what exactly. That annoyance soon desolved to confution as she started analizing the situation. The more she looked at StarShadow the more she thought about how valnerable a person could be when they were asleep. It was a strange thing really to let down all your senses and fall unconsious for several hours. Why would someone trust anyone of her ((GLaDOS's)) power enough to do that in front of her? Literally right in front of her. Other than Atlas and P-body whom she didn't count because they were ideots the only person whom she had known to fall asleep right in front of her like this was Chell and even she, as crazy as she was, didn't do it on purpose. For good reason too. GLaDOS had more than enough power to crush people of such sizes like bugs and then there was also the nurotoxan and acsess to lasers and the fact that it left the person open to being picked up and put wherever GLaDOS wanted to put them ect. But...StarShadow knew all this. She knew how easily GLaDOS could hurt her if she wanted to and yet here she was laying open to any sort of attack one could think of if one so decided to do it. Of course GLaDOS wasn't going to k.ill the nightfury in her sleep as that would be very waistful and unnessisary but it didn't change the fact that she could if she wanted to or that the nightfury knew she could. "Why?" GLaDOS thought to herself. "Why would anyone act this way?" She struggled to get to sleep that night and when she did she had a dream that confused her even more. In it a women with long dark hair kneeled down next to StarShadow and kissed her on the top of her head. Even though she was watching it from a third person veiw GLaDOS felt the kiss as if she was the one doing it herself. Then the women turned and looked at GLaDOS before vanishing. The AI woke up with a start that rattled the wall pannles. Who was that women? Why did she feel like she knew her? Then she remembered a picture she had seen of said women with Cave Johnson back when she was a potato being carryed by Chell. "C-Caroline?" She had not meant to say it out loud but yes. She had dreamt of Caroline. WHY had she drempt of Caroline?!! She was gone!!! .....Wasn't she?
((Spell check didn't want to work again. Sorry for the errors. Worst time for it to happen too given the lingth of this post))
GLaDOS told her. "Oh. Sorry about that. I just....It's nothing. I didn't mean to wake you." Two familiar looking bots peaked into the room from the doorway. GLaDOS told them "I didn't mean to wake you ether. Go back to bed." The bots disapeard from view though reluctantly.
"I'm ok. Really." GLaDOS assured her as she gently removed the nightfury from her head and set her back on the ground. She tryed to be sturn like usuall but the way she handled StarShadow was weirdly more gental than usual. Not that she was all that rough with the nightfury normally but it was deffinitly notisable.
The item caught GLaDOS's eye imeedeitly and gave her a welcome distraction from her thoughts. "What is that? Where did you get it?" She asked.
GLaDOS looked at the projection. "Are those dragons?" She asked before the light faded. She turned to StarShadow and told her "Do it again."
The two robots came running into the room. Atlas in the lead looking exited and P-body looking a little tired at first but soon perking up imeedeitly when he saw what they were being called to see. GLaDOS took several pictures of the projections in case she ever wanted to look at them when the nightfury was unavalible do to being busy doing a test or some other thing. She then turned her attention to the object itself and commented "Interesting. This thing looks very old. Like, pre electronix old but it acts like pojecter." Atlas and P-body meanwhile waved their hands across the wall where the projection was enjoying how the light moved across their hands in different ways. Then they started doing shadow puppets untill the light faded again.
This time GLaDOS knew what that meant. "What? What do you see? ....Or smell. Or hear."
Everyone in the room cringes. GLaDOS asks "Seriously. WHAT is the problem. I can't do anything about it if you don't tell me."
The floor opens up without her control like it would in a core swap. GLaDOS immediately starts to panic "I'm not doing this. Does anybody know who's doing this? This is not a good thing. Do you guys hear me? This is not-" P-body and Atlas are of no help. They can only cowar as GLaDOS lets out a pained shriek before going unnervingly sighlent. The robots hug each other and whimper. They are terrified that GLaDOS might be dead.
Not knowing anything better to do and thinking StarShadow looked like she knew what she was doing Atlas and P-body ran over to help even though it really didn't add much.
Inwardly GLaDOS was both fuming and emotionally burning with embarrassment. She asked "Be honest. Am I a potato again?"
P-body and Atlas looked at each other then back at GLaDOS. WAS she a potato? They didn't know what a potato was. P-body shrugged. GLaDOS explained "Am I a brown root vegetable?"
The bots nodded. GLaDOS inwardly burned with both rage and embarrassment even more but all she could to in retaliation was yell at the strange new dragon who had done this to her "You somehow KNEW this had happened to me before didn't you? You did this just to add insult to injury didn't you! Or is it because you're embarrassed that you look like a butterfly and you wanted to make me look dumber so you would feel better about yourself?! I'm talking to the butterfly dragon by the way. Not you subject D1. I just can't exactly turn to look at him."
"And I thought rideing with Chell flung me through the air at rediculous speeds." GLaDOS said. She didn't really mind too much though. This was a lot better than being eatten by a bird or being squwerd on a portal gun. Well...that was bad the moment it happened and not as bad after the fact but still. She added "Maybe I now understand a bit about why birds think so highly of themselves. I still don't like them but their mode of transport isn't bad. I'll admit that."
"What do you mean by that?" GLaDOS asked. "Bring our worlds together?"
GLaDOS commented "I hope this is a friend you are calling to and not another nasty surprise. I think I've had enough surprises to last a human lifespan. And I mean a human lifespan without testing so...a lot longer than they usually are."
Atlas and P-body ((who I'm just assuming came along)) were actually too busy talking to each other about what just happened to notice however that would probably soon change.
GLaDOS commented "Well. That IS a surprise. But if you're not worried I guess I won't be ether. Though...now I am starting to wonder if my security has been lackluster recently. How does a giant scorpion sneak around without my noticing. Then again a giant mantis apparently did that for years so maybe my security really isn't all that good. This is a little disturbing for me."
P-body and Atlas gained a look like if they had mouths they would have dropped to the ground. However once they saw StarShadow being friendly with the creature they decided to be friendly to and introduced themselves with greeting chatters.
GLaDOS picked up some of this and commented "The plot thickens. I guess I should thank you. You gave me one of the most interesting test subjects I've ever encountered. If not THE most interesting."
Not picking up on that yet GLaDOS adds "I am still very annoyed about the whole sneaking in thing by the way. You would have been an interesting test subject too." Then she noticed. "Hey. What IS that sound? Normally I would think it was turrets but one of those voices is definitely NOT a turret and-" The group turned the corner and the music suddenly stopped for Rizzo and Tripod froze mid note. Tripod mumbled a quick "Uh oh." While Rizzo took on a trying to look cool wall lean pose and said "Well hello mis pet of the GLaDOS. Having a good day?"
GLaDOS asked "Is there seriously still a test subject loose? Great. Another hole in my security."
Tripod panicked and told Rizzo "EEK! She knows! We're dead! We're so dead!" Nether she nor Rizzo had seen what GLaDOS was yet. Rizzo tryed to pat Tripod on the head (or top. She didn't really have a head) to calm her but she snapped "I know what you're trying to do and there's no time! Pick me up and run or we are dead! Oh wait. We're CORNERED! I TOLD YOU A SONG WAS A BAD IDEA!"
"I thought it would calm your nerves. Er....circuits." Rizzo said.
Tripod countered "WELL IT ISN'T HELPING NOW!!!!"
GLaDOS said "You're not the only one who is embarrassed."
That's when it hit Rizzo. "Is....is THAT GLaDOS?"
GLaDOS replied "Yes. Let me guess. You find this amusing." Tripod looked too shocked to say anything but Rizzo burst out laughing. "Oh my! Hahahaha! Looks like someone has had a very bad day! I can't believe it! I've heard of a vegetative state but this is ridiculous!"
"Ha. Ha. Ha." GLaDOS said sarcastically. She added "I bet you wouldn't be laughing if I still had control of my claws. Or...anything really."
But Rizzo countered "I bet I WOULD! I bet I would d.ie laughing! Literally! Hahahahaha! This is SO worth possibly getting squished by you later!"
"Rizzo!" Tripod said in worry. Rizzo replied "Hey what's the worst that could happen? I'd be dead if the caught me without laughing and I'd be dead if she caught me when I was laughing. I might as well laugh."
In an attempt to smooth things over Tripod said "I am SO sorry. He IS a human. He can't control himself."
"Nor do I want to!" Exclaimed Rizzo. "This is the funniest thing I've ever seen in my whole life! And a potato of all things! POTaTOS! Hahahaha! Say do you think if you put her on a couch she'd be a couch potato?"
GLaDOS said "Someone hit him. Please SOMEONE hit him."
"Thank you." GLaDOS said.
Rizzo grumbled a harsh "ow" under his breath then lifted himself somewhat off the ground and said "Worth it." GLaDOS ignored him and said "I suppose we have to take these two with us now. Where to I'm not sure yet but they could be useful." Rizzo snapped "What makes you think we'd follow YOU of all people." GLaDOS replied "A. I have a nightfury who by the way is loyal to me as you can see and B. if I'm not running this place that means something worse is."
Rizzo got fully to his feet and said "I have a h.ard time imagining something worse than you." to which GLaDOS said "I guess you'll be in for a shock when you meet it won't you." There was a rattling noise and Rizzo looked to his side to see that Tripod was shivering in terror. He picked her up and hugged her. "There there. It will be ok." He said.
"No it won't. No it won't no it won't!" Tripod replied.
GLaDOS noted "It's strange that you hold that turret to your chest like that. You do know she's a sentient machine gun right? I'm sure you do. I've seen them shoot at you before."
Rizzo snapped "Tripod is NOTHING like those turrets! She's special."
"I'll say." Replied GLaDOS as she eyed the defective stickers on the turret's sides. Rizzo gave GLaDOS an absolutely vile look. It was like he knew GLaDOS was eyeing the stickers even though there was no physical movement to give it away. GLaDOS told him "Relax. I'm not going to take her from you even when I can. You two can d.ie together for all I care. It would be extremely ironic too. No. I just want to know if you're going to be helpful or are you going to be annoying."
Rizzo sighed. He knew that as much as GLaDOS was capable of lieing she was probably right about something worse running aperture right now. He had to help or the whole place might explode or something equally as horrifying. "I'll be helpful. But to be clear I don't trust you at all."
GLaDOS told the whole group "Good. Now first measure of business let's find anything other than a potato to put me in. I do NOT want to have anyone else see me like this."
Rizzo offered jokingly "I have a carrot."
"ANY THING OTHER THAN A VEGETABLE!!!" GLaDOS snapped. Rizzo offered jokingly again "Meatloaf?" Earning a very audible sigh from GLaDOS as well as a "NO! Stop joking around."
Rizzo pointed out "Hey. You said anything." GLaDOS made a noise of frustration then told the group "Don't listen to his ideas unless it's something electronic."
"Toaster? Vacuum cleaner?" Rizzo offered.
GLaDOS told him "I thought you said you were going to be helpful."
Rizzo replied "I am being helpful. I'm the comic relief."
GLaDOS was quite for a second then she snapped "Hit him again. He deserves it."
"Alright alright!" Rizzo said as he placed Tripod up on his shoulders and turned to grab something "Just let me grab a few things and I'll be ready to follow you." The first thing he grabbed from behind a desk was a portal gun.
GLaDOS immediately snapped "What the- DID YOU STEAL THAT?!"
"Yup." Rizzo replied with a grin.
GLaDOS told him "You little- I KNEW one was missing! Oh well. It will be useful I suppose."
Rizzo pulled out a raideo next and said "I also stole this right from the test chamber I escaped from. I've had it the entire time I've been loose. Did you know these things are scattered all over your test chambers? Did you do that? Why?"
GLaDOS sighed and said "No I think that was ratman. Another escapy I never caught. I'm not sure he's alive anymore. He could be but he lives up to his name and there's no way to know until more food disappears or he writes on something else."
"HE's the one that did that?" Rizzo said he continued "Huh. I was wondering. I also wonder what he used as paint because it looked like fun."
GLaDOS snapped "Do NOT draw on the walls! I don't need another graffiti artist running around!"
Rizzo rolled his eyes "Alright you're highness." He said then he turned the dial on his radio and by shear dumb luck the song that started playing was "Sweet Caroline."
GLaDOS let out a horrible shriek and yelled "TURNITOFFTURNITOFF TURN IT OFF!!!" Rizzo shut it off and chuckled. He said "You know. After going down into the deepest depths of Aperture I wondered what you're reaction to that song would be."
"Shut up." GLaDOS snapped. She already had a bad feeling where this was going.
Rizzo didn't shut up. In fact he continued in a singsong voice "I found out something interesting while I was down there."
"Seriously. SHUT.....UP." GLaDOS warned.
"GLaDOS was once a HUMAN!" Rizzo blurted. Atlas and P-body gave GLaDOS a confused look. This news didn't make them like her any less but it was sure h.ard to imagine.
((I'm really really sorry this one took so long.))
Even though this next throw to the floor was no less quick as the last and his brain really didn't have much time to think Rizzo almost instinctively turned himself so he fell on his side. This made it so his shoulder took most of the hit and (since it propped him up slightly) prevented Tripod from getting the same jolt he did when he hit the ground. GLaDOS noticed this and wondered what the turret had done to get such favotism when the human seemed to her to be a particularly nasty one. She told the rest of the group "He's right though. Thanks for hitting him again for me as he definitely deserved that for telling something that was personal to ME but since the news is out you might as well know. Atlas, P-body I bet you two have heard of Caroline even though you didn't have enough context to know the full extent of what I was talking about. You were there when I let Chell go but not through anything else that happened that day. Yes. I was once a human named Caroline. I don't remember very much about her and what I do know I have the mute lunatic to thank for. I myself didn't know anything about it until she and I were thrown into the depths of Aperture together. I'm still kind of surprised she didn't let that bird eat me."
As Rizzo got painfully up from the ground rubbing his probably bruised shoulder Tripod commented "That was unexpected."
Rizzo added "Ya. I was also pretty sure she would deny it. Good on you GLaDOS you were truthful for once." Suddenly he spotted something and said "Um guys?" He pointed. GLaDOS visually followed his finger to juuuust be able to spot a familiar looking bug out of the very corner of her vision before it lunged and grabbed her then it darted away from the group as fast as its legs could carry it.
GLaDOS grumbled "YOU'RE out too?! Is this test subject on the loose day or something?! Let me guess. You're going to eat me right? I wouldn't. I'm full of wires and I doubt even you can digest metal." But the bug did not even pause to look at her. He slipped down a corridor even GLaDOS hadn't known about then he set her down and started franticly tugging at a wall pannle like he was trying to rip it off. From a button on the wall GLaDOS knew this was a hidden door. She sarcastically told him "You're veeeery intelligent aren't you." To the bug's defense the button was not easy to see but GLaDOS was too annoyed with being kidnapped to care.
Tripod asked Rizzo "Why are we following? You seemed reluctant to follow before and now we're running after them. Why?"
Rizzo replied "I'm curious. Something is going on and it's best if we know about it." They reached the door as StarShadow was helping the mantis man with the button.
The mantis man gave StarShadow a grateful look then picked up GLaDOS again and entered the center of the room where there was a table that seemed to have one of those things used to keep people in suspended animation on it. The bug stood behind it and called to the group like he wanted them to see what was in that glass container. The group walked over and both Rizzo and Tripod immediately gasped. Tripod stared "Is...is that-" and Rizzo responded by getting a second opinion. He did this by picking up GLaDOS and turning her towards the figure on the table. GLaDOS also let out a gasp. "C-Caroline?"
"Her body at least." Rizzo corrected. Then he corrected himself and said "Or...your body I suppose."
GLaDOS asked "Is it just a body though." To which Rizzo responded by opening the glass and lifting the body's eyelids. Then he tapped her cheek. Then he poked her toes. Both Tripod and GLaDOS asked "What ARE you doing?"
"Um. Checking for signs of consciousness. Duh." Rizzo replied. GLaDOS pointed out "There is a brain wave monitor."
"That I don't know how to read." Rizzo pointed out. So the group helped GLaDOS check it herself instead. When she was done she said "Yup. No brain activity. It's just....the body of Caroline. They must have saved it in case it was needed again."
Rizzo added "Good thing it has its own air supply or you would have k.illed it when you flooded most of aperture with nurotoxin."
GLaDOS grumbled "Thanks for that captain obvious."
"You're welcome." Replied Rizzo then he joked "Here's another one. I take it we're about to cure this vegetable (nods to the body) by putting this vegetable in it (holds potato GLaDOS up). Funny. You must be the only person who has been in two different kinds of vegetative states at the same time." He then held her outward like he was ready for someone else to take her and said "I have no idea how to do that. Anyone? Or is their a manual or something or..." he trailed off. The mantis man looked at a plug in like he thought that had something to do with it but he couldn't guess farther than that.
GLaDOS said "I don't know. It's not at all what I was expecting to find down here and...."
Rizzo asked "Are you scared?" GLaDOS replied "No! .....Well....maybe a little."
Rizzo asked "Why? It's YOUR body." GLaDOS told them "It's just. When I became GLaDOS I lost all my memories of being Caroline. What if by becoming Caroline I loose all my memories of being GLaDOS?"
Rizzo pointed out "You didn't loose all your memories when you turned into POTaTOS. Maybe something just went wrong that time."
GLaDOS thought about it. She tried to think back. Far back. Back as far as her memory would go. Back to the day when she k.illed every conscious being on her level. It was a blur. A blur of emotion that she had never been able to figure out and something told her that if she really wanted to learn what happened that day. This might be the only way. What if there were memories still inside Caroline's empty brain that could tell her who she was. Why she was. What she was. For some reason there was a burning desire to find these questions out far more than there had ever been in her life before. She had to know. She just had to. At all costs. After what seemed to the rest of the group like a long time of silence she said "Ok. Plug me in."
There was that familiar mind wracking pain like what came with any normal core transfer but luckily also just like a core transfer it was temporary. The result however..... The first thing she noticed was the sensitivity of her skin. She felt naked even though she was wearing cloths. (Something similar to a hospital gown sure but still cloths) When she opened her eyes she squinted under the florescent lights then as she lifted her arms to rub them she waked her forehead with her hand instead. (Which Rizzo struggled not to laugh at) Controlling actual muscles was going to take some getting use to. She clumsily removed the various devices that had been keeping her body alive then sat up on the table, turned to the others and said "Well.....That could have gone worse." However the second after she said that memories started flooding her brain so fast she put both hands to her head in reaction to the dizziness. She couldn't even stay on the table and fell off from her sitting position. Atlas and P-body quickly ran to her side worried but she waved them away. Having them crowed her was not about to help. One memory in particular carried so much emotional weight it hurt. It started with a conversation with Cave Johnson and then jumped right to THAT day. The day she became GLaDOS. She saw the memory so vividly it was like she was reliving it. She called out to and yelled at imaginary scientists then that turned into laughing and then crying. She curled herself up into a fetal position and didn't say anything for a long time. Atlas, P-body, Rizzo, Tripod and the mantis man all looked on in shock. Not sure what to do. Then Rizzo broke the silence "Should....should someone poke her and see if she's still alive?" Tripod told him "She's still breathing." Rizzo pointed out "So was Caroline's empty body before she got in it."