The Core and the fury RP
"S-tarShadow? StarShadow!" GLaDOS/Caroline asked recognizing the call. She didn't even use the nightfury's test subject ID. She just flat out said the name. She tried to stand but she immediately fell down again as she hadn't yet relearned how to walk. Atlas and P-body went on ether side of her to try to lift her to her feet. She kept stumbling even with their help.
Rizzo told her "Word of advice from a lifelong human. Figure out standing first and THEN try to walk. Trust me it will make it a lot easier."
GLaDOS/Caroline nodded as she was concentrating too h.ard on her balance to argue. But she did call out StarShadow's name again. She didn't know why not having the nightfury in her sight scared her so but she wanted her in the room even though she still wasn't sure she would like hugging based on how much she didn't like Atlas and P-body holding on to her even though she was at the same time grateful for their help.
GLaDOS/Caroline breathed a sigh of relief "Oh good. You're here. You're here they're here (nods towards Atlas and P-body) everyone is here."
Rizzo asked "Why wouldn't they be? It's only been like, a few minutes."
GLaDOS/Caroline blinked in surprise then looked at the floor "Wow. Really? That's not what it felt like. I just had my whole life flash before my eyes. Well....Caroline's life. Or...is it mine? It feels like mine but it also kind of feels like I just watched the memories of a stranger. .....Who am I now?"
Rizzo told her "I think you're the only person who can answer that. Though since you seem to be a hybrid of both your lives now we could call you CaroDOS or perhaps GLaDaline."
GLaDOS/Caroline rubbed her face with one hand and said "Rizzo please. No jokes right now I beg of you. I'm not in the mood. I'll just stick with GLaDOS for now until I feel something else is more fitting."
The emotion hit her like a brick wall. She reached out her hand to touch StarShadow. At first she gerked away because having such a stong sense of the textures was alien to her and part of her still didn't want to be close to anyone but she went for it again and half lossing balance and half trying to get on the nightfury's leval she kneeled so her head was below StarShadow's and she could reach upward to put her hands on the side of the nightfury's face. Tears came to her eyes and she said "But I couldn't. Not forever anyway. While I was in the mainframe and you were at my mercy you were only safe as long as you didn't push the wrong buttons and as long as I could find a use for you. While I was afraid of you turning on me I was much more afraid of me turning on you. I just didn't know it untill recently. The only other time I could actully controll myeself was.....During and shortly after the last potatoe incident." GLaDOS's eyes widened like a huge realization was comeing to her. She shoved her head right against StarShadow's and said "StarShadow. I...I think there is something evil in the mainframe. It corrupts anyone who gets plugged into it. And....I think I may have even put it there."
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Rizzo commented "What the- Is that a mutant butterfly?" GLaDOS told him "Funny. I think he looks like one too." Bugs meanwhile had taken on his threat stance. Tripod asked "What IS the mantis man doing?"
GLaDOS replied "That's what mantises do to try and scare of predators. But I have no idea why they would think it is a good idea. It looks quite silly to me." Rizzo gave Tripod a nudge and said "Hey um. You might want to-"
"Oh right." Replied the turret as she popped open her guns and opened fire. Rizzo shot a portal on the floor and a portal past the deathsong then jumped through it so Tripod could shoot at him from behind and hopefully at the very least force him to turn his back on the others. This did however mean Tripod had to be careful to make sure none of the bullets flying by the deathsong hit said others but luckily Tripod was very good at avoiding hitting people she didn't want to hit. Much better than she was at hitting a target in fact which wasn't a bad skill of hers but wasn't amazing compared to other turrets ether.
A familiar human and turret popped back through the portal they had jumped through before. Rizzo exclaimed "What the heck just happened?!"
GLaDOS told him "I have no idea but StarShadow did it and it worked."
Meanwhile Atlas and P-body jumped up and down cheering wildly. Atlas then gave StarShadow a hug. Then a few seconds after that P-body did too. Then they tried to hug GLaDOS. She immediately shoved them off. "No. Sorry. I'm still not a hugger." The bots looked at each other then they shoved past GLaDOS's attempt to stop them and hugged her anyway. GLaDOS sighed and said "You've been waiting for this moment since I built you haven't you. Alright. You win. Enjoy it."
GLaDOS (who had only just got Atlas and P-body off of her) told Midnight "Yes hello to you too. Please tell me you aren't going to hug me. I've had enough hugging."
Tripod said "I don't think he was going to." to which GLaDOS said "I just want to be clear I have got the touching over with and I don't want any more touching. Unless maybe it's to keep me from falling over. Feet are prooving very confusing."
Rizzo chuckled and told Tripod "She may have changed but she sure didn't change compleetly."
GLaDOS replied "So you're a therapist? Well I guess whatever works works doesn't it. I suppose this means I have more to thank you for than a very interesting test subject then." She places a hand on StarShadow. Partly to steady herself and partly to tell the nightfury things are ok.
Rizzo said "Speaking of test subjects. What's you're next move oh queen of aperture? Cuz if you're about to plug yourself back into the mainframe I'm going to run off immediately and I mean immediately."
GLaDOS walked (with slight stumbling but she seemed to be starting to get the hang of walking) over to the place where Caroline's body use to lay. She fingered the life support systems thoughtfully then said "I don't know really. I don't know how to be anything other than GLaDOS but at the same time I learned that if I do go back to being full out GLaDOS I'll lose myself in the roll again and I'll be nothing but a deadly shell of the person I could be."
GLaDOS allowed a small smile to split her face and she replied "Yes. We can at least try. And maybe if I do decide to return to being GLaDOS we can figure out how to fix the evil I put in the mainframe so I can be a GLaDOS I wouldn't mind being."
Rizzo raised a hand and said "Excuse me. I know this might be some deep emotional secret or something but on the off chance it's not what evil are you talking about?"
GLaDOS sighed and explained "Caroline.....didn't want to become GLaDOS. Cave Johnson was a very stubborn man. He was very stricked about who he would be ok with running aperture. The answer was me or him. No one else. He hated the idea that this place would one day be inherited by someone else after he d.ied so he made a plan to upload his consciousness into an AI so he could run aperture forever. The problem was he got exposed to poisonous moon rocks and he knew he was going to d.ie before the project could be complected. He asked me to take on the roll in place of him if he did not make it. I told him no and although he was very persistent about the fact that he thought I was the only one for the job I didn't think much of it. I trusted him and I didn't think he would break that trust. But he told the scientists and engineers that I was going to be the one behind my back and one day after Johnson's death they jumped me. I put up a struggle and in doing so disconnected my body while my mind was still half in it. Essentially I ripped my mind in two. My memories stayed behind in my body while my emotions turned into GLaDOS. But the first emotions I awoke with as GLaDOS were the ones I had as Caroline right before I split her in half. I was angry, confused and I felt betrayed because I knew someone had taken something from me but I didn't know what. Those emotions poisoned the mainframe and by extension me. I lashed out. Few people survived. That's what I mean by there's something evil in the mainframe. It's the betrayal and the want to avenge that betrayal. It's the fear. It's the anger. It's everything bad that I felt in that moment I became GLaDOS."
Rizzo blinked and said "#%%#@$! ((He cussed but of course I'm not going to say which cuss)) I don't mean any disrespect GLaDOS but your boyfriend sounds like the biggest jerk who ever lived!"
GLaDOS replied "No disrespect taken. I didn't think he was a jerk before this point but I really don't know what to think of him now."
"What ARE you doing? Silly." GLaDOS asked with a chuckle and she wasn't afraid to chuckle. There was no reason to keep up the detachment anymore.
GLaDOS asks the general group "Oh. Um....am I balanced enough to handle that?" Atlas and P-body clapped their hands and made noises of encouragement. GLaDOS told them "Easy for you to say. Danger means nothing to you."
Rizzo said "Admittedly it might be a good idea to get you some longfall boots. Not just for this but because it's ridiculously easy to fall of high ledges in this place."
Bugs yanked on his knee implants with the plan to give them to GLaDOS. He had wings and strong bug legs so his implants were kind of vestigial. However they were implants and so Rizzo and Tripod quickly stopped him.
Tripod said "Oh! Mr. Bug. You really shouldn't do that. You'll hurt yourself." Rizzo added "Ya man. We're just looking for boots. Don't rip your knees out. Look see what I'm wearing? We're looking for something like these. Not that. These." Bugs inspected Rizzo's boots with both his eyes and antenna then ran off and came back with long fall boots. They weren't quite the right size but they worked well enough and GLaDOS thanked him before tentatively climbing up onto StarShadow's back.
GLaDOS said "Well that's not very encouraging. I do have longfall boots now if that will lighten your mood. I understand you've never needed such boots so you probably don't know what they are for. Essentially they allow a person to fall from any height and survive without damage as long as they land on their feet. They can even land on their feet and then fall over and end up with nothing more than scrapes. Does this help at all?"
Rizzo raised his hand excitedly. "OH! OH OH! I want to demonstrate!" He set Tripod down knowing she didn't like really long falls then he left a portal on the ground so he could easily come back once he reached the bottom. After that he ran and jumped with no hesitation at all into the nearest deep pit. GLaDOS couldn't help but look down when Rizzo's voice came from below with a call of "I AM STILL FALLING!" A little while later he popped out of the floor portal and told GLaDOS "I totally dare you to do that later after you have full control of your legs by the way."
GLaDOS rolled her eyes "Pass." She said before continuing "But that was a very good demonstration. Thanks Rizzo."
"It's even farther than it looks too." Rizzo added with a wink as he put Tripod back on his shoulders.
And she did hold tightly too. There was something quite terrifying about moving such speeds but at the same time it was exhilarating and she ended up with the most bizarre mixture of fear and joy that she had ever felt. She decided she quite liked it too and couldn't help but laugh with glee on every swoop and dive.
Meanwhile the rest of the group watched happy for her. Well except bugs who one could assume was happy for her too but he was currently busy rooting around in a garbage can. Apparently however old that garbage was something in there smelled good and Bugs was one who never turned down a treat whether he was hungry or not. Rizzo (who was watching GLaDOS have fun) asked Tripod "So if you constantly ride me around does that make me your dragon?" to which Tripod replied "Well at the very least you are my noble steed." The two of them chuckled at that probably finding it funnier than it really was but they didn't care. After that Rizzo said "Now this is probably going to sound a little bad on my part but I never new I would one day be happy to see GLaDOS happy. She's done a lot to me I never thought I would be able to forgive." Tripod admitted "Ya. I feel the same. And it feels awkward to say it because if you were to compare her now to how she was just a day ago I'm sure whoever you were talking to would think you were crazy. No way could this be the same person. But she is."
Getting to sleep that night was weird for GLaDOS for she was not use to laying down or having to cover herself with something to stay warm enough to fall asleep. It seemed to be a weird human instinct to want to be covered and she wondered if it had anything to do the thing she had thought about earlyer when she was noteing how when people sleep they leave themselves exposed. Humans were so delicat she wondered if this came from a subconsious need to hide themselves while they could not defend themselves. She glanced twords an already sleeping Rizzo who was curled up beside the currently standing Tripod. The scene reminded her of StarShadow trustingly curling up under her when she was full out GLaDOS instead of this new hybrid of Caroline and GLaDOS she seemed to be now. It also reminded her of a large dog sleeping by its master's feet with the way Rizzo snored and part of his lip hung open in the most derpy possible way. She chuckled slightly thinking it amusing then managed to get to sleep herself. The next morning she was handed....a muffin and looked at StarShadow like she didn't know what to do with it.
Rizzo commented "What? Where did she get a muffin? Can I have one too? By the way GLaDOS you're suppose to eat it."
GLaDOS examined the muffin like she was trying to remember how to do that.
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GLaDOS examined the muffen further then asked Rizzo "You said this was a muffin. Are you sure? Because it looks more like cake to me."
Rizzo told her "Cake looks like muffin GLaDOS."
"Then what's the difference?" GLaDOS asked. Rizzo replied "The amount of frosting mostly. If it has frosting it's cake or a cupcake. If it doesn't and it's in that shape it's a muffin."
GLaDOS asked "Why not just call it what it is?" She asked. Rizzo shrugged. GLaDOS looked at StarShadow taking notise of the encuraging nudge then examined the muffin one last time before she tore off a peace and put it in her mouth. She stood chewing it for a few seconds with an unsure what to think expression on her face then she grinned and stuffed her cheeks with muffin. Rizzo laughed and said "Geez! Nice imatation of bugs." For bugs was off to the side tearing into a hunk of meat that looked disturbingly like it might be a leg scavanged from a dead test subject. (and hopefully it WAS from someone who was already dead). The way he was almost rabid on his food is what Rizzo was refering to.
GLaDOS seemed to realize she had just been weird somehow and said "Sorry. I don't know why I did that." Rizzo told her "Probably because your stomach is completely empty. That body was on like, an IV drip or something right?"
GLaDOS thought about that and realized that the feeling she'd had just below her chest which she had originally ignored thinking it was just a human thing had lessened some. It must have been hunger. Yes. That's right. That was definitely what it was.
That was when Tripod brought up something kind of important. "Um...I know everyone's all happy because Aperture has been saved and all that but yesterday when Rizzo asked what the next move would be that got me thinking. Things are going to change now aren't they? How exactly are you going to explain that to the test subjects?"
GLaDOS's eyes widened and she said "Oh god. I forgot about them. They'll have the same reaction to me as Rizzo did at first. Well....minus the potato thing but still. We now have to deal with the fact that there are a bunch of live, scared and probably very angry humans to deal with. They won't believe me if I tell them I've changed. I've lied left and right to them AND I tried to k.ill them. Many of them may even have had friends whom I DID k.ill. There's no way they'll ever forgive that. But we can't just leave them locked up ether."
With GLaDOS worrying about what to do with the test subjects it was Atlas who noticed the nightfury run off. He nudged P-body and they followed to peak around the doorway and see what was going on. If they found it interesting they would tell the others.
Atlas and P-body gave each other a look like they knew GLaDOS was going to find this awkward but they also figured she should probably know about it so they went back to tell her.
GLaDOS meanwhile was still in her conversation with Rizzo and Tripod. After a little bit of back and forth talking Rizzo offered "What if you don't approach them as GLaDOS?"
GLaDOS asked him "What do you mean? How else can I approach them? I am GLaDOS."
"But you are also Caroline." Rizzo pointed out. Realizing what Rizzo meant GLaDOS told him "I thought you hated my dishonesty." Rizzo told her "I did. But it's not really dishonest. You're both GLaDOS and Caroline." Rizzo took a hold of GLaDOS's hands and turned one hand palm up then the other "Use Caroline to reintroduce them to GLaDOS. Once the ones that stay, assuming there are any that stay, like Caroline show them GLaDOS and they will have no choice but to rethink how they view GLaDOS. Now that you two are one and the same they can not hate GLaDOS if they love Caroline. Now, some people might decide they hate both given your lieing and *ehem* other stuff record but if you really want them to forgive you this may be your best bet. They won't believe your words. So you must SHOW them with your actions." Rizzo let go of GLaDOS's hands leaving her to stare at them thoughtfully. Atlas started poking her shoulder.
"Not now Atlas." GLaDOS said. Atlas didn't stop. In fact now he tugged her arm while P-body started poking the other. GLaDOS told him "Ok ok. What is it." Atlas and P-body lead her to the room with the girl. Not knowing who they were Rizzo jokingly said "Wow. Is that ANOTHER loose test subject? You really are bad at-" GLaDOS elbowed him in the gut annoyed with his teasing. She held out her hand to the new person and said "Hello. I'm Caroline. And you are?"
Caroline/GLaDOS said "Nice to meet you." She then pointed to the other members of the party and said "I see you already know StarShadow. The round one there is Atlas, there's P-body, that's Rizzo and Tripod."
When introduced Rizzo nodded politely and added "Hia. I'm the bad joke generator."
Caroline/GLaDOS told him "Yes....You are. A very bad joke generator."
"Which means I'm good at my job." Rizzo added.
Caroline/GLaDOS rolled her eyes then continued "From what I've seen Tripod seems to be only dangerous when threatened. She won't up and shoot you randomly. You'll have to ask Rizzo or the turret herself if you want more information then that. And last but not least if you look really far over there that's the bug finishing his....er....breakfast. He's the least stable among us so I WOULD keep my eyes on him if I were you. There was a scorpion dragon with us earlier but he left."
GLaDOS gave StarShadow and Rizzo both a confused look each and said "What did I say?" She then ran after Harper and placed a hand on her shoulder to stop her. "I wouldn't go anywhere near those at the moment. The last people who were in there were-" (she stopped just short of saying "people I was mad at and so the tests are even more dangerous than usual) "They didn't have a good time. Why do you want to go in there anyway? No one wants to go in those chambers." She then thought to herself "That is except StarShadow whom I still have no idea why she went along with that part of living with me. Oh. That's right. I would have k.illed her if she didn't. God I was a monster."
((GLaDOS of course has no idea about the mind reading and knowing about things thing))
GLaDOS blinked in surprise then grumbled "Oh great. Another crazy person. Just what Aperture needs."
GLaDOS looked like she wasn't sure how to respond. She was still very use to being the one who made people want comforting and not the one who gave comforting. In the end she said "If it makes you feel any better there is no life here that has not been weird and terrifying. My boyfriend literally turned me into a monster and things like him exist." She nodded towards the bug who in turn looked over at them with the remnants of his meal all over his face and claws.
P-body and Atlas walked over and each placed a hand on this unknown but very upset being's shoulder.
GLaDOS pointed at Atlas and P-body and said "Well you can definitely trust those two at least. They're the most gentle beings in all of Aperture. As for myself....I'm still trying to figure that out."
Tripod offered "You can trust me. I know I'm a turret but I don't want to hurt anybody." Rizzo said "It's true. That's why she's got defective stickers on her. And it's also why I'm still breathing today."
GLaDOS asked "She saved your life?"
"Spared it and then saved it." Rizzo replied. Tripod added "For the record Rizzo is pretty trustworthy too. I can't walk so he walks for me. Even though it's inconvenient for him he has never left me behind."
Rizzo added jokingly "You have to be able to tolerate my obnoxious personality first of course. Luckily for me Tripod is very patent."
The mantis meanwhile didn't seem to be listening and was busy licking the mess off his claws and face.
GLaDOS told her "All I can promise you is that I will do my best to be trustworthy and I will try to protect you. I can't 100% promise that I will be trustworthy because that hasn't really been tested yet but I WILL try. That being said if you're going to be sharing secrets with me there is only one thing I can do to prove I am not as I was. I wasn't lieing when I said I was Caroline. But I didn't give you the whole story because I thought it would freak you out. I am GLaDOS. Also previously known as the most feared being in all of Aperture. Heck I WAS Aperture and everything bad that happened in it. If you've seen wall and floor pannles move that was me. The cameras scanning the halls that I assume you've been hiding from that was me. I have done a lot of things that you will hear of if you haven't already that will horrify you. Does this news make you think of me differently? Because I'm very uncomfortable with it myself and I have no idea which way I'm going to go from here. I KNOW I don't want to be a monster anymore but if one day I tell you to run from me you RUN because that means I know I'm slipping and it will be your only warning. You don't want to deal with what I was just a day or so ago. Trust me."
Rizzo commented "Um....Wow. ....That was a little intense GLaDOS. Maybe don't say such things to a traumatized person."
"It's for her safety. She must know." GLaDOS replied.
Rizzo said "Ya but. ....Did you have to use that tone? That's some horror movie ranting there."
"Yes. Once." GLaDOS said then added "To be fair though I haven't exactly been in a form that could do that for very long. Remember how I said just a day or so ago I essentially WAS aperture? If I had tried that before yesterday I would have crushed her back. And....probably everything else too."
Rizzo sarcastically said "Thanks for that mental image."
"You're welcome." GLaDOS replied with a mischievous grin.