The Core and the fury RP
GLaDOS told her "You're welcome to stay in aperture as long as I'm sane if the thing you want the most is somewhere to rest your head."
Atlas and P-body ran over and chattered at GLaDOS excitedly. She rolled her eyes and said "Yes we can take the dragon riding lessons while we're at it." The two robots jumped up and down with glee as GLaDOS rolled her eyes a second time. Inwardly she was more than a little curious about it herself after her sample of it earlier but Atlas and P-body had totally ruined the moment by sucking all the dignity out of it.
GLaDOS replied "From what I heard he's got a habit of helping people. Apparently he's the reason I have StarShadow in the first place and my extension the reason I'm not trying to k.ill you right now."
Rizzo dug into his cereal like a mad man. GLaDOS told him "And you said I did a good imitation of bugs." Tripod chuckled at that while Rizzo seemed to just ignore the comment completely. Rizzo and Tripod had been the only two who did NOT sleep in the lair last night for Rizzo had said the place still creeped him out and quite frankly Tripod agreed. Even though he was willing to go in there in the morning he kept giving GLaDOS's other body weird looks like he didn't like being near it even though it didn't have a head. In fact that made it even worse. Rizzo wondered where the empty head of GLaDOS was. Probably still sitting in the core transfer thing under the floor. GLaDOS caught him staring at it and said "It's not going to go after you if that's what you're worried about. It's no more able to move without a mind then Caroline's body was before I got in it." Rizzo told her "I know it's just....there."
"Where else would it be?" GLaDOS asked.
Rizzo told her "Where it should be logically isn't the point. It doesn't creep you out at ALL that dead you is just THERE hanging from the ceiling?"
GLaDOS shrugged and told him "I'm not going to get rid of it if that's what you're asking. As much as the idea may horrify people scary GLaDOS may be needed again. Of course I'm hopeing we'll have managed to fix the emotional corruption in the mainframe before then and scary GLaDOS won't be AS scary. I guess to your credit it would be a problem if someone else walked in here and plugged themselves into it so I may want to install some security to avoid that but still."
Rizzo told her "I wasn't asking if you were going to get rid of it. I'm just asking if it creeps you out."
GLaDOS told him "No. Why would it?"
Rizzo gave her a "are you serious?" kind of look then shook his head and returned his attention to his food of which there wasn't much left.
GLaDOS turned to look for the source of the sound. Rizzo heard it two and commented "Oh hey. Another music lover." He and Tripod followed GLaDOS in her search for the singer.
Without warning Tripod seemingly enchanted by the music opened her doors and started playing along to the song. Rizzo swayed slightly like he was dancing in a subtle way to avoid disturbing Tripod. GLaDOS had been trying not to disturb anyone and gave the turret and human a look like she wasn't sure if what they were doing (joining someone else's song without asking first) was ok in social rules but she herself didn't know very many social rules anymore so she didn't say anything.
Rizzo and Tripod clapped wildly (Rizzo with his hands and Tripod with her doors). GLaDOS grinned and clapped as well though in a much more dignified manner. "Nice show." She said.
Suddenly there was a horrible half human squawking noise "REEEE ROAAA RAAA RAAA RWAAAA!!!!!" They turned to see Bugs who had apparently liked the song too as after that horrible attempt to sing the "get out of our way" line he made a noise that almost mimicked laughter, fluttered his wings once excitedly, jumped twice for no apparent reason and then started preening his claws. The group stared at him for a momment then turned back twords Harper. GLaDOS told her "I think that means he liked it too."
GLaDOS told her half jokingly "Hey. At least YOU deserve a chance." Rizzo turned to her and said "Um...GLaDOS. Wasn't the whole evil AI thing your boyfriend's fault? Plus a lot of courts of law doesn't hold people to actions they did while they were insane. I think it's safe to say you were insane."
GLaDOS rubbed her head and said "I didn't feel insane though. I just felt like I was doing my job."
"Insane people never think they are insane." Rizzo told her. He continued. "That's part of being insane. You don't know you're insane until you get at least a little sanity back. And trust me. You were freaking insane! You pretended to be logical and I bet you thought you were logical but while there were times you were logical you were mostly just insane. I mean what was that with the tests? It wasn't even science most of the time. K.illing people is NOT science. What were you even measuring? How many ways you could k.ill a human? Surprise surprise it's a LOT of ways."
"Alright alright I get it Rizzo I get it." GLaDOS told him. She added "Sounds like I struck a nerve."
Rizzo snapped "YOU DID! I actually LIKE science so that bugged me to such an extent you have no idea!!! What the $#@% were you measuring?!?"
GLaDOS replied "The potty mouth was really not necessary but to answer your question mostly how far each person got and how long it took them. If the test subject info paper said what type of personality they had I would compare that to the results of other people who's personality was stated."
"WHY?!" Rizzo yelled. GLaDOS told him "That was mostly because I didn't have much else to test and I was suppose to test things. That was my job. And by the way yelling is not any more helpful than swearing."
Rizzo said "Sorry. It's just....that's been bugging me for SOOOOO long. Soooo....freaking....long."
GLaDOS told him "Well sorry for the confusion." Before turning back to Harper like that didn't just happen to say "That jump was just as impressive as the song. It's h.ard for me to imagine trusting someone that much but at the same time...." She thought about StarShadow. She knew the nightfury trusted her and she trusted the nightfury but she wasn't sure she trusted HERSELF not to mess up such a thing. If one person didn't trust themselves would that mess up such a stunt or did it only measure the trust the two people had for each other? This was a very interesting and kind of scary question to GLaDOS.
"Yes." GLaDOS said then continued "I wasn't thinking immediately. It's just if the time did come I'm not sure what would happen."
GLaDOS made a noise of surprise then while she wiped said face off she said "Yes I know. Und.ieing love yada yada yada. Hello StarShadow. Ugh. I can smell your breakfast. I hope that comes out." Her expression however gave away that she was not as annoyed as her voice.
Rizzo laughed out loud so GLaDOS flung some of the wiped off spit his direction. Rizzo jumped back with a "EWWW! WHY!" Which GLaDOS then chuckled at.
GLaDOS thought for a moment then told Rizzo "Do you think you could talk to them for me?"
"Who?" Asked Rizzo.
"The test subjects." GLaDOS replied. Rizzo looked surprised and said "Seriously? You still haven't talked to them yet?"
GLaDOS told him "I'm too nervous. What if they immediately go nuts and ransack the place? What if one recognizes me and attacks me?"
Rizzo told her "A. If they hate Aperture they are way more likely to just run to the nearest exit. B. You don't look anything like the version of GLaDOS that hurt them."
GLaDOS told him "Ya but some of these people came from the human vault. That means they could have seen really old Aperture and Caroline. They might recognize me and they may very well be able to put together what seeing Caroline standing in front of them means."
Rizzo shrugged and said "Alright. How about you tell me which humans you got from the vault and I'll talk to those ones for you." GLaDOS thought about it for a second then agreed "Ya. That seems fair."
What happened next had mixed but predictable results. None of the test subjects wanted to stick around. Some of them stayed long enough to have it explained that GLaDOS wasn't going to k.ill them if they chose to leave and on the other side of the spectrum one test subject shot out of their room so fast the second the door was open that they almost knocked GLaDOS over. GLaDOS yelled after them "THE MAIN ELEVATOR IS OPEN IF YOU NEED IT!" then grumbled "What an animal." as she smoothed out her dress. (for now she was wearing a dress. One of Caroline's old ones in fact. It was a little stained with age but still plenty wearable) Rizzo commented "Huh. You know I wasn't the only one who went into the bottom of Aperture."
GLaDOS asked "Oh no. Do you think they recognized me?" to which Rizzo replied "No idea. That's certainly the reaction I would have had to finding you at my door a few days ago but they could easily just be nerveracked because they've been trapped in there waiting for their death for a while." Seeing GLaDOS look at her feet as if ashamed Rizzo told her "Don't take it personally. I'm sure they weren't thinking too deeply about it. They saw a chance to run and they took it. That's all."
Unlike the people in the relaxation chambers though A.K.A. test subject just ready to be used at that moment the last few remaining people in the human vault had not been traumatized by GLaDOS as they had been asleep through all of the hubbub. They seemed confused but friendly to this Caroline person who definitely looked like Caroline but also looked like she hadn't aged a bit. Some of them even asked if Caroline had been put in suspended animation too to which GLaDOS/Caroline replied "You could say that." These were the people of old Aperture. Poor, orphaned, sometimes people with criminal records, and all sorts of other run down thrown out people who had (usully) come to Aperture willingly as it was the only place that would take them at the time. They were not so quick to leave especially after they learned how long they had been out and how much they would have to learn to rejoin the world. Not really wanting for force them ether way GLaDOS realized she had just inadvertently turned the dangerous Aperture into a shelter. She hoped this wouldn't get in the way of science and trying to cleanse her AI form of it's corruption. She set them up in the relaxation chambers then went to her room and sat by her old self to think about what in the world she would do next now that that bit of terror was out of the way.
Atlas and P-body were the first to run over but they didn't know what to do so they went and shook GLaDOS out of her thoughts before leading her back to the source of the issue. Rizzo and Tripod stayed back worryed but just as unusefull as the bots. GLaDOS asked Harper "What do we do about this? We can't help if we don't know."
GLaDOS asked "Harper. What just happened? You were glowing."
"Like a night light." Rizzo added.
"You what?!" GLaDOS asked. She was too surprised to say anything else.
GLaDOS had to force herself not to be annoyed with the hugging. Even she knew enough social skills to know complaining about that would have been rude. Instead she asked "Looking this up was stuped? Why? Is it dangerous?"
"Sounds a little bit like what happens in a core transfer if we're talking about how it feels." GLaDOS said. "Just instead of seeing everything you see nothing until you've moved over."
GLaDOS asked "But when another takes my place they go mad too. How do I fix a group of emotions so stuck in place that they infect other people when I'm not around?"
Rizzo grumbled "Oh no. This is one of those you have to battle yourself things isn't it? Excuse me. I'm going to go find a gas mask. You know. Just in case." GLaDOS sarcastically told him "Thanks Rizzo. You are SO supportive." Rizzo paused then said "Now that I think about it." He turned tail and entered the elevator. Rizzo explained "Sorry if this seems even less supportive. I'm not trying to imply that things WILL go wrong but if things DO go wrong I don't want to be stuck in the deep underground again because there is a freaking gigantic IA in the way. That was NOT a party last time and I'd rather never go through that again. Have one of your buddies call me back if you're still approachable when this is over. Good luck GLaDy." He pressed the go up button and he and Tripod (who was riding Rizzo's shoulders like usual and said her own "good luck Mis. GLaDOS" as they went up) were gone.
GLaDOS grumbled "I suppose it would be unreasonable to get mad at him for that." Atlas and P-body gave her a hug to show that THEY at least weren't going anywhere. GLaDOS told them (while being slightly annoyed with the hug) "Yes I know. Thanks guys. Why is it always hugging with you two?"
The bug on the other hand wasn't even listening to the conversation. He was taking a nap.
"Know what?" GLaDOS asked.
Not surprisingly this did freak GLaDOS out a little bit. "W-WHAT?! What do you mean by that? You're Caroline's sister? But she's not a star child. She's a human. And if you don't mean Caroline how does that work? AI's don't have DNA and you most certainly are no AI anyway so it can't be like Atlas and P-body who are kind of similar models ether."
((GLaDOS and her overly logical mind are bound to be confused by this.))
GLaDOS blinked and said "You think of me as a sister? But we only just met."
GLaDOS admitted "I guess you could say I still have a few trust issues." Then she added "But I'm not insulted or anything. You're just only the second person who has put that much trust in me and I really am not use to it."
GLaDOS corrected "Twins. If siblings are born at the same time they are called twins whether they be identical twins or not."
GLaDOS did kind of an amused snort and said "You seem to have a lower opinion of yourself then I do myself. I've already said you didn't offend me so why are you still acting like you have? I will say it's probably better to wait and see if I go crazy again before you start calling me your sibling and....well....it's a little weird but if it makes you feel better go ahead. There are some cultures that just call anyone they like a lot sister or brother assuming that liking is not a want to marry that person but now I'm just off topic. The point is I'm not insulted. Understand?"
"Pure heart. HA!" Said GLaDOS "I have blood on my hands. There's no way around that. It's one of many things I'll have to look in the face and say yes. I did that. If my past and how I got here is the biggest problem however..." GLaDOS went and grabbed a fish which was a leftover from what one of the dragons had for breakfast then walked over to where the mantis man snoozed. She waved it in front of his antenna and just as she expected the bug snapped awake and snatched the food from her. Once the mantis man had finished up and was licking his claws clean GLaDOS asked him "Can I ask you a favor? You recognized Caroline. Do you think you could recognize Cave Johnson too?" Bugs flicked his antenna thoughtfully then nodded. GLaDOS told the mantis man "I need you to find me a picture of him. Understand? It will probably be around this high and hung on a wall somewhere." She held her hands out at a specific distance from each other for a size comparison. The mantis man made a grumble of acknowledgement and buzzed off down one of the many giant pits. A little later he came back with a picture that featured both Cave Johnson in front and Caroline who stood behind him supportively. GLaDOS took the picture from Bugs with a thank you then turned to Harper and said "You see this man here? This is the guy who did it to me. This is the guy who had me turned into GLaDOS without my permission. This is Cave Johnson. The guy I'm going to have more trouble forgiving than anyone else in this entire facility. I'm hopeing that if I keep his image near by while I'm trying to cleanse the mainframe it will help me stay focused on what I'm trying to do and not....you know....throw everyone here in a test chamber or something. Maybe Rizzo had the right idea. If anyone wants to temporarily leave as a precaution do it now."
GLaDOS replied "It was an offer. Not an order. If you think staying through it is worth the risk then you may stay."
GLaDOS told her "Yes I do. If I don't that thing is a ticking time bomb. Even if I never plug myself into the mainframe some idiot core would eventually give it a try and it would turn them into the monster I was. I can't just let all those bad emotions sit there."