Portal GX 2 - first chapter
372 days ago
In a room that ressembled a hotel bedroom complete with a large desk, two chairs, a lamp, a microwave, a mini fridge, a TV, two plants, and a picture of a lake near a cabin, and a mountain, Jaden groaned as he woke up, and said "What the? How did I get here?" He looked to his left to see Haou waking up, and rubbing the sleep out of his golden eyes. He looked at Jaden as he said "Jaden? What are you doing here?!" "What am I doing here?!" Jaden asked in shock. "What are you doing here?!" I don´t know!" Haou said. "How did you get here, anyway?" Jaden said. "I got no idea. In fact, I don´t really remember anything that happened to me." "Niether do I." Haou said. Just then, a male voice said "Good morning. You have been in suspension for fifty days." "Fifty days?!" Haou asked in shock. "THAT long?!" Jaden asked in shock. "In compliance with state and federal regulations, all testing candidates in the Aperture Science Extended Relaxation Center must be revived periodically for a mandatory physical and mental wellness exercise."
"Ok, geez, I don´t know what´s going on, but this is stupid." Haou said. "Shut up, Haou." Jaden said. "You will hear a buzzer." The voice said. "When you hear the buzzer, look up at the ceiling." The buzzer went off, making Jaden and Haou jump a little, and they looked up at the ceiling. "Good." The voice said. "You will hear a buzzer. When you hear the buzzer, look down at the floor." The buzzer went off again, and they looked down at the floor. "Good. This completes the gymnastic portion of your mandatory physical and mental wellness exercise." The voice said. "There is a framed painting on the wall. Please go stand in front of it." Jaden and Haou looked at the painting as Jaden said "Is that it?" "It´s ugly." Haou said. "This is art." The voice said. "You will hear a buzzer. When you hear a buzzer, stare at the art." The buzzer went off, and Jaden and Haou stared at the painting. "You should now feel mentally reinvigorated." The voice said. "If you suspect staring at art has not provided the required intellectual sustenance, reflect briefly on this classical music." Classical music then started playing in the background as Jaden said "Uh, ok." "It´s fine I supposed." Suddenly the buzzer went off, making Jaden and Haou jump again. "Well, that was just plain rude." Haou said. "Good." The voice said. "Now, please return to your bed." "What? Already?" Jaden asked. "Just shut up, and go to sleep." Haou said as he got in bed, and fell asleep. Jaden then got in bed, and fell asleep, hoping that it was all just a bad dream.
-Nine days later-
Both Jaden and Haou woke up, and got out of bed as the voice said "Good morning. You have been in suspension for nine, nine, nine, nine, nine, ni-. This courtesy call is to inform you that all test subjects should immediately vacate." The speech then faded out as Jaden said "What happened in here?" "I´m not sure." Haou said. "This room is a mess!" Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and a British voice said "Hello? Anyone in there?" "Who´s there?" Jaden asked. "My name is Wheatley!" The voice said. "Someone´s come to rescue us!" Jaden said as he ran to the door. He opened it, only to yelp in shock as Wheatley screamed. "That´s not a person." Haou said. "It´s a robot." "Actually, I´m a personality core." Wheatley said. "Anyway, are you okay? Are you..don´t answer that. I´m absolutely sure you´re fine. There´s plenty of time for both of you to recover. Just take it slow." "Please prepare for emergency evacuation." A voice said. "WHAT?!" Jaden asked in panic. "Oh no!" Haou said. "Stay calm!" Wheatley said. "Prepare. That´s all they´re saying. Prepare. It´s all fine. Alright? Don´t move. I´m gonna get us out of here." "Make it fast!" Haou said. "Oh. You MIGHT want to hang onto to something. Word of advice, up to you." Wheatley said. He then went into the ceiling.
Suddenly, the room started to shake as Jaden and Haou struggled to hold onto something. "You alright down there?" Wheatley asked. "Can you hear me? Hello?" "We´re okay!" Jaden said. "Peachy." Haou said. Then, Wheatley emerged from the ceiling, and said "Most test subjects do experience some cognitive deterioration after a few months in suspension. Now you´ve been under for...quite a lot longer, and it´s not out of the question that you might have a very minor case of serious brain damage. "We do not have brain damage!" Haou said. "But don´t be alarmed." Wheatley said. "Although, if you do feel alarm, try to hold onto that feeling because that is the proper reaction to being told you have brain damage." "Well, we don´t. Jaden said. "Do you understand what I´m saying?" Wheatley asked. "At all? Does any of this make any sense? Just tell me, just say yes." "Yes." Jaden said. "Uh, duh!" Haou asked. "Anyway, I´m Jaden and this is Haou." Jaden said. Suddenly, the alarm went off, and Wheatley said "Hold tight!" He went back into the ceiling as the voice said "All reactor core safeguards are now non-functional. Please prepare for reactor core meltdown."
Then, the room started to break apart as Jaden and Haou struggled to hold onto something. "Ok, look, I wasn´t going to mention this to you, but I am in pretty hot water here." Wheatley said. "You are not the only one, Wheatley!" Jaden said. "How are you two doing down there? You still holding on?" Wheatley asked. "We´re trying to!" Haou said. "The reserve power ran out, so of course the whole relaxation center stops waking up the bloody test subjects." Wheatley said as the room started to move. "Hold on! This is a bit tricky! And of course, nobody tells me anything. Noooo. Why should they tell me anything? Why should I be kept informed about the life functions of the ten thousand bloody test subjects I´m supposed to be in charge of? Oi, it´s close. Can you see? Am I gonna make it through? Have I got enough space?" "Yeah!" Jaden said. The room then started moving again as Wheatley said "Agh, just...I just gotta get it through here. Okay, I´ve just gotta concentrate!" They kept bumping into things as he said "And whose fault do you think it´s going to be when the management comes down here, and finds then thousand flipping vegetables?" "Who cares?!" Haou asked. They hit a room as Wheatley said "Aggh, see, now I hit that one, I hit that one." "You gotta drive more carefully!" Jaden said.
"Okay, listen." Wheatley said. "We should get our stories straight, alright? If anyone asks, and no one´s gonna ask, don´t worry. But if anyone asks, tell them as far as you know, the last time you checked, everyone looked pretty much alive. Alright? Not dead." They started to approach the wall in front of them as he said "Okay, almost there. On the other side of that wall is one of the old testing tracks. There´s a piece of equipment in there we´re gonna need to get out of here. I think this is a docking station. Get ready." They pounded against the wall, and they pulled back as he said "Good news. That is not a docking station. So there´s one mystery solved. I´m going to attempt a manual override on this wall. Could get a bit technicall. Hold on!" They went up to the wall, and pounded against it again. They backed up as he said "Almost there! Remember, you´re looking for a gun that makes holes. But well...you´ll figure it out. Seriously, do hold on this time!" They went up to the wall, and crashed through it as Jaden and Haou fell to the floor.