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    That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by GLaDOS on Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:11 pm

    Time: 2:12 PM
    Date: March 7, 2014

    Though the weather was still taking its time to warm up completely for spring and the sky wasn't exactly cloudless, it was still a fair day. Maybe with a jacket and a scarf, it would be nice to take a walk around the park.

    Unless you were a six-foot-tall hovering robot who had suddenly appeared there with no earthly clue as to how you had gotten there.

    That was unfortunately the case for GLaDOS, who, after her initial outburst, was doing quite a good job of masking her internal terror at suddenly being dropped into an unknown place without any connection to her facility. Very carefully she turned her head and body, taking in her surroundings and attempting to ascertain exactly where she was. She was on the surface--that was plain to see--but where on the surface was she? She knew that one of the surface entrances to Aperture Science was hidden in a shed in a wheat field, but this was most definitely not a wheat field.

    Was she even still in Michigan? Now that was a possibility, given the weather she was seeing and comparing it to the complaints she'd heard the scientists make many years ago--always complaining about chilly weather and overcast skies. Of course, she knew that didn't mean for sure that she was still in the same state, but it would be ridiculous for her to end up that far away from her facility.

    Granted, it was ridiculous for her to even be pulled through a portal and into someplace other than the facility without a portal surface in sight.

    Portals do not work that way.

    Though she was dealing with the old, unreliable technology of Old Aperture. Perhaps something had activated an experimental portal that didn't work quite the same as the portals she knew. Perhaps...

    She shook her head. Speculation was going to get her nowhere--she needed to get back in range of the facility's connection immediately before something bad happened. She still had her shock prod, at least, but that wouldn't last forever. It was only built to ward off the mantis men, should she encounter them. She had to get out of here, before she was--

    The sight of another being caught her optic.

    ...Well, so much for avoiding being spotted.
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Fri Mar 07, 2014 6:33 am

    It wasn’t quite as warm as Xiao would had liked it but there was a certain cosiness about being wrapped in a scarf and a fur-edged cloak, especially when you’re strolling through a park which was relatively free of squirrel chasing dogs for once thus allowing you to take your time to admire the newly planted flower beds that were set to bloom soon.

    And do you know what would add to the cosiness of flowerbed admiring in a scarf and cloak? Donuts! Yes, she was strolling through Portal City’s Central Park with an entire box of donuts of a variety of flavours amounting to twelve in total…. well ten now that she had demolished two and was chewing her way through the third.

    Just as she was licking custard off the corner of her lips and walking past some fresh new stalks that would turn to daffodils later on in the season, she came across a curious construct. The yaojing halted her steps, tilted her head and watched it. Was it lost? It looked a little lost. Or at least it seems a bit inquisitive about its surroundings - er… maybe? Xiao wasn’t terribly good at reading emotions from robots.

    Then the thing shook its head. So it’s a robot with a mind of its own! Machines don’t shake heads… do they?

    Oh, um, Xiao was spotted. Should she hide? Should she wave? Should she -- “You’re tall,” -- or just blurt out the first thing that came to her mind. That worked too. No, wait. It wasn’t just tall, it was hovering. That made Xiao stare at the construct’s ‘feet’ for a bit and somehow or the other, her mind connected the dots as follows:

    Tall being PLUS lost PLUS shaking head PLUS hovering EQUALS…. cute. See, she was perfectly capable of doing maths!

    So without further ado, Xiao Xiao put her half eaten donut back in the box, close the lid, set her boxed food onto a park bench then spin right around to march to the robot or curious origins.

    She hugged it.
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Space Pirate Ryoko on Sat Mar 08, 2014 7:39 pm

    It was a wonderfully brisk afternoon out on the Breach, and considering the clear day as well as her own free time, a certain former space pirate was definitely enjoying her flight across the city at the moment. She and Xiao Xiao had made plans to meet up in the park for general fun and other assorted shenanigans, but considering the day itself, she decided it couldn't hurt to enjoy a nice time flying to the park instead of simply teleporting there.

    A barrel roll later, and Ryoko was set to start flying lower and lower towards Central Park. After a few moments in her descent, she spotted Xiao's form walking down one of the paths near the area they said they'd meet at… with a nice box of doughnuts in tow. Now that made the former space pirate's eyes widen a but… not too long before she blinked in surprise though. Was that… a robot?

    It most definitely was, and it wasn't one that she'd seen before… something about its design very vaguely reminded her of the chatty personality core that stayed with Chell, but it wasn't enough of a resemblance for her to think too much on it. Not for now, at least. In any event, the robot seemed somewhat confused with her surroundings, and that confusion was likely about to skyrocket with what Xiao did next.

    Unable to stifle a few of her amused snickers at the display below, Ryoko simply shook her head before flying a bit lower. Once she was over to the side, she floated there upside down, just grinning to the yaojing and the robot. "Hey Xiao! Who did you find here?"
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by GLaDOS on Mon Mar 10, 2014 11:18 pm

    The being GLaDOS spotted was... not normal, that was to be sure. At first glance she thought it was a human, but she was quick to realize that the fluffy thing trailing behind it was not an extension of its cloak, and that was just the beginning of its abnormalities. The ears, the nose, the eyes--it reminded her of the drawings she'd found of the mantis men, being strange mixes between praying mantises and humans. That must be what this creature was--some science experiment gone awry. A mix between a human and a squirrel... though perhaps one that retained a human mind, given the fact that it was still wearing clothes and carrying a box of pastries.

    She processed this all very quickly as the being approached her, and her body moved back slightly while her hover unit stayed in place. She might need to use her shock prod after all, though she didn't bring it out just yet.

    When the being spoke, GLaDOS's optic narrowed a fraction. Yes, she was tall, she supposed, but not as tall as she would be if she were in her facility in her true chassi--

    "AAAGH!" she cried, startled when the creature suddenly threw its arms around her. And now its hands were getting marks of sugar on her chassis--! "Get your hands off of me!" The AI jerked backward to get away from the squirrel-creature's grasp and quickly raised her body, keeping it a good five feet off the ground, though it hadn't been much lower earlier.

    Another voice called out, presumably to the squirrel creature--Xiao?--and GLaDOS turned to see what appeared to be an actual human... floating there. Upside-down. The "floating" part didn't bother the AI as much, given she was doing the same thing, but she had to question this human's fashion sense. What sort of outfit was that supposed to be? And that hair...

    ...What sort of world had the surface become since she'd killed the scientists?

    Apparently one that had advanced in Science enough to create sentient human-animal mixes and hovering devices for regular human use.

    She looked from Xiao to the human, her faceplate lowering in a scowl. "I see some... interesting things have been going on on the surface since I've last checked," GLaDOS said finally. "I'm sure at least one of you might have half a brain in spite of your questionable fashion sense and... excitability. Could you tell me where, exactly, I am?"
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:22 am

    The robot started to cry in alarm which was completely understandable, of course. In hindsight, she probably shouldn’t have hugged the robot in the first place because if the year before made her learn anything, robots hide some pretty shocking weapons underneath their shells. But this one was just…. there! Lost, tall and floating! She haven’t seen a floating robot before. Mr. Ball did not count because magic made him float and magic made everything float in the air except for those things that have lots of air in them - like balloons! As far as she could see, this lost robot didn’t look inflated nor did it look like a magic spell was cast upon its shell so she can only conclude that it was done through that...um… technolog-gy? No, no, nothing to do with logs. Um.. SCIENCE! There we go!

    Now where was she before she was distracted in sorting through her vocabulary? Oh yes! Floating robot! This curious squirrel just HAD to throw her arms around and cling on to see if it could still float even with her own weight added on. It stayed up and Xiao Xiao uttered a single amazed ‘Oh’ before realising THE ROBOT IS A LADY!

    “KoKo!” greeted Xiao as she saw the space pirate dangle upside down in the air. At the same time, the robot lady slipped from her grasp. Xiao frowned, looked at the empty air directly in front of her and then smiled and pointed up to the object she was hugging earlier.

    “I found a lady-bot,”was her happy answer to Ryoko’s question. She maaaay or maaay not have sounded like a proud child holding up a new art project to be praised by her audience. The the lady-bot said something and Xiao double-checked her own outfit as well as her best friend’s. “We’re dressed a little different but it’s not that questionable, is it? There’s so many different kind of people here that what we’re wearing is pretty tame...”

    Or maybe… aha! The lady-bot’s following words confirmed it! She was NEW! Gasp, gasp and triple gasp! The yaojing beamed brightly and waved. “Hello! You’re in Portal Breach! Welcome!”
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Space Pirate Ryoko on Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:33 am

    Unsurprisingly, the robot was quick to protest Xiao's embrace, crying out in surprise before jerking backwards and hovering a bit higher, somehow managing to free herself from the yaojing's grip. Even the two were separated, Ryoko grinned at her friend's enthusiastic greeting, as well as her own note as to just whom she'd stumbled across.

    "A lady-bot, huh?" Ryoko mused as she flew a bit lower, inspecting the robot without getting too close. Angling herself so that her head was more upright even as she was still floating diagonally in the air with her feet skyward, the former space pirate folded her arms as she noted, "She sure seems to be."

    A moment' scrutiny later, and the robot began to speak, her voice seemingly auto-tuned with very interesting inflections. Her first statement caused Ryoko to blink, though. "The surface? Maybe the last thing you should've checked is where you are. This isn't called the surface." As for her remark regarding their possession of a brain and current clothing, the former space pirate stole a quick glance at her outfit before turning back to the robot, raising an eyebrow. Who the hell was she to talk? She might not have been her mother, greatest scientific genius and all that, but Ryoko was still pretty sharp and certainly had more than half a brain.

    "Questionable fashion sense? Pfft, this is called comfort," noted Ryoko as Xiao backed her up on that point. As for her question that confirmed that she was new here, the former space pirate nodded at the yaojing's greeting before stating, "Seems like you're new here. I take it you just arrived?"
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by GLaDOS on Wed Mar 12, 2014 10:29 pm

    GLaDOS's scowl remained at being called a "lady-bot." Usually people didn't refer to her so casually, unless they were the moron, or someone about to get a nice whiff of neurotoxin. What a shame she'd left her neurotoxin at the facility.

    The poorly-dressed human wrote:"The surface? Maybe the last thing you should've checked is where you are. This isn't called the surface."

    No, she shouldn't have checked where she was the last time she'd had a look around the surface, because that would be stupid. Normally she was suspended from the central AI chamber in the facility, and investigated the surface via hidden cameras. (Not that there was ever much to see.) But she wasn't about to divulge any sensitive information about her facility to these strangers, so she remained silent to that remark.

    When both "Xiao" and "KoKo" defended their choices in outfits, she slowly turned from one to the other. "Comfort or not, it does not excuse poor taste in clothing. I should know; I read the reports of a scientist with a degree in fashion. Well, not that the scientists knew everything. They certainly didn't know much about surviving neurotoxin." Her expression changed to a neutral one--she felt more at ease when insulting and threatening these strangers, vague as the threat was. She might not have access to her neurotoxin generator from this range, but they didn't know that.

    When the science experiment welcomed her to "Portal Breach," she had to pause. The existence of portal guns was not exactly classified information, but she hadn't thought it would be known to the general public. How strange that these beings would name a location after the portals. But then, everything else she'd seen regarding these beings had proved that they were strange, anyway. Anyway, the city name did not show up in her database, which, she noted with a touch of annoyance, was probably a little outdated when it came to the matter of the surface.

    "Yes," she replied, "I have just arrived here, but I certainly do not plan on staying for long. If one of you could tell me where this 'Portal Breach' is in relation to..." She scanned over a few maps in her processor, which emitted a few beeps. "St. Ignace, then we might be getting somewhere." The city was a bit farther out from her facility than she would have liked, and she hoped she was a distance away from the city while still being on the Upper Peninsula. There was no possible way she could be in a different state. Whatever the case, once she had this bit figured out, she could map out a way to get back to the facility and get this whole ordeal over with. She had Science to get back to, and her crows were probably getting worried.
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Sat Mar 15, 2014 7:37 pm

    Had the Breach's newest arrival actually asked who was a moron here, this squirrel would had sheepishly put her hand up and twinkled her fingers shyly. Xiao Xiao neither boast she was the smartest egg in the box, wisest being around nor the sharpest mind available. Most of the time, she was oblivious to many of the happenings around her through a combination of selfishness and distraction and even she knew that was a giant fault of her personality. Other times, she was just not bright enough to connect the dots properly which, to the misfortune of their newest metal cased friend, just so happen to be this day, this moment, this very second.

    The yaojing's happy greeting slowed then she dropped her hand as she frowned deeply. Xiao picked up the edges of her skirt and lifted it slightly while she peered downwards at it. She wasn't wearing anything that poor in taste, right? If she was, what did it say about her line of work? She worked in a boutique! If she had poor taste in clothes, wouldn't it be a disgrace to the store? But Miss. Aya, her pretty boss, would had taken her aside and mentioned it, right? What if Miss. Aya was too nice to point it out? Oh no. Oh no. Oh no! That won't do! She must correct this!

    Then her mind slowed down and her frown turned into a squint of suspicion. Waaaaait just one furry tailed moment. A degree in fashion. What was a degree? That's one little notch in heat measurement right. Or measurement of angles! Specifically a degree. That's TINY! So these scientists of the ladybot's only have a TINY knowledge in fashion. Right, that made her feel much better. With a chirrup and a sigh, she was back to sunny smiles again.

    "I don't know anything about new...new-ro-to...um..." She was pretty sure it was something related to toxic she said but that cannot be right. That wasn't fashion related at all! Maybe the ladybot meant.. "New-ro-tos-SILK? It must be a very difficult material if they can't survive it."  Imagine that, the material was so hard to work with that even scientists don't know what to do with it. Xiao Xiao wondered if it was only because that tiny knowledge - that degree of knowledge - on fashion that made the material hard for them to deal with, or if it really was that fancy.

    "So you ARE new!"  squee-d Xiao as she walked over to the bench were she had left her donuts. "St. Ignace? I've never heard of it before. Is it a place here in Portal Breach?"

    She had a feeling where this conversation would be going though. It was never a pleasant thing to tell somebody that their world was no more. To encourage them going through the process, Xiao Xiao plucked it up the box of donuts, opened it and extracted the pastry she was munching on previously before holding out the open box to her space pirate friend. "If it's not a place in Portal Breach then it's your home world? I'm sorry, Miss. Ladybot but it's no longer there."
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Space Pirate Ryoko on Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:09 am

    As the robot looked between Xiao and herself, Ryoko could only cock a skeptical eyebrow at her remarks about their clothing preferences. Her generalized assessment was one thing, but the next comment about reports she'd read, from someone with a supposed degree in fashion? That took the cake.

    Even with her vague remarks, the former space pirate did blink at the mention of neurotoxin, regardless of her friend's own amusing pondering about it. Just where the heck was this robot from? Still, one thing was for certain even with her own wishful expertise on this subject… "Well, without wearing any clothes yourself, you're not really one to say."

    Maneuvering so that she was sitting upright in the air, Ryoko crossed her legs and continued to regard the robot as she confirm that she had in fact just arrived in this world. The former space pirate nodded slightly, somehow managing to resist the better part of a sympathetic chuff as she noted that she did not plan on staying for long. That right there confirmed just how new she was even more than her own words had… as did her question about just where the Breach was in relation to some place called St. Ignace.

    "I've never heard of it either," noted Ryoko, shaking her head a bit. With a glance to Xiao, she added, "I don't know EVERY place in this world, but I'm pretty sure that it's not here."

    As the yaojing offered the open box of doughnuts to Ryoko, she lowered her own position in the air and took one with a grateful nod. Taking a bite out of the sweet as Xiao took the difficult step of letting the robot know just what had happened to her world, she finished chewing her bite and swallowed it before stating, "That's what Portal Breach is… kind of a nexus point. Your world was basically ending. You got brought here, so you're still around, but there's no way back home."
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by GLaDOS on Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:51 pm

    At first GLaDOS was pleased to see that she'd made the Science experiment rather uncomfortable, though she showed this in no way other than her optic glowing a fraction brighter. She seemed to fret over her outfit for a moment before appearing suspicious, then relaxing. Hm, now what could be the cause of that?

    The crime against Science wrote:"I don't know anything about new...new-ro-to...um... New-ro-tos-SILK? It must be a very difficult material if they can't survive it."

    The AI fixed her with a blank stare. After a moment of that, there came a sound playing from one of the speakers on her chassis: Clap... clap... clap. "Congratulations," she said once the clapping had stopped. "You have proven yourself far more stupid than I had originally thought, which is quite impressive." Especially given she had placed her on about the same level if not slightly higher than the moron; evidently this half-animal creature was somehow more stupid than the dumbest moron that ever lived. At least he knew what neurotoxin was.

    As for the floating human, she regarded her with an unimpressed look. "As the saying goes, it doesn't take a chef to know the soup tastes bad. Or in this case, it doesn't take someone who wears clothes to notice when someone else's fashion sense is atrocious."

    And apparently neither of them knew about St. Ignace. Great. But then, she appeared to be dealing with complete morons, so this didn't daunt her.

    Nor did their next statements. They did surprise her, yes, but not daunt her.

    "If you don't know who I am, then I'm certain you don't know anything about my 'world.' Which is just as well." Her faceplate fell again in an annoyed expression; she was losing her patience with these two. "And my 'world' has not been destroyed. I was just there moments ago, and I must be getting back there." With that, her hover device dipped downward, lowering her to about three feet off the ground before moving her forward.
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Fri Mar 21, 2014 11:43 am

    Gaaaaaasp! Was that… clapping? She was being applauded. At first Xiao wrinkled her nose in confusion. What did she do to deserve an applause? Oh… because she was stupid? She was CLAPPED at for being stupid! So there WAS something that Xiao could excel in enough to get applause for! YES! Thank you! But it’s an insult...wow, this was an odd feeling. She was pleased that she impressed somebody, especially when she didn’t hold any of her skills or traits in high regard, but she also understood that it was meant to be an insult.

    After a while of puzzling over what emotion she should exactly be feeling, the yaojing shrugged and admitted, “I’m not very smart at all but I guess it’s a good thing since that meant I have lower expectations to live up to. I would hate to disappoint, after all.”

    What exactly gave away the simplicity of her mind though? Was it something she said? Xiao waded back through her immediate memories to find out what she had blurted out a mere minute ago. She said something about the silk that scientists can’t survive. Huh, but it sounded like a normal sentence to her. Unless Miss. Ladybot was laughing at inability to pronounce the foreign silk properly. To call her stupid because of a mispronunciation! The Ladybot was so nit-picky!

    And now they were talking about chef and soup. Now, perplexed, trying to stay in the conversation without lagging behind and also trying in vain to defend their clothing choices, she tried to reason with the ladybot who was steadily growing less adorable. “But if the soup drinker had poor tastes - literally - to begin with then no matter how good the soup is, they wouldn’t be able to tell, yes? I’m not saying you yourself have poor tastes but like KoKo said, you don’t wear clothes so maybe you don’t understand them?”

    Then another revelation. POOR, POOR LADYBOT! She couldn’t understand clothes that’s why she doesn’t wear any so to protect others from finding out, she has to insult their fashion choices. Oh poor little ladybot! Xiao Xiao’s heart goes out to you. You poor dear.

    “Nooooooooooooooooooo,” Xiao Xiao yelled, pushing her box of donuts into KoKo’s hands before she dashed forward and once again clung onto the metallic body of their new robot friend with sugary fingers. “It’s fine. I’ll slowly explain to you all about clothes. Don’t run away! I’LL CLOTHE YOU! If the people of your world won’t teach you then I will. Staaaaaaay! Orange! You’ll suit orange, I think. I’ll make you pretty orange clothes!”

    Clearly, this squirrel was tad bit nutty.
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Space Pirate Ryoko on Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:19 pm

    Ryoko raised an eyebrow as the robot began to emit a clapping sound, but as Xiao deftly dealt with the insult from her, the former space pirate snickered a bit. Her friend might not have been as sharp as others, but she always meant well, and she was nothing if not completely honest. It was times like this that Ryoko appreciated Xiao's regard of herself even more, as there was scarcely a better way to deal with a misguided fool than to throw them completely off their game. That had been proven true with Ayeka countless times, after all.

    As far as the remark about soup and in turn clothing taste, the former space pirate decided not to give this robot any more ammunition than was necessary by disclosing the fact that she in fact could not taste anything. A lack of taste buds kind of had that side effect. Thankfully, Xiao was right on target with her own deceptively simple musing about tastes in things, and soon enough, Ryoko grinned a bit, chuffing in amusement here. "Well, I guess it doesn't take being a robot to be able to see a flawed design in another robot, then."

    It was more of a counter and observation that followed the robot's own skewed logic than an insult of course, but Ryoko was slowly getting the impressing that part of the personality of this new arrival was to deal with others by insulting them. Damn, she was even stranger than a certain royal pain… although she seemed high and mighty enough to match up with her when she noted how them not knowing about her or her world would help. "Yeah, it IS just as well because we don't need to know about your world to know that it was completely destroyed. That's how this place works."

    And cue the denial… the world wasn't destroyed and she had to get back. It was a difficult fact to accept, sure, but surely someone who possessed as much self-proclaimed intelligence as this robot here could grasp the truth of things in this situation. Managing to suppress the better part of a sarcastic snort as she finished off the rest of her doughnut, Ryoko grumbled, "Yeah, good luck with that."

    One step at a time, though… and with a sudden cry and subsequent placing the box into her hands, Xiao was off with a new tackle-grasp, trying her best to keep the robot from wandering too far. Ryoko couldn't help but laugh a little as she rambled about clothing the robot, and as she set the box of doughnuts down on a nearby bench for the moment, she quickly phased out, soon reappearing right in front of the new arrival. "You were there moments ago, but surely if you can't pinpoint its location here, that's telling you something."
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by GLaDOS on Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:49 pm

    And the Science experiment... wasn't upset about being told how stupid she was? GLaDOS couldn't say she was entirely surprised, since this was not the first time she'd dealt with people like this. She never did manage to faze the lunatic with her words--something that still bothered her. (Blue and Orange never cared either, but that was more from their own stupidity than actually not caring.) But the lunatic had never talked back about how she didn't care about the insults. She wasn't fully sure how to respond to that.

    Instead, she focused on the other faulty statement the creature made. "So I would need to wear clothes to be able to say what looks decent and what looks horrific?" Her head tilted ever so slightly to the side in thought. "I suppose by that logic, then, you would need to die first to know what kills you."

    At the human's statement, however, she spun around to look at her, narrowing her optic. "Flawed? Hardly. I am the most massive collection of wisdom that has ever existed, and it would be in your best interest not to insult me."

    When she had begun to move away from the group, her chassis suddenly gave a rough jerk as the Science experiment clung to it. She was getting her sticky hands all over her casing and ranting about putting clothes on her--

    GLaDOS's chassis coiled up on itself in disgust, and a single claw extended from the hover unit she hung from, moving downward and shoving the half-human away. Once the thing was off her chassis, the claw retracted, and the AI slowly turned to fix her with a dangerous look. "Do not touch me."

    She wasn't going to bring out her shock prod yet, especially since she didn't know when she would be able to charge this chassis again, but she was tempted to, if only to scare these two off. Speaking of them, she fixed the human--who seemed to have teleported a short distance to get closer to her--with a more calm look, though her anger still burned in her processor. "I arrived here through a portal. It was strange, but it was a portal. And portals come in pairs. If I can't pinpoint my last location from here, then all I need to do is find the second portal, and return."

    ...Well, if the other portal hadn't fizzled out for one reason or another, anyway. It occurred to her how strange it was for two portals to form such a distance from each other--so far apart that she couldn't even tell where her facility was anymore. It was equally strange that from one side, there had been a suction effect, when there was none on the other side. This was not usually how portals worked, but it was certainly worth looking into once she got back.

    A nagging thought at the back of her processor worried that she wouldn't be able to get back to the facility, but she quickly pushed it aside. There was no reason she couldn't go back. In fact, she really had no choice here--she had to go back. Her facility was part of her, and already she was feeling the ache of being cut off from it.

    These thoughts went through her mind in only a second or two, and her focus was back on the human. "If you say that my 'world' was destroyed without even knowing what my 'world' is, then you clearly have no idea what you're talking about." With that, she turned away, intent on searching this place for the second portal. "I will find my way back."
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Xiao Xiao on Mon Mar 24, 2014 10:09 am

    This ladybot was confusing her greatly! First chef and soup, then KoKo’s robots and flawed robots and now death and killing. One more example and Xiao’s ability to follow the conversation would be right out the window.

    Despite tackle-hugging her with sticky sugar-coated fingers, the squirrel found that her grip on the robot wasn’t as good as she thought. Very soon, the ladybot had slipped from her grasp with a nice shove from a metal claw. Xiao squeaked, backed away and held up her hands to show she meant no harm. “Right, very well. No touchie.”

    How she was suppose to get clothes on her without touching her was something Xiao wasn’t very sure about though. She suppose she could always use magic to get her measurements and delicately put the ladybot’s limbs through the right holes in the clothes but as far as she learnt so far, robots and science-y beings don’t particularly like magic. The concept apparently baffled them?

    “Portals… came in pairs?” Xiao echoed before she turned to her floating space pirate friend for clarification. She meant pairs as in ‘two’, right? Because it would be bizarre if Miss Ladybot was under the impression that they came in the form of the fruit ‘pear’. Whether it was the number or the fruit, Xiao had never heard of portals coming like that. Her ears flattened against her head as she moved onto the sad part of introducing a newcomer to the world. “Not here they do not. Almost the only time you’ll ever see a portal here is when somebody appears here from their world. It immediately closes the moment you’re through and that would be the last you would ever see of your old world. I’m sorry but there is no way back. I’ve been here three years and I haven’t seen or heard anybody who had made their way back home.”

    It was the unfortunate tragic fact. Their worlds were destroyed, they could not see their families or return home again. The faster they accept that there was no way back, the faster they can recover and adapt to this world as that was all they could do: survive and try to carve a new life on the Breach. If a squirrel from an ancient time like herself could manage it, Xiao Xiao was confident anybody could do the same too.

    “And um...” Xiao gestured with her hand at their newest friend’s frame. “You are rather tall….but I wouldn’t exactly call you massive.” She had seen machines much bigger than Miss. Ladybot both in laboratories or the transforming vehicle kind. In fact, she even operated one during the Phazon Crisis when she flew the Palace of Winds into battle against an alien spaceship…. yes, not doing that again. Not only was the machine destroyed by Lord Vaati by now but also because she learnt the hard way that she was not destined nor built for re-construction work. “Which is a good thing because um.. it makes you sweeter looking? Wait, if you are considered a massive collection of wisdom then does that mean all other robots are in your world are smaller collections?”

    Because, oh heavens, that would be SO CUTE! Her eyes widened as her mind raced through various imaginations of what these smaller robots would look like. Miniature versions of the robot in front of her. Little baby versions! Oh dear! If they are baby versions, wouldn’t they look even more brain-meltingly cute if they had little bibs and bonnets on them? “Hweeeee~ Can you MAKE these little robots? If you can, am I allowed to dress them?”
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    Re: That's Not How Portals Work

    Post by Space Pirate Ryoko on Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:13 am

    "Not really. You're the one that started the point in the first place," noted Ryoko, shrugging at the robot. She sounded smart enough, but the new arrival seemed to have a knack for taking two completely unrelated comparisons and attempting to relate them to one another. Her note to Xiao Xiao alone made the former space pirate raise an eyebrow, although she did just barely manage to keep her subtle grin from broadening at the response to her own quip. Oh-ho, definitely got a circuit there.

    "Oh that wasn't an insult, I assure you. It was just a point following the logic you so kindly introduced us to here." Which, really, was the truth. She tried to say that one didn't need to be something to make an assessment, so the same reasoning cold fall right back on her.

    At the robot's attempted departure, Ryoko was unsurpassed as Xiao was unceremoniously pushed off of her. As for the explanation on portals, this most certainly confirmed that she was a new arrival. It was interesting to see how well versed the robot was with portals, though… in fact, that was rather curious. At least that was one explanation they didn't have to go into TOO much detail about… although it seemed that she might have to supplement the one given by the yaojing.

    "Portals do come in pairs, yeah," noted Ryoko, giving Xiao a sidelong glance at her friend's initial note. Nodding to her to show that she had this part, she looked back to the robot and added, "There was one in your world, and one that was here. You fell through the first one to the one here. As soon as you did, they both disappeared. Like she said though… now that the second portal has closed, there's not a way back. Even the massive collections of wisdom here haven't found one." Seriously, if Washu, the self-proclaimed greatest scientist in the universe, had not found a portal back to any world yet, then there was no way that one existed here.

    As for the remark about her knowing about this robot's world, Ryoko chuffed once more. "I might not know exactly what your world is, but I know more than enough to be able to tell you what happened as far as the portals are concerned… however, that's already been covered."

    As the stubborn robot continued forward around Xiao's admittedly amusing ramblings about appearances and tiny robots, Ryoko simply shook her head. To be so logical, this science-minded robot was doing a pretty shoddy job of taking this readily-available data into her collection to test her hypothesis about just where she was. Hopefully, that note about the second portal having disappeared would help her out some.

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