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    "What do you mean you're bugging out?”

    “Like I’m not even supposed to get hurt, have godmode on, indestructible you know.”

    Gordon does in fact not know but nods anyway.

    “And now suddenly everything hurts and it sucks.”

     

    Benrey is back and doesn't have his powers anymore, angst and shenanigans ensues.

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    19 Dec 2020

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    It had been a trap. It had been too easy.
    They’d known that going in. They’d thought they could outsmart the Combine, take the bait and get out scot-free. They’d assumed that the Combine would never just let them walk away with a stash of weapons and supplies like that, surly they’d never be that foolish-
    The Combine had taken Barney from them, they’d taken his sight, and then they’d given him right back.
    And there was nothing they could do but watch him break.

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    “Good work, Gordon!” Kleiner announced, strolling into his office after Gordon, arms spread out to his side in victory. And it was then that Barney had noticed- there was a second name on Kleiner’s door now. One belonging to a ‘Dr. Freeman’. Huh. “And Barney, better luck next time, eh?”
    Barney had opened his mouth, closed it, then opened it again and made a sound akin to a balloon losing air. Kleiner had waved him out of the office, chatting away about some new project he had to get started on, and it was only when the door closed behind him that it occurred to Barney he’d never even gotten to say anything to the new guy.

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    10 Dec 2020

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    It’s been fifteen years since Gordon put away the game for good. He packed up his life in New Mexico, moved up the country and got a real, fresh start in life, new job, new friends, the works- all was well. He doesn’t think about the people he left inside a video game after promising he’d get them out. It was just too painful, and at one point, it felt like it became too late to go back. He eventually forgot about the box that he stored the VR headset away in all those years ago, collecting dust and waiting for him to return.

    Well, maybe he can’t entirely forget it, but he’s done a damn good job of ignoring it.

    At least, until Joshua finds it.

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    29 Nov 2020

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    a theoretical physicist and his best friend, a hivemind of dozens of security guards with the same face and voice

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    23 Nov 2020

  5. Public Bookmark 46

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    "Don't worry, Gordon! He'll have us back inside quick as a whip. I think the science team in AnMats is very lucky to have Officer Calhoun, don't you think?"

    no, you want to say, but your hands do not move and you're struggling against-- against something, an impulse so inane and foolish that you feel like setting fire to your goddamn PhD. you stare at Dr. Kleiner for an impossibly long second, then grab at the bobby pins keeping your hair out of your face.

    most clatter on the floor, but one is gripped firmly, and you bend it out of shape. your knees hit the cold tiles with painful zings-- you're skin and bones on a good day; there's not much to cushion you from the unforgiving metal. the lock makes a few promising sounds as you jam the bobby pin through, relying in no small part on muscle memory. there's stunned silence around you-- good.

    the door clicks. you push it open with the flat of your palm, and are greeted by cocksure Officer Calhoun's face slipping into surprise.

    "I think we have it from here, Officer," you say, your signs deliberate and your grin savage.

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    23 Nov 2020