A Little Blue Dot 4

AN/... Hi. Thanks to those who have been reading A Little Blue Dot. I'm going to be on holiday for the next week so I won't be able to update for a while. You'll just have to wait. Anyway, enjoy Chapter 4.

Chapter 4 - The Plan (or lack of)

Grace POV - Tammy and I just sat on the sofa facing Wheatley, who I had positioned in the armchair, and listened as Wheatley told us about his previous life in a place called 'Aperture Science Laboratories'. Apparently he had, in the last few years, awoken a test subject, which was a human girl. A test subject was a person used by GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System, and an evil robot of some kind) to experiment on the intelligence of humans. Wheatley and the girl had tried to escape, but their attempt hadn't worked. Wheatley had been plugged into the mainframe (which I gathered must of been some kind of super computer) in order to help the mute girl escape, but the mainframe had corrupted Wheatley before he had the chance to help her escape. GLaDOS was put into a potato (don't know why) and the girl was kept inside the facility. Corrupted by the mainframe, Wheatley had been made to test. And test. And test. This cause the girl injury, but apparently he couldn't stop. Eventually, there was a big fight between Wheatley (the corrupted version) and the mute girl , and Wheatley was released into space. He had been there ever since, with no way of getting out of space. Until now. At least, I think that was what he said. He was chattering away so contently that I didn't want to stop him to ask questions and check the facts.

"And here I am," Wheatley finished at last. At this point there was a very awkward silence because nobody knew what to say. Finally, I thought that I should say something.

"Wow, Wheatley," I said. "Your last few years have been...eventful."

"That is one way of putting it, yeah," Wheatley replied, cheerfully.

"So what now?" I asked him, unsure of whether it was a good idea to even ask.

"I was just thinking about that," he said. "And I came up with a really awesome idea that I think is actually quite good."

"Ok, then." I wasn't sure whether I wanted to know about the idea because Wheatley already seemed quite eccentric. But I was beginning to like Wheatley, and friends are there to help each other.

"Well, how about we go and rescue the mute girl back in Aperture. We were really quite good friends before I was corrupted by the mainframe and I know how horrible it is down there and how horrible GLaDOS is. That is if she's even still alive." He mumbled the last part, as if he really couldn't bear it if the girl was dead or trapped in Aperture forever.

"I'll help you, Wheatley." I told him, slightly worried about what I was getting myself in for. But Wheatley and I were now friends.

Tammy had been sat quietly beside me for the whole conversation with Wheatley. I think she was still a bit shocked, but she seemed to be coming back to her senses now, so I stopped worrying about her so much.

"So what's your plan?" I inquired to Wheatley.

"Plan? Plan!? What I meant to have a plan? I thought we could go in there and just take it as it comes." I was starting to gather something about Wheatley now. He was a bit of an idiot.

"I take it that this is going to be dangerous, then?" I was starting to get a bit scared of what I had agreed to do.

"Yes," Wheatley said. "Almost certain serious injuries and probable death."

"Oh."

"Would it help if I came?" Tammy asked from her position next to me. It was the first time she had spoken in nearly an hour.

"NO!" I practically shouted. "I don't want you to risk your life as well. It would crush your mum. Don't. Please." I was terrified now. I couldn't let Tammy take this risk, not after everything her family had been through in the past few years, and especially because I could never bear to lose her. The thought of her dying and it being my fault, filled me with horror. I couldn't let her do that. I just couldn't.

The next few hours were full of planning and preparation. We were planning to do this on Sunday. That gave us a day and a bit to be ready. I had already booked a crash course in self defence for tomorrow, not that it woud be much help if GLaDOS was as bad as Wheatley said she was. However, it would give me some reassurance and confidence. After all, until we got the mute girl, I would be the only one who could defend us. Wheatley was just a little metal ball. How much damage could he possibly do?

Wheatley POV - I felt kind of guilty about asking this young girl to help me find my mute friend, but what else could I do? I was a core. I couldn't move, I couldn't run, I couldn't fight. The girls were my only hope, and I was sure I would be glad that I asked them for help once we had got my mute test subject out of Aperture and safe.