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the first thing you smelled was rotting flesh and blood. blinking your eyes open, you slowly sat up and noted the pain on your left thigh. you slowly stood up and used the wall for support, surveying the destroyed observation room. glancing around, you noticed how the other two scientists were still passed out on the floor while bubby, gordon, and benry had left the chamber. sweet voice involuntarily let itself out of your mouth as your mind raced to find out what happened to your friends and if they even were alive still. blue to purple fade means i'm afraid, you thought to yourself. taking a deep breath, you bent down and softly kicked coomer in the stomach until his eyes fluttered open.

"hello y/n! what happened?" coomer greeted you with his eerily cheery voice after he got up. "i, uh, i don't,,,i don't know,,," sighing you bent down and gently woke tommy up, not noticing the slowly approaching shrieks. "hey, you doing okay man?" you waited patiently for your friend to stand up and stretch a bit. tommy glanced out through the cracked window and asked you where everyone else went. "i don't actually knOW!!!" your voice raised higher as a headcrab attacked from behind. panicking, you ripped it off your head and threw it to the floor before shooting it to death. immediately your fingers flew up to feel around the indents on your helmet that the headcrab left. "how,,,?" your voice was quiet as you thought about how a xen creature could have gotten onto earth. then the realization hit you. the experiment caused this!

you felt genuine panic at the thought of the many dangers of xen released on the world, not realizing tommy calling for you until he grasped your shoulders. "y/n, are you,,,okay?" taking in a deep breath to steady yourself, you plastered on a lazy grin and nodded. "what was that?!" you heard dr. coomer exclaim, looking worriedly at the mangled corpse of the headcrab on the floor. deciding to just play dumb, you replied with the same level of dumbfoundedness as dr. coomer. "i don't know man, but it definitely isn't good." he nodded solemnly at your words. you smacked your lips once, the faint taste of soda still in your mouth. "we should try to see if all the communication servers are still up!" dr. coomer exclaimed and got up to go to the main interface. not before a large surge of something that resembled lightning shot through the broken window and almost hit you and dr. coomer.

"ah!" tommy, dr. coomer, and you all exclaimed at the death bolt that almost hit the two of you. "o-okay,,,so i'm thinking we stay on that side of the room." you pointed to the side where the terminal was and made a quick sprint with tommy following close behind, not knowing when the next bolt would flash through. dr. coomer took a bit setting the communication server up, so you and tommy just quietly talked with each other. "think your dad knows?" tommy was leaning against the wall and had a hand loosely around his mouth and his eyebrows were heavily creased. "m-maybe. he might have some,,,connections? i think that's what he called them,,,.uh anyways, they might've told him what happened." you nodded but stopped at the sound of footsteps approaching.

it seemed tommy also heard the steps as he stiffened and moved away from the door, motioning you to follow him. you both waited in quiet anticipation as the steps and voices got louder. the door burst open to reveal gordon and the others that were originally missing. although your brows furrowed at the absence of benry. where was he? gordon noticed you and tommy huddled around the corner and greeted the two of you with relief evident in his voice. "hey tommy and,,,"

"y/n."

"ah, thanks for that i guess-" he was cut off by a short zap that came from the test chamber. he now acknowledged dr. coomer standing next to the broken window still trying to connect to the communication system. "alright, the terminal's fixed, now if i just press..." he pressed a button on the terminal and made a strangled cry. "AGHH!" gordon looked a bit concerned and started. "i don't think you should be fucking with that any-" dr. coomer interrupted him with worry evident in his tone. "communication is down all across the network, gordon!" you watched with mild interest as gordon tried to get dr. coomer to stop pressing the terminal buttons. "are you sure that pressing nay button is gonna cause another,,,what was it again? a resonance cascade? they didn't even tell me what that was!" dr. coomer turned to the open window and looked out at it for a few seconds before turning back to gordon. "i've never seen anything like it, dr. freeman!"

"YOU NEED TO MOVE AWAY FROM THAT LIKE, RIGHT NOW." dr. coomer only looked up and started. "i've got my passport!" gordon furrowed his brows and replied back. "YOU'RE NOT- A PASSPORT ISN'T GONNA SAVE YOU FROM THAT, AN HEV SUIT ISN'T GONNA SAVE ME FROM THAT!" dr. coomer smiled at him. "it's perfectly fine, gordon! i'm trying to stay calm, and you should too!" you stopped paying attention to the conversation and crawled under the beam to the other side of the room with bubby and tommy waiting. "let's goooooooo." bubby complained on top of the broken door. gordon rolled his eyes and crawled under the laser beam joining the rest of the team and venturing out into the hall.

"how- have any of you gone to the surface without the tram? on foot even? like was there an emergen-" bubby interrupted him with his own unrelated statement. " i was born down here!" you made a noise of agreement, you were born down here too, your creation was just made after bubby had been given sentience. gordon glanced over at you with confusion on his face before shaking his head and continuing. "you were born down here- black mesa does that? black mesa does test tube babies?"

"uh, yeah they do. 's been going on for uh,,, a while now." gordon blinked at you before facing ahead, think about something. "huh,,," bubby interrupted his thoughts with his own observation. "this place is oooooooooold, gordon." he snapped out of it and looked around at everyone before continuing down. "it's older than me, that's for sure. i'm younger than all three of you guys combined."

"older than me!" bubby exclaimed. you started to get a little antsy and continued down the path by yourself, gordon noticed and jogged to catch up to your pace with the rest following behind. quickly reaching the hallway area, you noticed someone sitting next to the open lasers. the only person you knew that was ballsy enough to do that was,,, benry! you jogged up ahead and stopped when the lasers got too close for your liking. "benry! hi!!" your friend's head perked up when he heard your voice, you watched a smile tug at his lips before a laser hit his helmet. "OOOWWWWWW." you grimaced at the yell and watched as gordon jogged up to you and yelled at him. "MOVE, MOVE!" finally benry jumped off the crate and ran from the laser.

"HOLY SHIT! what kind of helmet is that?! are you okay?" when benry didn't give a reply, gordon shook his head and mumbled to himself. "why should i even be worrying about you,,," you came up next to gordon and answered his helmet question. "the helmets are black mesa approved, think the uh,,, floor thingy marks are proof enough." you tilted your head down and showed him the headcrab marks, hoping he understood the strange description. you felt a bit of pressure on the helmet as gordon brushed his fingers over the grooves in your helmet in awe. "s-so i assume they're coming for our heads, right?" you brought your head up to answer. "uh,,, yea pretty much." his brows furrowed for the umpteenth time and his lips pressed together in a thin line.

"hrnnghh." you turned to benry with concern, and went to put a hand on his shoulder, gordon following in worry. "you okay bro?" you asked quietly and waited with a patient expression for his answer. "BLUGH." gordon recoiled and turned to the rest. "ok does any- who has medical-" he stopped when benry used sweetvoice to express his feelings. "oh gohd he's spittin out blue and purple." gordon sounded exasperated as he spoke, you gave him a sympathetic pat on the HEV suit before tommy came up and exclaimed. "i can read this!"

"you can read it?" gordon questioned. he nodded and looked to the sweetvoice with furrowed brows before giving his answer. "when it's l-... purple, like the evening, of a spring evening, then it means he's okay." you nodded at the translation and watched gordon half-heartedly say. "ok, uh,,, he's okay i guess." gordon started to thank tommy before bubby yelled out. "last one to the elevators is a rotten egg!" and immediately dashed away to the lasers, screaming? you followed behind and made it to the elevator after dr. coomer and benry, with tommy and gordon following close behind, gordon's faint lectures also coming through.

bubby made a comment on how he almost died, in response gordon yelled about how the whole group just ran through the lasers. while waiting, you looked at an unused model. he just stared ahead and had the default t-pose. "you think he's dead?" you asked to no one in particular. just then, gordon made it to the other side and scrunched his nose up at the blank model. "he,,, i don't,,, trust him. lets just,, uh, leave." he ushered everyone out of the room and into the next section of the facility.

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