A First Time For EverythingBarney wondered if the Science Team at Black Mesa remembered high school. They'd probably all been nerds and geeks, right? Typically picked on by stupid jocks. Right, so... maybe this wasn't personal, maybe this was just them getting a small measure of revenge now that the brainy guys were in charge and the brawny guys were the ones getting bossed around. He wished he could point out that he hadn't been a jock, back in high school. He'd been the crazy consipiracy-nut kid, who hung out with his three crazy conspiracy-nut friends and talked about aliens and government cover-ups.
Instead, he just tried to sound sincere as he said, "Sorry about the delay, sir. I think I've got you all sorted out here, now." 'Here' was an ornery computer that had been refusing to accept any login identities whatsoever. Barney probably would have sounded more sincere if he hadn't added, in his head, Aren't
The Thing Needs a Name"CHELL!!!CHEEELLLL!!!" Wheatley screamed as he ran into the house.
"What?!?" She yelled back. Wheatley was running faster then she had ever seen him run bfore. She supposed that something awful had happened.
"There's something eating my rump!"
Chell stopped. What?
She grabbed him by his shoulders and turned him around. Sure enough there was a chihuahua sized tic-like thing biting him. It had a hard yellow shell and black spiny legs with a pair of fangs.
Chell grabbed it and ripped it off. As unusuall as it might have seemed, she knew what it was.
"Ow! Bloody hell, that HURT!" Wheatley turned around and stared at the thing, "Agh! That thing had a death grip on me, you saved my life, mate!"
Chell ignored him, "Where did you find this, Wheatley?"
Wheatley's blue eyes glowed in anticipation of telling a good story. He cleared his throat, "Ahe-hem, well I was outside, pulling yellow flowers for you and exploring..."
Chell glared, her poor daisies.
"...when I saw something under th