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~The Cake wasn't a lie afterall~

The end, at last. It was so amazing and surprising it even gave me chills. Oh and I cried. That was.. beautiful. Just beautiful. No, BEYOND beautiful. So much character, so much SOUL!! I just love it. I love them both. So much. I KNEW we could all get along somehow. *Sob* ...C-can I have my cake now? I kind of feel like I deserve it. After all this time. All of us. Let's share.

GlaDOS is the most awesome enemy ever!! And the ending, just oh my god. Touched me beyond words. So I have loads of respect for her. I... honestly, part of me didn't want to leave her. It was mentally painful, especially upon learning the opera lyrics, to be overwhelmed by so much love. A bizarre, strange kind of love. I love them all, seriously. And that's supposed to be me, by the way. Me and illustrations of my adventures within the Aperture Science Facility.

I know there's tons of flaws and stuff here but please bear with me. Hand-drawn, transferred to my laptop and coloured/shaded in Photoshop using the touchpad. I got lazy and ignored some of the details on purpose.
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TheUniversalUnion Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me so nostalgic...
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LunaMoonPrincess Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Chell Hugs Whatley Made me Cry T_T Cheley 4EVA <3
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
This game was beyond incredible, and you've captured some of its sentiment so well. What a profound story and world, to have awakened such emotions. This feels very much like closure to me, thank you. 
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, everything about it is simply amazing <3 Thank you so much!
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ihategeorgethetree Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GOD THAT CHELLY HUG
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games4me1 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Isn't that heartwarming?
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Homegrown15 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student Artist
hehe top right usually not a moron Laughing 
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taranee4545 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice :Portal: 
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much ^^
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GShepherd17 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woops i meant the opera lyrics
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GShepherd17 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow awsome! =3
By the way, what do the itillian lyrics mean?
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Arvata Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Since Valve never released the ACTUAL lyrics, we can't be a 100% sure, so there are several versions that different fans have taken time to translate. I recommend you to find and compare them if you want it as accurate as possible, but here's is one:

Cara bel, cara mia bella (Dear beauty, my beautiful darling)
Mia bambina*, a tra ché la stima, ché la stima (My child, that I admire, that I admire)
A cara mia, addio! (To my dear, farewell!)
Mia bambina, cara, perchi non passi lontana, si lontana da scienza? (My child, dear, why don't you walk far away, yes far away from Science?)
Cara, cara mia bambina, a mia bel (Dear, my dear girl, to my lovely)
A mia cara, a mia cara, a mia bambina (To my dear, to my dear, to my girl)
A cara, cari a mi (My dear, dear to me)

*Bambina means "female child", so both "child" and "girl" can be used
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GShepherd17 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohh that's good Oo

that sounds accurate to me! =3
One more question, what language are the lyrics in? Itillian?
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Arvata Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe it is mostly in Italian, but I also read somewhere that they might be partly Latin, which would explain why it is so hard to determine the exact lyrics o0 Apparently the lyrics were partially improvised as well, with Ellen McLain(the voice actor of GLaDOS, the turrets and all of the Portal 1 cores except for Anger) making up the lyrics in her "bad high school Italian".

They obviously would make sure that the real message of the opera would be conveyed though, bad Italian or not, at least that's what I think XD Cause that's just what Valve does, putting messages behind everything ^^ Don't hold me to this, but I read somewhere that the Valve team are "deliberately holding the official lyrics back for us to interpret and figure out ourselves". So for now I'll be sticking with the deep interpretation I got out of those lyrics and leaving others to determine their own :3

If you want more info/speculations about the opera, go here ^^ [link]
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GShepherd17 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ohh i see Oo
thanks!

and your drawing is great! =3
I hate it when people make GlaDOS and Chell lovers in FanFic stories or pictures /(
I like the 'friendly' relationship you gave between these two =3 Keeping it clean ;)
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Arvata Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ Thank you so much!
And yeah, while I'm totally fine with other fans interpreting their bond like that, I'm not at all supporting them as actual lovers ^^; It's not even remotely close to the impression that I personally got from them, because I don't feel that's what the story is trying to tell us. Neither do I buy the "GLaDOS/Caroline is Chell's mother"-theory, but if there's one thing I DO believe, it's that in the end, after looking back and realizing just how much they'd been tied to each other in the past and how much they'd actually put each other through, GLaDOS became a sort of protective, motherLY figure for her, or at least a lethal-but-actually-very-close friend that would do all in her power to keep her safe.

I like to humour the theory that GLaDOS began to think of it like that during their time in Old Aperture and that she actually didn't want to let Chell go in the end, partly due to her possessive nature and partly because she'd have no means to protect her out there. But of course, after thinking about everything she'd forced Chell through(in both the 1st and 2nd game), she simply knew she couldn't keep her in Aperture because it'd be against her will and only serve to make her more miserable. She also started feeling bad for having affected the girl's fragile human life so horribly for such a long time, and so her only way to make amends and show her affection was to give Chell what she'd longed for ever since the beginning, her freedom ; ; GLaDOS's last gift to her. (Of course she wouldn't make her feelings obvious to her until they've parted in order to "keep up her reputation", so the opera pretty much says it all for her) What Chell thinks of all this is beyond me, so I just draw my conclusions from my own personal opinions XD Because in the end, it's the player's personal bond to the characters that count ^^

Omg.. I write too much sometimes XD That's what I get for replying at 4am. *Cough* Ahem. So anyways, the conclusion is that I think they have a pretty complicated, yet very strong bond after all that's happened <.< A powerful friendship. But not lovers. Not fully mother-and-daughter either. *Shrugs* This is deep stuff XD
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GShepherd17 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tell me about, now i dont mind what people right... but for gosh sakes, making them lovers!? dear lord... Oo

But between the mother-to-daughter. I support that WAY more, plus i really like the idea of that.
I'm not sure if Caroline is chell's birth mother, but if she is. Then i'm not sure what that makes GlaDOS.
To tell ya the truth... i wish Chell would have stayed with her... <(
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Arvata Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree ; ; A part of me wishes she did, but deep inside I know that the bittersweet ending they presented to us was perfect. Changing it even the slightly would affect too much of the story ; ; So instead, I keep picturing that she comes back :3 Might not ever happen in the canon, but what do I know. And I think that's a good way to interpret it ^^

I believe that Chell and GLaDOS's developing relationship is the main focus throughout both games, like a dark and difficult story revolving around two people who share a destiny. All the events that occur seem to affect those two somehow, either strengthening or weakening the bond that ties them together :3 So for the Caroline-as-her-birth-mother-theory, it's not very important to me whether it's true or false, because in the end it barely matters. My impression of GLaDOS after learning about Caroline barely even changed, because while they do have a certain connection, I don't see them as the same person at all. Caroline might be part of GLaDOS, but GLaDOS never was a part of Caroline. She was an entirely individual entity the whole time. GLaDOS and Chell would, in one way or another, form an equally strong bond without the involvement of the other Portal 2 characters as they did with them. (I know many people probably believe otherwise, but this is what I think anyways ^^,)
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Flippyovers Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I ran into this browsing stuff on Portal, and this is here pretty friggen' epic. It has a little bit of everything I liked to the game, and the sweet parts kinda put me in aww. Awesome Job on this ^^
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Arvata Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Waah, thank you!! ^^ That really makes me happy!!
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Nightshade678 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT!!!
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kola21 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
;-; It's so bittersweet... I love how you did this.
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Arvata Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3 The story, and especially the end of it, made such a huge impression on me ; ;
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kola21 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
;-; I know...
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MDCsonny Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My fav moments from the portal <3
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leechlichita Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
TTWTT wheatley!!!!
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MYSTERYxGIRL Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I also almost cried, if I cried easy I would have cried ^^'
I just loved to play it all of it <3
and those pictures are just awesome! and i'm happy that Chell forgives Wheatley, I think the're so sweet together :3
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deduce-me Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
I cried too and all my friends think I'm crazy for it! xD
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Wafflepal Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
x3 "Not a moron!" "Usually!"
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trans2rotf Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Wheatley's hug in the top left is very touching. May I recreate it?
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure ^^ I was planning to do that later by drawing that specific part all over(using something better than my laptop touchpad), but I'm lazy so that might take some time x.x So go ahead ^^ And thank you very much, that means I managed to make it look about right. I was trying to illustrate my exact feelings during that point of the storyline ><; There's so many bonds and events in that game that moved me deeply, especially since I already was a Portal-fan when it came out. It was just wonderful.
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Crazygirl313 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like all of the best parts of Portal2! This is an awesome picture!
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! <3 ^^
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ChocoBlitzz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
omg i love the wheatley one when shes hugging it!
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ Thank you! I tried to illustrate exactly how I felt like at that part of the storyline ; ; I was deeply hurt from his betrayal, but never hated him because I knew he was hurt too. And the sudden, overwhelming power would drive anyone mad, so it wasn't really his fault. He's wonderful and I wish he could've stayed with us at the end @@
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ChocoBlitzz Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
what you just said there... was the same thing i was thinking in my head XD
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whiterodent Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just finished playing the game, so now I WANT MORE FROM YOU. :P cause, you know, you rock? ^-^ *instafav*
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
o_o Eh really?? Me?? *Hides*
XD Thanks a lot, that makes me so happy!! ^^,
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whiterodent Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes you. *points in your general direction* you somewhere over there.
lol no prob! :D ^-^
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ditistomzelf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
the 'different' turret is my favorite in the whole game
well done
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olciasmile Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Haha I love "Not a moron" ("usually" ) thing <3333
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Lieju Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I love the "(usually) not a moron" signs.
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Haru-Barton Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks awesome dear!! your styled has improved sooooo much
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ Thaaanks~!!! That means a lot to me! <3
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Titanium-Zen Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg love it D: i cant know anything about it till this week end when i get the game xD
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ Thank you very much!
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Titanium-Zen Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no worrys, xD i played a lot of it and i thought it was so truly amazing story line xD :')
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juliavstheworld Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
who says: I'm different?
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Arvata Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
<Spoiler alert>
It's a defective turret that you'll encounter lying helpless on a "garbage" rail leading to an incinerator at one point in the game, pledging to be saved by claiming "I'm different!". It is also known as the "Oracle Turret" because it predicts later events in the game if you do save it. It also thanks you <3
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juliavstheworld Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! Thank you!I saw that in so many places!
I found that turret but didn't grab it D:
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