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  "Aperture Science Laboratories was where it all the problems started. First however, before Aperture Science there was college. Aperture University of Detroit or AUD was where all high school graduates attended to become some type of scientist or engineer in Aperture Science Laboratories."

While We Were Young is written by Snowthistle on

The story begins when the personality cores used to be humans in college. The story fast forwards to the late years of Aperture Science, and the later years of Cave Johnson's life. Hinako Chouya is now a scientist at the Enrichment Center along with other college graduates from their special school Aperture University of Detroit. Some of her daily work deals with monitoring test subjects or working on the G La DOS project.

The story's chapters has the point of view change intermittently between characters. The scientists are soon transformed into cores by a Mad Scientist named Liles Argon in order to create personality cores to balance G La DOS's behavior.

The first four cores are introduced to be attached to GLaDOS, and GLaDOS has an internal conversation with them as Chell approaches her main chamber as in the first game.

The story is ongoing.

Tropes used in While We Were Young include:
  • Bad Boss: Liles Argon to Doug Rattman.
  • Break the Haughty: When GLaDOS is killed in the first game.
  • Children Are Innocent: The scientists' daughters.
  • Fiery Redhead: Aaron Matthews the Anger Core.
  • Kill the Cutie: This happens to Claire when she is first transformed into the Curiosity core, and it happens again when Chell tosses her into the incinerator.
    • This also happens when the scientists' daughters are killed by GLaDOS's neurotoxin.
  • Mad Scientist: Liles Argon
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