Half-Life: Resonance

Thursday November 28, 2002:

Guess what diary? Today I had a visitor. Yes, Gordon Freeman (PhD) came down to the Hazard Course to see me today, only this time wearing some brand new duds. Namely, a mk IV HEV suit.

You know, I was actually pleased to see him. He told me that he was thinking about getting into better shape, and that apparently there’s some kinda Hazard Course decathlon held every year in May.

Freeman wanted to practice, and asked if I wouldn’t mind spotting him. To be honest, I was quite flattered he thought of me, since my high school linebacker days are long behind me. But I agreed to help him out. I thought it would help pass the time.

All joking aside, it’s a tough obstacle course, but Freeman was fitter than I expected for a geek.

“27 minutes and 18 seconds Freeman!” I said to him over the intercom as he finished. “You’ll have to do better than that if you wanna win this thing.”

After another two goes, both slower than the first, Freeman told me to try the security guard course myself. I told him I’d whip his time, and I did … barely. 24 minutes and 53 seconds. All those donuts and games of solitaire have turned me into a lazy sonvuabitch.

It felt good to do some proper exercise. So when Freeman asked if wanted to do the same thing tomorrow. I said: ‘sure thing.’ You know, I think I actually kinda like the guy. How about that? Now, who was that silly bastard who once said: “never the twain shall meet?”

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Callum Henderson is a carbon-based life form who graduated with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing from the University of Strathclyde in 2016.

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