AU where Aperture is a bakery
GLaDOS is the mysterious owner/baker whom customers have never seen bc she never leaves the back to come up to the front
The cores are the employees who work the counter/register but they’ve been there so long that they know how to bake everything
Chell is a part of a program that sends baker interns/trainees to Aperture so they can gain experience but when she starts working the owner is? never? there?
And Chell is just like “wtf how am I supposed to learn” but luckily the owner left her some handy dandy instructions
in the form of voice recordings
(It’s a habit she picked up from her dad who she inherited the bakery from)
So Chell just works every day with nothing but voice recordings and whatever core is working that day to help her out
Meanwhile she spends time trying to figure out what kind of person the owner exactly is bc wtf? Who runs a program for training bakers and refuses to be there for the training? And everyone does their best to help her out but all the cores are afraid of the owner even after so many years of working for her and for some reason no one can really pinpoint what she looks like?
Bonus: Black Mesa Bakery is their rival down the street. Even though Black Mesa specializes in bread and Aperture specializes in desserts so no one really knows why but it leads to crazy antics like Black Mesa starting to sell cinnamon rolls even though Aperture JUST added cinnamon rolls to their menu a month ago