Saturday, May 10, 2014

Reid Stories: Cool Ender's Game Scene and VECTO Prologue 0.2

Here's a cool scene from the Ender's Game movie:

"Ender's Game (1985) is a military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the "Buggers", an insectoid alien species. In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin, are trained at a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed." - Wikipedia

Here's where you can find the book: Ender's Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet).

And here's my VECTO scene of the week:

(Previously: Robotic Vecto awakes with his friend and teammate Gyro creating a new body for him. It's revealed that Vecto sacrificed himself to save his friend.)

"You know, I want to thank you for blocking that blast," Gyro said as he twisted the arm. "I couldn't have used the Giga Ball without you."

Vecto nodded as Gyro worked on the joint. He recalled the last moment of his memory before awakening. Their arch nemesis Morphaal would have killed Gyro had Vecto not intervened. It was a worthy sacrifice to use his robotic body as a shield to give Gyro enough time to use the Giga Ball energy attack. It put an end to Morphaal's tyrannical rule of conquered planets and mass murder.

"Is it correct to assume Morphaal is dead?"

"Disintegrated," Gyro said firmly. "I doubt he's coming back. But you've gotta take it easier next time. That blast could have fried your orb."

"Then I am fortunate that my shields held."

"Don't always count on them," Gyro said as he latched the last joint connector. "Granted, those shields are powerful stuff, but you're not invincible, you know?"

"Neither are you."

"I hope not," Gyro said, thinking of what it means to defy death. "Now move your arm around. See if it works."

Vecto raised his arm and clutched his fingers into a fist. He then made a quick jab toward Gyro, stopping an inch before his face. "At least I can reserve my shields."

Gyro laughed. "Yeah, you can relax without them for a change. Your orb is pretty secure within that chestplate."

"Thanks, Gyro." Vecto lowered his arm.

Gyro turned to his work stand and began packing his tools.

Vecto watched his friend but couldn't help thinking about what his future would be without Morphaal.

Even Gyro's future. The Alpha Squad was formed to defeat Morphaal. Without him, what would they do?

He finally spoke. "I have been contemplating," he said, his voice hesitant. "If Morphaal is indeed dead, then we have fulfilled our purpose. Our objective is accomplished, is it not?"

Gyro turned to look Vecto in the eyes as if he could see emotion through mechanical sockets. "So, what are you suggesting? That now that Morphaal's dead, we should disband? Go our separate ways and raise a family?" Gyro laughed at the latter.

"If that's what you want," Vecto responded.

"Are you crazy? I wouldn't miss being in the Alpha Squad for anything. Being with you, Phantom and Shadow is far more exciting than standing guard on Hodos." Gyro sealed his box of robotic parts and tools and sat. "Don't sweat it. I'm here to stay."

"I concur," Vecto said, nodding.

The door slid open with a hiss, and a black-and-brown-cloaked figure stood in the entranceway. His shadowed eyes peered beneath his hood at his two teammates sitting down.

"Don't slack just yet," Phantom said. "We have another mission."

Gyro smiled. "Jeez. Couldn't we get a few more days of rest?"

"One of Morphaal's henchmen is still alive and fleeing. We need to take him out."

"Affirmative." Vecto said, standing up to nine feet tall.

"I wouldn't miss it!" Gyro said, clutching his fist.

(What happens to the Alpha Squad now after Morphaal is dead? Find out more in the next installment of VECTO!)

(Oct. 23, 2014, update: You can buy my Vecto: Vengeance light novel on Amazon here: Vecto: Vengeance.)


  1. I have got to watch that movie even if it is bad. Cool excerpt too Reid!

    1. Maurice, Thanks! I think people who don't like the movie are comparing every detail to the book. I thought it was a great movie and faithful to the book.


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