Saturday, August 2, 2014

Reid Stories: Cowboy Bebop Scene and VECTO Chapter 2.3

Here's a fight scene from Cowboy Bebop:

"Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu?) is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The twenty-six episodes (sessions) of the series are set in the year 2071. It follows the adventures, misadventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew travelling on the Bebop, their starship. Cowboy Bebop explores philosophical concepts including existentialism, existential ennui, loneliness, and the past's influence.[1]" - Wikipedia

Here's where you can buy the series: Cowboy Bebop Remix: The Complete Collection (Anime Legends).

And here's my VECTO scene of the week:

(Previously: Someone stoole Streamline's Omega Blaster as they left the police headquarters.)

Vecto turned around, aggravated. Crysilis spun hastily, searching the crowd for the thief. It was Streamline’s prized possession--something they wouldn’t even dare tease him about.

A woman, an old man, a child. No, it didn’t appear to be them. Crysilis and Streamline sifted through the busy crowd, briskly looking at the myriad of faces flashing by.

Deciding to help out to speed the process, Vecto levitated in the air and scanned for the rifle. His eyes, or simply his shield, locked on to a figure in a trench coat casually walking with the flow of traffic. He zoomed in to see the impression of a gun’s nozzle sticking out from his coat. The diameter and shape of the impression matched Streamline’s rifle. And the culprit: It was the guy he bumped into!

“Two o’clock,” Vecto said loud enough for Crysilis and Streamline to hear as passersby glanced around to see what was happening. Streamline took off running, and Vecto patched a comlink to him and Crysilis.

“Wearing a black trench coat, 5-10, Caucasian, brown hair, around 17 …” Vecto said through comlink as he floated back down.

“Hey you, kid!” Streamline yelled as he pushed over some people to get to him. The kid looked back and immediately donned a mask with a slit for his eyes before running.

“Come back here, you little punk!” Streamline yelled, chasing after him.

The kid was nimble, slivering through the crowd. He quickly spun over a rail and dropped to a lower level 20 feet below. Then he jetted for a nearby building. Streamline took the upper route. He ran on the edge and leaped down, crashing to the surface in heavy armor. There--he saw him running up a set of moving steps, toward the building’s entrance. Streamline ran after, up the steps and through the transparent door. He glanced around him, but couldn’t see the kid. There was a crowd, and the kid could easily blend in.

Streamline pulled out his Turbo Blaster, another one of his guns, and fired a shot in the air. “Everyone, get down!” he yelled. People were screaming, running for cover, ducking to the ground. But the thief wasn’t. He was running up the stairs to the balcony. “I’ve got you now,” Streamline said to himself as he activated his jet pack. His boasters flared, and he jettisoned in the air to the balcony level, landing in front of the masked man.

Streamline grabbed him by the throat and slammed him in the wall. “Hand it over, kid!” Streamline yelled. He threw him at the balcony handrail and paced toward him, then jabbed his Turbo Blaster at him. The building’s alarm system blared and the kid swiftly moved around the weapon and slung a wire from his coat. The wire quickly wrapped around Streamline’s gun and arm as the thief kicked his arm away, letting the wire spin around the rail, locking him in place.

“Later!” The bandit laughed and ran off.

“Why you--!” Streamline yelled, trying to yank his arm free. He pulled out his Disrupter pistol with his other hand and pointed it at the fleeing kid. But he didn’t shoot.

(Who is this kid? And will Crysilis and Vecto go after him? 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.)

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