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MocOlympics Round 3 Chris Phipson VS Dave Sterling . . My entry for round three of the MocOlympics against Dave Sterling in the Short Story category. This is a little tale I like to call “Nature vs Nurture. Here goes nothin’ On an unnamed planet, in an almost unknown sector of the galaxy, men have died. The battle began almost by accident as the droids happened across the small outpost, but the devastation was total. In all of this carnage, there was one survivor. A protocol droid, built to serve. It was his nature. But now, there was no one to serve. They were all gone. He looked around wondering what to do. He decided to take care of the bodies first. It was in his nature. He gathered the fallen weapons and placed them in storage. He repaired the outpost facility. Not sure why he was bothering. He repaired the roof, realigned the satellite... and repaired the water recycler. He wasn’t sure why but he did it. It was in his nature. Then he decided to clear the droids. He gathered them, stacked them and was preparing to destroy them when something caught his attention. One of them was still functioning. Barely but still there. Now he had purpose again. He would repair the droid. It was in his nature. He used the spare parts from the other droids. They wouldn’t need them anymore. It took him weeks but he didn’t mind. A piece here, a piece there, soon he was nearly finished. He finished the repairs late the next morning. He decided that he would use this opportunity to show his new friend just how lucky they really were. The outpost building was fully supplied with oil and lubricants. Enough to keep them both going for years. The energy cells were solar powered. They would never have to worry about recharging. They even had a cache of weapons if the need ever arose. This, the battle droid was most interested in. It was in his nature.The battle droid picked up one of the weapons and without a moments hesitation, fired. The protocol droid lay on the ground, his energy cells depleting fast. He only had seconds before he would go off line. With his remaining seconds, he asked the battle droid a question. “Why, after I nurtured you, cared for you, repaired you? Why did you do that?” The battle droid stood over his fallen savior and replied simply… “It’s in my nature.” Fourth Wall Commentary – There ya go! I know most of you were reading this going “OK, when is he going to get to the jokes?” I decided for this story, to try and go back to the same theme of my first few stories that I did on mocpages. I hope you enjoyed it. For the build, I wanted to have a nature scene, something you wouldn't expect of a battlefield. The outpost building is my favorite part. It has a working door and the roof is built to be able to collapse in on itself. In one position, it looks like a flat, no frills roof. but simply push your finger down in the middle and poof, instant destruction! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the tree now that I think about it. Hindsight is 20/20 ya know and I've been a little distracted the past week. Good luck to Dave. I did my best to have Stacy distract him, but I think she may be on his side here. Thanks for trying though Stacy. Now that that’s over, I promise to go back to my regular self for my next post (MocOlympics or not). Good luck to all the other players!


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