*Disclaimer: none of these scenes have been edited by the
Riptide staff, and they are not responsible for the
an author writes makes it into a book. Scenes or parts
of scenes may not further the action or theme enough,
or may just be too tangential. This pair of novels (really, one long novel) has been in process across decades, so
several extracts have gone missing between successive
computers and word processing programs. Yet a few remain; I've
included them here, with an explanation at the end as
to why it was cut.
Further, as 9-10 months pass between Becoming
and Rise, I've penned a few pieces that fit
into that lost year. In "Moth and Flame," I detail the
early, tender negotiations of new love that occur
off-stage in the novels (and readers get a bit of romantic fun). In the short "Sulking," I detail
why Hephaistion is staying at the palace at the
start of Rise, instead of his family
townhouse. And in the novelette, "For the Love of
Geometry," Aristoteles makes a bet with Philippos,
allowing me to show the boys through adult eyes.
Cut scenes will be available only after the
novel from which they were excised has been published,
although scenes from the "missing year" will be
released at projected dates between Becoming
on July 1st and Rise on October 21st, to tide
over waiting readers.
Cut from Becoming
Just a brief
exchange from the scene in the great
hall, as Alexandros waits for the rite
after his boar hunt. Originally, this
took place just after Philippos and
Attalos's exchange about him.
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Takes place at
Mieza after Alexander's broken arm has
healed, but before the aurora borealis
scene. Teen boys being reckless.
Incidentally, this is based on a real
event, albeit not one involving
Scenes Between the Novels
|"Moth & Flame"
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A wee bit of teenaged romantic floof and
angst. The boys seek out the edges of this
new thing between them.
(Story opens approximately
2 months after the final conversation in
Becoming between Alexandros and
Hephaistion. A Conversation.
(Story takes place
during the mindwinter Lenaia, in
Pella, not quite 2 months after
"Moth & Flame.")
Love of Geometry
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has a proposal. He and Philippos talk.
A wager is made. Anyntor has his own
opinion on matters. Who will prevail?
(Mostly adult POVs on
the boys near the end of their
Mieza sojourn. Part of it takes
place in early spring, but the
rest just a month before
Cut from Rise
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takes his vow before the king, in
his father's place. Originally, this
occurred on the first day of the
Hetairideia in the next-to-last
has questions; an unexpected
resource has answers. This scene
was to have been the last in the
next-to-last chapter, occurring
while Alexandros was meeting
with his father to ask him to
recall their friends from exile.
four-month anniversary of
Amyntor's death, Alexandros
sits with his friend.
Originally, this was the
first scene of the last
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