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Not everything 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.


Scenes Cut from Becoming
"Laomedon" (PDF)  HTML version

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.
"Shoot It Straight Up" (PDF)  HTML version

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 Alexander.
  

Extra Scenes Between the Novels
"Moth & Flame" (PDF)  HTML version

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 Aristoteles.)
"Two Scorpions" (PDF)  HTML version

Myrtalē/Olympias. Hephaistion. A Conversation.
(Story takes place during the mindwinter Lenaia, in Pella, not quite 2 months after "Moth & Flame.")

For the Love of Geometry (PDF)  HTML version

Aristoteles 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 Alexandros's initiation [epilogue].)


Scenes Cut from Rise
"Hetairos Belting" (PDF)  HTML version

Hephaistion 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 chapter.
"Gnosis" (PDF)  HTML version

Hephaistion 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.
"Family Rites" (PDF)  HTML version

At the four-month anniversary of Amyntor's death, Alexandros sits with his friend. Originally, this was the first scene of the last chapter.


*Disclaimer: none of these scenes have been edited by the Riptide staff, and they are not responsible for the content.

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