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