Chapter XIX: An Apocalypticon Deleted Scene

I was rummaging through my computer this week and stumbled across something wonderful and horrifying: a deleted scene from my first novel, Apocalpyticon.

I read through it and thought, "Yep...cutting this was definitely the right move." But it also made me a little sad, because I really enjoyed the absurdity of this particular scene. It didn't fit terribly well into the overall narrative, so it got the axe...but I was a little sad to see it go.

But then I thought, "Hey, I bet the folks out there in Internetland might be interested to see what type of nonsense doesn't make the cut for a story that thrives on nonsense." So I've decided to share it with all of you.

Now, it probably doesn't shock you to learn that Apocalypticon is essentially a post-apocalyptic version of The Odyssey. At times, the story follows Homer's epic pretty damn closely; the blind oracle (Madame Siquo in Apocalypticon; Tiresias in The Odyssey); the love interest who causes long periods of "oh, shoot, I totally forgot I was on a mission, I should probably go (Sarah at Fort Doom/Calypso); the monster that eats adorable, cuddly animals (The Post-Alignment Brotherhood and buffalo; Polyphemos and sheep); and so on. Well, at one point while writing the first draft, I thought, "Hey, these guys are sailing a heart-shaped hot tub across the ocean...they should run into a siren."

That's where this deleted scene picks up.

In the end, I decided it was unnecessary balderdash, and I made Fort Doom more of a siren for the pair of post-apocalyptic wanderers to make up for it. But for a brief time, Patrick and Ben found Ben's siren song out on the somewhat-open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

I'll be sending this deleted scene out in my newsletter next week, so if you want to read it, make sure you're signed up! And if you're new to the mailing list, you'll even get a copy of one of my short stories, "The Keyhole Heart," for free, and that's pretty exciting, too.