Susurex is coming along. It's looking like it will be released earlier than expected. No word on how soon! One of the stranger parts of writing is how some of the best scenes get cut because they end up not fitting with the rest of the story. It's good for you because it means you get teasers! So here's one of my favorite scenes that ended up being chopped. Its from Seethur's POV. That's all you need to know. Enjoy!
Seethur’s cut scene
“Are you sure you want to do this?” I asked one more time.
Cece was standing outside of the cleaning closet. I had converted it into a hatchery. Egg sacs were hanging from every scale on the ceiling.
I needed to detach each sac, move it to a tank, and slice it open. It was not for the faint of heart.
Cece was determined to help. She had puffed her body up as big as she could, trying to appear brave. It was adorable.
“Think of me as your practice subject,” she assured me. “You’ll need to teach this stuff to your clients if you want to start a bug food conglomerate.”
I watched her face when the door opened. Her eyes got massive. She opened her mouth. She didn’t say anything. The longer she stared, the stranger her expression got. Creases appeared along her forehead. They spread to her mouth.
Before her body could implode on itself, I grabbed a strand of silk and cut. I handed it back to her, “Place this in one of the tanks gently.”
Cece took it in both hands. She kept it as far away from her as possible. Then, she started inching her way to the tanks. The egg swung. Cece shrieked.
Once she was distracted, I gathered a fistful of silk and cut the whole thing in one swing. I raced to put all of the sacs into individual terrariums while her back was turned. I rushed back to the closet just as Cece was maneuvering hers into a tank.
When she returned, I gave her another one, “This one is larger than the others. Would you mind putting it in the tank near the entrance?” I pointed to a row of tanks on the other side of the room.
“Which one?” Cece craned her neck, trying to see which tank I was pointing at.
“That one,” I gestured wildly, pointing to at least four tanks at once.
Cece smiled at me suddenly, “I see it.” Clearly, she was lying.
She shuffled between tanks trying to decide which one I was talking about. They were identical. The sac wasn’t bigger than the others, either. I just needed her back turned to place as many eggs as possible.
I managed to clear out the closet while Cece followed my inane instructions. By the time she returned, I was leaning against the doorway casually.
“There isn’t much left to do. With the eggs placed, I only need to encourage them to hatch. I can take care of the rest myself. How about you help Huzzar with the final meal?” I suggested.
Cece looked skeptical. When I nodded, she copied me. “If you’re sure you don’t need me,” she sounded hesitant to leave.
I nodded even harder. “I’ll be done by mealtime.”
“Alright, thanks for showing me how to take care of the bugs, Seethur.” She raised her hand as the door opened.
I waved back. Once the door was closed, I went over to the first tank. If Cece had a hard time holding the egg sacs, there was no way she would be able to slice them open and place the larvae into the substrate.