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Title: Everything You Know
Author: Mary Beth Bass
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy (Romance)
Publication Date: October 18, 2013
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Event Organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
~ Synopsis ~
NO ONE KNOWS EVERYTHING FOREVER
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Mary Beth Bass Deleted Scene
Most deleted scenes should stay that way. “All writing is rewriting" after all, and much of that rewriting is getting rid of anything that doesn’t drive the story. Kill your darlings is the mother of many a deleted scenes file stuffed with moments the writer couldn’t quite dump in her recycle bin. Emma’s seven-year old brother Sandy is one of my favorite characters in everything you know. The revelation of Emma’s younger sister’s Elizabeth’s powers comes much later in the book now, so this scene had to go.
Everything You Know, Deleted Scene:
Joe was so painfully shy Emma was shocked when he agreed to come for dinner and meet her family. Mom made salmon, asparagus and some weird tiny pasta. Joe ate everything. Mom and Dad didn’t ask any mortifying questions. And even though Emma’s sister Maude looked typically beautiful, Joe didn’t fall in love with her. All good.
After dinner, Sandy brought his Hero Project into the living room where everyone was sitting.
Tired of hearing about the comic book Sandy had made for school, eleven-year-old Elizabeth rolled her eyes. “Do we have to look at it again?”
Dad shot her a stern look. “Yes.”
Sandy held the stapled paper book to chest. He looked at Joe, and then at his feet.
“Do you want me to read it?” Emma asked. Sometimes Sandy was shy in front of people he didn’t know.
“No. Sorry, Emma but I want Elizabeth to read it.” He peered shyly at Elizabeth as if they’d just met.
Elizabeth groaned. “Fine.” She pulled out the headphones concealed under her perfect hair, tucked her feet under her thighs, and began to read.
The story was a mix of Greek mythology and Captain Underpants, and Sandy’s peculiar ideas about heroes and history. Elizabeth’s evocative reading drew everyone in, even Joe. As Palaemon, the underpants-wearing shark-man hero, approached his final crisis, Elizabeth squirmed in her chair like she had to pee and then her voice expanded, and seemed to come from all four corners of the room.
Mom stood up but Dad shook his head.
Sandy sat on the floor at Elizabeth’s feet, his blue blanket on his lap and his thumb in his mouth, an expression of anticipation on his face.
Palaemon suddenly rose from the hand-colored pages and into the air, clearly visible for everyone to see. The childishly drawn shark-man swam and dove above Elizabeth’s head as the story unfolded like a floating cartoon. The villain appeared and dragged Palaemon to his lair, but Palaemon had one last trick up his sharky sleeve, and he escaped to fight another day.
Sandy clapped and cheered as Elizabeth closed the comic book.
“I thought that was a dream,” she whispered.“That I could do that. I didn’t know it really happened. How did you know?” she asked Sandy.
“Sometimes,” Sandy said, taking his thumb out of his mouth, “when I have bad dreams I sneak into your bed and watch your dreams in the air. They make my bad dreams go away because there are no bad guys. Only shoes, and boys, and dancing.”
Elizabeth turned red. “You can see my dreams?”
“Don’t worry,” Sandy said, taking his comic book from her. “If there’s something embarrassing, I close my eyes and plug my ears.”
Elizabeth covered her face. Mom and Dad said something to one another without speaking. Emma felt their thoughts but she couldn’t hear anything. It must have been about Joe because Mom glanced at him, sighed, and then gave in to whatever Dad had wanted. Maybe the mistake they’d made with Turner was keeping the truth from him, and from Rachel. Still, it couldn’t have been easy for Mom to let Joe see what Elizabeth did.
“It’s almost time for bed, Sandy,” Mom said. “Go brush your teeth.” She squeezed Elizabeth’s shoulder and kissed her head. “Let’s go, Sandy,” she said, ushering him toward the doorway. “Say goodnight.”
“Good night, Joe,” Sandy said.
Joe reddened. “Good night.”
“My hero project was really great, wasn’t it?”
“It was awesome,” Joe agreed. “I love the toilet that swallowed the bad guy in the end.”
“Captain Underpants made me think of that,” Sandy said.
“Captain Underpants rocks,” Joe replied.
Sandy stuck his thumb in his mouth and grinned. “I know.”
More than a little obsessed with Keats and Moby Dick and fueled by loud music and cold grey days, Mary Beth Bass is the author of young adult fantasy and romantic women’s fiction. Her debut paranormal-women’s fiction hybrid, Follow Me received the Book Buyers Best Award for Time Travel, Fantasy, and Paranormal Romance.
An occasional travel writer, Mary Beth has written about Paris, Bordeaux, and Yorkshire, where she hiked the moors to the legendary setting for Wuthering Heights and stood breathless in the parsonage room where Charlotte, Anne, and Emily Bronte talked out their stories with each other.
And if I seem a little strange, well that’s because I am.
Also loves octopuses.
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