While I was writing book #3, I posted about a scene that was "supposed to be light and easy" but ended up being un-write-able. It was such a persnickety bitch that I ended up cutting it entirely from the book. I just couldn't make it work. Like far too many girls in my past, it was all, "Oh, you like what you see, do you? WELL FORGET ABOUT IT." Fine, I said. FINE. I WILL.
But I didn't. Yes, I cut it and removed any traces of it from book #3, but I didn't delete the words into the digital nether. It was only partially finished, but I saved what I had in my notes because I suspected it might slide smoothly and easily into...uh... Wait, where was I going with this thought? I seem to have become distracted. Oh! Book #4. It would fit into book #4. Right.
And indeed, it did fit into book #4. As it turns out, the scene just wasn't feeling it with book #3. The pheromones were off or something like that. But book #4? That was just the right spot. And you know how good it is in just the right spot.
Aside: What has gotten into me with the dirty double entendres?
How about you? Have you ever removed a scene (or character) from one story because it wasn't working only to find the right place for it in another story down the road?