Namaste, Niffles! Ahoythere here with your extremely overdue review - my most humble of humble apologies, but I've been bogged down with a load of composition homework this past fortnight and this is the first real spare moment I've had to review.
I know that seeing as I'm supposed to be all fair and unbiased seeing as I'm running this challenge, I shouldn't probably be fangirling over this story, but I LOVE IT. Seriously, there is nothing I can fault with this chapter. It's simply awesome. The descriptions of India are superb - I've never been, but your writing was wonderfully evocative (wow, that sounds so dull when I say it) of Delhi, and now I really, REALLY want to go there, even though being from Scotland I'd probably die from the heat.
Rolf is an awesome character - he's so nerdy! Ahha, wearing a corporate shirt (like in the song!) and being absolutely head-over-heels in love with Stubby Boardman (don't deny it, he is). For reasons I can't quite explain, I picture him with a mullet. Luna likes guys with mullets, right? Right? (Wrong is the answer here, I feel.)
'The only drawback was a gentleman in their vicinity whom Rolf hoped, for everyone's sake, was going home to have a bath.' - oh, how I laughed. I also loved that you didn't beat around the bush with the descriptions of the cold in the first paragraph. It was just nose-drippingly cold. I know the feeling.
Even your author's note was funny, especially when you thanked all those 'OMG McCartney is DEAAAD!' conspiracy theorists.
The nub and gist of this review is that I kind of love this story already. Why must you rule at songfics? Can I just schneak in and steal some of your songfic-writing talent? Guessing it's a no, but, still, I like to think that by reading your songfics I can absorb some of that talent by osmosis, or something. (Assorted biologists: 'Stupid ahoythere! Osmosis involves the transportation of water across a selectively permeable membrane! Did you not LISTEN in biology?' ahoythere: 'Hmmm, no, too busy reading fanfic.')
Onto the serious bit: I hope to have a blog entry up this weekend about the winners of the challenge and stuff, so watch this space. Or, rather, watch the space on the forums, because watching this space in particular won't be much good. Thanks for entering the challenge - I really hope you enjoyed it, and I might just have to build you a massive shriney shrine of shrineness for managing to make a songfic out of 'I am the Walrus'.
Goo goo g'joob! ;D
Author's Response: Well, if your review was late, it was certainly nothing to the lateness of my reply. I can only offer a sincere apology, though it seems a meager gesture at this point.
I was truly thrilled that you liked this story! It was a bit nerve wracking to write. I wasn't sure if readers would like it or think I was completely mad, or both (not that that would be a bad thing).
Yeah, Rolf is pretty crazy pants for Stubby. :p I have always imagined Rolf as being a bit odd, but in a different way than Luna, like a weirdness that compliments her, and that's what I was going for with him. I think I like him too much to see him with a mullet though. :D I'm not sure if Luna would go for that, or just be painfully honest about thinking it an awful haircut.
I feel like I sound weird and insincere in responses, but I am truly flattered that you liked it so well. Thank you!