Hi Dan, I thought I would come and check out how the enemy house was doing :P Just a really minor thing, I adored the nargle warning!
Oh man, I couldnít help but feel sorry for poor old Neville! ♥ When I went to New York, I found it hard dealing with their accent at times, so I dread to think how hard it was from someone from a Southern State! I really loved how you chose that though, because it did create a really interesting mix which made me laugh!
I never had Neville down as a traveller, but the fact he was with Luna sort of justifies it. Iím hoping that was a nod towards Neville/Luna stories, if so, you should get an automatic point for that! I really like how he did come out of his shell with the travelling though because it showed how far he had come because I donít think Neville could have normally dealt in a situation like that and come out unscathed.
The cultural differences in this one-shot was great! I think the most obvious one was the order in which drinks were offered with tea being offered second and having to ask how they drank it. It added greatly to the travel theme. Well, maybe that was just me but I liked comparing the cultural differences in this one-shot, mainly focused on tea drinking I have to say, but it really was a nice touch.
I think my favourite part was when Neville just couldnít get Rickís insinuations and kept on thinking that he was magical too, it just made me laugh so much! I couldnít help but feel sorry for him again, because though he is a lovely person he isnít always the quickest person when it comes to things like that. Iím glad you did a little follow up to what happened after Luna and Neville left because Rickís bewilderment really added some humour to it!
I really liked this one-shot, and it was something different to read!
Author's Response: Hi, Kiana!
What are you suggesting? That Nargles were actually harmed during the writing process? Perish the thought! I don't know about you snakes, but cruelty to Nargles is **severely** frowned upon in Gryffindor. :p
New York accents are particularly tough for the uninitiated, I imagine. A funny thing about regional American accents is that the "gentrified" Southern accent is actually closer to an aristocratic British accent in terms of pace and emphasis than any other dialect. But the diction is very different. Hence Rick and Neville's struggle to communicate.
In my mind, Luna would have taken this trip no matter what. Neville just happened to be at a point in his life -- the war was over, his parents' fate had been avenged -- where he felt like getting away from Britain for a while, plus he had a thing for her. He was definitely more bold after becoming a leader and a hero during the war, although Luna turned out to be a little more than he could handle.
The cultural differences were almost as much fun as the language barrier. It's not *as difficult* as it once was to find hot tea in the rural U.S., especially with the whole anti-oxidant fad, but it can still be a challenge. And if anyone ever offers you "sweet tea", just walk away. The stuff is chilled sugar water that's been dyed slightly brown.
I don't think that Neville thought Rick was a wizard, he was just too drunk to care much about the Statute of Secrecy. It was Neville's little act of defiance, building on the "rebel" image from the war and celebrating his escape from Luna.
I'm really glad you enjoyed it! It was fun to write, a nice little break from Detox. Thanks for reading and reviewing!