Review tag! :)
I think you've accomplished what I've always personally thought was impossible: perfectly capturing the voice and spirit of our odd, beloved Luna. Really, I'm amazed at how you captivated her voice and brought her to life in this little gem of a story. From the first sentence: the airy, but kind-hearted thoughts, her convictions in these strange animals and conspiracies, and her gentle thoughts and ideas about people and the world, you embodied Luna and I could honestly hear her voice (or her voice from the movies, anyway) talking in my head. :) It reminds me of your Lockhart story, where Gildy was captured just right: you clearly have a talent for writing minor and difficult characters, my dear!
I love how this story is so simple: two strangers meeting on a walk to work- yet feels so complete and whole. I also loved the ending, and didn't think it bizarre, or any more bizarre than all the other strange comments Luna makes. Noticing and appreciating yellow socks is such a Luna move, as is the nonchalance with which she returns to her task.
Mortimer was just hilarious, and one of the funniest matches for a random person for Luna to meet. I loved how "ordinary" he was, so ordinary that he became strange and appreciated by Luna. I especially loved when he said he disliked hippies, and when he starts talking about the opera. And when he organizes the rat tonics by size! Ha! On a side note, I love how the characters really interact with the setting of the pet shop, it really brought it to life.
An interesting thing about your writing from Luna's perspective is how she doesn't truly realize how strange people think she is: instead, the reader has to judge and decipher people's reactions to her through her observations of their movements and dialogue. But you pulled that off brilliantly as well.
I'm so glad I got the chance to read and review this wonderful little story! :D
Author's Response: aksdjfkjsldk this review has turned me into a melty puddle, so I will try my best to respond to it coherently!
I was so worried about writing Luna - as you say, I had always thought it would be impossible too! So the fact that you think her spirit was perfectly captured and that you could hear her voice in this... I'm so flattered, that is absolutely wonderful to hear. Thank you so much!!
I think Luna sees simplicity in situations when others don't, and appreciates the simple things in life, so I thought it seemed like a story Luna could tell, despite that it doesn't have much of a plot! :p
Haha, I'm so glad that you liked Mortimer too. It was actually quite hard to write Mortimer from Luna's POV, because I had such a clear image of what type of person he was, but that wasn't how Luna would have seen him - she focuses on different things about people. By the way, I really appreciate your comment about how the reader has to decipher people's reactions to her - that's really true, and I was hoping it would come across in the story so I'm glad it did.
Thank you so much for your review - and by the way, in case I haven't said so before, you are a wonderful reviewer! ♥