A Sight to Remember
2006 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Children - First Place
Story Type: Other Fiction ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: PG ✧ Reason for Rating: Brief nudity in a non-sexual and humorous context
Summary: Young Pippin and his friend Rusty pull a prank that has unexpected results.
Reviewed by: GamgeeFest ✧ Score: 7
This story brings every hobbit's worst nightmare to life - with hilarious results. Rusty is a delightful OC that grabs the imagination, which is not necessarily a good thing when she and Pippin get together. An attempt to sabotage Lotho's bathing soap gets them far more than they ever bargained for. The result is not only something that will keep hobbits talking for 99 days, but it accomplished a miracle that no one would have anticipated - it got the SBs out of Tookland for good! Rusty and Pippin's scramble to get away from the crime scene undetected was both comical and dramatic, and Frodo's reaction to news of the prank had me in stitches. The best part though is when Pippin is assumed to be innocent because everyone has seen Merry outside while the prank was taking place, and they assumed that Pippin would always be where Merry is. Merry is able to protect his cousin from suspicion simply by the strong bond of friendship that they share.
Reviewed by: Bodkin ✧ Score: 6
I did enjoy Pippin's second excursion with the intrepid Rusty. Although I'd be surprised if they weren't both scarred for life by this experience. Lobelia in the bath ... ... ... The sight of that must have been punishment enough for two young hobbits! Rusty is a delightful character! I'd like to know what kind of adult she became - and what she did during the Troubles. I can't imagine she would have sat back and cowered. Perhaps her scribe would like to expand on her adventures. Frodo is a very clever hobbit - with excellent management skills! (He would need to be to get round Pippin!) He offers just precisely the right amount of gentlehobbitly approval and interest here to bend Rusty's mother to his will! And she doesn't even realise she is being managed. Observers could learn a lot from him! A delightful story, Dreamflower.
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 5
Marigold had to start it with her "naked Hobbit" prompt, and the results have been spectacular. But of them all, this has to be the most hilarious. To see Pippin and Rusty deciding to prank Lotho Sackville-Baggins but to end up getting caught behind a screen while Lobelia takes a bath has to be one of the most sickening and humorous situations I can imagine! Those, poor, poor bairns! Well written, and a good glimpse at the early years for some of her villains from her later works on the Time of Troubles. Well worth the read, and heartily recommended to all.
Reviewed by: pippinfan88 ✧ Score: 5
Oh, how I laughed so hard when I first read this story! Two little hobbits up to no-good, also known as mischief, and getting quite an eyeful in the process, lol. And I loved and laughed at their hilarious reaction! Pippin and his young friend think up the perfect prank and actually succeed--but they don't escape the scrutiny of Frodo and Merry. I love Rusty--I can so relate to this little lass; she knows how to have fun! I adore Dreamflower's world of hobbits, and she has a gift for creating excellent original characters. If you need a good laugh right now, I highly recommend this tale!
Reviewed by: Marigold ✧ Score: 3
Oh my, what a prank! I just can't imagine! Rusty is a very likable OC and a perfect friend for Pippin. In particular I liked the way that Frodo influenced the ladies choice of material!
Reviewed by: Inkling ✧ Score: 3
A funny, well-developed plot, skillful dialogue and dialects, and a charming OFC make this an enjoyable read. I especially liked Pippin's ingenuity in figuring out how to escape from the bathing room. Very clever!
Reviewed by: grey_wonderer ✧ Score: 2
I laughed and at one point in this one I wanted to wash my eyes out with soap. LOL Seriously, this is a very amusing story and I love the way that each new twist leads to another!
Reviewed by: Garnet Took ✧ Score: 2
Very amusing. The sight of a naked Lobelia would be enough to do permanent damage to both one's eyes and mental health. All I can say is this is what happens when good pranks go bad.
Reviewed by: Llinos ✧ Score: 2
Rusty makes a good friend for Pippin. Good characterisations in this tale and it has a very enjoyable plot. I felt so sorry for the children! What an horrific sight!