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Ingrid G.
New! Entered: 2016-08-10
To be honest, I never really "got" Beetle's not being able to get the "dust" from the butterfly. LOL! These are Wolfriders! They hunt, skin, and eat meat raw!! So to me it was touching that she never wanted to hurt the butterflies, but I also got the impression that she could inexplicably never touch them or get them!! We are surrounded by butterflies here and I can't escape them myself! In my hair, etc,! Anyway, cute end to a cute running gag!
Sofia Lindström
New! Entered: 2014-04-14
A very nice ending to a long quest! I've always been curious as to when Beetle would find out that touching a butterfly's wings is _not good_. It's great you thought to combine Willow's affinity for insects into this.
Holly H.
New! Entered: 2014-02-27
Aww, I love the progression of this. Even Beetle's sudden suggestion that Willow might be able to use her bee-charming skills to charm butterflies has the ring of a scientist coming up with a hypothesis to it. :) But I too also like how in the end, solving the mystery is less important to Beetle than not hurting the butterflies.

Mel, you made me curious. ;-) "Butterfly" comes from Old English (i.e. Anglo-Saxon) "butorflēoge" (and spelling variants), which is apparently a combination of the word for "beater" and the word for "fly". So, the fly with the beating wings. (Not that all flies don't have beating wings. But butterfly wings beat more slowly, so you can see them.)

In comparison, they seem to be regarded as liking dairy-products, in German and Dutch culture? Does the word for them really mean "milk-thief"? That's what Wikipedia says. And "butter-licker" is one variation?

That makes me wonder. Especially since Anglo-Saxon is, after all, a language related to German when you go far enough back. You might guess that the Anglo-Saxon term (beater-fly) came first, and it came into German, which "heard" it differently and thought it had to do with dairy products. That would not be the first time that sort of thing happened. But it seems odd that it would have mistranslated between two such close languages.

Anyway… no, the elves probably wouldn't call them butterflies, exactly. And we could have come up with an elf term for them. (Flutterbys, perhaps?) But it's probably just one of those cases where it's easier on readers to use the term we're familiar with.
Whitney Ware
New! Entered: 2014-01-25
This is one of those fics that really, really begs for an illustration!
Beth K.
New! Entered: 2014-01-08
Aww. Beetle's description of her first memory of butterflies is adorable! And her interactions with Willow closely second that. <3 I love how their different personalities are showcased here, first when they split up, and after, when they're working together. A rather sad discovery in the end, but I love seeing the conclusion of what has been in Beetle's bio for a long time now... :) Nicely written you two!
Melanie D.
New! Entered: 2013-11-04
I agree with Mareike. It was great to see something of Beetle come back, in this case her curiosity with Butterflies (stupid thought.. would Elves call them Butterfly? Do they know what butter is??? Is that term related to "butter" at all????)
It's nice to see Beetle's limits here when it comes to learning. Seeing she's not willing to actually hurt something knowingly is a sweet touch - even through it might limit her.
Her interaction here with Willow was nice to see. yet I hope we get to see more of them not isolated from the rest of the tribe in some time ^^.
Liked how Willow handled the whole matter of learning. She has a very practical look on things here.
Mareike Heilemann
New! Entered: 2013-10-26
I found it great to see Beetle's fascination with the butterflies emerge again - I remember liking that detail about her and her curiosity in the earliest stories about her I read. It was really good to see this continued! And wow, Willow's hand for insects is really formidable, I wonder how she does it! The conclusion is a good illustration of Beetle's character, too, I think, that she's curious but once she knows she would hurt the butterflies, she decides to leave it be. Also, the playfulness between them was very nice to see!
Catrina L
New! Entered: 2013-10-26
Vary cute,charming and elf educational story. I like how Bettel fulfills her curiosity with Willow help. Hope she never loses her open-mindedness. You two painted the butterfly seance perfectly. Makes me want to draw another Bettel butterfly picture.
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