Loved it. =)
What a clever, clever story, and funny at the same time. Your writing is so sophisticated, it's a pleasure to read. I have a soft spot for 'The running mostly just made up the bits at the beginning and the end. In the middle it was always the walking' though, because it made me smile. I have been an armchair archaeologist for years but the closest I ever came to Druidism/paganism was teaching myself to transcribe Ogham. The more history you can throw in, the better.
Brilliant! You write really well - you kept pace and humour going throughout and it's a brilliant take on Roman history. Go you!
Author's Response: Thanks so much! Sadly, my Roman stuff is not as good as my Greek. I realize there was probably more horticulture going on at the time than I presented. I just love pastoralists because everything about them comes down to their herds.
That's so full of awesomes. My Roman history is a bit rusty, but I'm not wrong to presume the two rescued babies are Romulus and Remus themselves, am I?
This was very well written. I like your style :)
Author's Response: Heh...I left it vague because my undergrad training is in folklore as well as archaeology. As the Doctor would tell Rose, there\'s probably many stories in the region about babies being rescued by wolves that merged to form the Romulus and Remus story. But, yeah, in my mind this is the one that counts ;>
Having been thinking about the origins of Valentine's Day - including the Lupercalia - this was a joy to read. I liked the way you formed the story (the "She/He was going to kill him/her" parallel sentences were very nice) and the rather smelly versimilitude of the young would-be villains. Despite the attempted infanticides and general human sacrifices, I found this to be a very sunny story, and a creative way to reshape the Remus and Romulus story into the Whoverse.
Author's Response: Thanks so much! The smelly verisimilitude was one of my favorite aspects, so I\'m glad to hear it was appreciated!