Reviews for From Scratch
Ulver33 chapter 6 . 3/28/2011
I am sorry to hear that we have to wait for another chapter, but they are always worth the wait. Of course the humor between Lin and Shifu is always hilarious and I can't wait to read how their trip goes. Curious how Tigress will deal with the gang back at the palace too. Great chapter.
SensiblyScrewy chapter 6 . 3/28/2011
This, ma'am, is the perfect way to start off a spring break. So, thanks for the laughter, and I'll be keeping an eye out in May! ;)_
Bowtie Lion chapter 6 . 3/27/2011
They are not going to make it to Shanghai one piece if they keep fighting. I am sure that plenty of sparks will fly during their trip. Someone else will know of Tai Lung's existence? Seriously, I hope Chen beats the crap out of Shifu for actually wishing that Lin had killed him with her guns. Good chapter, hope there's more insults for Shifu in the next one.
nievelion chapter 5 . 2/19/2011
First off, it is once again so good to see Yan-Yan agreeing with us Tai fans: "I blame the abs. And the pecs. And the biceps." :D On the prospect of her trying to make her ex jealous...that is not at all a good reason to start a relationship with Tai, but she is enough like Tigress, and she can clearly handle him when no one else can. Not to mention she can understand and sympathize too. Even with her All Girls Want Bad Boys meantality, I hope they get together.

I also have to reiterate: your Tai Lung is so much truer to the movie than mine is. So much nastier, meaner, crueler. Certainly I didn't make him set on revenge the way yours is. And you definitely represented the crimes of the rampage (both what they were in detail and how they fit into Chinese law and morality) much better than I did. Heck, you even did it better than Luna. So I'd say I was wrong in calling your Tai's characterization based off of mine and Luna's-you've surpassed ours, and I bow to your better writing skill and characterization.

I can see it will be interesting when Yan Yan meets Lin again, considering there seems to be some fairly justifiable resentment there...

Wow...I can imagine Tai having nightmares, and Po, but Shifu? I never even though of such a thing, what an amazing way to add depth and emotion to his character. Lin comforting him, even in her own way, was really rather sweet. And Shifu's simple, quiet "All right. Love" was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. How she is so concerned for him and wants to tell him about Tai is also very touching, and surprising. I guess, like the Five, I still have things to learn about the goodness and kindness that is hidden way, way, WAY down under that crusty raunchy exterior. Thank you for opening my eyes. embarrassing, to have your little brother be bigger than you (and seemingly hotter). Then again, clearly the hotness runs in the family, as does the randyness, so maybe Rahim didn't lose out that much after all. ;) Also, was Manan implying he himself doesn't have good sense, since his son didn't take after his mother in that regard? Because he seems pretty sensible to me. And yes, hot, though my love of Rahim hasn't lessened one bit. Particularly because he is such an honorable tiger who clearly doesn't want to see China and the Valley of Peace attacked—and not just because of the selfish reason of India being caught up in it. Though I do wonder how he knows of the Valley—just because it is famous, or is there more to it?

So you are indeed pursuing the plot I thought you were, not that you were exactly hiding it. I am fascinated, excited, and concerned all at once, wondering where you are going with this and how far you'll go. Not to mention puzzled as to whom Rahim's "insane woman" is—the first person who leaps to mind that fits that description is manifestly impossible. But I have a couple others in mind... And I wonder if she is the one he is going to contact, or someone else... Plot! Thickening! As to whether he and Tigress will get together, who knows—he is a little old for her, but then so was Tai Lung, hah!—but not every tiger who appears in a KFP story has to end up with Tigress. It will at least be interesting seeing them meet.

Other things I loved: seeing Lin and Shifu together period, I never get tired of it; the hilarious but brilliant code in the letter; Po not being able to meditate because of cooking smells; Lin being a grandmother to him. Poor Po, but you're right it is fun to torture him too, look at what I did with him in my vignettes. ;) ROTFL at Chen stopping a volcano erupting—I’m with Po, I could almost believe that! And an even bigger ROTFL at Po thinking Lin was some secret great kung fu master. You’re making fun of me for thinking that, aren’t you? :P Also, Shifu 3'ing Chen, and his Digging Himself Deeper moment.

As usual, you're also doing so well at showing your own takes on fanon concepts so dear to our hearts, like how you emphasized Po’s humility, his showing the scroll to everyone, and that everyone can be a hero, or the explanation of “It’s nothing!” and Tai’s feelings on getting the scroll. Spot-on as always, but it was even better seeing Shifu at least tacitly agreeing with how his son must have been feeling in that moment.

On the other hand I was stunned by two other things: that Lin actually told Shifu about Tai Lung, and Shifu’s reaction to the news. The former, it seems, is yet another way in which you succeeded in making me think too much like Shifu, assuming that she would keep the secret just because she is so private and likes keeping secrets to yank Shifu's chain, even though she clearly does love Shifu and we know she always loved Tai. As for the latter...the red panda's reaction is understandable and IC, but so terrible. I can see why he felt as he did, especially after how Tai almost killed him—taking Po and the Five along as a precaution would seem like the sensible thing to do. If Tai had been left in the village square, as he was in my fic, but not knocked out, that is surely what Shifu would have done then too. But Lin is right, everything may be different now that Tai knows the truth about the scroll, so he should give his son one more chance—and not antagonize him with Po or the Five.

As for wanting to protect Lin, it's sweet, but between that and his initial attitude about Tai being alive, I rather think Shifu deserves everything he's soon to go through on the trip to Shanghai. I am very interested, of course, in seeing what happens instead of giving a gift basket (LOL!) and what Lin's role in all this really will be. Her own busybody nature aside (and perhaps a bit of guilt, since some of the things she told Tai as a cub may have helped set him on his path?), her communing with Oogway does seem to suggest something more is going on here. It's surely not chance this is happening at the same time the British in India are moving on China and that wolf is on her way to the Valley. Just how all these intricate threads weave together to make a plot will be fascinating to read I am sure, as well as funny and, eventually, action-packed (at least for your kind of fic *winks*).

One last thing—how can Lin seriously still think the way she acts is “nice”? Maybe by her standards yes, but unless she's deliberately being annoying in insisting on that term, or is actually blind to how she's perceived (and I seem to recall her saying she knows how others view her), she must surely know she isn't nice by other people's standards.
SensiblyScrewy chapter 5 . 2/7/2011
Wait, wait! There's another reference. I wouldn't even have spotted it if I hadn't just gone on a Star Trek rampage. When Yan-Yan says, "I'm a doctor, not a judge!" I couldn't help but think of Dr. McCoy/Bones. Nor could I stop laughing. I have my doubts as to whether you meant it to be there, but that just makes it funnier. Seriously though, I love Yan-Yan. Tai Lung has met his match in Chen and her. And I am forcibly holding back any over-flowing humor left from this chapter. It had me holding my sides too many times to count. Thank you for the update! ;)_
Bowtie Lion chapter 5 . 2/7/2011
Woah, I totally cannot believe Lin pussed out that easily about keeping the information of the letter from Shifu. I am digging the Tai Lung and Yan-Yan conversations, I feel sorry for her and I can totally relate. War is literally on its way and somehow I can't stop to think that Rahim will fall for Tigress. After all, both of them are single. I can't wait to read what happens when Shifu and Lin make it to Shanghai, what will Chen do to the red panda? What will he do to keep him and Tai Lung from tearing each other apart? Damn, the tension is killing me!
AegisNeko chapter 5 . 2/7/2011


Im loving the story keep going!
nievelion chapter 4 . 2/3/2011
Once again finally getting around to is very annoying when one's own writing interferes with enjoying other people's.

Although the confrontation between Tigress and Lin was short (likely luckily so, for Lin's sake), it was well worth the wait. Once again, Tigress was perfectly in character. And while like Po I do like Lin because I know who she really is, how she feels, and why she acts the way she does (at least I think I do, she can still surprise me on occasion), I also think Lin needed to have that happen and hear those things. Because while Tigress is being a bit unfair, and does need to lighten up and be more polite, everything she said about Lin was absolutely true and she was right to say them. I can't expect Lin to ever change, let alone now when she's so old and set in her ways, but she does need to adapt and take different approaches if she expects to be accepted and to get alone with others-especially Tigress and Shifu.

I do understand though why Lin still keeps things from Shifu, aside from being a private person and loving to tease him. That whole bit about what she's doing at Bao Gu being to impress him (or at least that she wants him to be impressed by it) was very sweet. And while I understand why Shifu is so uptight about her sexual humor and crudity-not just his prudishness and formality but the fact he too is very private-I wish he would relax and loosen up because she is still a riot. The joke she played on him when Po caught them was mean, but fricking hilarious.

As usual, loving your take on the Shifu/Tigress relationship. Though by now the nature of it, why it's the way it is, and the things they say and think about it have been pretty much codified by most KFP authors (if for no other reason than that they make so much sense it's hard to view it any other way), you still have shown and expressed it in your own unique way. I do wonder what it will take for Tigress to admit to him what is really wrong and why she is trying so hard to learn the nerve strike (news of Tai's survival? Whatever the impending danger is? Her getting injured again, or him?), but I look forward to it when it happens. Side note: loved them both agreeing about Lin's, ah, unique traits, and how he used Po to find out where Tigress was.

I love Guotin. I really, really do, and even though he seems like a One Scene Wonder, I really hope he'll show up again (and not die). Even though he's a bandit, he seems like an honorable one (for one thing he doesn't seem to be in favor of killing most of his victims), but just as likable is his humor, and his constant flirting. He does seem like he might actually be quite attractive for his age (scar notwithstanding) but what makes him attractive and likable is his personality. His interactions with the female wolf were a gas. I also loved her inability to get the language right so she kept screwing up names, and her utterly naive innocence. Though I am still burning to know what she needs from Shifu (or Po?) in the Valley, whether this is connected to Rahim and India, or whatever the big threat will be, or if this is just one of a number of intersecting plot threads.

Loved the reference to the holiday special. Also loved the reappearance of your culinary knowledge, since we now get to see it from Po as well as Lin. LOVED the horrible mistake where Ping thought Po and Lin were an item, ROTFL! And it was just as funny how only Lin and her raunchiness could be the one to turn Po off of food. :P At the same time, it was really sweet seeing him be her friend, and really understanding her, including her love for Shifu. Too bad he can't explain it to Tigress, but even if he could put it in terms she'd understand, and even though Tigress has mellowed (somewhat) toward Po, I doubt she'd be persuaded by him about anything, let alone Lin.

So, Chen's letter got delivered after all, and of course we know why Lin is hiding it and the reason for her trip to Shanghai from Shifu. If he keeps pressing and trying to find out what's going on, this will end badly... Still, as long as she doesn't let him get his hands on the letter, I have every faith in her ability to keep a secret. :P So I will just wait eagerly for more of Tai's travails as a convalescent, everyone's reaction to Lin's beets, Shifu's doomed attempts (hopefully) to get that letter, and getting to see that hunky older tiger Rahim again-I mean, find out what is going on in India that is so compelling he has to travel to China to warn someone about it. Okay, actually I want both. ;) Because I really am very intrigued about what he knows and how that will affect the plot, not just how hot he is. :D
Nafooni chapter 4 . 1/13/2011
Funny chapter, and I can see the plot is really starting to roll. I don't have much to say except update soon! I hope Lin and Shifu get to travel together...though I doubt Shifu really wants to know what is being hidden from him. X3
SensiblyScrewy chapter 4 . 1/11/2011
Yus! Two days before finals, I find this beauty. Who said God doesn't love me? ;)_
Bowtie Lion chapter 4 . 1/11/2011
This was great chapter. Something tells me Shifu will try to steal the letter from Lin and she will try to keep it out of his reach. A funny image just entered my head. Who is the she wolf and who is she looking for? I suspect that despite what happened between them the two wolves are both going to end up banging each other, but that is just me assuming, thinking with my hormones, only time will tell. I loved the part when Po caught his master and Lin in the 'compromising' embrace, what he thought of it and Shifu trying to explain with Lin making it worse. Speaking of... maybe that's what Tigress needs so she can ease down a bit and not come off as a bitch. LinXPo... I just shrugged at the thought. To finish up here I want to say that cannot wait till the next time.

Also, don't hold back on the sex jokes, they're hillarious and they piss off Shifu.
Anasazi Darkmoon chapter 4 . 1/11/2011
To be perfectly honest, I thought the sexual humor was hilarious. I actually snorted aloud when Lin made Po think that she and Shifu were getting it on right then and there! She sure did turn into a horny old broad, didn't she? I do have a few questions, though. Who was that female wolf, and who is the "important person" she's looking for? And what was in that letter? Anyway, I'm looking forward to your next update, no matter how long it actually takes.
nievelion chapter 3 . 12/30/2010
Finally got around to this...been so busy with work, and writing, or trying to...

Anyway, as usual, each chapter just gets funnier and naughtier. I don't know which I laughed at harder: Shifu actually thinking his trip down into the village with Lin wouldn't be too bad, Yan-Yan being so evil as to make Tai Lung think she wasn't really giving him medicine but just tricking him to eat whatever she gave him, Lin joking about the elephant and the python, or Mantis's little slip about being fast. But really all of it was hilarious-when it wasn't profound, wise, thought-provoking, or character-driven and revealing.

I loved seeing Tai try to intimidate Yan-Yan and not getting anywhere (I can so see him trying to loom over her) and the thought of him taking suppositories is priceless. I am glad that Yan-Yan added in that she wasn't complaining about Tai's shirtlessness, otherwise I would have had to check her sanity, or perhaps her pulse. Though that does remind me of an interesting point...initially I thought Tai was shirtless all the time to show how hot and badass he was...but as the villain he wasn't supposed to be hot, though clearly the KFP makers failed on that one. Then I thought it was because he needed to have no shirt so the shell could be put on him...except he was without it before Chorh-Gom. In fact he even had no shirt as a cub! And Po is also shirtless. So I guess it must be because of their thick fur making shirts unnecessary?

Side note: please tell me Yan-Yan's name was deliberate when crossed with her being challenged in culinary pursuits...since you could easily say of her "Yan can't cook". *snickersnorts*

The scene with Tigress and Po may make people think you intend to hook them up, and this may even be the case, but what it tells me right now is that you definitely have a handle on Tigress, and I love how you are showing their relationship and how it changes so slowly. For that matter, you really have a handle on Po's diction and character, as shown by the kitchen and the peach tree especially. But then you seemed to have nailed him from the first moment he appeared in Blue Plate Special. You are definitely mastering his instinctive wisdom. And it is indeed quite clear why Tigress is trying to master the nerve strike. To which I can only say, I see why Shifu is concerned (wanting to master it because Tai did, or to earn his approval, is not the right reason at all for doing so), but Lin is also right to grab his ear the way she did. His heart may be in the right place, but the last thing Tigress needs is disapproval, commands, and being forbidden to do something.

Very curious as to whether Lin did in fact hear Oogway, the tree, or what. And if it is Oogway, how you'll handle him and what he will tell her-about Tai, about the looming threat, and whatever else she needs to hear. I also look forward to her growing relationship with Po. As for the upcoming Lin/Tigress match...all I can say is, I would not want to be in between them, or even in the same room with them, unless I was so quiet they didn't notice me. :P

Yay for the shout-out to Ning Guo-that was spot-on, exactly what he would have said! While Yan and Tai's interactions do feel a lot like Lin and Shifu, they put me in mind of Tai and Tigress as well. ;) Also, thanks for the continued references back to the movie, this time with Shifu's fight with Tai, and...those poor orphans! I don't know if what happened while Lin was there is a Noodle Incident or a Brick Joke waiting to happen, but man...

Can't wait to see more!
Bowtie Lion chapter 3 . 12/9/2010
This was a good chapter. Those poor orphans will never be able to heal the mental scars left by whatever Lin did or said at the orphanage. I think the sparks are starting to fly once again between Shifu and Lin. Do I prefer ingesting fowl tasting medicing or for it to be shoved up my rectum? My answer:neither, let it heal on it's own. My favorite parts were Lin's sex related anecdotes/jokes. This is so funny, cannot wait for the next chapter.
Nafooni chapter 3 . 12/8/2010
Ahhh, another great chapter. Drenched with sex jokes and topped with scenes of unbearable humor. I bow to such greatness that is your writing! Keep it coming Marie.

~Oh, damn, and I keep forgetting to tell you this: It is called the Hall of Warriors, not the Hall of Heroes. I think your confused with the Sword of Heroes. Meh...I hate correcting people...makes me feel like a whore. Anyways, yes, great chapter- Hall of Warriors- Keep it coming- So on.

Lovin it.
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