Wow! Very powerful. JK had said in an interview that someone had loved Snape, so I think this is a really nice elaboration on that. Well written and poignant - I can actually feel some sympathy for the both of them. Best of luck with the contest :)
Author's Response: Thanks for the kind words, Ravensgryff! And you're right: JK certainly gave us lots to work with (both in the interview and in the last book)! I'm glad I was able to make you feel for these two characters.