I liked your story quite a lot. The beggining was a tad contradictory, but I suppose it was nessecary to the overall feeling you were trying to bring to your story. Another small flaw was the slightly confusing timeline after Dumbledore's enterance to your story. Otherwise the story was very well put together and the thought of Severus trying to redeem himself is quite touching. We all know he won't turn out as bad as he is in the end anyway. I also like you're idea of a chess set being the final Horcrux. I can just see them shattering the pieces. Overal, wonderful job dear.
Wow! This is a great story! You are a very talented writer. Your descriptions are wonderful; I could really picture what was happening. I love how you brought the snowdrops back in at the end. Great job!
Tee hee, joanna, I just realized that betting on you meant reviewing you! I mean, I always knew it, but it was sort of subconscious. At any rate, you already know that I loved this fic (especially the title!), but I will pick out a few of my favorite parts for you!
But the loss of another home affected him more than he was ready to admit. Everything about his homes (a lovely recurring theme through here) was great, a totally refreshing way to look at him. This quote pretty much sums it up for me!
He knew he was vain, but since his vanity wasn’t fed upon external appearance but upon his intelligence he accepted this side of himself. Again, a side of Severus we don't much get to see. Perhaps this is part of why he is a teacher?
And I did love the ending. Pasting the entire last paragraph here would be silly, so I'm not doing it, but I will say that I just thought it was perfect. The best possible way to end your fic. Fantastic job, my dear!
Author's Response: I'm flattered. *blushes* Thanks, Lys, for everything! For the review, for the Beta and for the title *smiles*. Thanks!
Joanna, I love how we seem to share a lot of the same views. I also enjoy how we seemed to take a lot of the same views, and the same points of the HP world and create two similar yet different challenge entries out of them. Heck, they aren't even for the same challenge! Your English is wonderful; I am amazed it is not your first language. You are a splendid writer and I hope you are appropriately rewarded in this contest!
Author's Response: Wow, this came unexpected! But thank you very much, I really appreciate this. I'm looking forward to read your story. I'm actually touched, I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you again!