I originally found your work when I was lurking around the site as a visitor for a month or two. Now that I've got an account, I want to be sure to leave a review!
I really, really enjoy both your voice -- elegant, precise, and so very dry -- as well as your talent for reading between the lines to create imaginative and unexpected siutations that are nevertheless canon-compliant.
I am agnostic about Snape's true loyalties in canon (although I hope we will find that Dumbledore was not wrong, and Harry is). I agree with your overall premise that if Snape is loyal, then a past friendship (or more) with Lily has a lot to do with it. In any case, with this story, you have once again made me feel deep sympathy for all that Snape has had to endure since Harry started at Hogwarts.
Author's Response: Wow! Thank you! I'm glad you've joined up. Harry has indeed been a great deal for Severus to endure, hasn't he? He talks back, gets into trouble and eels out of it again, and just absolutely refuses to be good at Potions. Here's an AU to ponder -- what if Harry HAD been sorted into Slytherin?
It's an interesting idea, being able to see things from Snape's point of view, and it's very well written!
Author's Response: Thanks! There's a few more Severus POV stories around here; happy reading!