I think that Ginny is tuned in to Snape. I think she knows exactly what he is. Both S and G are starting to appreciate their time together. As much as I detested Snape in JKR's world, I like him a lot in your universe.
Pooh on Lestrange. He's still clinging to the old order where Voldemort ruled. Snape is at leat moving forward. It is so much more interesting when Snape is matching wits with Ginny. I think I see the beginnings of a relationship between S and G. Interesting. As an aside, I am wondering who Harry ended up with. Luna or some totally new person?
Just a thought. Sometimes your writing is a bit stilted and I have to read and reread the sentence...paragraph. The storyline is still fabulous though.
Great chapter. Some nice insight into what could have happened in the Potterverse. Big suprises. Draco, Ron...suprise. Hermione, Neville suprise. I like your styls.
You make Snape interesting. This imprisoned, down on his luck, weak Snape is the stuff of legends. I like your storyline. Cheers.
*sighs* Always a pleasure. I had reason to be up tonight and reread the whole thing...
Ah, Severus...you get to learn to pick, and for that you need things to pick between. And the end result is that hopefully you end up being more of a friend, and less of a goldfish...at least, that is my understanding.
Although I perfectly well do understand the feeling that if God were being merciful, he wouldn't have made me, me.
This almost isn't really a review as such (since I've already long since left you a review saying how much I love this story), but more of a thank you in some ways.
One of the things that really stayed with me from reading this was the idea of Severus' mental library. Something made me recall it a little while back, and I ended up creating my own mental library, which has helped me through some pretty rough times of late.
So yeah, thank you.
Severus *finally* gets a happy ending. YAY!
Very odd parings, neverthless a good story.
This was a touching story. Not exactly the kind of pairing I would usually imagine, but I was glued to the computer screen all day, so obviously something resonated in me. As always, I love the way you characterize Snape. I'm a little more into him as a brooding, misunderstood, tragic character--which you've done a great job with here as well--but you've also done excellently in showing "the best of him" as Dumbledore would say. Are we ever going to get to see a new series from you? Perhaps the Adventures of Lillian Snape? Keep writing, I love your work.
nice! I like it already.
Being a sad old cannon H.P. fan, I do not particularly like odd pairings. However, this was a brilliant bit of writting and the ending was glorious.
Author's Response: Aw! I love odd pairings. There's so much potential in a relationship when you accept that very few people get it right the first time (or second, or tenth...) and try to see whether they can make it work or not. Anyway, I'm glad you liked this. I was certain that I wasn't going to like DH's treatment of Severus and tried to dream up an alternate ending for him before it came out. Here it is. Thanks for the review!
I started reading this story over a year ago. Actually, feeling like I was missing a lot of references was what lead me to read the rest of the Severus in Profile series in the first place (when I misguidedly wasn’t yet sure that I had a great deal of interest in him), but then, for a long time, I didn’t come back to this story. I’m not entirely sure why, not because I didn’t enjoy it certainly. I think it was probably that I liked the comforting thought of there being a part of Severus’ story that was still waiting for me, that I hadn’t finished the journey yet.
Having not read your stories in while though, coming back to this story and your Severus recently was like meeting up with an old friend – slipping back into his ponderings and dark humour was so familiar and utterly comfortable – and it made me remember how much the way that you write him shaped how I view him. Sometimes I think I actually view ItEoO as canon and DH as a pale imitation that doesn’t do his character half as much justice as you do.
I’m so very impressed that you have succeeded in making this story as compelling as you have given its slow pace, rooted setting and lack of action for the most part. Yet Severus’ mental landscape is so wonderfully sketched that I was perfectly happy to spend chapter after chapter as trapped in his head as he was. Even though so much was borrowed from your previous stories, nothing felt stale nor lost anything in the retelling. In fact, I found it wonderful how you tied the whole universe that you’ve written here together so neatly, bringing in not just the most disparate of the Severus-threads but even the Blue series and Lucius/Molly.
I think, being overly well-versed in the English legal process, I tend to approach trials in stories with a degree of trepidation and an expectation of disappointment, but I was pleasantly surprised in this one. I found myself with the odd minor, obscurely technical quibble – reservations as to the exact application of the hearsay rule here and a preference for more leading questions in cross-examination and greater observation of certain formalities there – but overall I found it had a very real sense of authenticity about it and some moments of fairly impressive advocacy.
As to the ending, I’m rarely persuaded to believe in a happy ending for Severus, as it so often seems to reflect the author’s pity rather than where Severus could believably find himself at the end of the tale told, but not here. This ending suits his journey so perfectly as he heals. I love the way in which he leaves behind so many scars – the realisation that the new clothing allows him to be someone new, Lily not following him into his waking hours and even the physical healing of the old damage to his liver. It all shows the completeness of the transition to this new-found contentment. I also love how he finds a certain peace on the farm even without Ginny, but that she provides the final step to recovery – I’ve loved what Ginny brings out in your Severus even as far back in their journey as The Right Questions where somehow she touches the more human parts of him that he makes so sure to hide away.
Anyway, this is, as I expected, a masterful alternative as to the route Severus’ life could (and perhaps ought) to have taken. The only thing that saddens me a little is that, with Severus having found a measure of peace, this seems a natural conclusion to his memoirs, and I’d hate to think that there’d be no further stories of yours on him to read.
Author's Response: Aw shucks. And if I'd known you were well-versed in legal proceedings when I began, you would have been pounced upon and seized for a beta-read! That was darned hard, but I offer the excuse that the Wizarding world doesn't seem to have quite the same standards for a fair trial as Muggle Britain does. Even if they give it a go, they may not get all of it right either... Or something like that. I'm glad you enjoyed it, all the same. I hated the idea of him just getting wiped out in DH (and he clearly was going to be) whether Harry ever quite figured him out or not. By the end of HBP, I was pretty sure Harry was thick as an oak plank where Severus was concerned! However, devising an alternative took me to some very interesting places.
What an excellent fic. You've really got a way with words and with Snape's use of them. I also really enjoyed the lawyers basically making fun of the witnesses and the opposition. Despite some of the upsetting events and memories, I found alot of humour throughout the story. The ending was quite a surprise in a way, I've not seen this pairing before, but it worked well and looking back things seemed to be leading up to it. It's so hard to imagine Snape as anything other than a spy mascarading as a potions master, I've always wondered what he'd have ended up doing if he'd survived the last battle, but I'm really starting to like this image of him as a farmer. Once again, brilliant story.
Had me won over to try you story with the first word. He's my favorite character, good job so far.
I just reread it. I love it so much, and I rarely like Ginny/adult male character.
Thanks so much for writing these-- your writing is wonderful, and the convincing way you write the growing relationship between these two while keeping them in character is beautiful. I hope you keep writing your alternate world of what happens to SS despite JKR's different take in The Deathly Hallows-- personally, I'm glad I read your version later, because I would prefer to think that this is how it really went. Plus, it leaves things open for more stories-- like the one about Lillian-- as opposed to the finality of what happened in DH. I don't see Harry as quite this unredeemable in his hatred for Severus, though, any more than the other way around-- maybe the two might reach some sort of grudging tolerance because of Arthur being in Gryffindor? Arthur seems like the type to bring that about, cluelessly or otherwise. An idea anyway. I like the interesting plot twist of having Harry, as head of house, responsible for a child who will always remind him of the man who was his enemy and who wound up with the girl he loved-- just like Severus had to watch over Harry all those years before. Very clever! Thank you again.
The simplest way to describe the feelings spurred by this story would be - deeply touched. By the humanity of it all. By the feeling of 'realness' (as remarked in other reviews). By the lack of perfection and gloss.
Warm, but not sugary. Emotional, yet economic. Real. Humane. Reaching for the very heart. Believable on every level.
Worthy of praise higher than my lacking words can tell.
I've read the whole Snape story till this chapter. I must say this is by far the worst chapter ever. In what possible way does the M.E piece contribute to the story? It does not contribute thematically and I very much doubt it if it will come back later in the story. It actually clashes with the story.
At least the previous stories were entertaining enough though. The perspective on Snape growing up from a young child was wonderful
Author's Response: Hmm. I had to go look at this chapter, and then ponder for a bit, to have a response. Severus isn't quite up to his full strength and evasiveness yet at this stage, but his wish for privacy is all it could every be. So here he's taking a semi-genuine interest in the world outside Azkaban, which will keep Ginny talking more and give him far less time to worry about what he'd regret saying once he feels better. It's an evasive move, and though Ginny suspects as much, she's indulging him. In a sense, it was supposed to fit into his ongoing set of dodges as he refuses to tell her the truth while trying not to lie to her. Too, he suspects that once he's told the whole story, Ginny will go away again, and he's beginning to enjoy the regular company and the actual meals. Therefore, he's not only evading but also delaying. Whether that WORKED or not, storywise, is up to the reader. Clearly it didn't work for you. Sorry! Glad you liked the rest!
Author's Response: * ever. Blasted typos.