Cool. I too definitely trust Severus Snape, and I hadn't even thought about Emmeline. This is such a touching explanation! And the ending is really sad, as we know that it will be demanded of him again so soon... :(. Anyway, brilliant one-shot, I loved your portrayal of Severus and of Emmeline!
Author's Response: Thank you! glad you liked how I pictured those two characters - Emmeline was quite easy as we know so very little about her, so I guess it's alright to imagine a lot of details about her. But Snape is hard, the more I write about him, the more difficult I find it to capture the original JKR character. Anyway, thanks for leaving the review, I LOVE it.
This is a very interesting take on how Snape's actions are really good, or at least well-intentioned. I'm not sure what the right thing to do would have been, but fortunately it's hypothetical so I won't worry too much. Huntingdon's Disease really is horrible, and I wish muggles would come up with a cure for it soon, though i wonder that wizards have not according to your tale. By the way, the line where Severus says he hasn't counted his books in years- that sort of implies that he used to sit there, counting all the way up to three thousand- funny image, not really in character for him though unless he was feeling too ill to read at the time, or something. The last line in your story is a sort of sad irony, but Dumbledore still has no inkling that he might have to do what he does later? I thought he would at least be aware of it as a possiblity at this point, the summer before HBP. Of course, all this is assuming Snape is on Dumbledore's side and is good. But this possiblitiy takes away one of the main anti-snape arguments, though I doubt JKR would have given Emmeline Huntingdon's. Actually, she might have given her MS...but would JKR believe that killing is ever justified? I know, its a fanfiction, but that's what i meant by wondering if aceding to Emmeline's request to betray her was really the right thing to do. Anyway, this was very interesting and well-written, so good work.
Author's Response: Wow, thank you for leaving such a long reply. I do so love these. Weeeeelll, let's see about the things you mentioned. Funny how you understood that line about Snape's book-counting or not-counting in that way. I did not intend for that part to be comical, but I like the interpretation. The whole thing was rather based on how my uncle collected books. He was a working-class person (rather like Snape's background), and so proud that he could start his own library later in life. In the beginning, he knew exactly how many books he had... and then things got out of hand and he lost count, but it became a REAL library then. Then that last line. Yes, I meant it in a way that Dumbledore had no idea that he would one day ask/order Snape to do exactly the same thing. In the summer before HBP I can see that he expected he would die soon, but there is no logical way he could (before Spinner's End!) have predicted HOW he would die. And about wheather acting according to Emmeline's request was the right thing to do... well, that's the point, isn't it? was it mercy killing, was it right to do so? I think, like Dumbledore's death, this is something that will always be both right and wrong. Killing others is simply wrong, even if it is for a greater good. But there may be situations.... This is not a question of black or white, but a grey dilemma - perfect for Snape IMHO.