You captured Snape's pain and feeling of betrayal so beautifully, I can't stop crying. His dependence on the euphoria potion is so desperate, it makes me want to give him a hug. Not that he would appreciate it.
This is such an amazing story. It always depresses me, whenever I read it. Everything is so perfect - the characterisation, the plot, everything. It makes me feel sorry for Snape, who I love, as well as Harry, who I only love a little. You're such an amazing writer, it makes me jealous. I can never find anything wrong, and I like nitpicking.
I really love it. =] That's really all I have to say.
Ah, I loved this! As always, you are a magnificent writer. And yes, as the footnote says, it did feel oddly familiar ("have I read this before, and I've somehow forgotten??")--because the plot roughly followed In the Eyes of Others, chapter 46 (which, it must be said, is my favourite fanfic of all time, and always will be). This was excellent. One thing, though: you say "the tea leaves had been accurate down to that detail" (or something to that affect). I've read ItEoO, so I know what Severus is referring to, but if someone hadn't, it might be a bit confusing. Just a note. Otherwise, I loved it.
That was fabulous. I don't normally like one-shots. I feel that they frequently lack depth simply because there isn't enough room for backstory and plot. I really liked that though. Most people give Snape muggle drugs, not wizarding ones.
dun dun dun... But if I were him I would probably need it too. Sev could go to AA meetings, but with his luck he would run into Dumbledore with the whole sock addiction.
After reading the last book I can only say that this fic makes sense like nothing else. Heartbreaking.
i will now attempt to put into words exactly what this meant to me.
there was so much of severus in here, or what i imagined severus to be. even the style in which it was told - drawling (god i hate that word but its the onyl thing i can use) yet filled with so much understated pain. it kind of reminds me of something i read abotu willy wonka
"vast empires of impotnet rage and pain hidden below the surface"
i liked how you hinted about lily and severus, about how he was hoping for so much from harry... how he considered harry as an equal...
i was going to copy and paste all my favpourite quotes, the things that made me cry. but you wrote it so i guess i dotn need to tell you.
it reminded me of edward scissorhands. the overwhelming sense of loneliness...
Author's Response: Gad. I need to go watch Edward Scissorhands again -- LOVED that move, love the actor too. Thanks for the review!
His hope and disappointment are a little heartbreaking. And I love that he doesn't seem to understand how his behavior, the way he comes across, influences the way others react to him. I do enjoy your writing.
Author's Response: Thanks! I always feel as though a Severus who isn't a little heartbreaking probably isn't quite in character either.
This is a really well written and thought out one-shot. On a par with all of the rest of your work - well done.
Author's Response: Thanks! It was a sort of uncomfortable one for me, so I appreciate the pat on the back.
I love the way you took things he said and did in the first book and made it so that it fit in your story and what you thought(or wanted) he was thinking at the time.
Author's Response: Thanks!