I love this fic!! It's sooooo awesome & sweet! ^-^
Author's Response: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.
So, yeah...not gonna lie. The idea of Harry being Snape's son is not something that I would ever willingly contemplate, but I do wonder if 'what might have been' give Lily the tears she needed to shed for the potion, for I do want little Harry to feel better, poor love.
It's odd but fitting that making a potion would bring Severus back into her mind so powerfully. I never doubted that Lily loved James, but she was still hurt by what had happened their fifth-year, no matter the fact that it ahd been five years before. It validated the fact that she had truly cared for Severus and that it still had the power to get to her. Had it been some random guy that she hadn't cared for, it would have been long forgotten, and a night of memory-laced potion making would have never existed.
It's cool how you still manage to characterise Severus, even though he was only mentioned. It adds a bit more of what Lily knew of his background that the others who criticised her for befriending him did not.
Blah blah, ramble rambe, you're probably sick of your inbox being full by now. I loved the story in its simplicity and bitter-sweetness. It's poignant and a bit more of Lily's side to the tragedy of their tale.
Hasta la pasta,
Author's Response: I completely agree - I've never bought the whole 'Lily never loved James and just married him to prove some odd point to Severus' nonsense that occasionally gets spouted by the scary, rabid Severus fangirls. Of course she loved James, and she never loved Severus like that really - he loved her but it was clearly unreciprocated. They were however friends for a long time and she definitely cared about him deeply in that way at least, and that doesn't just vanish. No matter how angry she was with him, there's always going to be a certain sense of loss for her of someone who'd been that important too her and an occasional nostalgia, and what better to spark that than something as tied to Severus as Potions. Loads of people seem to have told the story of how Severus feels about the break up of their friendship but Lily's take on it so rarely gets acknowledged, in fact poor Lily rarely ever gets to be anything more than Severus or James' love interest. I just wanted to try and capture just a little bit of Lily as her own woman here and give her a little more depth. Ta as ever, Jess, for the review.
So, I think you might be the author that draws me back into fanfiction. I've loved all your stories so far, and this was no exception. I liked the casual twist of Lily's unrelenting memories of Severus providing the answer she had been searching for. Your characterization of Lily was also entertaining; she was clever yet motherly, without being too much of one. Oftentimes, I've noticed, Lily tends to either be too loving and affectionate or too stuck on her past. This fic wasn't like that, though.
Author's Response: Oh wow, that's such a compliment. Thank you! I'm so glad you are enjoying my stories. I always tend to work really hard on Lily's characterisation, because she is so often a cardboard cutout in fanfic, and I'm determined to give her more depth than that, so I'm really glad you like her character.
I noted one thing: How Lily (in this fiction) and Severus (in your other story) both use the word "cruelly" to describe some aspect of how they treated each other and were eventually estranged.
Author's Response: Oh that's interesting. It wasn't a concious parallel. I suppose it just reflects how I view the relationship and the circumstances. Thanks for the review.