Summary: Severus has never seen the appeal of repetition, particularly of things that ended badly the first time. In his life, he has kept one pet, owned one broom, and had one close friend.
Winner of Mod Quicksilver Quill for Best Novel! Thanks, all!
Rating and warnings do not apply to all chapters; I just didn't want anyone hooked and then shocked.
This has to be the most stunning representation of not only Severus Snape but also his relationship with Lily and the Slytherin hierarchy. I have been reading this story for the past six hours, and will most likely find time to do so again in the future.
Author's Response: Six hours? Wow. I'm glad this story aged well, since so much of it was based on the guesses and hints available in HBP. Thanks for the review!