|Review:||Toujours Padfoot says:|
You never cease to amaze me, Jane. I always know that when I read something of yours, I won't be disappointed. And it's great that I don't have to just make up something nice to review that's completely blowing smoke (your...umm...title is nice?) because your writing is always positively overflowing with so many elements to be complimented. It's just...beautiful. Your writing style, as I've said countless times, is just FANTASTIC because it is SO unique to the individual stories. I don't know how you do it, but it's incredible.
Severus is one of my favorite characters in the HP world - second only to Harry. And I am just so relieved and fascinated by this because you wrote him SO WELL, and so in-canon, and it's so original. You wrote that Snape intended to start off on a positive note with Harry. Obviously, we can deduce that he took one look at Harry and was too repulsed by all the James in him to follow through on that. But the fact that you gave him the intention of doing so, and providing a backdrop of how he felt in the days before finally meeting Lily's son - it was just even better than I could have asked for. I feel like it all really happened - this little bit about Snape - and that you told it brilliantly.
I am so tired of seeing evil, villain Snape. And I am endlessly thankful that you paint him differently. I could go on and on forever about how much I liked this, and how deep it was, but I'll just be repeating the whole thing.
A couple of my very favorite bits:
Instead she simply took his heart, and disappeared with it.
I got this picture in my head of Lily sapping away all of Severus's love and kind of running off, vanishing into a puff of smoke. Your imagery is so subtle and beautiful.
- there had never been any sort of closure on his end, and now the wound would always remain open and raw, forever unhealed by time, or anything else. He just wanted a sense of peace, someone to tell him that everything was over now.
It just says so many things. Especially the last bit - "someone to tell him that everything was over now." It was eerie because I remembered how Snape made Harry look into his eyes just so that he could see Lily in them, and I know that it probably did bring him peace. He couldn't get away from himself and his regrets, and from Voldemort, and the life he would never enjoy, until he finally met death. I really think death was the best thing for him, because it's clear he was never going to get over Lily. He was perpetually in love with a dead girl.
So, obviously, I really loved this.
Thank you for continuing to write such amazing stuff.
Author's Response: Oh, Sarah.
Thank you so much... SO much. I really wish I could thank you properly, but it's so hard to convey my gratitude to you over a computer. And even if I were to thank you in person, I know I couldn't do you justice.
Thank you so, so, so, so much. =]