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Review:Roots in Water says:
I didn't expect that ending and I certainly didn't expect the pregnancy, though I did like it. I thought that the story would end on a sadder note, especially because of how the last chapter finished. However, I do always enjoy a happy ending and I think that the ending you gave is pretty much the only possible realistic and believable happy ending possible. There was no way that they could have stayed in England, not after Voldemort had discovered that Lily was a traitor as well as Severus' home.

There was a very interesting parallel between their new life now and the life Lily would have had with James. She's pregnant and she's living under the Fidelius Charm- I do wonder what it will be like for the child to live in secret. How will they attend school? Have friends?

On a side note, I didn't realize that Lily had been the one to kill Sirius- I thought that it was Severus.

I think that you've done a great job of resolving the main conflict of the story (Severus and Lily have a more than satisfactory relationship) and you've left us with a sense of hope for a brighter future. I do wonder about Lily's thoughts to having a death on her conscience, especially one who was almost her friend, and if they will ever regret leaving the war behind. I don't think that they will ever return to fight, though. They've probably learned their lesson and will want to keep their child as safe as possible.

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this story and I think that you did an excellent job with it.

Author's Response: Oh my, I'm tickled pink! I struggled so much with the ending for this story. I wanted to give them the happy ending I always thought they deserved, but at the same time, I wanted to make sure to keep things realistic. It seems like every Snily I read either has them tragically separated or in a flawless relationship, and I don't like either one. I wanted this to be different, and you thought it was, and you LIKED it, and... oh. Oh my.

The ending does leave a lot of 'what ifs', yes. I did that on purpose... I wanted to give the reader's imagination a chance to finish the tale. Does the child change its name and appearance? Do they pretend to be Muggles? Do they run a juice business out of their home? There are a million possibilities, and yes, a million fears. They'll never really be safe, but at least they're somewhat happy. Lily's not made of stone, and she probably does have some regrets. But I wanted her to break away from the pain of her life as it had been and get to experience something nice for once, and that requires a sacrifice or two.

Oh, yes, sorry if that one point was confusing: Severus was indeed the one to kill Sirius, but since he and Lily are traveling together, I meant that Voldemort would associate his crimes with her, and would surely wreak his vengeance upon them both if he caught them.

Thanks again for all your wonderful reviews!

Amanda


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