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Review:WitnesstoitAll says:

Gah. You and your ability to make me cheer for ships that I don't particularly care for normally. So, this was a gorgeous little piece of writing. Even in the beginning when Severus was flickering between life and death, it felt so peaceful. The language you chose to use and the smooth rhythm of your words gave an impression of sort of floating gently downwards.

Snape is such a sad character -- living grasping to a person who was never his to begin with, and even more so to a person who likely wasn't the same girl he fell in love with. Time changes people, and I feel like snape was more in love with the idea of lily than lily herself. It was so, rewarding (not sure that's the word I'm searching for, but it'll have to do for now) to find Lily in Snape's afterlife. He lived in such a purgatory... and he definitely did prove himself in the end. It seemed as though LIly was his heaven (even though you say heaven and hell don't exist in this afterlife).

His conversation with lily felt a bit like his interview at the gate, and when LIly finally kissed him, it was like the great pearly gates opened for him.

The imagery in this was gorgeous, and the amount of metaphorical stuff I can pull from it speaks to the quality of it. YOu're a great author, Missy and it behooves me to find something to critique.

Great work!

Author's Response: I guess that's a good thing, especially considering I'm not even a Snily shipper. ;)

Aww, thanks. You sort of got the whole feel I was trying to go for, so I'm really happy with that.

Snape is a sad character but gah, Alan Rickman's performance in DH2 just sort of brought it all home for me and made me more sympathetic for Snape's character than the book did. But your perception of his character is really dead-on for how I normally feel too - about him loving the idea of Lily more than Lily herself.

I guess if you're going to live in the afterlife, at least it should be your idea of what heaven should look like, yeah? ;)

I like that analogy of the gate and Lily being the Gate Keeper kind of - that's clever! I didn't even think of it that way but it's pretty accurate!

Thanks for all the compliments. You're the best! ^_^

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