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Review:SiriuslyPeeved says:
Amanda, I was incredibly moved by this piece. Already sharing your OTP, I didnt need conversion ;)

In your story Lily has room in her heart for more than one love -- though not in her daily existence, until she has moved beyond the physical plane. (I'm glad James isn't jealous in the afterlife, I wonder whether that applies to everyone?)

I loved Lily's personality here, how she examines her own feelings toward both Severus and James through the distancing mirror of the Pensieve. When she says "this is why I hate you, why I chose James"... (paraphrasing) That grabbed me by the collar. Severus brought out the worst in Lily, from her perspective, and James made her feel like a better person. I think this is a deep insight into Lily's character and into love itself-- do we love most those who inspire the deepest feelings, or those who reflect us in a more positive light so we can stand to live with ourselves? (oh no, plot bunny! ;) )

It was simultaneously chilling and touching to read about Snape's experiments with antidotes and toads. The line where he reminded Lily of his father was really frightening.

I love reading about Snape at work -- I feel their shared interest in potions is something that can't be left out of a Snape/Lily story. I almost felt how Lily wanted to be that dying toad carefully moved away from the poison.

I thought the non-linear arrangement worked beautifully as did the device of the ( magically preserved?) lily on Snape's desk, as well as the white lily from the funeral. They each preserve an artificial reminder of the other, keeping it intact over the seventeen years they are parted by death.

I could ramble on further at risk of making little sense with my fangirling, but I loved this, Amanda. Excellent work. (I'm sorry about the weird accented A's, I can't figure out how to delete them! :-o )

Author's Response: MARYYY -glomp- I love fellow Snily shippers.

I really love exploring Lily's dark side, because I think that if anything would have made her want to be with Snape at any point, that might have been it (aside from her sense of compassion). I know I often put her on a pedestal as an angel-like figure, and here I really wanted to dig in to the dirt of her more.

Writing Snape at work was my favorite part. It was actually the first part of this that I got down to my satisfaction. I think he's most fascinating when he's really in his element, because he finally has the advantage, and I love that he and Lily have that in common.

Yes, perfect - you got it. They're both holding each other in different and equally dark ways. I'm so glad you loved this, and thank you for your very kind review! :)

-Amanda


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