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Review:Debra20 says:
Hey Amanda!

I am in awe. Really. Why is it always so difficult for me to start writing a review for your stories? Especially Snily ones. It always feels like there aren't enough words in to world to do justice to your stories. At least for me.

This was such an emotional one shot. It took me a few paragraphs to realise who was the person speaking, or rather thinking and when I recognized Lily I braced myself for the sadness I was sure the story would unfold. A bitter-sweet piece. There were many emotions flying around.

"I fixate upon your cold gaze, your determined movements, the scratching of your quill against the faded piece of parchment. You are not my friend, not today". After I've read this, I had to stop and contain the tears that threatened to start flowing. I am not sure how much thought you put into this piece, or if it was the result of spontaneity but for me, as a reader, I can't help but wonder if it's true that our beloved ones that are dead visit us from the afterlife. If that's true I cannot begin to imagine how Lily must have felt following Snape around. All that he's done, how he was treating her son, him falling deeper and deeper into the Dark Arts. I have always thought that she continued to care about Snape until her very death, so it must have been very painful for her to watch his steps and bear with every wrong choice he took for his life.

Author's Response: Hey Debra! You are, always, far too kind to me.

I guess the style here is meant to be a little confusing. I kind of wanted it to have a hazy feel, but I'm glad you identified that the person watching Severus was Lily. If anyone were to follow him from the afterlife, I would think that it would be her, you know? :)

I definitely think the whole experience must have been difficult for her, but also very tempting, and I would like to think that she would have been happy to see him turn his life around after her death (though I tried to convey more complex emotions in this piece). I want to say that I'm sorry the story made you cry, but really, it's sort of a sad story, so maybe that means that the emotion worked.

Thank you so much for this lovely review!

-Amanda


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