This was lovely, Amanda! I don't think I've really ever read a Tobias/Eileen story before, although it's not really a question why -- they're certainly not a popular pairing, and not a happy one either. But in the hands of the right author (you, of course, being that author), they have a sort of tragic, bittersweet magic that makes for plain and lovely reading.
I feel like I do this every time I come around a story of yours, but yet again, I've got to praise your imagery. You really know how to turn a phrase! There's a richness to your story that I feel, rather than see, which makes it a poor problem to turn it into words. Your use of colors in this story was especially beautiful; there's such a fine line between making red beautiful, and making red bloody. And it's a line a lot of authors play with. You've done it very well here.
And I love the idea of Eileen initially luring Tobias in with a love potion? (Forgive me -- is that canon? It's been a shameful amount of time since I've read one of the books.) There's a chilling parallel there to Merope Gaunt and her Muggle, and I love that Snape's born out of that, even if not under it. That ties him more into his future and his personality, and it's wonderfully delicious food for thought, to someone who loves Snape almost as much as you do! ;)
I think I'm physically cold after reading this. Is that weird? You wrote ice and winter in a very realistic way! That's been happening to me lately with Game of Thrones, as well, which I'm also reading. But I'm rambling now. I'm so glad I picked this story of yours to read! It was so pretty; you really do have a way with words, though I risk repeating myself, mentioning it here again. Hoping to drop back by here again quite soon! ♥
Author's Response: Hello Rachel! November was crazy and I got really behind on responses, so I'm slowly working my way through now that things are slowing down again. Thanks for your patience--I know that I owe you some more! They're coming!
I owe my courage in attempting this pairing to Shelby. As I'm sure you know, Tobias/Eileen is kind of her thing, and after reading a couple of her one-shots, I just had to give it a try. I'm really proud of the result and I enjoyed the challenge of getting inside Eileen's head. (Though I'm still a little scared of Tobias. Eep.)
It's great that you liked the colors--that three-sentence description with the lips and hair and skin basically constructed the whole story. I built everything off of that part of Snow White. I'm so happy that what could have been seen as overdone worked well for you.
I don't think it's canon. It was heavily inspired by Merope, and my head canon that Severus got all his potions know-how from his mother. I see parallels between her and her son, definitely, especially in this concept that logic and intelligence can't win you everything. Eileen sees it with Tobias, and Snape sees it with Lily (as I expand upon in Post Scriptum).
I think the whole thing has a very chilly feel to it, so I'm not entirely surprised that you're cold :D I'm so happy that you liked this, and it was so sweet of you to drop by! I really hope to see you pop up again sometime soon :)