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Review:Arithmancy_Wiz says:
First, can I say how touched I am that you chose to write me a story as my secret santa gift? It wouldn't have mattered what you wrote, just the fact that you wrote something for me makes me all full of feels! Really though, thank you so much.

As for the story itself, of course it's perfect. I love Snape/Lily, especially when it's at least partially unrequited. I was just watching DH part 2 the other day and this was like watching a deleted scene from Snape's flashbacks.

The style was simple and sweet and set the mood perfectly. I loved the wintery atmosphere. It felt right with the tone of the story, and of course, it was the perfect backdrop for a Christmas story!

And the bit about the hairbrush, and Petunia acting like Lily's magical abilities were some sort of disease -- how sad, especially in light of Snape eventually calling her a mudblood. To know that her sister treated her that way, and then for her supposed friend to fling that term at her... it's just so sad.

My favorite line has to be the one about the "lovesick fantasy of a boy whose only wish was that he not end up like his mother..." Gah! The feelings again. So sad and yet probably so true.

Okay, enough fawning. Thank you so much for my lovely gift. It was the perfect holiday surprise.

Author's Response: Hi Becky :)

I'm glad you think so. Writing something makes it more meaningful, I think. You can always get reviews...

I haven't written much Snape/Lily. It usually is one of those ships I prefer to read only. Theirs was a delicate relationship though, not only in the context of purely platonic, but venturing beyond that as well. Severus' thinking was similar to mine in his caution. He wasn't sure what to make of her actions even if he secretly welcomed them.

The story is set in Christmas of fifth year - before things fell apart for them both. Your mention of him ultimately initiating their falling out a few months later made me smile - you've caught on to where I was going with this. This entire conversation sort of foreshadows that moment.

I wrote this on the same vein as I did my other Severus one-shot, especially when it regarded his family life where his mother is either too afraid to leave, or seemingly still loves someone who treats her badly. If you look at their history, you can say that things ended up in a similar manner - Snape was still lovesick, to the day he died.

I'm so sorry I took so long to respond to this. Seems I had to find the right time.

I'm really glad you liked it :)


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