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Review:CambAngst says:
Wow. This one really grabs at the old heartstrings. For reasons we've discussed over and over again, I've never thought of Snape as a sympathetic figure. I've always found his "love" for Lily to be a very twisted, possessive sort of obsession. But every person has reasons for ending up the way that they are, and I thought you did an amazing job of capturing just a bit of the childhood conflicts and contrasts that shaped Severus Snape.

The idea of Severus's father as an angry, violent alcoholic wasn't hard at all to get my head around. The idea of his mother as a profusely apologetic, deeply troubled woman who was ultimately unable to fix the things that were wrong with her life and her marriage works really well, too. It's obvious that she loves her son very much, but she's either too frightened or too despondent to make the changes that would be needed to give him a better life. "Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children." It's a favorite quote of mine, spiritual beliefs or lack thereof notwithstanding, and when a mother consistently fails to deliver on her promises the child will never be able to trust. The bitterness and bullying tendencies that Severus shows later in life doubtless arise from his feelings of being powerless as a child.

But his relationship with Lily is something totally different. She does nice things for him even though she has no reason to do so. She fixes the problems that she creates. You couldn't have created a more poignant contrast, but you kept Lily so sweet and childlike at the same time. She wasn't changing the world, she was just helping him get the ice cream off of his clothes. But to him, her actions were profound.

Your writing was beautiful in this. It all flowed perfectly and the descriptions were vivid and crisp. I enjoyed reading it even though it was short. Nice job!

Author's Response: I'm sure you can imagine how hard it was for me to get myself to think of him as Severus-- instead of Snape. But once I tried to focus on what would turn a man into such a bitter person, what would cause him to want power, to want control as badly as he does when he's older, that really helped. It was clear Snape wasn't just twisted and cruel like Bellatrix, but he also wasn't ever nice. He had this sort of detachment throughout, except of course when it came to Lily then it was the opposite, a serious amount of obsession. Anyway, I think it's a pretty easy line to connect him being from an abusive household, where he always felt like he had no control over what happened.. forcing him to want that sense of control and power later on down the road. I don't think I could ever write adult Snape, but the child Severus was a really interesting experiment.

I'm so happy that you liked the amount of weight Lily's actions, as small as they may be to anyone else, held for Severus. Like you said, she's fixing a problem she creates. That's something huge for him...

I can safely say that, except for when he crops up in before they fall, I will most likely not be writing Snape again. It's too scary :P But I'm so happy you think this turned out well ♥

Thank you so much m'dear for you always amazing reviews!

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