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Review:GingeredTea says:
OMG, that's the only way I can think to start this review. This was simply brilliant. I'm from the review tag, by the way.
I knew it was Lily from the beginning but the way you dealt with this, without really telling us, without really overtly hinting but still managing to make it as clear as day...amazing. Your words, flow, structure - just beautiful. I'm sort of at a loss for words and wish I could take a day or two to absorb this, but I already said I was reviewing this before I realized what a magnificent piece of work it is, so now I have to figure out something to say. lol

You have really done a wonderful job with this and it just leaves me wondering where you got your inspiration for the idea? Please excuse my sparse review as my mind whirls with all the imagery your story has put there.

Author's Response: Thank you! I really love this story, even though my OTP is not a popular pairing, and it was fun to play with imagery in telling one version of the Snape/Lily story. I feel like the ship is rich with uncharted territory and I get super excited whenever I see someone taking it on anew.

Most of the Snape/Lily stories I've read are from Severus's perspective, and they tend to revolve around themes of regret and longing for the girl that he had always loved. I wanted to explore the notion that Lily returned his feelings in some way--perhaps not even in a way that she truly understands--and that those feelings may blur the line between friendship and something more. The piece really just poured from my heart and it was very emotional for me to write, to be honest.

The original idea came from a challenge issued by a friend. I was supposed to "convince" her of my OTP. I don't know if it worked, but she did say that she liked it :) It really began with the toad scene in the laboratory and sort of expanded from there. I'm a scientist and so that level comes more easily to me when writing Snape-centric stories. I still like to re-read that scene.

Thank you so much for this kind review!

-Amanda


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