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Review:academica says:
Oh my gahhh this is getting favorited right now. It's no secret that I love Snape/Lily, and I'm probably going to ask you to write me another one for my birthday, and this one is actually HAPPY, and ohmygodmarrymeletsbefriends. Le sigh.

I think the adorable factor might kill me. This is one reason why I love Snape/Lily so much -- they're got such a beautiful friendship, even if they never work out romantically. I think just having Lily as a friend would have been such an immense relief for adult Snape, although it would obviously never be what he really wanted. You wrote them so delicately and perfectly, complete with a little best-friend handshake. I love the attention to detail in the descriptions and the way you contrasted Lily's cute little winter ensemble with Snape's poverty. It's so like her, the way I picture her in my mind, to want to give him the real Christmas that he's never had.

Pride and Prejudice! Adorable. I can totally picture Lily loving it, and I can also see Snape reading it faithfully year after year, pretending that he could be the Mr. Darcy that swept Lily (as Elizabeth, of course) off her feet. I love that she was unsure about it but he so openly, honestly loved it. This kind of thing is what I'm talking about when I tell people that I see his love for her as less "stalkery" and more innocent, the kind of earnest devotion that covers all sins, even James Potter.

Seriously, I've spent all afternoon working on these stupid evaluations for my progress in my grad program and it's super boring and stressful, and this made my day. Thank you.

Amanda

Author's Response: AMANDA YOU GLORIOUS PERSON. ♥ I don't even know how I'm going to respond to this review. Prepare yourself for a prodigious amount of rambling. (Plus, your first paragraph brought lots of appreciative laughs that came out as snorts! :3)

You've got the exact view on Snape/Lily that I have, and I'm so grateful for that. I definitely have never understood the people who claim that Snily is a bit of a stalker-ish pairing, because I have genuinely never seen it this way. He just had true heartfelt feelings for her, and loved her unconditionally, even when she fell in love with one of the people Severus hated most.

/You/ made /my/ day, and I am glad this provided you with a bit of relief from evaluations -- that is not ideal, I understand. :( But yes! So much love for you, and this review, and your brilliance. ♥ I cannot wait for more swapping in the near future!


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