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Review:Jchrissy says:
You realize that you've torn my heart out along this little ride, right?

Cuddles Lily's kitten. Cuddles kitten.

Honestly this is going to be much less a review and more just a gushy puddle. This chapter ended just how it should have, as sad as that is. Your story took canon and weaves it so skillfully into its own story of Dorcas and Severus that my head canon is always going to have these two together.

You didn't hide from Severus's hurt. You did let him find a magical comfort in his new life as teacher. That wouldn't have been him. This is him. Still as tortured as the day we met him, even more so now that he's lost something so incredible.

He'll never see his own value. And slowly he'll morph into the bitter man we know. He'll miss Dorcas for the rest of his life, and gah. But what he does in her memory just ties into the books perfectly and I can't believe how amazing this entire ride was. Now it's over (insert cryptic winking frown here).

You have such a beautiful way with words and you told a story that I never thought I'd be interested to hear, but that I really loved so, so much. I can't believe how drastically you've changed my opinion of this man, and I hope you're incredibly proud about what you accomplished with this.

It was an incredible ride, m'dear. ♥

Author's Response: Okay. It's been a while, but I really have to respond to this.

Just, err... don't smother the kitten too much, will ya?

Aww, that's the best compliment ever, that you see this story fitting into canon. That was my initial aim, to make sure that nothing contradicted the story we know, but gave more depth to a character that we *think* we know. And yeah, my head will always have this story in canon too. Funny what an Idea will turn into.

I think that's the biggest thing for me: not hiding from Severus' pain, not giving him the chance to resolve his conflicts in the future. I think I've said it before, but with a character as complex as Severus Snape, I just couldn't see him living as he did without something else shaping him into who he became. Of course Harry and the other students saw him as this incorrigible monster who didn't have the capacity to care for anyone, but they were kids. Snape doesn't need to justify himself to anyone. I don't think he ever does. But something keeps him going.

I'm so grateful that you gave this story a chance. It's not a story that many people want to hear, but it was the story I was compelled to write, even if it had started with an impossible challenge. You know how these things can grab you and not let go. And I learned so much with writing this thing. The ride was quite incredible for me too.

Thanks so much for your cryptic winking frowning faces and your incredible support of this tale. I'm so glad you made it to the end!

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