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Finding Lost Strength
Lily’s glow gave off warmth. “These were hard times Severus. You only killed Dumbledore because he asked you to when the time was right. You didn’t kill me. You pleaded for my life, and I gave my life for my son. Nothing could have changed that. You are a good man for what little options you were given in life. You helped protect my son even though it must have hurt you horribly, and now he is safe and Voldemort has been defeated.” She explained with caring words.
Some Wounds Don't Heal
She stopped at the doorway and turned to look at him. “Those wounds will heal over time, but I’m sure that Dark Mark will never go away.” She looked at her wrist and traced her finger over the long scar. “Some wounds don’t heal.” She explained, looking up at him before leaving the bathroom.
Only Skin Deep
“Then you must know that some wounds are only skin deep,” he suggested. “I’m sure you know that considering that broken arm was probably given to you by the same person who gave you the black eyes and bruises on your wrist. You know that the pain of the actual injury goes away, but the memory, that lives on forever. It’s a wound that doesn’t ever heal. Only someone you truly care about and love, can leave such a wound.”
“You will keep your hands off that woman. She’s responsible for me still being alive,” he explained. “Just because we know the Killing Curse, the curse that takes away lives, doesn’t give us the right to play God. We do not choose who lives and dies. It was never our right and that is where Voldemort failed. He thought he could play and be God.”
One Brief Moment of Freedom
“I did what was necessary for everyone,” explained Severus. “You will never understand and I would never expect you to. The matter of the fact is, you couldn’t even protect your own son. You needed my help for that, so don’t you dare bring your righteous pureblood heritage and arrogant comments to this conversation.”
You Can Run But...
“She’s a muggle.” Severus confessed with a glimmer of fear in his eyes. This was an emotion Severus rarely showed in life. He had been scared very few times: once maybe twice in a very long lifetime. Once, when he realized he had probably lost Lily because of his own stupidity, and the second when he knew Lord Voldemort was going to attack the Potters. He knew he would have lost her for good then.
You Can't Hide
Severus nodded and sat there quietly. If they removed her knowledge of the wizarding world and magic, she would also forget the things she had done within the past few days. It meant she would forget Severus and everything they had done together. She would have never found him, helped him, been saved by him, or even have slept with him. It just wouldn’t exist in her mind or be nothing more than a vague dream to her. Severus didn’t want this to happen to her and he especially didn’t want it to happen to him.
Always Second Place
From that moment on, Paige knew she would always be the second woman. She knew that Lily would always be more important than her, no matter what. She didn’t understand why considering she didn’t know Lily and she was the one living with Severus, but if such an outburst came from someone over just saying the person’s name, she knew she would be second forever.
Where I'm Needed
“I’ll go somewhere that actually needs me since it’s apparent that I’m not needed here.” She said through gritted teeth, trying to hold back her tears. She started heading towards the door but Severus grabbed her wrist and turned her around.
Life Turning Around
Now, Severus Snape had a purpose for his once meaningless life. He had found someone to share his life with and that was Paige. He never thought he would find anyone yet alone, be happy with that person. He had found what he wanted and soon he would also have a family. These were things he had only dreamed about and never thought would happen to him. Things were definitely starting to turn around and for once in a long time, Severus Snape smiled before he went to bed. He felt at peace and he finally felt whole.
There were many things Severus Snape never thought he would be able to do in his life: fall in love, get married, have a child, and yet alone, even have a life. Somehow, someway, Severus was able to do all of these things which caught him off guard considering his life had been far from normal. Most of his life he spent regretting the past, or trying to make up for it, but now he lived in the present. On some level, Severus realized that maybe he was alive for a reason, even though he should have been dead. Maybe this was the life he was truly supposed to have.
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