This started out like such a cute and fluffy story, and then... this ending killed me... poor, little Severus, he put so much effort into it, he just wanted to make his mum smile...
The Severus you show in here is such a cute, innocent and sweet child. I loved the opening scene, the way he lingered at the window, so full of wonder for the Christmas lights. I also loved your descriptions, beautiful as always. The Christmas atmosphere, the snow falling, the carolers singing. It's magical, especially for a child, especially for a child leaving in an environment like this.
Tobias' unmotivated fits of rage were so awful to read, the effect of them on both Eileen and Severus so heartbreaking. The way Severus hid away, trying to not be seen or heard, scared that his father's shouts would make the house crumble down... no one should feel that way, not about one of their parents, not about anyone, actually.
This was another wonderful piece by you. You made me smile and then made me almost cry and your writing is just stunning. I wanted to hug Severus tight the whole time, you gave such a beautiful picture of him as a child, you captured his thoughts and feelings so wonderfully.
So much love to you, dear Rumpels.
A drop of Amortentia.
Snape is one of my least favorite characters in the series.
This story made me feel so, so sorry for him. Like, the story made me feel sorry for him, but then the last two paragraphs literally just made my soul want to cry.
Amazing job. I'm so, so glad you're back - and that I keep coming across your stories in the queue!
Ahhhhhhh! Branwen! *Squish* I feel like I haven't had a conversation wtih you in forever! *squishes* I'm really glad to see you -- these archives look amazing, btw!
<3 I'm glad you liked the story, especially given your stance on Snape. I'm also sorry/not sorry that the final paragraphs hurt your soul! This one was hard for me to write, so I'm especially happy that the 'sad' came through!
Thanks so much for popping in to leave a review (and for validating the stories)! We'll have to chat very soon!