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I took prompts to celebrate my flist's having reached the 600 friends mark in the wake of Deathly Hallows' release. This ficlet is for kateri_e.

Second Thoughts (PG-13; Snarry; 187 words): Severus allows himself to forget his past so that he may attend to his future.



One memory that Severus hadn't shared with Harry was of his leaving Lily's bedroom through the window one morning—and what he'd been doing there in the first place. That "first" had been his happy memory when needed for years, but, as all memories are wont to do, it had begun to fade, and Severus had longed to replace it. The fact that he'd wanted to replace it with a memory made with Harry troubled him because the prior memory had been made approximately nine months before Harry had been born.

He's Potter's son. He has to be, Severus told himself. I need him to be James' son!

Severus needed Harry to be James' son as much as he needed him to be Lily's; he knew that. He also knew that, in the end, it didn't matter, couldn't matter—he wouldn't allow it to matter—because Harry had already determined to make memories of his own.

Stroking Harry's hair, Severus decided not to dwell on the past any longer.

It's never brought me anything but grief.

And what Harry didn't know of Severus' suspicions of his present couldn't hurt him.

~*~

I took prompts to celebrate my flist's having reached the 600 friends mark in the wake of Deathly Hallows' release. This ficlet is for streussal.

Not for the Greater Good (PG-13; Grindeldore; 145 words): An examined life isn't living.



Gellert was charming, comely, commanding—so many things for which Albus had yearned. They didn't matter, those other traits he possessed, the frightening ones, did they? Not when Gellert's wand-work was so magnificent.

No one had made Albus feel so . . . special before. No one had listened to his ideas and . . . expanded upon them the way Gellert had. And such expansions! To listen to Gellert was to find the world opened before one; it was intoxicating!

"For the greater good," Gellert had promised him, after their most recent tumble, and, his mind and body humming with the possibilities, Albus found it easy to dismiss any . . . concerns he might have fleetingly entertained about Gellert's expansive nature.

No one can possibly understand our greatness—or our love, Albus thought, and this was enough because it would become everything, wouldn't it?

They couldn't fail, not together, not for the greater good.

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fodirteg
Mar. 10th, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
It isn't always the done thing to examine these things too closely, is it?

Doesn't each of us want to be able to believe that the choices we make are the best?


Nicely done!
iulia_linnea
Mar. 10th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! *smooches*
streussal
Mar. 10th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
Grindeldore is definitely my otp. Sort of. I like it better than other ships, anyways.

No one had made Albus feel so . . . special before. No one had listened to his ideas and . . . expanded upon them the way Gellert had. And such expansions! To listen to Gellert was to find the world opened before one; it was intoxicating!

"For the greater good," Gellert had promised him, after their most recent tumble, and, his mind and body humming with the possibilities, Albus found it easy to dismiss any . . . concerns he might have fleetingly entertained about Gellert's expansive nature.


Yes. Just yes. I realise that's half the fic, but it just sums everything up so well.

And I'm a little disturbed by how much I like the Snarry one.
iulia_linnea
Mar. 10th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
So much glee for your enjoying your ficlet! *dances*

I'm a little disturbed that I wrote the Snarry one. ;)
spike7451
Mar. 11th, 2008 12:43 pm (UTC)
The first one is great ,if a bit disconcerting, of COURSE he's James' son.I'm with Severus, it doesn't bear thinking about too deeply Liked the second one a great deal as well.
iulia_linnea
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm so pleased! Thank you. :D
kitkat1979
Mar. 12th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
Well the snarry is a *little* disturbing! (I kinda liked it though)
The way you have described Dumbledore being seduced, basically, by Grindelwald is entirely plausible, I think
iulia_linnea
Mar. 13th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
*beams*

Thank you so much! :D

(And the first one sort of disturbed me, too. *meeps about it, but not that much, obviously*)
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