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I've offered ficlets to people who bid on my livelongnmarry auctions but didn't win, and I'll be posting these ficlets as I write them. Thank you, bidders!

5. chiralove prompted me with Severus/Lily, "forgive and forget."

After (PG; Severus/Lily; 360): Severus and Lily continue a conversation that they never complete.

He was sure of it: Lily was prepared to forgive and forget. Why else would she have hung back to fall into step with him? As they made their way down the corridor, she listened to him, not pulling away when his arm brushed hers.

Severus' chest tightened.

"I can't like it, Sev. They're no good for you."

Sighing, Severus tried to explain what it was like, being in Slytherin—being poor and impure, in his house—and Lily listened, but he could tell she remained unconvinced.

"Still . . . ."

"Don't you miss me?" he asked, his voice a little too high for his liking.

Lily ducked into a tapestry covered alcove and pulled Severus with her. "You know I do, but think of life after Hogwarts. Are those the sort of people you want to—"

"Things are changing, Lily," Severus interrupted, trying to breathe normally while standing so close to her, to breathe at all when the only thing he wanted was to— "If I don't get on well with my housemates . . . ."

"Yes?"

"How could I hope to protect you?"

Lily closed her eyes and bit her lower lip before opening them again and staring at Severus in exasperation.

"What?"

"I don't want your protection, Sev, I want—damn. We—we'd best be getting to—"

Without thinking, Severus pushed forward, putting his arms on Lily's shoulders and holding her in place. Her body felt warm and soft against his, and her mouth was open from the gasp his movement had elicited from her.

"Severu—"

"What were you going to say? What do you want?"

Lily leant against his chest. Severus thought she might be trembling.

Please, Lily. Tell me.

"After the examination, we should . . . talk. All right?" she said, looking up at him. "I don't want to say this in some musty old alcove."

Leaning down so that his lips were almost touching hers, Severus murmured, "Then I'll wait for you, after, by the lake," before stepping away, and Lily gave him a shy half-smile and darted out of the alcove.

He took several deep breaths to calm himself. He'd meet her. They'd "talk." He'd make her understand. He would.

And Lily would be his.

Comments

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fodirteg
Jul. 26th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)
OH.

I rarely get choked up over fic. Quite apparently, I do sometimes, though.

Oh. oh my.

iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
*cuddles you, Severus*

I feel terribly guilty about this, I do!
betelin_notecor
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
Noo! Poor Severus... I just want to go hide him in a broom closet and save him from the world. And himself. *huggles him*
iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
So do I—I just kept thinking that he had to have had some reason to hope, you know? *sniffs*
venturous1
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
>sigh< the storm clouds are gathering.

You've created a very tangible moment.
iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you. *pleased, but sad*
soberloki
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:32 am (UTC)
Aw, JEEZ woman!

This hopeful, wanting, I-could-have-my-happy-ending Severus breaks my heart even more than the grown one who's resigned to the horrifying life he has to continue leading to save the world and Lily's son. Not that it's easy to read either one...

*sigh* This is what I get for adoring the anti-hero.
iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
I suck, don't I? *hugs*

I did try not to go to the angst place, but I couldn't help myself.

*adores Severus with you*
shiv5468
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
Oh poooor Severus. Poor poor severus

Damned if he doesn't need threesome smut after getting his heart broken like that
iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:50 am (UTC)
What a fabu idea! Shall I prompt you? *cheeky*
shiv5468
Jul. 26th, 2008 08:58 am (UTC)
Go on then

Bearing in mind that there is only one threesome in my mind

~cautious~
iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Hee! You know I'm not going to prompt you for Severus/Filch/Burbage. ;)

How about: It's that time of the year again, and Lucius, in particular, has no desire to suffer through another bout of Severus' Lily-related doldrums, so Hermione helps him distract Severus before he can remember to be sad. If that's too pushy a prompt, here are three one-word ones:

latent, heuristic, and succor.

Or they could all just shag. ;)
shiv5468
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:21 am (UTC)
I can work with that

Nods
iulia_linnea
Jul. 26th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)
*glee*
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