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I took prompts to celebrate my flist's hitting the 800 friends mark, and I'll be posting the results as I complete the drabbles.

7. tkurogrym prompted me with: Snape & Mad-Eye: recovery, lost, fire.

Razed Hope (PG-13; Snape, Moody; 150 words)

Moody had been an abject bastard who'd borne no one any love, but Severus had learnt why in Albus' Pensieve upon claiming his office. It hadn't been the loss of Moody's eye. It hadn't been the chunk spell-blasted from his leg. It hadn't been a comrade, lost to Dark magic, that had filled him with rage. No, the birth of Moody's hatred, of his mania for constant vigilance, had been the day he'd witnessed the death of his daughter at the Dark Lord's hands.

Recovery from such a loss was impossible, Severus had heard, and watching Mad-Eye's expression, half-concealed by the rising tongues of fire encircling him, had made Severus grateful to know that he had no bastards of his own about which to be concerned.

Masking his pity for a man who would have cheerfully seen him dead, however, had been a greater challenge than it should have been.


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May. 29th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
That's so sad. I've often wondered why Moody was so "over the top," even for a wizard. I too have the impression that his personal physical losses were due to his fanaticism, not the cause of it.

Well done.
May. 29th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
Some fucked up shit went down for Mad-Eye, I agree (just not as eloquently, it seems *snorts*). Thank you, Fo!

Oh, and I have something I'm sending you, but don't open it until you're home. *g*
May. 29th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, so very dark and just a little bit chilling. Interesting to have this as backstory, explaining Moody's bitter and unwavering pursuit of Dark wizards. And, a grim as it is, I can't help but love that Severus finds a little bit of pity, as well as relief that he can't experience the same utter loss of losing a child. Very Snape, to my mind. You did a brilliant job working in all those prompts; I'm very impressed! (And distinctly jealous about the title. Great play on words!)
May. 29th, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :D

I'm not sure that Severus would handle losing a person so completely his as I imagine he'd believe a child would be—and perhaps he feels a bit of kinship with Moody because of the hyper-awareness they share. I'm glad that you prompted me with for this one (and that you didn't want slash *g*).

My husband's punning rubs off on me; happily, this time that turned out to be good. ;)
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