Reviews for Too Deep for the Healing
excessivelyperky chapter 24 . 7/24/2014
Very good chapter. I'm sorry his life has been so awful-clearly, his angst is well-deserved-but I am also glad that he's not being punished for helping Draco, and that seeing Irene is enough to break him out of a deepening circle of self-torment.

And I do hope that Narcissa does get something nice; she really, really owes him, and has never done squat to pay him back (so does Draco, but I'm afraid he's a lost cause, the little brat).
Guest chapter 40 . 7/6/2014
Five stares. Hands down! I loved it
Guest chapter 40 . 6/10/2014
One of the best "S.S survived/EWE" I read. Great characterizations of all the known characters and a very sweet O.C. And, ( yes!) an insightful plot. Nice job.

Thanks for sharing.
excessivelyperky chapter 23 . 6/5/2014
Yes, I can see Snape resenting the Malfoys-as stigmatized as they are by the rest of Wizarding society, they are still a family and love each other through good times and bad. Snape could easily be quite jealous of that (also, Narcissa helped Bella suck him into the Unbreakable Vow for Draco's sake, for which Snape received the usual lack of gratitude).

And the guard is probably not alone in his disbelief that McGonagall bothered to send something to Snape. One has to wonder if she actually did so, or the note just allows Irene more time to spend with Snape.

But as we see, Severus can no longer stifle his longing for Irene (and for any love at all, considering what a dry diet he's had almost all of his life. A love like Irene's is worth gold and rubies to him).

Ah, yes, loved ones. Snape now realizes that he is among the happy number of people who have them-and what's more, loves him back.

And it's clear that Draco has learned absolutely nothing about being a Slytherin, or even having his brains on.
excessivelyperky chapter 22 . 5/26/2014
Snape is absolutely right that Irene must learn how to defend herself. There are a lot of circumstances where he won't be able to defend her, especially if he's in Azkaban for defending her from Tanner. The Unsurprising Dose that Tanner received is kind of a good start, but not as helpful as it could be for the long run.

And he's also absolutely right about Dumbledore; there is almost nothing he could say to the Wizengamot to convince them in the absence of anything from the Daft Auld Coote himself (which of course will never be forthcoming, even though testimony from his portrait should be considered voluntary since Snape is no longer Headmaster. They won't ask the portrait, of course). Besides, they would have to believe that St. Albus deliberately set Snape up to die by the wands of the Order and/or was too cowardly to face the death he inflicted on himself. And given that the mastery of the Elder Wand ended up going to Draco anyway...well, that's not going to help much.

But keeping Irene out of camp may well be saving her life.

What does her family think of her relationship with Snape, or has she told them yet?
excessivelyperky chapter 21 . 4/26/2014
With a life like that, no wonder Snape feels he'll ruin anyone who cares for them (and that they won't care for him if they're around him for more than five minutes.

One thing he did not mention, because he probably still can't quite digest it-Albus kept the Cloak after Lily asked for it back-the Cloak that might have saved her life. And then blamed Snape for everything. But then, that would ruin Snape's idealization of Dumbledore, whom he still cannot blame for hosing him for most of his life. (and it was clear in DH that Snape had read that letter)

And yet he still chose the side of the Light, when a normal person would have said farewell to Mother Britain and found a life somewhere else, or at least hidden on the Muggle side of life.

I'm glad Irene loves him, and can get over what happened to Charity; but it's pretty clear she's the only one who does. Or ever has, actually.
excessivelyperky chapter 20 . 4/9/2014
Of course they added more years to his sentence (let's face it, they were never really going to let him go).

I wish Irene good luck with the High Warlock, though. Alas, the more she tries to help Snape, the more that Tanner is going to go after her.

I wonder when Snape is going to remember that he can fly? Or does he think there's no point?
excessivelyperky chapter 19 . 3/27/2014
Oh, my. He might not believe any words; but he will believe a potion. Now he knows in his heart how Irene really does feel about him.

And that will mean that she is in danger from Tanner, too, as well as him (and if she makes Tanner believe that she really loves Snape, it could be Snape's death sentence, and possibly hers).

After all, Tanner could easily get help from the real DEs in camp who have already attacked Snape and gone unpunished.

But Snape should enjoy being loved, for however long he and Irene can manage it.
excessivelyperky chapter 18 . 2/16/2014
Yes, I think Snape may realize that Irene cares for him; but both of them are ultimately powerless in the face of Ministry bureaucracy. Everything could be taken away at any time, and even Irene should realize that.

And everyone that Snape has ever trusted before has betrayed him. Especially Dumbledore. How special that the Headmaster never left any exonerating evidence behind.

I don't think Irene sees a way out, either; she doesn't even have any real power over Tanner, and it seems like she's afraid of him, too. Their only real hope is Percy Weasley, and he's probably getting flack from everyone around him for cosseting An Evil Slytherin.

I'm glad that Irene and Snape see that Dumbledore's plans basically sucked rocks, though of course nobody else ever will, or be brave enough to say so. Harry Potter has a short attention span, and wasn't even able to keep Snape out of prison.

Yes, they can love each other all they want, but just how long is it going to last? Snape is right to have doubts, given Tanner's obvious prejudice and power, and no real help from anyone but Percy.
excessivelyperky chapter 17 . 12/23/2013
To answer Snape's question, it *does* matter what he feels-but only to one person so far. And he's been fooled before by those who appeared to care for him, only to toss him into hell when they were done pretending.

He is beginning to trust Irene, if only a little, but she is aware that she needs to go slowly because of that.

And she is the first one who cared if he had to go back to a place with terrible memories. He was a prison of Hogwarts for such a long time, after all.
inkandlilacs chapter 40 . 12/18/2013
Mu-Nition chapter 25 . 12/13/2013
Quite a literal interpretation of "ghosts of christmas past"; I like it.
excessivelyperky chapter 16 . 11/20/2013
Yes, he's quite right-kindness confuses him. Because the only people who have been kind to him have either dumped him or used him (his two charming masters, and Narcissa).

I think Irene is trying to say a lot more about how she feels about Snape as she is healing him, but she isn't sure of her welcome either.

And it's too bad that he takes some of her guarded words to think that this is a one-time only opportunity.

But this is a still a really, really good chapter.
excessivelyperky chapter 15 . 10/20/2013
Oh, pity poor Minerva! She actually has to pay attention to the school now, and not just dump things on Snape (hey, why not-Albus got to!). And so she misses his expertise (and his willingness to take on twenty hours a day worth of work). Boo-hoo. But of course she's not going to bother trying to free him. That, too, would be actual work. Can't be bothered, much too busy staring at broken windows, apparently.

Meanwhile, Snape is being tortured by the other prisoners and left to rot by the guard. Just like he was left to rot by the Trio, yes?

If it wasn't for Irene, I'd say figure out how to fly and disappear in Muggle London, and then leave Britain entirely. Both sides can just...rot.
excessivelyperky chapter 14 . 10/14/2013
How did the sugar get into the Wolfsbane Potion? Didn't Snape put it into the goblet straight from the cauldron himself? Oh, wait, he left the goblet standing in the kitchen and locked-but guards have keys. I suspect Tanner, who would like to disgrace probably both Irene and Snape,, and if a werewolf died, too, well, sucks to be him.
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