Reviews for When the Rose and the Fire Are One
badgerlady chapter 23 . 6/11/2014
I last read this gorgeous fic some time ago, evidently before my husband was killed, because I'd forgotten about Ron's death. So there I was, happily reading along, thinking that a phrase like "willow-boned" alone was worth the price of admission. Then I ran into the Ron scenes. By the workings of some imp of perversity in the universe, I was listening to "Ashokan Farewell" and then to Paul Robeson singing "Goin' Home" as I read. That combined with the delicate, sensitive accuracy of your description of Harry's feelings and observations had me sobbing like a nitwit. Of course, the flames and roses pulled me back together. This is what true literature does: reveals another facet of reality, parts another veil over truth, on each reading, and leaves the reader the better for it. You are brilliant, and so is this story.
HP-Lette-Fan chapter 23 . 4/6/2014
My god this was such a touching story and that ending made me want to cry! Thank you for writing this, it was beautiful.
excessivelyperky chapter 23 . 9/28/2013
"It's a very good thing for the wizarding world that you have no interest in being the next Dark Lord. You would be unbelievably hard to resist. Your violence would come veiled in beauty, your darkness in light. People would love you, and as a consequence the world would never be rid of you."

-Yes. He might last as long as Dumbledore did.

Find me.

-Oh, my, YES.

Splendid story.
excessivelyperky chapter 22 . 9/28/2013
It had come through the fire. It had been burned free of impurities. He felt himself again.

He was himself again.

-And that was a *really* stupid question to ask Snape about Voldemort. But of course, so far Harry has been the rapee, if anything else. True, he was much more, but he has never been sexually assaulted without his consent. Hint: it makes a difference.

I fear the wards are growing back, and their window of opportunity is limited. Fortunately Harry finally Fetched A Clue for once, and is acting, rather than explaining stuff he doesn't actually understand.
excessivelyperky chapter 21 . 9/28/2013
Harry blurted, "I don't want to hurt you."

"It doesn't matter," Snape said through clenched teeth.
Harry blurted, "I don't want to hurt you."

"It doesn't matter," Snape said through clenched teeth.

-I'm glad that Harry thinks it does.

And wow, was that a cosmic f*ck or what?
excessivelyperky chapter 20 . 9/28/2013
Well, Snape showed the way. I'm glad that Harry found it in himself to follow him.
excessivelyperky chapter 19 . 9/28/2013
Harry means well, but his meaning well results in slow torture; Snape did a far more competent job on Albus.

You know, Harry has never actually talked to Dumbledore portrait, have you noticed? Or even thought about doing so. Probably doesn't want to know the answers he'll get.

And now they go back to the nightmare of Spinners' End.
excessivelyperky chapter 18 . 9/28/2013
-It took Harry this long to realize who saved him? Really? Sighs...no wonder it was so easy for Dumbledore to manipulate him.

Horrific fire and magical chaos, and now it looks like Snape really has died.

Well, he wanted to be free, and not Harry's fuck-slave. But I guess that was too much to ask.
excessivelyperky chapter 17 . 9/28/2013
"And you'd rather have me here, safely under your thumb. You're not so very different from Albus in that way."

That he didn't mention Voldemort showed remarkable restraint. Being a master of innuendo, he didn't have to.

-Truth hurts, and Harry doesn't like it, especially when the shagging stops.

Snape is going to try for freedom or die in the attempt, and he's right-Harry doesn't want to see the body if the attempt fails.

Harry keeps forgetting that Snape is an actual person, alas.
excessivelyperky chapter 15 . 9/28/2013
Snape still looked haggard, as if the blood he'd shed to feed the roses had set him back more than he'd been willing to admit. Harry couldn't afford to worry about that now,

-Of course not. But if Harry makes a mistake and Snape dies of it, then Remus will die, too. However, Harry actually doesn't think, because he somehow knows that someone will rescue him.

Snape's heart. Harry no longer believed it was a murderer's, only that it was trapped and untrustworthy. Human.

-And that will last what, five minutes? At least he doesn't want to kill the guy, at least for now, but Harry has a short attention span. I still wonder about the ghosts-maybe Voldemort's still there, pretending to be ghosts.
excessivelyperky chapter 16 . 9/28/2013
Filled with awe, Harry realised that he could end Snape's life now, and all it would take was a pinch, no more effort than dead-heading the withered buds in Snape's garden.

-But Snape knows how to give Harry what he wants; after all, once you've danced to the tune of two different Dark Lords, one horny boy isn't hard to work with.

Alas, the collar runes and the roses defeat them.
excessivelyperky chapter 14 . 9/28/2013
Forget love. He could fucking go to Spinner's End right now and own Snape.

-Yup, that's Harry, all right. But his friends will believe in him to the end, no matter what he does to Snape. Snape is Rowling's scapegoat, after all, and she thinks he would deserve all this.

It is interesting that Minerva decided to be Snape's friend. Maybe she's been listening to a certain portrait Tell All. But she's not a good enough friend to blow her cushy life and reputation letting people know just what kind of swine Dumbledore really was, alas.
excessivelyperky chapter 13 . 9/26/2013
But Snape had just admitted he'd spent his first day tossing up the food he'd finally been able to put in his body, and all Harry could think about was the fact that Remus had been cared for and Snape had been alone. By his own choice, of course, but still.

-Yes, of course he chose permanent house arrest, starvation and thirst. But Harry loves to tell his conscience to shut up, especially when his dick is talking instead.
excessivelyperky chapter 12 . 9/26/2013
"Keep to the terms of our agreement, Potter. A certain werewolf's longevity depends on it."

-And if Harry hadn't wanted Snape to brew for him, Snape would be dead. Now, the question I have is, was it deliberate on the Ministry's part to starve him to death, by cutting him off from Minerva and Draco et al, or was it deliberate? And how did they find out Minerva was helping, anyway? Did Harry tell people? (wouldn't surprise me).

At least they had the sense to bring some groceries.

And of course Harry will do nothing to help Snape ever become free-after all, he's got a place where he can have mind-blowing sex and torment Snape, and he'll never give up that much fun.
excessivelyperky chapter 11 . 9/24/2013
"Azkaban would have been less cruel."

-Yes. Because of Harry, at least in part, he's starving to death and dying of thirst. And yet Harry doesn't seem to want to rectify the problem.

But Harry's too busy getting a hard on to notice that the one brewer who could save Remus is probably going to be dead in a day or so. He has his priorities, after all.
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