ADDITIONAL AUTHOR'S NOTE:
"A Living Secret" was written after Book 6, and before Deathly Hallows. It was posted on fanfiction . net after it was completed which is why the chapters are so long. I put them together because it was a pain uploading each chapter individually.
It was my own ending to the series because I had the feeling JKR was about to kill Snape off. I couldn't let that happen. I was hoping to at least graze something of DH in my writing of the final chapter, but alas, I didn't even come close. Still, it was enjoyable to write, especially pairing Harry and Snape together. The adventures were the most fun, as well as Snape and Hermione's interactions. I added this note after reading some of this after over a year or so. I thought a bit of clarification would be helpful.