Author's notes: This is for Severitus' challenge. I hope it complies with the rules. *nervous glance in Severitus' direction* But anyway, this happens to be my first Harry Potter fic and that's why I'm especially eager to know what you think! It is a forth year AU, because a. I haven't read the forth volume yet, and b. I'm tired of seeing Severus running off to meet Voldemort.
Disclaimer: The characters and world of Harry Potter belong to J. K. Rowling. The idea is Severitus' and whatever remains is, I suppose, mine.


Under the motto "Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus", Hogwarts had survived over eleven centuries, forming thousands of famous witches and wizards, both good and evil. The houses of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff usually 'produced' the good ones and the house of Slytherin the evil ones. And all this was the consequence of one single word in one single moment - when the 11-year-old magician-to-be stood under the Sorting Hat. It was then that his or her destiny was irrevocably set. No way of going back after that, he or she had to move on on the path that had been selected, all other roads closed and forbidden under a large sign of 'What could have been... but wasn't'.
Almost thirty years ago, during the sorting ceremony, the hat had ruled for the destinies of seven children there, possibly aware of the fact that the consequences of these choices would be for someone else to bear in the future: Sirius Black - Gryffindor! Lily Evans - Gryffindor! Remus Lupin - Gryffindor! Lucius Malfoy - Slytherin! Peter Pettigrew - Gryffindor! James Potter - Gryffindor! Severus Snape - Slytherin! And continued to choose paths twenty-five years later: Draco Malfoy - Slytherin! Harry Potter - Gryffindor!
Everything revolved around Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and so revolving, threatened to tighten more and more, suffocating him...

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