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Title: A Few Moments More
Author: Severed Lies
Word Count: 100
Rating: R
Characters: Severus Snape, OMC
Challenge #280: “The Lusty Month of May
A/N: Melancholy lust.

Tristan yawned and tightened his grip on Severus’ hip, trying, as always, to keep Severus in bed for just a few more minutes.  Severus turned into Tristan’s embrace, pushed his lover into the soft mattress.  Dueling tongues and cocks searched for just the right placement and pressure and yes, there, drove all thought of the practicalities of life from their minds.  Severus cursed as he rose from the bed at half past eight.

Sweet release.  A few moments more.  Late to work.  Insubordination.  Yes, finally, to Lucius and his daft plans.  Lost.  Forever trapped in madness.  A few moments more.

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Most of us would agree, Severus Snape must have been the busiest man in the Wizarding World.

I have been thinking about Severus and how he came to be Head of Slytherin House. I cannot remember any reference as to when Severus was given the Head of House position, so I will assume it was part of the ‘deal’ made between Dumbledore and Severus to bring him to Hogwarts as a staff member/spy.

I believe that Dumbledore most certainly wanted Severus under his thumb, he wanted to completely control every aspect of his life. What I cannot fathom is giving a damaged young man the horrible task of spying on Voldemort while maintaining a Professor’s responsibilities, possibly brewing potions for the infirmary and being Head of the most complex and demanding House.

Surely, I thought, Jo was underestimating how many hours each day all those duties would consume, leaving no time for the Severus to sleep. If it is simply a plot hole, and she did not bother to calculate how much the poor man was expected to accomplish each day during the school year, then I could dismiss it without further thought. But given just how explicitly she described Severus’ return to Hogwarts, and the extreme reaction Dumbledore had to Severus’ confession, then the burdens that she had Severus take on become somewhat clearer.

Much has been said about the Calvinistic theme permeating the series. The phrase ‘no rest for the wicked’ comes to mind when you examine Severus’ life. I wondered if this over-burdening of Severus might be construed as punishment. Really severe and inhumane punishment. Punishment that satisfies some notion (much discussed) that no matter what Severus does, it counts for naught, and his redemption is not only impossible, but he must also work tirelessly and without praise or assistance. Considering Severus’ entire life seems to have followed this pattern, I have come to feel that it must have been intentional on the part of the author.

So, Severus’ life in review: His youth a morass of humiliation and abuse. His teaching career a never-ending series of impossible expectations. His spying career a labyrinth of pain and deception, with a side order of constant fear. And finally, a devil’s snare of protecting Draco, being Dumbledore’s executioner, and protector of Hogwarts during that final, brutal year. His only reward for enduring such a miserable life was an early death, a release which cost him not only his blood, but his dignity and his privacy.

More and more, I must conclude that Severus’ creator purposely choose to punish the character, from the cradle to the grave, without respite or relief.

It makes my heart ache.

A Bit of Muggle Magic

Title: A Bit of Muggle Magic
Author: Severed_lies
Word Count: 100
Rating: G
Pairing: Severus Snape/Sooty
Challenge #242: Snape and Friendship
Disclaimer: Not mine, never was, never will be.

Severus palmed the battered tin, anxious about being discovered. Everyone knew that the being caught in the forbidden forest was grounds for detention, if one survived the excursion intact.

He made sure that he was in view of the path to Hagrid’s manky hut, then settled down below an expansive fern. With a tap of his wand, he returned the tin and its contents to their normal size, then pried the lid to get to his most embarrassing possession.

Assured of his privacy, Severus spent a most satisfying afternoon telling his best friend all about his first week at Hogwarts.

Lesson Learned

Title: Lesson Learned
Author: Severed_lies
Word Count: 100
Rating: PG
Pairing: Severus Snape/Hermione Snape, Lucius Malfoy
Prompt: Challenge# 241 Beasts: The A’s: Abominable Snowman
Disclaimer: Not mine, never was, never will be.

Severus gaped at the Yeti crouching in his kitchen. Hermione, calmly pouring tea at the table, giggled at his astonished expression.

Spying the silver cane lying in the corner, Severus broke out in gales of laughter.

“You didn’t!” he exclaimed.

Hermione glanced over at the Yeti, swearing that she saw it flinch in embarrassment. “He had been warned, but persisted, so… ” she stated, wondering what was causing that fetid stench.

Severus determined the source and cast a powerful cleaning charm at Yeti!Lucius. “I don’t think you have to worry about his roving hands again”, he said with a smirk.

Title: The Little Things That Drive You Mad
Author: Severed_lies
Word Count: 100
Rating: G
Pairing: Severus Snape, Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy
Prompt: Challenge #
240: Spells: The A’s (Accio)
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: Not mine, never was, never will be.

A/N: I swore I’d never acknowledge the inevitable state of Portrait Snape, but this idea would not go away.

“Mr. Potter, do stop your foolishness this instant!”, Severus pronounced in utter frustration.

The unfortunate reaction of Al to the admonishment from the former Headmaster’s portrait had broken his concentration and Scorpius, stoic as always, did not make a sound as he crashed to the stone floor of the Slytherin common room.

Severus grimaced, but as Scorpius looked none the worse for wear, he continued with his diatribe. “I’m sure your parents never taught you proper magical etiquette, but when you are in My house, you will not Accio another human, is that quite clear?”

Al penitently nodded in agreement.


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