Alas, I didn't get up early enough to write a proper rec, but I urge you (if her name isn't enough to make you click on the link instantly) to take a look at the fic [profile] atdelphi just posted. I won a story from her during the [community profile] help_haiti auction, and I can't tell you how excited I was.

The story's here. And it hits my buttons like whoa.

I asked [profile] atdelphi to spin a tale around the tensions amongst Harry, Snape, and Dumbledore, and the fic compresses those tensions and betrayals into something that makes harrowing sense. Something I will read again and again, always finding more beneath the surface of the spare, gorgeous words. There's no innocence here; it's beautiful, in the way old fairytales are, the kind that don't shirk the dark underside of magical demands. With her usual gift for unsentimental and understated grace, [profile] atdelphi cuts right to the heart of who these characters are, and how their betrayals are part of what holds them in balance. The prose is like a magical cabinet full of hidden things; the echoes and undertones ring quietly and disturbingly long after the fic ends. Plus it takes a bit of epilogue foolishness and endows it with fresh, fierce meaning. It shows Harry grasping the legacy left him by the two most ruthless, sacrificial figures in his life and applying it with a painful wisdom that's necessary but not necessarily happy. (I don't want to give away the plot here, so I'm speaking obliquely.)

At the end, I ached for Harry. And for Severus, who is tragic without being softened one whit. And I'm utterly slain by this brief, brilliant portrayal of Albus, who pretty much deserves what he gets. This fic is brilliant. And in only 3500 words! Gah, how does she do that?

The Boy Who Lived on LJ.

The Boy Who Lived on Dreamwidth.
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I guess I've about used up my quota of GO. READ. NOW, haven't I? So I'll have to find another way to say this.

"You think you can bring me out of my shell with hate? Don't you think, Potter, that hate is probably something I have had my life's share of?"

Severus Snape, Coming Back

This morning [livejournal.com profile] snarry_holidays posted my anonymous gift fic. It was - well, almost eerie in being exactly tailored to my mood. I've been feeling otherworldly, sweet-tempered, autumnal, that dark/light cross between mournful and exalted. This fic stepped into my longing and matched it so perfectly that I'm still a bit dazed by my luck.

First of all, the beauty. )

I know that everyone's overwhelmed right now by the flurry of fests and the approach of the holidays, but if you're looking for suggestions, I'm telling you now: Read this one. Go read Coming Back.
I guess I've about used up my quota of GO. READ. NOW, haven't I? So I'll have to find another way to say this.

"You think you can bring me out of my shell with hate? Don't you think, Potter, that hate is probably something I have had my life's share of?"

Severus Snape, Coming Back

This morning [livejournal.com profile] snarry_holidays posted my anonymous gift fic. It was - well, almost eerie in being exactly tailored to my mood. I've been feeling otherworldly, sweet-tempered, autumnal, that dark/light cross between mournful and exalted. This fic stepped into my longing and matched it so perfectly that I'm still a bit dazed by my luck.

First of all, the beauty. )

I know that everyone's overwhelmed right now by the flurry of fests and the approach of the holidays, but if you're looking for suggestions, I'm telling you now: Read this one. Go read Coming Back.
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