513Valley of the Shadow » Britain, 1980. A story about (mostly) smart, (reasonably) creative, (variably) passionate people whose country has snarled up around them into a wicked problem despite (nearly) everyone's good intentions. Ch 141: Variably fun crafts projects to do with friends.
Harry Potter, T, English, Drama & Friendship, chapters: 141, words: 885k+, favs: 113, follows: 99, updated: 3/22 published: 12/12/2013, Lily Evans P., Severus S., Albus D., Evan R.
9 The Lion-Taming of the Shrew » Sirius babysits and Severus bakes cookies. Neither of these things is strictly true. Ch. 4: In which Sirius is brave, Evan enjoys some family time, and Severus reads Beowulf and picks flowers. Or, Sirius is a cowardly lion, Evan is a circling fin in rough waters, and Severus lets his boyfriend loosen the lid on the pickle jar. Everyone's a hat-stall; take your pick.
Harry Potter, T, English, Humor & Drama, chapters: 5, words: 30k+, favs: 19, follows: 25, updated: 11/9/2020 published: 1/9/2015, Sirius B., Severus S., Evan R., Tobias S.
1The Delectable Mountains In which all manner of terrible events completely fail to show up for work. (OK, some of them are just taking a nice, slow, scenic commute, but the point is they aren't here right now.)
Harry Potter, T, English, Friendship & Romance, words: 6k+, 5/26/2020
1 Interpreter's House Autumn, 1975: Evan Rosier has got the 'I don't know where I'm going, but I'm going nowhere in a hurry' blues, and Severus can't understand why everyone's in such a rush.
Harry Potter, T, English, Friendship & Romance, words: 6k+, favs: 4, follows: 1, 12/2/2019, Severus S., Evan R.
6 A Quartz Contentment "You actually *are* joking, Perce... I don't think I've heard you joke since you were—!"
Harry Potter, T, English, Crime & Family, words: 3k+, favs: 6, follows: 3, 4/21/2019, George W., Percy W., Peter P., Barty C. Sr.
176Valley of the Shadow (gen) » Britain, 1980. No one cares what's fair when their people are on the line. Truth would be subjective even if everyone told it, and this is a Slytherin war: smoke and smiles, masks and mirrors. (This gen version of VotS is on hiatus, the primary/shippier version is not.)
Harry Potter, T, English, Drama & Friendship, chapters: 82, words: 397k+, favs: 14, follows: 19, updated: 1/4/2016 published: 12/12/2013, Severus S., Albus D., Tom R. Jr.
5 River of the Water of Life Hovering between graduation and the opening shots of war, two Death Eaters will work towards their masters' degrees—if they can find time between All Of The Feels and bickering about the rent. Perhaps unexpectedly, it's the art student who's burdened with Ancient and Lethally-Forbidden Secrets, but Severus's biggest problem in life is always being someone else's solution. (Not AU.)
Harry Potter, T, English, Romance & Humor, words: 11k+, favs: 8, follows: 1, 7/13/2015, Severus S., Evan R.
7 Hogwarts Prefers the Mongoose ...Yes, even Slytherin. At the end of OotP, Severus is not, in fact, gloating about Sirius's death. He has someone else's destruction to celebrate, and Minerva is with him all the way.
Harry Potter, K+, English, Humor & Friendship, words: 5k+, favs: 41, follows: 12, 3/16/2015, Severus S., Minerva M., Dolores U.
9 Interdepartmental Memo (Scheduled Delivery, Event-Triggered) Some proposed curriculum changes to be enacted in '98. Well, I say proposed. Strongly advised. Dictated with waning patience, if you must know. Or: Schrodinger's cat snarks like a bitchy boojum. Quite (probably) academic (pun intended). Can be a prequel to Inconceivable or a stand-alone. Because quantum.
Harry Potter, T, English, Humor & Tragedy, words: 2k+, favs: 31, follows: 4, 9/8/2014, Severus S.
21 The Boomslang Effect "And you're quite sure your students only know the sensible parts of the story, are you?" Filius asked reasonably. "There were some?" Minerva wondered aloud, dust-dry, as Severus's face fell. (It's 1985, and Hogwarts's most junior (permanent) faculty member may have slightly underestimated his influence on his admiring students. …No, seriously. It's, like, a problem.)
Harry Potter, K+, English, Humor & Tragedy, words: 9k+, favs: 70, follows: 13, 6/2/2014, Severus S., Minerva M., F. Flitwick
15 Inconceivable! [revised 3/24] Severus had been mostly-dead all day. ...The snake doesn't get him. I'm explaining to you because you look nervous. (Bad jokes, good Slytherins, and Severus is a wicked dork. A DH fix-it.)
Harry Potter, K+, English, Humor & Friendship, words: 3k+, favs: 46, follows: 7, 2/24/2014, Severus S., Minerva M., F. Flitwick, Horace S.
15 Biannual Senior Faculty Fall Term Clustersparkle '92 » Albus believes in knitting as hugs, friendship as armor, laughter as a weapon, love as a power, the redemption of Death Eaters, and today, sadly, basilisks. What he can't believe is what one uninvited DADA teacher has done to his unusually serious and important end-of-term staff meeting. Or, some days, that he employs any of these clow—highly qualified and very professional people.
Harry Potter, K+, English, Humor & Friendship, chapters: 2, words: 10k+, favs: 43, follows: 7, 1/10/2014, Severus S., Albus D., Gilderoy L., Minerva M.
31 The Prince and the Marauders » Severus Snape, while fierce, isn't actually all that good at defending himself. But it's just plain suicide, however slow, to go after a child in his care. He's very much his mother's son, and he was in hers. Four AU shorts, variably cracky: the Marauders each find that the summer after their fifth year is not quite going to plan.
Harry Potter, T, English, Family & Humor, chapters: 4, words: 6k+, favs: 18, follows: 13, updated: 12/9/2013 published: 11/29/2013, Eileen P., Severus S., Sirius B., Lily Evans P.
21 The Wicket Gate (gen) » [platonic version] The spring of Severus's fifth year wasn't so much one long nightmare as one of those tooth-rattling roller coasters that turns you upside down, spins you like a top, bangs your skull repeatedly against the headrest, toys with free-fall—and looks, to your friends on the ground, at least as horrifying as it feels. Not that those don't have their moments...
Harry Potter, T, English, Friendship & Drama, chapters: 13, words: 83k+, favs: 15, follows: 7, 12/9/2013, Severus S., Evan R., Narcissa M., Regulus B.
56 The Wicket Gate » The spring of Severus's fifth year wasn't so much one long nightmare as one of those tooth-rattling roller coasters that turns you upside down, spins you like a top, bangs your skull repeatedly against the headrest, toys with free-fall, and looks, to your friends on the ground, at least as horrifying as it feels. Mind... the way free-fall feels like flying? With a wand, it can be.
Harry Potter, T, English, Friendship & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 13, words: 86k+, favs: 24, follows: 14, updated: 11/25/2013 published: 10/3/2013, Severus S., Narcissa M., Evan R., Regulus B.
40 A Key Called Promise » Slytherin has been lumbered with a disagreeable, low-class, shouty, raggedy bat-troll. With a most unreliable sense of self-preservation. Ick. And he's even half *muggle.* Or maybe just half mother-hen... But either way, noisy, and trouble, and... an excellent decoy, come to think of it... and what do you mean the only Black the little mudblood hasn't scooped up is the Gryff?
Harry Potter, K+, English, Friendship, chapters: 8, words: 25k+, favs: 50, follows: 23, updated: 10/3/2013 published: 9/16/2013, Severus S., Evan R., Narcissa M., Regulus B.
72 Twas Brillig (On the Shores of Lethe) » Sirius slowly realizes how much of his memory was frozen away in Azkaban. Meanwhile, Remus nobly refuses to clarify thing one, and Severus swoops around maliciously washing Molly's dishes and sabotaging Sirius's hurt-comfort NEWT with surly panache.
Harry Potter, T, English, Humor & Romance, chapters: 35, words: 60k+, favs: 35, follows: 38, updated: 9/16/2013 published: 2/24/2013, Sirius B., Severus S.
8 The Pillars of Ycrem Deep in the Department of Mysteries, there are other executioner's blocks than the Veil. A springboard story of new beginnings. Ensemble OotP fix-it.
Harry Potter, T, English, Friendship & Drama, words: 3k+, favs: 14, follows: 4, 3/31/2013
11 Album of the SangReal This is the prince. She is no damsel.
Harry Potter, T, English, Family & Tragedy, words: 2k+, favs: 23, follows: 7, 2/21/2013, Eileen P., Severus S., Tobias S.
10 How James Potter Didn't Save The World Enough A heartwarming and mystical tale of rebirth and renewal, filled with the weight of ancient spiritual connections or possibly just with so very much crack. The Green Man and the Horned Man. Please don't hurt me. :D
Harry Potter, T, English, Humor & Spiritual, words: 1k+, favs: 19, follows: 3, 2/10/2013, James P., Severus S.