Part 1 of a 17 part series
Summary: The story opens at the beginning of the school year in Prisoner of Azkaban in Snape’s point of view. It then flashes back to the Marauder era to explain how Snape and Lupin ended up dating during their sixth year at Hogwarts after a “interhouse assignment” in Incantations and Summonings Class. It progresses through Snape’s and Lupin’s memories of the fateful night that Sirius told Snape to go to the Shrieking Shack and how it ruined Snape and Lupin’s relationship, driving Snape to the Death Eaters. The story then jumps back to the present and the broken hearts in the relationship begin mending as they realize that they still love each other, only to splinter a little when Sirius Black comes back to strain the relationship.
Opinion: I thought that this story was very well written and the characters had a lot of growth. Snape was a little more emotional in the story than usual canonically, but that is often attributed to Lupin’s influence throughout the fanfiction. The integration of the book storyline was very well done and did create tension appropriately in the relationship itself. Mostly I felt that their relationship was too easy to mend after everything that they had gone through and they just fell back in to the relationship after over 20 years apart.
Length: 56,459 words
Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, Evan Rosier/Araine Donner (OC)
Warnings: This is an alternate universe written prior to the Order of the Phoenix. Snape’s family is pureblood and old money in the story and Snape was not in love with Lily (regardless of the coincidence with the name of the fanfiction).