Part 6 of 17 part series
Summary: As the Order of the Phoenix is rebanding, Snape is faced with having to taking care of two children and himself. He still struggles to believe that Lupin can love him as well as Sirius, but their relationship grows strained with the Occlumency lessons. At the very end of the story, their relationship is revealed to Harry by Lupin, though the children had thought he had a relationship with Blackmore instead. The Donner family is going through some times, from the revelation that Dylan is the one to inherit, to the brothers going to the dark side, to Dylan being heavy handedly forced into the Death Eaters. With the skirmish at the Ministry, in which Sirius survives, it will be interesting to see what happens to both Snape, Dylan, and Draco in the coming story.
Opinion: I actually liked this episode quite well, as it was dynamic. The characters were shaped, though it seems like Lupin and Snape’s relationship went right back to the beginning again. Dylan’s defection from the Death Eaters after his forceful initiation was wonderfully done. The relationship between Dylan and Hermione was good as well, though I feel that it was too easily broken after Dylan pushed Hermione away. The dynamic of the brothers going to the Dark for Mind Restorative made for an interesting side story as well; though I wish that the Donner matriarch wasn’t so quickly jaded. Overall, it was tasteful with lots of character development.
Length: 80,455 words
Pairings: Severus Snape/Remus Lupin, OOC/Hermione
Warnings: Alternate universe, minor gore at the end of the story.