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July 23rd, 2017

alisanne @ 09:29 am: Challenge #701: "The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Vault(s)"
Challenge 701: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Vault(s)

We know the numbers of various vaults at Gringotts. For example, Vault 711 belongs to Sirius Black, and Vault 713 is where Dumbledore hid the Philosopher's Stone. Does Severus own a vault? Or maybe Dumbledore left him some portion of his? However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and Vault(s).

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Current Mood: rushed

July 22nd, 2017

alisanne @ 06:22 pm: Escape Plan
Title: Escape Plan
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore.
Word Count: 100 x 7
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snape100's prompt # 700: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Upper Flagely.
This is part Twelve of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and [info]emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Escape Plan on LJ/IJ/DW.

Current Mood: thoughtful

July 21st, 2017

ellid @ 07:50 am: Title: Retirement Blues, IV
Challenge: Upper Flagley
Word Count: 100


He considered the situation as the dance continued. He had no influence with the Governors, had barely kept his own position after the war. What advice could he possibly give?

“You needn't leave the area,” he said as the music shifted to something slow and romantic. Minerva hesitated, then allowed him to lead her to a chair. “You needn't even stop working. Tutoring, consulting, writing a decent Transfiguration textbook for the upper forms - “

The first hint of a smile played about her lips. “You have a high opinion of me, Severus.”

“I always have,” he said.

July 20th, 2017

ellid @ 07:45 am: Title: Retirement Blues, IV
Challenge: Upper Flagley
Word Count: 100


She twirled outwards in a quick swish of skirts and click of heels, face tight as Severus reeled her back in. “That's not the case. Retirement will be -

“You're speaking to a legilimens, Minerva.” He carefully shook his head. “Please don't lie.”

There was a burst of wild laughter from the young people in the corner. Minerva let herself slump against Severus as the music shifted to something softer and slower. “They're discarding me, Severus. Packing me off to Upper Flagley as if I'm of no use. I could work for years more if they'd renew my contract.“

July 19th, 2017

ellid @ 07:56 am: Title: Retirement Blues, III
Challenge: Upper Flagley
Word Count: 100


Someone called for a dance, and someone hauled out an ancient gramophone. Minerva sighed and set down her glass. “Well. It seems to be time for merriment. If you'll excuse me?”

“Of course,” murmured Severus as she drew a deep breath and fixed him with a broad, unhappy smile. What was going on? “That is, if I can claim the next dance.”

Minerva nodded before holding out her hand to Arthur Weasley. Severus waited for them to finish, then moved in.

The music was loud enough to cover his question. “If you don't want to retire, why are you?”

July 18th, 2017

ellid @ 07:48 am: Title: Retirement Blues, II
Challenge: Upper Flagley
Word Count: 100


“I would add my congratulations and best wishes, but I have the feeling that you might object.” Severus had waited until the festivities had died done to approach Minerva. He'd been approached about becoming Headmaster and had turned the Board of Governors down flat, which meant a Britain-wide search for Minerva's replacement.

“'Object' isn't the word I'd use.” Minerva tossed back a small glass of what smelled like a fine single malt. “Upper Flagley is a lovely town. The Muggles are discreet, the shops are charming, and of course there's St. Oswald's - “

“Ah, yes. St. Oswald's.”

July 17th, 2017

ellid @ 07:53 am: Title: Retirement Blues, I
Challenge: Upper Flagley
Word Count: 100


“And in conclusion, I propose a toast.” Filius, slightly tipsy after one too many kirschwasser cocktails, raised his glass. “To Minerva McGonagall! May her golden years be all that she - “

He hiccuped slightly and shook his head as his wife patted him on the back.

“All she wants, and may her move to Upper Flagley bring her happiness, peace, and joy! To Minerva!”

“Hear, hear!” someone shouted as the assembled faculty drank. “To Minerva!”

Severus shook his head. Was he the only one who sensed how unhappy Minerva was to retire? Especially to Upper Flagley?

July 16th, 2017

alisanne @ 08:57 am: Challenge #700: "The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Upper Flagely"
Challenge 700: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Upper Flagely

This is the location of St. Oswald’s Home for Old Witches and Wizards, as well as where many wizarding families live. Would Severus ever have occasion to visit? Maybe he'll end up retiring there! However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and Upper Flagely.

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Current Mood: rushed

July 15th, 2017

alisanne @ 07:43 pm: Exit Stratagem
Title: Exit Stratagem
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snape100's prompt # 699: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Tonks House.
This is part Eleven of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU.
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and [info]emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Exit Stratagem on LJ/IJ/DW.

Current Mood: thoughtful

July 14th, 2017

ellid @ 07:47 am: Title: On the Outside Looking In, V
Challenge: Tonks House
Word Count: 100


“Snape. What are you doing here?” Nymphadora emerged to stand behind her son.

“You're looking well,” said Severus, calmly aware that Minerva was the only reason he was able to see anything beyond his nose. He held out a package. “From the Order.”

She narrowed her eyes. “A present? Why?”

“Housewarming, of - “ Severus danced backwards as something hot soaked his leg. “Bloody hell, he - “

“I gots a wee-wee,” said the blue-haired child, totally unashamed. “See?”

“How nice for you,” Severus gritted out, just before Nymphadora slammed the door in his face.

July 13th, 2017

ellid @ 07:50 am: Title: On the Outside Looking In, IV
Challenge: Tonks House
Word Count: 100


“Bending” a Fidelius meant “sending someone who was not Remus Lupin to ascertain the situation at the Tonks residence, then reporting any sign of abuse, neglect, or coercion to the said werewolf so he'll have a chance of hiring legal counsel.” It was a ridiculous idea – if the family wanted to be left alone, leave them alone – but since Lupin was a favorite of Minerva's, and Severus owed Minerva more favors than he could count, soon he found himself knocking on Andromeda's door.

Which was opened by a child with blue hair.

This could not end well.

July 12th, 2017

ellid @ 07:51 am: Title: On the Outside Looking In, III
Challenge: Tonks House
Word Count: 100


“Just because I suggested there was a Fidelius in place does not make me an expert.” Severus glared at Lupin, who abandoned his usual mild facade long enough to glare back. “I do not know how to break one. There are legal channels for you to reclaim custody of your child.”

“I've contacted every solicitor available, including the Jarndyce who handled the Potter estate,” said Lupin. “None of them will represent a werewolf against a Black.”

“And you think breaking a Fidelius will help?”

Lupin bared his teeth in a slight, feral smile. “What about bending one?”

July 11th, 2017

ellid @ 07:38 am: Title: On the Outside Looking In, II
Challenge: Tonks House
Word Count: 100


“Perhaps Minerva could speak to her, or Harry,” said Pomona. She had come to sit by Lupin, all sympathy and kindness. “Surely they could help.”

“Minerva tried,” said Lupin. He sighed and set his teacup aside. “She sent owls, all of which returned unanswered. It's as if she's disappeared from the face of the earth.”

Severus rolled his eyes. Were they truly that dense? “Has it occurred to you that the Tonks property is still under a Fidelius? If Nymphadora – or her mother – decided to vanish then that's the logical explanation.”

Lupin sat up. “Of course!”

July 10th, 2017

ellid @ 07:53 am: Title: On the Outside Looking In, I
Challenge: Tonks House
Word Count: 100


“She won't let you see him?” Pomona set down her newspaper and frowned. “I thought your – estrangement – was amicable.”

“So did I,” said Lupin. He was back as the Dark Arts teacher, at least until Fleur Weasley finished her work breaking the curse Tom Riddle had put on the position, and all had been well until the owl from his former wife. “I thought she was moving home to save money, not to avoid me.”

Severus claimed the paper and tried to tune them out. Nymphadora and her mother were Blacks. What did the wolf expect?

July 9th, 2017

alisanne @ 07:04 am: Challenge #699: "The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Tonks House"
Challenge 699: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Tonks House

This home of Ted and Andromeda Tonks is obviously well protected magically since, after Harry Potter was transported there for his protection, not even Voldemort could get in. Would Severus ever have occasion to visit? However you see it, this week we discuss Snape and Tonks House.

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Current Mood: working

July 8th, 2017

alisanne @ 06:27 pm: Respite
Title: Respite
Author: [info]alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape, Kingsley Shacklebolt.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [info]snape100's prompt # 698: The Snapely Alphabet of Places - Shell Cottage.
This is part Ten of my Snape: Horcrux Hunter series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Warning(s): AU, possible romance in the air. ;)
Beta(s): [info]sevfan and [info]emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Read Respite on LJ/IJ/DW.

Current Mood: working

July 7th, 2017

ellid @ 07:54 am: Title: Sea Lavender for Remembrance, IV
Challenge: Shell Cottage
Word Count: 100


The Shell Cottage lavender was beautiful, the foliage a deep green, the blossoms richly colored. Severus put one sprig in a vase, then went to work stripping and processing the rest. Soon his laboratory smelt of the sea as the lavender tinctures bubbled away.

Hours later he made his way out to the greenhouses. Pomona's apprentice waited for him in the dark.

“Well?”

“I've done what I can. The rest is up to you.” Severus handed the memory potion to Frank and Alice's son. “Good luck.”

“Thank you,” said Neville, and activated the Portkey to St. Mungo's.

July 6th, 2017

ellid @ 07:47 am: Title: Sea Lavender for Remembrance, III
Challenge: Shell Cottage
Word Count: 100


He wanted to tell them why he was there.

Why he'd come to their peaceful home, why he was gathering lavender from the pools and rocks.

Why he'd left Hogwarts when half the Wizarding World still spat at the mere mention of his name, when he had to purchase school supplies by post because of death threats, when he had to look over his shoulder every moment in case old Death Eaters and former students with murder in their eyes decided to seek vengeance.

Bill and Fleur were kind, Shell Cottage a sanctuary. He could have spoken.

But he didn't.

July 5th, 2017

ellid @ 08:02 am: Title: Sea Lavender for Remembrance, II
Challenge: Shell Cottage
Word Count: 100


Bill insisted on bringing Severus to his home for lunch - “gathering lavender works up an appetite, it's no problem at all” - and settled him on the neat little sofa in the neat little parlor with a cool glass of lemonade. They'd made a good life here, and Severus found himself relaxing despite his usual opinion of Weasleys.

He sipped the lemonade and nodded approvingly at the taste. Fleur beamed.

“It is a family recipe, with a touch of lavender from Provence. The local – it is not good for this.”

“It has other uses,” Severus murmured.

July 3rd, 2017

ellid @ 07:55 am: Title: Sea Lavender for Remembrance, I
Challenge: Shell Cottage
Word Count: 100


The sky was a cloudless blue, the waves softly lapping on the rocky shore. Severus breathed deep of the briny air as he collected sea lavender, occasionally plucking a particularly fine spray. The flowers were a deep blue so close to Tinworth, the magic of the place all but visible in each blossom.

“Oi! Who's – oh, it's you!” Bill Weasley, in Muggle shorts and a disreputable t-shirt with the French tricolor on the chest, stood on an outcrop. “Fleur? It's Professor Snape. You should have let us know you were coming.”

“It's a private matter,” said Severus.

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