This is in my favorite fics folder, and the victory of such a great story is all the sweeter since I know how you agonized over the original bunny(ies). The Animagus form (sleek and black and prickly) of a scorpion was perfect, and being able to hear Snape's inner voice is what made this fic come alive.
"I've got to find him! Hermione, where should I start?" Turn your head a little to the left.
That's just one little bit that I'll always remember. The Malfoy sub-plot was well-chosen, and my heart went pitter-patter when Snape once again put himself in harm's way for Harry.
The last scene, where Harry becomes the predator, was a thing of beauty--Scorpion King Meets His Match in Hogwarts Infirmary--Prepares to Receive Spectacular Head--screamed the headlines!!
Well done, my Dragon--what a trophy for the team! ROAR!!