I hate Infidelity fics - they kill me, tear me open - they hurt! Having said thatan infidelity fic will work only rarely for me. This appears to be the Infidelity fic for this year - it really did work for me. Severus's understated non-angst-ridden tone is brilliant & very IC - his continuing the affair without attempting to justify or defend it, OR berate himself for his actions, his matter-of visits to the shop - it all feels all too real and plausible. And bouncy, naive Harry was gorgeous. Throughout it all, my heart ached (especially for Harry). It was such a relief to see Severus finally recognising that his affair will destroy that which he values most.