TEAM PHOENIX ENTRY: Vain "To Stay the Shadow" Title: To Stay the Shadow Author: Vain vain Team: Phoenix Genres: Angst Prompt: Reckoning & Ashes of Youth Rating/Warnings: R; *Book 6 & 7 S.P.O.I.L.E.R.S. Please note, this story is NOT Book 7 compliant; AU-ish; language; angst.* Word Count: ~25,400 Summary: Once upon a time Severus Snape fell in love. And then everything went wrong. A/N: All the definitions preceding the chapters are taken from "The Devil's Dictionary," by Ambrose Bierce, originally published in newspapers in a serialized version between 1881 and 1906 as "The Cynic's Word Book," and then bound and republished in 1911 under its current name. Special Thanks once again to the mods for not killing me after email # 3, and especially to my invaluable betas venivincere, alisanne, & ziasudra for beating me with Spelling, Grammar, and Diction Sticks. They are now my personal heroes and made this story a thousand times better; all remaining errors are solely my own. Also, much love to the rest of Team Phoenix for all their help and support. This would never have been completed if not for you guys’ feedback and encouragement. ♥ Plagiarism is no one’s friend.