Wow. That was all kinds of amazing. Lily just lived here, no pun intended. Finally, we get to see the girl who called James Potter an arrogant little toerag, then fell in love with him anyway, not the idealised middle-class (and practically middle-aged) mother of the films. Because this is how Lily would be. She died absurdly young, and that's how she'd have stayed.
And you know what? Before reading this I would have said I didn't even want to see her.
I'm still not sure I like her. But bloody hell, do I feel privileged to have met her in this fic.
All your characterisations were spot-on, and the sex scenes were sublime. I loved your Snape - so passionate, and so fearful. And the way you juxtaposed Harry's two possible futures - brilliant. You made it crystal clear that Ginny was wrong for Harry, whilst keeping her a sympathetic character *applauds* And the life that Severus and Harry had together... so wonderful in its imperfections.
And god, you even managed some incredible moments of humour!