Wow, thank you! (And shame on IJ for not notifying me about this comment!) I knew I'd be walking a fine line here by having Lily behave like a voyeur. But in truth, although Harry's her son, she scarcely knows him. And I gambled on the fact that keeping her erotic focus on Snape would defuse the squickiness somewhat. Not entirely, but I think it's part of how Lily comes to accept that Harry's not merely going to re-play the life she and James had wanted for themselves. He's got needs of his own. Also, once I started writing, the emotional tension among the three of them - Lily as the link that initially ties the other two together, until they outgrow the memory of her - well, it just became more and more obvious the further I went. It was interesting to me that as the fic and Lily's feelings evolved, the implicit sense that Harry was the prize gradually shifted until it became clear that, in terms of redemption and possessiveness, it was actually Snape.
The story rings true to the very core.
This - oh my, what a bloody marvelous compliment. Thank you, I'm absolutely thrilled by your words.