And a little more, since IJ cut me off
As for the ending? It had to be up for grabs until practically the very last moment. Because even in this version, I think Severus's redemption hangs by a thread.
Thank you for a response that is everything, everything, I could wish for as a writer. Your remark that Snarry is never easy, or healthy, or balanced, but at the same right it seems almost unavoidable on some visceral level uncannily echoes the way I feel, and it's wonderful to have a reader who sees so clearly what I'm trying to do. It's been weeks since you left this comment, but believe me, in spite of my deplorable silence, I've cherished and revisited your words many times in the days since. &hearts