*sighs* Your lateness is as nothing to mine. I apologize for taking so long to respond. It's the usual: work + insomnia = brain fail.
So you guessed? Heh. I can only hope that the beta-voice in your head was able to maintain diplomatic silence while you were reading, otherwise you may have been distracted by the overpowering desire to mark passages for revision.
I'm so glad you enjoyed the fic. I can't say I exactly had fun writing it - too much flailing about, and what else is new? - but it was deeply satisfying to lay hold of the Lily issue, spin it to reflect my own cockeyed loyalties, and then use Lily's temper, heart, and sense of fairness to explore other parts of canon that troubled me personally (like the horcrux!baby and how that might have been treated differently). I really, really thought I was sitting down to write crack when I started this. But it was like putting match to a fuse: the whole thing exploded with possibility once Lily got sucked into the soap opera of Snape's life and death and what Harry needed vs. what Harry wanted and all the interrelated threads of assumption and loss and letting go.
I'm also incredibly pleased and flattered that you approve of my Snape. I consider him a bastard and a basket case and a drama queen all rolled into one, but he's also complex and damaged, fascinating and, hm, worthy somehow. And he brings out the best and the worst in Harry. Harry grows in interest and stature for me when he's forced to come to terms with Snape.
Random corner-of-mouth confession: someday I want to write a fic that deals with Albus. That plays around with Dumbledore the Good and how he behaved toward Severus. There's a story in there somewhere, I can feel it.
Thank you for finding time for this. Your commitment to reading and leaving comments is truly humbling. I wish I could learn by your example.