Slashpine writes, Romance (take that, Filius!) is a real need (even for old women).
"Even" for old women? I hope that when I'm an old woman myself, there won't be any "even" about it :)
I love Minerva slash, and while Sybill isn't a character I'd normally pair her with, I enjoyed this gentle story. I'm still not quite sure how they've come to be close, given MM's previous views about Sybill, but since Minerva herself doesn't understand it, I suppose I shouldn't worry. "Habit" may be as good an explanation as any.
I know what you mean, Mystery Author, about the characters' wanting their privacy. I feel the same in writing my own Minerva fic (but, like you, I try to ignore her on this point!)
Fun line: Minerva wanders the halls, scaring students and visiting with friends