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Title: In the Name of Forgiveness
Author: [livejournal.com profile] godricgal
Summary: Harry's thoughts on naming his second son.
Word Count: 215 words
Rating: G
Author's Notes: This is the fourth drabble from the meme, written for [livejournal.com profile] sasher_copy, who asked for Snape with the prompt 'lust'. Sasher, this probably isn't what you had in mind, but I had the idea and ran with it, so just be thankful you didn't get the earlier version with twisted Death Eater!sex. ;)

In the Name of Forgiveness


It had taken the best part of a year to teach himself to forget any lingering resentment for Snape's petty misdeeds, a good few years longer to forgive, or at least allow as regretted mistakes, some of his greater transgressions.

At first, he'd counted Snape's feelings for his mother as a most serious offence, indeed, but he didn't need a Pensieve to relive, recall word for word, thought for thought, those entrusted memories, and in time, it became clear as crystal that Snape's interest in his mother was not rooted in lust or lechery, but in love and respect. And it was just as clear that there had been a time when, unquestionably, the regard had been mutual and reciprocated -- as odd a shaped pill as that had been to swallow.

When he and Ginny introduced their second son for the first time, Harry did not fail to notice, swiftly checked though it was, the half choked laugh of shock from Ron and even Hermione raised her eyebrows.

But his son would grow up to hear the tale of a man who'd hidden his bravery almost as well as his love, and another of a man who'd preached love and lived bravely, both of whom had sacrificed themselves in pursuit of the Greater Good.

The End


Other meme drabbles to date:

In the Face of Marriage, a fic featuring Bill and Remus written for [livejournal.com profile] gilpin25.

Bedtime, and AU fic which features Remus, Tonks and Teddy, and was written for [livejournal.com profile] drumher.

Sugar and Spice, or Puppy Dog Tails, an R rated piece with Remus, Tonks and mentions of Teddy. (AU) Written for [livejournal.com profile] mrstater.

[livejournal.com profile] chococoffeekiss, you're not last for any other reason than I was waiting for a good idea to strike, which I think has now happened, so hopefully yours will appear shortly! :)

Date: 2008-08-13 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sasher-copy.livejournal.com
Oh, I love it!

And I'm very glad you ran far away from the DE!sex.

I was very much hoping you would do something with Lily in it, so this hit the nail on the head. And although I don't particularly approve the naming of Albus Severus, I like the story behind it.

Thank you so much for writing it for me!

:D

Date: 2008-08-13 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godricgal.livejournal.com
Oh, yay! Thank you! I'm glad you like. :)

Albus Severus is definitely featured in my list of things I can't get over from DH, but I had the idea for this and thought I could try and explain it as best I could. ;)

And I solomly swear never to try writing DE!sex again. ;)

Date: 2008-08-13 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrstater.livejournal.com
Oh goodness, I can just imagine Ron's choking laugh of shock at this name. And now I have such a desire to read the fic where Ron asks Harry if he's completely mental for doing this. Because you know he would!

You know how I feel about Snape and the Greater Good in DH, but what's there is there and I think you've rationalized that all very convincingly. This is a great little fic and insight into Harry's mind.

Date: 2008-08-17 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godricgal.livejournal.com
Ron's got to have an opinion on that name, hasn't he? I think that would make a great fic: "Are you bloody barmy?!"

In writing this fic, I'm not exactly coming out as a supporter of this choice of Harry's, but I am all for the Greater Good, I just don't like how JKR did it. I'm glad you think it's a good insight into a crazy decision. ;) Thanks for your comments. :)

Date: 2008-08-15 05:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chococoffeekiss.livejournal.com

It took me a while to get over 'Albus Severus' as well...what a name! But I liked how wrote it with such quiet vindication for both Snape and Dumbles, and the things they did for the greater good.

Don't worry, I'm patient, and I know I won't be disappointed:D LOL!

Date: 2008-08-17 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godricgal.livejournal.com
I'm not sure I've convinced myself with this one, but it was interesting to try and come up with some kind of explanation for it!

I've started your fic this evening, I think it might end up being the longest of the drabbles, so I hope that'll make up for the delay.

Thanks for your comments! :)

Date: 2008-08-15 07:41 pm (UTC)
sea_thoughts: (HPSnape's High Point - potterpuffs)
From: [personal profile] sea_thoughts
Awww... I really like this. It helps me to understand why Harry would saddle his second son with a name like that. It shows his understanding of what Snape did, what he sacrificed. I think Lily would have approved. Maybe in some way, Harry was giving Al his own way of standing out from James. And I have certainly wondered what Harry's friends made of that name, so thank you for giving me that image. Hermione would definitely raise her eyebrows, so McGonagall, but maybe McGonagall herself might be a little more understanding. But what I really want to know is how Harry managed to square it with GINNY. Of course, that's outside the scope of this small but perfectly realised drabble. :)

Date: 2008-08-17 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] godricgal.livejournal.com
Thank you very much! I'm not sure I've convinced myself that the Harry we know would have a) named his child after Snape, b) done child cruetly in line with Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, but it was interesting to have a little think about it and try, at least, to explain it. I think you raise an important point: how would Harry convince Ginny? I'm not sure I could write that fic, lol. ;)

Thank you again for your thoughtful comments. I'm glad you liked it! :)

Date: 2008-08-19 05:40 pm (UTC)
sea_thoughts: (HPYour Hand In Mine - sunlitdays)
From: [personal profile] sea_thoughts
In my mind, Ginny allowed Harry to name Al on three conditions: one, they would call him "Albus Severus" and not "Severus Albus", because his initials would be SAP; two, they would call him "Al" around the house; three, she would name their next child. *lol*

Date: 2008-08-26 04:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mssarajevo.livejournal.com
This is so great - I can imagine it wasn't easy for Harry to forgive Snape automatically; what a journey it must have been for him.

BTW, the drabble I did for you is up on my journal. Enjoy!

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