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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! :)
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