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week #9 - halloween

Title: Halloween
Rating: G
Pairings/Characters: Severus Snape
Warnings: no warnings
Word Count: 564


Halloween had never been his favorite day of the year. Growing up, it was just another day for his father to get drunk. Children at school played pranks on him. They threw things at him and hid things in his clothing. Being hit with eggs or feces didn't actually bother him much. It was better than having empty liquor bottles thrown at him. He didn't mind having things hid inside his clothes either because it was usually spiders or snakes. The bullies would never know how much he actually liked the animals. It was the verbal insults that hurt much more than anything else.

He thought all the pranks and insults would stop once he went to Hogwarts, but things only got worse. Wizards and Witches found new and inventive ways to insult him every week. By the end of his first year, he was determined to learn as much as he could about defending himself. Still, the bullies often were quick and would sneak up on him before he knew it. He didn't know how they did it until many years later. However, the skills he learned both from his teachers and from the Wizards he met on his Hogsmeade weekends prepared him for great things.

It was through one of those Wizards from Hogsmeade that he became a Death Eater. He was proud of who he was and what he could do. No one would ever bully him again. No one would dare play a Halloween prank on a Death Eater or insult a Death Eater with a silly made up name. He thought he may actually enjoy Halloween for once.

Halloween 1981 changed his mind again. The death of the woman he loved occurred on that night. He would never again enjoy that day of the year.

That is why, as a teacher at Hogwarts, he detested the Halloween feast. He didn't feel it was a day to be celebrated. It was a day to be mourned. When his love's son started attending Hogwarts, he expected the boy to shun the festivities. However, the boy joined in with the celebration along with his classmates. It made him hate the boy even more.

The years passed, and nothing changed his mind about Halloween. He never really expected anything to change. He was an outcast. No one wanted to stop and ask him why he never celebrated with them. No one ever bothered to find out where he went every Halloween night or why he never came back until sunrise. He didn't expect his near death experience from his encounter with the Dark Lord to change anything.

The year after the Dark Lord's defeat, he traveled to Godric's Hallow to visit the grave as he did every Halloween since 1981. This time something was different. There was a small owl sitting on the grave, and it held a flower and a bit of parchment. He took both from the bird and watched it fly away before reading the note.


We know about your love for her and why you hate Halloween.
We hope we can make it a bit better for you.


He finally took a good look at the flower. It was a lily. A single tear ran down his cheek as he wondered at their thoughfulness. Perhaps Halloween wouldn't be so terrible anymore.



( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 30th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Hermione, Ginny and especially Luna would do that.
Thank you for having someone be kind to my introspection-attacking Severus. It was a good read, too.
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
Thank you very much. This turned out much different than I expected. It all started with the lily and the note.
Oct. 30th, 2010 02:55 am (UTC)
Poor Severus! I never made the connection between him despising Halloween and it being the day of Lily's death before.

Nice fic, and the ending was a sweet touch. I agree with regulus_kat - I could see Hermione, Ginny, and Luna doing that.
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:40 am (UTC)
Thank you very much.

I didn't make the connection myself until a few days ago. It was originally just going to be Luna, but Hermione and Ginny decided to tag along.
Oct. 30th, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
Nice job with the prompt! A very sad, bittersweet kind of story, but it all turns out right at the end with a little bit of hope left to burn inside a broken man. I always wondered what Severus would have done on Lily's death day. I could imagine him doing just that, though, visiting the graves.

I wonder how the girls found out, though. Hermione overhearing/learning something from Harry - or maybe finding that note? It's an interesting story, I was sad to see it end so soon, but at least that last line leaves us believing things turn out all right.

Thanks for entering, and good luck!
Oct. 30th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I thought that Hermione and Harry saw the date on the grave in Godric's Hallow, but I could be wrong.
Nov. 2nd, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I think they did, too. Nah, I was referring to how Hermione figured out Severus was in love with Lily since he doesn't seem the type to wear his heart on his sleeve. It would have taken the memories to really see what lengths he would go to for Lily.
Nov. 5th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
That was so sweet! I loved getting a bit of a look into Severus' head.
Nov. 5th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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