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This chapter is one of my favorites. A lot of backstory on Severus.

This is the song Severus is listening to. I was listening to it (And a whole lot of other late seventies music) when I wrote it.

Start the song at about the fourth paragraph if you want a "multimedia experience". ;)

Wuthering Heights, by Kate Bush

Halloween, 1979 )


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Imagined conversation in my head:

Hey, Internet,

Hey, Paganaidd. Where ya been?

Ummm, Busy?

Uh huh.

Sorry, I've been really busy and I've had all these health issues and my husband's been laid off and we're starting a new company, and my daughters been having problems and, and, and...

Hm. 

Long unerving silence---


Okay. How about I put two chapters of
Digging in one post, cause they go together?

Oh fine, just don't leave it so long next time.


So yes, I've been really busy, but I haven't forgotten this little corner of the internet. Two chapters in one go to make up for it!


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Notes on these two chapters )
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Setting Boundaries
As Harry sat down to the table in the Great Hall, he heard the tell-tale ping of one of the screws in the frames of his glasses falling out onto the table and rolling away.  

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I called this chapter "Setting Boundaries" because this is the first time Harry's ever had them expressly set for him. Most of the time, he is expected to just know what the rules are. At the Dursleys, the rules change according to Vernon and Petunia's mood with the only consistent one being "pretend you don't exist".
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Guardian

The child never ate.

Five meals Severus had taken in the Great Hall on Saturday and Sunday, and the child was at none of them. Once again Severus checked with the house elves and they had not seen the boy.

 

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Notes on Chapter 10

Something that keeps coming up in the reveiws of this story is the issue of WHY did no one notice Harry's state?Many readers like to imply that Dumbldore was deliberately covering up abuse.

 
 



 

 

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 This is the beginning of my favorite set of stories. It's set Post Deathly Hallows and is pretty much canon compliant. It starts a few years after the Epilogue.

I always felt the Epilogue was just a bit incomplete, so here's my effort at filling in gaps. 

Author's Notes on Chapter 1

I love reunions. I write them frequently because I adore them--good ones and painful ones. I rather dislike partings, so its nice that I don't have to write one here.

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Home Visit 

Little Whinging was an attractive enough place, Severus thought, contemptuously. Assuming, one liked houses all made of ticky-tacky.

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Author's notes on Chapter 8:

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 This is when I decided that this was going to be a long work and we all might as well settle in for the long haul.

Some descriptions of child abuse.

Trigger warnings will be posted here on out for many chapters. It is a very dark work (if you haven't read it before). However, all my stories end in a hopeful place and this one will not be the exception.

Exam
Harry stumbled a few times as Severus pulled him along, so fast was Severus walking.  Lupin kept glancing at them, concerned.  Severus glared at Lupin, over the boy’s head, daring Lupin to speak, or protest his manhandling of the Boy Who Lived.
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Authors Notes for Chapter 5
 
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 A Subtle Pattern
By Friday morning, Severus was ready to take up drinking in a serious way.  

So far, the healer’s exams had turned up no less than twelve children who were considered “at risk”.  Including one poor Hufflepuff girl, in her second year, whose case was so severe, that the healers had immediately applied to the Ministry  to remove her from her parent’s custody.  The others would need watching and extra support from their heads of houses, but they were not in any clear danger.  
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This is where the story started to get away from me. I really just wanted to show Neville's death and the Aftermath, and then Harry's exam. However, the whole thing took a turn to the left and it came to me where the story needed to end, its now a question of getting the characters to the final destination.

My writing process can be likened to a long car trip. I have a map, I know where I'm going, but with rest stops, construction, detours and accidents, I might take a lot longer to get there than I think I will.

 



Aftermath

The rest of the day was grey and cold, as if to underline the general mood of the castle inhabitants. Any other time, the students would have been thrilled with the prospect of an unexpected holiday. Now, Harry felt their idleness gave them too much time to dwell on their thoughts

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