Wow! That was really good! I started crying in the middle! You're a great writer. Thanks for posting this :)
I love a good Snape story and this a great one!!!!
Loved it. You captured Snape's personality perfectly. Thanks for writing!
Very nice portrayal from another point of view.
I do have to say that I don't think Snape has this much self-awareness. I also think he has a lot more anger, and that he may never have come to accept the degree to which he is actually a component in his own miserable life. I think your point that he may be a closet romantic is well taken, but I believe there would probably, in reality, be more complexity.
However, as far as it goes you did a very nice job. I particularly like the details about the ice. And I do love the line where Albus tells Snape that when Snape says always, he means it.
I do believe Snape's heart is a complicated place, and that there is certainly both love and regret in there. I just don't think he's got it as neatly sorted out as this.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Your analogy of the lion in winter was done very well, and it wasn't like any story I've seen before. You kept Snape in character, which can be hard to do at times. Good work!
Wow, this was really good. I've always wondered what the Silver Doe chapter in DH was like from Snape's POV even though we do get a peak of it later on. Great story, lovely descriptions and a brilliant insight into Snape's mind.