Severus Snape’s life was changed when he was hit by an errant spell, and he comes to a decision that defies Dumbledore’s wishes. Even the fate of the wizarding world is altered by this ill-cast curse and Snape’s subsequent resolve.
Long after the spell has dissipated, its effects continue echoing in the lives of Severus, Albus, Minerva, and Hermione, and they bring with them a shadowy figure whom Snape does not trust and whose motivations and influence on Minerva are murky. Not all is as it seems, and conspiracies and schemes swirl around Severus as he continues on his path of deception to his final confrontation with the Dark Lord. A “Light” fic of love, loyalty, and redemption.
A "DH-twister." AU post-July 1996. Not DH-compliant. (Partially HBP-compliant.)
Pertinent warnings in individual chapter summaries. Most content T-rated, some M- and MA-rated content.
Self-contained novel; part of the "Death's Dominion" set of stories, but can stand alone.
First Place in the HP Fanfic Fanpoll Awards, Gen Fiction - Best Legacy Story.
Note: Chapter 35 consists of the appendix of spells and other information.