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there's a river running wild. ([personal profile] shootstars) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2017-02-16 12:04 pm

the picture prompt meme



the picture prompt meme

I — Comment with your character.
II — Others will leave a picture (or two, or three...)
III — Reply to them with a setting based on the picture.
IV — Link to any pictures that are NSFW, please.
V — Be aware that this meme will be image-heavy.


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darkart: (it's a job)

[personal profile] darkart 2017-02-20 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Severus can only form opinions based on the reality he experiences.

Eileen is - was - a complicated figure in Severus's life. A victim as much as her son, but a culpable one. She was a witch. She could have gotten them out of there at any time, she could have done any number of things to Tobias to keep him in line. The painful mystery of why she stayed and why she forced Severus to be subjected to the abuse alongside her is one he'll never solve. He remembers Mr and Mrs Evans and the way he observed their loving family with mingled fascination and disbelief. Something alien.

For a time, he just looks at Lily.

"You wanted me to leave you alone," he says after a little while.
levans: (14)

[personal profile] levans 2017-02-21 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
"Technically I meant what happened to your mother," she said, frowning a little. As she was there and they were having a conversation, she thought it was sort of implied that she didn't particularly want to be left alone, especially as she'd sought him out in the middle of the night. "You hurt me. Worse than I'd ever been hurt before. Do you understand that people who don't matter to you have no power to hurt you, Severus?" If she didn't care about him so much, he wouldn't still have such a hold on her. She'd tried to set it aside, move on, but she still worried about him, watched him from a distance.

She took a deep breath and exhaled. "I'm sorry about your mother. I know your relationship was complicated, but still." She doubted that any of his so-called friends gave a tinker's curse about Severus' feelings about that or anything else. Severus was bright and talented and clever. He was a prime target for someone to take advantage of, and she wished she could be someone he could turn to. But she didn't think he would want that anymore, despite how much she thought he needed it.
darkart: (how to be what you want)

[personal profile] darkart 2017-02-21 10:02 pm (UTC)(link)
Lily takes his observation further than he intended - or maybe just slightly off-course. He means he's surprised at her offer to talk, hell, surprised she came down here at all, given what she demanded of him.

"I know." Severus looks at her, this time a bit oddly. The inside edges of his eyebrows knit together slightly in the beginnings of a frown. "You might recall I apologized."

About a hundred times. He slept outside the entrance to Gryffindor common room to practically beg her forgiveness. How could he not know he hurt her? Half his own blood is muggle; he knows, he knows. She was the only person who'd ever been kind to him and in a flash of weakness, terrified and angry, he lashed out. A caustic combination of self-hate and helplessness and-- yes, in the moment, a part of him had wanted to hurt her. A dark and awful part of him he hasn't figured out how to remove, that's jealous of the way her parents love her and how beautiful she is and how easy she made it into the right house and the right social circle. It's difficult for him to sound sincere now years later, what with her having so uniformly rejected all of his honest attempts to make amends.

His justifications aren't any good, but they're human.

"Thanks." Slightly deadpan over the condolences.
levans: (16)

[personal profile] levans 2017-02-23 04:24 pm (UTC)(link)
She should have known this would not go smoothly. She wasn't even sure why she was bothering trying to fix something so thoroughly shattered, except for the fact that she often felt like she was existing in an echo chamber of people who agreed with each other about everything. Or maybe it was just the mutual admiration society of Potter, Black, Lupin, and Pettigrew. The most impartial of them was Remus, and only just. She missed Severus. She missed hearing another perspective on life in general.

"Yes. I remember every one of your exhaustive apologies. Perhaps I should have accepted one when they were still on the table." She sighed a little. "I thought the only cure was to remove myself from... your reach. But now there's an empty space." It still hurt if she thought about it too hard, but she didn't have to now. It was so far in the past that it was frosted over with haze of time and distance. She could almost believe it was something she'd only heard about, or that had happened to someone else. More importantly, she wanted to believe that.
darkart: (the fuck am i holding)

[personal profile] darkart 2017-02-24 12:33 am (UTC)(link)
A more pronounced frown twitches over his face, that stoic facade shifting in small degrees to a real person. This is getting under his skin-- in one way or another.

"Cure?"

He doesn't sound accusatory, just frustrated. How can she be saying this now, especially when she still thinks of him as - what, an illness? Not that he blames her, honestly; Severus loves Lily (even if he's currently struggling with being able to recognize that emotion for what it is, and will continue to for a few years yet), but he understands why she pushed him away. If he can't remake himself for her, he can't expect her to remake herself for him, no matter how much this whole mess has hurt.

Severus has spent so long building a wall around the pain of losing her that to have it confronted so casually is difficult to process. This encounter suddenly feels surreal.

"I haven't changed. You have to know that."

He almost sounds sorry.