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January 2022 Recs

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I'm slowly working my way through a huge backlog of fics I've wanted to read.

So, hopefully, the recs will keep coming apace. Snapecase is posting over at LiveJournal, and I have a few recs from that fest that I’ll post when the reveals are up. In the meantime, here are some treats from among the things I read and looked at over the past two months.

Author: Milotzi
Rating: R
Word Count: 1,202
Characters: Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagall
Summary: Severus Snape would like to have a conversation but gets ignored

Why You Should Read It:

Lyrical, creepy, obsessive — this is observant Snape at his mordant best, a brief ghost story about love, loss, and making uneasy peace with the outcomes of our lives.

Artist: mywitch
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Albus Dumbledore/Severus Snape
Summary: An intrlude in the snow

Why You Should Check It Out:

With her usual attention to the unusual but telling detail, mywitch gives us a drawing that tells a story of a relationship.

Author: Morbidmuch
Rating: R
Word Count: 47,810
Characters: Hermione Granger/Severus Snape; Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Crookshanks, Lavender Brown
Summary: The idea came out of nowhere, and Severus was sure it was possibly the worst idea he’d ever had – including getting the Dark Mark branded on his arm.

Why You Should Read It:

This is a long, lovely slow burn that makes the most of the marriage law trope and keeps it in the realm of the realistic. Hermione here is a marvel—a mature version of the bright, inquisitve girl we see in canon. And Severus is a man obviously softened by both his experiences and by love, but he is still very much Snape,  insecure about everything but his intellect, often grumpy and resentful, but able to grow.

Author: Spin84
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,004
Characters: Minerva McGonagall/Elphinstone Urquart
Summary: Elphinstone celebrates his first birthday as a married man.

Why You Should Read It:

This unusual fic gives us the Elphinstone/Minerva relationship from the former’s perspective.

It’s a tender, fun, sensual story that falls just on the right side of sentiment without going over the line. 

Minerva is … Minerva. Slightly acerbic and practical, but willing to be wooed into a bit of frivolity.

Author: evilbean
Rating: R
Word Count: 3,977
Characters: Minerva McGonagall/Severus Snape
Summary: According to the “A Daily Herb for Everyday Ailments” book that Minerva used to consult for her regular stress headaches, lavender could be used to treat an array of disagreements. Its main uses, however, were listed as follows: soothing pain, reducing stress, and relieving insomnia.

She had to admit, in hindsight, that it made a lot of sense.

Why You Should Read It: 

The rhythm of this fic gives it a palpable sense of impending doom, switching between the comfort the characters provide one another and the shocking realities of war. An achingly beautiful fic.

Author: Mosrael
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 11,907
Characters: Minerva McGonagall/Mrs. Norris; Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape
Summary: Can love really last a lifetime? Perhaps, if you can name it as your own. This is a story about names, transformations, and the things we inherit.

Why You Should Read It: 

This is not a bestiality fic, in case you were wondering.

This marvelous story combines a clever—and highly satisfying—plot twist with a gorgeous musing on the nature of love and what it means to be with someone while knowing them truly intimately. It’s sensuous, sad, and hopeful all at once.

The enumeration of Minerva’s names in the fic is poetry, and it encompasses everything about how she becomes who she is in the piece (and in canon.)

The tenderness and care between the characters is breathtaking.