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[HP Fic Rec]: "And Tell Me Who Is Victor" by [info]switchknife

TITLE: And Tell Me Who Is Victor
AUTHOR: Switchknife
AUTHOR'S IJ NAME: [info]switchknife
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PAIRING: Snape/Harry
GENRES: slash, action, adventure, mild h/c
WARNINGS: other than it’s a slash fanfic, none I think
RATING: PG-16
TIME FRAME: post-Hogwarts, war-time
WIP OR COMPLETE: complete
WORDS: approx 9,408
SUMMARY: In the middle of the war Harry is trained by Snape to become an Auror.
LINK TO FIC: And Tell Me Who Is Victor

QUOTE:
But Harry's already hauling himself out of bed, on arms that feel as weak as twigs, and then there's a sharp crash against his head and he finds himself looking up from the floor, dazed, at Hermione's horrified face.

That is soon joined by another, this one with dark hair, dark eyes, that Harry stares at upside-down, unbelieving, disbelieving, not daring to believe, until that thin upside-down mouth opens and a sneering voice says: 'What did I tell you about inadequate doses of sedative, Miss Granger?'

This is a dream. This is a dream. His heart's hammering again, wildly, when those too-tight, too-cruel hands wrap around his arms--when they haul him up, all strength and easy grace, and he collapses against that familiar, sharply bony body--and there is a steady, odd murmur in his ears that Harry recognizes vaguely as his own voice, saying 'Severus, Severus, Severus,' over and over again.

And there are
arms around him, dear Merlin, arms--the same arms, the very same--

WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
First thing I fell in love with was Switchknife’s superb writing style. The story is told from Harry’s POV, using a third person narrator. I like the fact that Switchknife chose simple present to tell her story. It creates an authentic atmosphere and matches perfectly the mood of the story.

The characters seem to be in character. I liked every single one of them. It has a Harry who develops feelings for Snape throughout his Auror training even though the word “love” is never used in this fic. That’s the second thing I fell in love with. The subtlety! The fact that you as the reader understand the extent of Harry’s (and Snape’s) feelings just from how he acts and what he does.

Then there are bits and pieces of mild and very adorable hurt/comfort. The kind of h/c I find extremely adorable. Not sappy. Not fluffy. Not über-emotional. Just normal and realistic h/c.

And Tell Me Who Is Victor is a fic I’ll definitely re-read with great joy. I wish there were more fics like that out there.

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Comments

Aww you icon!

And why? Snarry is such a great pairing!! Snape is da man! :D

I think it's definitely worth reading!