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[HP Fic Rec]: "Night Watch" by mia_ugly

TITLE: Night Watch
AUTHOR: mia_ugly
AUTHOR'S LJ NAME: mia_ugly
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PAIRING: Snape/Harry
GENRES: slash, angst, slight hurt/comfort and romance
WARNINGS: Drag mouse over space if you wish to know:*Implied torture, self harm/suicide attempt*
RATING: NC-17
TIME FRAME: post-war, post-Hogwarts
WIP OR COMPLETE: complete
WORDS: approx 18,669
SUMMARY: You cannot say it, even to yourself. (given by the author)
NOTES: This was written for the Snarry_Games 2007. (Team: Postwar, Prompt: Armistice)
LINK TO FIC: Night Watch

QUOTE:
"The scent in here is distinctly less offensive," Snape sneers when he arrives, "They must have let you bathe."

"Not hardly." Harry's skin is red and raw, and his hair stills hangs damply against his face. "They washed the cell. I got in the way."

Something in Snape's face changes at this piece of information, but Harry can't be bothered to wonder what it is.

"The Dark Lord will not be pleased," Snape murmurs after a moment. "I am certain it was something he did not enjoy."

"Yeah, well, I hope not," Harry spits, "I hope he felt every second of it, every drop of freezing water in my eyes, every blast that nearly knocked me down. I hope he felt every fucking second of it."

Snape is watching him carefully. Harry feels inexplicably close to tears, and it isn't from the pain. It's from the fact that Snape is looking at him with pity - Snape, Snape of all people, Snape the one who should be on the other side of these bars, Snape the Death Eater piece of shite that has been weak, and snivelling, and pitied his whole bloody life. Snape pities him. It's almost too much. He can read the 'I hope so too' in the man's bloody eyes, he can see it there, plain as if Snape had said it out loud.

Snape opens his mouth to speak. Harry cannot bear it.

"Piss off," Harry says quickly, with not nearly enough heat as he would have liked. At first Snape seems rather surprised, but then he rolls his eyes.

"Of course, Mr. Potter. A pleasure, as always." Snape turns to his book, and Harry collapses on his bed. The rest of the night goes by much too slowly, and he does not sleep until morning.


WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
As you can see, I'm still reading my way through the intriguing fanfics submitted to the Snarry Games 2007.

Night Watch is not as dark a fic as it might seem if you took a glance at the warnings. I think it's more an in-between fic.

The war is won by Voldemort and the Death Eaters who have taken Harry prisoner. But they can't harm him, because every injury Harry has the Dark Lord will have, too. So they keep Harry in a prison cell, and in order to prevent him from doing himself any harm, they have him on constant watch. Snape's job is to watch over him at night.

Their relationship develops slowly, just the way I like it, with Snape discovering more and more his feelings for Harry, which he has difficulties admitting to himself. Nonetheless he feels himself drawn to Harry, as Harry feels himself drawn to Snape. It's beautifully written, well-crafted, entertaining and has, in my opinion, an IC Snape and Harry! I loved the sex scenes. They are so absolutely sexy and hot! And I had to cry in the end. It's a thing that does not happen often and that I don't like that much, but I think, for this fic I have to make an exception! It is a wonderful happy and fitting ending! You will see what I mean, once you've read that fic. Go! Read! :)


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Comments

(Anonymous)

Yay, off to read^^

mre-quecky
Hope you find it as enjoyable as I did! :)