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[HP Fic Rec]: "A Time For All Things" by Meri

TITLE: A Time For All Things
AUTHOR: Meri (Meri Oddities)
AUTHOR'S LJ NAME: [info]meri_oddities, author's AO3
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PAIRING: Harry/Snape
OTHER PAIRINGS: *Ron/Hermione, Harry/Bill, Snape/OFC*
GENRES: slash, first time, romance, hurt/comfort
WARNINGS: graphic m/m sex, minor character death *kissing when Harry is 17*
CONTAINS: very spoilery, highlight if you wish to know *bottom!Snape, straight!Snape, virgin!Snape, fingering, anal sex, desk!sex, rimming, blow job, emotionally and physically hurt!Harry, emotionally hurt!Snape*
RATING: NC-17
TIME FRAME: written after OoTP, so it's AU from there on; takes place after Voldemort's defeat
WORDS: approx 24,170
SUMMARY: There is a time for all things, but sometimes you have to wait for them. (Given by the author.)
NOTES: alternative link to story @ walkingtheplank

QUOTE:
Snape wondered what his eyes had given away. "Be that as it may, I do not believe you have any idea what you want. You don't know anything."

"What? How can you say that? I'm not a child."

"No. I will grant that you are not a child as many of your classmates still are. But you are uneducated, and unworldly." When Potter's eyes flashed with ire, Snape held up a hand. "You've seen nothing of the greater wizarding world. You done nothing beyond attend this school and fight a dreadful evil at far too young an age."

That stubborn look crept onto Potter's face. "That means what exactly?"

"It means, Mr. Potter, that you can't stay here. That you must go out and do something else with your life."

"I'm going to. But--" Potter looked away.

"What did you plan then?"

"I don't know. I was hoping you'd--"

"What, go with you?" Snape gave him a disbelieving look. "Is that what you want?"

"I love you." Potter held both his hands out, as if offering himself. "I was hoping for something lasting for a long while, if not permanently."

The tension in his back rocketed up several notches, and he could not look at Potter. "Oh really? What's in it for me?"

"I would have thought that was obvious."

Snape frowned. Potter was young enough to think that what he had to offer might be a deciding factor. Snape was old enough to know it wouldn't be.
"You're going to go off and see the world, and I'm going to do what?"

"You could come with me. Show it to me." His confident tone slipped a little.

Shaking his head, Snape found he couldn't even sneer at him. "Don't be foolish, Mr. Potter. You could hardly expect me to follow you around the world as your groupie. I think it should be obvious to even you that my temperament would not lend itself to that role.

"I guess not." Harry looked at him. "When can I come back?"

"When you've seen the world."

"That's all?" Clearly, he thought it could be done easily enough.

"No. Find something meaningful to do with your life. Play Qudditch professionally, be an Auror, work for Gringotts, open a shop, whatever you choose."

"All of that?"

Snape sighed. "At least some of it."

"I'll do that, then." Potter met his eyes, and the look in them sent a chill up his spine. "I will come home again, sir. You can bet on that."

"I think it's time you left." He gave him something that might have passed for a smile. "You've got a lot to do."

WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
This fic is considered a classic within the Snarry fandom, but I only read it now. A shame, really, seeing that I've been reading Snarry fics since 2005. I found this fic via the hurt/comfort category over at [info]snarry_reader. There are beautiful emotionally and physically hurt!Harry scenes in this fic and a bit of an emotionally hurt!Snape as well.

But A Time For All Things has much more to offer than just lovely h/c.

It's about a 17 year old Harry who harbors feelings for his former Potions Professor. He confesses to Snape and makes a pass at him, but Snape, clearly also in love with Harry, denies his own feelings and rejects him. He sends Harry out to grow up and see the world, thinking that Harry soon will forget about his foolish infatuation. And Harry, though reluctantly, does leave, he goes to see the world, grows up, takes various jobs, but he never ever forgets his feelings for Snape.

It's really a gorgeously written fanfic with wonderful characterizations of Harry and Snape. I also loved Ron and Hermione. There are a lot of beautiful scenes and descriptions. It's definitely a story to read many times. I highly recommend it to every Snarry shipper. :)

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