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[HP Fic Rec]: "Skirting the Shadows" by Avioleta

TITLE: Skirting the Shadows
AUTHOR: Avioleta
FANDOM: Harry Potter
PAIRING: Snape/Harry
GENRES: M/M, First Time, Case!Fic, Detective/Noir
WARNINGS: *past infidelity (not between Snape/Harry); minor character death before start of story; explicit m/m sex; legilimency; murder suspect Harry.*
CONTAINS: *powerful!Harry, Head Auror!Harry, teacher!Snape, blow job, hand job*
RATING: Explicit
TIME FRAME: Post-war/DH, not Epilogue-compliant, Snape is alive, Harry is 30 and has his kids
WORDS: approx 15627
SUMMARY (given by the author): Snarry A Thon Prompt #164: “A noir-style mystery. Harry is framed(?) for the murder of Ginny Weasley. Snape is enlisted as the most powerful Legilimens to try and find out what really happened. He encounters powerful resistance from Harry when trying to enter his mind - Harry is hiding something; but what is it?”
NOTES: Snape's POV, written for Snarry-a-Thon14

Excerpt:
And though he’s either guilty or incredibly stupid, Snape sees why he makes a damn good Auror.

“Did you kill your wife?”

“Of course not.”

“Then why won’t you prove it?”

Potter rubs absently at his wrist; the handcuffs have left pink marks on pale skin. “I have the right to remain silent.”

“They’ll convict you. You’ll be in Azkaban for the rest of your life.”

“There are worse things.”

Severus must resist the urge to scream. The boy is as maddening as he ever was. “Worse than losing your freedom? Than being believed guilty of murdering your wife?”

Potter says nothing; he just stares at him.

“You’ll leave your children orphans.”

At this, Potter’s expression falters slightly, but within an instant, his face is blank again. “They have Ron and Hermione, Arthur and Molly.”

“They need their father.”

For a few seconds, Potter is silent. Then, “They’ll be all right. If you recall, I was left far worse, and I turned out just fine.”

“Says the man facing a lifetime of incarceration for murder.”

“Touché.”


WHY I LIKE THAT FIC:
When Ginny Weasley is found dead, Harry is suspected of killing her. It doesn’t help much that he isn’t providing an alibi for the evening. So Snape is called in to extract information from Harry via Legilimency. 

I loved this amazingly-written story. The mystery about Harry’s unwillingness to defend his innocence properly and share his alibi is intriguing and well-handled. I loved the glimpses of powerful!Harry and the way the author describes the protective wall Harry build to shut Snape out of his mind. I liked Snape’s involvement in the case. A truly thrilling read!


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