"You almost had a date! But you got dumped at the last minute in favor of an epiphany."
— Faye, Questionable Content
...Except Snape kept carrying that torch for Lily. On paper it sounds sort of beautiful, but in actuality… that’s kind of creepy. More creepy for the fact that he gave up trying to make amends, and never attempted to form a similar relationship with anyone else. He kept a specific version of her in his head, built out of childhood memories and the moments he watched her from afar, and decided that was good enough. It didn’t stop him from offering Lily and her family up to Voldemort the instant he heard a helpful prophecy regarding Harry’s birth. He backtracked, because apparently he was fine with Voldemort killing Lily’s child and husband, the people whom she loved more than anything; he was only horrified at the thought of her death. And that’s not real love—caring for someone without considering their happiness is the exact opposite of love, in point of fact. It makes them an object of your affection rather than a subject.
— The blog post Severus Snape Does Not Deserve Your Pity
...gracing below the perfection
I saw fitting to dress you in
my actions conditioning
an immortal image of you
etched on my eyelids
— You aren’t the one for me, a poem by illusions of allusions