Snape's Worst Memory is an AU Snape/Lily fanfic, written by Darkglare. It's a long fic with a reasonable amount of angst and mostly realistic portrayal of characters. Focuses on Severus and Lily's friendship and relationship during their last two years of school. "Snape's Worst Memory" scene happened but with a twist in the form of Regulus Black and his plan to get his brother in trouble, so there was no "Mudblood" incident. Adult themes.
This fanfiction contains examples of:
- Accidental Pervert: Lily. It really wasn't her intention to watch Severus in his backyard. It was just a huge misunderstanding.
- Am I Just a Toy to You?: Severus to Lily, or so he thinks....this was not a good time to be sending her letters accusing her of being a bossy know-it-all that he was tired of having toy around with him.
- Ambition Is Evil:
"At the mere age of seventeen, Lily Evans knocked the wizarding world arse over tea kettle with a ballpoint pen."
- Subverted with Severus: despite of him being a Slytherin he has no real ambition.
- Played for Laughs by Lily and Severus while discussing each other's future Chocolate Frog Cards. Severus even made one for Lily:
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Dumbledore doesn't like that he sees in Severus' mind.
- Badass Baritone: Severus, but only after he suffered very severe case of dragon pox, which spread to his throat. And technically, his badass side shows itself only when he is protecting Lily from the werewolf.
- Berserk Button: For James, whenever he sees Severus too close to Lily. Severus uses it against him in the Ministry while getting their apparation licenses.
- Bonding over Missing Parents: Subverted with Lily and Severus: they don't even understand each other's feelings concerning the matter.
- The Cassandra: Lily. She accurately predicted almost everything that would happen to Severus in their Sixth Year while doing her Divination assignment. But neither of them tried to do much about it.
- Compliment Fishing: Lily:Lily: You don't think I'm getting too fat, do you, Sev?
Lily said 'too fat'. She knew she was gaining weight. Why bother asking him about it?
- Convenience Store Gift Shopping:
- Usually neither Severus nor Lily are pleased with each other's gifts.
- Oddly enough, Petunia sends Severus "thank you" letter for his wedding gift. Though, he chose it from the list she made herself.
- Dirty Business: Dumbledore does that, breaking into Severus' house in the company of Mundungus Fletcher because he thinks Slytherin locket may be there.
- Drink-Based Characterization: Dumbledore was shocked when he found out that Severus, unlike himself, drinks tea without sugar.
- Everybody Has Lots of Sex: For the last two years of Hogwarts, they do. Or would like to. Hence, contraceptive magic at the castle. And really, why have so many unused classrooms?Students were snogging and shagging all over the castle. Didn't have to be a prefect or head girl to know that.
- Everyone Is Related: Severus discovers this, when he inherits from Lestranges, who prior to their deaths killed his father.
- Hates Baths: Severus doesn't, but:He hurried since if Lily got through washing herself then she insisted on washing him. When she did, only one part of him got washed really well, and everything else was ignored.
- Holy Burns Evil: Petunia splashes Severus with Holy Water when he accompanies them to the church, although it doesn't actually do anything to him.Petunia: Won't he burst into flames as soon as he sets foot inside a church?
- Ignore the Fanservice: Severus tries to do it with Lily sometimes, but never succeeds. He completely ignores Mary, though.
- I Owe You My Life: Mary and Lily to Severus. Played for Drama because when Severus' life was in danger, Lily's Life Debt forced her to take action which cost them their unborn child.
- Not Helping Your Case: When McGonagall accuses the Marauders of attacking Snape because he's a half-blood in Chapter 7, James responds that they would have attacked him no matter what his parents were.
- Not What It Looks Like: When Mrs Evans catches them in Lily's bedroom in compromising position. Severus' reaction - I Can Explain. And he does. Still, Lily gets in trouble.
- Plucky Girl: Lily. Despite all the bad things that keep happening to her and her friends, she doesn't seem to be affected.
- Sex Equals Love: Subverted. Severus was in love with her before they did it, and Lily isn't in love with him at all.
- Virginity Makes You Stupid: Lily doesn't know a lot of things about sex that a girl her age would know, even in the seventies.