First posted: 17 Nov 2018 || Last updated: 4 Mar 2019 (Ch 3 / 7) || WIP

Title: Grey Shades of Love

Ch 1: The Peace Before The Storm [ao3]

Ch 2: The Winds of Change [ao3]

Ch 3: Red Sky In Morn [ao3]

Characters: Severus Snape, Charity Burbage, Scabbers (HP); [2] Cuthbert Binns, Albus Dumbledore; [3] Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew

Ships: Charity Burbage & Severus Snape, Peter Pettigrew & Severus Snape, Lily Evans / Severus Snape (Unrequited); [2] Severus Snape / Charity Burbage

Tags: Potions, Muggle Studies, Rats & Mice, POV Severus Snape, Severus Snape Has a Heart, Aged-Up Character(s); [2] Coming Out, Trans Female Character, Transitioning; [3] Falling In Love, Asexuality Spectrum, Sexuality Crisis, Identity Reveal, Animagus

Summary: Severus hasn’t been able to tell Albus that the death anniversary for his former friend and once love hasn’t carried the same weight as it once did. It wasn’t immediately following the Dark Lord’s defeat when everything still felt raw like he could’ve (should’ve) been able to change the Potters’ outcomes. Severus was finally teaching their son, and the incoming years of students were young enough to not have memories of the war. No matter how many times you poke and prod at a wound, it eventually scabs over and heals.

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How a prickly Potions Master with an inactive Dark Mark came to be the friend of Charity Burbage, the Muggle Studies Professor, during the Interwar Years. Involves brewing experimental partial Transmogrification Potions, the Weasley’s pet rat Scabbers, and the maturity to realize when friends are better off not dating.

Chapter Summaries

1: Severus Snape and the year his former friend’s son started Hogwarts. An altogether unremarkable year during which Severus tweaked the Vocal Transmogrification Potion for Charlie Burbage, enjoyed the winter holidays when the majority of students went home, mistrusted Quirrell, and did not get paid enough, especially to worry about Potter and his Gryffindor cohorts.

2: Severus Snape and the year one of Hogwarts’ skeletons crawled out of her many closets, in this instance the Chamber of Secrets. A year of tension and trying to carry on during which Severus figured out a Hair Transmogrification Potion, commiserated with his colleagues over the Idiot Lockhart, came to peace with Lily, was unpleasantly surprised that Potter was a Parselmouth, supported Burbage’s revelation that she was Transmogrifying, and did not get paid enough, especially to tackle an ever growing list of Petrifications that needed Mandrake Restorative Draught.

3: Severus Snape and the year his past came back to haunt him in the form of Professor R.J. Lupin. A rather stressful year during which Severus had to brew Wolfsbane Potion for the werewolf that almost bit him in his youth, apologize for anti-lycan pettiness, discovered he was not very good at dating, was caught off guard by an unexpected side effect of Charity’s Transmogrification, unpleasantly figured out a man had been living with him as a rat, and did not get paid enough, especially to prevent Potter and his fellow Gryffindors from getting bitten by the werewolf in residence or trying to go after escaped convict Sirius Black on their own.

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Last Updated: 4 Mar 2019.