Title: When Desire Is All That Is Left
Challenge: A death eater’s desire
Team Death Eaters
Length: 100 x2
Characters: Snape, Granger
Synopsis: Near the end, Severus Snape ponders the loss of everything he had once fought so hard to achieve.
I’m pretty sure my drabble chops are more than a little flabby, but I was so inspired from stgulik‘s drabble series that I wanted to give it a try.
I remember desire.
It was a burning thirst, a voracious hunger in the belly of my youth, spreading in so many different directions it could never be satisfied. Power, women, magic, vanity; proffered to me in the Dark Lord’s tempting banquet of seduction, and I feasted until I was bloated, sickened with it.
Now, as I walk through these halls, and feel the hatred of every pair of eyes that settle on my restless form, it’s hard to conjure up even the faintest trace of the petty ambitions that brought me to this pass.
What do you desire now, Severus?
Somewhere, behind layers of protective love and bloody-minded determination, Potter is hiding. From me. He and Voldemort are the bookends of my life, and between them, a brilliant little witch, daring and clever, stands, ready to defend her friend to the death.
I once promised to die for the Dark Lord, and I probably will. But have I ever truly had the will, the courage, to die for what I love?
But Hermione does.
Oh, to be protected and loved by such a brave heart. Perhaps, in the end, this is the only worthy desire I will ever have.