Chapter Nine: Though they be mad and dead as nails
Summary: Severus and Hermione work together; after Hermione expresses her concern for him, Severus visits Poppy, where he learns more than he wished to when fishing for information about Robert. Minerva tries to hearten Severus. (See the general summary below the banner.)
Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Minerva McGonagall, Poppy Pomfrey
Genres: Alternate Universe, Drama, Psychological
Categories: Hogwarts Castle; Potions Under Duress
Rating: M (R)
General Summary: Severus Snape’s life was changed when he was hit by an errant spell, and he comes to a decision that defies Dumbledore’s wishes. Even the fate of the wizarding world is altered by this one ill-cast curse and Snape’s subsequent resolve. Long after the spell itself has dissipated, its effects continue echoing in the lives of Severus, Albus, Minerva, and Hermione, and they bring with them a shadowy figure whom Snape does not trust and whose motivations and influence on Minerva are murky.
AU Years Six and Seven. Not DH-compliant. Sort of a “DH-twister.”