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01:28 am - Well-Lived
Title: Well-Lived
Author: dracofiend
Pairing: HP/SS
Rating: G
Genre: Romance
Summary: Severus wins a lifetime achievement award.



Severus accepts the Minister for Magic's Lifetime Achievement Award with little patience and less grace, removing himself from the podium with a flourish of robes after delivering brief remarks that might be considered less than heartfelt. Harry watches him with a half-exasperated eye, but his smile softens when Severus returns to his seat, brittle tendrils of hair hovering alongside the severe downturn of his mouth. His step has become more stately, in recent years, Harry thinks. His scowl has not mellowed.

"It's a beautiful trophy," Harry tells him later, as Severus settles into his chair with his customary grimace.

"It's a pointy piece of rubbish," Severus grumbles, reaching around himself to wrestle with a cushion. "Toss it in the bin for me, will you?"

Harry sticks the artful crystalline sculpture underneath his arm and goes to Severus, to give the cushion a shove. Severus used to snap at him for doing it—tonight he only catches Harry's hand.

"It seems I've achieved all that's worth achieving.," Severus says to Harry's wrist. "Whatever shall I live for now?"

Harry laughs and curls their fingers together. He can tell when Severus is joking, now—another development of recent years. At least it feels that way.

"There's always righteous criticism and vindication," Harry replies.

Severus snorts and leans back carefully. "Those pleasures have long lost their shine." He eyes the trophy, then tugs it slowly from where it's wedged. "What a grotesque manifestation of public adulation," he murmurs. "And long overdue, if it was ever due at all," he says, raising his gaze to Harry. "I admit the first forty-odd years of my life were quite noteworthy. Fairly riddled with achievements," he nods matter-of-factly. He adjusts his seat; Harry sits on an arm. "As for the remainder, well. I've not done anything worth mentioning at all."

"Don't say that," Harry answers mildly. "Resting on laurels is no easy feat."

Severus' lips curve wryly. "It should be, for you—by the end of this affair your experience in such matters will far exceed mine." He raises his arm as if to send the trophy into the air, but stops short and pushes it at Harry instead. "I suppose you'll want to keep the ridiculous thing? I was about to cast it permanently from my sight," he says lightly.

Harry takes it and cups both hands around its spires, aware that vanishing spells are draining when one is already fatigued. He's begun to feel the edges of it himself, from time to time. "I love it when you spare a thought for my feelings," he says with a small smile.

"Mm," Severus murmurs, shutting his eyes. "That's your allotment for the year. Until Christmas. I can be prevailed upon to be generous at Christmas." His voice trails away; after a few moments the muscles in his face gently ease.

Harry places a hand upon the silver hair, stroking it back from Severus' fine-lined temple. Severus' jaw has gone lax and folds of sallow skin are bunched at his neck.

"We should keep it," Harry says quietly to himself, his fingertips hidden in Severus' hair. "You did a lot in your life."

A sharp eye cracks open, a bit blue in the black. "It's not over yet. Save the eloquence for when I'm gone—I won't have you tarnish my image of you as an unrepentant dolt."

Harry laughs again and twists about for an embrace. "All right," he says, into Severus' shoulder. Harry lets the trophy slip to the floor, deciding he'll pick it up later and put it with the others but just at the moment he brings both arms around Severus and kisses the soft sagging neck with a grin on his mouth and a tooth in his grin, because he can.


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From:[info]dacro
Date:July 10th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
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awwww ageing snarry! Loved it!

"I can be prevailed upon to be generous at Christmas."

heh. Ah, Severus. Perfect!
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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:D I'm so glad you liked it! It's my first ageing Snarry, but I'd been itching to do it for a while!
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From:[info]dacro
Date:July 11th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
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it's wonderful!
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From:[info]thesewarmstars
Date:July 10th, 2009 09:01 am (UTC)
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Okay, I'm totally in love with this. Severus is perfect here.

*reads it again*
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From:[info]atypicalsnowman
Date:July 10th, 2009 09:36 am (UTC)
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*sighs*

I love older!Severus and Harry. Established relationship fics are like crack to me. *bookmarks* Thank you so much for this.
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
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:D thanks for commenting twice!! :D I'm really happy you liked it so!
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
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Aw, thank you for the kind words. :) I'm so pleased you liked Severus even in his dotage.
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From:[info]torino10154
Date:July 10th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
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Wonderful! I adore Snarry aging like fine wine. Great job.
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
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*laughs* I imagine Severus would age more like a bitter wine...just a bit on the tannic side. :D Thanks so much for reading!
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From:[info]alisanne
Date:July 10th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Awww. Very sweet. :)
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 11th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much for reading! AND--I will see you real soon! ♥
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From:[info]accioslash
Date:July 10th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I have such a weakness for aging Snarry fics! I love how Severus softens, but essentially remains the same.

"That's your allotment for the year. Until Christmas. I can be prevailed upon to be generous at Christmas."

Hee! Brilliant!
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 19th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
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Hi! Thanks so much for reading--I'm happy you liked it! :D

Also, when I get back I'm going to be sending you some Snarry things from the con! ♥! I still wish you were here though!! *hugs*
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From:[info]shadowess
Date:July 10th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
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You always do such a wonderful job capturing the uniquness of the snape snarkiness.
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 19th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
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:D I'm thrilled you think so because I feel I'm not a snarky person really and gosh darn but it's difficult to think of snarky things to say when you normally don't, because if you did, you'd say them...anyway thanks so much for reading!
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From:[info]dementordelta
Date:July 11th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
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*happy sigh* This is really beautiful with just enough snark!
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 19th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
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:D Thanks so much for reading!! I'm especially pleased you felt Severus still had some bite left to him! :) and so much fun to see you last night, as always!! :D
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From:[info]jin_fenghuang
Date:July 11th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
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awww I love them as a crotchety old couple. Utterly love them.
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 19th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
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:D Thank you so much for reading! I've never written the crotchety oldness before but I've been wanting to! And I saw tripper wearing your lovely brocade coat from the meetup yesterday and it was just fantastic on her!! Thanks for bringing that!
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From:[info]slashpine
Date:July 12th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
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he brings both arms around Severus and kisses the soft sagging neck with a grin on his mouth and a tooth in his grin, because he can.

oooooohhhh. This is so wonderful!!!!! I love ageing Snarry fics! It's marvelous how beautifully you show them. Especially the little details of Harry caring about Severus's fatigue, and loving every detail about him here at the end ... because he can.

*happy sniffle*
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From:[info]dracofiend
Date:July 19th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
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Hi! Thank you so much for reading--I'm happy you didn't think I hit the age aspect too hard--first time doing the ageing thing and all. :)
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