recently asked in the comments to this post
:...what's this about a Snapelets fic? How did I miss this, is there anything available currently?
Which made me realize that I've never really posted a coherent message about this particular WiP, I've just gone on merrily assuming people knew about it. But unless you've been following my blog as well as my LJ for quite some time, you probably don't. So, here's the scoop.
Calling this story "the Snapelets fic" is heavily tongue-in-cheek: it makes it sound like a fluffy little piece where Snape and Maud look benignly at their precocious but adorable kids, and make clucking noises over all the naughty but clever things those children have been up to lately. Fortunately for those of my readers not equipped with strong stomachs, or otherwise inclined to seek out fics drenched in syrup, I'm not writing anything of the sort. In fact, it's going to be fairly grim in parts, as those of you who have read Cry
might have begun to suspect.
The structure of this story is going to be a bit different from anything else I've written so far: what I'm doing is writing up scenes in pretty much random order, as they occur to me, and then I'm going to piece them together and add connective tissue as necessary. The story covers a significant period of time -- about fifteen years, possibly more -- so I'm just dipping into the Snape family history here and there where it relates to the main plot. That plot being, as it happens, Margot Snape's development from a shrewd and observant young woman into a calculating, iron-willed Evil Overlady who makes Voldemort look, well, about as stupid as he actually was. :)
Anyway, so far I've written four scenes that are publicly available, though a couple of them (especially the first) are noticeably incomplete, and all are sure to be revised when I've got more of the story written. But you can get an idea of what I'm doing by looking at these:The Discovery. While camping in the countryside near his mother's childhood home, ten-year-old Malcolm Snape finds an artifact amid the ruins.
The Reunion. At the Hogwarts school reunion, a twentysomething Malcolm witnesses the formation of a dangerous friendship between his sister Margot and a Most Unsuitable Person.
The Confrontation. Shortly after the preceding incident, Geoff Weasley demands to know the truth about Margot and her new partner in potential crime, with surprising and unfortunate results.
The Library. Near the end of his first year at Hogwarts, Malcolm agonizes over his Potions grade. Fifteen-year-old Margot critiques Voldemort, and expounds on how a Real Leader would operate. Albion, the Snape family's resident Quidditch star, Head Boy, and all-around model of Good Form, is not impressed.
Current scenes in progress include a Snape family dinner party (which I am indebted to lizbee for suggesting), and a scene very close to the end of the fic in which Geoff's idea of Something Wonderful turns out to be a bad, bad thing for all concerned. There's also a peripherally connected story called "Golden Boy" which I wrote for lizbee's birthday, since she's a Mad Albion Fangirl. If you've read the other available scenes and decide you'd like to see that one, I'll send the link on request...