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23 June 2011 @ 11:54 pm
Fic: Harry Potter, PG -- Once in a Red Moon  
This could probably do with another read-through, but frankly I'm sick of looking at it. XD Whatever mistakes remain are there for posterity now.

This is the second of my help_japan fics, as requested by queeofspades: she asked for an angsty h/c fic in which Sirius was an alcoholic and Snape helped him overcome his addiction, preferably with slash involved.

I failed utterly at the slash part, but hopefully this fulfills her other requirements. :X

This story also has the slightly dubious distinction of being the longest thing I ever wrote in one sitting. (Well, okay; the last couple of paragraphs were added this afternoon. But still.) It also might be the first story I've written using only one song as background music. Pretty much every scene in this piece owes its existence to Secret Garden's "Awakening," off of their Once in a Red Moon album -- which, coincidentally, is where the title comes from. Very lovely track, and very haunting.

HUGE thanks once again to megu for being an awesome beta and helping me salvage some sort of ending from this bit of nonsense. ♥ All remaining mistakes are, of course, entirely my own.

Also, the fake cut goes to my AO3 page; apparently, the fic's too long to post here.

Title: Once in a Red Moon
Genre: Harry Potter (book 'verse)
Word Count: 11,781
Rating: PG for angst and mildly suggestive content
Pairings: implied Remus/Sirius (past relationship); very mild Sirius/Snape; unrequited Snape/Lily
Disclaimer: Harry Potter and all related characters belong to JKR; original plot idea property of queeofspades. Title comes from a Secret Garden album (which is also the unofficial soundtrack to this story.)

Summary: After exchanging his cell in Azkaban for virtual imprisonment at Grimmauld Place, Sirius slowly begins to lose his mind to the silence and the loneliness and the ravages of his bitter, painful memories. It will take an unexpected ally to pull him back from the edge and remind him what he has left to live for.

(Storms had a way of stirring something inside of him.)
Current Location: merry-land
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: watchin' Futurama