Summer Love

A retelling of Severus' first and only love, Lily Evans.


2. Being a Muggle-Born

"By the way, my name is Severus. Severus Snape." the boy said suddenly.

"I'm Lily. Lily Evans," said Lily.

"Nice to meet you, Lily." Severus stuck out his hand. Lily shook it. It was a very Muggle-like gesture.

"So... these other people. Do they do strange things, too?"

Severus thought for a moment, then replied, "Well, they can do weird things, but most of us are able to learn to control it. You can get a wand, which you use to do spells, and a flying broomstick, and a cauldron. Eventually, you can fly and make potions."

"Cool!" she said. "Can you fly?"

"Not very well," Severus admitted. "But I'm really good at making potions."

"Cool." Lily laid back on her back. "Is Hogwarts a good place?"

Severus shrugged. "I don't really know. I've never been. I start this fall."

"How old are you?" she asked.

"I'm ten years old," he replied. "And you?"

"I'm nine and three quarters. I'll be ten soon," she said quietly. "When you go to Hogwarts, will I get to see you at all, Sev?"

"If we're in the same house."

"Oh." She didn't know what that meant, but she didn't want to ask.

Severus laid down next to her.

"Can I ask you a question now?" asked Severus. "Who are your... parents?"

"My parents? Oh, well, my mom's name is Elizabeth Evans and my dad's name is Gerald Evans."

"But are they... magic?" asked Severus softly.

"Oh, no. Nope, they're... what did you call them?"


"Yeah, Muggles. Does it... make a difference, being Muggle-born?"

Severus swallowed hard. He had always thought that, yes, it did, and Pure-Bloods like himself were better, but seeing Lily here was living proof he was wrong. "No. It doesn't make a difference."

Lily smiled. "That's good. Are you Muggle-born, too, Sev?"

"No. I'm what you call Pure-Blooded. As far back as we know, all my family is all magic."

"So your parents are a witch and wizard, too?"

"Yep." It was only half true. Severus was a half-blood, his mother was a witch, Elieen Prince Snape, and his father a muggle, Tobias Snape, but nobody knew about Tobias. He had died before the Ministry could file him as a muggle and Eileen had lied, saying he was a wizard, so if the Dark Lord found her, she wouldn't be thought of as guilty of intermarrage with Muggles.

Lily thought for a moment. "Thank you, Sev. I... I don't know what I'd do without you, telling me all this. I might be lost."

"Yeah, you're welcome." He sat up. "My mum will be expecting me soon."

"Oh, but can you come back here tomorrow?" she asked hopefully.

He was silent for a moment. Nobody had ever asked him to come back later, but then again, Lily was... different, than anyone Severus had ever met.

"I guess." He stood and started walking toward the woods.

"Bye, Severus!" called Lily. "See you tomorrow!"

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