I’ve posted a new fic. Four Christmases was a gift written for HP fanfic writer extraordinaire Kelly Chambliss at this year’s HoggywartyXmas fest on LiveJournal.
Title: Four Christmases
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore
Summary: Minerva attempts to teach Severus Occlumency and perhaps something more. This is not a happy Christmas story.
Word count: ~7,000
She was inside his head again, but this time she meant business. He could tell because she was more like a razor’s edge than water or quicksilver—her movement through his mind was sharp and bit deep, and he was shocked. It had never felt like this, not during his early lessons, nor on the occasions they’d practiced since.
He realised with panic that he was letting her in too far, and he tried to catch up, to get ahead, rifling through his own memories at lightning speed to find something to bring forward to catch her, but he was lost. He could do nothing until she stopped to examine something more closely. They went on and on, Minerva’s mind probing and darting away, Severus following vainly in her wake—
She’d stopped. It was a Christmas memory again—one he’d never let her see, and although he was reasonably certain she’d run across it during the early days of their lessons, she’d never stopped to look at it before.