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The Unconditional Vow



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1. Grimmauld Place by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 8]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Following Dumbledore's death, Snape returns to Grimmauld Place. Snape finds Dumbledore's plan to protect him after the fateful night on the Astronomy Tower is not quite what he was expecting. During his final year as Headmaster, Snape has a chance to come to terms with his past and find peace, before his life draws to its inevitable close. Canon-compliant. SH Featured Story, January 2010. (2297 words)
2. Squirrel's Leap by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: The safe house is not quite prepared for Snape's arrival. (1006 words)
3. The Portrait by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Dumbledore reveals his plan to Snape. (1498 words)
4. The Vow by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 6]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Snape learns the contents of the vow. (1447 words)
5. Malfoy Manor by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle
Summary: Snape responds to Voldemort's summons. (1223 words)
6. Thread of Hope by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus finds he has something in common with his host. (1587 words)
7. Tiger's Eye by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus finds himself reliant upon his host. (1752 words)
8. Close My Eyes by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Contessa attends Dumbledore's funeral, and a new cycle begins. (1976 words)
9. A New Memory by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Contessa's concern about Death Eaters lands her in a compromising position. (1777 words)
10. Part of the Plan by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Dumbledore sets his plan in motion. (1690 words)
11. Dangerous Game by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 6]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Character Death, DH Spoilers
Characters: Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Severus attends the Death Eater meeting at Malfoy Manor. (1734 words)
12. Open Doors by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus returns from the Death Eater meeting. (1322 words)
13. Fly in the Ointment by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Plans made to move Harry Potter from Privet Drive prove problematic. (1415 words)
14. Shadow of Doubt by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Remus Lupin, N. Tonks, Fred, Fred/George Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Lupin arrives at the cottage. (1658 words)
15. Through the Barricades by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus returns to the cottage after the events of the chase. (1372 words)
16. An Unexpected Guest by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Violence, DH Spoilers
Characters: Remus Lupin, N. Tonks, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Contessa attends the wedding at The Burrow. (1553 words)
17. An Unexpected Lead by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: During the interrogation, Severus's intervention yields unexpected results. (1180 words)
18. Elephant in the Room by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus returns to find Contessa distrustful and irascible. (1161 words)
19. Potions Assistant by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus leaves Squirrel's Leap. (1445 words)
20. Half-Blood by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus takes Contessa to Spinner's End. (1452 words)
21. A New Headmaster by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle
Summary: Severus is interviewed for the Headteacher post. (1267 words)
22. The First Glimpse by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus returns to Squirrel's Leap with news. (1585 words)
23. Asphodelus Albus by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus is asked to attend the funeral. (1287 words)
24. Solitaire by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Rubeus Hagrid, Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Contessa leaves for Hogwarts. (2476 words)
25. Wet Behind The Ears by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus settles in to the Headmastership. (2047 words)
26. Sword of Gryffindor by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Neville Longbottom, Original Character, Severus Snape, Ginny Weasley, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Dumbledore's Army causes problems at Hogwarts. (2822 words)
27. The Astronomy Tower by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus finds Contessa at the top of the tower. (1642 words)
28. Just an Illusion by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Contessa struggles to adjust. (1845 words)
29. Strange Glue by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Dumbledore's Army continue to cause problems, forcing Severus's hand. (1911 words)
30. Blue Touchpaper by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: An argument ignites. (1425 words)
31. Elm and Ebony by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape
Summary: The dust settles in the Headmaster's office. (1794 words)
32. The Wisdom of Hindsight by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character
Summary: Contessa talks to Dumbledore's portrait. (1699 words)
33. Rhyme and Reason by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus visits the Potions office. (1471 words)
34. The Missing Piece by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Slughorn makes a request. (1928 words)
35. Dreams and Fables by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 6]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: The anniversary of Lily's death appears on the horizon. (1738 words)
36. Past and Present by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Contessa stumbles upon the past as Halloween approaches. (1679 words)
37. All Hallows Eve by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Severus Snape
Summary: Severus visits Godric's Hollow. (1699 words)
38. Signs and Portents by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Contessa returns Severus to Hogwarts for the Halloween feast. (2832 words)
39. Masquerade by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus slips into his double-agent role with apparent ease. (2020 words)
40. A Beautiful Lie by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Contessa finds herself alone in Severus's personal chambers. (2391 words)
41. The Unforgivable Curse by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Argus Filch, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Severus finds himself hoodwinked at the end of term. (2835 words)
42. White Christmas by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Argus Filch, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Christmas Day arrives. (2776 words)
43. The Forest of Dean by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Ron Weasley, Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus learns of Harry Potter's whereabouts. (2445 words)
44. Once a Year by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 7]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Argus Filch, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Contessa returns to Hogwarts a couple of days early. (2365 words)
45. Broken Eggshells by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus sets up a Potions laboratory before the start of term. (2604 words)
46. Frozen in Time by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 6]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus revisits a traumatic memory. (2770 words)
47. Cloak of Numbness by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: The potion reveals suppressed feelings. (2212 words)
48. Blink of an Eye by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus makes a surprise visit to the dungeons. (2428 words)
49. Treasured in Darkness by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: The oleander-root potion is tested. (2383 words)
50. Storm Clouds Gather by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: As discipline at Hogwarts continues to disintegrate, Slughorn asks for Contessa's help. (1767 words)
51. Turn of the Tide by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: The Carrows back Severus into a corner. (2010 words)
52. A Fiercer Sea by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Severus calls a staff meeting. (1433 words)
53. Steel by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 1]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus surrounds himself with armour. (1653 words)
54. Out in the Cold by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Dumbledore intervenes. (1486 words)
55. Trick of the Light by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 2]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus discovers all was not as it first seemed. (1271 words)
56. Sound of Silence by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Contessa decides not to give up. (1714 words)
57. Magical Creatures by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 3]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: The students of Hogwarts leave for their Easter holiday. (1289 words)
58. The Great Lake by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Tess and Severus spend a day out of the castle. (2082 words)
59. Taste of Temptation by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Fred, Fred/George Weasley, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Severus is sorely tempted. (1963 words)
60. Heir of Slytherin by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 9]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle
Summary: Voldemort visits Hogwarts for a spot of grave-robbing. (2146 words)
61. The Hardest Word by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Argus Filch, Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: In the aftermath of Lord Voldemort's visit, Severus struggles with his feelings. (2444 words)
62. The Great Wall by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: The arrival of Tess's brother places a cat among the pigeons. (1736 words)
63. Only Us by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 6]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Tess arrives at Hogwarts on the evening of her birthday. (2572 words)
64. Make This Go On Forever by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 8]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Other Canon Character (male), Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: News of Harry Potter's imminent arrival reaches Hogwarts. (1803 words)
65. Into The Fray by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Lucius Malfoy, Original Character, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Other Canon Character (male)
Summary: Severus duels with Minerva McGonagall. (1848 words)
66. Eye of the Beast by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Character Death, DH Spoilers
Characters: Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Original Character, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle
Summary: Severus arrives at the Shrieking Shack. (2951 words)
67. Despair and Hope by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 5]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: Character Death, DH Spoilers
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Original Character, Severus Snape, Voldemort/Tom Riddle, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Tess races to reach Severus. (1460 words)
68. Love and Loss by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Tess returns to Hogwarts Castle. (1820 words)
69. Weeping Willow by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 4]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Original Character, Severus Snape
Summary: Tess arrives at the riverbank. (1417 words)
70. Sleeping in Light by Agnus Castus (C) [Reviews - 22]
Genres: Drama, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: DH Spoilers
Characters: Minerva McGonagall, Albus Dumbledore, Original Character, Other Canon Character (female)
Summary: Tess wakes up in the hospital wing. (2078 words)


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