Wonderful job! You write with such beautiful language and emotion. I loved how you examined Snape's feelings through these flashbacks; my only suggestion would be to make the flashbacks longer and really get more into the scenes with Mary, Charity, and even Dumbledore, since you wrote them so well I wanted to read more. But I know that probably wasn't your intent: the short vignettes worked nicely too. The candles tying everything together were fantastic. You really understand this character and write very well! ~Gina :)
I'd never have guessed you liked the candles. ;o)
And you know I'm still flattered that you think I can handle Severus, given how much how you write him shaped my fandom view of him in the first place.