i just reread this one after almost a year. nice, like a cup of good tea.
Author's Response: Aw, thank you. That's a sweet thing to hear.
Silly Sirius the opposite of love is hate. He was keeping Snape front and center in his mind all those years instead of killing his feelings with indifference. This ended uplifting because they came together and yet sad because their happy days are few.
Author's Response: Yeah, I had a really hard time writing this. I've mostly steered clear of Sirius since HBP, I'm bad with death.