pt1) snape moves to and from less technology-based muggle villages to avoid being found out on social media from fellow muggle-dwelling wizards that he's not dead. he does a pretty good job town hopping and staying hidden because his wardrobe has done a beautiful 180 and "even if he wasn't dead, snape would never wear that!" until one fuckin accidental instagram photobomb with a good enough angle on his face starts making its rounds through the wizarding world and all hell breaks loose
pt 2) at first it’s fine, because most wizards believed him to be long dead, and also because snape now looks a hell of a lot better when he’s not dealing with trying to stop harry from dying every year. but harry knows the moment the picture is shown to him, and it goes downhill when he refuses to comment. the search for severus kicks off and harry’s like “this is the exact opposite of what i wanted to happen”, sends an owl after sev warning him about it, and waits for his reply. (con’t)
pt 3) meanwhile sev is torn between laughing and panicking over the absolute shitstorm this became when the owl finally arrives. the message contains snippets of articles from the “witch hunt” while harry says that he understands his decision, and the letter is like a small breath of fresh air until it mentions that the potter family is willing to protect his privacy “under these circumstances”. and yeah, sev knows his intentions are good, but he’s tired of being under guidelines, so–
almost done) so, sev (who’d decided long ago that he’d live the rest of his life on his terms), makes an instagram. and for awhile, there’s no activity/hint that it could even be snape until the man finds the post that started it all, supplied with location and everything. it’s a fairly small account; no comments (because a bunch of random people talking about someone in the bg would be sus) until one user under halfbloodprince asks if the user could “tag that bloke in the foreground? it’s me”
2nd-to-final pt) anyway the wizarding world explodes and harry’s in the middle of it again. snape’s supposed account gains like 600 followers in one night and harry about shits himself when sev posts a video of the seashore (location-tagged) that’s silent, save for the ocean and seagulls. at the end severus’ voice (raised a bit as to be heard over the background) says: “i have no more intentions to serve under anyone’s circumstances. especially not you… potter.”
actual final part) sev’s locations still remain a mystery, because he always makes sure to post his content after he’s made it a ways away from the site. it’s a game to him. there’s a thrill that comes with not having to hide and yet still remaining unseen. harry sighs and wishes him the best, via owl. and this time he actually gets a response in the form of a tangible photo of sev smiling, genuinely, not taunting or bored like in his posts, with a large, pretty “THANK YOU” written on the back
i love this because you can tell he’s coming to terms with the tragedies in his life.