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  1. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed Broken

    Mervyn hated that he didn't want to be here. His ex-girlfriend could have died, and all he could think about was how awkward it was going to be to see her again. He hung a little behind Leda and Mordred as they made their way down yet another corridor. He had never been inside St. Mungo's...
  2. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Wasn't Cut Out For This

    Mervyn decided it was easier not to elaborate. Maybe it was just a friendly kiss, anyway. Maybe they would just forget about it, the same way they'd forgotten about the kiss on the Quidditch pitch. After a moment he pulled away from the hug and wiped his face on his sleeve. "Yeah," he said. Then...
  3. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Wasn't Cut Out For This

    Mervyn's choked sound of relief was silenced by Leda's lips suddenly on his. He kissed her back, though he knew as he did so that he was only doing it out of obligation, because you were supposed to enjoy kissing someone you loved. And he did love Leda. Didn't he? If the enjoyment of kissing...
  4. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Wasn't Cut Out For This

    Mervyn heard Leda moving around in the living room, but he couldn't bring himself to go back downstairs. He was thinking of how best to contact his dad. Eluned was his child, his consequence, his responsibility. But her mother was right. The revelation of his infidelity would tear yet another...
  5. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Wasn't Cut Out For This

    Mervyn wasn't sure how he'd expected Leda to react, but it wasn't like this. Was he the only person panicking? He couldn't raise a two-year-old! He was still a child himself, barely eighteen. He had no job, no prospects, no money of his own. And he knew nothing about babies. He was still...
  6. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Wasn't Cut Out For This

    Mervyn said nothing, chewing his thumbnail, waiting for Leda to notice. What was he going to do? Money wasn't tight, but they had no income at present, and Mervyn didn't feel comfortable sponging off Leda's inheritence for his own food, let alone food for two. The child was still smiling, her...
  7. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Wasn't Cut Out For This

    Set July 2051 Mervyn stared at the child on the kitchen table. The pale-haired child smiled back at him, swinging her feet. She seemed a lot more at ease about their current situation than he was, in spite of the fact it was her life that had just been turned on its head. Oh, God. Leda was due...
  8. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed Even worse than I could've imagined

    Mervyn had skipped breakfast that morning and headed straight to the student lounge to study. With NEWTSs so close, he felt guilty doing anything else - not that all his hard work was going to make much difference. He wasn't cut out for this academic lark. What did grades matter, anyway, in the...
  9. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Open Mervyns Got Some Lurvin'

    Mervyn narrowed his eyes, leaning away from the rose that had just interrupted his triple-decker ham sandwich. After he realised what was going on, he put the sandwich down, pinched Lysander's cheek and said, "I applaud your bravery, but you're a bit young for me." He released Lysander's cheek...
  10. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed Rid of the monsters inside your head

    When Leda had offered Mervyn a place to stay, he hadn't realised he was also accepting a job as a nanny. Wendall and Lysander were good kids, but they were... well, kids. And then there was Ten, whose lungs were so powerful that if the Ministry weaponized them they'd have had the Scitorari over...
  11. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed In Need of a Miracle

    Mervyn had meant to tell Leda about his accent. He'd meant to tell her about his grandpa, too. There had just never been a right time. If he was being honest with himself, there was never going to be a right time. How could he explain to Leda that he'd changed his accent to avoid being bullied...
  12. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed In Need of a Miracle

    "Don't be. It was two years ago," Mervyn said, wiping his face with the cuff of his sleeve. In spite of everything, it felt good to finally tell Leda. He carried on, unaware that he was slipping back into his Welsh accent. "I went 'ome, and the 'ouse was sold. No one told me. That was the first...
  13. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed In Need of a Miracle

    Mervyn closed his eyes. There were times when he admired Leda's pertinacity. Now was not one of them. To be fair, she did have a point; he couldn't very well ask her to leave when he'd asked her to come and find him. Slowly, he produced the blank crumpled up piece of paper and dropped it on the...
  14. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed In Need of a Miracle

    Mervyn jumped and scrambled to hide the letter, though he hadn't written a single word. He should have known Leda would come looking for him; he'd been gone far longer than the twenty minutes he'd estimated. "No," he said automatically. "It's nuffink. Get lost." He often told Leda to get lost...
  15. Mervyn Strangewayes

    Closed In Need of a Miracle

    Admin approval - 88964 Set at the end of term Mervyn put his quill down for the third time and sighed. What was the point? Even if his parents agreed to let him come home, he would rather have slept on the streets than speak to them again. And it was beginning to look like he might have to. He...
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