I knew this.
England(The Merlin Manor, the 20th-21st):
Madrid(22nd-23rd): Just arriving:
Elizabeth was exhausted by the time she got to the hospital. She had hoped her mother would pick her up, but it seemed the pilot was newly hired help as he drove her to the hospital. She was surprised it wasn’t St. Orion that they pulled up to but NYC General. She was perplexed. A Muggle hospital? She tucked her wand away in her purse, but the driver stopped her, letting her know to that she had to leave it in the car. She sighed, throwing it on the seat. “Your parents are in room 6 on the 6th floor.” He said roughly. She rolled her eyes, getting out, not knowing what else to do besides being angry. She took the stairs, out of morbid fear of elevators, until she reached the 6th floor. It was late and she was stopped several times by nursing staff, she was on a mission and as soon as she told them where she was going, she was allowed access. She reached the room, knocking on the door quietly, as it was closed. A few moments later, she was face to face with her mother. Her mother was unusually affectionate as she wrapped her in a hug, but Liz wasn’t going to complain and she buried herself into her mother. She wrapped her arms tightly around her. It had been ages since she called her mother Mommy but she had reverted back to being 6 years old. “Mommy, what’s wrong?” She asked, finally allowing her tears to flow freely. Adelaide pulled away, cupping Liz’s face, wiping away her tears as her own brimmed with those unshed. “(Insert Spanish for my love.) your dad has lung cancer.” Elizabeth was confused, her head cocking to the side. “Mommy that’s a Muggle disease, it’s almost impossible for us to get them.” She said her voice heated. She just wanted to know what was wrong and she didn’t know much about cancer except that it was hurting her father. Her mother stroked her hair back, looking at her sympathetically. Elizabeth didn’t want or need any sympathy; she needed someone to fix this mess with her father. “Why is he here at this…this hospital?! He needs to be at St. Orion’s.” Her voice was rising but what more could she do but be angry. Her mother tried shushing her and being gentle, but Liz was far too angry. She separated herself from her mother. “Are you trying to kill him? If he doesn’t get the right care, he’s going to die in this miserable hell hole and it would be entirely your fault!” Adelaide narrowed her eyes. “If you don’t calm down, Elizabeth, I’ll send you back to Hogwarts and request your return if need be. I told you he has cancer and St. Orion doesn’t have a clue how to deal with it. So he’s here and he’s getting care Liz, but this can go either way. Cancer is very tricky from what they say.” She closed the door, before stepping closer to Liz. “He feels awful and he’s tired baby. I want you to be here and I want you to help but this angry person, I want nowhere near my sick husband.” Liz sniffed, as she wiped her tears. Adelaide pulled her hair into a ponytail, and then she let it fall down again. Liz took a deep breathe, calming herself. “Augustus has been waiting for you. Come on baby.” Her mother went to turn the door knob. She turned back towards Elizabeth, pulling a package of mints out of her bra. Liz smiled at her mother until she started talking. “I’m going to assume you were at a party because I can smell the alcohol and I don’t want your father to smell it. Chew.” She placed about five mints in Liz’s hand. She popped them all, wincing at the minty taste in her mouth. Adelaide led the way into the room. Liz winced again as she saw all the IV’s and machines connected to her father. He wasn’t asleep; however, he seemed to have heard her outside of the room. Elizabeth smiled at him, nevertheless. She loved him and seeing him in every way she possibly could. She was glad he was the only person in his room and he had a spacious bed. He gave her a smile back, patting the space next to him. She quickly got next to him, hugging him tightly as possible, and her head resting on his shoulder. “Hi Daddy.” She felt him wrapping his arms around her. “Is that a new outfit I saw? I swear you’re just like your mother in every way.” He laughed at her, but she could hear how weak he sounded. Adelaide laughed. “No Gus, she’s much more you than like me. My grades were atrocious and I only lived to party and shop.” She sat down in the chair next to the bed, rubbing his hand. Elizabeth laughed. “I’m probably a nice blend of both of you, I have fun and I get great grades.” They laughed and it felt wonderful, except the weird surrounding. She wished they were in the Hilton’s and they had taken her out of school for a different reason. She squeezed her dad again. “I suppose as long you’re getting good grades, partying is okay. I personally hated them.” Adelaide scoffed. “If you went to more, you could have swept me off my feet a lot sooner.” Elizabeth laughed. “I don’t like partying with just anyone Daddy. Just people I like, like Andromeda, Emma or Emmeline…Rabastan is fun to party with, even if he gets a little extreme.” Liz shrugged, counting the number of medicine bags. “I swept you off at the perfect moment, darling…” Gus smiled at his wife, over her head. He gave Liz a kiss on the top of her head. “I thought Narcissa was your best friend, not Andromeda…” Adelaide shook her head at him, letting him know to let it go as Liz sighed. Gus sighed. “A girl thing?” He asked, looking at Liz. She nodded, yawning. “I think it’s time for you to tell me one of your never ending adventure tales.” Adelaide conjured up some blankets and spread them over Gus and Liz as he began talking.
Liz woke up in the hotel room, but she had no idea how she got there. All she knew was she was in the Hilton’s, in her favorite penthouse suite. She stretched her arms, looking over seeing her mother watching her. “I can’t believe how much you’ve grown Elizabeth.” Her mother said softly as she watched her. Liz yawned, staring at her mother. “It was barely yesterday I was sending you to Hogwarts, a perfectly normal and happy child.” She crossed her legs as Liz frown. “I know you don’t want to talk about anything wrong at school, but something’s wrong, as a mother I can tell.” Elizabeth opened her mouth but her mother shook her head at her. “I love you baby, but I can’t bear another letter from Mrs. Black giving me pointers on raising a respectable daughter, so whatever it is, you might as well tell me now so I can avoid all the letters. Personally, I think the woman is a lunatic and a bit of fanatic and I would love a reason to go loco but I’m more concerned about you.” Liz opened her mouth but Adelaide shook her head. “Your dad has tests this morning to see how far the cancer has regressed or progressed and he won’t be awake till much later.” Liz tried not to frown but she did, rather sourly. “Regrets collect like old friends; here to relive your darkest moments…School is stressful Mom. I hate most of the people there, that’s all.” Liz smiled softly, rolling over. “I really don’t want to go into details Mother. I just want to focus on Daddy.” She had face buried in her sheets as she felt her mother stroking her hair. “Well get ready to go shopping. We can bond over Macy’s.”
Elizabeth sighed as the plane landed in Hogsmeade. She was glad her father wasn’t dead, but he was tired. They all were tired, but she happy he was getting better, much better. The medicine they gave him worked extremely well with the medicine St. Orion’s sent over for a speedy healing. He would still be in the hospital for a week or two, until the cancer was at 5% or lower. He was so resilient, continuing his work and always being the cheery one of the trio. They promised the moment he was out, they would come to Hogsmeade and stay in one of the inn’s for a while. She was happy about that. She broke up the little spiral curls her mother had put in her hair as she had model her newest jumpsuit, which she let her keep on and take away. As much as she wished she wasn’t back here, she was glad to see her friends and usher in her new closet that her and her mother had spent a large amount on. Hell, she might have missed the fuckery that was Hogwarts. Logan, who seemed to be her personal butler, had driven her up to Hogwarts as she reapplied her lipstick. She took a deep breath before getting out the car. She was a mixture of emotions, but she was mostly tired, a bittersweet type of tired. She directed Logan to the Slytherin dorm as she walked up the short path, adjusting her belt. She opened the doors, happy for the warmth of the castle and the smell of the clean brisk air. She held on to her purse, taking a moment to thumb the fringe. She smiled softly, sitting on the bench, wondering who she would see first.
Augustus ‘Gus’ Merlin||40||Pureblood||FC: Johnny Depp
“Lies are wrong but stories aren’t lies but they’re works of your imagination. They can take everything from you, except your imagination Elizabeth. They can strip you down to the core, but they can never take away the essence of what you are, baby. I promise that to you.” Augustus Merlin to a young Elizabeth Merlin when she asked he wanted her to make up stories when he said lying was wrong to do.
Augustus Merlin preferred that people used his nickname, Gus. He was born in 1936 to Bartholomew and Margaret Merlin. Gus had 2 sisters and was the only male heir. He was the youngest child and always had a laid back person. He was slow to anger but when he was angry, it was not a pretty sight. He was sorted into Slytherin due to the fact he had a very cunning nature. What Augustus wanted, he got, no matter what anyone said or did. However, he got along with most people, due to the fact he could care less about anything that didn’t concern him directly. He would rather devote his time to writing. He had his fair share of girls and was friends with all the pureblood families, his closest friends being the Malfoys. He knew all about preserving the bloodlines and marrying of worth but he was more concerned about getting perfect grades, writing something important and having fun. While he was at Hogwarts, he slept with girls but was never really into of them as anything more than shagging. He graduated in the top 5 of his class around the time his oldest sister died in a boating accident. His other sister had gotten married and moved to Russia, where they lost communication. He had always been the shining star of his siblings, but even more his parents began to depend on him to be the quality heir they wanted and needed to preserve the Merlin namesake. After he graduated, he spent a year traveling making connections in ministries all over the world. He had a real passion for linguistics and translations, learning languages quickly. His father was in the Ministry of Magic as the head of the Department of Mysteries and he got Gus into the Department of Translations. He was 19 when ended up at party at the Lestranges’ estate with then 16 year old Adelaide Rosier. They hit it off and when she was 17 and he was 20, they married. It really was a love connection because she was his opposite and they fit together nicely. They got to travel together, with Gus translating old runes, writing books, and Adelaide designing and studying fashions. Four years into their marriage, Elizabeth was born. Gus was happy to be a father, happy he had someone to nurture and protect. He absolutely doted on Liz since she was born. In his eyes, she was more perfect than anyone else could hope to be besides his wife. He spent a lot of time away from home when she was young, working, making sure he had enough money to provide everything for his family, without dipping into his inheritance, wanting to double it for Elizabeth. When he was home, he always came bearing gifts as if they made up for the time away. Sometimes, they could go with him, but most of the time Liz and his wife were left alone. He installed in his daughter a spirit of learning, teaching her languages and making sure she understood that life was a lot grayer than it was black and white. While he kept up appearances by socializing with the Blacks, Lestranges, etc and passing down ideals he was taught but didn’t fully believe in, he adored his little world made of the three of them. When he wasn’t translating, he was entertaining his family with stories he made up. Around the time that Elizabeth was 8, he got a promotion to the Head of Translations and it offered a more stable work schedule and he was home more, where he could devote his time to writing more things and teaching Liz things he had learned through his travels. He was smart and had a vivid imagination. Liz inherited his imagination and passion for writing. As soon as he taught her how to read and write around 4, they sent letters to each other whenever he is away and they increased when she went to Hogwarts. Liz is close with her father, but she prefers he keeps his vision of her as a perfect than admit any faults or bad feelings to him, not wanting to disappoint the one person whose faith and vision of her was always pristine and perfect.
Adelaide Rosier Merlin||37||Pureblood||FC: Sofia Vergara
“Elizabeth, fashion is what truly makes a person stand out, sparkle, be bright, be noticeable, POP. If you look nice, you get away with much more and a sweet smile will open more doors than shyness or anger, but don’t forget the anger. If someone pisses you off, you make their life a living hell. Otherwise, I will write you out of the will. No child of mine will let someone walk over them. The best players fight dirty.” Adelaide Merlin lecturing Elizabeth Merlin before leaving for her first year of Hogwarts.
Adelaide was born in 1939 to Ethan and Annie Rosier. She was their only child and she was fierce. She was quick to anger and easy to piss off. She supposed it was the Spanish in her and the fact Spanish was her first language. She always had an accent, which lead to everything she said coming out as really mean and heated. She was the terror among her cousins and friends. She was daring and adventurous. She was studious when she reached Hogwarts but she liked to party. She was a Slytherin because she was ambitious and would do anything to achieve her ends. She was never branched out to being friends with people outside of Slytherin, because she thought they were beneath her as her mother and father told her. It wasn’t until her 5th year when she developed relationships with people outside of Slytherin. She was glad because as she developed closer to the girls she knew, the more she found herself disliking them. She disliked being judged people based off surface objects, like blood status. She would rather judge people on personality and likeability. She always managed to have fun and drink until she blacked out. She developed a close friendship with a particular Hufflepuff girl that evolved into romantic relationship. She was happy with her but she didn’t know how to identify herself until she met Augustus Merlin. He was three years her senior and she had long talks with him about everything and told him about the girl. He gave her the greatest piece of advice she ever heard and is quite possibly the reason why she fell in love with him. “It doesn’t matter who you sleep with, all that matters is who you love.” She loved him passionately for accepting her and when he asked her a month later to marry him, she agreed. She enjoyed her last year of school, engaged but partying and designing clothes. Adelaide had big dreams of becoming a worldwide fashion icon. Her parents were always concerned with her spending habits and her blatant disrespect for most wizarding clothes and her fascination with Muggle clothing. She didn’t care, even when she was with Gus, she was the party girl. She spent her wedding night blacked out with Gus babysitting her. She didn’t care for working, only spending money and designing clothes. She actually made a decent amount, sending her designs to major fashion companies making money off her designs. Her most famous client was Chanel, whom she worked exclusively for. She led a fast paced life with Gus, between his work and partying with members of societies. For some time, unbeknownst to Gus, she experienced with drugs, anything to have a good time. Once she learned about her pregnancy, she had to lie off of all those things, which she did, admittedly a little begrudgingly. She was only 21 and she figured she had years to go before she would have children. When Liz was born, she fell in love with her and was happy with her baby girl. She was used to traveling with her husband, but having a baby put a damper on her social life, she did resent that more than she wanted to let on and often turned to the bottle to keep her content. She loved her daughter but she felt trapped inside a life for someone far older. She could no longer have friendships except with other mothers. She quickly developed a close friendship with the Blacks, who didn’t live too far away and had 3 little girls for Liz to play with. She spent a lot of spare time when Liz was playing or down for a nap, designing and drinking. She hid her problem well, even from Gus until he landed the Head job. He quickly noticed her problem and they sought a treatment for her and she has been cleaned since Liz was 9. Liz and her mother are extremely close and Liz tells her all of her problems. She knew of her mother’s problems and how she kept it under wraps. They had spent so much time together, Adelaide showing her how to be fashionable and fierce at all times, letting her know sometimes being a lady was unreasonable and people needed to be shown where you stand. Elizabeth never felt the need to hide things from her mother, except when she found herself facing similar demons. Adelaide always warned against her repeating her mistakes the older Liz got.