Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 1196
Author's Summary: Somebody makes Mels cry and little Rory goes and sorts them out.
Characters/Pairings: Mels, Rory
Recced because: While we got a glimpse of Mels growing up alongside her parents, there are just so very many possibilities to explore during those years. This story very concisely draws out a number of things that will only make sense to Rory later and that mean the world to Mels at the time. It's heartwarming and sweet, and it ends just perfectly.
“You’re useless! Nobody wants you. You don’t even have a father!”
Rory heard the taunts and ran toward the cluster of kids gathered around the slide. He found Mels in the middle of it, as he expected, facing off with Justin, the school bully.
Justin was twice Mels’ size, towering over her, beefy in the shoulder and larger than any fourth grader had a right to be. Mels was smaller, slighter, with her pigtail hanging down her back. Rory winced, knowing what was going to happen.