It was the summer of 2017 in Boston, MA, USA. Sarra Summer was a British Witch who was on vacation in the United States on a road trip with her friends as a graduation present from her parents. When they were in Boston, Sarra and her friends went out for drinks in the muggle part of the city with fake IDs. Sarra caught the eye of a Navy Sailor stationed at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard named Richard Seymour - Richard was attractive enough, especially when Sarra was already drunk so the two wound up spending the night together, luckily, they did trade numbers. Sarra left Boston the next day and quickly forgot about the whole thing, until about a month later when she and her friends were in LA towards the end of their road trip, when Sarra started feeling sick and was puking a lot in the morning. Very afraid of what that could mean, she got a pregnancy test which confirmed her worse fears. She was in fact pregnant. Trouble was... there was at least five guys that could be the dad.
Sarra quickly contacted all the guys that could be the dad, there was exactly six. She then made them all get a paternity test and it turned out that Richard was the lucky winner. Because of Richard's career in the Navy, and not wanting to look like the dumb and impulsive 21 year old he was, he proposed to Sarra. Sarra, who was equally impulsive and also not a huge fan of having the child of a man she wasn't married to due to her traditional upbringing, accepted. Her parents were not huge fans of this at first, but eventually they came around and started to begrudgingly like Richard.
Nine months later in March of 2018, they had their oldest son Melvin. In later years, more babies came but of course, Melvin continued being the oldest. He was like their dad- loud, funny, but still quite the teddy bear. He followed his dad as much as he could, and his dreams for a long time included joining the navy. At around the age of 6, he had his first sign of magic when he managed to walk on water and freak out an entire church congregation. He was a rowdy child, but good parenting cooled him down as he grew up. He found focus and concentration through playing football, but to his chagrin, he could no longer play once he reached eleven and was sent off to Ilvermorny, where he was sorted into the Thunderbird house.
Vin tried playing quidditch but he was never that good on a broom, so he made an after school football club so he could continue practicing and playing despite some hindrance. Although smart, school never interested him so he barely received average grades, of his own volition. After having a row with his parents about his friends and how he was managing his life, he quit school in his sixth year and went on a journey to find himself. He started out as an underage longshoreman, and then once he was old enough, he joined a cruise line and worked there.
Vin kept in contact with his siblings, however, and it was them that convinced him to patch things up with their parents. This is the only reason why he ended up going on that cursed vacation.
In the summer of 2038, the family decided they were going to try and do a transoceanic crossing in the family sailboat. Everything was going well, until they were hit by a really bad storm in the middle of the Atlantic. The wind was well over 64 knots and tore the mast right off the boat, leaving them utterly helpless to the mercy of the ocean. Because they were doing a transoceanic crossing, the USCG required them to have liferaft and survival suits for all aboard. Roman and his father attempted to launch the liferaft but the sea were far too much for the rails aboard the sailboat and soon as they tried to tie the painter line to the sailboat, the rail was tore away from the boat. The family had already put on their survival suits but before they could abandon ship, a massive wave slammed down on the sailboat and tore it clean in two, knocking the whole family unconscious and separating them from each other, the liferaft and the sailboat's wreck.
When Vin came to, he was delirious and dehydrated, grasping at anything he could while alone in water. He had drifted away from the wreck. Luckily for him, he had apparently managed to grab a wand- what was later revealed to be his dad’s wand- in the panic and had it strapped to his life vest. Using that wand, he managed to apparate home, to the terrible news.
The whole family moved to the UK to be with his mother’s parents. Vin didn’t know what to do with his life anymore, didn’t know how to cope with the grief of losing them. He decided that if he wanted to expand his job opportunities, he would have to finish his last year of school. After speaking with the headmaster, despite him already being 20, he was given permission to finish his last year of schooling.