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+ HARLEY CURTIS RAYNER
Harley Curtis Rayner was born and raised in London, England and is the cousin to the Morgan siblings. Their mother and Harley's are identical twins, and whilst Mrs Morgan was having her eighth and final child, Liam, Harley's mum gave birth to him just one month later after extensive difficulties trying to conceive and being unable to afford IVF. Liam and Harley actually looked very similar and were often mistaken as brothers. Because their mums were very close, Harley spent a lot of time with the Morgan Clan, with special occasions and holidays always shared, and family vacations were in the same spot so the kids could all play together and Harley never felt left out being an only child. Harley has always been a quiet and shy person. Most of the Morgan kids were healthily boisterious, while Harley was most content blending into the background. He is a sweet and kind-hearted guy who would give you the shirt off his back, but it led to him being teased in school and walked all over because he hated confrontation.
When Harley was twelve, he caught a really flu that developed into pneumonia and led to a condition called myocarditis, an infection in the heart. It left him with a weak heart, and a need to constantly be careful of not over-strenuating himself and risking further myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). It stopped him doing a lot of things a general teenager might get involved in such as partying hard or drinking heavily, and without that distraction, he did well in school. However, like Liam, Harley knew he was gay around mid-teens but never had the confidence to come out like his cousin. Liam was out loud and proud, enjoyed partying, dancing, sex and an active social life. Harley just never brought up the subject of his sexuality, and being too shy to really act on it, mostly stayed in the closet and didn't even really date beyond a couple of times he was curious and let himself get hit on.
When Liam and a couple of the other Morgan siblings moved to New York with Liam getting accepted to med school there, Harley missed them. But despite being really close as kids, Liam and Harley grew apart when Liam started to develop a more active lifestyle and Harley had no hope of keeping up. He went to university in London and studied journalism whilst working at a newspaper office answering phone calls to help his parents pay his way through university. But their marriage broke down whilst Harley was at college without having a dependent child as a buffer. They always resented the fact they could only have one child whilst the rest of their family had many kids. It broke Harley's heart to discover his dad hitting his mum one day, and with his graduation looming, he suggested they both go to New York for a fresh start. They got a tiny little house on the beach in Huntingon, neither sure they wanted to live right in the city.
Harley's mum, a nurse, didn't have trouble getting work and Harley managed to gain an internship with a fashion magazine in New York. Not quite Vogue standard, but it was something enjoyed. He is about to surprise his cousins by appearing on their doorstep, and hopefully catching up on lost time. But what he doesn't realise is that, in a case of meeting the wrong people and being in the wrong place at the wrong time, his life is about to change when he crosses the path of millionaire heir and bachelor Julian Beaumont, in the most horrible of ways he could possibly imagine...
I’ll carry you when you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand"
- Footprints in the Sand, Leona Lewis
Harley is for the musebox/PSL, dreamlikenewyork.
Harley is an original character and has no fandom affiliation. His backstory is the work of his mun. No copyright infringement intended. His PB is Austin Butler, who belongs to himself. His sole universe is dreamlikenewyork.