You know, when Bruno disappeared, both Isa and Dolores would have been, at most, 12 years old, so when he told Dolores that "the man of my dreams would be just out of reach, betrothed to another" she was likely a preteen. 11 or 12, most likely. Maybe she already had a crush on Mariano at the time and he saw this. He saw this and had a vision and saw that Mariano getting ready for a proposal to Isa and was like "yikes, I should warn Dolores"
Only, Bruno has very little tact for a grown man. He probably sidled up to Dolores in the middle of town while she was gazing at Mariano and was like "um, I don't think that's gonna work out." And Dolores is like "what? Idk what you're talking about. Who's Mariano?!?! Pfft! I don't have a crush! Lame.....why not?"
But Bruno doesn't want to cause any animosity between his nieces, so he tells her that Mariano is going to marry somebody else in the future, so Dolores should look elsewhere. He thinks he's being gentle when he says this, but he's actually rather blunt about it.
Dolores is, of course, devastated, because she really likes Mariano, because he's sweet and a little bit of a Mama's boy, and she can hear him recite his poetry alone sometimes.
So she's upset and runs away crying and Bruno knows he fucked up and now Pepa is gonna come after him and he already ruined her wedding day which, 12 years later, she still has not forgiven him for.
So he stays in his room for a few days, avoidant, but Pepa never comes for him and there are no big storms. It seems Dolores never told her mother about what her Tío Bruno said.
Anyway, within the year, Mirabel doesn't get her gift and Bruno refuses to destroy the family with another one of his visions, so he "leaves" and starts building a life with his rats in the wall.
Less than a month in, there's a knock on the wall near him and he jumps out of his skin, terrified that his mother or one of his sisters has found him.
"Tío Bruno?" It's Dolores. "Are you in there?" He doesn't respond, can't even breathe. "I can hear your heartbeat, Tío." He lets out his breath. "I won't tell anybody," she promises. "I know how...I know you weren't happy."
Bruno sighs. "Thanks," he says. Then, "Dolores? I'm sorry about Mariano. I just...I didn't want you to get hurt when you were older and he...I'm so sorry."
"I know, Tío," she says. "It's okay. Maybe it's better to know now than to find out when it's too late."
Bruno chuckles. "You're the only person who's ever said that about one of my visions. Everybody always blames me for the bad things that happen."
"Like Señora Díaz and her goldfish? Even I could have told her that Teodora was going to die soon. Her water was yellow."
"Right?!? You get it."
"Father Delgado still complains that you told him his hair was gonna disappear, but Mamà said that he was already half-bald when you told him that." She giggles. "He's been trying to comb it over. It looks funny."
"That's because he has, like, four hairs left." Dolores snorts. "Thanks for not telling anybody, Lo. It means a lot."
"I know," Dolores says. "Sometimes people give me dirty looks in the streets because they think I know all their secrets, like it's somehow my fault they don't know how to shut their mouths when they're alone."
"The line between a gift and a curse is razor-thin."
"Not for Isabela," Dolores says, and for the first time Bruno can hear some bitterness in her voice. "All she does is grow flowers and everybody loves her."
"True," Bruno concedes, "but you don't know what's going on inside her head. Or the pressure she may be under from your Abuela. When we were young, when we first got our gifts, Julieta was the perfect one. Anything she made, even the tiniest tortilla, could heal a sickness that had scourged somebody for years. She was expected to cook day and night so that anything the townspeople needed was at their disposal. If they had the tiniest little paper cut, they came here for an arepa."
"Really?" Dolores asked. "Just for a paper cut?"
"There's a reason Dante has such a big gut now. He would think of any reason for food. I warned him he'd get fat."
Dolores giggles again. "So what did Tía Julieta do?"
"She refused to cook for a full week," Bruno said. "She refused to even come out of her room."
"Was Abuela mad at her?"
"At first," said Bruno, "but eventually she realizes that she was pushing her too hard, so they came up with a compromise; Abuela cooks breakfast and Julieta cooks lunch for the townspeople. At dinner, either Pepa or I will help her prepare food. And she gets at least one day off per week. No cooking."
"That's a good compromise," Dolores said.
"I agree. She's much happier now."
There's a long moment of silence.
"Why didn't Mirabel get a gift?"
Bruno sighs. "I don't know," he admits.
"Abuela says the magic may be all gone. Or that there's something wrong with her."
"There's NOTHING wrong with her," Bruno says, fiercely. "Nothing. She's perfectly fine. Just...Casita doesn't make these decisions lightly. If they didn't give her a gift, there's a good reason for it, okay?"
"Take care of her for me, will you? She needs a friend more than anything right now."
"I will," Dolores promises, because she's already seen the way that Abuela is pulling back from Mirabel since her failed gift ceremony and Isabela is being a bit cold, too. "I'll be her friend."
"Thanks, Lo," Bruno says. "And thank you for keeping my secret, too."
A few years later, Dolores starts to notice how Mariano gazes at Isabela and she gets mad at both Isa and Bruno. She knows it's not either of their fault, but she can't help how she feels.
Bruno knows immediately that she's upset and asks what's wrong, but she ignores him for a full week, before finally breaking.
"Why didn't you tell me it was Isabela?" She's 17 now. Almost marrying age. She hasn't been able to get over Mariano. He's the nicest boy in town. He's sweet and a little accident-prone, but cute. She's in love with him and it hurts to see him fawn over Isa, who barely notices him.
"I didn't want you to hate her," Bruno admits. "You two were always close, like sisters. I can't imagine hating either of my sisters."
"I could never hate Isa," Dolores says. "But I...I don't know how to be okay with this."
"It will get better," Bruno says. "Hopefully."
"No, it won't," Dolores says. "She doesn't even like him. She likes..."
She goes quiet for so long that Bruno thinks she left.
"She doesn't like Mariano at all. She never will," she whispers. "They'll both be miserable."
"Maybe you can change that."
"No. Your visions always come true. Nothing can change them."
It's Bruno's turn to be quiet at that. He can't tell her about his last vision before he left. He can't panic her like that. So he's quiet for a long moment.
"I'm so sorry, Dolores," he says. "I really am."
Dolores sighs. "I know, Tío. I know."
Isabela is the one who started the fight. She's feral now, she doesn't care. Señorita Perfecta? Don't know her.
Mirabel is her #1 hype girl. She's in the corner cheering her on and commenting on her moves just like a boxing coach
Camilo cheers even more loudly than Mirabel but he soon gets maybe a bit too excited and jumps in the fight and shapeshifts into the people fighting just to mix things up a bit. He just wants to create chaos
Dolores at first is annoyed by the fight, mostly because of the sound (and because she can't get to Mariano who's just by her locker) but after a while she gives up and ok maybe she's a little invested too. So who better than her can notice the others when a teacher is coming?
Luisa of course tries to stop the fight. She doesn't like them at all. And yet people always expect her to get in one, and they're always a bit disappointed when she jumps in to stop them. Most of the time she succeeds in her intent, but sometimes not even the strongest girl in town can stop the menace that is Isabela Madrigal
Antonio, bless him, goes to get a teacher because of course they are an adult, and adults solve problems, and he doesn't like fights (especially when his family is involved) so he does thst with the best intentions at heart. Had it been anyone else everyone would have called him a snitch, but he's Antonio. Nobody can stay mad at him
Pepa doesn't always start the fight (because you know, her powers), but she sure as hell wont back down from one. It's not really wise for people to start a fight with her because well, they could get electrocuted...but still people do so that's their problem
Bruno is in the fight but against his will. He would like to stay away from fights as much as possible but well he's Bruno so he's either 1 getting bullied 2 he just gets caught it because that's just his luck
Felix, as always, continues to be Pepa #1 supporter. Good husbands support their wives in everything they do, and he's a very good husband. Like Mirabel, he's in the corner cheering her on by shoutings of "YOU GO MI VIDA!!! YES JUST LIKE THAT!!! I LOVE YOU!!!"
Julieta has tried to stop fight way too many times. She feels it's her duty to do so, even if sometimes she just wants to give up and let them do their thing. She'll just toss them an arepa later
Augustín tries to stop the fight too (absolutely not because he wants to impress Julieta) but, of course, he gets knocked out after a second
Abuela is the teacher ofc
Secret Night Dates
Camilo Madrigal x Male Reader
Plot: Camilo and M/n secretly meet every night to have romantic strolls through the town.
Warnings: None. It's just fluffy fluff.
Word Count: 600+
Every night in Encanto, two figures lurk through the shadows, careful not to be seen by those awake at such late hours of the night.
One might assume the pair is up to no good, suspiciously hiding in the darkness.
Unbeknownst to them, it’s just two young boys who are in love, meeting far from the judging stares of the waking world.
Camilo and M/n only started dating a few months ago and they were the most perfect fit for each other.
Even though most of the townsfolk would disapprove of their relationship, it didn’t stop them from being together.
In the daytime, they just acted like normal friends and they must've been amazing actors seeing as no one had caught on yet.
The only person who knew about them was Camilo’s older sister, Dolores. She knew everything about everyone, and thankfully wholeheartedly supports them.
Currently, the two were walking hand in hand through the streets, footsteps very light and quiet.
They would often exchange whispers, but just being together was enough for them both to be happy.
“Let’s go over there.” Camilo spoke softly, pointing at a bridge dimly lit with lanterns. Quite the romantic place. M/n only nodded in approval before they both set off towards it.
Now that they were further from any houses, they could finally speak a bit louder.
Through it was dark, there was just enough light for them to see their blurry reflections in the river, huddling closely together to stay warm.
It was dead silent. Well, apart from the sound of water flowing, the occasional noise of crickets and the pleasant breathing of the two boyfriends. That is, until Camilo spoke:
“I wish we could stay like this forever.”
“Me too, but…”
“I know. The people won’t accept us.”
Camilo looked down, feeling very gloomy after thinking of all the horrible things the town would say if they found out.
“Hey Cami, don’t feel sad. We still have have each other and that's all that matters, right?” M/n comforted, planting a kiss onto his boyfriend’s cheek.
“You’re right. I have you, and you have me.”
Just when they were about to settle back into the relaxing mood, they heard the singing of birds, meaning that dawn was approaching soon.
“We’ve got to get home.” Camilo pointed out.
“I guess so. I see you tomorrow then.”
Just as M/n finished speaking and turned to walk in direction of his house, he was pulled back by Camilo.
“Aren’t you forgetting something?”
Camilo then proceeded to connect their lips together in deep and loving kiss before he retracted his body away from M/n’s.
“I love you. See you tomorrow.” He waved as he ran towards Casita, leaving M/n standing there flustered.
The next morning, it was difficult for Camilo to wake up seeing as he only slept for 4 hours. So, his mother came by to check on him. “Camilo, wake up. Breakfast is ready.”
He only groaned and turned away, covering his face with his blanket. “Just a few more minutes, mami.”
Pepa wasn’t having it, she just started ranting and ranting about how she already gave him time to wake up and how he should be energetic and ready for a new day.
“See? This is exactly why you shouldn’t go on walks with your boyfriend so late at night.”
This immediately caught Camilo’s attention. He never told Pepa about his night strolls, let alone him having a boyfriend. He quickly got up and stared at his mother in shock.
“Yes, I know you and M/n are dating, the whole family knows. It was very obvious too."
“Y-You know? And You’re not mad?”
“Of course I’m not mad. Why would I be mad at my hijo for finding love?”
Pepa then hugged her son and kissed his forehead. Camilo was still in shock but returned her embrace.
"Thank you, mami."
“Why do you look so shocked? And why am I the only sleepy one?”
“My whole family knows about us dating.”