This one was fun to write. It was originally going to be longer but I thought the spicy stuff was unnecessary so! Yah. I hope you enjoy!
Bruno buttons up his red shirt than walks to you, patting your head for the fifth time now, “Y/n, Amor are you feeling okay? You’ve been sleeping a lot lately” he speaks quietly.
“Mmm” you nod your head tiredly then place your hand on top of his, “just tired that’s all” you slur faintly with closed eyes and a soft smile.
“You’re still tired? But you’ve slept all day yesterday- not to mention the day before that…and the day before that day.” He says sadly then sits on the side of the bed, stroking your hair. He frowns while looking down at you, “…Mi amor are you sure you’re okay??” he asks quietly then gently strokes your hair.
“Mhm! Yeah, sleeping is just.. so great” you moan than hug the pillow, drifting to sleep again.
Bruno looks over you with concern then pecks your forehead before putting his ruana on then heading out toward the kitchen, “Beunas tardes, Julieta” he walks over to his sister, who’s mixing something in a bowl.
She wipes her hands on a rag and smiles lovingly, “Hola Bruno. How have you been? You and Y/n have been in the room an awful lot lately..” she says with a teasing tone in her voice, clearly happy with the both of you two spending so much quality time together.
“Well uh, things have been pretty good! Just a lot of sleeping, like actual sleeping. Not what you’re thinking of,uh”, he places his hand on the counter. Clearly all over the place, “I-I just don’t know whats going on with Y/n” he admits then looks around the room, “she’s been sleeping a lot and not to mention her uhh” he gestures towards his chest area, “have been pretty sore lately. Her hormones have also been pretty crazy too” he rubs his face anxiously.
Julieta looks back at him, wide eyed then quickly shifts her posture, “I see” she says then looks towards the entranceway of the kitchen.
“Yeah, I’m afraid she might be sick and I don’t know what to do about it.” Bruno rubs his arm. He doesn’t want to lose you, not when you’ve been the best thing to happen to him in a very long time. The near thought of you catching a cold freaks him out.
Julieta walks up to him and places her hand on his back, comfortingly, “Im sure everything will be okay with Y/n, Bruno. She’s a strong woman after all.” Julieta states with a soft smile before contorting back to awkwardness, “uh, Can I ask you a question?”
“Sure” Bruno says with a shrug then looks up at his sister with sad eyes.
“Has she, um”, Julieta gestures towards her lower area, “Or has she missed??” She asks with an awkward smile. Bruno looks at her then looks over at the bowl of masa, “I’m not sure. She hasn’t brought it up in conversation recently…” he pauses, “and last month actually” he looks back at his sister, “she usually lets me know so that, y’know. So that I know! But she hasn’t brought it up at all! Now that you mention it” he bites the inside of his cheek, overthinking himself.
Julieta nods her head then pats her hands together, “could I talk to her for uno momento? I just want to check and see if she’s okay”
“See if who’s okay??” Pepa asks as she walks in with her Husband Felix. Juliet and Bruno look over at them.
“Bruno thinks Y/n might be SICK so I wanted to check if she’s okay” Julieta says then makes THAT face towards Pepa.
Pepa looks a bit confused at first then quickly gets the hint, “Oh! Oh well if she’s sick then I’d like to make sure she’s okay as well” Pepa says.
Bruno raises a brow then looks over at Felix. Felix shrugs, just as lost as he is before patting Pepa on the back, “Are you sure you want to be in the same room as Y/n, What if you catch her sickness? No offense cuñado”, Felix says with a raised hand in defense.
“No no, I agree. You sure you want to check up on her?? If she is sick, you two are more than likely to end up in the same state” Bruno says with more concern.
“Ahh it’ll be fine. Cmon Julieta let’s go check if Y/n is ‘sick’ now, yes??” Pepa winks at Julieta then pulls her out of the kitchen before she can respond
Y/n sits up with closed eyes and messy hair “I’m sorry what??”, you ask confused while rubbing your eyes.
“We think you might be pregnant” Pepa says bluntly then touches your forehead, “hm. She feels fine. That means she’s definitely pregnant.” She stands up straight, “ How do your tetas feel?” she asks you dubiously. You giggle as you move her hand away, “believe me, I’m not pregnant” you state flatly then get out of bed.
Julieta and Pepa watch you get out of bed and walk to the mirror, “what makes you so sure?”, Pepa asks as she crosses her arms at your response.
“Bruno and I haven’t been able to conceive a child in six to seven years now. So, we’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t have kids.” you face them with a shrug, then proceed to brush your hair a bit sadly.
Julieta and Pepa frown then walk to your side. Pepa placing a hand on your shoulder gently, “Lo siento Y/n, but” she looks over at her sister, “We believe that this” she pats your stomach, “Is happening now” she nods her head as she looks you in the eyes.
You look back at her then chuckle softly, “And why would it be happening now?”
“Y/n” Julieta places her hand on yours as you turn to her, “you’re showing clear signs of early pregnancy.” Julieta holds your hands firmly, “if you don’t believe us then you can ask someone who will know”
“…” you shut your eyes and sigh then nod your head, “Okay” you smile softly at them, “who am I asking?”
You’re wince at the words, rubbing your arm awkwardly, “You sure? Because I haven’t even done anything accept walk in here and-“
“I am 100% certain you are pregnant, Y/n Madrigal. I have seen many pregnant women through my time as a mother” she walks up to you and holds onto your shoulders, “I think I would know if my one and only daughter-in-law is pregnant just by the way looks of her” she says then scans you up and down.
You raise your brow then eyeball your own appearance, “What’s wrong with the way I look?”
“Nothing dear, You’re just…glowing that is all!” She says happily then cups your cheeks into her hands, “Ay, my sweet sweet Y/n. You are going to be a mother” she smiles pridefully, “the mother of more Madrigal babies!” She announces happily then takes your hands, “Come now, let us tell the townspeople about this great news. This calls for a celebration and a huge-“
“Wait, Alma” you move away from the door, “i think I should talk to Bruno before we make this important announcement. It’s important that the father knows before the whole town don’t you think?” You ask.
“Oh of course. We can tell him together. Let’s go” she gently pulls you towards the door.
“I’d actually like to tell him alone if you don’t mind” you say softly with a loving smile on your face, “Por favor”
Alma blinks a few times then nods her head, finally giving in, “Ah yes” she looks down at your hand then pats them before letting go, “That’s, uh, that’s much more appropriate, you’re correct” she says then moves back a bit.
“Thank you” You pat her cheek then walk out of the room, towards Bruno’s Tower, “Ugh. I should just wait, because there is No way I’m walking all those ste-“.
You scream as you hang from the rope, “Bruno!” You yell as you try to swing yourself back onto the steps, “Bruno I’ve got some news!”.
Bruno quickly books it out of his room, Tripping and fumbling on his way to you, “Y/n! What are you doing up there?!” He yells from the other side frantically.
“I’ve got some-“ you gulp, “great news! I…” you look down at the abyss, “Why is your room like this!”
“Just tell me what you were going to say so you can get down from there!” He holds his hands up, panicking. “Oh god” he says while looking around, “oh god, oh god, oh god!”
“Right right” you laugh, “Um” your foot touches the edge of the front steps, “I have some great news” you smile.
“Uh huh, and that is??” He asks then rubs his hands together as he walks back a few steps, readying to jump, “just gonna jump and swoop, jump and swoop” he mumbles to himself then starts running towards the edge of the cliff.
“I’m pregna-Aah!” You feel a heavy weight quickly pick you up and land on the floor above the steps painfully. “Oh!” You squeak then laugh a bit before looking down at what cushioned your fall., “Bruno!” You quickly sit up.
Bruno groans then sits up a bit and looks up at you. Attempting to crack his neck, “Yeah??” He winces at the pain.
“You okay Mi amor??” You place your hands on his cheeks and examine him throughly.
“I’m fine, I’m fine! Just a fractured shoulder I’m sure” he chuckles into your hands.
“Why did you do that?” You flinch at his current state. “I landed on my feet before you jumped and swooped in Bruno. You didn’t have t hurt yourself for me” you say then look behind you at the dangling rope.
“Why we’re you hanging from the rope to begin with?? I mean you practically fell to your death, Y/n.” Bruno cracks his shoulder in place, “ahh” he sighs happily, “Now what did you want to tell me?” He asks then pulls you down towards him.
You gently lay on top of him and rub his shoulder, “Oh. Right that” you look down at him and smile excitedly, “I’m pregnant”
Bruno looks up at you and blinks, “Wh, wha, what??” He asks then quickly sits up with you in his arms.
You nod your head, “Pregnant” you rub his chest happily, “We’re going to be parents!” You bite your smile down a bit.
Bruno blinks again then rubs his eyes, “¡¿embarazado?!” He asks bewildered, “you sure?? Like, this isn’t a joke??” He asks then grabs your hand and stands up.
“Yeah! Why would I joke about-“
“AHA! Yes!! ¡Dios mío, sí!” He hugs you tightly then lifts you up, nuzzling his face into your chest affectionately, “we’re gonna be parents! We’re going to have a baby. Oh!” You gently sets you down and pats your stomach, “don’t wanna hurt the little fella. Eheh” he laughs a little bit then his expression immediately drops, “Wait what are you doing in here! This place is a hazard within itself, especially for pregnant women. Cmon Cmon Cmon, we need to get you outta here” he takes your hand and pulls you to his side securely, “oh, we can probably tell the others of the good news and stuff huh?” he mumbles as he begins to walk down the steps carefully.
You giggle at his actions then peck his cheek, “ah well, that’s a shame. I was kinda hoping we could have some alone time before we tell the others” you smile flirtatiously while circling his chest with your finger.
Bruno quickly stops in his tracks then looks back at you, “oh I mean” he shifts his eyes towards the steps nibbles on his bottom lip, “It wouldn’t hurt to have a little alone time” he smiles sheepishly, “how about we head to the guest room and proceed with sed alone time huh?” He wiggles his eyebrows goofily, “then announce the good news?”
“Hmm” you tap your chin, thinking Then excitedly nod your head, “yep, sounds like a plan to me” You peck his lips.
Bruno feels his face burn then quickly starts making it down the steps, “ohohoho!” He laughs before making it outta the room safely with you in his arms
I hope you enjoyed this one. I might make a part two if that’s what you want! I might also work on a part two for “Ugh…the Baker “ MAYBE.
Okay, so I was scrolling through the Bruno Madrigal tags as usual and I just want to talk about this moment:
So Bruno has confronted his fear of seeing his mother again, he finally gets to reunite with his sisters and what is his first instinct?
He tries to wave.
He hasn't seen his sisters in ten years (at least face to face.) He's heard the family make him out to be some villain. They don't even say his name. He doesn't know where they stand. He got lucky with his mother but Pepa and Julieta?
Knowing Pepa, he's probably expecting her to explode at him. As she runs at him, he looks at her with concern or fear. So many scenarios run through his head.
But instead, she hugs him.
And, of course, he's completely confused for a moment. During the scene with Mirabel and his new vision, he can't even recognise what a hug is.
But both his sisters hug him. He probably thinks they hate him for leaving and maybe other things from their past. But they don't. They're just so happy to have him back.
Even when Bruno hugs back, it seems mechanical, like he's trying to remember the stages of how to give a hug.
He's been deprived of contact for so long and even though he doesn't fully grasp it now, he will.
This is a little headcannon that's been in my brain for a while it has to do with the doors and a sort of defence system they use. So when a Madrigal is overwhelmed they can go into their room and the door will keep people out. Here's some examples:
Isabela when she is upset her doorknob will grow thorns to keep others out.
Pepa's knob will give people an electric shock.
Antonio's isn't used that much because he's five, but when it is it will turn into a jaguar and bite the person touching it.
Luisa's door becomes to heavy for people to open.
Julieta's becomes hot enough to burn, but the pain and burn goes away as soon as you let go (this also doesn't get used often).
Dolores's is used the most out of everyone because her gift gets so overwhelming sometimes. When her doorknob gets touched it sends out a soundwave that leaves people's ears ringing.
Bruno's doorknob turns to sand when touched so no one can get a good grip on it to turn it.
Alma's door would be similar to Julieta's door except the entire door is just on fire.
And finally Camilo his door will straight up disappear into the wall. It was really scary the first time it happened because people must have thought he had either died, lost his gift or was still in there and was stuck.
Hehehe time to over analyze the fuck out of this ten second clip!
OK LETS GO!
SO! Firstly. I’m gonna start out this this image of the creators tweet
He said Pepa was the ‘Middle child’ more emotional because JULIETA was the ADULT!
Now, it may just be theory. And it might be literal canon, but its heavily implied Julieta never got much criticism from Alma like Pepa did. Sure. That meant she had a lot of pressure. To ironically, be the ‘Perfect golden child’ (gosh and the fact Isabella was her child ok I’m getting off tract shshsbdh). But typically since her gift was easy, and not problematic. She was probably closer to Abuela. And got less scolding.
Which of course, as the middle child who was ridiculed and forced to repress her emotions, it would make her ‘More emotional’
NOW! Let’s analyze these frames!
their both a little shocked Alma is apologizing. Though Pepa is visibly more surprised, while Julieta looks more concerned.
Maybe cause Pepa never got an apology growing up. Or never saw her do it.
‘miss eldest golden child Julieta’ got one.
you see cause now she looks resolute. She looks downtrodden and sad. While Julieta looks the same. Cause Alma has always been closer to Julieta. And Pepa probably assumes that if anything, this apology is just for her Sister.
(but of course she walks forward too cause like. Jsdjjd for music purposes. And also hope. She probably is hoping it’s for her for once. plain old hoping.) which is easily backed up by…
they Both approach her. Yet it’s JULIETA Alma first goes to. She takes JULIETAS hands.
She doesn’t take Pepas hands. LOOK AT HER HANDS. she’s holding them nervousky. Clenched together. Tucked to her chest. She looks so anxious ans sad. Watching Julieta get the love.
Now Julieta is at ease. She understands her mom is fine. And she’s getting a love filled apology. She’s ok.
PEPA ON THE OTHER HAND LOOKS DESTROYED. she’s literally watching them two. Wondering if she’ll be noticed. If she’ll get an apology. If she’ll just be ignored yet again. If she’s even deserving of such high honored only given to the eldest golden child.
THEN RELIEF! Alma has reached out. For once. And it is a shock. Theirs a second she doesn’t move. But then she instinctively leans into the comforting touch of her mother that she was so deprived of. Closing her eyes to relish it. She is final getting the love and appreciation she deserves. (And yes Julieta is happy for her sister. She knows she’s been deprived of what should be rightfully hers)
Confirmation! She makes eye contact with her mom. she smiles. It is real. She can’t believe it but is so happy and relieved! Pepa madrigal is being LOVED!
gosh. This took so much out of me. Thanks for sitting through my passionate and maybe A little obsessive rant. what can I say. I love Pepa Madrigal! 😌
please reblog the hell out of this it took so much energy
Friendly reminder that Pepa, Bruno and Julieta were 5 years old when they received their gift.
Can you imagine a five years old who can make to happen an hurricane when she is feeling anxious (no tantrums permitted for her) and a five years old having (especially) catastrophic visions about future?
It's not surprising Pepa is so anxious, temperamental and frantic, how she could learn to be calm and careful when every her little emotion was in display and it could cause "natural" catastrophes? And it's not surprising Bruno is so timid, awkward and guilt-ridden, how he could learn to talk normally to people and function in society when others panicked on every word he said like it was a prophecy and saw him as a jinx when he was so young?
I suppose the power grew little by little, still Julieta's power is clearly the most manageable, no question she is the good balanced sister while Pepa and Bruno are so messed up. They definitely hadn't an easy childhood.
Bruno wants kids. Always has. He watched the younger kids run around in the town, making sure they didn't hurt themselves. He saw it happen before it did. Not because of his gift, just common sense. Running around in the rocky paths, going up the steep hills, climbing the trees. And he helped be careful, or he took them to Julieta when they got hurt. When he carried a sniffling child and told them it would be ok and they calmed down and, for once, someone understood he didn't want to do wrong, he wanted kids.
Bruno wants kids. But he's not married. No one wants to marry him. Pepa and Julieta have been married for a while, them and their husbands try to help, but there are some things you can't fix. You can't fix people. You can't fix a personality. You can't fix a gift. He appreciated them trying, he did. But if no one wanted to be with him, there wasn't much he could do about it.
Bruno wants kids, but kids don't want him. He tries to talk to them, interact, try and be nice, but they all run away from "creepy Bruno". Their parents have told them he's a jinx, or a bad person, or whatever they've come up with in their heads. If he can't even get a few 5 year olds to talk to him, how is he gonna deal with his own kid?
Bruno wants kids, and his sisters have them first. Two girls, a few months apart, named Isabela and Dolores. Bruno was the last person allowed to hold the girls every time, but he didn't care. They were perfect. He was allowed to babysit Isabela with Agustín while Julieta slept. Pepa wouldn't let him near Dolores, which was fine. After a while, Abuela didn't let him near Isabela either. Which was fine. Because Luisa was born a little while after, and he could spend as much time with her as he wanted. He couldn't wait to have kids of his own.
Bruno wants kids, and kids want prophecies. His neices decided they did, anyway. He was nervous, because why wouldn't he be, but he accepted. Three prophecies, that's all. Luisa was first, and he saw that she would get a new dress. She was happy. Next was Isa. She would get the life she wanted and her powers would grow stronger. She was happy. Then was Dolores. The man she loved would be betrothed to someone else. She wasn't happy. She wasn't mad either. She didn't really understand, which was fine. As long as she wasn't mad.
Bruno doesn't want kids. By the time Mirabel and Camilo are born, he's given up on it. Pepa grants him the honor of holding Camilo this time, which he takes gratefully. Abuela isn't at home when Mirabel is born, so he's the third person to hold her, after her parents. She's a little small, he thinks. But she's perfect. They both were. He babysat them together sometimes. They loved each other, and said they were twins. They might as well have been. Bruno watched how close they were, how happy they were that he was there, and he cried.
Bruno doesn't want kids. He'll never have any. Not if Abuela would treat them like this. You can't meet people in the walls, anyways. If his kid ended up without a gift and they got the same treatment as Mirabel? He wouldn't stand it. He couldn't. He can't stand it as it is. Every time Mirabel is upset he has to cover his ears and try so hard not to listen. He's a coward. He can't believe himself.
Bruno doesn't want kids. But he keeps a little hope, once Antonio is born. Both Félix and Pepa are 45. So is he. It's not too late, then. He can't hold him, he knows that, but he sneaks into the nursery at night sometimes. Just to look. To introduce him to the rats, and to his Tío Bruno, that he will only meet under the cover of the night when everyone is asleep.
Bruno doesn't want kids. He's a bit busy nowadays, what, with the family, and the house, and he's doing prophecies again. He doesn't have time. There are enough kids in the house. Isabela and Dolores are old enough to marry and have kids of their own, he can't have kids now. But when he watches Antonio talk to the rats, enthusiastic and listening to whatever they say, he can't help but feel a pain in his chest.
Bruno doesn't want kids. But he likes them. He plays soccer with the kids in town. He gives them prophecies. He talks to them, tells them stories, helps them out sometimes. One little girl asked for him to braid her hair, so he did. Before she ran off to play, she said "thank you, Tío Bruno!" and Bruno froze. Other kids started calling him that as well. Adults started after a while. He's not "creepy Bruno" or "the one we don't talk about". He is Tío Bruno.
Ok so I’ve seen this going around a bit about Encanto, but I haven’t really seen it on tumblr so I might be talking to a wall here but I wanted to say it anyway:
I think the Madrigal’s getting their gifts and Casita back was a good ending. I’ve heard people saying they wish they didn’t and they wanted a more bittersweet ending, and it defeated the message of the movie. But I don’t think that’s what that was at all!
The movie definitely wanted to convey that the characters were more than their gifts. Which is true, but the point of it was that it was how they were utilizing their gifts, or more specifically how Abuela was pressuring them to use their gifts. One of the movie’s primary messages was, if not the main message, was the breaking of generational trauma. Abuela was this source of “you have to use your gifts to help others” that stemmed from her not wanting to lose the home that was given to her and the community, and while on paper that isn’t a bad thing, it creates stress on the family when it’s taken too far.
In my opinion, and from what I’ve seen from the end, their gifts are exactly as they sound: gifts. The Miracle blessed the Madrigals with no strings attached. They received it through Abuela’s prayer (as stated in a behind the scenes video); it was something to help their family thrive and be happy to contrast the suffering that Alma had to go through.
And while helping the community obviously isn’t a bad thing, like everything it can be taken too far, and it did. The lesson that the family needed to learn wasn’t that they were fine without their gifts, the lesson they needed to learn was that they’re not tools simply built for helping, and they deserve what they want beyond Abuela’s requirements for them. And now they can have their healthy mix, because it was up to Abuela to realize and process what she was doing so the family could relax.
And they don’t need to be stripped away of their gifts to have that. It’s clear they like their gifts and it’s a part of them, and stripping those away would clearly have a negative impact.
A story having a happy, neat ending is not necessarily a bad thing. I think it’s really only a bad thing when it contrasts with the message and tone of the story, which I don’t think Encanto’s ending does.
* When Dolores said Mariano wanted five babies, she was lying to mess with Isabela’s head😘
* During we don’t talk about Bruno, Dolores kept pulling Mirabel back and forth so she wouldn’t see there uncle behind them
* Though Camilo and Mirabel have obvious different features they were able to pull the whole twin stunt tricking some towns people
* Camilo and Mirabel have ridiculous conversations that none of the adults can understand there siblings and cousins mildy confused
* Camilo and Mirabel have aggressive playful banter. Example: Camilo: “Hey! Watch your elbow!” Mirabel: “Watch your life span.”
* Isabela and Dolores will absolutely just have days where they sit and gossip
* Camilo is always and advocate for sleepovers, hinting them every chance he gets
* Even in there older age Camilo will sometimes sleep over in Mirabel’s room when he’s having a bad day
* Antonio will sometimes get overwhelmed by all the animal noises and go to sleep in Dolores room
* Antonio punched Mariano in the face when he once said, “I want your sister to be mine forever.” Thinking he was gonna steal her away forever
* When Camilo and Dolores are fighting Antonio will come up with an elaborate plan that only a five year old could come up with. “I can get them to build a treehouse that Luisa needs for all her stuffed animals. They’ll have so much fun they’ll be friends again!”
* Either that or he just starts crying.
* Antonio hates when Camilo turns into him. It frightens him a little
* Isabela smacks Mirabel and Camilo upside the head at least once a day. Julieta maybe a couple of times.. a day.
* When Luisa was little, she broke so many things, Abuela giving her an off handed look each time causing her to train her gift quickly
* Isabela use to spend hours practicing flowers to get the right color and her emotions to not control them as much
* Isabela does hit Mariano in the face with a flower when she’s drunk on night thinking he was a robber
* Camilos drank. He was fine.
* There are baby photos of Mirabel eating Isabela’s flowers. Another one of her trying to push them into Camilos mouth
* When Dolores becomes a mom She has a hard time dealing with her baby’s constant crying. Mariano working with Mirabel to make her earmuffs to lessen the pain
* Mariano proposing to Dolores was ridiculously difficult as she could hear everything. He had to drag each family member far away to the side to get there blessing or tell them his plan
* Mariano’s proposal was after all a mess. The whole family mixing up there parts and timing. Leading to Dolores laughing hard in her mother’s rain accepting her boyfriends proposal
* The triplets birthday wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows ever since Bruno left. Pepa would try hard to keep herself together the whole day while Julieta clings onto her husband. Once the party is over and everyone’s asleep, the two sisters will go down to the kitchen, eating there birthday cake, sharing stories as they laugh and shed tears. They always leave the cake out on the table when they head to bed hoping maybe Bruno will show up and take a piece. Bruno joins them every year, listening behind the wall.
Teen!Bruno Madrigal x Foreign Fem!Reader 「Chapter 1」
This is probably gonna be a short fic instead of a one-shot, I wanted to start it on their teenage years, but will probably make the rest of the story pass by after the birth of Luisa, Isabela and Dolores!
Read it on AO3
Bruno Madrigal. You've heard this name so many times since you and your family moved to Encanto, it wass as if the guy was the only talk on the village. Be it via hushed whispers, disapproving gossip or even revolted screams, everyone always had something to say about him.
Being knew in the village meant you hadn't met the Madrigals yet, curious about their powers and what they would look like! The only one you've seen so far was Señora Alma, the lady being kind enough to introduce you to a few of your neighbours.
Now, a week has passed and you still haven't had the time to meet many people, more focused in helping your parents get habituated.
"That Madrigal boy is a magnet of bad luck! You and your family better stay away from him!" your neighbour commented one day, as you were helping your mom hang some clothes to dry outside. "Came to my son one day telling him he was gonna be in pain, and wouldn't you know? The very next day he broke his arm!"
Your mom hummed along, not really paying much attention to the older woman. She seemed to have taken a liking to you, already joking about how you and her son were the same age, nudging you into talking to him as much as you could.
"But why would it be his fault?" you asked, confused. "Did he break his arm or something?"
"He wouldn't dare, he's skinny as a stick, that one! It was his bad luck! If he had kept quiet it wouldn't have happened!" she seemed enraged about it. "Alma needs to do something about that boy, or else he'll keep spreading his curses around!"
The conversation didn't seem to be going anywhere, so you decided to tune it out, the older woman ranting about the boy to your mom, while you hummed to yourself. Finishing your task quickly, you blew your mom a kiss, waving to your neighbour and deciding to finally check out the village properly.
Crossing the bridge that connected one half of the village to the other, you heard the soft clicks of tiles tapping against each other, following the sound for a bit, stopping in front of Casa Madrigal, smiling softly at the sweet aroma of passion fruit in the air.
"Hii! You're new here, right? Mamá told us about you!" a red haired girl happily skipped next to you, colours lightly shifting around her as she spoke. "I'm Pepa Madrigal! But you can call me just Pepa!"
"Hi, Pepa!" you waved at her, introducing yourself. "It's nice to finally meet one of the famous Madrigals! Your family is pretty popular, huh?"
She laughed, linking yor arm with hers as she talked about her gift and how it usually got people's attention, walking towards the house and guiding you to the kitchen, where a brunette girl sat, munching on a piece of cake.
"Julieta! Look who I found right in front of our house! It's the new girl!" gesturing for you to sit down, Pepa took her place next to her sister, still happily chatting as she served you a piece of cake. "I was telling her about our gifts!"
"Ai ai, Pepita! Mamá told you not to go running your mouth already..." the girl said, jokingly, turning to you. "She's not overwhelming you, is she? She does that sometimes."
"No, no! I have no problem listening to you guys, really!" you waved your hands in front of your body, gesturing for Pepa to continue her story as you finished your piece of cake.
After a while, you noticed the sun starting to settle down, getting up and quickly thanking the girls for the chat, telling them you had to be home soon. They waved you goodbye, inviting you to come over any time, happy to have made a new friend.
As the days passed, you got closer to Pepa, accompanying her on her errands, talking about yout life before going to Encanto and laughing at her stories about her family, they were always very nice to you, but you still hadn't met the infamous Bruno, being told that he was either in his room or already left the house every time you came over.
On the other hand, it seemed like the villagers had even more to say about him than before, and it was starting to get in your nerves. Pepa and Julieta told you very few things about Bruno, but they were all positive, and you didn't get the hatred the people of Encanto had towards him.
You knew it made his sisters sad, hearing them complain about how it wasn't Bruno's fault what he saw on his visions, and they were your only friends there, so it was starting to get you down too. After passively listening to another of your neighbour's rants once more, you decided to go for a walk so you could cool off.
Her son didn't get the hint, apparently, rushing to your side as you walked towards the village's market, waving the cast on his arm, his mom too prideful and irritated to let Julieta take care of it.
"You've been awfully close to the Madrigal's lately, huh?" he started. "Did you get the weirdo to see your future already?"
"I'm sorry, who?" you cocked an eyebrow, turnining to look at him with an irritated look.
"You know, Bruno!" he reminded you, indignantly. "The one who broke my arm!"
"You broke your own arm out of sheer stupidity, Nicolas, Bruno was just trying to warn you." turning to one of the food stands, you looked at what they had for sale, still annoyed at the guy next to you, gesturing to his cast with your head. "And then you keep the pityful look, even after Julieta offered multiple times to help you out with that."
Nicolas let out an indignant huff, opening his mouth to complain once more, before looking behind you with a slightly frightened expression, and quietly gesturing for you to leave. You cocked your head, turning around to see a boy around your age, his skinny frame towering over you, a large green poncho almost engulfing him. He looked like he wanted to tell you something, but before he could even start, you were already warning him.
"Sí?" you locked your eyes on his, still annoyed. "I swear, if you heard me and are gonna try and tell me another puta historia about Bruno, I will not hold myself from doing something I might regret later."
"Well, I'll try not to be too egocentric." the guy in front of you gave you a short smile, before extending his hand for you to shake. "Bruno Madrigal, nice to meet you."
Since no one is gonna bring this up I’m just gonna say it. I’m gonna guess that Mirabel looks more like her mother Julieta.
Now we never really see young Julieta’s face but what we can see that young Mirabel has her mother’s hairstyle when she was young. They even added a bow, Julieta has a bow on her right side while Mirabel has it on her left side.
It would make much more sense why Bruno protected Mirabel. Looks just like his sister Julieta, plus I just think Julieta and Bruno had a much closer brother and sister relationship. Not saying anything is wrong with Pepa. I bet he would have done the same for his other nieces and nephews.