papa bruno au concept that’s kinda dark/paints julieta not in the most fantastic light, but i hope still paints her as sympathetic enough. warnings for miscarriage/homophobia/suicide/that line of shit. beware its a long one.
okay. so. first - the idea that the gifts were chosen kind of by alma’s own subconscious, and to make up for what her children might have been lacking/missing. for example: perhaps pepa was difficult to read emotionally, so she was given a gift where that was made clear. perhaps bruno was a nervous child, so he received a gift that would, in theory, allow him to make confident decisions. and julieta...julieta was given hers for responsibility...and empathy.
i do like the idea of julieta actually being the culprit in most of their triplet shenanigans, and also the one who could avoid getting caught. and even if alma caught on it was SO HARD to prove it because julieta was just so clever and sweet. and pepa and bruno, the disaster duo, were almost always to blame...until it was just bruno...but you know
so. julieta IS kind and cares deeply for her family and everything. but she can be a bit self-serving, a bit caught up in “what needs to be done for the family,” and I don’t think this is too far of a stretch when we look at how isabela turned out. but I also like to think that her getting the healing gift kind of forced her to both put on the act of what she thought a healer should be, and also having to learn these things that would make someone good in her role, and have them not come super naturally. basically, julieta is playing perfect and the golden child, but she is far from it. as anyone could expect.
[i also like the idea that their gifts were supposed to be. like. Preparer/decider, defender, nurturer - but who they are inherently would suggest that the gifts SHOULD have gone another way, like, julieta with weather powers, or bruno as the healer. but alma would never THINK that so...oh well.]
back on track then to this au.
they’re in their mid-twenties, and bruno is really struggling with the fact he’s gay because 1) um, they definitely heard/he may have Seen someone else locally get disowned over it 2) church 3) his mom has a very clear idea of “what type of man” he should be, namely his father he never knew, and his father who was clearly not gay, from what alma and everyone tells him. And you know. typical reasons why it is Not A Good Time in his environment.
And so he finally breaks down and tells his sisters, because there’s really no one else he can tell, and...well, it wasn’t like they didn’t really know, because they did, they just never let the thought form, but it should have been obvious when they were talking about boys years ago, but they’re also hyper aware that he already isn’t super well liked by everyone, and this would just be the cherry on top, and between their mother and the MIracle and all of these expectations placed on them...they really don’t know what to tell him. because what do you do?
so julieta, who does love her brother dearly, and is listening to him go on about how he is broken--and julieta, who is a healer, and is supposed to FIX people, wars with herself for a second between the julieta that is julietapepabruno and the julieta that is ALma’s Daughter, and tries her best to be optimistic and adult and reasonable. And so she hugs her brother, and tells him as earnestly as she can that, well, don’t lose hope, bruno. maybe you just haven’t found the right woman yet to change your mind. maybe you just have too high of expectations. like, come on, do you really think its like one of those romance novels that pepa nearly floods the town over? it’s going to be okay, it will work out. you can work past these feelings and will be right here with you when you do!
and, like, god she really was trying. but clearly. clearly that was a major fuck up on her part, right?
so julieta tries to help her brother make friends with nice women. and it doesn’t really work and bruno is actually kind of annoyed by her efforts. but bruno does have friends--they’re just...weird...even if they’re nice enough.
one of these friends is beatriz serna. julieta does not like beatriz. she did not introduce them. she’s kind of mean, and bossy, and nosy, but despite all that, she seems to like to hang out with bruno. and bruno, for whatever reason, seems to like to hang out with her. julieta thinks that, maybe, it actually worked out, and bruno got over his...problem...and so she subtly encourages him to keep hanging out with her anyway.
pepa, however, REALLY doesn’t like beatriz, and knows julieta doesn’t like her, either, and can’t understand why the fuck julieta would ever encourage bruno to have anything to do with her. Pepa is sure that beatriz is trying to use bruno in some way. of course, when pepa comes after beatriz, she goes about it in such a way that pisses bruno off, and inadvertently pushes him toward beatriz and away from pepa.
anyway. pepa is right. beatriz does like bruno in some aspects, sure, but she’s also very frustrated with him, because he can’t take a hint, god, and really she was hoping to join the madrigals...
well. basically. beatriz pressures bruno into a romantic relationship, and you can imagine how horrible that went. and bruno, at this point, feels so much guilt for like, it not being his thing at all, and dreading it, and feeling like he can’t really complain to pepa or julieta about it, and he just has to suck it up and maybe his life will be bearable in the end
well bruno has enough eventually and snaps and beatriz is not happy about it at all. they stop talking, and beatriz actually does shit to spread nasty rumors about all of the madrigals and bruno esp. like. the fact he’s gay is one of them, among other typical bad luck/cursed sorts of things.
unfortunately, the whole fiasco with beatriz takes a huge toll on bruno for reasons i hope you can figure out, plus it kind of opens up the point that he’s 35 and “not over” the fact he likes men and not women, plus his reputation in town, plus watching his sisters have their own families and knowing he won’t have one...just...not great. on top of that, alma is hearing these rumors, trying to run damage control - and increasingly frustrated with bruno. not for the rumors, exactly- she never says a WORD about the gay thing, not once, and even starts giving up on suggesting he find a spouse at all- but she’s pissed that he’s been giving the townspeople grief and shutting himself up in his room and in general kind of being a little bitch sometimes.
so there he is, feeling like he’s somehow hit a new low and he can only go lower, so...
julieta finds him. alma is mad, pepa is with all the kids and felix, and bruno hadn’t come down for breakfast, which wasn’t unusual, really. but she goes up with a tray of food and finds him there...looking very dead.
julieta is doing this about four or five months into her pregnancy with her third child. doesn’t really help keep her emotions in check at all, not that she would anyway, finding her brother dead in his room, undoubtedly by his own hand.
so this is the kind of wild shit i was thinking about. you may have seen the little post a while back--what if part of julieta’s powers is that she can literally bring back the dead in some instances, and she at one point brings back bruno?
this is it. she does it. she doesn’t know HOW she does it-just that she NEEDS bruno to be alive, no matter what-this can’t be happening to her, to them-
she shoves food down his throat, she tries cpr, but eventually her power-power shows up, and it gets to be blue probably, and she...brings him back. he’s not doing great, of course, and she has to nurse him back a bit before he’s even conscious -
and guess what the price she paid to bring back her brother was.
julieta loses her third baby. it probably nearly kills her. and no one really knows WHAT THE FUCK Happened, like, they know that bruno clearly made an attempt on his own life, and that julieta saved him and then promptly suffered a miscarriage, but no one really knows that julieta did straight up necromancy
and bruno is pissed. humiliated, but very, very pissed, because what the fuck, juli. and really he’s just lashing out, because everything’s been shit and now he can’t even die? and now no one will leave him alone? and part of him does blame julieta for everything- even for what happened with beatriz, and just the failure with all of any other women.
and julieta is devastated. because her own brother killed himself, and she just KNOWS that the trade was her own baby for him, and he’s blaming HER. and now he’s somehow worse, almost never coming downstairs at all, and alma is stressed because what the fuck does she even to say to anyone anymore about bruno? and he won’t even do any visions, and also, there may or may not be cracks in casita and its just a very very tense bad time.
surprise. beatriz was pregnant.
beatriz had her baby. a daughter...bruno’s daughter.
and she hasn’t seen bruno in town at all. but things SEEM to have quieted down, and she thinks that, maybe, with a baby, she can actually change his mind. like. there’s no way bruno is going to turn her away with THEIR BABY.
so she marches herself up to casita when she’s able, and of course, julieta is home.
alma is...honestly, either with the guzmans, or having a very tense, very long conversation with bruno up in his room, or even just...in her own room. and pepa is out in the fields, and the kids are with agustin and felix, and really its just julieta there in the kitchen.
and she doesn’t like beatriz. and she’s still hurt by her brother, even if its been months. and she’s still feeling the horrible loss of her baby that she feels she KILLED. and beatriz is there. with a baby.
and julieta is not stupid.
when beatriz asks for bruno, julieta lies and says they sent him away from treatment because he tried to kill himself. aka asylum, institution. you know. which. kind of shocks the other woman because she really didn’t know that that had happened, but also puts a wrench into her plan, here. and then julieta implies no one knows when he’ll be back, and beatriz will have to leave if she wants to talk to him.
and beatriz. she didn’t really want a baby-esp not on her own. that sounds like hell, leaving the encanto in search of a man who’s in a fucking institution. but also...she kind of realizes...if she COULD get to him...maybe, she could have her way of things. finally. so there’s that.
so julieta says, if you’re going to see him, it’s too dangerous to take your baby across the mountains. and then she puts on her best sweet healer face and says, i can watch your baby. i would never mind looking after my niece.
and beatriz kind of pauses here, because sure, but also...she wants to talk to alma. at which point julieta is very firmly, Nope. which causes a struggle between them, and casita, of course, is going to choose julieta over beatriz.
and julieta...ends up with the baby in her arms, a baby that feels very much to her like a baby for the one she lost, that she lost FOR HER BROTHER, and beatriz is kind of realizing she can’t have this fight against a magical house and magical people, but MAYBE if she can convince bruno, they can come back--or maybe she should just LEAVE, be done with it, because now--
well, that’s a nightmare for another day. beatriz books it, julieta has the baby. and she’s pretty pleased with herself until alma shows up and is like, where the fuck did you just get a baby? whose baby is that?
so, anyway. there’s no way in hell that julieta is going to admit that this is beatriz’s kid at this point because: a) that would mean it was also bruno’s kid and b) why should bruno have a kid when he basically made julieta lose hers and c) bruno IS IN NO STATE to care for a baby anyway, also he’s still a nightmare to deal with in general. and d) julieta WANTS this baby to be hers SO BADLY. she looks down at this baby, and thinks, this is what my baby would have been like. this is just the universe trying to correct itself.
so julieta says a teenager abandoned the baby at their doorstep and she is going to be its mother and that’s that.
and honestly this is the least distressing thing that has happened in months so alma says. yes. fine. a new granddaughter. becuase there is no reason for her to be against adoption
meanwhile, beatriz leaves the encanto.
so julieta raises mirabel as her own. she just LOVES mirabel, so much. but mirabel does not know she is adopted. julieta tells everyone that she’ll tell her when its time, but alma is thinking, look, she’s going to expect a door and i rEALLY don’t think its going to happen, but-
and julieta keeps telling alma, oh, don’t you worry, i’m sure she’ll get a door because she is a MADRIGAL even if she wasn’t born one (EXCEPT SHE WAS BORN ONE, this is bruno’s daughter, she’s extremely a madrigal but ssshhh).
and julieta’s mood in generally is much better once she has mirabel. bruno...isn’t doing so hot all the time, but...he eventually comes out of his room, and starts interacting with the family again. he gets on with mirabel very well, and mirabel absolutely adores him. it makes julieta feel guilty, but then she justifies it to herself, that bruno is still unfit to be a parent, and its better that he is just an uncle to all the kids anyway, and clearly mirabel still gets to love him, so what’s the harm? everything will be FINE
(she does almost tell him, when she introduces mirabel to him. almost. and she almost tells him not long after, and another time after that. but the longer she doesn’t tell him, the more she starts to realize that she is really going to hurt him...because she basically stole his child. in front of his own eyes. but shes in it now)
(another note: obviously, mirabel looks a lot like julieta. julieta, honestly, does not think much on it. other family members think its kinda funny, maybe fated. but bruno. bruno has a theory that, in the way that he knows julieta brought him back, that she somehow resurrected her unborn baby. and it terrifies him on the same level that he knows pepa could kill him in less than a second; it is also a strange kinship he feels with her, thinking that somehow they both came back from death. it is not a comfortable thought exactly. but it is his working theory, and one he would never dare ask julieta about)
well anyway. there’s clearly some sort of door when mirabel turns five, and alma kind of thinks, wow. julieta is right. this is...this is wonderful! because alma does love mirabel. she’s their little miracle, after all.
and then. well. her door fades away.
here’s the difference, though: alma isn’t worried about the magic in this respect. she had never really expected mirabel to get a door or a gift at all. the door appearing at all was clearly some kind of mistake, a fluke because of the confusion of her being adopted. so when alma looks at mirabel, it’s with reluctant pity
meanwhile julieta’s mind is imploding. beatriz was a fucking liar, clearly, and had fucked someone else, and was going to try to pass off the kid as bruno’s and...wow. okay. there’s definitely no reason to ever let mirabel know about that part of her conception ever, but at least...at least she isn’t stealing her brother’s kid anymore, you know?
mirabel is very upset, but the next day agustin and julieta sit down with her and explain that she’s adopted and that they didn’t know she wouldn’t get a gift, but that’s probably why, BUT she’s still part of this family and yada yada yada
mirabel still experiences being the “giftless” madrigal and the different one...but its...well, obviously its very different circumstances. bruno is still around, for one, alma never asked for a vision, and he never had to leave. bruno and mirabel are very close in this, esp when he does start doing some visions again, and he lets her help him with a few. isabela’s relationship with mirabel still isn’t the greatest, but it’s better than what we saw in the movie.
there is an attempt to get her her own room, but ultimately it just...doesn’t work. so they go and paint her door and make the nursery mirabel’s room instead. when antonio comes along, though, he moves into mirabel’s room all the same. mirabel does kind of like it after a bit, though. she’s still sad she doesn’t get her door, but she has a reason. a reason that makes her sad independently--because she wasn’t initially wanted by her mother, however julieta puts it--but still. she feels like she knows.
but even though all of this has improved, there’s still a lot of cracks in casita. there’s still family secrets and everyone’s overworked. there’s still resentment lingering between the triplets, even if they mostly pretend its fine. there’s still a lot of shit between alma and bruno.
so. antonio’s ceremony happens. mirabel sees the cracks. alma knows its getting worse. mirabel hears her and bruno getting into another heated argument about doing a specific vision about the cracks and the magic rather than hear her praying to pedro. she tries to find out what everyone knows, until she finally just goes to beg bruno for a vision that she knows he denied her grandmother. bruno absolutely does not want to give it to her, and does not think she has any responsibility for what is happening. but bruno absolutely adores mirabel and she has him wrapped around her finger.
so they do the vision. and its BAD bad, cracks in casita, casita falling apart, mirabel at the center of it....and bruno freaks out and goes to break it and says mirabel, you can’t tell ANYONE you understand? but of course dolores hears and
engagement dinner. usual. with the addition of bruno’s rats running across the table of course.
julieta and alma both kind of round on bruno like, what the fuck was that vision? and poor mirabel is right there and julieta is kind of holding mirabel back protectively and begging her mother, you can’t send her away, she’s my baby, and alma is like, julieta, think of the family, and agustin shows up and of course does his he’s thinking of his daughter line, and then alma rounds on bruno, why did you do this? and bruno snaps at that point and its just a mess and agustin is trying to get her out of there and then pepa shows up to make it worse.
agustin does tell mirabel that she should probably try talking to her sister, mostly as a distraction honestly
you have to keep in mind that in this au, mirabel is never like, seen as the same being in the way or anything like in the movie. she’s the different one- but she sure as hell isn’t bruno.
so alma is going after bruno. and she’s blaming him for causing mirabel to do whatever it is in the future, because he spends the most time with her, so duh. she also does not hesitate to mention literally every other flaw she perceives that he has. it’s not pleasant. then, in the middle of this, isabela and mirabel come crashing in and that’s when alma launches into her powers getting out of control and everything going wrong and she kind of goes for mirabel, but then she ultimately places it on bruno, saying he was the one orchestrating it, which is hysterically inaccurate
and this is the point where mirabel speaks up, saying it isn’t brunos fault, its almas fault, everyone is miserable because of how she runs this family
cue casita breaking. attempt to save the candle. mirabel running away.
alma going to find her, bruno showing up too. rebuilding casita.
...and then, alma and bruno both think to themselves - and they haven’t completely reconciled, really, but they’re closer than they have been in years, and its also special because alma’s daughters have married but she still has her son, so-
they are the ones who conspire to let mirabel add the doorknob.
and then the magic comes back.
okay. so here the thing. from mirabels gift ceremony until .0001 seconds before the magic happened again, julieta had been under the impression that mirabel was truly and completely not a madrigal by blood. her daughter, yes, 1 million percent. but she hadn’t gotten a door, she hadn’t gotten a gift. so she wasn’t ACTUALLY the offspring of bruno, or her, or pepa.
but then the magic comes back, and mirabel is smack in the middle of the front door, and casita is back, and everyone is happy and pepa has a rainbow and
julieta is realizing. oh no. oh fuck. now its been literally SO LONG and i never said anything but not what does this mean??? and her family isn’t thinking about it, clearly, because its mirabel and its magic and why shouldn’t she have a little bit of it, after living with them for so long? and julieta is here sweating trying to figure it out in her head
because the family has just gotten better, and they have a ways to go, and a lot of them have cleared the air finally...
but she. never told anyone about:
-bruno actually being dead
-and mirabel being beatriz’s daughter (and therefore possibly brunos)
but ahahahahahahahaha maybe its nothing right??? right???
(she’s finally thinking, hm, mirabel DOES look quite a bit like me and bruno...coincidence?????????)
anyway they party blah blah blah julieta is screaming internally in her head blah blah blah mirabel is just having a grand old time and oblivious as are alma and bruno and literally everyone else
okay. so. beatriz.
beatriz is not dead. she’s been on the outside, trying to find bruno. and it’s next to impossible, and dangerous, plus like, as of two years before the movie, everythings been kinda fucked. i mean. okay. there’s no way she spent ALL THAT TIME lookin for bruno. it was more. she started looking for bruno, met people, did some stuff, lived her life. beatriz has lived an exciting life, to a point! hell, she’s had a number of relationships. she’s traveled out of the country. you know.
after 15 years, she decides, what the hell, i’ll go back to the encanto. i’ll meet my daughter that i ditched with that (probably lying) bitch, hopefully she has a good magical gift and..., and i’ll just...take the encanto for my own. and enjoy my safety there. that’s important. there’s some crazy stuff happening on the outside...
so beatriz shows up. the mountains are open which, concerning. people don’t really recognize her, because honestly, she had a bit of a glow up, I think. she’s “worldly” now, or whatever you want to call it. a modern woman.
so beatriz shows up-marches up to casita. its a lovely day. she really hopes alma is home this time, instead of julieta.
and guess what! alma IS!
alma is sitting there with your beverage of choice, basking in her daughter’s sunshine, while the kids play on the grassy slope and her adult children relax - or in the case of bruno - get tackled mercilessly into the ground. she does not recognize beatriz at first. but the moment she does, she realizes. ah. this may not be great.
she whispers to dolores not to let anyone come by just yet, that she’s handling something. cue mild concern and confusion and attempting spying up where the rest of the family is.
anyway. alma knows that beatriz left the encanto years ago. she doesn’t know WHY, really, nor does she want to, because she never really liked her, esp after she heard the rumors she spread about her son.
so beatriz opens with, i’ve come to see my daughter.
to which alma goes, ???? i don’t...have your daughter? why would your daughter be here?
and beatriz goes, because your daughter pried her out of my hands, basically, after she told me you’d sent bruno to some institution on the outside. and i haven’t been able to find bruno, but now i’ve come back for my daughter. also what is her magical gift lol.
and alma is kinda having a ---------------------------- moment.
because beatriz is saying words that should make sense but don’t. she’s trying to figure out why the fuck pepa would say such a thing about bruno going to an INSTITUTION, really, also why she would take this woman’s baby-pepa would NEVER steal a baby, she thinks, because she would have murdered everyone in the vicinity if anyone had ever tried to take one of hers-
but then it starts to click. because there are only so many pieces here, and even though alma doesn’t have a lot of them, she has the important ones. she knows beatriz and bruno were...something...without her knowledge at the time, but she did know after. she knows that julieta lost a baby about the time bruno had a complete breakdown and attempted to take his own life. she knows that julieta was devastated for months after, until she suddenly had a baby in her arms.
meanwhile, dolores casually reports to pepa that someone named beatriz serna has just introduced herself to alma and is asking where her daughter is but all pepa hears is beatriz and she goes BEATRIZ SERNA? and that gets brunos attention and julieta’s and julieta’s heart just about stops. but pepa already has a cloud, and she up and going down to the house because god she did not like that woman and she can only imagine that she’s hear to mess with her brother and bruno is trying to hurry after her before she murders her in the kitchen and julieta takes a moment but she’s muttering to herself nonono and honestly the three of them going back kind of triggers everyone going back despite almas wishes
pepa is in the door and already telling beatriz to fuck off you manipulative hag bruno hates you i hate you you goddamn gossip
and alma is like. pepa please
and then bruno is awkwardly there like. trying to ignore the trauma this woman dealt to him and play it cool. oh. beatriz. um. why are you here?
and then julieta slams in behind him, and she’s about to say something but mostly she looks at beatriz and knows any second now everythings going to come out
and it does. beatriz is quick to point her finger and go. you lied to me. i spent years look for him, and you STOLE my daughter from me. then she points to bruno. and what, was this your plan all along?!! get your sister to do your dirty work for you?
pepa and bruno are ??????
everyone else is trying to see into the kitchen at this point. alma can see clearly and she’s trying to wave them away while she steps between beatriz and her children.
anyway julietas like about to cry or something. someone has to explain and before beatriz goes into it, julieta confesses--like, everything, even some irrelevant things, things that bruno absolutely did not want anyone knowing, because its a long time coming and there was a reason that mirabel, of all people, would be at the center of the cracks,
when agustin and felix realize what’s happening, they try to get mirabel away rom the kitchen. antonio is with them and camilo is dragged along by his collar as well.
bruno is understandably angry but like the kind of heartbroken quiet angry. because, it makes him angry to know it, but, he does understand julieta, in a way. its hard not to when they’re triplets. but its been fifteen years since...everything. he’s heartbroken that mirabel, who he thought was just his favorite sobrina, is actually his fucking daughter, and despite how close they are, its like he’ll never get to go back and do those moments as father-daughter, you know? like. his trust in julieta is pretty shattered. that, and when she confesses her guilt at her “advice” to him all those years ago, it basically outs him to everyone, which is very distressing to say the least, and also embarrassing, in a way, that the whole beatriz shit even went down at all
he isn’t sure that he can forgive his sister
pepa also feels quite betrayed, because what the fuck? julieta couldn’t like, fucking tell them? like good for her, sending beatriz out of the encanto for fifteen years. that’s pretty funny. but like. they haven’t been close for years, and they were starting to get close again...and there were so many times she could have said something...and its frustrating, because it IS a big deal, but it also isn’t, just because of how they live...but it was still an important truth hidden
alma is. severely disappointed in julieta, to say the least. mostly, though, she wants beatriz out. at least for the time being.
to everyone’s slight horror, alma announces to beatriz that she may meet mirabel, only if mirabel agrees to the meeting. after all, if anyone deserves the truth, it’s mirabel. whether they like beatriz or not, it’s probably important that mirabel is given the chance to see her.
mirabel...does agree to the meeting. beatriz does not hide her disappointment well that mirabel doesn’t have a gift. she tries to be polite and even indulgent though, trying to give mirabel souvenirs from her most recent travels, but its clear that they’re two strangers to one another, and more importantly, strangers that don’t share much fundamentally in common. beatriz offers for mirabel to live with her anyway. she doesn’t really want to care for a child, but mirabel is nearly grown, and can pull her own weight, she thinks. beatriz kind of realizes in their meeting that she can’t stay in the encanto either way. mirabel declines. mirabel will stay in the encanto, definitely.
mirabel doesn’t really understand or know what happened between beatriz and bruno. its mostly confusing and ambiguous. which is fine for this au.
mirabel mildly has to deal with some bizarre, distant abandonment sort of thing regarding beatriz. it’s just...weird. she ends up talking to isabela about it a lot, weirdly. or maybe not weirdly.
after the meeting, mirabel goes to julieta and just hugs her for a long time. because, in the end, julieta was mirabel’s mom. maybe wrongfully. and mirabel does feel hurt, that julieta lied...but also, julieta was always mirabel’s adoptive mom. the circumstances changed, and she’s kinda mad about it a little, but she loves her so much anyway
and of course. agustin was always a dad to her. he didn’t know; no one really blames him. she gets a good hug from him too.
and bruno. tio bruno, who is her best friend and the best tio and always there to make her feel less weird or at least a cool kind of weird. its hard to think of him as her dad at all, because as her uncle, he did have a parental undercurrent to him, but it was just...different. he is just always tio bruno to her. and she doesn’t know if it hurts him or not because she knows he would lie to her so she wouldn’t feel bad. she doesn’t really know what to think.
she’s a madrigal after all by blood. she had wondered as a child after her gift ceremony how nice it would be to be a normal member of the family like her sisters and cousins. and now she knows that, for whatever reason, she would never be a normal part of the family, not with a gift anyway...
which. that’s an interesting question. if she IS bruno’s kid, why didn’t she get a gift? she ...kind of has a door.
she can’t resist asking bruno. what is she even supposed to DO in their family, anyway? and he just kind of says...uh, be yourself? you were always a miracle to this family, mirabel. you hold us all together. you always have.
...but she has him wrapped around her finger, so, yes, he gives her a vision. terrified its going to be something horrible again.
it’s great, actually. because it’s mirabel, obviously older--maybe his own age--leading a door ceremony for some future madrigals-
and it clicks then, because, who else doesn’t have a gift? besides the husbands, of course.
!!!! so yeah. they figure out mirabel is supposed to be the next protector of the miracle or whatever. who knows why her gift ceremony went like it did, but maybe it was because someone was still in that room...
they go to show alma the tablet, who kind of doesn’t say anything for a moment before she puts it up in her windowsill, where the candle used to be.
so that’s one part of the mostly happy ending here.
the other part is: look. the whole. her son doesn’t like women thing. that was not exactly a huge shock to alma. it was...pretty clear. frustrating for her as she tried to figure out how to run encanto and keep everything perfect, but...not a surprise.
when julieta announced that to the world, alma didn’t even blink.
now. i mean. if he’d come to her with it back then, she might not have had the best reaction. would she have kicked him out? absolutely not. but would she have tried to force him into some relationship anyway?
...also probably not. while she would have liked her son to marry a woman and have a family, he was also a living prophet, and there was a bit of wiggle room there. that and alma selfishly liked having her son to herself, even if they were at odds.
would she have allowed for her son back then to have a relationship with another man? well. she wouldn’t have approved, exactly. they’d probably have been at each others throats over it if bruno had bothered to try. but, once again, alma would have never kicked her son out over it. when push came to shove, she would choose her children. maybe, eventually, she would have been pretty neutral about it.
now. in the present. alma had a slightly different perspective.
still never in a million years going to kick him out over it. DEFINITELY never going to push him toward some woman, esp with what happened with beatriz. relationship with another man, though? well...
internally, she would be pretty resistant at first. but she’d already fought and lost so many battles to her son- and his love life was not about to be another one. not after everything. eventually, though, she’s accept it, assuming she actually approved his choice in partner. she wouldn’t prevent them from moving into casita. she might even feel a bit territorial about his partner taking up his time that could have been spent with her, but she WOULD join them BOTH. ANd if anyone had any sense, if they had anything nasty to say about her son and his partner, they better shut the fuck up. or else.
so! bruno gets to have a boyfriend :) as a treat :)
pepa is definitely the #1 support here. she’s the one that scopes out the guy, forces them to talk to each other, and is very pleased rainbow and all when it works out.
the last scene of this is bruno has gone to sit out in the early morning alone with some coffee, and julieta quietly comes over and sits next to him. there’s still a bit of tension, but its been a while, and the family is still doing its best to love everyone for who they are. julieta sits very close and leans her head on his shoulder, and bruno wraps an arm around her, and they enjoy the early morning sky.
and i wouldn’t say its exactly forgiveness. but everything is going to be okay. and damn, is julieta so happy that her brother is with her in that moment. she still wonders about the baby she never had. but she has her brother, and she has mirabel, and she has everyone else. and maybe she couldn’t fix everything, and made quite a bit of a mess...but they made it through in the end, didn’t they?