Chapter 3:

3: Grampa is a suspicious character

I was Born the Unloved Twin

"Now that the first born is here shall we name her under the witness of the priests?"Bookmark here

Asked one of the blurry blob strangers, an old man by the sounds of it. They all looked the same to me, now and from last time. All stuffy beards and judgmental stares. Bookmark here

"Excellent idea, well then my Maria, what shall we name her?"Bookmark here

A strange but half familiar scent surrounds me. My mother's perfumed sachets, her room, the lingering gunpowder and something else that's distinctively my father's. He was a refined and handsome man from what I can remember, a good fit for the beauty that was my mother. But I can't say I know much about him, he was always busy or away. Except for his awkwardly curt language at times, that was definitely rememberable. Bookmark here

"Hmm well then, something to suit with Lilyanne Maria, since they are twins. Perhaps Licillia? Another flower? Oh what about a name from your side of the family my dear?"Bookmark here

"Well let me see..."Bookmark here

Another old man coughs repeatedly in a way that can't be called subtle. Bookmark here

"Ahem if I may be so bold to interject but your father Lady Maria has already named the child her first by this time."Bookmark here

"Oh!? How marvelous! Papa never said anything about helping with names. But isn't it wonderful! I'm so glad he did."Bookmark here

"A little strange but it is fitting for him to name our first child. We couldn't, wouldn't possibly refuse."Bookmark here

"Oh do tell, what did papa name her?"Bookmark here

At my birth parents' prompting the old man finally gives up his play of dramatic silence and answers against the murmuring crowd. Bookmark here

"The great Lord has blessed her with the name Rosalia under his cloak."Bookmark here

My mother seems to approve at least, her voice bright and cheerful despite her obviously exhausted state. Bookmark here

"Rosalia, a rose and a lily! It's perfect, I must find the chance to thank papa later for this."Bookmark here

"It's a fair and beautiful name's a bit much but wonderful none the less."Bookmark here

"Oh but Frederick darling you must choose a name from your side, she hasn't received any from us,"Bookmark here

"Yes, well then how about from my great aunt Therese? It has a certain ring of dignity to it." Bookmark here

"Oh, Rosalia Therese Ventrella. Yes, that sounds right on the tongue. Rosalia Therese and Lillyanne Maria, it's perfect."Bookmark here

"So it shall be my Lord and Lady!"Bookmark here

The blobs make a fuss of movement around us, ringing this bell and scribbling this or that. There's the smell of something burning and the sounds of people chanting. Lucky me, what child gets to remember their own baptism, wine bath and all. It's just how birth certificates work around here. Bookmark here

It's a lot to take in. Memories aside this is still not my own world nor my own time.Bookmark here

These people look like foreigners to me, despite my blurred baby vision. Everything looks...different.Bookmark here

What's even more concerning is the structure of everything.Bookmark here

It's not exactly dirty, not with the work and manpower the servants put in.. But that's only in noble households and such. Nothing is sanitized and soap is something of a luxury item. The buildings are made primarily of wood and stone, people use carriage instead of cars, while swords and cold weapons are openly carried around with the people. Bookmark here

Some people even have magical powers, rare but not impossible. People like Lilyanne. Bookmark here

I am obviously somewhere far away from the home I know. Or should I say some time?Bookmark here

Both! Again, let's go with both.Bookmark here

History and lore say that it was worse, not so long ago. Nations and states were fractured, constantly at war. Famine, monstrous beast rampages, and death were all too common. People survived miserably by the skin of their teeth. It was lawless chaos.Bookmark here

Until the hero came.Bookmark here

He rallied the different states together, fought back hoards of beasts, created numerous weapons, plans and ultimately bringing peace to our land. This land has no king but if there's any figure that could be called one it would be him. There isn't a person alive here who doesn't know his name.Bookmark here

RonaldBookmark here

That was my grandfather or still is. How heroic....and suspicious.Bookmark here

He sounds like a character from a generic stallion novel. His story is too fishy, too perfect. In a backward medieval world like this, a nobody like him comes sweeping in to save the day? Bringing all sorts of inventions, battle plans and even restricting various small state nations into a collective government? It's ridiculous, unheard of and extremely unlikely to happen naturally. Is he's this Goddess' blessed one?! Bookmark here

More importantly, he was the strange man that held and named me the moment I was born. He's a shady person regardless. There's little to no way to reason around it, he knows about me. He knows I've been reborn in some way. Bookmark here

"...done this before..."Bookmark here

That's what he was going on about, right? I don't think he knows everything's dangerous.Bookmark here

He's honestly more than a little terrifying, there'something about his aura. It's the aura of a man who has seen things, who doesn't mind killing. He's a man that doesn't leave a threat unattended. Bookmark here

He was always kind to me in my memories. He spoiled and loved Lilyanne with a disgusting amount of affection but he was...alright. That man would still try to comfort me if I cried or was upset, that's more than I can say about anyone else in my depressing childhood. And he took us in when our parents died.Bookmark here

We weren't close, but I don't think anyone here was ever close to him. Bookmark here

He smiled a lot and was like Lilyanne in the number of people who loved and seemed to worship him. And yet he was....distant, lonely I think. He only seemed right when he was somewhere in a foreign land or off to see an old friend. But how could us common people possibly understand the mind of the great hero, they said. Bookmark here

Bullshit.Bookmark here

He disappeared not too many years after our parents died. Just left for another adventure and never came back. Maybe he did...I didn't live long enough to see him return. Bookmark here

But he's here now and there are things I need to find out from him. Things I need to know.Bookmark here

Family relations aside if he wanted to do something about me, he already would have. Nothing could threaten Lilyanne while he was around after all. Bookmark here

He's scary but his hands were gentle when they held me.Bookmark here

Alright old man, I don't have much of a choice so I'll play your game. Whatever it may be. I'm still onto you though. Are you also like me in that way? Is that what you meant, someone not from this world? That would explain so much but if not...well it's worth a shot. There are many ways to test this out later on. Bookmark here

I hope you don't expect too much gramps, it leads to less disappointment after all. It will also make things easier for me. Bookmark here

What things? Bookmark here

I really have no real plans outside of simply surviving, just as comfortably as I can. A few things may get shaken up and I'm sure I'll piss off even more people than before but I could care less. This world sucks and it owes me, it owes Rosalia. Bookmark here

And I'll gladly collect every drop of that. Bookmark here

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