Tansy: Should we even get into their non-gift-related problems?
Larch: Like how they never could get over you being Iuilic?
Tansy: Or how Gloriosa wouldn’t quit referring to our child as her baby?
Hyacinth — when you were born, they found out about your condition and tried to talk us into cosmetic surgery for it.
Hyacinth: What?! Creepy! You never told me that!
Larch: We were no-contact by the time you were old enough to understand!
Tansy: When you were little, they knew where we lived, but . . . When I got the job in Central, and we moved to this house, we didn’t give the address to your dad’s parents. Or to anyone that we didn’t trust not to pass it on to them.
We haven’t cut off your dad’s whole family, so some details about our lives still filter through to them. We know they’ve heard about Hawthorn’s changeling syndrome . . . and about you changing your hair.
But our plan was for them to never see you again — and never to meet your brother at all.