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Solstice Future - Montage Scene 5 - Family Discussion
I wrote this to kelkyag's second prompt.

“So, why ‘Rune’?”  Constantine asked that over coffee between just the three of them.  It was something that parents would normally know but because of their abnormal circumstances neither he nor Dagmar knew why their daughter had the names she did.

“Lovvey Street Orphanage used to name the unnamed babies who came in from a copy of the Limned Book,” Rune replied then drank from her coffee cup.  “When I was left there, the next unused word on the page was ‘rune’ so ‘Rune’ I became.”

“I was told,” commented Dagmar, “and my mother was told, that you were going to a foster family.  I was even told I couldn’t have you back because you were so settled with them.”

Rune and Constantine exchanged a look.  “Rune’s not so bad,” that young lady went on, “I refused to change it when you gave me the chance to, after all.  My childhood best friend’s name is a conjunction and one of the bigger boys’ name was a third person neutral pronoun.”  She drank more coffee.  “He isn’t by the way, neutral I mean.”

Her mother was diverted for a moment.  “How do you know that?”

“Observation.”  Rune shook her head.  “Don’t get me wrong, I like him but I’ve never felt sufficient desire to fight my way past the current lovely so I could paddle in those waters.”

“So,” her father sipped on his coffee, “are you seeing anyone at the moment?”

“No.”  She held the cup with both hands.  “Apparently now I’m too scary or something.  In some ways it was less complicated when I didn’t have a family.”

“You’re going to be the Sjeldnjar Ruhtig,” pointed out Constantine.  “That’s a big deal.”

“Too big a deal apparently.”  Rune looked pensive and her mother looked thoughtful.

“Anyway,” Constantine judged it an opportune moment to change the subject, “Rune, we were wondering if you would object if we, your mother and I, began to live together.”

“Why would my opinion be of any relevance?”  She looked at them both.

“Children often have views on their parents’ personal and sex lives,” pointed out Constantine while Dagmar took refuge behind her coffee cup.

“I don’t think it’s any of my business,” said Rune in a practical tone.  “I mean, obviously, I’m grateful that you had a sex life at the time I was conceived, but aside from that it’s nothing to do with me.  If you want to live together and you’ll both be happier, better and better off  together than apart, then go for it.”

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Oof. Really orphanage people, skip the pronouns and obvious non-names.

Giggling a bit, it's going to be an interesting family life while they work at actually becoming family.

If we assume English for a moment, "And" or "Itt" wouldn't do too badly for everyday names - people would assume they were short for something else...


Where is Rune living at this point? Still in her own flat, or has she been talked into moving into Thingborden?

I'm not sure - I think she might be holding out in her own place for now.

Sorry! Read this last night in the wrong browser.

I love the idea of naming from a book.

And I like her ideas, but she might have some work on that being-around-other-people bit.

She's fine with other people but she doesn't have the idea that she should have anymore vote/voice/say in how her parents decide to interact with each other than she would with any other two people she knows.

I came from a family where it was assumed if you didn't make a say in just about everything, you didn't care. I'm not sure that's any more healthy, but her response struck me as a bit distant.

I'm not sure if she has an opinion. She's past the, "I have parents!?!" stage but she hasn't had parents before. She's fairly sure a parents-down power hierarchy wouldn't give her a say. Also, she may also equate having an opinion on to almost being involved in.

There may also be an element of "families expect you to comment on older people's lives in ways that would be rude and impertinent in any other context? The orphanage didn't tell us that!"

*giggle* Ah, I see. Yes. (And mine certainly does)

I think it'd be rude and impertinent unless asked in a family context, too, though if I had a very strong opinion I might say it anyway ...

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