Beautiful People: Natalia Rizzetti

It’s Beautiful People time again. And I found a way to make it take much longer than it had to. But here it is only a few hours later than I like.

After a little thought I chose to tell you about Lady Natalia Rizzetti of Vecoa this time. Since I don’t know her quite as well as I should, I’m going to travel to Vecoa and and ask her the questions personally.

Since she is unaware of my existence and might be uncooperative if I try to explain, I will take another tactic. I dress myself in the traditional flowing blue and white of the legendary guardian of the Maretegna. (The region of sea that Vecoa has a share in.) I think that will open her up a bit, though no one believes such a person ever really existed.

I arrive for her mid-afternoon walk on a day when Eloisa would be elsewhere. Also a few weeks before I will begin the the book. She’ll be less wary that way. Nobody had died for a while.

I spot her quickly, a bright red spot among the green of the forest terrace. I walk closer. She is sitting on a wooden bench, staring up into the trees, yet not looking like she actually sees anything. I scraped my foot against the ground.

“Is that you, Teresa?” She whirls around and her mouth goes slack at the odd sight of me. Then she gives a little laugh. “Well you certainly aren’t Teresa. What are you? The Guardian herself?”

I nod. “I just came to ask you a few questions. You can see I can’t exactly attack you well in these drapes.”

“You probably could,” she says dryly. “But you’re not going to and you wouldn’t get away. Now about those questions.” She drops back onto the bench and points for me to sit next her.

“This is going to sound odd,” I say, trying to keep her gaze, “But how often do you smile?”

“Too much. Sometimes the corners of my mouth get sore. But I can’t just frown at everything I’m not perfectly happy with.”

“Of course. I’m less likely to frown with a stranger than a close friend.” She frowned a moment, but it didn’t last. “I won’t smile at you if I don’t want to.”

I nod slightly, averting my eyes. “You probably won’t after this next question. What- what was the cruellest thing someone ever told you?”

“Oh!” She scrunches up her eyes and leans back against the seat. It creaks and bends. “Well when- no, not that.”

She stops talking. I wait. Finally she opens her eyes and speaks making each word deliberate.

“When Signa Murtas and Grandmother told me that my real father had died before I was old enough to remember and that Father wasn’t really mine at all. That I was different to the rest of my family.”

“What did you do?”

She shrugged and smiled. “I refused to believe them at first and went and hid in the garden where even Eloisa couldn’t find me. Then I wouldn’t smile at them or even talk to them for a long time.”

I sigh with relief. She dealt with that one pretty well. It wasn’t quite the answer I though she might give, but I couldn’t do much about that. “What about the kindest thing someone told you?”

“All about what my real father had done and how he and Father were so close, almost like brothers. I found it extremely comforting at the time.” A dreamy look comes into her eyes. She seems to still find it comforting.

“Who told you all that?”

She frowns and brushes a bit of hair out of her face. “I’m not sure. It may have been Lorenzo and Filippa, in fact I’m pretty sure it was. Not that she remembered a lot.”

I nod. “She wouldn’t have. Do you have any other strong childhood memories?”.

She scowls. “I remember when Demetrio Pavone knocked me into the harbour on my first visit to Doranto. He probably didn’t know I could swim. My rescuer splashed him badly.”

I try to keep myself from smiling. I hadn’t heard about that before.

“Have you ever been seriously injured?”

She shook her head. “Never. Well not physically.”

I’m about to ask her to elaborate, when I realize what she is talking about talking about. And I do not want to go into that now, even if she did seem open. (Spoilers)

“Do you get along with your neighbours?”

Natalia blinks. “Do you mean neighbouring states or the people who live close to the Palazzo?”

I shrug. “Either or both if you like.”

“Well I can’t very well be disagreeable, but I like some of them more than others. And we get on well with Trione, alright with Doranto, hardly at all with the others. Why are you here anyway? If you were a spy or looking for gossip you wouldn’t do it like this.”

I smile. “It’s kind of complicated, but it will never hurt you. Now are you usually this easy to get on with?”

She makes a quick motion with her hand. “Oh always, the other person is being demanding or foolish or ignoring me. Which is fairly often.”

I raise my eyebrows at the slight contradiction and she shrugs. “It’s true.”

“You’re right.” I say. ” Now, if you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?”

Natalia leans forward, eyes shining. “Anywhere? I’d go everywhere. At least to all the grand cities where women are respected. I’d really like to go to Ingiltere and see the works of Queen Elisabetta.”

“I’d like to do that too. I’m more interested in Vittoria though.”

She gives me an odd look. “Vittoria?”

I look down at my feet. I shouldn’t have said that. I’m already mixing her up enough without talking about an uncertain future. “Never mind. I’ve just got one more question. Who was the last person you held hands with?”

She crosses her arms. “I’m not answering that one.”

“Why not? Was it Taddio at your party two days ago?”

Natalia gives me a queer look. “No, of course not. It was actually Alexso, just after lunch. Now, won’t you stay for afternoon tea.”

I stand up, shaking my head. ” I really can’t stay any longer. The Maretegna has been left unguarded long enough.”

I vanish, leaving her stunned. And I really think she needs to read It’s (Not That) Complicated or A History of Venice. They’d both help her.

What did you all think? Does Natalia come through as an interesting person? Did you like me writing it that way?

4 Comments

  1. Ooh, this was such a creative way to do it! YYAYYY. (Creativity is awesome. xD) And I think Natalia sounds like a very interesting person…and you have me entirely intrigued by her non-answer to the "serious injury" question. Eeeeeep. So much mystery. 😉
    Thanks for joining in!!

  2. I quite enjoyed reading this, and I may borrow your format . . . maybe not, we'll see. Natalia sounds like a cool character!

  3. Thanks. I must warn you that this format does take a lot more work. But I did come up with a bunch of random back-story while doing it.

  4. Thanks for commenting! I'm glad she does sound interesting. It's been a bit tricky finding a balance. At times she's almost fallen into multiple clichéd or annoying princess character types.
    I didn't want her spilling her feelings to everyone, but I didn't want her too reserved either. So I've tried to give her an exterior of teasing and a bit of flippancy over deeper feelings. I'm still not sure how well that came through.

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