Well, this is about to get akward
I cannot describe the horrible face I’m making right this moment
Oooooh. So this is NOT a boys-are-more-important thing. She noticed the switch.
But wait, why isn’t she trying to steal Idem from Tane then? There was only one other birth in the village that night. And that one conveniently had no mother in any condition to notice the switch. If she knows there was a switch, she’s got to know who. So why hasn’t she just kicked down Tane’s door by now?
Maybe it’s easier to believe that Subira is a changeling? I mean, the item shop owner’s wife doesn’t have a fraction of the power the town guardian has. No way for her to win that fight. On top of which, if their kids were switched then Tane would have no “proper heir” and whatnot; she’d be damning the whole town, according to the local logic. If Tane has her real child, then she’d be a “bad mother” if she didn’t try to get her kid back, and a “bad person” if she did try.
So maybe it’s easier to believe that her baby was replaced by some shapeshifting demon thingy, like the fae or half-fae children sometimes left in the cradle by thieving fairies in British folk tales. A nice clean path around the cognitive dissonance.
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