This is what I sincerely hope to get from the DuckTales reboot. I want Hortense to be a character, I want to see her conflict with Scrooge, and I want to see how she reacted to Della’s disappearance. Hortense is a proud, stubborn, temperamental duck, just like her brother. But she has never known him well and is far less inclined to remain loyal to him through all his stupidity, the way Matilda kind of does. She holds grudges. Matilda never really swore to cut all ties to Scrooge; she just put on a show of doing so because Hortense did swear to never speak to him again, and she felt she had to stand with Hortense. Yet in spite of the fact that Hortense was never as close to Scrooge as Matilda was, she still loved Scrooge. He was still her big brother. But if Scrooge truly is responsible for Della’s disappearance and possible death, that would be reason for Hortense to go from resenting her brother to all out hating him (to be clear, she’d never do anything malevolent toward him; she’s still a McDuck, after all, and he’s the clan patriarch, however small they may be). And I would LOVE to see how this Disney kid’s show would deal with an incredibly sensitive topic like that. Not to mention I really want some closure between the McDuck siblings. All of them.
Sketched and colored this while on my eclipse chase, then touched it up a bit in Ps.