So Big Mom's flashback is a thing now, and with it we've finally found out her relationship with Mother Caramel. We find out that she was a literal mother in the sense that she took in several kids from all different races and wanted them all to live together in harmony, as well as being an advocate for peace between the humans and giants. This has shades of Big Mom's own dream about it, and is more than likely where Big Mom "inherited" her dream of everyone living together peacefully. However, At the end of 865, we see her in Elbaf, asking where Mother Caramel went. The implication from this is that she simply got up and left without any notice. But what if this isn't the case? We see in the final pages of Chapter 866 that Big Mom is about to go on one of her famous food tantrum things. We see scenes of mass destruction all across Elbaf, and Mother Caramel once again stepping in to Big Mom's defense. However, we're left on a bit of a cliffhanger as to what happens next, which is where this thread comes in handy. I'm not saying this is absolutely what happened, it's merely a possibility. "WHAT HAPPENED MARUKO" I hear you scream at your laptop, possibly waking your parents. Fine, I'll tell you. I believe that Mother Caramel may have been one of the victims of Big Mom (then Charlotte Linlin) during her food rampage on Elbaf. I don't really need to provide you with much here if you've been following the manga, I'll just link you to Chapter 829. However, I will be nice and provide you a pretty picture of the page I deem the most important when discussing this lil' idea of mine Spoiler: a young Mother Caramel on the beach in a bikini For anyone that doesn't remember what happened and didn't click on my ever-so-helpful link to this whole chapter, here's some context for you: Big Mom food rage Kills her own son Muscat Jinbe feeds her Big Mom is now calm The thing that sticks out here is that Big Mom is asking what all the ruckus has been about, even though she's the one who went full Godzilla on the city. The implication here is that she has no recollection of what happened while she was in that weird food tantrum state. This raises the possibility that she did indeed kill Mother Caramel, and just simply doesn't remember doing it. "BUT MARUKO SOMEONE COULD JUST TELL HER" Yeah, they could. But in that page, Jinbe says that he has "no idea what happened", even though he definitely does. It could be that people are simply not telling Big Mom that she does a genocide every time she gets hungry, either out of fear, or in order to protect her mental state. We've seen throughout this arc that Big Mom is essentially a big kid who does what she wants and gets what she wants within her own kingdom, and nobody opposes her. @Jawahib mentioned in a chapter discussion thread a few chapters back (somewhere between 848-850 I think, I can't remember off the top of my head though) that Luffy called out Big Mom for her immaturity, and I believe that's the first time in a long time (or perhaps ever) that someone's spoken to her in that way because they're worried about her going mad etc. What's more is that her mental weakness has been exposed by Capone, who could put her in that weird traumatised state just by breaking a picture. Imagine if someone told her that she killed the person who meant the most to her, it would not end well either. The alternative possibility is that someone told her about what happened to Mother Caramel right after the incident, and that's the first time she experienced her traumatised mental state. The breaking of the picture, which Big Mom carries in order to remember her benefactor, may be a trigger for her mental breakdowns. Anyways, that's all from me What do you guys think?