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Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:37

“No, no, no,” assured Tatiana, kissing Dorian on both cheeks after their hug. He smelled vaguely of medicine, she noticed – perhaps he had pulled a muscle in some late-summer sport; she had required fairly similar balms a few times over the summer. “I cannot forget Dorosha.”

Tatiana nodded when asked about her summer. “Good, yes. Alyosha is – big now,” she hedged, not sure which word she meant and not wanting to say Alyosha was very fat when that wasn’t what she meant. “But he remembers me. Anya has - molodoi chelovek.” She could not remember how to say ‘young man’ in English exactly, or at least not in a way she was sure would describe what she meant – a suitor. “Rodya this, Rodya that, he gives her a – jewel. Not ring.” Tatiana drew a circle on her shoulder with the tip of one finger to indicate where the jewel – a beautiful brooch of violet enamel with a single pearl in the center of the complicated flower design one had to look for - would be worn. “For shoulder. Pretty. I get Jasmine bracelets, but Anya’s is different – Rodya is molodoi chelovek.

She decided that was as much as she could put together about Rodya and Anya, not least because she was disturbed by the thought of Anya having a young man, someone who she might marry. She knew the older girls would most likely eventually marry, and that even Grisha would marry a girl and live elsewhere eventually, but it was bad enough to be separated from them all during the year.

Besides, she did not think Dorya looked like he found this entirely interesting, so she decided it was better to switch to something a little more interesting to people other than her. “I shop a lot,” she said. “Here’s a present to you.” She picked up a parcel tied with yellow ribbon and put it in front of him.

  • I come thinking about someone I missDorian Montoir, Fri Jan 26 08:28
    As per his first year, and his return from Midterm break, when Dorian stepped off the wagon, there was a sagey tang of arnica on his skin, not normally present during the term. Matthieu had seen him... more
    • I hope to provide distractions. — Tatiana, Fri Jan 26 12:37
      • Partial successDorian, Fri Jan 26 19:29
        He returned Tatya's kisses, one on each cheek. He had definitely been right not to class her as American. Americans didn't understand very well about kissing, and that it really was to be used with... more
        • Am I a distraction?Jehan Callahan, Mon Jan 29 15:34
          Being back home after visiting Dorian had been quite boring for Jehan. The time had seemed to drag, and not in that fun way of always having more time in which to do exciting things. He’d tried... more
          • Six of one, half a dozen of the other.Tatiana , Tue Jan 30 18:17
            “You too - and it keeps up English, French to me, little,” said Tatiana of their admittedly something-less-than-scintillating letters over the summer. “Speak English with Katya and Papa and Nadezhda... more
            • You're homeDorian, Wed Jan 31 06:17
              “Same. And try to be mostly English when Jehan visits,” he nodded, as Tatya talked about the linguistics of her holidays. He had mentioned Jehan coming to visit in his letters to her, along with the... more
              • And so schastlivyi to be iciJehan, Tue Feb 13 12:41
                Jehan was relieved to hear Dorian was okay now, but still a little concerned. Dorian’s happiness to see him didn’t seem to be simply a dramatic ‘I missed you so much’, but more like there was some... more
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