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Tatiana Vorontsova
Attempting to discharge a debt.
Thu Aug 16, 2018 13:52

Dorian, without a doubt, was the center of Tatiana’s social circle. She stood out the most of the group, not even so much because of her efforts as because of her sex, and formalizing their language exchanges in a way had been her idea, and Jehan was the sort of person who tended to make an impression after only a very brief acquaintanceship with people, but it was Dorian who drew her and Jehan and Vladimir together. There were times when Tatiana regretted this – had it been otherwise, Jasmine might have been part of their group, and Tatiana liked Jasmine very much – but it was, at this point, a fact: Dorian was the center around which her social life at Sonora, most of what she did outside of work and sometimes within it, revolved.

The Sorting Potion had not taken long, two years before, to put Tatiana in Pecari, and there were probably few people who would doubt that she belonged in the House associated with those who were spontaneous, active, and desired quick results from their actions, but due to the centrality of Dorian Montoir to their shared circle (and, more prosaically, the fact that two members shared a House while the two non-Teppenpaws they were friends with did not), she was far from a foreign sight at the table in the Cascade Hall most associated with Teppenpaws. The addition of her sister to Teppenpaw House only increased her reasons to be there. Today, however, she was not seeking out any of her usual people when she went to the Teppenpaw table, but the boy she thought of primarily as fotoapparat because she often saw him in the Gardens carrying a device which, in Russian, was called a fotoapparat, even though she had picked up at some point that his actual name was Nathaniel.

He was sitting by himself when Tatiana approached him at breakfast. “Good morning,” said Tatiana in English, sitting down across from him. “You did not send Papa foto-shut. I got money,” she informed him, referring to their hastily conducted and poorly-translated business arrangement last year, wherein she had assured him she’d arrange to have him paid later for agreeing to photograph her repeatedly in her Ball attire.

    • Rejecting those terms.Nathaniel Mordue, Thu Aug 16 13:53
      Nathaniel often took his time over breakfast, but often had different reasons on different days for doing that. Sometimes, it was because he was turning over papers, letters to and from home or the... more
      • Misinterpreting that.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 16 13:54
        Tatiana tilted her head and frowned slightly, confused, when Nathaniel Mordue first thanked her for being willing to pay him but then declined payment. This seemed silly to her. She had asked him to... more
        • Trying to correct that.Nathaniel Mordue, Thu Aug 16 13:55
          “You like to take photograph of me?” asked Tatiana, and Nathaniel’s eyes widened in horror as he realized what that might have sounded like. “No,” he said, too quickly, and then realized he might... more
          • More or less understanding now.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 16 13:56
            Nathaniel’s explanation still didn’t explain why he didn’t want money for having gone out of his way, but did at least seem to dismiss the idea that he was somehow in love with her. This, Tatiana... more
            • Expressing curiosity.Nathaniel Mordue, Thu Aug 16 13:57
              Nathaniel was surprised to hear Tatiana talk about photography – she seemed too flighty for something that required sitting and really thinking about the shot and how to make it its best, or even to... more
              • Losing interest.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 16 13:57
                Tatiana hesitated for a moment, taking time to comprehend the English sentences with less-than-perfect structure which had just been lobbed in her direction, and then shrugged in response to the... more
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