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Nathaniel Mordue
Trying to correct that.
Thu Aug 16, 2018 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 have given offense. Oh, drat, this was difficult – and it didn’t matter, he thought, if he defined ‘this’ as ‘talking to a girl’ or ‘talking to someone whose awareness of the nuances of English idiom and implication he was not entirely sure about’. Either way, he might have just given the impression he was a very bad sort of person, someone not unlike his father, or else implied Tatiana wasn’t pretty – which he supposed she was, beneath the excessive jewelry – or – or who knew how many other terrible things?

“I mean – I just like taking photographs of things. Not people, usually – but you asked, so I did,” he explained. He decided not to mention that he had thought two were good enough to preserve copies of. He didn’t, after all, particularly like them because they involved Tatiana as such – that would have been creepy and was why he didn’t usually photograph people. They had just come out artistically interestingly, in part because of the slightly exotic way she had been dressed. “That’s all.”

  • 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
      • 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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