Tatiana Vorontsova
Returning in style.
Wed Apr 3, 2019 12:51

Many students - and staff, come to that - would have been surprised to hear it, but Tatiana had actually hesitated for a few moments before wrapping a wide belt, elaborately embroidered in gold thread, around the waist of her green robes. She used such devices, along with her jewelry, to add some relief to her stark green uniform often, and always had, but now it concerned her somewhat, made her worry for a moment that emphasizing her waist might in some way clue the rest of the school in to the notion her mother had taken - the notion that Tatiana had somehow developed A Figure.

Experimentation, however, had thankfully proven this not to be the case; the fabric, meant to be worn rather loosely, bunched so that she looked more or less the same as she always had in it, without any clear indicators showing of the uncomfortable new apparatus beneath. Her slip kept the damned thing from actually cutting into her skin, but the pressure was constant and annoying and she hated it and wondered if she could get away with not wearing it at all at school or if that would just make it that much more uncomfortable when she got home and had to do so to placate Mama.

The rest of her additions to the uniform, however, had caused no such hesitations, and so, as was her custom, she arrived at the Feast decked out as closely as she could to how she would dress for a feast at home. Her hair - still loose past her shoulders; at least Mama was not pretending she was marriageable! - was held back from her face by a wide velvet ribbon tied around her head, its width also embroidered and studded with seed pearls. Her diamonds flashed at her ears and, since it was a special occasion, had aquamarine drops hanging down from them; more aquamarines and diamonds glittered at her throat. Her wrists were encircled in links and bands of gold, two clinking softly together every time she moved on one wrist and three on the other, and she had five rings spread across her two hands, all intricate, tiny pieces of filigree punctuated with sapphires and emeralds and one narrow row of rubies in a setting which almost reached the knuckle of the longest finger on her right hand. And on her shoulder, partially obscuring her House badge, opals blazed from a new brooch. Even for her, even for a feast, this was a bit much, though perhaps only her closest friends would realize this.

She touched the brooch absently from time to time as the Hall filled up, people greeting friends and roommates and the like and chatting in mostly English. Tatiana understood more of it at a distance, without concentrating specifically, now; she was not quite sure when that had begun, or why once, answering a question over the holiday, she had started to give her answer in English, then fumbled when she realized that what she wanted to say did not have, so far as she knew, a direct Russian equivalent. Touching her jewels, so unlike the plainness of the Americans around her, was soothing; it reminded her who she was, undergarments and parties and English or none.

The headmaster had always earned a certain degree of approval from Tatiana with his speeches, which tended to be short and not use much vocabulary that she hadn't known even before she came here. He did not disappoint her by deviating from pattern now, and so she was able to quickly get to her food, which she was more than eager enough for.

All her life, Mama had told her that she would get fat and have to go for runs if she gobbled the way she was often inclined to, but Tatiana liked runs, and had not gotten fat (in her opinion, anywhere) yet. She filled her plate, then, with anything that looked appetizing, or which she knew from past experience was good to eat. There were thick slices of beef, a dish of narrow beans with some kind of crumbly white cheese and slivers of some form of nut in them, a strange root vegetable which looked almost like a potato on the outside but which was bright orange and sweet on the inside, bread almost as light as kulich and, if nothing like as sweet as kulich, still sweeter than most western bread, and bright slices of fruits on her plate, with a grape already between her fingers on its way to her mouth before her other hand ever reached for anything to drink.

"Good new year to you," she said politely to her neighbor. "And many years more."

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    • Returning in style. — Tatiana Vorontsova, Wed Apr 3 12:51
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