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Tatiana Vorontsova
Being tagged.
Tue Sep 5, 2017 19:06

She knew she was supposed to feel at home in the Pecari common room, but Tatiana could not quite make herself feel that way about the place. It was comfortable enough, she supposed, but it did not seem beautiful to her at all and it did not have anything else to make it feel...homeish. It was full of strangers, the jabber of noise around her was all alien, she was all alone in her room with no Katya sharing and Anya and Sonia just on the other side of a door in the adjacent room, and the common room did not even have a samovar. It would, she thought, have been easy to get to know people and make friends if there had been a samovar, but without such a gathering place, it felt awkward to just approach others and start talking at them in English when said others were possibly with friends or waiting for friends or just minding their own business….

This left her to sit around and try to study (difficult with all the background English; she rarely got much done outside her room or the library) and people watch while trying not to be obvious that she was doing so and hoping that one of them would initiate conversation and speak slowly.

This strategy was not working particularly well right now, but she did hope that it would eventually bear fruit. If nothing else, maybe she could pick up vocabulary and figure out how American girls behaved so she could blend in better.

Sometimes, though, she wasn’t sure all of them were behaving in ways she’d want to emulate. One, for instance, appeared to be lurking, just standing by the bulletin board. Tatiana looked at her quizzically and apparently did so a moment too long, because suddenly the girl - much older, maybe Sonia’s age - spoke to her.

Hi there. That was…a greeting in a place? Where was ‘there’? Tatiana wondered for a moment if the girl was speaking to someone behind her, but a quick glance over her shoulder revealed no obvious other person. Plus the girl was looking straight at her. Thinking…Quidditch? continued the girl, and Tatiana brightened at an understood message.

“Yes,” said Tatiana. “I think of that. I like flying.” She said all this relatively smoothly, though she hated that it was still slow and all short, simple sentences. She knew another construction for the last sentence - the 'to verb' construction - but it always felt so awkward to her because it did not really translate into Russian. “You are….” She searched for a word that would express what she was trying to ask. “Quidditch Directoritsa?” she tried, knowing the suffix was all wrong for English but hoping the message would get across.

  • In, and tagging potential recruits Ingrid Wolseithcrafte , Tue Sep 5 04:59
    It was hard to miss Sammy's notice, which Ingrid felt meant it was doing its job. She didn't understand all the comparisons their captain was making but it seemed to have already drawn in one first... more
    • Being tagged. — Tatiana Vorontsova, Tue Sep 5 19:06
      • Guess that makes you itIngrid, Wed Sep 6 09:26
        She'd drawn in the girl. And, more interestingly, she had said yes. Well, she had said 'yes,' to thinking about it, but it was surely just a few short steps from there to putting her name down. The... more
        • Yes, but what is 'it'?Tatiana, Wed Sep 6 14:44
          Cap-tan. That was it. Tatiana knew that word but hadn’t been able to think of it in a timely manner. She nodded to let Assistant Captain know she understood and would try to remember the right word... more
          • Tatyana Somethingy Somethingova. Ingrid seriously hoped the girl didn't mind first name basis, or that she wrote that exceedingly long collection of very foreign-sounding syllables onto the sign up... more
            • Yes, one of those could work.Tatiana, Fri Sep 15 13:06
              Tatiana blinked when Ingrid mentioned the village, then smiled in delight. “Yes, yes,” she said excitedly, putting her hands together and beaming at the older girl. “We say – Volshebnaya Derevnya.... more
              • GoodIngrid, Sun Sep 24 02:42
                "We learned about it I'm geography lessons growing up. I always thought it sounded interesting. I'd really like to travel more after I graduate," she explained when Tatiana asked whether she knew the ... more
                • I agree.Tatiana, Mon Sep 25 10:17
                  It struck Tatiana as slightly strange to consider her village as part of someone’s geography lesson. Of course, it was a notable location, with what she had been taught was an unusually high... more
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