Yes, but what is 'it'?
Wed Sep 6, 2017 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 now.

She really hoped she was not expected to spell her new friend’s name any time soon, because it was full of syllables Tatiana did not much use. She bowed slightly in return. “My name is Tatiana Andreyevna Vorontsova,” said Tatiana, her accent thickening as she said her name. “From Alaska,” she added, as this was apparently very important to people here. At home there could be multiple factions of families, too, but these were usually referred to by the patronymic from the first uncommon ancestor - Tatiana’s family were the Konstantinovichi, there were also the Vladimirovichi and the Mikhaelovichi. This made much more sense to her, but this was not her society.

‘Chicago’ was a thing Tatiana had heard of, but she connected it vaguely with some geography lessons she had not found very interesting. She liked looking at the maps of Asia and Africa and Russia and South America, imagining going on great expeditions and breaking curses on ancient tombs. In Mexico, she’d read they’d had cannibals fairly historically recently, so Tatiana was sure there must still be some tombs to break curses on there, and of course there were always the territories around Russia, the things that had been part of Russia before what people like Pradeduska still called ‘the unpleasantness’ and which Pradeduska blamed on the stariki, the ones younger people called Maglkrovi, who had overplayed their role. Tatiana had often played ‘adventurer in Azerbaijan' or ‘detective in Crimea’ and made Katya be the damsel in distress in the stories when she was younger. She had never played anything in Chicago and therefore could only hope it was a good thing that Ingrid Wolseithcrafte was from there.

“Eh…tak sebe,” said Tatiana, pretty sure her tone conveyed the meaning of the equivocation even if the girl didn’t understand the words.”I learn them, but sometimes I forget - I never play a game with all the peoples in it anyway. Not enough peoples,” she explained. “Only two sisters play, and one brother.” Anya’s chest was too weak to take much exercise anyway, and she lost her breath altogether if she went in the air at all, while Lyoshka was just a baby still. Sometimes Tatiana and her remaining siblings had cousins, usually Anastasiya and Elena and Rurik, to play with, but even then they could not make up the numbers for a full game, especially since Katya and Elena took the least excuse not to join in. This was far too much to explain, though, so Tatiana omitted it. “I catch a ball - sometimes big one, sometimes the little one. But I do not play...what we call ‘hunter’. Hits two balls with wood. You need anyone who catches other balls?”

  • 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
      • 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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