Tatiana Vorontsova
For whatever my opinion's worth.
Thu Aug 30, 2018 16:26

Bah, she had gotten the word wrong again. She knew it as soon as she heard Evelyn say the one she had wanted. At least, she thought, she could understand the question and the form within it now….

“Go to where it is warmer,” said Tatiana. “Sorry. We do that – in the summer we go away, some of the time. At home, we are not so far from – big ice, ice that’s always there, in winter, in summer. Ocean is always cold at home.”

Once, Grisha and his friend had dared each other to take a sleigh and go so far out of the village that they could see the glacier for themselves. Tatiana, overhearing, had promptly taken advantage of the opportunity to blackmail them into letting her come along with them, much to Grisha’s amusement – at least until his friend, less amused, had started muttering about how Grisha ought to teach Tatiana some manners, at which point Grisha had cheerfully informed him he could shut up or he could get knocked in the head right out of the sleigh. So they had gone, and to everyone’s surprise, and Tatiana’s fascinated delight, there had been a boat sailing about near them, a boat which appeared to be full of Magly. They had huddled on top of the highest point they could find, peering down through viewing lenses at the boat, wondering what made it go – a thing Tatiana had still not figured out. When she had gone to Juneau with Papa to figure things out about School, she had seen peculiar little boats with what looked like wings, but she assumed those were purely decorative, and anyway, the Magly could not fly and such little wings would not have held the boat up even if they had been able to flap and the boats had had Featherlight charms on them and nothing at all inside them.

“Me? I like skazka, povest’ - stories. You like what we name istoriya. My sister Katerina likes also. I will introduce you and her sometime,” decided Tatiana. “Or do you know Katerina now?”

  • I'm glad you think so.Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 11:42
    Evelyn was surprised at first to hear that Tatiana thought English was 'not as good as Russian' but then figured she had the right to think that. She also wasn't sure whether she meant the language... more
    • For whatever my opinion's worth. — Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 30 16:26
      • Quite a lot, I should imagine.Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 21:24
        "Glaciers!" Evelyn offered, excited. "That's the big ice that stays on the water all the time. I've only seen them in pictures, that must be amazing." And humbling. One reason Evelyn loved the ocean... more
        • I imagine there are those who would disagree.Tatiana Vorontsova, Sun Sep 9 19:38
          “Glash-sheer,” repeated Tatiana, committing the new word to memory when Evelyn provided the specific term for the big ice in English. “We say lednik . Thank you.” She was pleased to hear that Katya... more
          • Then they are not important.Evelyn Stones, Mon Sep 10 01:05
            Evelyn listened with a sort of silent awe as Tatiana spoke of her sister. That she used a nickname, Katya, was surprising enough, but that she spoke of her so kindly really got to Evelyn. She tried... more
            • That's a bit of a broad statement.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Sep 10 18:17
              Are you two close? Tatiana was more or less accustomed to the times when two words sounded or looked the same but meant nothing like the same thing in English, but sometimes individual words still... more
              • We decide who matters, might as well throw a wide net.Evelyn Stones, Wed Sep 12 01:40
                Evelyn thought Tatiana's face was particularly interesting to watch. It wasn't that the older Pecari was necessarily transparent, but she certainly wasn't hard to read either. Evelyn wondered what... more
                • Over those who do count or those who don't?Tatiana Vorontsova, Wed Sep 12 17:56
                  Tatiana shrugged, not sure what to make of the question about her parents. She knew she understood all the words in the sentence, that wasn’t the problem, it was just…She didn’t know exactly what it... more
                  • Both, I think.Evelyn Stones, Fri Sep 21 15:09
                    Evelyn wasn't sure what she thought of Tatiana's explanation. It seemed odd to have to visit a parent, and she wasn't sure if Tatiana's idea of 'party' was quite the same as her own. Tatiana herself... more
                    • That works.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Sep 24 16:19
                      Tatiana thought she understood the gist of Evelyn’s problem, though the philosophical angle was one she’d find it difficult to discuss even in her own language. In English…she had no idea if she... more
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