Evelyn Stones
Quite a lot, I should imagine.
Thu Aug 30, 2018 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 was because everyone-- even her father-- was small and powerless in the face of that great expanse of water. And water was so important to drink. Something that can be good for people is also very dangerous for them and that's why it was so important to be good to each other. People and water were both important and both very dangerous.

Glaciers were much bigger than people and they still seemed so small on the ocean. If that wasn't a humbling experience, what in the world could be? She thought the older student would either not understand and think Evelyn was crazy, or understand very well and begin a conversation Evelyn wasn't sure she was ready to have just yet.

In any case, Tatiana continued and she didn't have to worry about it for long.

It was a bit hard to follow her when she used Russian words, not least of all because Evelyn wasn't sure where one word stopped and the next began. She wanted to try out pronouncing the type of book Tatiana said Evelyn liked but she was sure it would be terrible so she just smiled. She had a brief moment where she wondered how people approach books differently when their languages labeled them differently. Again though, the topic changed before Evelyn found herself utterly stuck in her mental rabbit hole.

"I haven't met her yet I don't think," Evelyn replied about Katerina. She was pretty sure she would have remembered. Then she thought of the girl with the Hat Full of Secrets at orientation and wondered whether she and Ness had managed to stumble upon this very kind Pecari's little sister. "Does she wear gloves often?" Evelyn asked, deciding that does she keep all her secrets in a big hat? would be inappropriate. "I think I remember her from orientation!"

  • For whatever my opinion's worth.Tatiana Vorontsova, Thu Aug 30 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 ... more
    • Quite a lot, I should imagine. — Evelyn Stones, Thu Aug 30 21:24
      • 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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