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Thu Aug 17, 2017 22:44

Tatiana tried to work out if this one had a patronymic or not. She finally decided it didn’t much matter. They were both children, which meant it was acceptable for them to call each other ‘Tatiana’ and ‘Gar-ee.’ Papa said being old enough to go to school meant she was old enough not to automatically allow people to call her Tanya or Tatya, though, so she would have to get to know these people better before she gave them permission….

It occurred to her, belatedly, that she didn’t even know if Americans used names the way she did. She knew they had no patronymics, but did they really use their full names all the time? What would such names as she’d heard today even reduce to?

She was distracted from this worry, however, by puzzlement over what Gary said. She frowned, trying to parse it and failing. “These parts?” she repeated. “What parts?” Parts were what her diamond earrings were, fractions. She was not around any parts that she could see…at least not that made sense in the question, anyway, she thought, looking around. She was one of the parts of the class, there were parts of plants and rocks around, and of course all the people and their things and everything else was made up of parts, but of course she was around those. All the parts were around each other, including him. She had a feeling she was missing something, some definition of the word ‘parts’ that Anton Petrovich had never taught her.

  • Sugar is good.Gary Harper, Thu Aug 17 16:52
    Gary was grinning like a fool when the flying wagons landed on the school grounds. That ride was awesome! He'd never really though about what kind of magical transportation wizards would use.... more
    • I'm glad you agree. — Tatiana, Thu Aug 17 22:44
      • Rumors abound about the perils of excess thoughGary Harper, Sat Aug 19 07:23
        Tatiana's response gave Gary pause for a moment, then he remembered the part of the professor's speech about language assistance for those not fluent in English. Maybe Tatiana wasn't a native English ... more
        • Eh, you only live once.Tatiana, Sat Aug 19 17:23
          The second iteration of Gary’s question made more sense. Tatiana filed away this new meaning of parts - shorthand for ‘parts of the country’. She nodded her understanding. “I come from Alaska,” said... more
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