Tatiana Vorontsova
With daylight, too!
Wed Nov 1, 2017 13:52

Tatiana had experienced mixed emotions on leaving home for reasons other than hating to leave her family before her name’s day was even past, and these had mostly to do with the weather. On the one hand, in Arizona, the sun would shine for more than four hours a day even now, in the depths of winter. On the other hand, in Arizona, would it really be winter at all? Having more light in winter was pleasant, but having temperatures high enough that frostbite was no concern had seemed bizarre even before she’d gone home and become accustomed to normal weather again.

As the wagon drew closer to the school, though, she couldn’t swear to it, but she thought the Gardens looked distinctly…white! She held her breath as they landed, then darted out as quickly as she could without tripping over anyone (trampling anyone was an impossibility; it was Katya that Papa teased by saying she was small and light enough to float away like the Snow Maiden when that illustrious parsonage traveled with her Grandfather Frost, but Tatiana was not much bigger) and smiled in delight to find snow on the ground. Natural weather – but not so bad she need worry about freezing so long as she stayed reasonably active and wore gloves – and sunlight. This was great!

It seemed she was not the only one who thought so, either. She would have had no clue what Jasmine said to her – well, beyond do you think and around - before the holidays, but Anton Petrovich had taken advantage of his pupils’ impatience to go play when it was light enough to do so to give them a lesson on English winter-words over the holiday. Therefore, she knew that Jasmine was – probably – talking about sani.

“Must, if they have winter,” said Tatiana, only a little less excitedly than Jasmine had. “Where’s Xavier? He will know.” Tatiana kicked a lump of snow experimentally. “Maybe he will help make – big!” She held a hand above her own head to hopefully indicate what she meant for the moment before the word she wanted came to her. “Snow mountain!”

  • Jasmine had lived in the southern half of California for as far back as she could remember. Her parents’ ranch had seen snow before, but she could count on one hand the number of times she had seen... more
    • With daylight, too! — Tatiana Vorontsova, Wed Nov 1 13:52
      • Tracks in the snowJasmine, Wed Nov 1 15:43
        Jasmine had been a bit taken aback the first few times she had heard Tatiana’s accented and somewhat uncertain English, but as the days of their acquaintance had turns to weeks and then months, she... more
        • These boots are made for walking.Tatiana, Thu Nov 2 13:06
          Trak . That meant, evidently, what a shoe made in snow. Tatiana noted this; absorbing vocabulary from any source she felt reasonably sure of was such a habit now that she didn’t even think about it... more
          • These boots . . . are notJasmine, Fri Nov 3 10:05
            "Poidem!" Jasmine declared cheerfully, repeating the word she could only assume meant "let's go" in Russian. She had no expectation she'd remember it even five minutes from now, but for now, she... more
            • That is unfortunate.Tatiana, Fri Nov 3 12:48
              Tatiana was dreadfully confused at first by Jasmine’s attempt to explain where she had obtained her pretty (if not very weather-appropriate-looking) boots. Had she gotten them from Professor Nash or... more
              • Jasmine nodded and smiled, pleased to know that Tatiana celebrated Christmas, too. She loved Christmas and she always felt a little sad when she found out somebody didn't get the joy of getting a lot ... more
                • It's a crying shame.Tatiana, Mon Nov 6 13:34
                  Tatiana smiled in pleasure when Jasmine said she did like Tatiana’s earrings. “Thank you,” she said politely. Earring s - that was the English plural, which was logical, as earrings came in pairs, or ... more
                  • I have tearsJasmine, Tue Nov 7 10:11
                    Oh, Alaska. Jasmine pictured a land that consisted of nothing but snow and ice, and maybe a few igloos. Definitely colder than here. She shook her head apologetically when she didn’t recognize the... more
                    • I have...very little shame, anyway.Tatiana, Tue Nov 7 21:09
                      “Not mine also,” said Tatiana when Jasmine, with what sounded like regret, admitted that geography was not her best subject. “Me – I…mostly know where is California.” She also knew where Arizona was, ... more
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