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Tatiana
These boots are made for walking.
Thu Nov 2, 2017 13:06
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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 consciously as she did it. She nodded.

“Yes, maybe,” she said. “Poidem - we go!” she amended.

Delachene sounded to her like a French surname, but Tatiana had learned to tell English-speakers enough apart to tell that Jasmine’s accent was nothing like Dorian’s, and flipping through her Russian-English dictionary at random one day had revealed that it was not a coincidence that ‘Jasmine’ sounded like zhasmin, a sweet-smelling little white flower. Tatiana’s best guess was that Jasmine’s family had been French long ago, but now thought of themselves as English. She felt surer of her second assumption about Jasmine, which was that the other girl was well-to-do. The things she wore to flying class were bizarre, and her jewelry was quieter than Tatiana’s own, but said jewelry looked real enough and all her clothes were clearly well-made. Even at the moment, when they were clearly too light for the weather, they were flattering to her.

“Your boots is pretty,” said Tatiana as they followed the tracks. Her own were, she knew, not so much; they were not ugly, but they were definitely plain, somewhat thick brown ones, thick-soled and more functional than anything. However, she had on her nice new gloves that Babushka had sent her and a fetching hat, so she did not feel she was at a serious disadvantage in the sartorial games.

  • 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
      • 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
                  • No need for tears now. It’s time to sled!Jasmine , Wed Nov 8 09:28
                    Jasmine smiled back, feeling an odd kinship with the Russian-speaking girl (being from Alaska, Jasmine guessed Tatiana wasn’t technically Russian) as she admitted she was also lousy at geography. It... more
                    • Poidem (Let's go)!Tatiana, Wed Nov 22 21:51
                      Tatiana’s eyebrows lifted slightly in surprise when she heard that Jasmine had never gone sledding before. This seemed very sad to her, though she wasn’t sure she should say so to Jasmine – perhaps... more
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