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These boots . . . are not
Fri Nov 3, 2017 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 enjoyed knowing one Russian word.

As they followed the tracks that may or may not belong to Professor Xavier, Jasmine rubbed her hands together to keep her finger from getting too cold. She beamed with pleased pride as Tatiana noticed her boots and complimented them. Her budding mental complaints that they were pinching her toes and not nearly insulated enough for walking around in the snow with them evaporated under the praise.

"Oh, thank you. I got them for Christmas," she told Tatiana. "Uncle Daniel - er, Professor Nash, er, Uncle Daniel," she stumbled, not entirely sure which name to use for her uncle, since he'd given her the boots in the role of her uncle, but Tatiana knew him only as the DADA professor, so Jasmine wasn't sure whether to refer to him by his familial name or professional one. She decided to split the difference and just use his full name. "Daniel Nash the Second gave them to me." Then she figured it would probably be helpful to explain why Daniel Nash the Second was giving her Christmas gifts, just in case her verbal waffling hadn't made it obvious. "He's my uncle."

A thought occurred to her and she asked curiously, "Do you celebrate Christmas, too?"

  • 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 not — Jasmine, Fri Nov 3 10:05
      • 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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