That is unfortunate.
Fri Nov 3, 2017 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 ‘Uncle Daniel’? Before she could come up with any really interesting theories for why Jasmine could not settle on a story, though, the situation was made marginally clearer to her – Daniel Nash the Second was Uncle Daniel and, presumably, also Professor Nash.

“I see,” said Tatiana, hoping she followed it all correctly. She supposed the professors must have first names and families, but it rarely occurred to her – they used their titles and surnames to speak to her and that was how she thought of them. Now that she thought of it, she wasn’t sure she remembered what Anton Petrovich’s family name was at home, either – he was simply Anton Petrovich to her.

“Yes,” said Tatiana when asked about her family’s holidays, reminding herself of the word celebrate - she wasn’t sure she could have pulled it out of her memory at need, or recognized it completely out of context, which meant she needed a refresher there. “We do.” She pointed to her ear. “Mama and Papa give me this,” she said, indicating a hoop earring of gold filigree. “Babushka – the mama of my mama - give me glov-es.” She caught herself before she scrambled her English and Russian pluralization and felt inordinately proud of herself.

  • 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
      • 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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