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It's a crying shame.
Mon Nov 6, 2017 13:34

Tatiana smiled in pleasure when Jasmine said she did like Tatiana’s earrings. “Thank you,” she said politely. Earrings - that was the English plural, which was logical, as earrings came in pairs, or at least hers did. Tatiana had never lost an earring that she could remember, and she was proud of that.

One of the problems with speaking with English-speakers who spoke in long sentences was that English sentences were often – backward, sort of, organizing the sentences differently. Luckily, there were some words she knew well in Jasmine’s speech and she got the general gist just from the other girl’s gestures and context. She was clearly not speaking, for instance, about them being in a dessert, a sweet dish served after food; that would be silly. Context was a beautiful thing.

“Cold at home, yes,” said Tatiana. “Home is Alaska – Volshebnaya Derevnya. Do you know it?” Tatiana had been surprised when her village was occasionally something other people had heard of, so it couldn’t hurt to ask. “At home, it’s already dark now,” she added. “I like this – we see snow, but it is light more often.” She thought about geography. “California – that is beside the ocean, too, yes? But south. It dark in the winter days there too?”

  • 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
      • 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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