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Katerina
Whatever he did is hardly my fault.
Wed Jul 25, 2018 13:41
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The look on Julius’ face let Katya know at once that she had somehow said something wrong, but it was only when he started talking that she became really concerned that she had somehow gotten English badly, badly wrong. She knew she had learned these phrases, that they were appropriate for small conversations with acquaintances who were not her intimate friends, but the amount of venom in his response was enough to almost make her doubt herself – almost. After a moment’s hesitation, it instead succeeded in making her indignant.

Katya had four older siblings, three of them sisters. She had shared a room with Tatya at home since they were old enough to be out of nursery. She had any number of cousins she saw on a somewhat regular basis. She was used to people shouting and pulling hair and tumbling – it was just something that happened when they were all growing up. She was not some shrinking flower to faint just because someone raised their voice. This, though, was not that; when she and Tatya had had fights, there was at least a reason, no matter how stupid they both admitted it had been later. No-one talked to her like this.

“I do nothing to you,” said Katya, much more coolly now. “You will not – angry speak to me.” The grammar was awkward, she could even tell it was awkward, but she knew she had gotten the imperative right, and that was the essential point. “I will not to you speak if you do not have the manners.”

There was a good deal more she could have said in Russian, but her vocabulary was not quite up to it in another language. Instead, she picked up a plate and selected a small tea sandwich, doing her best to not look affected even though she felt as though she were shaking now that she had stated her position. Had she done something wrong? She had studied Americans and English so carefully. She hadn’t even entirely understood him – what if he had not been as rude as she thought he had? Americans were wildly temperamental, after all, and also liars – the American smile. They smiled when they felt nothing, tricking people into thinking they were very kind when they were in fact no better, or even worse, than anyone else. Of course, that could hardly be called false kindness, his tone – she thought some things were nearly universal – but what if she had gotten it wrong? She wished Tatya was here.

  • It's my father who should be sorry.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 13:14
    Julius blinked at Katerina, unsure whether to take her question seriously or not. Maybe he was wrong in his assumption and she wasn't a Pureblood after all. Surely she wasn't attracted to the idea to ... more
    • Whatever he did is hardly my fault. — Katerina, Wed Jul 25 13:41
      • I never said it was.Julius Astley, Wed Jul 25 19:55
        The situation that Julius now found himself in wasn't an uncommon one. It wasn't the first time that he'd offended someone enough to cause them to snap back at him. Though, in Julius's mind, he felt... more
        • "I won't dignify that with a response," she responded.Katerina Vorontsov, Wed Jul 25 20:58
          She was not, Katya decided in the moments after Julius stormed off, going to give up wearing hats just yet, even if she concluded it was definitely not the custom of proper American young ladies.... more
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