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Tatiana Vorontsova, Pecari
Here's to childishness.
Mon Mar 5, 2018 23:00

Dueling was not, at home, something Tatiana thought she would ever use. She was, after all, a girl, which meant that someday she would be a woman, which meant she would never get to do much of anything interesting enough to end in a duel at all.

Over the summer, Mama had gone to some pains to talk a lot about this - not about dueling specifically, or even about Tatiana specifically, but about the duties and obligations of a proper grown-up Russian lady. Tatiana blamed Rodya. Anya was already seventeen, but a young man was a much more significant step toward adulthood. If she married him, Anya would in an instant lose the right to be Anya in private and only a proper grown-up Russian lady in public - as a wife, she would be expected to devote her life to her husband and, later, to their children. The more Mama talked about how love for the family must mean giving up giving up one’s own interests, the more Tatiana had really hoped never to grow up.

This, of course, was impossible, unless she died, which she did not really want to do either. She tried to take what comfort she could in the thought that she did not have to grow up just yet. At Sonora, she might not even ever have to grow up - she could hardly, after all, marry any of the boys here, they were not Russian, so what did it matter if they thought her unladylike? She was pleased, in a way, to hear it was the start of the dueling unit just because it was such an unladylike thing to do, and yet the girls were expected to do it right alongside and as well as the boys.

Pr - oh - oh - tay - go ahchoo, Tatiana sounded out in her head. She was not overly pleased with having to take the passive role - this was something Mama would probably approve of a girl knowing, and plus, she couldn’t say she’d rather have a snotty nose if the choice was between having one and giving one. Still, the idea of performing a spell almost as well as an Intermediate student now, when it wasn’t even midterm, appealed to her, too - she still had bursts of accidental magic from sheer frustration with how hard it was to enunciate some of the incantations, though not so bad as it had been in her first year. Now, though, it was imperative that she get it right, lest she look incompetent in front of one of the first years.

Finding one, she smiled. Diamond stud earrings sparkled in her ears, but she had removed her usual necklaces in anticipation of a vigorous class. “Hello,” she said, her English clearly Russian-accented even on a single word. “I am Tatiana, a second year. You are a first year? You need partner?”

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