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Dorian (and Professor Skies)
Please, Merlin, no
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:31

Dorian took a moment to process Tatya’s first remark, and in that time Professor Skies had come over. So by the time he realised Tatya had said I want to go home, the teacher was already there and there wasn’t much he could do except feel his heart break a little bit for his friend. It had been hard on everyone missing out on their Christmas holidays, of course, but he tended to think he and Tatya had suffered more than most - they were both very close with their families (or certain members of them) and, unlike many students, had no relatives here at school. And they were both lost in a foreign language here. He knew how much she looked forward to speaking her own language again because he felt it too. They had been hurt on multiple levels by the separations, in ways that others couldn’t understand.

He had assumed that Tatya would speak English with their teacher and was thus caught off guard by the continuation of her speech in Russian, and the speed at which it was delivered. He recognised the difference between Tatya talking to herself and Tatya talking to others, and this was definitely the former - he was pretty sure Professor Skies was not secretly fluent in Russian, or that Tatya would have been able to keep anyone being so a secret, she would have been too excited. Even though he didn’t think Tatya expected him to follow, he did his best to try. He definitely hoped the Professor understood less than he did, because he was pretty sure the word ‘angry’ had been used, and that English had been called some variety of stupid.
Selina pursed her lips. It wasn’t the first time she had been on the receiving end of a burst of frustrated Russian but she couldn’t say she particularly appreciated it. Temper was one of Tatiana’s worse qualities, and was one she really needed to master now that she was no longer a child. Between that and the ostentatious jewellery, Selina had the impression that she was rather spoilt. Still, she was well aware that further irritating someone who had just set something on fire was probably not in her own best interests, and so she merely raised her eyebrows at Tatiana and looked Not Particularly Impressed until she had calmed down enough to switch to English, and at least had the good grace to apologise.

“That’s alright,” she nodded, in response to the apology, although Tatiana was then back into- no, it was French this time. “I’ll leave you to it,” she added to them both, as the majority of the remarks were being made to Dorian, she took that to be the answer to her question of whether Tatiana wanted anything specific from her or just to talk it out with her friend.

“De rien,” he acknowledged her apology, “Et oui, je sais,” he added, regarding the fact that English difficult was.

“Tatya idi domoy… soon,” he reassured her. He wanted to hug her properly because he felt so sorry for her, but as they were in class he just settled for a reassuring hand on her shoulder. “Vidite sem'yu soon. Émilie et wǒde mama me manque aussi,” he added, slipping from Russian into French as he found himself lacking the vocabulary, and into Chinese as he almost always did when speaking about his mother, or things associated with her.

“Angliskii glup - no Tatya ne glup,” he encouraged, falling into the trap of copying her adjective exactly, even though it required a different ending when referring to her, “So, Tatya will win against English.”

OOC - Dorian’s word endings are deliberately mangled in Russian. ‘Tatya go home soon’ ‘See family soon.’ ‘I miss Émilie and my mother too.’ ‘English stupid - but Tatya not stupid.’

  • Normally, hearing Russian was enough to improve Tatiana’s mood by itself – partially for the familiarity, and partially for the thought that her friends cared enough to specifically make the effort... more
    • Please, Merlin, no — Dorian (and Professor Skies), Fri Jun 29 10:31
      • It’s probably inevitable.Tatiana , Sat Jun 30 23:04
        Dorian putting his hand on her arm had never occurred to Tatiana as a remotely strange or noteworthy thing for him to do, and him putting a hand on her shoulder did not register as much more... more
        • Can I be elsewhere where it happens?Dorian, Mon Jul 2 08:12
          “Merci,” he smiled, when Tatya complimented him on being a good friend. Dorian always tended to look slightly surprised by the compliments he received, but also very touched, and it was one of the... more
          • Doubt it.Tatiana, Mon Jul 2 16:45
            “It just says it all not-same,” grumbled Tatiana, glaring and waving toward the word on the board. “Not like always, or like we do – glupyi letters.” Nothing to do, though, but try again, and try to... more
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