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It’s probably inevitable.
Sat Jun 30, 2018 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 intimate. They were friends – it was natural that one of them should try to comfort the other if the first was upset. And so she didn’t think twice about putting her hand over his and giving it an appreciative squeeze, any more than she would have thought twice about holding hands with Katya on a walk.

“Merci, Dorya,” said Tatiana wearily. “Tu bon ami.”

Something about his statement about his mother and Émilie nagged at her - there was something off about it, besides the shift between French and Chinese. Émilie et his mama - no Papa and the brother? Tatiana knew he was closest to those relatives - but while Tatiana shared her room and toys and tutor and jewels with Katya, she missed Anya and Sonia, too, and, of course, Mama and Papa and both brothers. Maybe he just meant he missed them most and had gotten lost in languages - or she had missed an implication because neither of the languages was her own.

“Tu verre ta maman a bientot, aussi,” said Tatiana, inadvertently confusing the future tense of ‘to see’ with the noun for a drinking glass.

She smiled a little when he assured her that she was smarter than English. “Nous sommes boleye intelligents,” she corrected him, starting in French before switching to Russian for the superlative and then back to French. “My vyigraem.” We will win.

OOC: Tatiana’s French deliberately off - ‘tu bon ami’ would literally be ‘you good friend’ (she’s speaking French with Russian grammar, literally translating the Russian expression of the same sentiment word-for-word) and she tries to say “You’ll see your mother soon as well” but confuses ‘tu verras’ (verb expression, “you’ll see”) with ‘verre’ (glass).

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    • It’s probably inevitable. — Tatiana , Sat Jun 30 23:04
      • Can I be elsewhere where it happens?Dorian, Mon Jul 2 08:12
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        • Doubt it.Tatiana, Mon Jul 2 16:45
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