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Dorian Montoir, Teppenpaw
Mignonne petite duvet-souffle
Wed Mar 7, 2018 07:45

Dorian was a little put off by the presence of an unfamiliar face at the front of the classroom. He didn’t have particularly strong feelings one way or the other about Professor Taransay as a person, but he generally liked the familiar. He liked to know how his professors talked, what things they accepted and did not accept, how critical they would be of his English… He wasn’t entirely sure why they had Professor Philpott today, and wasn’t sure whether this was because it hadn’t been explained or because he hadn’t understood. He didn’t seem to be saying that he was their new teacher though, so Dorian supposed this to be a temporary arrangement. Hopefully that meant Professor Taransay would be back soon rather than they would get another new teacher.

Their task for the day was to care for puffskeins and pygmy puffs, and try to work out what they liked best. That sounded reasonably good fun. He quite liked the little creatures. Perhaps, in the long term, he would have got bored, if they didn’t prove to display any particular intelligence or other interesting assets, but for now he was more than interested in playing with them. He made his way over to Tatya, feeling like it had been a while since they had worked together. In some of the more in depth discussion classes, it wasn’t always practical, because neither of them could explain everything adequately enough, but in a class like this, he thought it would be fine – in fact, in some ways, their mutual difficulties with English helped; everything they would need to discuss today was a simple concept, and he and Tatya were both bound to keep it that way, and not start getting the other one lost by using unnecessarily long and technical terms.

“Hello,” he smiled. “Yes, I like,” he agreed. He reached out, stroking the little ball of fluff Tatya was holding. “Salut petite fěnpū,” he greeted it, switching languages midsentence as he found a gap where the French word should have been. It happened sometimes, especially for words that were associated with his mother or her activities, that he only knew them in Chinese. The little fluffy brush that sat on a lady’s dressing table, used to apply her blusher, was such a word. He often talked to the animals they worked with in a mixture of languages, though predominantly French, it because it was the way he felt most relaxed, and being relaxed around animals was usually a generally desirable quality in maintaining their equilibrium. “Tu es mignonne, huh? Petite duvet-souffle,” he added. He wasn’t sure whether they had a different name in French, so was just running through all the most suitably soft and fluffy sounding words he could find.

“Yes, probable,” he nodded, when Tatya suggested it would like cloth for a bed, “But we can maybe take two or three and it is choosing. Then we know for sure?” he suggested.

  • I don't know, they could be good company.Tatiana Vorontsova, Pecari, Tue Mar 6 12:51
    Tatiana normally only gave a cursory glance over the front of a class on her way into it, noting that everything was more or less the way it had been the last time she left a room without even... more
    • Mignonne petite duvet-souffle — Dorian Montoir, Teppenpaw, Wed Mar 7 07:45
      • It's so sweet and cuddly.Tatiana, Wed Mar 7 15:23
        Tatiana didn’t understand every word that Dorian said to the puffskein, but the general idea was easy enough to pick up and she smiled, too, as he petted the little creature in her hands. “Souffle?”... more
        • I guess it takes after me thenDorian, Thu Mar 8 07:32
          “Ey! Je ne le ferais pas non plus,” he protested, more aiming his remarks at the Puffskein, who a) was the one that needed to be told that he would not do this either and b) needed exposure to... more
          • Tatiana grinned at Dorian as he protested that souffles were not necessarily sweet, citing one made of cheese. “Someday I give you paskha, Dorya,” said Tatiana. “C’est fromage sucré, et ochen’... more
            • I think he gets his stubbornness from youDorian, Thu Mar 15 09:11
              “Ok ok,” he agreed, as Tatya threw together a fusion of food-related words, “Stop describe and just feed me. Et bien sûr, on peut manger quelque fromage avec les chose sucré… Brie avec des... more
              • Not to mention beauty and brains, right?Tatiana, Sat Apr 14 20:53
                Tatiana patted her friend’s shoulder sympathetically when he began reminiscing about foods he would rather be eating. She did not really over much like French cheeses, but she quite understood... more
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