Simon and Tatiana
So it seems.
Wed Dec 5, 2018 20:25

Simon was surprised by the level of pushback from the pair.

“Privately certainly,” said Simon, thinking fast. “But it’s distracting to everyone else when she’s jabbering out that loudly in class and the rest of us can hear but not understand. I don’t know how things are - wherever - but here, it’s rude.”

Tatiana stared at the Crotalus like an exotic carnivorous plant in Herbology - something slightly appalling, but so novel she couldn’t quite look away. No-one has ever spoken to her like this before - the closest she could think of was when Anton Petrovich sometimes mocked her errors, and that was different, he was teaching her. Mama did not speak English, but she didn’t snap at Grisha and Tatiana and Katya if they did - at most, if it went on too long, she might say “po-Russkii, pozhaluista,” but in good humor. This was new and Tatiana did not like it.

“Not my fault, you not smart to speak Russian,” said Tatiana, flushing as her English grammar deteriorated under stress and consequently somewhat undercut her point. “ Dorya, poidem kuda-nibud eshche,” she added, looking Simon dead in the eye as she deliberately put let’s go somewhere else into Russian.

Simon flushed. “I am at least smart enough to know which languages I do and don’t speak, Miss Vorontsov,” he snapped, feeling he had somehow lost ground and wanting it back. “Good luck with her, Montoir.”

  • Looks like it is two against oneDorian, Tue Dec 4 20:20
    Do you want to go to Teppenpaw? Subtext: I am uncomfortable here and wish to leave. Tatya, of course, had repeatedly demonstrated that she was thoroughly immune to such nuances - whether by virtue if ... more
    • So it seems. — Simon and Tatiana , Wed Dec 5 20:25
      • Voting with our feetDorian, Fri Dec 7 08:34
        Dorian had been raised in a household that spoke three languages, in varying combinations. He knew a lot about what was considered rude and what was not when deploying them. And he was not going to... more
        • And being baffled.Tatiana, Mon Dec 10 18:54
          Tatiana’s bravado lasted a moment longer than Dorian’s after they walked away. Then she turned to her friend, her pale eyes wide with hurt and confusion. “Ya ne ponimayu,” she said. I don’t... more
          • Some people are bafflingDorian, Wed Dec 12 08:45
            Once they were a suitable distance from Simon, Dorian slowed a little. When Tatya began talked he stopped. He turned gripping her shoulders and making sure she was looking at him properly. “You did... more
            • And boring.Tatiana, Thu Dec 13 20:21
              Tatiana was atypically silent as Dorian talked, explaining that she had not really done anything except - be. That the problem was, in fact, that she had spoken Russian, and that Simon was, in... more
              • And meanDorian, Fri Dec 14 09:22
                Dorian felt like his heart had just melted when Tatya declared the impossibility of anyone disliking him. He knew she tended towards hyperbole in her speech, but it still was such a sweet thought -... more
                • And not smart.Tatiana, Tue Dec 18 16:25
                  Tatiana relaxed as Dorian explained that Nathaniel Mordue could go another day without facing her wrath. She nodded absently at the comment that brothers could be very different. “This true,” she... more
                  • We're well shot of them thenDorian, Fri Dec 21 16:12
                    “Ya ponimayu,” Dorian nodded. Tatya’s explanation was not only laced with Russian but also analogy, and it was clear she was struggling to find words in a language that they shared to explain the... more
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