And being baffled.
Mon Dec 10, 2018 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 understand. Dorian often heard these words, though she tried not to even say them in Russian around many other people in general. It was safe with Dorya though; he wouldn’t assume she was incapable of understanding just because she happened not to understand right now. “What I did? Why he say I - “ she struggled to find a word in any language she knew to summarize, as Simon had never actually called her anything. It had all just been...implied. The hostility specifically toward her had seemed unmistakable to her, but she doubted she could point to anything actually wrong if she had been the sort to go whining to an adult about her little troubles.

“It sound to me as if he say I am - mauvais personne - but does not say?” She tried, but then ran into the problem again - being unable to figure out what the original problem had been. The thing he and Dorian had been on about had been speaking Russian, but why would he assume she was a bad person because she spoke Russian? It was frustrating not to understand what someone was saying, she knew this well, but she didn’t get angry with specific people for speaking English, especially if they weren’t even speaking to her. Plus he had acted like he thought she was going to hex him in the back. “But why? Chto ya sdelal?” What did I do?

  • 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
      • 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
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            • 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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