Some people are baffling
Wed Dec 12, 2018 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 nothing wrong,” he told her firmly and clearly. He wished he could leave it at that, make it that nice and simple, but he knew that Tatya would keep wondering what had just happened. He recognised the feelings she was having right now. He had had them too. He still did sometimes, though they were generally angrier these days. Why did some people just have to be horrible? Why was this happening to him? Why, why, why? He still wondered sometimes what he had done, but much more on the scale of why the universe was treating him like that than an individual person. The answer to the latter was simple, much as he hated to be the one to tell it to Tatya.

“Some people are just unkind. Especially when someone is different than they are. Different languages. Different skin. Different… whatever way. It does not mean - it does not ever, ever mean - that you did something wrong. Any problem he has… It is his problem. That he is… thin-minded?” he grasped for a phrase in English, not sure if they expressed the concept in the same way, “Keeps out what is unfamiliar. Is ignorant. And rude. His opinion is unimportant.”

  • 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 baffling — Dorian, Wed Dec 12 08:45
      • 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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