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Alec Troven ([personal profile] little_troven) wrote in [community profile] alternativewriting2012-08-22 12:57 pm
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Alec had joined Andrew at his office after school and had been working quietly on his homework. He'd been with the man for a little over a year now and this had become part of the school day routine. After all Andrew wasn't going to leave his office and work to watch over him at home, and he could do his homework here just as easily as he could do it there.

He'd slipped out of the room to go to the bathroom a few minutes before and now his voice was heard coming back. It was excited and animated, discussing the Minotaur myth - Alec had discovered Greek Mythology which fed his monster obsession quite nicely - with someone. He'd also discovered Alexander the Great at the same time and so had, in that way he did, completely replaced all the Greek Heroes with Alexander the Great. Which is why Alexander the Great was the one who was in the labyrinth searching for the monster.

The odd thing about the conversation was that he was speaking in English and broken Russian. He'd never spoken Russian before, though he had admitted knowing a little.

The door opened and Alec walked in leading an older man. The man's hair was white and his eyes bright blue. He was old enough that his skin looked like it was papered on to the man's body. Dressed in clothing similar to that of the Old Country, he was listening to the boy quite intently. The sort of intentness that came from having known the child for several years as opposed to some random stranger Alec had accosted in the office.

"And this is Andrew Ryan, he's really nice and has been letting me live with him since dad and Wolf died," Alec said as he completely entered the room. The sentence, again, was in the broken Russian and English.

In perfect Russian, the man said, "A pleasure to meet you, I am Lukas Salnikov, Sasha's godfather. I apologize for taking so long to come here."
rianofski: (And all is undone)

[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Andrew hadn't been expecting anyone to come into his office today, though perhaps that had been a false hope. People usually seemed to see fit to bother him at all kinds of inconvenient hours, and today, it appeared that not only was he destined to be bothered, he was going to be bothered by someone Alec had dragged in to his office.

He appraised the man coldly, taking in his appearance, nodding at him politely but with no particular interest. When the man spoke to him in Russian, however, he responded in impeccable English, English that he was clearly trying to remove even the slightest trace of Russian accent from. Though he had been in the United States for nearly twenty years now, he still had to consciously control his accent. Apparently, when faced with someone Russian, it was even more motivation to avoid his accent.

"Good afternoon, Mr. Salnikov. I was unaware that Alec had a godfather."
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:22 pm (UTC)(link)
"I asked him at the time if there was anyone he could stay with. He said no. I wasn't inclined to play some sort of ridiculous guessing game that would inquire about any potential relation. His answer was enough for me."

Andrew steadfastly refuses to switch to Russian, which is mostly out of sheer stubbornness, and he writes a fair amount of his notes and documents in Russian out of habit. It's not as though he's out of practice.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
"Alec, please take your homework in the other room," Andrew says, giving Alec that I will hear no arguments about this issue face that Alec is probably so familiar with by this time.

"Now, Mr. Salnikov, please explain why you're here and what you want."
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"As you can see, the boy is doing just fine," Andrew replied, suspicious of this man and his intentions, and even more irritated that he refused to speak to Andrew in English. What had all the years of English lessons and speech classes been for if someone just wanted to speak Russian to him in this country, too?

"It was hardly a secret that I took Alec in."
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:45 pm (UTC)(link)
It entirely depended where in Russia the other man was from, because much to Andrew's chagrin, near his hometown, his goings on were definitely news. He appeared in the paper there more than he'd ever wanted to, due to his success.

"And now you've seen him, he's doing well, attending school, and eating all of his vegetables. Will there be anything else?" His tone is distinctly sarcastic, because he doesn't like being called Andrei by anyone who doesn't know him.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"I have time for whatever I choose to make time for."

Needless to say, he chooses to make time for Alec. In a sense.

"Are you trying to insinuate that you're interested in adopting the boy?"
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 08:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"Legally speaking, we have an equal claim. The godparent relationship is a relic of the past, a relic of a time when a godparent could be expected to be responsible for their godchild's religious upbringing. Alec has no need of a religious upbringing, nor does he have any need to live in Russia, much less visit."

Andrew is not happy with the idea, obviously. Not at all.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 09:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"His parents came to the United States for more opportunities. Opportunities that they clearly didn't believe they could find there. Furthermore, his parents are dead, which renders the whole discussion of their hypothetical thoughts moot."
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"I hate to be trite, but Alec is happy here. Do you really think uprooting him again would be in his best interest, or do you simply want to prove to me that you somehow have some knowledge of what would be good for him?"

Andrew's simmering with barely contained rage now.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"And I can offer him greater things. He will have a better life with me. How dare you waltz into the office and demand to take my... the child, as though you have any right to do so?"

It's partially selfishness. He's not going to let a year of raising Alec go to waste.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"He is my legal ward, and I treat him as such." Yes, he's completely dodging the question, but he's certainly not going to answer in the affirmative, even if his slip was obvious even to himself.

As he continues to speak, however, he switches to speaking in Russian, eyes narrowed. "You're certainly old enough to remember the Russian Revolution, Mr. Salnikov. I left Russia because I wanted no part of a socialist world. I will not allow another child to be raised in the Russian ways, whether they be communist or not, exposed to superstition, taught that being a parasite is better than hard work... I can provide Alec with a bright future. No offense to your generation--" Although he obviously totally doesn't care for it -- "But he needs what I can give him, not what you can give him."

Though he rarely speaks it, his Russian is fluent and he seems to remember it better than someone who had totally avoided it for years.
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 10:10 pm (UTC)(link)
"One who lives off the system, who takes what the government offers them but does not work hard for their own benefit. One who considers communism to be a valid way of running a society. One who lets the government control and censor them because it is easier than thinking for oneself. I was appalled, and am appalled, by how much of that I saw in Russia."
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[personal profile] rianofski 2012-08-22 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Andrew looks extremely offended, and slightly angry. "I came from nothing. No money, no prospects, no title, nothing," he practically spits, his Russian harsh and cold, "My entire family was killed by the revolutionaries. You know nothing about me."

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