I pressed a latch and closed my eyes. My heartbeat started to slow down. I wasn’t late… which meant that I could continue with my education… and my language acquisition. Damn! Chilperic was especially tiresome today. Generally, he doesn’t grumble much… but today he was a true bore! He tried finding out where I spend my evenings.
‘Er versucht zu dahinterkommen!’ [German: He tries to unearth!]
I smiled at this thought. Anyway – I’m lucky! To get to have free practice with a native speaker… 24/7… How many people can boast that? I can! My teacher is watching TV… I hope the sound will not muffle his comments.
– Stumpfsinn! Wer so spielt?! [German: Hebetude! Who plays like that?!]
It’s a pity that I can’t write now… though I can hear the pronunciation perfectly.
– Sie schreiben Grabinschrift in diesem Augenblick! [German: They write an epitaph in this moment!]
No… it was not for nothing that I came to him the first night. Of course, he does have some problems with social adaptation and interpersonal relationships… but now I’m sure I will be able to pass my exam.
I adjusted my handcuffs… they are broken and slip down my wrists constantly… I spoiled my restraints the first evening. Wow! Our project is ‘Super force for Super dweebs’… Didn’t I say that yet? If you’ll remind me to explain I’ll narrate… later… Oh, Henry… I miss you!
I leaned against the radiator and continued to sweat over SWOT analysis.
‘Ich murre – Du murrst – Er murrt’ [German: I grumble – You grumble – He grumbles]
– Stop mumbling! Stop your fucking Geschwatz! [German: Verbiage] What do you do?
I bit my tongue. Breaking News started. My teacher was again the head-liner. I’ve heard this for the hundredth time now… A maniac… kidnaps girls… has German accent… be careful… call the police… Blah-blah-blah… I yawned.
While I was falling asleep near the radiator, I was imagining a surprised look on my sweet Chilperic… When he hears my German, he’ll be stupefied… I adore his stupid face in such moments! (to be continued)
by TETIANA ALEKSINA
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