Abstract from novel Meeting with the dream
‘And I noticed, Olya, the floor in the hallway is squeaking, too. These are my practical observations so far’, said Vasya, completely ignoring my polite attempts to stop that inappropriate spectacle called “hell of a thing”, since I had no other idea how to name that impudent high-handed foray into my private domain. ‘Vasya, let’s leave in peace the doors and the floors. Please, do me a favour today,’ I pleadingly asked my friend, since I didn’t care a lot about all those small imperfections of my home, in which I felt quite at ease. Moreover, by nature I tend to leave no stone unturned when it comes to languages, literature, self-development and work in general, but the material things have never been of truly big importance for me. Even in my past family life that was me who used to leave socks, T-shirts and jeans kicking around rather than my husband. He only sighed from time to time, knowing it was one of those “take-it-or-leave-it” things, so he decided upon a correct strategy of let-alone and as a positive bonus also indulged himself to scatter his wires, ear-phones and mugs not only on the tables of the rooms, but on the window sills as well. With me it was fine.
In the vigorous stream of my thoughts and memories I’d spent not more than a minute, since, all of a sudden, I noticed the waiting look of my counterpart, so I firmly said: ‘Vasya, let’s get down business. We’re here to practice and improve your command of English. If you want, let it be, I’m happy to hear all your picky comments about my apartment and its possible refining, but in English. In English you’re highly welcome, my dear! Pick holes, groan and moan all you want!’ and I charmingly grinned at Vasya. ‘Olga! It’s not fair! But fine-fine. Don’t look at me angrily. I can me too pushy...
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