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Having Fun! / Re: A New AU fic - title, ideas, help with accuracy?
« on: October 20, 2017, 06:35:42 PM »
Sounds like you're having fun making this.

Having Fun! / Re: A New AU fic - title, ideas, help with accuracy?
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:23:18 AM »
Quite a good cast you've assembled here.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: October 20, 2017, 12:22:27 AM »
Chopping wood for the fire.

Problem is, Russia currently has a de facto Tsar. 

I can't see the House of Putin giving up all the perks it has.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: October 15, 2017, 02:51:21 PM »
Another nice picture.

Having Fun! / Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« on: October 12, 2017, 11:23:16 PM »
On the Standart...

Sam: Upset. I don't understand. What's happening?
Maria: Are you sure Gavriil said that he wasn't coming back?
Sam: Yeah, he made that painfully clear.
Tatiana: Why would he want to run away like that?
Sam:  He didn't say.  All he said was that he loved me, but that he was leaving and not coming back.  Makes a decision.  I have to go back to Russia.  I have to try and find him.
Nicholas:  Of course, I'll order the captain to turn the Standart around and then...
Sam:  No, you have to go to London, all of you.  You owe George that much.
Anastasia:  Well, then, Sam, how do you plan on getting back to Russia.  You can't just pop there, like you used to be able to.
Sam:  No, but the Standart has lifeboats.  I'll take one of them and row back.
Olga:  Sam, at this distance, it will take you almost a day to get back.
Sam:  Then I better get started then.

Soon, Sam is in one of the lifeboats, ready to go.  Provisions are being loaded aboard the lifeboat...

Kole:  Sam, you can't be serious about this.
Sam:  I am, Kole.
Kole:  Well, then there is only one option.  Gets into the lifeboat with Sam.  I'm coming with you.
Sam:  Kole...
Kole:  Sam, you're going to need help getting back.  You can't row all the way back to Russia by yourself.
Sam:  Looks at Alexei.  Can you talk her out of this?
Alexei:  I could try.  However, I happen to agree with her.  You can't do this alone, Sam.
Sam:  I guess I'm outvoted here.
Kole: That you are.  Turns and looks at the others.  We'll try to get to London if we can.  However...
Tatiana:  We understand, Kole.
Maria:  Keep us posted.
Kole:  We will.  We'll head to Anichkov when we get to shore and tell Olga's Dimitri what's going on.
Olga:  I'll call him and tell him to expect you two.
Soon all the provisions are loaded on the lifeboat.
Nicholas: To the crew.  Lower away!
Alexandra:  Good luck, you two.
Kole:  Thanks, Alix.
The lifeboat is lowered into the water, and, as the others watch, Sam begins to row away.
Alexei:  I hope they find Gavriil.
Anastasia:  Yeah, I wonder why he decided to up and run away like that.  What do you think happened?
Alexei:  I have no idea, Nastya.

Several hours later, in the lifeboat...

Kole:  Sam, you look exhausted.  Let me take over rowing now.
Sam:  Thanks, Kole.  The two women switch places.  Now I'm glad you decided to come along.
Kole:  Begins rowing.  What are friends for?
Sam:  Kole...
Kole:  Yes?
Sam:  Am I a bad mother?
Kole:  What makes you ask that question.
Sam:  Just the fact that my adopted son decided to run away for no apparent reason.
Kole:  Sam, it has nothing to do with you, I'm sure.  Something else clearly happened, something you didn't know about. 
Sam:  Yeah, but what?
Kole:  Well, did anything unusual happen today?  Something out of the ordinary.
Sam:  Well, there was that letter.
Kole:  What letter?
Sam:  Gavriil got a letter today.  There was no return address on it, yet...
Kole:  Yet what?
Sam:  He said that it was from an "old friend of his".
Kole:  But you just said that the letter had no return address.  How could Gavriil know it came from this "old friend", whoever that is.
Sam:  That's right, Kole.  Gavriil couldn't have known who the letter was from.  Unless, he was already expecting it.
Kole:  Which raises another question.  How did Gavriil know that letter was coming?  Unless he talked to this mysterious old friend beforehand.
Sam:  That must be it, Kole.  He called someone, or someone called him.  Now we just have to find out who this person is.

Several more hours later, Kole and Sam arrive back at Anichkov Palace...

Dimitri C-B: Olga called and told me to expect you two.
Sam: Dimitri, you said that the police found Gavriil's cell phone. I need to see it, I need to see what calls he either made or received.
Kole: We think it must be connected to the reason why he decided to run away.
Dimitri C-B:  Yeah, well that won't be much help.  According to the police, Gavriil smashed the phone to pieces, before he threw it in the trash.
Kole:  Damn!  That means any information that was on it is now lost.
Sam says nothing, she just sinks to the floor and starts crying.


Hitler:  Well?
Kirill:  The young fool believed everything.  Right now, he's at my house.
Hitler:  I told you we have good forgers here.
Kirill:  You do, and they're much better than that bungling idiot I had at the National Intruder.  Anyway, phase one of my plan is complete.
Carol:  And phase two is?
Kirill:  I slowly turn Gavriil against Nicholas The Traitor and his family.  I've already planted the seeds of doubt, now it's time to water those seeds into plants.
Carol:  And when that happens...
Hitler:  He will forsake his family, including that Jew who adopted him, and join our side.
The three men laugh evilly...

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:08:04 PM »
These are nice pictures.

Having Fun! / Re: Игра в слова - Word Game
« on: October 06, 2017, 11:45:03 PM »


Having Fun! / Re: A New AU fic - title, ideas, help with accuracy?
« on: October 06, 2017, 06:13:05 AM »
Yeah, you're almost good to go here.

Having Fun! / Re: Model warships
« on: October 05, 2017, 06:05:34 AM »
I would like to see the pictures of the models.

Having Fun! / Re: I got a new cat: Tatiana!
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:22:54 AM »
Tatiana has taken to getting up on my fridge. Sometimes, when I come into the kitchen, I don't see her (the fridge is right by my kitchen door).

When I don't notice her, she gives me a whack on the head with her paw (not her claws, which she keeps retracted when she does this). Guess she just wants to let me know that she's there.

She did it again last night.  Gave me quite a start!

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:21:10 AM »
I agree.  It's a lovely picture.

Having Fun! / Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:11:52 PM »
The next day, everyone gets abroad the Standart and, after the usual preparations, the ship casts off. Destination: Britain. Suddenly on board...

Sam: WHERE is he? I canít find him anywhere!
Nicholas: Who are you talking about?
Sam: Gavriil. Heís not with us!
Alexei: What?
Kole: You sure?
Sam: Positive. Heís not on board.
Maria: How could have missed the boat? It doesnít make any sense.
Anastasia: When was the last time you saw him, Sam ?
Sam: This morning when I was packing. He told me heíd drive to Anichkov and meet me at the pier later.
Kole: Yep, I remember. I saw him driving off around 8 AM. I havenít seen him since.
Alexei: Me neither.
Dimitri M: Same here.
Olga: Sames goes for me too.
Maria and Anastasia: And for us.
Tatiana:  He said he was going to Anichkov?  Well, he never showed up there. 
Kole: Somethingís fishy here.
Sam: I agree. Tries to call Gavriilís phone but goes straight to voice mail.
Kole: Yes, something is definitely up. Let me call your Dimitri, Olga. Makes the call. Hello? Yep, weíre fine. Is Gavriil with you? Okay, can you go check our dacha? Call me back when youíre there.

Twenty minutes later...

Dimitri C-B: On phone. Kole? No, heís not here. Can you tell me whatís happening? Kole explains the situation. I donít like that. Iím calling the police.
Kole : Good idea. They can find him by tracking down his phone. Keep us informed, okay?
Dimitri C-B: I will.

Hours later, Dimitri calls Kole back...

Kole: Dimitri? Any news?
Dimitri C-B: Well, Iím afraid I donít have good news.  They found Gavriilís phone. It was in a trash container, somewhere in St. Petersburg.
Kole: And Gavriil?
Dimitri C-B: Nowhere to be found.  Itís like he just disappeared.
Samís mobile suddenly beeps at that moment. She sees itís an unknown number.
Kole: Sees Sam answering her phone. Hang on a sec, Dimitri.
Sam: This is Sam. May I know whoís calling, please?
Voice: Mom. Itís me.
Sam: Gavriil??  Where on Earth have you been? Where ARE you? Everyoneís been looking for you!
Gavriil: You better stop the search, cause Iím not coming home.
Sam: What? Why?
Gavriil: I love you, Mom. I do. But thatís it. My mind is set. Goodbye and thank you for everything. Ends the call.

A few moments later, in Berlin, the doorbell of Kirillís house rings. Kirill opens it.

Kirill: Well, well, well. Look whoís here. Come in, Gavriil. Make yourself at home...

Having Fun! / Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« on: September 23, 2017, 06:11:33 PM »
**This bit was written by Wakas and edited by me.**

The day before taking off to the funeral, Gavriil gets a call...

Voice on the phone: Hello my boy. Whatís up?
Gavriil: Who are you?
Voice: Donít you recognize your Uncle Kirill?
Gavriil: Youíre NOT my uncle. And how did you get my phone number anyway?
Kirill: Laughs. Seriously? Youíre calling my nephews and nieces "uncles and aunts", but not me?
Gavriil: You havenít answered my question.
Kirill: Pointless question, son. Letís just say I have my ways.
Gavriil: Whatever. I donít wanna talk with you.
Kirill: NO! Donít hang up just yet. You may want to listen to what I have to say first.
Gavriil: As if.
Kirill: It may be of some interest for you since it concerns your late Papa.
Gavriil: What?
Kirill: Well since you obviously donít wanna talk anymore, I wonít be a bother. Bye, GavriilÖ
Gavriil: NO, WAIT !
Kirill:  Yes ?
Gavriil: What is it about my Dad? Kirill stays silent. Kirill, youíve got to tell me. I NEED to know.
Kirill: Are you sure you can handle the truth?
Gavriil: Stop beating around the bush. Just speak out.
Kirill: Okay, but remember, you asked for it, boy. What have you been told about your father?
Gavriil: Not much. He died in 1918, the year of my birth, killed by the Reds. Same goes with my Mom.
Kirill: Wow, what a pack of lies. Couldnít have done it better myself.
Gavriil: What do you mean?
Kirill: Gavriil, are you not surprised thereís so little about your father in the archives?
Gavriil: We were in the middle of a civil war. A lot of the archives were destroyed as a result.
Kirill: Or perhaps there was a conspiracy of silence about your father. To make sure nobody finds out what really happened.
Gavriil: Gets angry. Can you stop nattering. Just get to the point!
Kirill: Hold your horses, my boy. Iím getting to it. I knew your father very well. He was my right-hand man.
Gavriil: I donít believe you. Dad was a patriot, he loved his country and fought to defend it, unlike YOU.
Kirill: Oh yeah. How do you know ? You two never got a chance to talk. Iím gonna tell you the truth, he was indeed strongly patriotic. He loved Russia as much as he loved you. He suffered greatly to see his motherland slowly being wiped out by that atrocious war. When I decided to put a stop to it and created a secret group whose purpose was to initiate secret peace talks with Germany, he asked to be a part of it. Gavriil is too shocked to speak. You still there, boy?
Gavriil: Y-yeah... Please continue.
Kirill: Okay. I sent him to Berlin to meet Hindenburg and Ludendorff but the negotiations failed. By the time he got back, the Tsar had abdicated and Kerensky had put himself in charge. When Lenin expressed his intention to take power, your Dad helped him to achieve his ends.
Gavriil: WHY? WHY did he do that? How could he think helping the Reds was the right thing to do?
Kirill: Because Lenin was the only one who wanted to put an end to the war. Your father was wrong to put his faith into such a man, yet he canít be blamed for that. It was troubled times, no one really knew what was right or wrong.
Gavriil: To think heís been murdered by those he helped.
Kirill: No, Gavriil. He wasnít killed by the Reds. He was killed by those we called the Whites, the defenders of the monarchy, the ones who rescued Nicholas and his family.
Gavriil: It canít be.
Kirill: Why? Oh because you thought they were the good guys? Youíre so naive. You shouldnít believe everything you hear.
Gavriil: Well...
Kirill: You know, those guys were led by the Bellerophon crew. When they discovered what your dad did with the Germans and the Bolsheviks, the Bellerophon crew ordered his arrest. He was denied a proper trial, they just shot him along with his wife, your mother. It was plain murder, not execution.
Gavriil: No... I don't believe it.
Kirill: Wanna know the worse part? Ask Nicholas, Alexandra, or any of your so-called aunts and uncles. They know all about it.
Gavriil: NO. Thatís all LIES.
Kirill: Laughs. Your loyalty towards this family is funny. Why do you like them so much anyway?
Gavriil: They took me in, gave me a home when I was alone.
Kirill: Out of guilt, my boy. Besides they knew what happened to your parents and decided to keep it from you. They removed all the papers about them in the archives, so that no one would ever know what crimes the Whites had committed. So that you would never find out and youíd stay the sweet, innocent, patriotic defender of what they dare to call the "New Empire".
Gavriil: NO! That canít be true! Begins to cry. And my Mom? Sam? Does she know about it?
Kirill: No, she doesnít. She thinks your parents were killed by the Reds, as you did. Gavriil is still crying. Come on, kid, get it together. I sent you a package containing letters your Dad and I exchanged, as well as other confidential documents. You may want to take a look at it if you wanna check my story. Iíll keep in touch. Hangs up.

Later that morning...

Sam: Checks the mailbox. Hey Gavriil, thereís a letter for you. No senderís address. Who could it be.
Gavriil: Just an old friend of mine. Takes the letter, goes to his bedroom and opens up the envelope...

Meanwhile, at Anichkov Palace...

Olga: To her Dimitri. Tanya said youíll receive Elisabethís results when weíll be in London. Probably the day after the funeral.
Dimitri C-B: Iíll call you as soon as I get them, you have my word.
Olga: I know, thanks.
Dimitri C-B: Donít worry, sheíll be fine. Iíll take care of her. And if anything happens, Irina is there to help out.

Books about the Romanovs and Imperial Russia / Re: Upcoming Books 2017
« on: September 23, 2017, 12:06:02 PM »
Sound interesting.

Of course, this beautiful period didn't last very long.

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