**This bit was written by Wakas and edited by me.**
Anichkov Palace, in the nursery...
Olga: Alexander, can you go see your father? He has something to tell you.
Alexander: Do I really have to go now, Mama? Iíd like to continue playing.
Olga: Yes, please go, darling.
Alexander: Sighs. Okay. Exits the room.
Elizabeth: What is it, Mama? You want to talk to me, donít you?
Olga: Yes, youíre right, sweetheart. You see, I need your help about something.
Elizabeth: Iíll be glad to help you, Mama. What do you want me to do?
Olga: Your father and I would like to move out. We like an apartment we found, itís two floors above Uncle Alexei and Aunt Koleís. I need your advice about it. Would you like to go there with me, on Wednesday, to tell me what you think of it?
Elizabeth: You donít really want to move, Mama, do you? You said you donít. And I want to stay here.
Olga: I know you want to stay here because of me. However, moving out isnít a problem for me anymore. And not for your aunts either. Actually, Iím very happy to go.
Olga: Yes, itís true. I can promise you one thing, living there will be exactly the same as living here. And do you know why? Itís because weíll visit the others all of the time.
Elizabeth: Laughing. Then I donít see why you want to move out.
Olga: Laughing too. Now that you say that, I begin to wonder too. So, are you going to help me about the apartment?
Elizabeth: Yes, of course, Mama.
Olga: Smiling. I guess that means moving out doesnít bother you anymore.
Elizabeth: No, it doesnít. Actually, Iím very excited to go with you on Wednesday. Are you going to bring Alexander too? Iíd prefer if it was just me, you, and Daddy. The baby can come too.
Olga: Why donít you want Alexander to go with us?
Elizabeth: Heís so irritating. The other day, when you went to see Uncle Alexei and Aunt Kole, he stole my dolls. He said that if I wanted to see them again, I would have to play with him. And because I didnít want to, we argued. Alexandra sided with me, and Dimitri sided with Alexander. We were all fighting until Aunt Nastya came and separated us. We were all punished. All because of him. Heís really stupid!
Olga: I see.
Elizabeth: So, I donít want him to come.
Olga: Elizabeth, I understand youíre mad at him, but he only wanted to have a little fun. Now do you want to make me happy, darling? Please, make peace with your brother.
Elizabeth: With a deep sigh. Alright, Iíll do it. Thinking to herself. I still think heís an idiot.
That evening, OTMA and the guys are in the living room, having a discussionÖ
Olga: Sits on the couch. I spoke to Elizabeth and the problem is solved. I told you Iíd convince her.
Dimitri C-B: Oh, I had no doubt about it.
The phone rings.
Maria: Answers it. Yes, hello?
Alexei. On the phone. Itís Alexei. Is Kole there? She was supposed to be back for dinner but itís almost nine oíclock, and she still hasn't arrived home. Sam was coming with her and she's not here either!
Maria: Thatís strange. She and Sam left the palace for your place around 6 oíclock. They should have been there hours ago.
Alexei: Iím sure something has happened to them. Kole would have told me if she had planned to do something tonight. I tried to call her phone, but I keep getting her voice mail. I tried to get Sam, but she's not picking up either.
Maria: Hey, wait a minute. Looks out the window. Alexei, Koleís car is still here.
Maria: Her car is still parked in the street.
Alexei: I heard you. So, that means they never left the palace.
Maria: Iím sure of one thing, theyíre not still here. I saw them leaving.
Alexei: Getting angry. Did you see what time is it? Iíve told you, Kole and Sam should have been here for dinner. That's almost three hours ago! So why are they not here? And why donít they pick up their phones? Iím certain something has happened to them. Iíll call the police.
Maria: Calm down, okay? You may be right, maybe they had an accident of some kind.
Alexei: And they didn't call any of us? I don't think so.
Maria: What are you thinking?
Alexei: I'm imagining the worst. Remember that Ripper story with Tatiana? Iím very worried, Mashka.
Maria: I understand. I'm starting to worry too. Okay, call the police. The others and I will search in and around the palace.
Alexei: Call me if you find something. Iíll stay here in case they come back. Hangs up.
Anastasia: That was Alexei, on the phone, wasnít it? Whatís wrong?
Maria: Kole and Sam have disappeared. Alexei thinks something has happened to them. Kole's car is still in the street, so they canít be that far.
Ivan K: Oh, my God! Okay, letís go.
Ivan S: You ladies stay here. Itís safer. The guys are I will do the search.
Tatiana: No way. What if they need medical help?
Dimitri M: Good point.
Maria: Weíll come with you, whether you like or not.
Olga: Yeah, ditto.
Anastasia: Someone has to stay here, to look after the kids.
They all look at each other.
Anastasia: Maria, maybeÖ
Maria: Donít look at me. Iím coming.
Tatiana: Me too.
Olga: Alright, alright, Iím staying.