**This bit was written by Wakas and edited by me.**
Nicholas: Alix! Alix! Iíve got some great news. Youíll be overjoyed when you hear it.
Alexandra: Comes in. Whatís going on?
Nicholas: I was on the phone with Tatiana and she told me... Oh this is wonderful! Kole is pregnant. Alexei is going to be a father again.
Alexandra: This is fantastic news, Iím thrilled! Has Tanya informed the others too?
Nicholas: She did. And as an aside, Maria, Nastya, and Sam are currently at Olga and Dimitriís. And Tatiana was there too, before she took Kole to the Center.
Alexandra: It was easy to guess that they wouldnít be able to resist the temptation to see their sister. Poor Dimitri, he moved out for nothing.
Nicholas: It doesnít seem to bother him much. He finds it very amusing. Apparently he and the guys, including Alexei, bet on which would be the first to go see Olga.
Alexandra: Even Alexei?
Nicholas: Yes. And Iíll let you figure it out who was the first.
Alexandra: Trust me, without difficulty I can imagine who. Pauses. Iím so happy for Alexei. It brings me memories of long ago, when he was still a hemophiliac. Back then, he never had a chance to have a normal life for himself. Look at him now. Heís cured, this horrible illness has disappeared for good, and he is happily married to Kole. I couldnít ask for more.
The following day, after school has let out, the children are playing in a park nearby, when Sam arrives in her car.
Sam: Sorry that Iím late. Itís time to go home now.
Little Dimitri: Aunt Sam, can Gacha come and play with us for the rest of the afternoon, please?
Sam: Who is Gacha? A boy from your school?
Little Alexander: No, we met him in the park. We like him, heís fun. His full name is Gavriil, by the way.
Little Victoria: Can he come, please?
Sam: Why not? Where is he?
Little Elizabeth: Heís behind this tree.
Sam: Come here, Gacha, you donít need to hide. Iím not going to eat you.
After some hesitation, Gavriil decides to show himself. When Sam sees him, she has a sudden burst of emotion.
Sam: Oh, my God, youÖ
Little Alexandra: Whatís the matter, Aunt Sam?
Sam: Strangely upset. No, nothing. Nice to meet you, Gacha.
Sam: Okay, children, weíre leaving now. Do you want to come too, Gacha?
Gavriil: Yep, Iíd love too. They say you live in a palace, is that true?
Sam: It is. Youíll see it for yourself. However, first, you need to ask your mom if you can go.
Gavriil: I donít need to. She doesnít care.
Sam: Really? Anyway, I have to ask her.
Gavriil: Sheís not here, sheís working. Give me your mobile, Iíll call her. Moves away a little further with the phone.
A short time later...
Gavriil: Comes back. She said sheís okay with it.
Sam: Thatís great. Can I have my phone back now, please?
Gavriil reluctantly gives it back.
Sam: Thinking to herself. That kid is really strange.
The adults are watching the children playing outside.
Maria: Notices that Sam looks moved. Whatís up with you, Sam? You look like you saw a ghost.
Sam: Itís this boy, Gacha. He reminds me of my son, Gharman. I guess itís because I miss my children so much that I see them in every child I meet. And since I know about Koleís pregnancy, itís worse. Donít get me wrong, Iím very happy for her and Alexei. However, when I think Iíll never see my own children again, itís hard.
Anastasia: Itís normal that you miss them, Sam. Iíd be heartbroken too if I were in your position. Remember, however, that youíre not alone. You still have a family here, you still have us.
Sam: Thanks for your comforting words, Nastya. Looks at her watch. Oh, itís almost dinnerís time. Gachaís mom must be waiting for him. Iíd better drive him home now.
The next day...
Anastasia: Has someone seen my golden bracelet? I could have sworn I put it on this table yesterday.
Olga: I didnít see it. Knowing you, itís very likely you put it somewhere else and forgot where.
Anastasia: I could have sworn...
Tatiana: Olga may be right, since your bracelet is not here. Iíll search upstairs and you, downstairs.
One hour later...
Tatiana: I looked into every corner. Nothing. What about you?
Anastasia: Nothing either. And I asked the children, they said they didnít take it. Itís like my bracelet has vanished in the air.