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Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« on: June 20, 2017, 05:19:46 PM »
1936



It is a dark time for the world.

The Great Depression is in full swing, countries all over the world are hit hard, Russia among them.

In Germany, Adolf Hitler has been in power for three years now.  Over those three years, the noose for German Jews has slowly tightened. And now Hitler begins to look to spread his twisted hatred beyond Germany's borders.

Under Hitler's protection, Kirill continues to speak out for the restoration of the old Russian Empire, with himself as Tsar.

This is the world that OTMASK and their loved ones now find themselves living in. Together, they must face the coming darkness, for only together, can they survive the horrors to come...

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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 05:20:57 PM »
It's a clear day at the air field outside of St. Petersburg.  We see Alexei standing there, watching as a plane comes in for landing.  Once the plane has stopped, the cockpit door opens and Kole jumps out.  Smiling, Alexei goes over and hugs his wife.

Alexei:  So, how was it.
Kole:  The flight itself was pretty good.  However, there were some problems with the guns.  I'm going to have to talk to the designers about that.
Alexei:  Still not up to snuff?
Kole:  Shakes her head.  No, but I think the guns can be upgraded without too many problems.  Her face goes grim.  We may not be able to stop what's coming, but we can sure be prepared. 
Alexei:  You don't have to tell me, Kole.  In the three years since he came to power, Hitler has kept his promise to re-arm the German military. 
Kole:  And we know he's going to throw almost everything he has at us in 1941.  Only five years away now.  Sighs.  Can we talk about something else now. 
Alexei:  Okay, well, we have to pick up Sam and the kids. 
Kole:  Let's go then.


Soon they arrive at the court house, and pick up Sam...

Kole:  How was court today?
Sam:  Great.  I managed to get an extension for my client.  I think he's innocent of the theft that he's been accused of, and this will give me the time to prove it. 
Kole:  I'm sure you'll win this case, Sam.  You've won most of them since you finished Law School and became a lawyer.
Sam:  Thanks, Kole.  I must admit that I'm enjoying this. 


They arrive at at the primary school.  Marie and Amanda pile into the car.

Kole:  How was school today?
Marie:  Great, Mama.
Amanda:  Yeah, but we have homework, again!  Pouts.
Alexei:  Well, that's to be expected.  Still, you two are lucky because...
Marie:  Rolls her eyes.  We know, Papa, we're lucky to go to school like normal kids.
Alexei:  Have I told you this story before?
Amanda:  Only a few million times. 
Everyone laughs.


Not long after, the group arrives at the high school and pick up Gavriil.

Gavriil:  Gets into the car.  Hi Mom, did you kick butt in court again today?
Sam:  Language, young man.
Gavriil:  Aw, Mom, I'm 18 years old now. 
Sam:  Yeah, you are.  Where did the time go?


Several years before, Alexei, Kole, and Sam, realizing that they needed more space, moved into a dacha a few kilometers outside St. Petersburg.  The dacha has plenty of space for all of them.  It is here that they now arrive.

Kole:  Home at last.
Sam:  Yeah, I need to relax after today.
Everyone gets out of the car and heads into the dacha.  While the girls and Gavriil head upstairs to their respective rooms, the three adults head into the living room. 
Alexei:  Let's see whats on television.  He turns it on, seeing the words BREAKING NEWS on the screen.  Oh no, what's going on?  Has Hitler done something?
Kole:  No, I don't think so.  Let's just see what this is all about.
Announcer:  This just in from London.  His Royal Highness, King George V, is dead at the age of 70.  Details to come.  For those of you just joining us, His Royal Highness, King George V, is dead at the age of 70...
Alexei:  Stunned.  Uncle George is dead!?
Kole:  Yes, of course.  He died in 1936, I mean this year.  I'm so sorry, Alexei.  Hugs her husband.
Sam:  I'm going to call Anichkov Palace and give them the new.  That is if they don't know already.  Heads for the phone...

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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 11:43:11 AM »
**This bit was written by Wakas and edited by me.**

At Anichkov Palace, the news of George's death has already been heard.  Everyone is sitting silent in front of the TV, in a state of shockÖ

Anastasia: Uncle George.
Maria: I canít believe this. It happened so suddenly.
Ivan S: I donít know what to say. It feels so weirdÖ
Phone rings.
Tatiana: Who can it be. Heading for it. Probably Mama or Papa. Or Alexei. Picks it up. Tatiana speaking. Alexei ? Yes, we just heard itÖ
Alexei: Voice on phone. How are you feeling. Are you okay ?
Tatiana: Moved to tears. Well, itís a bombshell. We didnít expect it.
Alexei: I know. Uncle George has been around since...  Well forever. We will miss him.
Tatiana: Itís the beginning of the end for us.
Alexei: Donít think like that, Tanya. I know what you mean. With Uncle Georgie, the world of our childhood dies out. Yet this isnít over or us.
Tatiana: Isn't it? In a few years, World War II will set the countries on fire. The world as we know it will fall apart.
Alexei: As it was in 1914, and we overcame it. With all of us together, weíre stronger than Hitler and his lackeys. Weíll beat them, as we beat Leninís.
Tatiana: You speak words of wisdom. I guess Iím only seeing doom and gloom.
Alexei: Youíre welcome. We should check on our parents, see how they are holding up.
Tatiana: Iíll drive to Alexander Palace right away.
Alexei: Iíll meet you there. Hangs up.
Dimitri M: Taking Tatianaís hand. Weíre going with you.
Tatiana: Someone has to tell Olga and Papa. Theyíre at a meeting of the Duma.
Maria: Iíll take care of it.


UpstairsÖ

Elisabeth: Thatís it. My essay on Jules Verne is complete. I think Iím gonna rest now.
Victoria: You okay? You seem off lately.
Elisabeth: Gets up. Never better.
Sasha: You sure? You look awful.
Elisabeth: Coughs hard. Well I have a frog in the throat. Iím feeling a bit under the weather. Itís nothing though.
Alexander: Come on, youíve been like that for weeks. You're clearly not well.
Victoria: I agree. You should see a doctor or at least tell Mama about it.
Elisabeth: Thereís no way Iíll bother Aunt Tatiana for a mere cold. She has a lot on her plate already with Uncle Georgeís passing.
Victoria: I think you should reconsiderÖ
Elisabeth: No, Iíve made up my mind. Iíll see you all later. Heads off to her bedroom.
Nicky: Wow. Sheís not Aunt Olgaís girl for nothing.
Mitri: Couldnít have said it better myself, dude.
Victoria: Well if she thinks Iíll call it quits, sheís dead wrong. Dials a number on her mobile.
Sasha: Who are you calling ?
Victoria: Gavriil. On the phone. Hey, Gavriil, itís Victoria. You need to come here as quickly as possible. Cousins meeting. Itís an emergency.
Gavriil: Voice. Alright, captain. Iíll be right in.


LaterÖ

Victoria: Thanks for coming on such short notice, Gavriil.
Gavriil: My pleasure. So whatís this important thing you have to tell me?
Victoria: Well, Iíll get straight to the point. I think thereís something medically wrong with Elisabeth. She insists on not informing our parents about it, which is a nonsense to me. SoÖ
Alexander: So you think we should tell them ourselves, regardless of her decision.
Victoria: Her health is in danger, so yes thatís exactly what I wanna do. But Iíd like to know your thoughts first.
Gavriil: Sheís gonna throw a tantrum but never mind. We should do it.
Alexander: We have no other choice, so yes letís do this.
Sasha: Yep, letís go for it.
Mitri: Okay, Iím so NOT there when she finds out. Iíll move to the Moon.
Nicky: Or to Pluto. Itís even further. Weíll be away from her wrath. Aunt Kole can fly us all there.
Everyone laughs.


At that moment on TVÖ

Newscaster: And here is a live broadcast of the new speech of Adolf Hitler, FŁhrer of Nazi Germany.
Hitler appears on screen and begins to speak.  Iím sending my sincere condolences to the British Royal Family for the loss of their King. He was a good man. I shall regret his passing. I am quite certain his death wonít change anything to the cordial relationship between Germany and Britain. They are both meant to lead this world hand in hand as allies. For us there are only two possibilities: Either we conquer the world together or we come under the thumb of the Jews. This latter must not occur. If we stick together and keep bringing in new people, we will be victorious over this pernicious race.

Gavriil: What ?! The nerves of this guy, using King Georgeís death for his benefit.
Alexander: And the way he tries to coax and cajole the Brits. It makes me sick.
Sasha: Hopefully they will see through his scheme.
Nicky: I do hope so. What a crazy psycho.
Gavriil: I canít wait to kick their butts, his and his army of madmen.
Mitri: Ditto, brother. When the times comes, weíll be ready.
Alexander: I'd banish them all from the Earth now, if I could. Lots of lives would be saved.
Sasha: Or not. We canít know that. We should stay focused on the here and now instead of wondering how life might be.
Mitri: Sad but I guess youíre rightÖ

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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 07:52:52 PM »
At the dacha, Alexei has just left, and Kole comes back into the living room to hear the end of Hitler's speech...

Kole:  Is he kidding!?  Hitler considers Monarchy an outdated relic of the past.
Sam:  Yes, but he's trying to score points with the British people.  Trying to convince them that he's on their side.
Kole:  It's taking advantage of a tragedy, that's what it is.  Of course, Hitler would do such a thing, of course.
Sam:  Sighs. Yeah, he would.  Looks around.  Where'd Gavriil go? 
Kole:  He got a call from Anichkov Palace and headed over there. 
Sam:  What about?
Kole:  He didn't say.  Anyway, Alexei is headed over to the Alexander Palace and asked us to watch Marie and Amanda.
Sam:  Sure, no problem.


Outside the Duma...

Olga:  I miss Kerensky more and more.
Nicholas:  I do too.  However, he's more than earned his retirement.  Prime Minster Gorsky is not bad though.
Olga:  Yes, that's true.
At that point, Dimitri C-B, Maria, and Ivan S arrive on the scene.
Olga:  What are you all doing here?
Maria:  You mean you haven't heard yet?
Olga:  No, we've been tied in a meeting with Prime Minister Gorsky for the last few hours.  What's going on?
Maria:  Takes a breath.  We just heard the news from London.  Uncle George died today.
Olga:  WHAT!?
Nicholas:  Oh my God!  I mean I knew he was ill, but...  Breaks off.  I have to get home to your mother.
Maria: That's why were here.  We'll take you both there now.


At Alexander Palace, Tatiana and Anastasia arrive, meeting Alexei there.  They go in to see Alexandra in the Mauve Room, crying...


Tatiana:  I guess you saw the news, Mama.
Alexandra:  Between sobs.  Yes....  I did.  I can't believe that George is gone. 
Anastasia:  I know how you feel, Mama.
Alexei:  We're all here for  you and Papa.
At that point, Nicholas, Olga, and the others arrive.
Nicholas:  And we much appreciate that.
Alexandra:  And then that horrible, evil little man, has the nerve to come on and...  Face goes red.
Tatiana:  Mama, please calm down.
Anastasia:  Yeah, Hitler is so not worth it.
Maria: Amen to that, sister, amen.
Alexandra:  Calms down. I should go and call Mary, and let her know that we're thinking about her.
Nicholas: I'll come with you.  We'll make the call in the study.


And so, after Alexandra has called Mary of Teck...

Nicholas:  So, how is Mary?
Alexandra:  As well as expected, considering she just lost the love of her life.  She said she would get back to us when the funeral arrangements have been made.  Goes silent.
Nicholas:  Alix, what is it?
Alexandra:  This is just bringing back memories of when you have that heart attack and I could have lost you.  Am I being selfish, Nicky?
Nicholas:  No, Alix, you're not.  This whole thing...  It just reminds me that the world of our youth is slipping away.  Oh, I don't mean the Old Empire, I'm glad that's gone.  However, it's the people.  So many are gone now, yet here we both still are. 
Alexandra:  Yes, and we find ourselves in a world that is slowly darkening around us.
Nicholas:  I know, Alix, I know.  Puts his arm around her.  Come on, let's get back to our children.
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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2017, 11:22:35 AM »
**This bit was written by Wakas and edited by me.**


Back at Anichkov, Victoria is explaining Elisabethís state of health to TatianaÖ

Tatiana: So, what do you say?
Victoria: I say something is wrong. Sheís always sleepy and moody, she barely eats, and has a persistent sore throat.
Tatiana: Well maybe it isnít as bad as it looks. Probably just some throat infection, nothing serious. Iíll run some tests though.
Victoria: Okay, thanks. Let me know if you need any help.
Tatiana: Actually I do. Weíre overworked at the clinic, so if you wanna give us a hand I wouldnít say no.
Victoria: I got plenty of free time, so itís a deal.
Tatiana: Great. Now I need to break the news to Olga about ElisabethÖ


Meanwhile, Olga is talking to Alexander in his roomÖ

Olga : Mama heard back from Aunt Mary. The burial will be on the 23th at St Georgeís Chapel. I know all of you have school. Still I think you should attend the ceremony, especially you, Alexander. Youíre second in line to the throne, itís time you step up and to carry out your duties.
Alexander: I will come. Not because Iím the so-called "Heir", but because I want to offer my support to Aunt Mary and our cousins.
Olga: What are you trying to tell me?
Alexander: It's simple. Iím fed up with all those stupid official duties, ceremonies, whatever. I never wanted to be the Heir. Never. I wanna choose my OWN destiny.
Olga: You canít turn your back on it, Alexander. I should know. I was in the same state of mind several years ago when your grandfather made me his Heir. I felt trapped and fought hard against it. In the end I decided to go with the flow and believe me, my life was much happier afterwards. I found my place and I now love the job Iím doing. You will eventually.
Alexander: Never, not gonna happen. I HATE this "job", I refuse to take part in such a masquerade. We donít have any political powers so who cares if we do our public duties or not. Above all you know what I hate most?
Olga: No, go on.
Alexander: You being so absorbed in your official engagements that you barely have time for us.
Olga: Thatís not trueÖ
Alexander: It IS true. Want proof? Have you even noticed Elisabeth is sick?
Olga: Elisabeth is sick ? I didnít even knoÖ
Alexander: My point exactly. You donít know, because youíre never here. Youíre always away on some diplomatic mission and when youíre here, you spent most of your time at the Duma.
Olga: Youíre being unfair. IÖ
Alexander: No, donít talk to me. Iím sick of it. Iím sick oh having a absentee mother.
Olga: A what ??!
Tatiana appears at the door at that very momentÖ
Alexander: Notices her. Looks like Aunt Tanya wanna have a talk with you. Iíll leave you to it.
Olga: No, Alexander, wait. Please.
Alexander: No, I rest my case. You go and talk to much more important people than your own kids. Iím out of here...

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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2017, 05:00:53 PM »
Tatiana: Have I come at a bad time?
Olga: Yeah, you could say that. Great, this is all I need!
Tatiana: Olga, it's about Elisabeth. She's ill.
Olga: I heard. Do you know what's wrong with her yet?
Tatiana: Shakes her head. No, I'm going to have to take her to the Center and give her a full work up. However, she's a stubborn girl, takes after her mother I guess.
Olga: Very droll.
Tatiana: Seriously, Olga, I'm very worried about her. Can you come and help convince her to come to the Center. Of course, I could invoke my rank as doctor and have her brought there anyway, but I'd much rather she go voluntarily.
Olga: Sighs. Okay, let's go.


At the dacha...

Gavriil:  Aunt Kole!
Kole:  Yes?
Gavriil:  I heard that you've been doing some flying.
Kole:  Yes, I've been testing our military planes, to see if they're up to snuff. 
Gavriil:  So we'll be ready for the war, when it comes.
Kole:  Yes, that's right.
Gavriil:  That's why I'm here.  I want you to teach me to fly.
Kole:  What!?
Gavriil:  You heard me.  I want to learn to fly, so I can be ready to fight in the war.  You've had military flight training, Aunt Kole, you're the best one here to teach me.
Kole:  I see.  And does your mother know about this desire you have to learn how to fly?
Gavriil:  No, and I have no intention of telling her.
Kole:  But...
Gavriil:  Come on, Aunt Kole, you know how she'd react.  She still thinks I'm that little boy she took off the streets, eight years ago.
Kole:  Yes, but she is your mother.  She should...
Gavriil:  PLEASE, Aunt Kole!  I promise I'll tell her, eventually.
Kole:  Considers.  Okay, Gavriil, I'll teach you. 
Gavriil: Thank you so much, Aunt Kole.  You won't regret this.
Kole:  I hope not.


Tsarskoe Selo, Nicholas gets a call...

Nicholas:  Hello?
Kirill:  On phone. Hello, dear cousin.
Nicholas:  Suddenly on full alert.  What the hell do you want, Kirill?
Kirill:  What if I told you that I was calling to offer condolences on the passing of George V?
Nicholas:  I'd say you were a liar.
Kirill:  Touche, Nicky, touche.  You will learn your lesson soon, as will my traitor ex-wife.  I'll teach her to leave me.
Nicholas:  Ducky left you because she doesn't like the company you're currently keeping.  And, frankly, neither do I.
Kirill:  Oh come now, Nicky.  Herr Hitler has some great ideas.  You should hear them.
Nicholas:  I have heard them, thank you, and they make me sick.  Why any rational human being would follow that madman baffles me to no end.
Kirill:  I see that Jew you keep around has been filling your head with nonsense.
Nicholas:  No, Kirill, Sam opened my eyes to a lot of things.  Too bad that no one can open your eyes.  Don't call again.  Slams down the phone.  I better tell Alix and the others about this...

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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2017, 12:17:04 PM »
**This bit was written by Wakas and edited by me.**


Anichkov Palace, after Nicholas has informed them of Kirill's call...

Ivan K: I donít get why would Kirill would do that. Hasnít he thought weíd get suspicious after such a phone call? Does he think weíre brainless?
Anastasia: The man is so self-conceited that he doesnít care about telling us of his little schemes. He thinks he can outsmart us no matter what.
Maria: His unbearable pride doesnít make him any less dangerous. He still can hurt us, or worse, our children.
Ivan S: Heíd better not. I swear Iíll kill him if he does.
Maria: Turns to Ola and Tatiana. Olga, Tanya, youíve been very quiet. Whatís on your mind?
Olga: Sorry, I got lost in thought. Well Iím sure you guys will figure something out. Gets up. In the meantime, I have to take care of some business of my own.
Dimitri C-B: You seem awfully preoccupied. Something wrong?
Olga doesnít answer and walks off.
Dimitri C-B: What? Did I say something?
Tatiana: Mutters to herself. Itís not you. Go after her. Sheíll tell you. Dimitri does as she says and leaves.
Ivan S: Whatís gotten into Olga ?
Tatiana: Never mind that. Letís stick to the matter in handÖ


MeanwhileÖ

Dimitri C-B: It canít be as bad as that.
Olga: Yes it is! Elisabeth may be seriously ill and Alexander hates me.  He wonít even talk to me. Begins to cry. Oh Dimitri Iím such a horrible mother.
Dimitri C-B: Come on, Olga. Youíre not. Youíre an awesome, wonderful mother. The best that I know.
Olga: Do you know many mothers who donít notice their child is sick?
Dimitri C-B: How could you. You were busy.
Olga: Thatís exactly why Iím at fault. I buried myself in work, so much that I forgot about my own kids.
Dimitri C-B: Youíre not to blame for this. You had a duty to fulfill.
Olga: How could a duty be more important than my children?
Dimitri C-B: Seeing the conversation is going nowhere. Olga, stop dwelling on it. Letís go see our daughter together.


The next day at Tatiana's CenterÖ

Dimitri C-B: So?
Tatiana: Elizabeth had the whole check-up. We wonít know the results until next week.
Olga: What!? A week? Youíre kidding!
Dimitri C-B: Takes her hand. Olga, please. Tatiana is doing her best.
Olga: Is she ? Come one, Tanya. Thereís gotta be a way to speed things up.
Tatiana: No, Olga. If there were, donít you think I would have done it ? Especially for my nieceÖ
Olga: Takes a deep breath. Sorry, Tanya. I feel so worked up. All that happened lately...
Tatiana: No offense taken. I know you too well to be offended.
Olga: Laughs. Whatís that supposed to mean ?
Tatiana: Laughs too. Oh you knowÖ
Olga: So next week, eh ?
Tatiana: Yep. In the meantime, I prescribed Elisabeth a lot of rest. The less she gets tired, the better. We donít know yet what her illness is and how bad it is.
Dimitri C-B: Understood. So what about Uncle Georgeís funeral ? She canít attend it, can she.
Tatiana: She best not. Just to be cautious.
Olga: Okay. Well in that case, Iím staying too.
Dimitri C-B: Olga, Iím sorry to say this, but you canít. Youíre the Heir. Everyone expects you to be there.
Olga: I donít care. Itís my daughter that Iím concerned about. Iím staying.
Tatiana: Your Dimitri is right. You canít do that.
Dimitri C-B: Please Olga. You go, Iíll stay and look after our girl. You know itís the best thing to do.
Olga: Hesitates. Well.
Dimitri C-B: Please, Olga. Trust me.
Olga: OkayÖIíll goÖ
Dimitri C-B: Great! Iíll help you packÖ

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Re: Days Of OTMA's Lives: The Story Continues
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2017, 12:26:59 AM »
Soon, back at Anichkov...

Olga:  Now, I know how they felt.
Dimitri C-B:  Who?
Olga:  Mama and Papa.  All those years when Alexei was ill, and they had to keep doing their official duties, like nothing was wrong.  It's a wonder that they both didn't end up in a mental hospital.
Dimitri C-B:  Well, Olga, it's not quite the same.
Olga:  Isn't it.  We still don't know what's wrong with Elisabeth, after all.
Dimitri C-B:  Well, we know it's not hemophilia. 
Olga:  Yes, but what if it's something worse?
Dimitri C-B:  Such as.
Olga:  Oh, Dimitri, I don't even want to think about that.


Tsarskoe Selo...

Nicholas: Well, Alix, our trip to Britain is all planned.  We leave in three days.
Alexandra: I guess we'll be taking the Standart.
Nicholas: We will. The trip will take a little longer. We'll want to be farther north in the Baltic Sea, away from the German coast. I'm sure I don't have to tell you why.
Alexandra: Especially after Kirill's call. What do you think he's up to, Nicky?
Nicholas: I don't know, Alix, but we can't afford to let down our guard.
Alexandra: Why can't he just leave us alone. Aren't things getting bad enough in the world, without him becoming part of the problem?
Nicholas: I wish I had an answer for you, Alix.


At the dacha, Alexei, Kole, and Sam are discussing Kirill's call...


Kole:  I don't like it.  Kirill would not be so brazen, unless he was planning something.
Alexei:  Do you think that he's planning to do something at Uncle George's funeral?
Kole:  Shakes her head.  No, I don't think so.  Remember, Hitler is trying to curry favour with the British people.  I doubt he would sanction any moves that might run counter to that.
Sam:  So, it seems that whatever is going to happen, it will happen here?
Kole:  I wouldn't rule that out, Sam.  We need to be on our guard.
Sam:  Yeah, but we have to be careful around the children.  We don't want to scare them.
Kole:  I agree.
Alexei:  I can't believe this, but I'm beginning to miss Felix.  He tended to leap before he looked.  Kirill is being much more careful.
Kole:  Yeah, and he's got powerful friends now, since Hitler now controls Germany.  Kirill now has resources and logistical support that Felix could only have dreamed.
At that point, Marie and Amanda walk up.
Maria: Mamma, what are you talking about?
Kole:  Uh, nothing.
Alexei:  We're just talking about Uncle George's upcoming funeral.
Amanda:  That's why we're here.  We're wondering what to wear.
Kole:  I'll help the two of you decide.  She and the two girls leave.
Alexei:  That was close. 
Sam:  Yeah, it was.