The Preface

English: Profile photograph of Anna Anderson, ...

English: Profile photograph of Anna Anderson, who adopted the identity of Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia in early 1922 Español: Perfil de Anna Anderson, la más famosa de las miles de muchachas que afirmaban ser La Gran Duquesa Anastasia Nikolayévna Romanova. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This was one of the reasons why I had a hard time with the story…because I had to write the preface to it. Here it is:

I began this story when I was in the eighth grade, I assumed that it would be another short story. But little did I know was that I would be expanding the story to include one of the biggest and most controversial events in world history.

Namely, the story about Anastasia Romanov.

As we all know, Anastasia’s story began with her birth to the Czar and his wife, but it wasn’t until her death at the hands of the communist regime that things really began to take off. For example, I know that the Romanov family was slain by the Bolsheviks on July 16, 1918 and the Bolsheviks announced to the world that the former Czar and his family were dead. But for some mysterious reason that no one understood, women claiming to be Anastasia Romanov came out of the woodwork. All of those claimants were proven to be liars.

The most famous Anastasia claimant was named Anna Anderson. She spent many years trying to prove to the remaining Romanovs and other relatives that she was indeed Anastasia and she had escaped from her captors and fled to Germany. But after her death in 1984, she was found out not to be Anastasia, but she was simply a peasant named Franziska Schanzkowska, and she was a Polish factory worker who suffered a head injury and spent time in various mental hospitals and tried to fool the world into thinking that she was indeed Anastasia.

In this story, there is a young woman named Tasha Mohkovshy, whose grandmother was believed to be Anastasia (despite the fact that she was dead for 10 years. The woman claimed that her grandmother, although she lived in Russia, was NOT Anastasia and the real Anastasia had been dead for years. No one seems to listen to her, because they are more interested in the notoriety that the Anastasia story is bringing. Tasha simply wants the story to go away and cease so that her family can get some peace.

I also made up the story about Jennifer Yabut and her three best friends Nancy Levevsky, Oriana Martin, and Spencer Petersen, four girls who have been friends since they were in the first grade. The girls refuse to hang out with other people and they are trying not to let anyone else into their clique. Jennifer is the first to hear about the Ilene Sarhovitch story and at the same time, schemes to watch the cartoon “Anastasia” despite her parents forbidding her and her younger brother Addison to watch cartoons at all (as they were getting too old to watch cartoons anyway).

Yet Jennifer disobeys them and far from being entertained, she and her friends decide to study the life of Anastasia Romanov and the myths about her survival. The famed Anastasia claimant is long dead and all stories about Anastasia’s survival are slowly being debunked. The girls also discover the truth about how and why the Russian Revolution began and even the story about Rasputin is debunked.

Jennifer, Nancy, Oriana, and Spenser must also deal with bullies, crazy teachers, dumb students, and a plot by various people to break up their friendship for good. (There will be an alternative ending to the story)

I admit that the first two versions of this story were quite bad and distasteful, plus, with so much backlash from my NaNoWriMo 2012 novel “Magical Compositions”, I decided that it was time to restore the original story and give it a new retelling.

And with that being said, here we go with the story!


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