There is no Romanov Curse

Written for the alternative universe competition on Movellas. When the wicked monk Rasputin puts a death curse upon the Russian royal family, he had no idea that their biggest supporters would come after him. This story may contain violence and other upsetting things; reader's discretion is advised.

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1. how to stop a curse before it begins

OK, so everyone knows the story about Anastasia Romanov and how she died with her family. Yet what most people don't was that a wicked monk named Grigori Rasputin had showed up to a party celebrating 300 years of Romanov rule and placed a curse on the royal family for betraying him. And to make things worse, the Russian people rebelled and raided the palace, killing the entire royal family. 

But that's not the story I'm describing here. Yet, there was a royal party and Rasputin had showed up, intending to put a curse on the royal family.

And yet, someone had to intervene and stop him before the curse could be spoken. But who it was shocked many people for a good reason.

Now let's see this scene plays out. 

"Oh, is so?" The voice of Leo Trichenberg cut through the air. Everyone in the ballroom stared at him with disbelief. "You would dare put a curse on the Royal family after all they've done for you? If so, you're even weaker than I thought."

"I wouldn't be talking, Trichenberg," said Rasputin as he glared at the sorcerer. "You have no right to be in the Palace for all the things you've done."

"Yes, I've done some things that you never thought of," said Leo angrily. "I sent my youngest daughter to stay with the royal family and to learn the names of the people in the Imperial court. Thanks to her, I know the names of people who are on your side and people who are plotting against the czar."

"I don't believe it," said Rasputin. "You would dare destroy those who were loyal to me? You're even more pathetic than I thought!"

"And what about you, you who's controlling the czar and czarina through their son?" Leo mocked him as the crowd watched in horror. "You are a shameless man who spreads moral depravity all over Russia. You haunt my youngest daughter's footsteps and you disrespect the men who married my older daughters. How long will it be until you start chasing after Princess Olga?"

"Oh no, not my daughter!" Alexandra cried as she reached out and grabbed Olga, hugging her. 

"You are nothing more than a fearmonger, using a mother's fear against me," said Rasputin. He glared at the czar and his family for another second before saying, "I will return to the palace, and when I do, I will personally make sure that everyone of you is dead."

He then swept from the room without a second glance. 

Nicholas watched him go with a confused look on his face. He turned to face his wife and children; they were as confused as he was. Anastasia clung to her grandmother and wouldn't let her go until they were sure Rasputin was gone from the palace. Most of the guests looked around the ballroom nervously wondering if the evil monk would come back and destroy them. 

"Well that's one interesting way to remember this evening," Leo said with a scowl on his face. "I don't know about the rest of you, but I know it's time for him to go. I won't have him around Hadassah and I certainly won't hesitate to kill him if he chases after Olga. We have all made a very dangerous enemy; unlike the other enemies I have stopped, Rasputin won't hesitate to kill everyone of us, servants and nobles alike. It's imperative that we all prepare ourselves for when the time comes."

No one was able to dance again that night, for Rasputin had stolen the joy from the evening. 

* * * * *

Grigori Rasputin was very angry. He had been humiliated by Leo Trichenberg at the royal ball. And to make matters worse, Leo had turned the czar and his entire family against him. This would not do; Leo would have to go. 

As he prepared to cast a death curse upon his rival, he was interrupted with a knock on his door. Two women were standing at his door, both of them with blond hair and green eyes. He knew who they were. 

"Emaria Trichenberg and Lara Turgeevna," Rasputin said as he saw the women. "This is an unexpected surprise. Do come in, both of you."

"I'm sorry to inconvenience you, but this isn't a social call," said Emaria. "You've made my father very angry and he doesn't like to be angry. He also doesn't like it when you chase after our little sister and harass her, forcing her to be your mistress. She's only 15 years old."

"I see," said Rasputin. "But she can't keep this up forever. Sooner or later, she'll have to give in."

"But the empress will not allow her to touch a man before she marries him," said Lara. 

"And I know the both of you have gone a lot further than that," said Rasputin. 

"You leave my son out of this!" Lara snapped at him.

"You think your son is so special when everybody else thinks he's worthless because of his disability?" Rasputin snarled at her. "You should have laid with me years ago!"

"How dare you suggest my sister should've slept with you if only to destroy the son she brought into this world," said Emaria. "Now I hear you're going after Hadassah. I know you're angry with her because she resists you, and I know you're certainly planning something for her if you decide to invade the palace. Our father will not allow that and neither will we."

"I should've known you'd say something like that," said Rasputin. "Maybe I should take you two by force!"

Just then, a large knife sailed through the air and embedded itself in his shoulder. The women turned around and saw an angry Hadassah standing behind them. "I hear you were threatening my sisters," Hadassah snapped as she stared at the evil monk. "And if you want to get to them, you're going to have to get past me, which is a very bad idea because I can literally rip you apart in less than five seconds."

"You would dare!" Rasputin snarled.

"Do not tempt me," said Hadassah. "I am literally planning your demise in my head."

"You've been a very naughty girl, Hadassah Rachel Shoshana Trichenberg," said Rasputin, "and naughty little girls need to be punished. I'm sure that your empress would have me punish you and make the little princesses watch. It will be a very delicious punishment indeed."

That did it. 

With a cry loud enough to scare a lion, Hadassah pounced on the evil monk and knocked him over. Emaria and Lara heard their sister's cry and went to restrain him. Hadassah pulled out a knife and held it over the monk's heart, saying, "You're going to regret this, you wicked monk. You may have had the czar and czarina fooled with your "holy man" act, but you can't fool me. By threatening me, you have been messing with the Trichenberg family, and they don't like to be challenged."

"So we will kill you now and beg the empress's forgiveness," said Lara. "She will weep to know that she was controlled by a wicked man such as yourself, and she will do whatever she can to make it up to our sister."

"You will do no such thing," Rasputin snarled, but it was too late. Hadassah had plunged the knife into his chest; he began choking as the blood gushed out of the wound.

"How tragic," Hadassah mocked him as her sisters nodded in agreement. "You always said that I was a weak sickly little girl; yet this weak sickly little girl somehow stabbed you to death. You chased after me, not knowing that I could have turned around and killed you at any time. This is what I do to people who want to destroy me; I hit them where it hurts. In your case, I exposed your wicked deeds to my father and the czar and the entire court and shamed the Empress for trusting you. It's too bad though because you will have been forgotten within six weeks and the people will keep their czar."

Hadassah's screams brought Nicholas, Leo, and Alexandra to the room. They all gasped in horror as they saw Rasputin lying on the ground with a knife in his chest. Then Leo stared at the person who put the knife in Rasputin's chest. 

Hadassah had a vicious look in her eyes and shock on her face. Her nightgown was stained with blood. She stepped on the knife and pushed it so deep into the evil monk's chest that there was no way he could have possibly survived her attack. Nicholas wondered how a sickly 14-year-old girl could have overpowered a huge man like Rasputin, let alone kill him. Yet, knowing that it happened unsettled him.

"Why have you done this?" Alexandra cried out. 

"He tried to kill me," said Hadassah. "He wanted me dead because I wouldn't lie down with him. He even threatened to rape my sisters and make you and the children watch."

"Indeed," Leo said angrily at the thought of Rasputin messing with his daughters. "If he had even tried to do that, I would have killed him and made everyone watch. No one messes with my family and lives."

"But he threatened to put a curse on me and my family for betraying him," said Nicholas. "He even said he was going to come back and kill us all."

"And do you think he was going to do that without me to challenge him?" said Leo. "There will be no curse on your family and there will be no one willing to harm you, not as long as I and my children are still alive. Now I will have the servants clean up this mess and you are to check on your children and make sure they are safe. The people will be frightened to know who had actually been controlling Russia instead of the czar, but they will get over it. They will need you before it is all over."

Well, I hate to leave the story hanging, but this is where it ends. As I've said before, there is no Romanov curse because someone was wise enough to stop Rasputin before he could put his curse on the royal family. The people were frightened when they learned about Rasputin and his plot to kill the royal family. They decided it was best to form a parliament and to make sure that no one would try to control Russia again. 

But that's for another story, as this story is done.

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