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Frost in Summertime (Scenes 1-3)

by Elinor


Scene 1

At rise: VLADMIR LENIN, 47, enters. He’s short, but menacing. Behind him is an image of a Hammer and Sickle. He’s greeted by ROARING applause.

LENIN

Comrades.

More applause.

LENIN

The Tsar has abdicated his crown.

The cheers continue.

LENIN

Today, we rebuild. We will create a worker’s paradise, and soon, Russia will be the envy of all the world!

The cheers fade away.

Scene 2

We know it’s near Christmas from the music that plays in the distance. Enter OLGA, twenty-two, and her younger sisters, TATIANA, twenty, MARIA, eighteen, and ANASTASIA, sixteen.



All are bundled up to protect themselves from the cold, but their clothes are tattered. A fire crackles. They’re lost in thought.

A Bolshevik GUARD watches them. Anastasia looks at the guard. They make eye contact, and she sticks her tongue out at him.

ANASTASIA

I hope Mama and Papa never wake up from their nap.

OLGA

Anastasia, you shouldn’t say that.

ANASTASIA

Why not? I hate them.

TATIANA

One day, this will be over. We’ll live in England in the countryside.

Maria looks at the guard, and smiles at him. She turns away, blushing.

ANASTASIA

(to Maria)

What?

MARIA

I’ll tell you later.

Olga hugs her arms to her chest, trying to stay warm.

OLGA

I heard they’re going to let us have real meat for Christmas.

The girls all smile at the thought.



A brief moment of silence hangs in the air. For a moment, they listen to the wind.

ANASTASIA

Do you think we’ll ever go back to Petrograd?

OLGA

I don’t know.

Just then, the Guard catches their attention.

GUARD

Romanovs.

The girls nod.

GUARD

Inside.

Scene 3

The girls enter to find their mother ALEXANDRA knitting. She eyes them, but they don’t say a word. They are watched by the same Guard.

OLGA

How was your nap, mama?

ALEXANDRA

The beds here are harder than wood.

Alexandra gives Anastasia, Maria, and Tatiana a look.

ALEXANDRA

Girls, go find your brother.

All exit except Alexandra and Olga.

ALEXANDRA

I thought I’d make Alexei a new scarf. It gets so cold here.

OLGA

He’s not a child anymore, mama.

ALEXANDRA

You’re all children, darling.

Alexandra sighs.

ALEXANDRA

What did we ever do to make them hate us so?

Olga opens her mouth but says nothing.

OLGA

They’ll send us to England, won’t they? As soon as it’s safe.

Alexandra sighs.

ALEXANDRA

Your father and I are sure of it.

Just then, NICHOLAS enters, standing. Looking tired.

NICHOLAS

(to Olga)

Was it cold outside?

OLGA

Very.

Nicholas laughs.

NICHOLAS

Well, I suppose this your first Siberian winter.

Olga smiles tiredly.

ALEXANDRA

Where’s Alexei?

NICHOLAS

He’s with the girls. I told them to be ready for dinner.

Nicholas sits.

NICHOLAS

Did your mother and I ever tell you about the year we first met? This was before you.

OLGA

Refresh my memory.

As Nicholas tells the story, Alexandra can’t help but smile.

NICHOLAS

When I first saw your mother, I fell madly in love with her. But she turned me down when I first asked her to marry me.

OLGA

What made you change your mind, mama?

ALEXANDRA

Your father was persistent.

OLGA

I’d like to be married.

ALEXANDRA

So you shall, darling.

Alexandra, Nicholas and their eldest daughter share a smile. Just then, Olga notices the guard seems to have been listening to their conversation.

OLGA

Perhaps you’d like to marry me.



The Guard looks away. Olga stands up.

OLGA

I’m going to find my siblings.


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Sat Sep 26, 2020 6:16 pm
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Hi Elinor!

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This is a really dramatic story, but it is also realistic. I really love how you were able to show the characters personalities in such a short amount of time.

Grows:
This story seemed to have ended abruptly. Were you possibly going to expand this script? Also, work on formatting a little bit

Overall, great story. It was an enjoyable read.

Spunkyspacekitty




Elinor says...


It's just the beginning. There's more to come! I can tag you in future parts if you'd like. :)





yes please!



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Momo, here to review!

So, I like this. It's well-written, and I am exited to read the next few parts! I just wanted to point out a few things.

LENIN

Comrades.

More applause

It looks like he's saying "more applause". Maybe italicize the parts that aren't speech?


ANASTASIA

Why not? I hate them.

If you're trying to be historically accurate, Anastasia did NOT hate her parents.

NICHOLAS

He’s with the girls. I told them to be ready for dinner.

"Get" instead of "be".

I first saw your mother, and I fell madly in love with her.

Write it like this instead: When I first saw your mother, I fell madly in love with her.

Just then, Olga begins to unbutton her shirt.

OLGA

Do you like this?

This part was not needed. Olga never acted like this in real life, and it doesn't fit in with the story.

That's it! Keep writing, and have a happy rest of your RevMo!
Momo




Elinor says...


Thanks for your review! Yeah it was hard to copy/paste from my script and have the action not blend in with the dialogue. I%u2019ll try to fix it.

Regarding the end, Olga and Maria were both flirts, but that might be more in character for Maria to do later. :) I don%u2019t think Anastasia hates her parents, she%u2019s just saying that because she%u2019s upset.

I%u2019ll definitely tag you in future parts. :)



LordMomo says...


ok great!



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Mia2 says...



This is awesome and dramatic i like it




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Fri Sep 25, 2020 6:07 pm
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I like this post




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