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World War One and the Romanovs, According to Sinestra

by TheScribe

Warning: This work has been rated 16+ for language.

History is wrong most of the time. Even the people involved don't know or understand what happened. The A-bombs in Japan, 9/11 in New York, even the assassination of Lincoln was a lot different than how history records it.

To some degree, that's because I wrote it.

I don't like lying. It's never been my favorite past time. One of my most important lies, though, began in July 1918, in the small town of Yekaterinburg. The Russian village was well fortified for many months that year, and I can still remember the screams of the dead yelling above the fire of Russian guns as the Romanovs were supposedly murdered in the night.

Would you be surprised if I told you that, too, was a lie?

I had Vladimir Lenin and the rest of Europe under my thumb. The Great War, as it was called back then, was still underway, though it had entered its dying months. We had caused it, of course-- what haven't we caused?-- but it was far, far worse than we had dared believe it to be. We, the multiverse's best-kept secret, had failed yet again to stop our influence, our family squabbles, from pouring out into the world of simpletons and tomfoolery.

We didn't mean to start it of course-- who means to kill 20 million and wound more than twice that many?-- but it happened. A multiversal family argument started a petty fight in Europe leading up to the "assassination" of cousin Franz. It was a planned suicide in reality, not that any semi-sane European that knows about me or us would ever admit that, but it's true. Unbeknowst to me, he owed essentially half the world's money to my brother, having lost it all by gambling on an unimportant politic contest in Britain. Rather than consulting me or just refusing to pay, though, he hired Serbians to kill him.

Thus, the whole of Europe went to war rather than looking at me, the lone stable, sane, unmarried Belecthorian woman with a mind of her own-- probably the only one on Earth other than Sophia of Prussia-- instead opting into a more violent family feud.

I did what I could to prevent too many casualties, but at long last, the oh so noble and wise Kaiser sent Lenin to Russia against my orders. (I killed both of them myself for defying orders; Stalin was somewhat controllable, and I promise that the world was better with him in charge than without him.)

In the nick of time, I reached Yekaterinburg and used my prowess of magic to create duplicates of the Romanov family, teleporting them into Great Britain before sending them by ship to New York City. Tatiana, Nicolas, three of the servants, and Alexei all died of influenza after reaching the New World. The girls, their mother, and Dr. Botkin survived.

There's more to the story, of course-- all four girls had children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren (some of them famous)-- but the truth has stayed hidden. Does the name Bernie Sanders ring a bell? Princess Di? Marilyn Monroe? You're welcome, I gave them to you.

"So then why," you, dear reader, might ask, "are you recording this in a journal?"

To that I say, "Why the hell not?" If this is ever found, it just means the truth will be out, and the truth, at best, makes the birther theory seem to be far more acceptable than it really is (no, Obama is an American, he was born in Hawaii).

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Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:24 pm
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cidrianwritersguild wrote a review...

I find it really interesting how Sinestra kind of brushes off millions of deaths as though somebody's clothes got stained at a party. It's really interesting to see humans from a view other than our own egotistical superior view. I also like how almost every important event or person in history is part of or connected to this one higher-being family. It takes a lot of effort to connect things like that without them seeming like a cookie-cutter story system. That is really impressive.

TheScribe says...

Thanks for the review! <3

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Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:43 am
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Nymeria wrote a review...

Hi Vil! This is a really fun retelling of history. It sounds to me like the beginning of a novel told by a sassy narrator.

There are a couple of typos I caught:

"ROmanovs" in paragraph 3.

"Obama is America" in the last paragraph.

I think that in the third from last paragraph it would be fun if you dropped a name in addition to saying (some of them famous).

I had to look up Sinestra and the internet told me she's a character from World of Warcraft-- is that the same in this story or an original Sinestra? I might be missing some of the references if the reader is meant to already know who this character is.

Is this piece a stand-alone or part of something bigger? It feels like a part of something to me, but maybe I'm off-base.

I think that's all I have to say! I enjoyed reading this and I loved the attitude.


TheScribe says...

I'm going to do a series of shorts where Sinestra, my original character (I had no idea she was in WoW cuz I don't play it :P), explains what really happened during many (in)famous events. She's appeared in a lot of my other writings, so the name and a few details would be known to people that read my works consistently.

Thanks for the review! <3

TheScribe says...

Added in your suggestions!

I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
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