Laughter infused the air amid the brilliant lights and alluring melody drifting from the orchestra. “Come Mashka, dance with me, dance with me!” My sister Maria turned and smiled at me. “My lady, would you honor me this dance?” she said with a smirk, bowing and extending her hand. A giggle escaped my lips as I curtsied and accepted, and grew as she spun us around. We continued around the ballroom with much enthusiasm, gaily prancing round and round to the orchestras’ serenade. “Now now, what have we here? It seems my little kotyata are up past their bedtimes, no?” We froze at the deep timbre of my father’s voice. Slowly turning, we sheepishly grinned at him. Through his stern glare, we could see the sparkle of his eyes and the subtle tilt of his lips he was struggling to suppress. “No, no, no, this simply won’t do. What would your mother say if she saw you, hmm? No, we must quickly hide ourselves in the crowd. Hurry, let us dance to remain unseen,” He said with a wink. He dragged us to the center of the ballroom: shrieking with laughter we whirled, the bright lights fading into a memory.
“N-n-no...,” I responded, entirely unconvincing. “You’ll be fine. It’s time you take back your birthright. Bring justice to your family. I’ll be right here alongside you, I swear it.” Gleb said encouragingly. “No matt...
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... is out of my hands, that I just handed my fate over to these people. I hope they can recognize why I did what I did. It is my wish that justice will at last be given, and that if anything, my name will be restored.
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