After assembling the 15 man team, Dmitri & Boris started heading for Ekaterinburg in the Ural Mountains. It took them at least 8 weeks to make the perilous trek & quite a few men deserted in the night so that they wouldn't be shot. Finally. After miles & miles of rocky passes, Dmitri & his band made it across the Ural mountains. By the time that they were 20 miles from Ekaterinburg, the band of Romanov rescuers had dwindled from 15 to 5. When they were 5 miles from the town, Dmitri addressed the men that remained.

"Men, please understand, we're going into Ekaterinburg to rescue the Romanovs. Make no mistake, there's a good chance that none of us may survive this mission. I am in love with Olga Nikolaevna & I am loyal to her brother: Alexis Nikolaevich, as I was loyal to his father. If any of you wish to abandon this mission, you may do so with a clean conscience." Dmitri said. There was a moment of silence, then the 5 soldiers got up & walked off in different directions, leaving Dmitri & Boris.

"Damned cowards." Boris shouted.

"You can go if you wish Boris, any debt you feel you owe me is repaid." Dmitri replied. Boris looked at him.

"Do you think that I'm here because I owe you something?" Boris asked. "I'm here because we are friends, we will either win together or die together." Dmitri & Boris embraced.

"Thank you my friend." Dmitri said. "I only wish that Volodia was still with us." Boris nodded.

"You will have to be the one to tell Tatiana that he's dead, because I am not doing it."

"At least Volodia left her a letter, so hopefully, we won't have to say much." Dmitri said, looking at Volodia's letter.

"Dmitri..."

"Da, Boris?"

"Do you remember the day we met?" Boris asked.

"Nyet, so much has happened." Dmitri replied.

"Well I do, I met Volodia a few days after I met you. Honestly, when I saw the 2 of you for the first time, I was willing to wager 10 roubles each that you and Volodia wouldn't survive the war."

"And now?"

"Now, I knew Volodia wouldn't make it, he was too soft, but you... Dmitri, you are the bravest man I've ever known. You're willing to rescue your wife, even though you know you're marching into certain death. You believe in something bigger than yourself. You have a cause to fight for, even if it is a lost cause." Dmitri smiled.

"The only causes worth fighting for are the lost causes."

"Who told you that?"

"My father..." Dmitri said as he looked into the fire. "It was the only thing that he ever told me that I believed was true."

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