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Normally I DO NOT EVER post a chapter that's nothing but background info, but this story requires a bit of explanation. (Even more so than usual.) X-)

First of all, I've read a lot of stories where Dimitri and Anya go back to live in St. Petersburg. But the way I figure, why would they go back there? They both wanted to leave it---it's a dying city, which, by the way, is still run by Soviets. (Remember the soldier on horseback during A Rumor In St. Petersburg?) And as for taking the throne, uh, hello: she gave up the crown, for him, remember? It's not like they'd go back later and be like "yeah, we changed our minds, we'll do it now." Besides, can you really think of him as a tsar with a straight face? Huh-uh. They wouldn't live there, they'd live in Paris, where the only family they have is.

But that brings me to my next point: would they quietly settle down right away? No! They're 18 and 20, for God's sake! Think about this: if they left Paris on the boat and they weren't going back to St. Petersburg, then where would they be going? My answer: they'd do what every young couple in history would dream of doing; they'd see the world. So that's what this is: a series of oneshots, each in a different location.

Finally, since, in my mind, their first child wouldn't be born until 1937 (see the explanation on the first chapter of "Somewhere Down This Road" if you haven't already), these oneshots do not take place all at once. A/D would go a few (three or four) places a year, staying a while (month or so) at each. And always returning to Paris. (I've had too much time to think about this. :-) So, these oneshots take place between 1926 and 1937. NOTE: CHAPTERS WILL BE ADDED ALL OVER THE PLACE, NOT NECCESARILY IN NUMERICAL ORDER!!

Okay, I think that's all the explanation you'll need. ;-) Read and enjoy, and remember, those who review get a free car. (Ha! Unlikely.) :D

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