Red Room (Completed)
"I'm one of 28 young ballerinas with the Bolshoi. The training is hard, but the glory of the Soviet culture and the warmth of my parents . . . No, that's not right."
Natalia Alianovna Romanova lives in Russia in the 1940s. She lives in the Red Room facility, being put through strenuous daily training: hand-to-hand combat, weapons, tactical skills, and acrobatics. They are also trained intensively with ballet lessons, where a strict master orders them to repeat over and over a routine that they all know by heart. This is to make them unbreakable.
Natalia proves herself to be skilled in assassination, martial arts, and weapons training as well as ballet. Madame B., her instructor, sees promise in her and gives her only the very best training. She works closely with the Winter Soldier. The work is testing, and Natalia nearly breaks under the strain. Each year the group of girls training with the Red Room gets smaller. Natalia runs once, by herself, but she is caught and punishments are dire.
However, when Madame B. feels that Natalia is ready to have the Graduation Ceremony, she tells her, and Natalia is greatly alarmed. She begins to fail her tests, hoping this will set her back. But Madame B. sees through her ruse and sterilizes her.
But for an unknown reason, someone inside the Academy decides to help Natalia get out of the clutches of it and the two of them run in the middle of the night. But will they escape for good, or be caught again? Will Natalia ever be free of the Red Room?
I don't own any of the original Marvel characters. I have created some of my own, but they are not original, copyrighted characters already published. I do not give permission to anyone to recreate this storyline/plot. Also, any quotes in this book said by Natalia or any other characters are credited to Marvel. I did not come up with them.
© 2016 Laurel Hambrick