A line of militia formed behind Yurovsky as he spoke.
Eleven targets against one wall of the room, nine rifles
pointed from the other. Yurovsky, being in charge, had claimed
the privilege of dispatching both the deposed tsar and his
son and heir. In his right hand he carried a
Nagant M1895 double-action revolver, the standard-issue sidearm for the tsar’s
army; his left held the handwritten execution order. “Your life
ends here,” he told the deposed tsar. “What, what?” Nicholas
asked. “It’s all over!” Yurovsky screamed. Yurovsky raised his revolver
and shot between the tsar’s eyes. Nicholas Alexandrovich fell dead.
Paraphrases from the novel Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison.