Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Stories - Nutcracker - P. A. Nolte

1/ The Mouse King grips his bleeding side.  He wheezes for air, somehow managing to keep himself upright.  His sword is above his head, shaking in his dying grasp.  On the ground below him, Clara is backed against an ornate balcony.  She is terrified.

Nutcracker (OP): CLARA!

2/ In the background, the Prince completes his transformation. He is a wooden sculpture in the form of a man.  Petrified while screaming bloody murder.  In the foreground, the Mouse King swings downward, more reliant on gravity than anything else.

3/ A mere inch away from Clara's hand, the blade connects with the solid floor of the balcony.  The Mouse King's feet are off-balance.  He begins to topple.

4/ Clara tucks into a ball, squinting her eyes shut as tightly as possible and leaning away from the heaving mass of dying rodent.

5/ Clara's eye's open just a smidge.

6/ Clara has risen to her feet and peeked over the edge of the balcony.  Below her, into the pink mists that obscure everything else, plummets the Mouse King.  He makes no sound.

7/ Clara is still at the balcony.  Tears well up in her eyes.  Over her shoulder, standing amid the petrified forms of her friends, is Drosselmeyer.

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