After you make your choice, the slow motion approach of the snowball speeds up to real time and you grab the second cookie and jump to the side, just in time, narrowly missing it. The snowball crashes through the wall, leaving a giant circular hole. Seeing no other options, you walk through it into the next room.
This room is lined with all types of nutcrackers staring at you from various shelves. In the center of the room are two unusual nutcrackers standing on a drum. You can’t resist pressing the button on the front, and as soon as you do, they begin to dance as a voice leaps into your ear.
“It’s me!” says the voice, assuming by now you’re well aware of the source. “So there’s barely a cell connection in rural Texas and the makes getting you to the next room a little tougher than I imagined. But I managed to do it once more…how do you like my nutcrackers?! Well, they belong to my mother who got them at an estate sale. They are quite wonderful dancers and a rather progressive piece considering they are both men!
“Philippe doesn’t like nutcrackers. When pressed for the reason why he said it’s weird to have something that looks like it’s about war associated with Christmas. That’s rather lofty, when he really just thinks they look weird and isn’t a big fan of the ballet.
“I’m currently surrounded by nutcrackers as my mom and dad collected them. I like them because they are so associated with the Christmas season, but have to admit they look a bit weird. Also, I’ve never seen anyone use them to actually crack nuts, and most look like they’d break in half if you tried.
“My dad was actually the primary collector and I think I inherited his lack of patience. After realizing it was taking too long to create a proper collection he instructed my mom to go to an estate sale. Apparently a woman died who had a massive nutcracker collection and he sent her to buy as many as she could. I think my dad sort of missed the point of being a collector, but I like to invent fake memories for each one. This makes them cherished family pieces, which seems more Christmasy than thinking of them as that unknown dead woman’s collection.”
The voice stops just as the two nutcrackers finish their little dance. They really were rather good dancers, you think. And then you make your next choice…