And as she was crying, the Nutcracker came striding into the room. The Mouse king turned round and said:
“Prepare to die oh Ugly One ” but the Nutcracker bit off each of the Mouse King’s seven heads. And soon he lay dead.
And when he had defeated his enemy, Clara picked up her hero and took him back to her room. And instead of going to sleep they watched a wonderful show. Toys came out to dance and sing for them all night long. Never before had Clara seen such a lovely performance.
In the morning she could not wait to tell her mother all about what she had seen.
But when she began to explain about the seven headed mouse king and the brave little nutcracker, her mother said, “Clara – your imagination is running wild. Don’t you realise that what you saw is just a dream?”
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