Kalei Works Kalei Works

Clara and The Nutcracker

Clara and The Nutcracker

Second Draft Completed! 3rd draft in progress...

Clara Stahlbaum grew up to follow in her father’s footsteps, leaving home to study medicine in America just prior to the turn of the 19th century. After successfully completing her certification as a Doctor at the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary, she received an urgent telegram regarding her Godfather, Christian Elias Drosselmeyer, and his failing health.

Arriving in Nuremberg with winter's chill approaching, she spent every available hour by Drosselmeyer's bedside. She shared the highlights of her medical studies over the years, and they reminisced about how he used to invent the most fantastic machines and contraptions to surprise her and her brother Fred every Christmas.

Clara refused to discuss the events involving mice, tin soldiers, and her near fatal childhood accident with the glass toy case 20 years ago. However, over the course of the conversation, it soon became clear that she would have to do just that.

“Please, Clara… I can’t protect him any more...” Drosselmeyer gestured to the table where a conspicuous Christmas decoration sat patiently. Clara recognized him immediately; her dear Nutcracker.

As a child she’d sworn to goodness and beyond that the fantastical events of that particular Christmas night were real, and that her beloved Nutcracker was alive. However, stern admonishment won out, and as time passed, she no longer needed her parents to convince her it had all been a feverish dream.

However, with Godfather Drosselmeyer’s sincerely pleaded warning, and the chillingly familiar whisper of tiny claws skittering behind the walls, Dr. Clara M. Stahlbaum soon realized that the long suppressed memory from her past had come back for a deadly resolution.