Two rows of armless side chairs had been arranged back-to-back. With their steel frames and plush cushions, they appeared to be especially well suited for the vigorous game of musical chairs
that was about to occur; even the largest of the woodland creatures couldn't collapse them. She took her place between a squirrel and a badger as a quartet of mice began playing a jaunty waltz. Immediately, the whole group began moving clockwise around the chairs. The game had begun.