As Dusk Falls: Chapter 3 Small Seconds Walkthrough
- Lesser Of Two Evils
- Papi's Watch
- Calm Before The Storm
- Midnight Drive
- Trojan Bus
As Dusk Falls' third chapter, Small Seconds, is the last chapter set in the Desert Dream Motel, concluding the first half of the game's story. The chapter also includes flashbacks to the Holt's family home, shedding light on events that lead to their eventual robbery.
Once again, this is another potentially deadly chapter for several characters. Choices from last episode can still be felt while your decisions here will bleed into the rest of the game.
Lesser Of Two Evils
This chapter can start a little differently depending on which characters are left in the motel.
If Dale and Joyce are dead, this chapter will start with a confrontation between Tyler and Vince. If an injured Michelle is still in the motel, this chapter will begin with her final moments before she dies, where Vince can choose to reconcile with her or not.
After these events take place, the Holt boys' mother, Sharon, will arrive at the motel. This will lead to the first crossroad choice of the chapter. Vince will have the chance to tell the Holts about the Sheriff's pager and little black book, or side with the cops and keep this information from them.
|Keep Pager Secret|
|Tell The Holts|
After the bus crashes into the motel, the chapter will transition to the Holt's house, one week prior.
This section will start with a QTE involving cutting wood as Jay. After some light banter between the brothers, their father, Bear, will appear. Jay will be able to take the blame/credit for the roof depending on the earlier QTE.
When Sharon asks why Bear is fighting with Tyler, you can choose to change the subject or not. These two choices don't have repercussions outside of dialogue differences.
When Jay goes inside, he's surprised to see a stranger in his house. Thorne, a loan shark, will ask for Bear's watch as a type of early loan payment. Deciding whether or not to give him the watch is the chapter's next crossroad choice:
|Give Up The Watch|
|Keep The Watch|
No matter what you choose, Bear will still kidnap Thorne later in the episode.
Calm Before The Storm
You'll begin this section by looking for Dante's little black book. After crossing the roof and reaching the cars, you need to look between the seats to find the book. Sharon will discover the book no matter what you choose, and ask the Sheriff for a school bus for them and the hostages.
At this point, a conversation will begin with either Michelle or Jim. If you're with Jim and Zoe, this conversation will include Jim, and he'll admit that he's been lying about his brain cancer. Choosing to forgive him or not won't have any consequences for the rest of the episode.
If Michelle is still alive in the motel, this conversation will be about her marriage, where she'll ask Vince about the state of their marriage. Choosing the "We can work at it" dialogue option will unlock the "Second Chances" achievement.
This section follows the Holts again, jumping back to the week before.
Bear will wake Jay up in the middle of the night, asking him to drive. After driving into the woods, you eventually find that Bear has apparently killed Thorne and is asking you to help bury him. Whether you refuse or not doesn't matter, since Bear will dig the hole if you do not.
The major crossroad decision in this section comes when Thorne wakes up gasping. At this point, Bear will tell you to finish it and bury Thorne alive.
|Refuse And Win Fight|
|Refuse And Lose Fight|
This scene depicts content relating to suicide; there's an option to skip this scene at the start of the chapter.
When you get home with Bear, he'll offer you a beer, which you can accept or not. Jay will go inside alone, finding an apology letter from Bear, telling the family to use his life insurance for the debt. Jay will run outside and find Bear attempting suicide, with the option to help him or leave him.
The chapter will transition back to the Desert Dream Motel one last time.
A shootout between the cops and the Holts will ensue after the bus crash. If Dale is still alive, he'll soon be shot and killed in this scene. Vince can be left with a combination of characters including Joyce, Jim, Michelle and Zoe. If Michelle is still in the motel, she'll get stuck under the bus. You can save her alone or with Joyce — but if you fail the QTE, Michelle will also die.
The bus will explode, leaving the motel on fire. Vince will help the survivors out from upstairs, before being separated and escaping through the back of the motel. If you chose to tell the Holts about the pager, the Sheriff will confront you alone. If you hid the pager from them, Tyler will be the one to confront you. A fight scene will trigger, leading to several outcomes.
|Win Against Sheriff|
|Lose Against Sheriff|
|Win Against Tyler|
|Lose Against Tyler|
Vince Or Zoe?
If Vince dies, Zoe will automatically be taken by the Holts regardless of whether she was handed to the police before. Zoe being taken by the Holts will unlock the "She's Coming With Us" achievement.
If Vince lives, he'll be able to convince the Holts to take him as a hostage instead of Zoe — as long as Jay didn't shoot and wound Vince in the stand-off.
|"I'll kill you."|
|"I can help you."|
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