Sam was quite startled when he heard the knock on the door of his truck. He had been reading the sports section and was having a Walter Mitty moment. He was imagining that he was the New York Rangers goalie executing a difficult save in a two on one situation. Sam moved his head towards Joel and said, “You must be the new guy that Ian was telling me about,” Sam said.
“Yeah, that’s me. I had to take a taxi as I got up a bit late as I didn’t set my alarm clock properly.”
“No problem,” Sam replied. The traffic is more congested than normal this morning. I wonder what’s going on?”
Sam’s truck began to shake and a low rumbling sound was heard a few feet to the left of the driver’s seat.
“Holy crow! What’s happening?” Joel said as he turned his head to see a large, thick, white neck trying to push a manhole cover off its head.
“What the heck is that?” Sam asked, his face suddenly turning pale.
“My best guess is that it’s the head and neck of a very large albino alligator,” Joel answered.
“I heard the urban legends about alligators in New York’s source systems, but I never believed them until now,” Sam replied with a trace of a tremor in his voice.
Sam and Joel weren’t the only ones to notice an enormous albino alligator that was now using its awesome strength to manoeuvre her itself from the depths of the sewers to a major downtown street in New York City.
A UPS driver quickly turned his steering wheel to the right trying to avoid the monster that he could now see only a few feet in front of him. As a result his truck collided with Sam’s, but fortunately it only hit the side of Sam’s truck well behind the passenger cabin. Joel and Sam both felt the truck shake, but they were only startled not injured.