The Smelliest of the Known Alligators
Mother’s Day is approaching. So I thought, why not couple that with the mother of all legends of New York City’s underground dwellers… I mean sure you’ve got your giant rats and feral eyeless cave people… but something has to be the top of the food chain down there, and legend has it this guy and his brethren have been terrifying sewer workers and eating the homeless and runaways for going on 100 years now! And it turns out we get to blame Florida which is always a plus!
The legend goes thusly… back in the 1920s, as unusual as it seems, New York city actually held families within it’s bounds. And not just families but well off families with spoiled children who liked to vacation in Florida (think a young Logan Huntzberger but in knickers and a newsboy cap).
Anyways if you’ve ever been to Florida you know it’s nothing but alligator farms, sea sponges and all you can eat seafood. So the options for souvenirs are limited and what you ended up with was family after family bringing home baby gators, getting tired of said baby gators and flushing them down the toilet. Now what happened next is a bit up for debate. If you were to subscribe to the 1980s movie format it was the fault of growth hormone laden rats, but I like to go simpler and just say when you put an apex predator in a location with seemingly unlimited food… You’re gonna get some big gators.
And suddenly brave adventurers, runaways, underground parkour enthusiasts… pretty much anyone with any business being down there, started saying they were seeing big ass gators in the sewers, some were albino, some were eyeless, some were mutated to barely be gator at all, (you have to imagine there is literally, some caustic sh*t down there). Couple those stories with the quantity of people who disappear mysteriously in a big city and you’ve got yourself a legend that has stood the test of time… And now my friends, it’s your turn to illustrate it!