Dark Faerie Tales has another spooky legend treat for you today. Sarah Beth Durst is the author of Enchanted Ivy, which was recently released on October 12, 2010. You can read an excerpt from Enchanted Ivy here. Today, Sarah shares a letter between Professor Ape and Joseph Mayfair discussing their thoughts about The Sewer Alligator.
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From a letter from Professor Ape, gargoyle on Dillon Gymnasium, Princeton University to Joseph Mayfair, leader of the Knights of Princeton:
Since the 1930s, the Princeton Knights have recorded reports of colonies of alligators thriving in the sewers of New York City. This is, of course, poppycock. Alligators require a warm environment to survive, and the temperature of NYC sewer water in winter is not conducive to their survival.
It is, however, fine for certain breeds of dragons.
We have also encountered goblins, undines, were-rats, and basilisks. In fact, sewers make excellent refuges for Feeders of many magical species. The gargoyles of Manhattan are hard pressed to monitor the underground activities, and the Feeders of NYC have ready access to human victims via the subway system.
It is the recommendation of this humble ambassador that knights be deployed to the island of Manhattan to scour the sewers for Feeders.
It is further recommended that these chosen knights be only the most pretentious and arrogant knights, since the smell is atrocious.
From a letter from Joseph Mayfair to Professor Ape:
I thank you for your concern re: the matter of “sewer alligators.” Rest assured that we are deploying our resources in a manner that will best serve the needs and interests of the human race.
From Professor Ape to Joseph Mayfair:
Joseph, I found your missive alarmingly brief. Please elaborate.
From Professor Ape to Joseph Mayfair, one month later:
I am writing to inquire about the status of the “sewer alligator” issue. Please send me a progress update at your earliest convenience.
From Joseph Mayfair to Professor Ape:
With regard to the matter of “sewer alligators,” your intel was incorrect. There ARE alligators in the sewers of New York City.
The dragons keep them as pets.
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