Copyright © 1975 by Harlan Ellison
This sewergator-ridden story of ridden sewergators, featured in Harlan Ellison's
collection, Strange Wine (1978), first appeared in a 1975 edition of
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.
[...]The daughter, whose name I can't recall, wanted a baby alligator. Cute. We brought
it back on the plane in a cardboard box with air holes. Less than a month later it had
grown large enough to snap. Its teeth weren't that long, but it snapped. It was saying:
this is what I'll be: direct lineal descendant of Rex. Frances flushed it down the toilet
one night after we'd made love. The little girl was asleep in the next room. The next
morning, Frances told her the alligator had run off.
The sewers of the city are infested with with full-grown alligators. No amount of
precaution and no forays by hunting teams with rifles or crossbows or flame throwers
have been able to clear the tunnels. The sewers are still infested; workers go
carefully. So did I.
And the light came nearer, and the light was many lights. Torches, held aloft by the
children who rode the alligators.