In January of 2005, twenty-seven-year-old Matt worked as a customer service representative for United Airlines. Recently he had grown weary of the hospitality industry’s predictable monotony. As a Chicago native, the young man was accustomed to bleak midwestern winters yet this season was particularly brutal. Each dreary day he longed for a warmer climate and lush foliage. One evening Matt shared his frustrations with relatives who lived in Louisiana. During the phone call, they said he should consider relocating to New Orleans. If he wanted a new career, the city was in desperate need of police officers due to escalating crime. Matt found the suggestion quite alluring. Shortly after filling out an application, the Columbia University graduate received a job offer. He hastily packed his bags and headed south. Unbeknownst to the eager traveler, what was about to unfold would change his life forever.
An Unbelievable Encounter
By July Matt completed half of the mandatory training. He’d settled into his new apartment and fell in love with the eccentric boroughs. However, the ordinary acclimation period came to an abrupt end on a balmy summer night. Upon groggily waking up, he realized his clothing and surroundings were unfamiliar. It seemed he was aboard a train tightly packed with dozens of other people. With his heart racing, the frightened cadet attempted to figure out where he was and how he had gotten there. While desperately racking his brain for information, there was a loud bang and the carriage immediately halted. Passengers marched out the door and onto a loading dock. When Matt exited he realized the vessel was a metallic cigar-shaped craft. Dazed group members slowly entered the sprawling building. As his eyes adjusted to the dimly-lit interior setting, shock pulsed throughout Matt’s body. Standing before the perplexed deputy was a large gathering of enormous reptilian creatures. The beings possessed the following features: