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  • Welcome to the Here's My Story channel.

  • I'm Dustin.

  • One morning,

  • I woke up to my mom crying.

  • I forced myself to open my eyes.

  • "Dustin,

  • your grandfather's hadheart attack.

  • He's in the hospital.

  • Your grandmother wants us to be there."

  • Visiting my grandfather?

  • That was the last thing I wanted to do.

  • "Mom, you're acting like the hospital is a few blocks away,"

  • I complained,

  • "Grandpa's in Atlanta,

  • we live in Florida.

  • That's an 8-hour drive!"

  • She wouldn't listen.

  • "Dustin, please.

  • Your dad is waiting in the car.

  • Come on, we need to leave now!"

  • "Mom, don't make me go!

  • It's not  like being there is going to magically heal my grandfather,"

  • I groaned.

  • "I've been waiting months  for summer vacation.

  • I want to enjoy it!"

  • "I can't believe you!"

  • Mom growled angrily.

  • "This might be the last time you see him,

  • and you're saying you don't want to go?"

  • "Yes, Mom, exactly!

  • Now, let me sleep in,"

  • I said, pulling the comforter over my head.

  • I drifted back to sleep almost immediately.

  • When I woke up, my parents were gone.

  • I went into the kitchen for a snack.

  • There was a note for me on the fridge door:

  • "Dustin Scott!

  • There will be consequences when we get back!"

  • Obviously, I had upset my mom,

  • but I didn't  give it much thought.

  • It was time for me to kick off my summer vacation!

  • I put some cereal into a bowl,

  • and ran to my computer.

  • A new version of my favorite game had just been released,

  • and I wasn't leaving my PC until I managed to beat it.

  • The following two days passed just as I'd imagined.

  • I was progressing faster than expected.

  • I played my game the whole day, non-stop.

  • I only got up when I had to go to the bathroom

  • or was too hungry, and had to make myself a sandwich.

  • I was totally  lost in my own world,

  • and I was having a blast.

  • On the third night,

  • I realized that my parents hadn't called me since they left.

  • They had to be  furious at me.

  • Maybe if I texted Mom and asked  how my grandfather was doing,

  • she'd soften up.

  • Perhaps they'd be less mad when they got back.

  • When I went to text her,

  • realized my phone had died.

  • All this time,

  • I thought they were just mad at me,

  • but they just hadn't been able to get through.

  • At this point,

  • a text message wouldn't cut it.

  • I had to call to make it up to them.

  • It was too late at night,

  • so I decided to call them first thing in the morning.

  • I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore.

  • I plugged in my phone

  • and fell asleep as soon as I got into bed.

  • In the morning,

  • I woke up to a loud commotion.

  • At first,

  • I thought I was dreaming,

  • but soon realized I wasn't.

  • The noise continued.

  • I jumped out of bed to figure out what was going on.

  • And I found myself knee-deep in water.

  • My room was flooded!

  • Had I left the water running somewhere?

  • I waded towards the door,

  • the water slowing me down.

  • I grabbed the doorknob and pulled.

  • Suddenly,

  • I was completely submerged in a rush of water.

  • The hallway must have flooded.

  • The force of the water knocked me off my feet,

  • tossing me mercilessly in a dizzying torrent.

  • I couldn't believe it.

  • Our entire house was filled with water!

  • I struggled to gain my bearings,

  • and get some air.

  • When I finally surfaced,

  • I was very close to the ceiling.

  • As I took a few deep breaths,

  • my brain finally woke up.

  • The water was coming in from outside.

  • At that moment,

  • three alarming words sounded in my mind:

  • Florida,

  • hurricane,

  • and flood!

  • It had been only four months since we moved to Florida.

  • We knew there would be hurricanes from time to time.

  • Dad comforted us during the move by saying

  • "Don't worry.

  • Officials send notifications to our phones

  • before the hurricane hits.

  • They'll warn us if that ever happens,

  • so we can take precautions,

  • or even evacuate."

  • "Why didn't they warn us this time?"

  • I thought.

  • Then it dawned on me.

  • Of course, they had.

  • But I had been stuck in my game world.

  • I bet my parents had even called me

  • when they saw the hurricane was approaching on the news.

  • But they couldn't reach me...

  • my phone was off.

  • The water was rising almost to the ceiling.

  • I had to get to the roof immediately.

  • That way,

  • I could at least avoid drowning,

  • and hopefully get the attention of a rescue helicopter.

  • Getting there wouldn't be easy,

  • but I had no choice.

  • Our house was two stories tall,

  • and had two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs.

  • My parents' bedroom had a skylight.

  • It was my best chance of getting on the roof.

  • I took a deep breath and dove down, swimming upstairs.

  • Almost out of breath,

  • I was about to reach the stairs.

  • Right at that moment,

  • I saw it right in front of me.

  • There was a giant alligator  swimming in our house!

  • You've probably heard about this,

  • but Florida is famous for its alligators.

  • They live in the rivers,

  • lakes, and wetlands

  • around the state.

  • One time, my dad saw a giant alligator

  • passing  through the course while playing golf.

  • It looked terrifying.

  • He  had taken a video of it, and sent it to us.

  • I couldn't believe my eyes,

  • but an alligator of the same size was now prowling our house.

  • It'd probably been swept into the city by the flood,

  • somehow finding its way

  • into our home in search of its next meal!

  • I swam to the surface, and stuck my head out of the water,

  • gasping for breath in fear.

  • My heart was pounding.

  • I looked around anxiously

  • to figure out where the alligator was.

  • I was so close to the stairs.

  • I tookdeep breath,

  • and got back in the water.

  • And that's when I came face to face

  • with the alligator!

  • It had seen me,

  • and now it was coming for me.

  • I started swimming with all my might,

  • not looking back to see if it was following me.

  • I made it to the stairs,

  • but at the last second,

  • I caught a glimpse of a large shadow from the corner of my eye.

  • Then it struck me.

  • I felt immense pain

  • as the alligator slammed me with its tail!

  • Disoriented,

  • the flood's current carried me to the upstairs bathroom door.

  • The door was closed,

  • so the room hadn't been filled with water.

  • I grabbed the doorknob,

  • and twisted it until the door swung open with a crash,