then it happens. A terrific crashing sound shatters the
eerie winter silence. Alex ducks and covers, afraid of what
is about to befall his dark and damp surroundings. He soon
finds out. A tree has fallen onto the house, crushing the
roof, and filling the basement steps with debris. Alex is
to his deputy brings yet more bad news. The storm is out
of control. The roads are blocked by snow and other fallen
trees. Nobody will be able to get up there to rescue him
until the weather dies down, sometime tomorrow. Alex will
just have to sit tight and wait for something to happen.
have to wait too long. In the corner of the basement, the
fallen tree has dislodged the shelves, which have opened
as if on hinges.