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Here’s the start of a new WIP–working title “Discovering Gremlins,” because I’ve shared about as much as I can of King Under the Mountain. Looks like urban fantasy so far, though I’m not yet sure where it’s going.

Previous snippet: Back at his desk, Harry tried a few things that didn’t work, and swore at the computer in Vietnamese. Apparently this did the trick, because her next attempt had his computer rebooting to the start screen, instead of staticy fuzz or blank blue.

Harry nodded in satisfaction. “Let me know if it gives you any more problems,” she said, and then retreated back to the I.T. dungeon.

Glad the interruption was over, Seth buckled back down to work, taking a half lunch to catch up. The day dragged on forever, but finally he escaped his cubicle, and fled down the street to the subway stop.

Waiting in a half empty car, slumped against the window, he saw a shadow flicker strangely across the ceiling. He glanced up, expecting a piece of trash, but nothing was there. Seth rubbed his eyes, and closed them.

“Must be more tired than I thought.”




When the shadow raced by, right out of the edge of his vision as he exited the subway car, he ignored it. He trudged up the steps to his apartment, and this time when he noticed the flicker, it was a black garbage bag stuck on a tree branch. As soon as he locked his door behind him, he started shedding his work clothes, ending up in a t-shirt and boxers when he settled on the sofa a couple minutes later.

Click. On went the tv.

He started up his latest favorite show, a mystery with wacky odd couple investigators, which he was halfway through the second season, and binge-watched until his stomach rumbled unpleasantly, gnawing at his spine.

“Oh, geeze,” he glanced at his phone–11:35. He should have been in bed an hour ago.

He shuffled to the kitchen, and stuffed a frozen dinner in the microwave, yawning and staring off into the distance while the microwave hummed. Something rustled behind him, and the microwave’s happy hum shifted, punctuated with popping noises, and he whirled around to find it on fire.

*    *    *

Gremlins have camouflage magic, and a way of making people who catch just a glimpse forget them. This is good for humanity, because they’re powerfully ugly, and react violently to being discovered. But when Seth hits his head and lands on the floor right next to a gremlin, he sees it… and it notices that he’s done so. Things are about to go downhill for Seth.

About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

21 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    With his microwave on fire, I’d say things are already going downhill for him.

  2. Better keep his eyes open. Those sneaky shadows can be bad. 🙂

  3. Exciting and scary. The gremlin strikes. More, please. Lot’s more.

  4. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Oh my gosh! First of all, what’s following him? And what the heck did it do to his microwave? Great snippet!

  5. Alexis Duran says:

    So not the helpful kind of gremlin (are there any?) Love the creepy shadow stalking him.

  6. Such an intriguing story and I loved the snippet, full of unexpected things and me on the edge of my chair waiting for the gremlin to do his worst!

  7. Uh-oh. I think the gremlin is already at work!

  8. Hahaha OMG This is literally my life, except replace TV with Youtube and I don’t usually set things on fire. Usually. 😉

  9. elainecsc2013 says:

    Lots of excitement. I guess the gremlin set the microwave on fire.

  10. Carrie-Anne says:

    Going downhill is an understatement!

  11. nancygideon says:

    That’s one way to get attention . . . but not the good kind.

  12. I hate it when my microwave catches fire. I blame the TV dinners. This brings me back to the gremlins movie (which has haunted me for years) a part of me is horrified and another part of me wants to see what happens. Great snippet!

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