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Here’s a new WIP–“Discovering Gremlins.” Seth had a bad day at work–hit his head and saw a monster, which he dismissed as his imagination, despite a shadow following him home. The next day, he breaks his phone screen, his shower sprays water everywhere, and the subway car he’s on is delayed more than an hour–he decides to join his coworkers for lunch.

Previous snippet: He powered grimly through the rest of the morning, head down, focused. So when a hand came down on his shoulder, he jumped out of his seat, and smashed into the side of his cubicle.

“Oh, hey, sorry!” Harry held her hands in the air, palms toward him, and offered a crooked smile, “I’m headed to lunch, want to join us?”

Seth glanced at his still-incomplete work.

“It’ll be there when you get back,” Harry said, “You have a minute before we’re gone, Monty!”

He reached for a post-it stuck to his monitor, and a spark of static jumped from the machine to his finger before he could peel up the top layer that he was certain covered something important.

Seth shook his hand, and hurried to catch up to Harry. He needed to get out of this office–too bad he had to come back.






Seth got to the elevator just as the door was closing, and saw Robert reach out his hand to stop it. But instead of bouncing off his palm, it kept closing, and Robert jerked his hand back, eyes wide, just before the metal edges slammed shut.

HE muttered obscenities down all three flights of stairs, and emerged from the stairwell, red-faced and out of breath, to find everyone waiting for him.

“You okay there, buddy?” Paula asked.

“Yeah, fine. Let’s go.”

A few minutes after they sat down, the restaurant’s lights began to flicker. People around them groaned, but the power didn’t go out. He noticed Harry staring intently up at the ceiling right after they’d ordered, and lifted his gaze as well.

Nothing there.

*    *    *

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.

28 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I think he’s getting closer to being able to seeing the gremlin.

  2. Jess Schira says:

    Great reaction in this snippet. I get the impression that he’s going to wish he’d gone to lunch instead. Excellent snippet.

  3. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Uh oh! Did Harry see the gremlin, too? Does that mean bad luck is heading his way as well? Great snippet!

  4. Your story gets more and more exciting. Best wishes to you, my friend.

  5. nancygideon says:

    Hmmmmm. What does Harry know . . . or have to do with he gremlin? Another interesting twist.

  6. Seems like Harry might know something. It’s clearly getting more dangerous for Seth though. He could have gotten seriously hurt if he hadn’t jerked his hand back.

  7. I hope poor Harry can’t see the gremlin because if he can, clearly his life is going to be complicated…but maybe he and Seth can team up…I’m loving this story, can you tell??? I need MORE! Great snippet.

  8. Did Harry see anything? If so, her life is about to go to hell too. And I can’t imagine what that will do to the whole IT department!

  9. Ha! Has to come back? Maybe he’ll come back. Darn gremlins!

  10. Yeesh, at least he didn’t lose a hand though!

  11. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    Will he see the gremlin soon? I hope so.

  12. Hywela Lyn says:

    I’m hoping Harry doesn’t get ‘gremlined’ too. I’m really enjoying these fun excerpts, thogh I doubt Seth is!

  13. Diane Burton says:

    I love the way you’re inserting little bits of gremlin magic and leading us on. We must find out so we read on. Good job

  14. Alexis Duran says:

    Sounds like the gremlin might be getting a little more dangerous. upping its game, so to speak. But if Harry discovers it too, maybe they’ll have a chance against it.

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