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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, the subway car he’s on is delayed more than an hour–and he join his coworkers for lunch, noticing that Harry (she of I.T. fame) is staring at something on the ceiling that he doesn’t see.

Previous snippet:  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.






“You seem a bit stressed,” Harry asked, while Seth was still staring, puzzled, at the stretch of inauthentic tin ceiling tiles.

“Oh, yeah, just stuff,” Seth stabbed at his potatoes, thunking the fork tines into the plate underneath.

Harry made an inquiring noise, and when he didn’t elaborate, said, “My AC was out over the weekend, so I was almost glad to go back to work yesterday.”

“How long did it take to repair?”

“It broke Friday, while I was at work, but my guy couldn’t fit me in until Sunday,” she said.

“My water’s probably going to be out for days,” Seth remembered glumly.

“That’s rough,” Harry patted him on the shoulder. “Do you have a friend whose shower you can borrow?”

“Should,” Seth pulled out his phone, growled at the cracks on the surface, which had multiplied like rabbits, and texted a friend who lived on the same floor as him.

His phone screen went black.

*    *    *

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.

20 responses »

  1. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    His string of bad luck sounds like it’s far from over. Great snippet!

  2. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Absolutely nothing is going right for this poor guy.

  3. Those gremlins are giving him what-for! And I think they’re just getting started…

  4. Sue Barr says:

    Uh oh. I hope he doesn’t feed them after midnight….

  5. Alexis Duran says:

    If I were him I’d give up and go crawl in bed for several days (except then the ceiling would probably cave in on him or something). Hope Harry helps him figure things out.

  6. An endless array of frustration and grief. Caitlin, oh my gosh, Help the poor guy and your readers.

  7. And the hits just keep on coming…

  8. Carrie-Anne says:

    I imagine the gremlin will follow him into the shower too!

  9. Karen Michelle Nutt says:

    When will his bad luck end? Poor guy. I really detest those gremlins.

  10. Sorry to be so late commenting, was on a tight deadline for a book! But I couldn’t miss my weekly installment of the gremlin tale LOL. Another great snippet – his problems do keep multiplying for sure. Love your imagination on what a gremlin can pull off…great snippet.

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