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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, talking with Harry (she of I.T. fame) as his cell phone dies.

Previous snippet:  “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.



Biting back some choice words, Seth held down the power button on his cell, and waited–nothing.

“Here, let me see,” Harry gently tugged the phone out of his hands, and slid open the back, peering inside the device.

She prodded something with a miniature screwdriver she’d produced from one of her many pockets, and then stared up at him, dark eyes intently focused for just long enough for Seth to start to feel uncomfortable, before returning her attention to his phone.

The screwdriver danced in her fingers, and she let out a triumphant, “Ah.”

“What?” he asked, patience fraying.

She wordlessly handed him his phone, which displayed the lock screen, and put her screwdriver away just as the server began setting down their plates. She mostly focused on her food, answering questions tossed her way, but asking none of her own.

Seth couldn’t muster the energy to care about her strange behavior.

As they were heading back into their building, she tapped his shoulder. “Hey, I have something to show you–let’s stop by my office.”

*    *    *

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.

26 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Hmm. I’m wondering what she knows about gremlins.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I’m curious as to what she has discovered.

  3. nancygideon says:

    Don’t piss off the fairies . . . or the gremlins! I suspect she’s more than she seems to be! Nice tease, Caitlin.

  4. You’ve left us with a big question mark, you rascal. I’ll keep tuned for next weeks snippet.

  5. I have high hopes she can actually help him! Loving the gremlin story – great snippet…

  6. The screen went black? What will happen next? Maybe she can help. 🙂

  7. julieevelynjoyce says:

    Ahh, a very interesting premise! I’m not sure what’s scarier–the idea of a gremlin following me, or my phone dying lol.

  8. Hywela Lyn says:

    Hmmm, there’s onviously more to Harry than meets the eye! Can’t wait to find out more.

  9. Ooo I wonder what she’ll show!

  10. Diane Burton says:

    After all he’s been through that day, I’d think he’d be wary of following her. Friend or not?

  11. Carrie-Anne says:

    Something tells me that office meeting might include gremlins!

  12. Alexis Duran says:

    Interesting that she seemed to recognize goblin interference. Can’t wait to find out what she has to say.

  13. Ooh, now I’m very curious about Harry! What does she know? And why does she know it?

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