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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–after lunch Harry (she of I.T. fame) pushes him into her office.

Previous snippet: 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.”




Harry flopped into a rolling chair with a sigh, the wheels squeaking across the linoleum. “So, Seth, how did you tick off the gremlins?”

He frowned at her, then asked, “What?”

“Ugly tech monsters? Making everything around you break?” she prompted in the patient tone of a teacher with an exceptionally slow pupil.

“I didn’t—it wasn’t real,” Seth said. “That thing with the teeth, and the spikes, and the claws can’t have been real.”

Harry’s lips pressed into a grim line, “Yeah, it was real, and we need to get them off your back, before they kill you.”

“Before they—what?”

“Don’t worry,” Harry told him,.“I know what to do.”

*    *    *

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:

    This is the first stroke of luck he’s had, and about time.

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    Okay, so I’m totally curious how she knows what to do. Great snippet!

  3. nancygideon says:

    I’m intrigued by Harry. Talk about the nick of time!

  4. Go Harry! Of course now I’m wondering how she knows so much about gremlins….loved the snippet.

    • I’ll figure out how to work it in somewhere, but here’s a hint. If gremlins were real, what kinds of jobs would make it likely humans would know about them? 😉

  5. It’s a wonder to me, Caitlin. She’s one smart cookie if she can beat the Gremlins

  6. Oh, he’s in big trouble! I hope Harry has the answer.

  7. Uh, how does she know what to do? I hope she can help!

  8. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I’m glad somebody knows what to do. Gremlins sound scary.

  9. I hope for his sake that Harry really does know what to do and doesn’t cause more trouble! Or more gremlin trouble!

  10. Carrie-Anne says:

    I’m not so sure the gremlins will be that easily thwarted!

  11. Hywela Lyn says:

    Phew, I hope she’s able to overcome the gremlins – but I’l love to know who she really is and how she knows so much!

  12. Diane Burton says:

    So glad he’s learned he’s not going crazy, that someone else sees what he does. Go, Harry!

  13. SueBarr says:

    I’m thinking he’s going to be learning a lot about gremlins and they’ll teach him how to avoid them.

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