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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 and tells him she can fix his gremlin problem.

Previous snippet: She pulled out a notepad, and started scribbling on it, “You need something big–something flashy. Here’s the address, and the specs you need.”

Harry paused in her writing, and jabbed the end of her pen at him, “Don’t skimp. They know the difference, and if you offend them with your apology, you don’t get a second chance.” She wrote a few more words, then tore the page off the pad, holding it out to him.

He took it, bemused.

“Say you’re sick, lunch didn’t agree with you. Buy this, take it home, but don’t go inside until I show up.”

“What are you talking about?” Seth burst out, feeling ready to rip his hair out, or shake Harry until she started making sense.




“Oh,” Harry  brushed back her bleached-blonde hair, “I forgot you didn’t grow up on these stories. Gremlins hate to be seen, and they’ll mess with the tech around anyone who does, until something really bad happens. Or you apologize, by giving them a shiny new toy.”

Seth read the page, “A sound system?  But I didn’t do anything wrong!”

“You can’t expect gremlins to think like us, Seth.”

“This is crazy…”

“Everything that’s broken since you saw the monster that you didn’t see–imagine tomorrow is like that, and the day after, and the day after.”

“Sound system it is,” Seth muttered, folding the note and stuffing it in his pocket.

Harry called after him, “Better take the stairs!”

*    *    *

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.

18 responses »

  1. What a world, what a world. He’s in big trouble even with his friend’s wisdom.

  2. I’m so glad he believes Harry! (And now I’ll know what to do if I ever see a gremlin LOL). Great snippet…

  3. Carrie-Anne says:

    I don’t think the gremlin can be placated that easily, even if it might go away temporarily.

  4. Ed Hoornaert says:

    I could use a new sound system. If I break your computer, Caitlin, will you buy me one? 😉

  5. Hywela Lyn says:

    Harry seems to know what she’s talking about. Let’s hope it works!

  6. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    I’m glad Harry knows what she’s talking about. And obviously Seth is not willing to go through another day like today. Great snippet!

  7. Alexis Duran says:

    At least he has a plan now. But how does one offer a sacrifice to a gremlin, I wonder?

  8. Why did I not become a gremlin? Sounds like a great gig!

  9. SueBarr says:

    Loved the last line. ‘Better take the stairs!’ Ha!

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