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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: “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!”
At least his red, sweaty face helped sell that he felt ill from lunch, and soon he was on his way to buying that expensive apology.
He watched the digits climb on the register’s readout grimly, thinking that if Harry was messing with him, he’d slip laxatives into her lunch randomly for months.
At least schlepping the boxes back wasn’t as difficult as he feared. Like plenty of expensive purchases, they weren’t very large, fitting easily into a single bag. He folded his arms around the bag on the subway, watching every flicker of shadow out of the corner of his eyes, and flinching at every groan and lurch of the subway car.
He texted Harry, “almost home.”
She sent back a thumbs up.
“This better work,” he muttered, stuffing his phone back into his pocket. When he stepped off on his stop, his nerves had frayed from every creak and smudge.
Perching on a retaining wall outside his apartment, he waited impatiently for Harry to appear.
* * *
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.