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Here’s a WIP–“Discovering Gremlins.” Seth had a bad day at work–hit his head and saw a monster, which he dismissed as his imagination. The next day, he breaks his phone screen, his shower sprays water everywhere, the subway is delayed–after lunch Harry (she of I.T. fame) tells him she can fix his gremlin problem–and sends him to buy an expensive sound system, then wait for her before he enters his apartment. Seth goes in alone, and is threatened by gremlins until Harry rescues him and arranges the apology.

Previous snippet:

“I don’t have a death wish!” Seth protested.

“If you try to stay in your apartment when the gremlins come to claim your apology, you do. Seth, and I can’t stress this enough,” she fixed her dark eyes on him intently, “if you see another gremlin, they will definitely kill you. And make it quick.”

Seth gulped, feeling suddenly queasy.

Pulling out her phone, Harry checked the time, then shoved the phone back into her pocket. “They should leave you alone now, but don’t tempt fate, okay? No staring into shadows, no lurking around the servers. Just live like a normal person.”

“I’m not sure how to do that anymore,” Seth said weakly.


Seth shook his head, his stomach churning at the thought of pretending that those horrifying monsters, with their sharp teeth and giggles, weren’t lurking in the shadows.

“Fine, then, I’ll get you transferred to the I.T. department.”


“Keep up, Seth. You want to learn how to negotiate with gremlins, I don’t have time to teach you unless we’re working together. You’ll figure it out, I’m sure,” she said, though her tone was doubtful.

“Come on,” she said, with another glance at her phone, “they’ll be long gone by now. Let’s clean up, and you can have your first lesson now.”

Seth followed her through the door, finding that the boxes were gone, and most of the electronic odds and ends, though not the powder.

“Welcome to the magical world of I.T.,” Harry said, “now get a broom.”

*    *    *

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.

24 responses »

  1. Ed Hoornaert says:

    Just curious . . . did you have anyone who works in IT beta read this for accuracy? 😉

  2. Author Jessica E. Subject says:

    The magical IT department… Love it!

  3. She does it again and oh so different

  4. Botanist says:

    Looks like the gifts have been accepted, but yeah it’s a bit hard to go on as normal when you know the world has these secrets hidden on the edge of visibility.

  5. Sounds like he’s going to learn more than he ever wanted about Gremlins!

  6. Alexis Duran says:

    I love the idea that if you work in IT, you have to learn how to negotiate with gremlins. Explains soooo much!

  7. Hahaha that last line made me laugh.

  8. She’s so sure…but it doesn’t come across as reassuring. 🙂

  9. nancygideon says:

    LOL! I just love the tone of this tale! Harry is such a pistol.

  10. How does one go back to normal when the world of the unusual has been revealed. Great snippet.

  11. Diane Burton says:

    I love Harry’s attitude. Gremlins? No biggie. Poor Seth.I can see him standing there, mouth open, stunned. When I worked in an office, the IT guys were the best. Magic!

  12. I love the transition from talking about the magical world of IT, to getting a broom! This gremlins story has been so cool and fun…enjoyed the snippet.

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