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This story is also contained in the short story collection Mashup – A Collection.
With her husband so distracted by the upcoming ballgame that he leaves their little Donny in the car, Marjorie has no choice but to retrieve the child from the automated car park. But she soon discovers that the bowels of their building have deeper and darker depths than she could ever have expected…
Little Donny was on the floor near the fast food pile, wrapped in some kind of blanket, between two of the… Goblins, she admitted to herself. They had to be Goblins. They were facing away from her, and seemed to be in a heated discussion with another Goblin, larger than the rest, wearing more and better clothing, as well as a weird kind of crown.
A faint childhood memory surfaced, of a teenage girl in some movie mumbling, “You’re him, aren’t you? The Goblin King.” Fury rose in her. Ignoring everything else, she strode towards the three Goblins surrounding her baby. She’d crossed half the distance when the creature she’d dubbed the Goblin King noticed her. He silenced the two others with a gesture. They turned around and watched her approach.
A few feet away, she stopped. Ignoring the other two, she faced the King. Half-remembered ritual words bubbled from her lips.
“Give me the child! Through dangers untold, and hardships unnumbered…”
Startling her, the King spoke. His voice rattled and squeaked.
“Oh, rubbish! Don’t come to me with your movie nonsense!”
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