Help me identify this short story based on the plot!
February 12, 2011 8:06 AM Subscribe
Help me find the name/author of a short story with the following plot:
human children are the work slaves of gremlins (goblins?), and made to do manual labor underground. Those with good behavior and who are getting older are "graduated" and told that they're being freed, but after a gremlin-only "ceremony," are killed for food instead.
posted by NucleophilicAttack to writing & language (3 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Other details I think I remember:
children who behaved badly were made to work in the worm pits, and some were punished by being bled. In the short story, eventually some children learn the secrets of "graduation," and manage to escape, bringing adult men who come and destroy the gremlin hive, freeing the remainder of the children.
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