I'm about 6000 words into what could be a novel, we'll see. Genre: Supernatural comedy (like Ghostbusters, but not) Basic setup: MC is a Marine vet (it's going to be told in a noire voice) who can see dead people, and earns his living doing so, along with some other unsavory scam-ish things (selling "gluten-free, positively psychically-charged homeopathic superfoods"). The reason he can see dead people is he was dead for a few minutes, and when he came back he found he had The Gift. He can see the dead, but he knows that they can't affect him physically, but then one day he sees ______, which scares him so badly he tries to draw a protective pentacle around himself, messes up, and accidentally gets summoned and bound (as in, in supernatural slavery) to a teenage goth girl who was fooling around with some magick stuff she found on the internet. The problem is, I don't want to turn this into Buffy. Nothing against her, but I want the scene where he gets scared into the pentacle to be strictly the means of getting him summoned by the girl, not an overarching evil that is going to need to intrude into the plot for the rest of the story. Any suggestions on what could freak him out? I've rewritten the scene several times, and I'm a bit stuck. Thanks in advance.