I remember reading a short story about a girl with an interesting superpower. She can go anywhere (e.g. any secure facility) without causing suspicion - the people around always take it for granted that she belongs there.

I tried a few Google searches to find the story, but I've had absolutely no results. Does anyone know what this is?

  • Some more information would be useful: do you recall the year you read this? Was it in a magazine or anthology, online or print??
    – Sindi
    Aug 29, 2014 at 17:17
  • Sorry, I really don't have more information :(
    – Elliott
    Aug 29, 2014 at 20:01

3 Answers 3


It is the short story "Access" by Andy Weir, the author of the comic Casey and Andy and the novel The Martian. You can read the full text online on Andy Weir's creative writings website.

The girl describes her power like this:

“As far as I can tell, everywhere I go, everyone thinks I’m supposed to be there.”

  • This is exactly it! Thanks :)
    – Elliott
    Jan 9, 2015 at 17:01

Could it be Imp from the web serial Worm?

From the cast page:

Her power renders her unnoticeable, to the point that people she attacks don’t remember she attacked them.

  • Please add some reasons why you think this might be the answer.
    – Null
    Jan 8, 2015 at 16:58
  • Nice update on your answer :) Though it might not be the good answer I dont think this -1 is justifieable since your update. Sorry about that person and I hope it wont scare you away from our community
    – Rocket
    Jan 8, 2015 at 17:11
  • Take an upvote. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jan 8, 2015 at 18:03
  • 2
    Thanks for the answer, upvoted! Imp definitely has the power I described. Unfortunately I have a hard time thinking of Worm as a "short story".
    – Elliott
    Jan 9, 2015 at 17:05

I think the other two have it covered, but if it were online fiction, it's also possible that it's Dorothy Maxwell, a side character in "I Looked into the Abyss, and it Winked", a Whateley Academy story. She has a powerful uncontrolled ESP talent that causes everyone to forget she was there. She can interact with people, but they retain no memory of the encounter.

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