Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy
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Leaves

September 24th 2016 in Microfiction

“Throughout my life, I’ve had a recurring dream that I meet an old woman walking on a road,” Evie said quietly, looking out of the window as she spoke. “She frightens me, but I keep moving towards her.” The therapist said nothing. “In the early dreams, she reached out to me, but I rushed past […]

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DND

September 23rd 2016

The spirit materialized in a corner of the room, a thing made of mist and shadow. It approached the bed, hissing its message, reaching out with a ghostly clawed hand, moving closer and closer. Lowell shifted to his side and pulled the blankets up (“It’s always so gosh darn cold in here at night!”), snuggling […]

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Autumn

September 22nd 2016

In the autumn, when the rest of the world slowed in the cool North breeze, the trees dropped their pretenses. Leafless, they stretched up to the sky, no longer burdened by pressures to fly their high colors or assume a pleasing shape. Free from constant interference, they no longer hid their imperfections or competed with […]

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Manners

September 21st 2016

They met just before sunset in the clearing. Neil removed his clothing carefully and put it into a neat pile. As the others watched, he positioned his arm band (at wolf circumference) to hold his Fitbit and a small pouch. Patrick and Martha stared in disbelief as Neil put his car fob, a Swiss army […]

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Tone

September 20th 2016

“Working on your book?” she asked. It was not the question that set his teeth on edge, but the tone – that patronizing, mocking tone. “Yes,” he answered quietly, tight-lipped. “Is it true that crime writers kill off people they don’t like in real life as characters in their books?” she giggled as she said […]

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Skills

September 19th 2016

“You’ve held a lot of the same types of jobs, but not in the same industry; can you speak to that?” Forbes asked her. “Well,” Mary replied, “consistency is key – pairing level of commitment with a methodology that is proven. Ideally, you hone your skills across disciplines … or they stagnate. That’s the approach […]

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Letters from Management #32

September 18th 2016

(Card contains 1 $100 bill and 1 $50 bill) Happy birthday – spend it on whatever you like. Here’s where I’m supposed to write that you could also save it for a rainy day or use it for emergencies, but I’d really like you to just keep it in your wallet (and not lose your […]

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Decorations

September 17th 2016

“You are always so organized,” Rachel said. “I never put out any Halloween stuff until 5 minutes before the trick-or-treaters come.” Joey looked at her confused. “Okay,” he said, not knowing how to reply. “I just mean … the decorations are cool. I like the giant spider. I about shit my pants this morning when […]

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Future

September 16th 2016

“I think we’re going places,” he said, looking deeply into her eyes. “I think we have a future.” She smiled at him and reached into her purse. “Let’s see if you’re right,” she said, pulling out her crystal ball (which glowed a soft blue green in the pale dashboard light). He froze and her smile […]

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