Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Swap

December 21st 2013

Katherine knew instantly, of course. The baby suddenly slept through the night, took his bottle well, enjoyed his surroundings, and recognized her with a warm and happy response. When she received a note from the fairies, she was hardly surprised. ‘We recently took your human child and left a changeling in its place,’ it read, […]

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Rad

December 20th 2013

The boys would’ve pitched a fit about having a sitter (being 9 and 10 respectively and thinking themselves old enough to resist most trouble), but it was Denise. With her bright smile, partially shaved head, army boots, and “Occupy Christmas” attitude, she made them gluten free pizza with mountains of organic cheese, and they watched […]

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Music

December 19th 2013

The door opened and Smithson introduced himself. “I am here about the chair.” After being led inside, hearing the story of the haunting, and seeing the piece itself, Smithson was asked very directly why he wanted to collect these kinds of things. “A common assumption,” he replied with a smile, “is that I am obsessed […]

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Rarity

December 18th 2013

At the Stark Enterprises holiday party, Tony was the first to sit on Santa’s lap (while carefully balancing a fresh martini). “Wow,” he said, staring at the man appreciatively, “you totally look real.” “You, too,” Santa replied, smiling, causing a ripple of laughter through the crowd. “And what does Iron Man want for Christmas?” “Astatine,” […]

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Food

December 17th 2013

Clara hung back at the timber line, taking in all of the twinkling lights, noise, and smells of the various workshops in the clearing. The others twitched with nervous energy, pacing and waiting for word that the pack leader had found an elf out on his own in the woods for proper devouring. Clara closed […]

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Gifting

December 16th 2013

He hummed to himself as he worked, “… some ladies dancing, some maids a milking, some swans a swimming, some geese a laying … NINE GOLDEN RINGS!” At the anvil, Sauron’s voice rang out at full volume with peals of laughter immediately following. He loved this time of year almost as much as he would […]

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Party

December 14th 2013

Clarence arrived at the office party in high spirits and looking for Janie. It had been a busy day; he felt a little disoriented and knew he looked a bit disheveled. He was also ravenous. He wandered through the party as the others screamed and ran from him, singularly focused. He had always liked Janie […]

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Mystery

December 13th 2013

This time of year, reindeer everywhere – normally frowned upon by horses and teased relentlessly by caribou – gained a certain air of mystery. It was as if the world suddenly believed that they could all fly and would lift up into the air at any time. They were fine with this, of course, and […]

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Waltz

December 12th 2013

Under an assumed name, The Joker opened a dance studio in the warehouse district of Gotham that he called “Pale Moonlight”. Specializing in teaching the extremely shy and/or mentally erratic basic moves, he offered free introductory sessions and multi-class punch cards. Opening the doors for the first time, he swung his arms wide, giggling maniacally […]

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Counsel

December 11th 2013

Floyd sat there, staring at the tree with wonder and delight, his tail wagging absent-mindedly. The chihuahua devil in its red collar whispered on his right shoulder, telling him to drink all of the water in the stand, pull on the lights, throw some ornaments around, and then have a relaxing pee behind the couch. […]

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