Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Dabbler

March 31st 2014

Rufio was still in disbelief; how often do you take a chair apart to refinish it and find a journal entry from Leonardo da Vinci between the back and the pad?  He had placed it carefully into an acid-free folio designed for art, reading it over and over again in the hours that followed. “I […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Caption #16

March 30th 2014

What is the caption for this photograph? (Photographer unknown) Tansy’s answer:  In the end, Anna decided against the shortcut. (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page here.)

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Leftovers

March 29th 2014

Reynolds confessed that he had probably watched too many episodes of “Storage Wars” and had caught the fever; people’s abandoned crap meant big bucks to be made. “We get a lot of that and I can’t say it isn’t true,” Lorber sighed, “but you gotta know the whole story.” He opened the first locker: furniture […]

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Fable

March 28th 2014

“The little piglet who everybody picked on turned into a humongous and powerful sow,” Becky said, her eyes narrowing as she looked around the room. “It hid in the barn waiting for the animals who’d been mean to it to wander by. Then it sprang, attacking and eating them, then spitting their weak and rubbery […]

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Construct

March 27th 2014

One by one, the aliens removed their disguises and gathered as columns of shimmering light arranged in a tight circle. “When we first approached and were accepted by our human protectors,” the leader began in a small, tight voice, “I believed that we would survive in this alien world, but not thrive. I had no […]

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Draft

March 26th 2014

“Good story. I think it has a lot of general appeal for the fantasy freaks and geeks, but you’re going to have to change the ending,” the agent said, pushing the screenplay back to the author across the desk. “Oh?” came the restrained reply. “Yeah, you basically have everybody riding off into the sunset; it’s […]

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Hiding

March 25th 2014

“NO!” Suzanne shouted, noticing that the drain was clogged again. “Stupid drain! I don’t have time for this!” She groaned loudly after a frantic cabinet search failed to turn up any Drano and eventually pledged to find 5 minutes somewhere in her day to call a plumber. Storming from the house, the thing in the […]

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Charity

March 24th 2014

Joey walked slowly up to the homeless man (with his cart and bags and two ragged winter coats on a warm spring day). “The money is from my dad,” he said, holding out the five dollar bill. “And the flowers are from me.” He extended his hand again with a tender mixture of dandelions and […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Caption #15

March 23rd 2014

What is the caption for this photograph? (Photographer unknown) Tansy’s answer:  He could barely see in the dark and murky water, so Jason did nothing. Besides, it was Friday the 14th. (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page here.)

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Envelope

March 22nd 2014

She opened the envelope, which had been carefully addressed while the return information was summarily forgotten. It was empty. She puzzled a bit, then put it aside, finding the whole thing most curious; later on, she’d put the paper in Recycling. He breathed a sigh of relief when he felt her open the envelope – […]

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