Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Tweak

June 30th 2014

The spell allowed Sharon the option of tweaking one thing from her past – to see the repercussions in her current life; afterwards, she would be allowed a single point of negotiation. Tipping the potion back and emptying it, Sharon said, “I believe that I am good at math.” The room filled with smoke and […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Researcher #7

June 29th 2014

Name this researcher and their area of specialty or accomplishment. (Photographer unknown) Tansy’s answer: “Merle Irene Talbot, head receptionist (Katmandu office) and beastmaster.” (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page.)

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Public Works

June 28th 2014

Gordon went out into the alleys, train yards, overpasses, and parking lots of abandoned buildings to find them. He’d wash their hair, give them a haircut or style, pay them 20 bucks and then set to work. As his human canvases began to move about the city, pushing their carts and lugging their possessions in […]

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Home

June 27th 2014

When it was time to put down roots, Marilyn bought the old Addams place (complete with furnishings and family cemetery); she was surprised such a gem was still on the market. The realtor had repeatedly told her of strange goings-on in the house and hinted that it might be haunted, but Marilyn just laughed. “Sadly, […]

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Tales

June 26th 2014

They huddled around the glowpit, nervous yet delighted and straining for every word. “The unsuspecting eel, tuna, and shrimp swam without a care through the seaweed forest,” Nemo began, “unaware that, earlier in the day, a lunatic – obsessed with sushi – had dropped his nets and lurked above.” They gasped, looked up, and pressed […]

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Epiphany

June 25th 2014

He walked out onto the stage at the all-staff meeting in jeans and a t-shirt; gone was the designer suit and handmade Italian loafers. “I’m Matt Crapowski – ‘Craptastic’ or just plain ‘Crap’ to some of you.” There were a couple of barely stifled gasps and uncomfortable giggles in the audience. “I’m the owner and […]

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Rewrite

June 24th 2014

The young man sat bolt upright on the edge of the chair, clearly overwrought. Penrick doubted he’d ever seen anyone so ill composed before. “What I’m saying is that another treatment – something more, well, earthy would sell to a larger audience.” “Earthy, Sir?” “Yes, man! Earthy! Throw some swashbuckling in the tale! Better yet, […]

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Stress

June 23rd 2014

Max listened to Karen’s voicemail and sighed; she had that sound – that “break up sound”. He told them early on in the relationship that his hours at the lab were long and he would try his very best to be attentive, but … it was never enough. “I’ll send the android,” Max said quietly, […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Researcher #6

June 22nd 2014

Name this researcher and their area of specialty or accomplishment. (Photographer unknown) Tansy’s answer: “Calliope Springwell, clairvoyant and dollmaker, with Death at the Buzzard Wells Spring Cotillion.” (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page.)

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Ending

June 21st 2014

“Uh … it’s … no … um …,” Mother Bear stammered, holding up her paw to get the others to shush, but they were on a roll. “You can’t keep a human in your cottage!” Badger growled, batting her paw away. “It’s not right!” hooted Owl. “She’ll bring others and no one needs that!” Deer […]

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