Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Why

October 31st 2015

A teddy bear was retrieved from the floor. Hair was lightly stroked. Hands were held. Whispers of comfort were heard on the wind. A lonely man received a kiss. Familiar spots of warmth were felt on laps and beds. Dreams were vivid and filled with messages of support and encouragement. “Ah, Halloween,” Madame Leota said. […]

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Brain

October 30th 2015

“Thanks for coming in,” Mr. Reilly said, turning in his office chair. “This is Mr. Bellford.” The introduction to a man sitting off to one side included a small, sweeping gesture. Mark felt the bottom of his stomach drop out. “I am so getting fired,” he thought to himself. “We’ve been watching you, Mark, and […]

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Critters

October 29th 2015

“What?” Lynette asked as Miguel came into the store looking worried. “We … um … lost some critters,” he said breathlessly. Lynette froze. “They could still be in the shop, but …,” he continued, scanning the walls, the floor, and the hundreds of dry cleaning bags on their motorized track, “… they could also be […]

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Patience

October 28th 2015

“I hate it when they rush Christmas; it’s not even Halloween yet!” Melanie complained loudly, looking at the displays of ornaments and fake wreaths already in place. “I know!” Cathy said. “Plus I hate Christmas anyway.” Krampus, stocking in the stationery aisles, overheard them and drew a notebook from his smock pocket. The off season […]

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Outcome

October 27th 2015

“The assailant entered the yoga studio while she was meditating facing away from the door,” the officer said. “She didn’t see him approach?” asked the lieutenant. “No, Sir,” the officer replied. “She reports ‘feeling his energy’ and moving into action.” “Okaaaaay,” the lieutenant said, “and then what happened?” “She moved slightly, grabbed a 10 pound […]

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Data

October 26th 2015

“When we get back to the farm,” Beta Leader said to Bryan, “just change and then wait before you shower. Someone will be along to check you over.” “For ticks?” Bryan asked with a tiny shudder. “Uh … no,” replied Beta Leader. “For tracking tags. There are 14 thousand research scientists in the woods this […]

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Invited

October 24th 2015

“Hold on,” the bride said, hesitating at the start of the aisle alone. “Honey,” her mother said from the front pew, tears welling up. “Everybody just wait, okay?” the bride said again, her voice a little shaky. People looked around uncomfortably; the priest shifted his weight back and forth; the groom started back down the […]

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Arrangements

October 23rd 2015

“Okay, so – over here – we’ll have the ball crawl,” he said, animated. “THEN, over here, the cotton candy station … oh, and the bobbing for apples! Right by the door is the photo booth and we’ll have the children’s costume parade end there; the judging will be onstage. What are you coming as?” […]

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Support

October 22nd 2015

The weirdo screamed and cursed them, saying she’d never felt supported, at the Sumner Valley Weight Watchers Wednesday night. “Sheesh,” Angela whispered, elbowing Patrice, “you get surprised by a two pound gain and the wheels come off of the car.” Patrice nodded. “What is she shouting?” Mavis asked politely. “I can’t make out any actual […]

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North

October 21st 2015

“You true, man?” a voice in the alley rang out. “Yeah, man; I’m good,” came a response from farther down. “Wally?” the same voice called. “You facing north, Brother?” “Comin’ back; doin’ the work,” sounded another voice in reply. Nick heard footsteps and felt himself shaken gently awake. “You okay?” someone asked. “You true?” “Please […]

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