Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Diary Pages: Trinity

March 26th 2017

I replay that moment where I picked the red pill over and over in my mind. The blue pill offered everything familiar and comfortable (even if it was a lie), but I had to know the truth. And now I do. Reality is harder than I ever imagined. You have to hold on to whatever […]

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Care

March 25th 2017

“Sir, why do you care nothing for own person?” the cabbie said, loading his charge into the carriage and pocketing the coins donated from the gentleman who’d hailed him. “Without the kindness of others, you’d be another night sick on the steps of the library … or worse!” “They think it’s love that unmakes me,” […]

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Particles

March 24th 2017

“Particles are separated here and attributed,” Ragland said. “Using genetic profiles to establish the physical parameters beforehand, we are able to parse the information into the categories of Known Matter and Unknown Matter.” “How dense are the boundaries?” Ingersoll interjected. “Uniformly distinct, but not dense,” Ragland replied. “The printout that you have reports our outcomes […]

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Black

March 23rd 2017

“So, really, deep down, you’re goth,” the interviewer said. “I think we have to be careful with labels,” he responded, crossing his legs to reveal spikes on the heals of his black platform boots. “Anyone can embrace any aesthetic they like; it might be a look, a leaning, or a lifestyle.” “Absolutely,” the interviewer replied, […]

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Bedtime

March 22nd 2017

“The first little pig ,” Jeremy said, sitting down at the foot of the bed, “on its straw planet, didn’t do very well against the empire.” Annie gasped. “Did it escape?” she whispered, holding the blanket up to her eyes. “Yes, but just barely,” Jeremy said with a serious look. “The second little pig, on […]

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Inheritance

March 21st 2017

“I love it here,” Jenny said, looking out at the rolling hills and the woods beyond. “I’m so glad,” her grandmother said. “It’s good to have you visit.” “Please don’t ever sell the farm,” Jenny added. “All of my best memories are here.” “No plans to sell,” Grandmother comforted, “although it will need someone to […]

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Counseling

March 20th 2017

“Well, the first thing we do is get them into counseling,” Lord Chamberlain told the reporter. “These women are not ready for the rigors of royal life – not by any stretch of the imagination.” “Because they’re commoners or have been away from castle life for so long that they lack the refinement they need?” […]

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Diary Pages: Chuck Berry

March 19th 2017

Sooner or later, you get back to basics. You have to (nobody let you forget where you from). I’m still that skinny black kid that was never gonna rock and roll, y’know? Forces intervened; they did for me and they will for you. But you best not forget yourself; stay true to what you got, […]

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Normal

March 18th 2017

“Be honest. You miss it.” Ron gave him the side eye and a wry grin. “School?” came the response. “The big prophecy … being special … normal life is tragic boring, yeah?” “No, I don’t miss it in the least, actually,” Harry answered quietly. “And normal life is worse in a way – because the […]

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Grace

March 17th 2017

They watched him mesmerize the girl, her eyes growing wide and then soft and unfocused. He leaned in tenderly to put his lips against her throat. “You see that my hands rest gently on her shoulders, neither clutching nor dragging her closer to me,” Dracula said aloud. “I do not need her body to balance […]

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