Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy


January 31st 2018

“Wait … that last one … was that Latin?” the third asked. “Yep,” replied the second, “totally Latin.” “Expertly conjugated,” added the first. “So, in the last two hours, we’ve heard all of the romance languages in their Old and Middle versions, what might be Aramaic, a tear in Russian, several curses that may or […]

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January 30th 2018

“I died from the flu a couple of weeks ago,” Harry said, tucking into his lunch, “although I only found out last Friday.” The others exchanged looks and nodded. “Is it weird?” someone asked. “Yes and no,” Harry answered with no hesitation. “I mean, on the one hand, I wasn’t even aware that I had […]

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January 29th 2018

“It’s really nice to meet you,” Laurie said, sliding into her side of the booth. “You, too!” Michael replied, beaming. “I just joined the website on a fluke with zero expectations, so this is great.” Laurie smiled, opening her menu. “I’ve been on it for a couple of months, but you’re the first person I’ve […]

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Diary Pages: Robert Nesta Marley

January 28th 2018

it goes like this (believe it/don’t believe it) one love
 one love for self and everything else 
this is making the world right
 without righteousness 
we open our cages, let ourselves out, and sing
 this is redemption 
even if we stay foolish 
the sun is shining

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January 27th 2018

Samantha opened the front door and gasped to see an envelope taped there. “What the hell?” she muttered, irritated. Tearing it down and ripping it open, she read: “You are hereby notified that I like you when you’re in a mood, when you’re hair’s a mess, when you’re so amped up on bad gas station […]

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January 26th 2018

“I see you here often,” he said, approaching gently. “Do you come every day?” “Pretty much every day,” she responded. “I have a lot of people here – people that I miss.” He nodded and sat down on the bench, leaving a respectful amount of room between them. “I find it relaxing here,” he shared, […]

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January 25th 2018

“Cripes, my life,” Ed said, rubbing his forehead. “It’s as if the whole show has been one step forward, six steps back, with a freaking documentary film crew hiding in the shadows to chronicle my live streaming failures.” Ann laughed, touching his arm to give comfort. “Okay, but keep in mind that a stealth film […]

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January 24th 2018

She opened her eyes, sighing in contentment as she would after a long rest. Rising, she moved to the board and took the chalk into her right hand. “Balance”. “Pattern”. “Changing”. “Summoning.” As she wrote “Equilibrium”, the bell sounded for the transfer between classes. “I must share with you,” Professor McGonagall said from the doorway, […]

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January 23rd 2018

“I … uh … I have to go,” Alex said, ending the call. The room had filled with a thick black smoke and, from the center, a face with large yellow eyes was emerging. “Hey,” the Devil said, stepping forward, his smooth grey skin cracked like a stunning mosaic where flashes of amber and scarlet […]

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January 22nd 2018

“Big Dipper,” Amy said, pointing. “Crock Pot,” Vern corrected. “It’s cookin’ up something big and beautiful.” “Little Dipper,” Amy said next, gesturing somewhere else. “Sauce Pan,” Vern explained. “Something fabulous is gonna tie everything together.” She stared at him for a few seconds. “Cassiopeia,” Amy said flatly, doing the game show “here-is-your-next-letter” hand. “W is […]

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