Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy
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Hesitation

September 4th 2015 in Blather

She hesitated at the door, staring out at the dark for a long, long time. “You can wait until morning, dear,” her mother said. “I’m sure Grandmother will be fine.” There was no response. “Rhonda?” her mother called again. “Don’t go out if you’re worried about the trip; it’s fine. Really.” A howl sounded from […]

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Hand

September 3rd 2015

“And then,” he half-whispered, leaning towards them, “the evil found its way into my hand.” He held up his prosthetic dramatically, shaking it slightly as if afraid. “SO I HAD TO CUT IT OFF!” Little Kate screamed (right on cue); Joey jumped and then said, “Coooool.” Marjorie poked her head out of the kitchen. “Ash! […]

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Reader

September 2nd 2015

While Eleanor would not have corrected anyone for describing her life as “quiet and lonely”, she could not bring herself to despair. Her love of books had left her with thousands of the best companions a person could have, and a mind that could entertain itself for hours at a time. Although she had not […]

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Label

September 1st 2015

He watched them, the ice shards in his heart barely rattling anymore. Earth was still there, whispering sweet nothings to the moon, flirting shamelessly with Mars. “Disgusting,” he muttered. At least the rest were too busy doing what they do to care; Venus was all about her prissy little orbit, and the giants were … […]

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Charity

August 31st 2015

“It doesn’t take actual magic to turn a scullery maid into a princess,” the tour guide said as they passed the house. “Here, resting in her mice-infested rooms in the basement, Her Royal Highness was not without friends – those in the village who were both kind and generous.” Pictures happened in a flurry as […]

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Appointment

August 29th 2015

Grant got the appointment for Friday, easily tucking it into the close of the week (no need to explain why you were bugging out a little early). He had received a flyer about a new practice in the neighborhood – a tiny counseling center (no bigger than a cabin) was establishing itself with various specialties […]

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Buddha

August 28th 2015

“The Buddha shaves his head because the beautiful shape of his skull is who he really is,” Ti said quietly. “And he paints on eyebrows because he wants to communicate his feelings without speech; do you see?” Chungya nodded. “And he smiles all of the time, because life is always a joy – even if […]

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Solution

August 27th 2015

“Where are those guys from ‘Supernatural’ when you need them?” Schultz said under his breath. The coroner slid up behind him, watching his minions bag and tag. “Obviously, this is a homicide,” he said. “Mm hmm,” Schultz answered, trying to remember the first episodes in Season One. “Good luck,” said the coroner, moving away with […]

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Serendipity

August 26th 2015

They mocked her, of course; as a fairy, having “The Power of Birds” was about as flashy as being assigned to teeth detail. Lightmary cursed her fate for a good long while until, one day, winging through the desert, she came to rest near a hover of vultures and marveled at her luck. That changed […]

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