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

February 27th 2015 in Microfiction

Ulev packed the cart and readied the horse. The war would be on his doorstep in three days’ time, so he would leave tonight, taking the smaller roads along the river. He walked up the hill to say goodbye to family, singing the old songs again, and raising them just long enough to shake their […]

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Date

February 26th 2015

Brian lingered at the window, watching Alice spray her hair, pour a glass of wine, and sit down at the table carefully. She smoothed the tablecloth and sighed, smiling nervously. Brian smiled, too. He willed himself to dissipate, moving under the house to the floor of the dining room. As soon as Alice put her […]

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Advice

February 25th 2015

Aunt Lois took Kathryn by the hand. “If you happen upon a field that has bloomed with lush flowers overnight, steer clear of it, for that is where the Sidhe are gathering.” She paused a moment and brushed a stray hair from the girl’s forehead. “And if you are caught in the field as it […]

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Looking

February 24th 2015

Doug sighed as he looked at the screen. So many wonderful people – attractive, interesting, fun, and charming people – who wanted to meet to see if there was a connection. He sighed again. “Match.com let you down, buddy?” Doug’s roommate, Trevor, asked with a smirk. “Maybe you should try eHarmony.” Doug shot him a […]

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Learning

February 23rd 2015

“Tiffy was my everything, as odd as that might seem to someone like you,” a soft, frail voice said as Cantrell came around. “She was almost blind, mostly deaf, and didn’t see you that day (couldn’t get out of the way).” Cantrell became aware of the duct tape across his mouth and the ropes that […]

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Authentic

February 21st 2015

Jeff Turner, 61, financial analyst, non-fiction reader, and amateur astronomer, arrived at the bus stop in a ripped Ramones t-shirt, skin tight red jeans (velour finish), silver platforms, and eyeliner. The others stared at him, open-mouthed, wondering how what they were seeing could be true and wondering if Jeff had a twin he’d never told […]

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Caretakers

February 20th 2015

The Caretaker of the Dog People took them out in a covered pickup, watched them change under the full moon, and threw some tennis balls and frisbees for the next few hours. There was food, abundant water, and a final collapsing back in the truck that signaled a 2-day sleep. The Caretaker of the Cat […]

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Clue

February 19th 2015

The monks gasped and grumbled as the Lama held up a pack of thongs from Victoria’s Secret (a female politician staying as a guest at the compound had ordered them unaware that they would be delivered to the holy one himself). “Are these my best colors?” the Lama asked, erupting into a loud belly laugh […]

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Potential

February 18th 2015

Dorothea and Jack drove around, saddened by all of the potential wasted navigating trash cans for food and squatting under highways in bags for sleep. Passing out coffee, tea, and some donated breakfast sandwiches, Dorothea was particularly struck by how many young people were living on the line between being and nothingness. “Almost time to […]

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