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

July 26th 2016 in Microfiction

They sent Cuthbert to both conventions. Doughy with a relaxed (almost vacant) expression, he blended in easily with the throngs and was uniformly dismissed as a threat by those watching for trouble on both sides of the political spectrum. No one suspected that, if pressed, he could take out the entire main floor in under […]

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Science

July 25th 2016

Heather went once with her mom (who liked Melissa McCarthy best), once with her older cousin (who like Kristen Wiig best), and twice by herself to focus on Holtzmann (whoever that actress was). “I’m just going to have to buy the DVD when it comes out,” she whispered, mentally allocating all of her babysitting money […]

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Letters from Management #26

July 24th 2016

Ms. Cheryl Abbott Logistics Management FX Network 
138 The Terrace
 Wellington
 Wellington Central 6011 
 New Zealand Dear Ms. Abbott, We appreciate your recent inquiry regarding the use of our town for filming the next installment of “American Horror Story”. As some of us are fans of the series, there was (naturally) a lot of […]

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Sides

July 23rd 2016

Superman walked out of the bathroom in his underwear, toweling his hair dry. “Something you want to tell me?” Batgirl asked, her voice cool and even. He froze. “Uh … no?” “Nice briefs,” she said, her tone sharper, her eyes narrowing to slits. “Marvel brand. Black Widow’s face on the front.” Superman groaned inwardly, kicking […]

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Calling

July 22nd 2016

“Awaken, Sleepers!” Life called as it moved down the streets in the form of a soft breeze. “Come out and claim a new day! Have no fear! The world is turning towards all those who step into its magic. I am waiting! You are everything you need!” “Cripes, does it do this every day?” asked […]

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Rewind

July 21st 2016

“Maybe I’ll go back to school,” Fran said, watching the security video playback in the office. “This is a dead end if ever there was one.” She reflected, very briefly, on the morning’s annual review, noting that it was lackluster and the raise was meager (from you-can’t-survive-on-this to you-can’t-survive-on-this-plus-thirty-cents-an-hour). Fran sighed. She didn’t give a […]

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Travels

July 20th 2016

Steve watched from across the street as the man’s family (maybe 20 of them) hugged and kissed him at the station and then carefully helped him onto the bus. There were tears and cheers and enthusiastic waving until the engine revved to go. They respectfully backed away, turned, and did not look back. “Why did […]

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Departure

July 19th 2016

The service was incredibly dignified; the flowers were gorgeous, the remembrances heartfelt and beautifully recounted, the music sad and still uplifting. “This was perfect,” Pam said, drying her eyes. “If you have to go, this is the way to do it,” Marcus added, taking a deep breath. One of the ushers stopped them as they […]

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Points

July 18th 2016

“Most likely to have a hidden web cam in the house,” Bill whispered as the blonde in sky-high heels bounced by, fashion sunglasses in place, with her phone growing out of her left ear. “One point,” Greg said in agreement. “Oh, here we go,” Sandy said quietly. “Most likely to be a hypochondriac who chews […]

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