Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Sun

February 8th 2018

“You don’t have to worry about it,” Thor explained. “If he starts getting green around the ears, just keep saying “the sun’s getting real low” over and over; it calms him down.” Banner overheard the instruction and sighed. He locked the door and sat down carefully on the meditation cushion. “I’ve got to keep in […]

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Epic

December 21st 2017

She waited across the road, looking in, her long white cloak gleaming as if covered in diamonds by the falling snow. From inside, the professor looked out of the window and, seeing her, gasped and rushed to the door. She watched as he stumbled from The Eagle and Child and made his way to her […]

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Alliance

October 27th 2017

“There was no bad blood between the holidays afterwards,” the Mayor told them, smiling and frowning then smiling and frowning. “They kept a respectful distance from each other, but feelings remained warm and supportive.” The children grinned from ear to ear (their brains chock full of cobwebs and presents under the tree). “The Pumpkin King […]

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Beware

July 14th 2017

“BEWARE!” the man cried out, pointing, and all of the creatures in the forest froze in place. “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!” the man yelled, drawing his son near. “What the?” muttered the Jabberwock, raising its head from its lunch. “The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!” continued the man. “I’m eating my lunch!” […]

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History

June 7th 2017

“This is highly unusual,” Mr. Tate said, looking from one woman to the next, “I must admit.” The taller of the two women (the one with the dark hair) gestured into the palm of the other who quickly gestured back. “Unusual problems call for unusual solutions,” Miss Sullivan responded. “Here at The Wainwright Consortium, we […]

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Vacation

March 3rd 2017

“Any vacation that starts with ‘It’ll be fine and it’s what we can afford’ is already lame,” she said flatly to the others (standing on the curb, waiting for the Uber driver). The three of them sighed. “Don’t jinx it; there’s still hope,” Fred responded (unconvincingly). “Here he is.” In the distance, headlights came into […]

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Departure

March 1st 2017

“You’re a long way from Denmark,” the gentleman on the doorstep said, showing his badge. She sighed and gestured for him enter. “Rumored to be the happiest place on earth,” he continued, moving into the living room and sitting down. “Expert marketing,” she said with a smile, “and nothing more.” “Bad enough that you faked […]

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Gathering

February 15th 2017

“We understand that … well … the Tibetans … and others … believe that the Lama immediately reincarnates … and this is verified by a number of tests,” the man said slowly and carefully, staring down at his hands. “We reached out to you (as the only Buddhist we know),” his wife continued, offering a […]

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Clause

June 23rd 2016

Ursula sighed. “Let me guess,” she said, her mouth in a tight line that turned down at the corners, looking at them out of the corner of her eye. “You want to trade something you think you’ll never miss for your one sorry shot at love.” They trembled inside the mouth of the cave, nodding […]

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Picture

June 15th 2016

“It was Stark’s idea,” Thor said, grinning when he saw the photographer’s jaw drop. They were all painted green, wearing Iron Man novelty boxers, a large hammer pendant, white knee socks with black spiders on them, a stars-and-stripes bandana, and a fake tattoo of an arrow on their right biceps. “And it’s genius, frankly,” Bruce […]

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