Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Aid

November 13th 2017

Stuart walked very slowly from the house, carefully balancing the box of supplies. When he arrived at the barn, he nudged the door open (then closed) with his butt. Inside, the structure was filled with radiant light, as if the sun had decided to try something new and set in that very spot. She sat […]

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Hero

November 11th 2017

She looked into the cave, into a darkness that seemed to expand the more she stared. All she had to do was walk in, move silently in the pitch black to the far wall, not fall to her doom using the rock to guide her to the cavern at the back, not think about spiders, […]

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Warning

October 31st 2017

“Don’t go out into the woods at night,” the realtor said, handing over the keys to the house (her eyes on the skyline, ready to bolt for the car long before sunset). “I wouldn’t dream of it,” he answered happily. “There’s no point if I can’t see a thing!” “There are dark things in the […]

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Evolution

October 23rd 2017

“Essentially, we made the same mistake with evolution that we did understanding the cosmos,” Hansen said, observing. “We put ourselves at the center of everything, assuming that we were the point of the whole thing.” “Corrected that later,” Thelen added, laughing. “And we’ll have to correct again,” Hansen continued quietly. “Evolution didn’t complete itself with […]

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One

October 19th 2017

At the convocation, the alphas scrutinized the packs, observing their growth in number and quality of membership. “The majority are solid,” said one confidently, observing the strength and power of his group, quiet and sleek in the light. “A few with poor change control,” said another, seeing more twitchy and whining half-turners than expected. The […]

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Empowerment

October 17th 2017

“Crazy stupid waste of time,” Len said, making a face. “Tapping into our magical core! Living our magical life! Embrace the magic that is YOU! What an epic bunch of shite.” He looked over at Brittany, who was walking with her eyes trained forward. “Not a bad box lunch, though,” Len teased her, sidling up […]

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Drive

October 9th 2017

Leslie returned to the car walking briskly. “We’re good,” she said, opening the door and landing hard on the passenger seat. “If we continue on 5 West, we’ll pass Murray, then Emmett and be in Turner in 2 hours. There’s a Best Western along the highway.” “It’s almost midnight,” Tom complained. “Why drive two more […]

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Hunt

October 5th 2017

“I think we’re at a place where we need to really crystallize what The Wild Hunt is,” Shelly said, gesturing to the projected slide with her laser pointer. “Wikipedia basically says that something rushes by on horseback to do something. Not very helpful.” “The challenger is driven to remove the king,” someone in the front […]

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Light

September 13th 2017

“I’ve never felt like this before; she’s … magical,” Phil sighed. “Oh, gawd, here we go,” Roberta said, opening the field for commentary as she sat down. “No, I mean it,” Phil shot back, knowing how it sounded, “it’s like she can read my mind.” “If she could read your mind, she’d be in the […]

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Party

September 4th 2017

Wanda sat outside in her car, staring at the bright lights and smiling people moving around inside of the house. “I just don’t know,” she whispered to herself, hands fiddling in her lap. Morgan happened to look outside at that moment, saw Wanda, and waved. “Shit,” she said, waving back. She looked over at her […]

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