Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Focus

July 6th 2017

It was a day like any other, nondescript and congenial – a page lifted from a thousand pastorals. “We must root out distraction,” Cynthia had said and, indeed, a feeling of being lulled into contentment was attempting to insert itself into Evelyn’s morning constitutional. “Let the day be lazy; you must remain vigilant,” Cynthia had […]

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Disaster

July 5th 2017

“We are not going to talk about natural disasters with Grandpa and Grandma today,” Elizabeth said to her son, leaving no room for argument. “We are not going to talk about cataclysms of any kind, real or speculative, including what might be necessary to survive a zombie apocalypse.” “I could go to the arcade,” her […]

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Stalker

June 30th 2017

“When did you notice that you were being followed?” the officer asked. “About two months ago,” Hannah answered. Two firemen pushed past them. “And you would or would not describe this as “stalking behavior”?” the officer prompted. “No, not stalking …. uh … maybe guarding,” Hannah responded. “In a tracking way – out of possessiveness […]

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Rampage

June 17th 2017

Tony Stark surveyed the damage. “What are you thinking?” Peter asked. “Two things: how did I get to be the idiot’s keeper, and how quickly can JARVIS bust a move on the next generation of custom tranquilizers.” “Are you wondering – even just a little bit, why he’s picked a street in Toledo for his […]

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Light

June 15th 2017

Joe looked up, searching the other seats on the bus until he found the person he was looking for; the feed was going insane (dangerhatreddangerviolencedangerhelpme). He took a deep breath and thought of his parents and sister, sending them love and soothing energy. “Shooter,” Joe whispered into his phone. “Are you going to follow?” came […]

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Skies

June 13th 2017

The passenger in 13E sat, rejoiced that there was no one in 13D, put his briefcase below the seat in front of him, leaned back, and immediately fell into a deep sleep. Gwen, the flight attendant in the front of the commuter jet, observed this and signaled to Crystal in the back. During beverage service, […]

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Superstition

June 12th 2017

With dismay, they watched the cows trot into the forest on the north side. “Son of a … ,” Holder hissed between clenched teeth. “That’s two gone.” “Gone?” Welch asked, surprised. “They’re not far; let’s ride in and get ’em.” “There is no “ride in” and there is no “get ’em”,” Holder replied, patting his […]

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Prompt

June 10th 2017

They quickly settled across from each other at the restaurant table and grinned shyly. “I’m David,” he said. “Nora,” she offered. “Have you ever done ‘speed dating’ before?” he asked her, and she shook her head “no”. “Me, neither. So … ,” David started, looking at the list of conversation prompts and read the next […]

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Trap

June 8th 2017

“The traps are full,” Bob said, sitting down at the table. “Really? Wow. Full in less than 24 hours!” Terry responded, reaching over to pour him a glass of sangria. “We’ll have to put new ones out.” “You guys have ants, too?” Martha asked. “They’ve been terrible this year,” Wayne added. The aliens nodded, smiling, […]

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Game

May 31st 2017

“Well, first of all, they’re both a very disturbing type of brilliant,” he started, “so there’s that.” The interviewer nodded. “Handsome people. Might as well put that out there and, no, I’m not gay.” One of the cameramen laughed. “And there is a … quality … to the pursuit, if you will. An inexplicable draw, […]

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