Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Control

May 10th 2017

Kevin ordered a side salad with no croutons and blue cheese dressing. “Dieting?” Maggie asked. He nodded. “Gotta get some control,” he added, giving his belly a pat. “Giving up carbs?” she responded, dipping her grilled cheese sandwich into its companion cup of soup. “Snausages,” Kevin replied without thinking and froze. Maggie burst into laughter […]

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Danger

November 23rd 2016

Wednesday passed through the parlor on her way to the kitchen. “Feeling peckish from a morning of voodoo?” Morticia asked, noting the bracelet pin cushion on her left wrist. “No,” she replied flatly, pausing. “I’m attending to the caramel apples. I don’t see why Halloween should be the only time we worry about the candy […]

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Tomatoes

September 30th 2016

“Oh, man, these tomatoes are incredible,” Lawrence said, taking another bite. “It’s like summer never ended here!” Their hostess smiled. “We call those our ‘visiting tomatoes’,” she said. “Well, they are crazy fantastic,” Lawrence said again and Terri spoke up, “They really, really are. I think it’s amazing that you’d even cook with them for […]

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Hazards

September 27th 2016

Susan poured herself a smoothie from the blender and settled back on the couch with a couple of iron pills to watch the news; they were covering the mysterious destruction of local gardens every full moon. She sighed heavily when her phone rang. “Hey,” she answered. “You watching the news?” Eric asked. “Of course,” Susan […]

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Manners

September 21st 2016

They met just before sunset in the clearing. Neil removed his clothing carefully and put it into a neat pile. As the others watched, he positioned his arm band (at wolf circumference) to hold his Fitbit and a small pouch. Patrick and Martha stared in disbelief as Neil put his car fob, a Swiss army […]

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Feast

September 1st 2016

After coming back from the store, Merlin made a fresh pot of coffee and set the bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream right next to the carafe. “We won’t be needing half and half today, kids,” he said softly, pouring the first of many cups, putting on his apron, and rolling up his sleeves. In the […]

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Recipe

August 29th 2016

Erica stood in the kitchen, staring at the open cabinet, stirring the batter. She loved making cakes from scratch; loved presenting them and watching the person’s face light up with happiness and gratitude. Every cake was an adventure … a story … an ending or a new beginning. Erica was at a critical point in […]

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Limitations

July 29th 2016

He begged them to understand; he had never been in love like this before. They listened, wanting to comfort him and yet needing him to see how it would probably go. “But she loves me the way that I am, warts and all,” he said, his yellow eyes beseeching. “Why can’t you understand?” “Oh, Honey,” […]

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Veto

May 21st 2016

“I think we should put ‘Gourmet Thin’ on Set 4; lots of room and we can easily move the kitchen suite over from 8,” Pascal proposed, making notes on his clipboard. “Why wouldn’t we just film it on 8? Why move everything? That seems unnecessary,” Burns replied, confused. “Not a good idea to film any […]

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Quiet

March 22nd 2016

“My dad had to weigh in, of course,” Evan said. “He announced to the room that I had barely two nickels to rub together at the end of the month, but I still bought nuts for the squirrels.” “Dude,” Pete replied, not knowing what to say. “And the funny thing is that my roommate has […]

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